Other Sightseeing Spots in Osaka Area

  • 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.

    The poster child of Osaka. Business area for everything, and l mean everything. From takoyaki to electric massage chair to drones. Everything is in here, so is everyone. Get ready for the human bumps.

  • 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).

    The Kuromon market offers many a special treat that will be hard to find in any market in Germany, where I live. Hence it is quite the spectacular walk through that can very well be combined with a...

  • 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.

    This place provided great Observation Desk. I would suggest to come during night because the view is really nice.

  • 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
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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.
  • Harukas 300 (Observatory)
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    Osaka Osakashi Abeno-ku Abenosuji 1-1-43
    An observation deck situated between floors 58 and 60 in the 300 meter tall Abeno Harukas skyscraper. A popular destination for tourists, the deck offers a sweeping view of the streets of Osaka and Osaka Bay from Japan’s tallest building. On clear days, you can see the Rokko Mountain Range, Awaji Island, and even Kyoto and Kansai International Airport. From the airy three level outdoor Sky Garden on floor 58, visitors can enjoy the feel of the wind on their face and a gorgeous view of the city. Various events are also held in the garden. There are also cafes, bars, and restaurants offering super views as well as shops selling original goods. The closest stations are Tennoji Station and Osaka Abenobashi Station.

    Harukas 300 Observation Desk is the tallest building in Osaka City. You can view the whole Osaka from the top.

  • 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.

    Looking for something to do we visited the Sky Museum - free bus to the observation hall but not much to see in the way of a museum mainly a children’s educational area with interactivity

  • Shinsekai
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    Osaka Osakashi Naniwa-ku Ebisuhigashi
    Located on the western side of the site where the fifth National Industrial Exhibition was held in 1903, the approximately 92 thousand square meter neighborhood of Shinsekai was created to be “new highlight” of Osaka. Just to the north of the center of the area, visitors can find the Tsutenkaku Tower. Janjan Yokocho Alley, located in the southeast of Shinsekai, is lined with shops selling Osaka specialties like kushikatsu (fried pork and onions on skewers) and doteyaki (beef sinew in miso and mirin). The retro atmosphere, reminiscent of the Showa period, makes Shinsekai an extremely popular tourist attraction.
  • Americamura
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    Osaka Osakashi Chuou-ku Nishishinsaibashi
    This is the nick name for the area near Nishi Shinsaibashi, Chuo Ward in Osaka. It is also said to be a center of youth culture, and also known as “Amemura”. This is an area for young people which has about 2,500 shops lined up which have developed into selling unique merchandise such as many second hand clothes shops, fashion shops and record stores. Sankaku Koen (Triangle Park) where young people get together has become a symbol of Americamura (America Village). In addition to being a place to meet up or have a rest, there are also events occasionally held here and it is always busy with young people who are aiming at being musicians or dancers. And one of the highlights is also the creative items of artwork.
  • Nipponbashi Denden Town
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    Osaka Osakashi Naniwa-ku Nippombashi 3
    Sprawling from 3 to 5-chome in Nipponbashi, Naniwa Ward, Osaka City, Denden Town is one of Japan’s most famous “Electric Towns.” After the end of World War II, a succession of electronics stores opened up shop here, turning the area into a center for electronics and nerd culture. Today, many of the shops sell dojinshi (self-published zines), cosplay (costume) items, and action figures, and a portion of the neighborhood has affectionately come to be called the “Otaku (Nerd) Road.” As more and more shops start offering duty free shopping, the number of international tourists coming here has also been increasing.
  • Daisen Park Japanese Garden
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    Osaka Sakai-shi Sakai-ku Daisennakamachi Daisen Park
    A Japanese garden located inside Daisen Park in Daisen Naka-machi, Sakai Ward, Sakai City. The park was opened in 1989 to commemorate the formation of Sakai City. A traditional circular garden built around a central pond with an artificial hill and forest, the garden's design was inspired by Sakai, a place which long flourished as a trading point with China; and famous scenic sights in China. Visitors can rent traditional Japanese tatami mat rooms in the garden for events, etc.; the garden also serves matcha powdered green tea and Japanese confections.

    I dont know why, this beautiful garden was not in my visit list in Osaka. In fact, it is the best Japanese Garden Ive ever visited and it should be at top 10 most visited place in Japan. We went...

