To appreciate the glorious past of Osaka, and come face to face with the city’s modernity, all you need to do is step out onto its streets and explore. You'll see a striking contrast between the old and the new throughout the city - gaze up at the ancient Osaka castle, and you'll see wonders of modern architecture leaping towards the sky behind it. It's this combination of the past and the present which make this city so fascinating - but it's full of some breathtaking natural beauty as well. If you visit in spring, you'll see orchards of cherry trees blossoming with their delicate pink flowers, and the city is full of tranquil, serene gardens where you can't help but feel at peace all year round. Along with that famous castle, there are other sights to explore, like the city’s many sacred temples and fascinating museums. If you're looking to do some shopping while in Osaka, be sure to pass by Tenjinbashi-Sujii, the city's retail center. Magical views of the city await at the top of the towering Abeno Harukas skyscraper, and of course, don't be afraid to try some of Japan's unique cuisine while here in Osaka.