Culture / Tour Spots in Osaka Area

  • CupNoodles Museum Osaka Ikeda
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    4.5
    677 Reviews
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    Osaka Ikedashi Masumichou 8-25
    This museum in Ikeda City, Osaka, first opened in 1999 at the birthplace of instant ramen. With a variety of displays and hands-on exhibits you can learn all about the history and development of instant ramen by Nissin Foods' founder, Ando Momofuku. Don't miss the display which shows off almost 800 different products from throughout Nissin Foods' history. The Chicken Ramen Factory where you can make your own chicken ramen (fee and reservation required) and the My CupNoodle Factory where you can make your own personal CupNoodle blend (fee required) are both very popular. Admission is free.

    Was interesting to learn the history of Ramen and have fun painting your own labeling. Quirky little museum to spend an afternoon :)

  • Osaka Aquarium (Kaiyukan)
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    Osaka Osakashi Minato-ku Kaigandori 1-1-10
    This aquarium in the Tempozan Bay Area is the world's largest aquarium. It is even more popular now as they have drastically changed how guests view the exhibits, including the Pacific Ocean Tank where you can see whale sharks leisurely swimming about. Enjoy a wide variety of Pacific-Rim themed exhibits to see and enjoy including California Sea Lions, Pacific White-sided Dolphins, and a fish tank with a tunnel from which you can observe the animals.
  • Tennoji Zoo
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    3.5
    735 Reviews
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    Osaka Osakashi Tennouji-ku Chausuyamachou 1-108
    A municipal zoo located in Tennoji Ward, Osaka City first opened in 1915. The zoo cares for some 200 species and around 1,000 individual animals and is famous the efforts it takes to recreate their natural environments. Popular zoo areas include the African Savanna Zone, home to giraffes, lions, and hippos; Reptile House; Asian Tropical Rain Forest, site of the popular elephant exhibit; and the Friendship Square, a favorite for children where they can pet sheep and goats. Visitors can also watch animals such as the elephants, lions, and penguins being fed.

    The zoo have many exhibits that are no longer active, elephants, koala etc.. Unfortunately we found out only after entering. Of those active, the animals seemed well taken care of though mostly...

  • Osaka Museum of History
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    4.0
    596 Reviews
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    Osaka Osakashi Chuou-ku Otemae 4-1-32
    This museum northwest of Naniwanomiyaato Park in Chuo Ward, Osaka City opened in 2001. A permanent exhibit entitled ''Toshi Osaka no Ayumi'' covering the history of Osaka from ancient times to today takes up the 7th to 10th floors. The top floor features a recreation of the council hall of the Nara-period Naniwa Palace complete with 70 cm-thick vermillion-lacquered pillars and life-sized figures of government officials. Each floor presents the history and culture of Osaka through recreations of buildings, miniature models, videos, and abundant artifacts. The remains of Naniwa Palace are preserved in the museum's basement. Tours are available on a first-come-first-served basis.

    This museum provide a lot information you need to know about Japan. The dioramas area excellent. Great view and permanent display.

  • Kids Plaza Osaka
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    4.5
    368 Reviews
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    Osaka Osakashi Kita-ku Ougimachi 2-1-7
    Japan’s first hands-on learning museum for children, Kids Plaza Osaka is dedicated to helping children experience new things and emotions through play and to extend the possibilities and individuality of children. The Kids Town, designed by artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser, is a maze-like area made up entirely of curved lines. The museum is overflowing with exhibits where children can learn about world cultures, nature, chemistry, and society while playing. The museum also conducts events where children and parents can join in together and the facilities are complete with a nursing room and dining tables. The museum is also popular with families with young children. Ogimachi Station is the closest station to the museum.

