Travel / Tourism Spots in Osaka Area

  • Osaka Castle
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    Osaka Osakashi Chuou-ku Osakajou 1-1
    Osaka Castle was built by the Imperial Regent Toyotomi Hideyoshi between 1583 and 1598. The castle was built on a magnificent scale, but was destroyed just 17 years later after the death of Toyotomi Hideyoshi and the destruction of the Toyotomi clan in the Siege of Osaka in 1615. Thereafter, the castle was rebuilt by the Tokugawa shogunate under the command of Todo Takatora but was once again lost due to a fire caused by a lightning strike. The current castle tower is the third generation to stand here and was completed in 1931 through donations from local citizens. The interior of the castle is a history museum and visitors can enjoy information about the history of Osaka Castle and dioramas. The castle was registered as a national Tangible Cultural Property in 1997.

    Great castle of the war era, Japan. If you are a fan of samurai and ninja. You probably are very familiar with the invincible castle.

  • Kuromon Ichiba Market
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    Osaka Osakashi Chuou-ku Nippombashi 2-4-1
    Kuromon Ichiba Market, located not far off from Namba, helps keep Osaka, “the Kitchen of the Nation” functioning. The market where professionals from a number of famous restaurants do their shopping, shops here stock the highest quality seafoods as well as the freshest vegetables. In recent years, the market has also come to be a popular tourist destination, and one can frequently catch sight of visitors sampling the various wares on offer. Come here when you’re looking for “honmamon” (the genuine article).

    Great place to eat lunch and do some shopping. Can be very busy on the weekend so I would suggest going on a weekday. We spent about 3-4 hours including lunch.

  • Tsutenkaku
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    Osaka Osakashi Naniwa-ku Ebisuhigashi 1-18-6
    A viewing tower located in Naniwa Ward, Osaka City and a famous Osaka landmark. Originally erected in 1912 and modeled after the Eiffel Tower in Paris, the current 108 meter tower is actually the second Tsutenkaku. The fourth and fifth floors are a viewing floor overlooking Osaka. There are figures of the Seven Gods of Fortune on the fifth floor as well as a statue of Billiken which is said to bring good luck when the soles of its feet are rubbed. The tower is filled with other interesting things to see and do, including the Kinnikuman Museum; a café produced by Mother Farm; and showroom shops by Morinaga, Glico, and Nisshin.

    Tsutenkaku was an old district but it was lively with hostels around the area. There were a few old shops, restaurants and cafes. There was also a big Donki Shop nearby. Worth the visit.

  • Umeda Sky Building Kuchu-Teien Observatory
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    Osaka Osakashi Kita-ku Oyodonaka 1-1-88 Umeda Sky Building
    An observatory facility located at the top of the 173 meter high Umeda Sky Building skyscraper located in Osaka City’s Kita Ward. Visitors can enjoy a 360 degree panorama of the streets of Osaka from the open air Sky Walk circular gallery, and many tourists both Japanese and international alike come to this famous spot to view the setting sun and Osaka’s nightscape. At night, the area is lit up by small, foot-level lights, creating a magical atmosphere. There is a fence at the site where lovers can attach a heart-shaped padlock to vow their love for one another, a popular destination for couples on dates. There is also a café on the 40th floor where you can take a break while enjoying the view.

    As everyone else says, the night view is spectacular! My recommendation is to go before sunset when its still bright out, watch the sunset. Then wait and see the city nightscape light up. Magical!

  • Umeda Sky Building
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    Osaka Osakashi Kita-ku Oyodonaka 1-1-88
    Forming part of the “Shin Umeda City” development project in the Kita Ward of Osaka City, the Umeda Sky Building is a skyscraper that is 173 meters high. With its unique design, consisting of twin towers that are linked at roof-level by the Floating Garden Observatory, it has become a prominent landmark in Osaka’s Umeda district. From the Floating Garden Observatory, visitors can enjoy 360-degree panoramic views of the Osaka cityscape while feeling the wind on their faces; the Observatory is very popular with foreign tourists and couples.

    Very nice place to go and take a look at Osaka from a different perspective. Id recommend this place only if you are interested in taking a look at the Umeda area from high up. A bit pricey, though.

