Osaka's Chuo Ward tops Airbnb's list of popular places to visit this year

posted on March 8, 2016

Osaka's Chuo Ward has topped the list of Airbnb's top 16 neighborhoods to travel to in 2016, based on growth over 2015, as well as inside tips from hosts who live in those neighborhoods.

Airbnb took a look at the numbers and analyzed the travel to some of the lesser-known local communities that took place over the past year. It examined not only which countries and cities were becoming increasingly popular for travelers, but also which local neighborhoods were surging in popularity.

Top of the list is Osaka's Chuo Ward, which is home to trendy shopping, nightlife, and the arts. Worth a stop is Osaka Castle, which was built in the end of the 16th century by Toyotomi Hideyoshi, a well-known warlord who brought Japan under his rule in the late 16th century. With over 300 stores, the shopping in the area can't be beat. In particular Kuromon Market is a very popular area known by locals as "Gastronome" and "Osaka's Kitchen," travelers can find a bevy of fresh food items to satisfy their hunger.

Outside of the major attractions, a small stretch of alleyways called Ura-Namba, is quickly growing in renown with locals. Delicious eateries and bars have multiplied in the area in recent years. It is known as a bit mysterious and the intrigue builds as you search the alleyways for the entrance to this epicurean haven. The alley to the right off of Doguyasuji shotengai is host to a ton of izakaya (taverns specializing in skewered meats), including Sumiyakishaten. To the left is Sennichijizosondori which is home to yakitori at Enya and fantastic shrimp at….Shrimp Shrimp Namba Ebi Bar. For refreshments, DandeLion is a fantastic bar serving up whiskeys and wine in an "old west" atmosphere.

source by japantoday
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