    A great experiences no only for childrens, its a place for adult also. The fee is cheap and you can spend your whole day here with the family

  • NIFREL
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    4.0
    290 Reviews
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    Osaka Suitashi Senribampakukouen 2-1 Within EXPOCITY
    A museum located inside Expo’70 Commemorative Park where visitors can enjoy exciting, novel exhibits which go beyond the boundaries of a dedicated aquarium, zoo, or art museum. Based on the concept of coming in contact with various sensibilities, the facility is divided into seven zones designed to stimulate the viewer’s sensitivities through animals viewed from a variety of perspectives, including colors, abilities, and shapes. The facility also has white tigers and numerous exhibits featuring waterside mammal’s such as miniature hippos and the popular capybara. There is a picnic-themed café in the museum as well as a souvenir shop. The closest station is Bampaku-kinen-koen Station.

    Small aquarium which cost $3000 yen for both of us, it was weird starting with aquarium then randomly ending with lemars still a good walk around to get out of the cold.

  • The National Museum of Art, Osaka
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    3.5
    193 Reviews
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    Osaka Osakashi Kita-ku Nakanoshima 4-2-55
    This art museum is located in Nakanoshima, Kita Ward, Osaka City. Founded in 1977, it relocated to its current location in 2004. It is notable for being one of the only underground art museums in the world. The museum primarily collects and exhibits works of modern art from the post-war era to now. In addition to exhibiting its collection, the museum also holds exhibitions and seminars about a range of art genres with a focus on contemporary art. Other events organized by the museum include workshops for children.

    A stunningly ugly building with two underground exhibition floors. When I visited, you had to pay separately to see shows on each floor, and then extra for an audio guide. To add insult to the...

  • Osaka Science Museum
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    4.0
    230 Reviews
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    Osaka Osakashi Kita-ku Nakanoshima 4-2-1
    A science museum in Nakanoshima, Kita Ward, Osaka City, that focuses on Space and Energy. It first opened in 1989. Here both children and adults can explore space and its discoveries, chemistry, science, electricity, energy, and so much more from all angles in exhibits spread out amongst the different floors. The staff will also present science shows in the areas of their expertise. In the underground planetarium with the world's largest 26.5-meter dome screen you can enjoy videos of the cosmos.

    This museum was great! There are many things to learn about science here. There are 4 floors and each floor is a good experience. The foods here are good, too. My favorite one was the balance that...

  • The Museum of Oriental Ceramics, Osaka
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    4.5
    275 Reviews
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    Osaka Osakashi Kita-ku Nakanoshima 1-1-26
    The Museum of Oriental Ceramics, Osaka, which opened in 1982, is dedicated to ceramics from the East Asia region. The Museum’s collection—which is focused mainly on Chinese and Korean ceramics—is world-class in terms of both quantity and quality. The 300 or so representative items that make up the Museum’s permanent exhibitions effectively bring across the appeal of ceramics, such as the painstaking effort made to ensure that ceramics reflect the light to best effect. The Museum’s themed exhibitions and special exhibitions are also very popular.

    I visited this place on february, it is just nice. Easy to access by subway, just a few hundreds walking distance.

  • National Museum of Ethnology (Minpaku)
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    4.5
    176 Reviews
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    Osaka Suitashi Senribampakukouen 10-1
    The National Museum of Ethnology (or Minpaku) is located in the Expo Commemoration Park in Suita City, Osaka. With exhibits centered around cultural anthropology and ethnology it is the world's largest ethnology museum. Researcher's have collected some 345,000 articles of daily life tools and native dress from every part of the globe. Exhibits in the Main Building are divided into nine geographical regions and with both musical and spoken exhibitions, starting in Oceania before heading eastward in a lap around the globe. Come be introduced to a variety of world-wide cultures with nearly 12,000 displayed materials that focus on daily tools and necessities of life as well as 800 video shorts that show different cultural etiquettes and arts as well as daily activities. Special events and themed exhibitions are held multiple times throughout the year.

    I have visited this museum today with my 12 years old son. After almost two hours I had to literally pull him out of there. Very well structured exhibition with connections between the past and...

  • Abeno Harukas Museum
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    4.0
    102 Reviews
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    Osaka Osakashi Abeno-ku Abenosuji Abe Haruka 16F
    Located on the 16th floor of the 300-meter-tall Abeno Harukas skyscraper, the Abeno Haruka Museum is a city-center art museum that takes full advantage of its location near a major terminal railway station. The Museum has no permanent exhibitions; instead, it holds several different thematic exhibitions every year, on themes relating to the cultural properties that are found near Kintetsu railway lines, East Asian art (including Japanese art), Western art, contemporary art, etc. The Museum occupies an entire floor of the Abeno Harukas building, giving it a spacious feel; as a great spot to take a break from shopping or sightseeing to admire art in a relaxing atmosphere, it has become a very popular art museum.

