Osaka is well-known for its abundance of excellent restaurants, historic Osaka Castle and the performing arts of Kabuki and Bunraku. The city also boasts an impressive aquarium and superb Museum of Oriental Ceramics. The city’s busy Namba and Umeda districts are renowned for their nightlife and the Dotonburi area is particularly lively after dark. Universal Studios Japan, a 140-acre theme park in Osaka, is enormously popular.
Osaka has often been described as ugly, however in an attempt to attract daytime visitors, waterfront developments are creating new attractions and improving Osaka’s image as a port town.