30 of the Best Things to Do in Osaka

The Ultimate Osaka Guide 2020; What to Do and What to Eat


2019.11.29

NAVITIME TRAVEL EDITOR

30 of the Best Things to Do in Osaka

Osaka is the second largest city of Japan and its cultural uniqueness attracts people who are looking for a vibrant and exciting city filled to the brim with some of the best views, most exciting attractions, shopping, and some of the most beautiful culture and history that Japan has to offer.

In this guide we have 5 categories to enjoy ultimate Osaka: food, heritage and culture, travel tips, activities and attractions, and shopping.

  • 01

    Indulge Yourself in Osaka, the Food Capital of Japan

    People come to Osaka for the food, and there is a very good reason for that. In this section we’ll give you the scoop on the best food districts, hottest restaurants, and trendiest cafés, so that you can become an expert of Osaka cuisine.

  • 02

    ―Dine like a Local at Osaka’s Best Food Districts

    Start your journey in Osaka off right, with one of its local specialties at local’s favorite dining.

  • 03

    Feast on Kushikatsu beneath Tsutenkaku and Shinsekai

    Tsutenkaku

    Tsutenkaku

    Kushikatsu is a dish of deep-fried meat and vegetables on skewers, and it’s usually served with a sauce. The taste varies from restaurant to restaurant, but you can expect it to taste slightly sweet. This dish is believed to have originated in Shinsekai as food for day laborers working to rebuild Osaka after the war. You’ll find many small Izakayas serving Kushikatsu so be sure to walk around and compare.

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    Working Class Hero: Osaka’s Kushikatsu
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    Kushikatsu

    Kushikatsu

    Once you’re reasonably full be sure to check out Tsutenkaku, nicknamed the ‘Eiffel Tower of Osaka’, it is an iconic structure that was reconstructed following World War II. It’s become a symbol of the city and is magnificently illuminated at night, with an observatory on the 5th floor.

    Tsutenkaku

    Tsutenkaku

    Tsutenkaku
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    3.5

    1833 Reviews
    place
    Osaka Osakashi Naniwa-ku Ebisuhigashi 1-18-6
    phone
    0666419555
    opening-hour
    8:30-21:30 (Last entry is 21…
  • 04

    Visit Hozenji Yokocho Alley for authentic food experiences

    Hozenji Yokocho Alley

    Hozenji Yokocho Alley

    Hozenji Yokocho Alley near Hozenji Temple is a classic, cobblestone lane that’s filled with popular drinking and dining places. Many serve Osaka's iconic foods, such as Okonomiyaki, Takoyaki, and Kushikatsu. The alleyway glows enchantingly in the dark with its lanterns and shop signs, making it even more inviting.

    Hozenji

    Hozenji

    Many tourists visit the Hozenji temple which gives the alley its name and is another great example of Osaka’s softer, historical side. The temple features a statue of Fudomyoo, which survived the bombing raids of the second World War. It is said that pouring water over this Buddhist statue and making a wish will make your wish come true! As a result, the statue is covered with thick, green moss from head to toe.

    Hozenji Yokocho Alley
    place
    Osaka Osakashi Chuou-ku Namba Near 1
  • 05

    Eat your way around the Kuromon Ichiba Market

    Kuromon Ichiba Market

    Kuromon Ichiba Market

    Osaka is widely considered the culinary capital of Japan and the Kuromon Ichiba Market is one of the best places to get a taste of Yakitori, grilled scallops, Oden, and even some of the most expensive fruit you’ve ever seen. Nicknamed ‘Osaka’s Kitchen’, this covered shopping street stretches for around 600 meters and is lined with stalls selling fresh produce, gourmet specialties and incredibly fresh seafood. Join the local chefs while sampling some of the best ingredients available in Osaka.

    Kuromon Ichiba Market

    Kuromon Ichiba Market

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    A Tasty Detour to the Kuromon Ichiba Market
    Osaka has a reputation throughout Japan for many things, but it’s maybe most famous for its food. Osaka, ‘the kitchen of Japan’…

    Kuromon Ichiba Market
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    4.0

    3215 Reviews
    place
    Osaka Osakashi Chuou-ku Nippombashi 2-4-1
    phone
    0666310007
    opening-hour
    Each Depending on the store
  • 06

    Eat Yakiniku in Korea Town Tsuruhashi

    Tsuruhashi

    Tsuruhashi

    Don’t miss the opportunity to enjoy Yakiniku, a delicious do-it yourself grilled meat experience, at one of the numerous Korean BBQ restaurants in Tsuruhashi. It is the largest Korean neighborhood in Japan and centers around a covered shopping arcade that's lined with Korean eateries and stores. Many Koreans migrated here during the early 20th century Japanese occupation of Korea and set up a miniature version of their home.

    Tsuruhashi

    Tsuruhashi

  • 07

    ―Become an Osaka Cuisine Expert

    Osaka’s local-specialites are called ‘Konamon’, meaning ‘snack made from wheat flour’. Here is a guide for your snack choices, local people’s favorite ‘Konamon’ and curry restaurant.

  • 08

    Compare the Takoyaki of Namba

    Takoyaki of Namba

    Takoyaki of Namba

    The lively entertainment district of Namba has gained a reputation for its shops specializing in takoyaki (octopus filled balls). It’s a great place to sample a variety of takoyaki and compare the different options while soaking up the vibrant atmosphere. One of the most popular stores is Wanaka that’s been in business for more than half a century and dishes up incredible takoyaki.