    Visited during recent typhoon and everything else seemed to be closed. In tall building - exhibit was fantastic. Stayed for a coffee afterwards at the cafe with wonderful views of Osaka.

  • Open-air Museum of Old Japanese Farmhouses
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    4.5
    88 Reviews
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    Osaka Toyonakashi Hattoriryokuchi 1-2
    Located in Hattori Ryokuchi Park in Toyonaka City, Osaka Prefecture, the Open-air Museum of Old Japanese Farmhouses was the first open-air museum of its kind in Japan when it opened in 1956. The Museum has on display 12 representative examples of traditional farmhouses from different parts of Japan—from Iwate Prefecture in the north to Amami-Oshima Island in Kagoshima Prefecture in the south—that have been relocated to the Museum site. Several of the buildings on display have been designated as Important Cultural Properties, including Gassho-zukuri style farmhouses from the Hida and Shirakawa-go regions, and a Nanbu Magari-ya (L-shaped farmhouse) from Iwate, northern Japan. Inside each house, typical furniture and living utensils from the region in question are displayed.

    This is well worth the visit to give you a glimpse of Japanese life in years gone by. An amazing selection of authentic looking structures. Plenty of space, quiet and relaxing. A terrific escape...

  • The Osaka Museum of Housing and Living
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    Osaka Osakashi Kita-ku Tenjimbashi 6-4-20 Housing Information Center Building 8F
    The Osaka Museum of Housing and Living, which opened in 2001, is located in Tenjinbashi in the Kita Ward of Osaka City. The Museum is focused on the cultural and historical aspects of how people in Osaka lived during the period from the latter part of the Edo period through to the Showa period. The ninth floor of the Museum building features a row of life-size replica buildings facing onto a “main road,” including Machiya shop-houses, stores, a firewatching tower, etc.; visitors can enjoy strolling around this recreation of an Osaka street scene from days gone by. The eighth floor has dioramas and other exhibits showing Osaka’s streets looked like at different times between the Meiji period and Showa period. The Museum also holds seasonal special exhibitions.
  • Osaka Museum of Natural History
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    4.0
    54 Reviews
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    Osaka Osakashi Higashisumiyoshi-ku Nagaikouen 1-23
    This museum was founded in 1950 and is located within “Nagai Park” in Higashi Sumiyoshi Ward, Osaka City, Osaka Prefecture. The museum is based on the theme of humans surrounding natural history, and they carry out such activities as data collection, exhibitions, and educational activities. The permanent exhibition rooms are based on the four themes, “The Natural World Around Us”, “History of Earth and Life”, “Evolution of Life” and “The Lives of Living Things”. You can enjoy learning about nature in the local area of Osaka, the ecology, and evolution of living things and the environment while taking turns at games and videos. Special exhibitions are held several times a year at the museum. The in-house and outdoor events mainly held on weekends are also popular.

    I happened to have some free time and decided to check it out. Though small, it is packed to the brim with fossils and such.

  • Nagai Botanical Garden
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    4.0
    25 Reviews
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    Osaka Osakashi Higashisumiyoshi-ku Nagaikouen 1-23
    This botanical garden is south-east of Nagai Park, in front of the Midosuji Line's Nagai Station. The garden covers approximately 24.2 hectares, and cherry trees, tulips and hydrangeas are planted so the garden is in bloom all year round. In addition to these, rare ancient plants and trees, such as Metasequoia, also known as living fossils are exhibited in the gardens. There is also a log house in the herb garden, which offers a free herbal tea service on the first and third Saturday of each month.

    We have been in Japan for 2 weeks and have seen some beautiful gardens. These gardens are very neglected - a total disappointment and so unJapan like. Rubbish in the pond, dead plants, weeds...