  • Tower of the Sun
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    Osaka Met. Suitashi Senri Banpaku Park 1-1 In the Banpaku Park
    This is a 70-meter tall work of art created by artist Taro Okamoto and is a symbol of the Japan Expo held in 1970 in Osaka’s Suita City. Even now it still remains in the Expo Commemoration Park which is a cultural park created on the site of the exposition grounds and serves as a popular photo spot. With a unique design that is modeled after a crow, the tower has three faces which represent the future, present and past. The inside is hollow and has a giant monument called the Tree of Life. Currently visitors are not permitted to tour the inside of the tower due to reconstruction work, but it is scheduled to reopen in March of 2018.
  • Ebisu Bridge
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    Osaka Osakashi Chuou-ku Doutombori
    This is a bridge over the Dotonbori River in Chuo Ward, Osaka City, Osaka, located connecting the center of the downtown areas of Shinsaibashi-suji and Ebisubashi-suji. The bridge is also often called “Hikkake-bashi” (pick-up bridge) locally. On the southwest side is the Glico signboard, a popular spot for taking commemorative photos. The bridge is also famous as the spot where many young people jumped into the Dotonbori River when the Hanshin Tigers won the championship or when the Japanese national team won the soccer World Cup. There is a circular area on the current bridge where tourists can easily stop.
  • Tachibana-dori (Orange Street)
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    Osaka Osakashi Nishi-ku Minamihorie
    This street represents what is fashionable in Osaka, and is located approx. three minutes from the Osaka Metro Yotsubashi Line's Yotsubashi Station. It runs westward one street south of Amerika-mura Triangle Park. The 800-meter long street is lined with photogenic stores popular with young people such as cafes, boutiques, accessory shops, imported furniture stores and interior design shops. The neighborhood flourished as a furniture district from around the last days of the Tokugawa shogunate (1853-1867), and since there are traditional Japanese furniture dealers that have continued to operate since before World War II even now, it is a charming area with a mixture of old and new.
  • 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.
  • Hozenji Yokocho Alley
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    Osaka Osakashi Chuou-ku Namba Near 1
    Despite its location in the bustling Minami area of Osaka, a still and ancient air hangs about Hozenji Yokocho Alley reminiscent of old Naniwa (Osaka). This stone-paved alley, famous in part through Sakunosuke Oda’s novel Meoto Zenzai, is crowded with some 60 tiny restaurants and bars. In total, the alley is around 80 meters long. Throughout the day, the alley is visited by an unending stream of people. In the afternoon, you can visit the Hozen-ji Temple, nicknamed the “Mizukake Fudo,” or enjoy a bowl of sweet red bean zenzai soup; at night, partake in a dinner or a cup of sake.
  • Nishinomaru Garden
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    Osaka Osakashi Chuou-ku Osakajou 2
    This park lies outside Osaka Castle's Otemon Gate, and is a popular place for cherry blossom viewing. 300 cherry trees (mainly Yoshino cherry trees) are planted, and every spring tourists gather here to see the cherry blossoms. Even outside of the cherry blossom season, the view of the castle tower and stone walls through the trees is impressive, and many people visit to take photos of it. Also contained within the park are many scenic spots, including 13 Important Cultural Properties, such as the Senganyagura and the Enshogura. The park is said to the place where the residence of Toyotomi Hideyoshi's legal wife, Kitano Mandokoro, once stood.
  • Sakishima Building Observatory
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    Osaka Osaka-shi Suminoe-ku Nanko Kita 1-14-16 Osaka Sakishima Office Building
    This observatory is approx. a three-minute walk from the Nanko Port Town Line's Trade Center-mae Station. It is on the top floor of the Osaka Prefectural Government Sakishima Building, which is also called Sakishima Cosmo Tower. The panoramic viewing space is 252 meters above ground, and is a circuit style with 360 degrees of full glass. You can overlook the Osaka Bay area, Awaji Island, Akashi Kaikyo Bridge and Kansai International Airport. Watching the changing scenery from dusk to night while sitting in the west side box seats is popular.
  • Keitakuen Garden
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    Osaka Osakashi Tennouji-ku Chausuyamachou 1-108
    A classic Japanese garden with tress and ponds in Tennoji Park in Osaka. The Sumitomo family donated the garden to the city in 1926. It was designed by Ogawa Jihei VII, who is said to have established modern garden landscaping, and who also designed the Heian Jingu Shrine gardens and Maruyama Park in Kyoto. The center of the park has a large pond, with artificial hills, stepping stones, and bridges that allow you to feel the movement of the water. The tea house can be used for tea ceremonies, poetry readings, and commemorative photoshoots.
  • Ohatsu Tenjin Urasando
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    2-10-10 Sonezaki Kita-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka
    This hidden gourmet street is located close to Umeda Station. Along the narrow alleyway, there are various kinds of shops nestled up to one another. The variety is truly rich, with everything from Italian, French, sushi, oyster bars, live shrimp bars, grilled pork skewers, beef or pork tripe hotpots, charcoal grilled meat, kushiage and Okinawan cuisine, to taverns and public bars. Because there is only a small distance between different shops, many people go pub crawling here. The lunch menus are also very satisfying.

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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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