Travel writer, Matthew Schueller’s travelogue about Osaka, Japan, is a delightful and vivid narrative. It beautifully captures the essence of the city’s vibrant culture, cuisine, and architecture. The details about the street foods like takoyaki and okonomiyaki, the architectural marvel of the Umeda Sky Building, the historic Shitenno-ji Temple, and the quirky charm of Shinsekai offer a rich tapestry of experiences that truly showcase the city’s diverse allure.
The way he describe the Royal Classic Osaka hotel, with its unique blend of modernity and historical elegance, sets the scene for a luxurious stay. His adventures through Dotonbori’s neon-lit streets and the serene escape to Shitenno-ji Temple paint a contrasting picture of Osaka’s dynamic character. The experience at the Jumbo Tsuribune Tsurikichi Restaurant in Shinsekai, where visitors can fish for their meal, is particularly intriguing and unique.
His visit to the TeamLabs Botanical Gardens, an immersive experience of light and sound, highlights Osaka’s innovative spirit. The mention of the Swissotel Nankai’s skyfarm and the description of the city’s nightlife with its compact, multi-story bars adds layers to the city’s modern, yet deeply traditional persona.
The narrative concludes with a sense of longing and a promise to return, which speaks to the city’s captivating charm and the myriad experiences it offers. The story not only serves as an insightful guide for potential travelers but also as a testament to the rich cultural tapestry that Osaka weaves for its visitors. It’s a wonderful exploration of one of Japan’s most dynamic cities.
Read travel writer Matthew Schueller’s article in the Holiday issue of DRIFT Travel Magazine.