  • Dotonbori
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    Osaka Osakashi Chuou-ku Doutombori
    Dotonbori’s famous Glico sign seems to be peering into the Dotonbori River; meanwhile, a giant crab sign moves in a perpetual dance. Crowded with restaurants and lined with giant signs, Dotonbori is a bustling entertainment district where visitors can truly experience Osaka—the city of kuidaore (extravagant eating). Have a bite at a shop selling kushiage (fried vegetable and meat skewers) or okonomiyaki (savory pancakes filled with meat and vegetables), Osaka specialties. Or spend a day visiting the various takoyaki (octopus dumplings) or butaman (steamed pork bun) restaurants. Day and night, this lively thoroughfare is frequented by great numbers of tourists.
  • CupNoodles Museum Osaka Ikeda
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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 :)

  • Sumiyoshi Taisha (Sumiyoshi Grand Shrine)
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    Osaka Osakashi Sumiyoshi-ku Sumiyoshi 2-9-89
    Known affectionately as “Sumiyossan,” the Sumiyoshi Taisha (Sumiyoshi Grand Shrine) is a Shinto Shrine located in the Sumiyoshi Ward of Osaka City, in Osaka Prefecture. It is the head shrine of all the Sumiyoshi shrines in Japan, of which there are around 2,300 in total. The Sumiyoshi Taisha is one of the most popular shrines in the Kinki region for the Hatsumode (the first visit to a shrine in the New Year), and it is thronged with worshippers every January. The founding of the Sumiyoshi Taisha is recorded in the Nihon Shoki (“Chronicles of Japan”), which notes that the Empress Jingu ordered the construction of the shrine to worship Sumiyoshi no Ohkami. Sumiyoshi no Ohkami (which is actually three Shinto deities in one) is renowned as the god of the sea and the god of exorcism. The four halls that make up the Hon-den (main hall) of the Sumiyoshi Taisha are built in the architectural style known as Sumiyoshi-zukuri; all four have been designated as National Treasures.

    This attractive spot is really gorgeous. It is a very old shrine, which was already mentioned in Nihonshoki. You can see the red bridge and took photo from this bridge.

  • 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.

    The Osaka Museum of Housing and Living was opened back in 2001 yet still didn’t appear in one of the most popular travel guide books that we took with us and we heard about it locally. I have seen an...

  • Osaka Museum of History
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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.

  • Mino Falls
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    Osaka Minoshi Minokouen
    This 33-meter-tall waterfall was chosen as one of Japan’s 100 most beautiful waterfalls. It is located inside Meiji no Mori Mino Quasi-National Park in Minoh City, Osaka Prefecture. Known as a popular fall foliage spot, many visitors come during the autumn season. There is a “waterfall walkway” approximately 2.8 kilometers long that starts in front of Minoh Station and offers wonderful views of the natural forests of Osaka. The fall foliage is best from mid-November through the beginning of December. In the middle of the walkway is the Mino Park Museum of Insects, another popular spot.

    The place is so wonderful; so refreshing, calm and peaceful. It is a 2.7km walk! First time to eat maple leaves.

  • Osaka Temmangu Shrine
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    Osaka Osakashi Kita-ku Tenjimbashi 2-1-8
    Nicknamed “Tenman no Tenjin-san,” this Shinto shrine is dedicated to Sugawara no Michizane, the god of scholarship, and accordingly bustles with hordes of students during entrance examination season. Together with the Gion Festival in Kyoto and the Kanda Festival in Tokyo, the Tenjin Festival, held each year in July, is one of Japan’s three largest festivals. Throngs of tourists press close to watch the boats fireworks as well as the boats traveling to and fro on the river carrying sacred objects.

    Located near Tenjinbashi-suji shopping street, this place is very quiet but beautiful, A worth place to visit after you shopped around Tenjinbashi-suji shopping street. The closest station to...

  • Kids Plaza Osaka
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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

  • Sennichimae Doguyasuji Shotengai
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    Osaka Osakashi Chuou-ku Nambasennichimae
    This is a shopping street with many stores specializing in kitchen utensils and supplies for professional chefs and restaurants located near “Namba Grand Kagetsu” in Chuo Ward, Osaka City, Osaka Prefecture. Shops in the area stock various kinds of items such as commercial cooking pots, frying pans for home use, fine quality knives that are sought after by world chefs, tableware, signs, food samples, and containers for takeout food and wrapping. There are also stores where visitors can experience making food samples etc., and it is a popular spot for students on school excursions and tourists as well.

    Anything you could possibly need for a kitchen is here! Prices are quite good due to the wholesale nature of the area. There is a small supermarket that has rare foodstuffs from overseas. If youre a...

