By Jun Igarashi
Stepping foot in Osaka feels almost as though you’ve landed in a different country, with its original character found in all corners. Visit any one of the many fashionable stores that litter the centre of the city and you’ll notice a bolder, friendlier attitude from sales assistants. Pop into any one of the almost absurd number of restaurants that jostle for space and you’ll quickly realise this city has an incredible appetite, with the biggest bonus being that Osaka is a champion of cheap (and delicious) eats – enough to rival even Tokyo's best cheap eats. Whether you choose to hitchhike there, travel via train or on one of the budget airlines connecting Tokyo to Osaka, it's easily accessible and makes for a wonderful casual getaway.