Many experienced and passionate travelers believe that Tokyo is not the best destination in Japan. On the island of Honshu, in the heart of Japan, is Osaka—a trading port and a perfect city for those who want to escape the sweltering crowds of the modern Japanese capital. Here are the five most important things to do when visiting this beautiful city.

Eat, eat and eat

Japanese cuisine is readily available in almost every part of the world, but Osaka is the perfect place to enjoy delicious Japanese dishes you haven’t even heard of. Yes, Japanese food is more than Tofu, sushi and sashimi, and you’ll find a real treat in Osaka. This city is affectionately called the “kitchen of the Nation,” and any gourmet worthy of his salt will want to make his way through Osaka. Okonomiyaki, a hearty pancake-omelet hybrid, is the city’s most famous dish, which you can customize with a variety of ingredients such as pasta, meat, and seafood. Osaka is also the birthplace of the appetizing Takoyaki, a popular snack made of octopus fritters with bonito flakes and a sweet and savory Sauce. If you want to experience a luxury culinary adventure, try Fugu Sashimi, made from the meat of the harmful Puffer Fish. Make sure the Restaurant employs certified chefs or Fugu could be your last meal.

Friends with the locals

Osakans are very warm people, the kind of denying the stoic stereotype associated with the Japanese. Umeda is the best place for hip nightclubs, while traditional Sushi joints are filled with locals ready to fill you with the wonders of your city. Also visit the local markets-locals are always ready to help you choose the best ingredients or find the best deals.

Exploring history

Osaka has a long, rich and colorful history. It is very close to the former imperial capital of Kyoto, which means that there are many historical sites in the city. Visit the open-air museum of ancient Japanese farms in Hattori Ryokuchi Park and admire the ancient farms of the Edo period. Admission is inexpensive – young tickets cost less than moins 10.

Public baths, international edition

There are plenty of luxury public baths, known as Onsen, sprinkled in Osaka. But for The ultimate experience, be sure to visit Spa World, a world history bath complex. Ever wondered how the citizens of Atlantis bathed? No wonder-Spa World has an Atlantis-style bathroom.

Shop ‘ til you deposit

Osaka is known as one of Japan’s most important shopping malls—and unlike modern Asian cities, Osaka has been proud of this reputation for hundreds of years. If you are looking for electronics, Denden Town is for you. Almost every major luxury brand in the world can be found in Misoduji and Shinshaibashi, while Americamura is the place to be if you are looking for unique and original Vintage clothing.