  • Nanba Yasaka-jinja Shrine
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    Osaka Osakashi Naniwa-ku Motomachi 2-9-19
    This historic shrine in Naniwa is a six-minute walk from Namba Station or a seven-minute walk from Daikokuchou Station. It was known as an old shrine even during the era of Emperor Go-Sanjou (who reigned 1068-1072). Susanoo-no-Mikoto and his wife Kushinadahime are enshrined here, protecting people from evil, helping businesses prosper, and aiding in happy marriages. Three large festivals happen every spring, summer and fall. The summer festival happens every 13th and 14th of July with various events being performed. Also, every third Sunday of January a Shinto rope pulling ceremony is held, which was designated as Osaka's first Intangible Folk Cultural Property in 2001. There are also a variety of other shrines on the premises.

    Busy with inbound tourists. The shrine built with a huge head of Shi-Shi (guardian lion-dog) sculpture. Not much of history. Just another Instagram opportunity for tourists.

  • Osaka City Central Public Hall
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    Osaka Osakashi Kita-ku Nakanoshima 1-1-27
    A symbol of the knowledge, culture, and history of Osaka, construction on Osaka City Central Public Hall began in 1911 with a one million yen donation in building funds from Einosuke Iwamoto, with the hall opening in 1918. Brick reinforced with steel beams in construction, with three floors above ground and one basement level, the architecture of this extravagant building applies the Neo-Renaissance style as its basic tone while also presenting majestic baroque touches. In addition to concerts by celebrated orchestras from around the world, the hall has also played host to lectures by historical figures such as Helen Keller. The building was registered a national Important Cultural Property in 2002.

    This Central Hall is a place where you can take beautiful photo and selfie. The architecture design is really awesome.

  • Hozen-ji Temple
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    Osaka Osakashi Chuou-ku Namba 1-2-16
    Hozen-ji Temple is a Jodo (Pure Land) Buddhist temple in Osaka City that is famous for the moss-covered statue of the deity Fudo that worshippers pour water over. The Temple is said to have originally been located in Kitayama Village, Uji District, before being moved to its present site in 1637. Within the Temple, there is a statue of Nishimuki Fudo-son (Aryacanalatha) and a hall dedicated to Konpira (Kumbhira, the guardian deity of seafarers); the Temple is often filled with the scent of the incense sticks offered by worshippers. It is believed that pouring water over the moss-covered statue of Nishimuki Fudo-son can bring a wide range of benefits for the worshippers, including success in business or in love, and as a result the Temple is visited by many local shopkeepers, and by many tourists.

    Very beautiful temple for photo shot. Please come here during night because the view is more beautiful. it is a small open air temple. The location also perfect, inside Dotomburi district.

  • Osaka Science Museum
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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.

    They need to update their website to show they are closed for an extended period. Will not reopen until Feb 2022. We wasted an hour getting there and we opted for this instead of the earthquake...

  • Tsuyu no Tenjinsha (Ohaatsu Tenjin) Shrine
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    Osaka Osakashi Kita-ku Sonezaki 2-5-4
    The Tsuyu no Tenjinsha Shrine, which is located in the middle of a bustling area of Kita Ward, Osaka City, is reputed to have been built around the year 700. The Bunraku puppet drama “Sonezaki Shinju” was written by Chikamatsu Monzaemon about a tragic double suicide that occurred within the Shrine in 1703; as the name of the heroine of this drama was Ohatsu, the Shrine is now commonly referred to as the “Ohatsu Tenjin.” The Shrine is believed to be a good place to pray for success in business, safe journeys, or a good marriage, and as result it receives a large number of worshippers every day, particularly local shopkeepers and women. A flea market is held here on the first Friday of every month, and the Shrine is famous for its annual festival held in July each year.

    Tsuyuten shrine (Ohatsu-Tenjin) is a hidden spot located between buildings and built 1,300 years ago. It’s a historical and typical architecture of Japanese shrine. We were there without any plan...

  • Kanku View Hall Sky View
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    Osaka Izumisanoshi Senshukukoukita 1
    This is an observation deck overlooking the runway where visitors can see aircraft taking off and landing right before their eyes. From the “Sky Deck” on the fifth floor, visitors have a 360-degree panorama view of the Kansai Airport, and the powerful and exciting scene of aircraft skimming across the sky overhead as they fly away. There is a “play area” with play equipment for children in the rooftop garden. Inside the facility there is a museum where you can learn about Kansai Airport and airplanes, a restaurant where you can taste in-flight meals, a shop offering original goods, and is an enjoyable place to spend the day for both adults and children. There is a free shuttle bus from Bus No. 1 in front of Terminal 1.

    Currently on reduced service. Only open on weekends and holidays. You take the free shuttle bus from Terminal 1, bus stop 1. Shuttle pickup from Terminal 1 is at the top and bottom of the clock...

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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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