  • Glion Museum
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    4.0
    26 Reviews
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    Osaka Osakashi Minato-ku Kaigandori 2-6-39 (in Osaka/red brick warehouse)
    Museum and showroom of classic cars near Osaka Port. This 100-year-old redbrick warehouse has a retro atmosphere making you imagine New York and London, with restored vintage cars from such companies as Toyota and Ford on display. This antique space also has models and other items a car fan will delight over, and even the T3R driving simulator.

    If you’re a car guy and don’t visit this place when travelling in Osaka, get ready for regret. This place has a few sections (open display, restaurant/bar, ticketed display, free display). The free...

  • Kishiwada Danjiri Kaikan
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    43 Reviews
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    Osaka Kishiwadashi Honmachi 11-23
    This museum is approximately a 13-minute walk from the Nankai Line's Kishiwada Station. You can learn all about the Kishiwada Danjiri festival at this facility. Actual items used in the Danjiri festival are exhibited in the event hall on the second floor, and every hour, there is a screening of the Danjiri festival on the 27-screen display. Also exhibited here, are things such as the Old Kamiyacho, which was made in 1842 and retired in 1990. In the experience corner on the fourth floor, you can experience what you feel like to ride on the top of Danjiri big roof, which is just like the stage star and often a carpenter does the role, and the exciting Danjiri-bayashi, with the great Taiko drums and small Taiko drums.

    These portable shrines are drawn along by columns of young men during festival days. I saw such a parade in 2013.

  • Bicycle Museum
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    4.0
    34 Reviews
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    Osaka Sakaishi Sakai-ku Daisennakamachi 18-2
    This is the only bicycle museum in Japan, located approximately six minutes' walk from the JR Hanwa Line's Mozu Station. Here, visitors can learn about the history of the development of bicycles from around 300 actual bicycles (including replicas) and from books on the subject. In the Bicycle Plaza, located in Daisen Park, next to the museum, you can try riding replicas of 1800s bicycles, and there is also a bicycle-riding class for people who cannot ride a bicycle.

    The friendly staff played the introductory video in English when they knew I couldn’t understand Japanese. Puts into perspective what you get to see in the bicycle museum. (Following info are...

  • The Entrepreneurial Museum of Challenge and Innovation, Osaka
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    27 Reviews
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    Osaka Osakashi Chuou-ku Honmachi 1-4-5 Osaka Industrial Creation Center B1
    This is a facility that exhibits the history and background of successful entrepreneurs who were born in Osaka. It is a five-minute walk from Sakaisuji-Honmachi Station on the Sakaisuji Subway Line. The exhibition is divided into three areas representing different time zones from the Meiji period, displaying information boards and artifacts of entrepreneurs who played an active role in each time period. In addition to seminars for corporates and group tours for students, there is an Exploration Quiz and a game to find the mascot characters Three Beckoning Cat Brothers for children.

    This museum follows the development of Osaka as a place of innovation and business from the mid 1850, until the end of the 1900s through the contributions of 105 Osaka businessmen over the ages. An...

  • Osaka Prefectural Museum of Yayoi Culture
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    20 Reviews
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    Osaka Izumishi Ikegamichou 4-8-27
    This is the only museum in the country dealing with documents and information on Yayoi culture, located approximately 600 meters from Shinodayama Station on the JR Hanwa Line. There are two permanent exhibition rooms displaying Yayoi culture to see and documents regarding the Ikegami Sone ruins, The World of Ikegami Sone. Visitors can experience Yayoi culture through authentic material, replica and video as well as enjoy learning about themes such as rice making, innovative technology, and a statue of Himiko holding a mirror. A wide variety of exhibitions including seasonal special exhibitions and archeology seminars are also held.

    弥生文化に関する資料と情報を、収集し、保存し研究をし、それらを展示して弥生文化ゆ親しんで欲しいとありまささた。

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While Osaka prefecture is the country's second smallest prefecture, its capital, Osaka City, is the country's third-largest and arguably one of the most popular in the Kansai region thanks to its vibrant nightlife, the Osaka people's openness, and its much-loved cuisine, which has earned it the nickname "the nation's kitchen."

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