    Takoyaki of Namba

    Takoyaki of Namba

    Takoyaki Doraku Wanaka Nanba
    rating

    4.5

    61 Reviews
    place
    Osaka Osaka-shi Chuo-ku Nanba 3-7-24
    phone
    0666315920
  • 09

    Sample the local Negiyaki

    local Negiyaki

    local Negiyaki

    While Okonomiyaki, a type of savory Japanese pancake, is relatively well known, its thinner version, Negiyaki, isn’t so widely eaten. But as Osaka is considered the birthplace of the dish, there’s no better opportunity to try it. Okonomiyaki restaurant Fukutaro is an Osaka institution that’s renowned for its Negiyaki. Featuring a batter made from flour, grated nagaimo (yam), eggs and shredded cabbage, their Negiyaki also incorporates a lot of its namesake: Negi, known as scallions or green onion in English.

    local Negiyaki

    local Negiyaki

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    Kansai Soul Food: Okonomiyaki in Osaka
    Okonomiyaki, the pancake of yam flour, bacon, cabbage, and… well, anything else…

    Fukutaro
    rating

    4.5

    281 Reviews
    place
    Osaka Osakashi Chuou-ku Sennichimae 2-3-17
    phone
    0666342951
    opening-hour
    [Weekday]17:00-24:30(L.O.23:…
  • 10

    Try Osaka's new soul food, Spice Curry

    Warung

    Warung

    Still hungry? If you would like to try something a little different, we have a great recommendation for you. Spice curry is taking Osaka by storm, with countless restaurants inspired by this classic Southeast Asian dish. Aside from Nepalese, Sri Lankan and Indian style curries, you can also find a unique spice blend that originated in Osaka.

    Warung

    Warung

    Curry&CafeWarung
    place
    Osaka Osaka-shi Nishi-ku Kitahorie 3-4-17 LifeLaboBld 1F
    phone
    0666169712
  • 11

    ―Hottest Café Hopping in Osaka

    Osaka also has various kinds of café. Here is the most updated Osaka café information. Hop and find your favorite café.

  • 12

    Pokemon Café Osaka

    Pokemon Café Osaka

    Pokemon Café Osaka

    Fans of this classic video game and anime series can rejoice as Osaka gets it’s very own Pokemon Café! Opened in September 2019, this is a brand-new dining experience. It has a surprisingly modern and organic feel which is complemented by the cuteness of the figurines around the room and the elaborate designs of the various dishes. Catch your favorite Pokemon on a custom latte or with your favorite food. Even if you’re not a fan we still highly recommend this unique café.

    Pokemon Café Osaka

    Pokemon Café Osaka

    Reservation : https://www.pokemoncenter-online.com/cafe/reservation.html

    Daimaru Shinsaibashi Store
    rating

    4.0

    227 Reviews
    place
    Osaka Osakashi Chuou-ku Shinsaibashisuji 1-7-1
    phone
    0662711231
    opening-hour
    [North Bldg] 10:00-20:30[Nor…
  • 13

    Relax at a Riverside Café

    Riverside café

    Riverside café

    At the heart of the city lies the small island of Nakanoshima, which is surrounded by an extensive waterfront area and home to some of the trendiest cafes in Osaka. After a stroll through scenic Nakanoshima Park, grab a spot on one of the cafe terraces overlooking the river to watch the world go by. Many of the restaurants and cafes in this area also offer a take-out menu so if it’s a beautiful day feel free to grab some food and have a picnic in the park.

    Riverside café

    Riverside café

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    Osaka’s Nakanoshima District
    Osaka is known as ‘the city of water’, thanks to the network of rivers and streams that cut through the city. In the heart of the city, …

  • 14

    Get your Caffeine fix in Horie

    Mel Coffee Roasters

    Mel Coffee Roasters

    A short walk from Shinsaibashi Station is the newly-trendy district of Horie, which is home to some of Osaka’s best specialty coffee shops. With freshly roasted beans, personalized service and an oasis of calm, there’s no better place to get your caffeine fix. Head to Mel Coffee Roasters or try Downstairs Coffee that’s owned by a previous winner of the Latte Art World Championship. Once you’re reasonably caffeinated check out Tachibana, or Orange Street, for a glimpse of authentically Japanese custom furniture and other small shops.

    Mel Coffee Roasters

    Mel Coffee Roasters

    MelCoffeeRoasters
    place
    Osaka Osaka-shi Nishi-ku Shinmachi 1-20-4
    phone
    0643948177
  • 15

    Drink an Instagrammable Smoothie in Temmabashi

    JTRRD café

    JTRRD café

    A five-minute walk from Temmabashi Station takes you to the JTRRD cafe that’s making a name for its smoothie artistry. Simply select your favorite color or image and their staff will create a one of a kind smoothie that you won’t be able to resist photographing. These kinds of drinks are all the rage with the youth of Japan so here is a good chance to join in on the fun. The store also has a small selection of handmade ornaments and clothing for sale.

    JTRRD café

    JTRRD café

    JTRRDCafe
    place
    Osaka Osaka-shi Kita-ku
  • 16

    Immerse Yourself in Osaka’s Rich Culture and Heritage

    Osaka is also a historically significant city with a long and colorful past. Ancient temples, extravagant festivals, and World Heritage Sites are all waiting to be explored.

  • 17

    ―Buy a Lucky Charm at one of Osaka’s Best Temples and Shrines

    Temples and shrines often have their original Omikuji (fortune slips) and Omamori (lucky charms) with their logo-marks. Be sure to take home these Omamori and the Omikuji, but only the slips the ones divine bright future!

  • 18

    Pray for academic success at Osaka Tenmangu Shrine

    Osaka Tenmangu Shrine

    Osaka Tenmangu Shrine

    Osaka Tenmangu Shrine is an amazing place to visit if you're looking for spiritual solace and a break from the bustling city. There are a number of Tenmagu shrines in Japan but this one is by far the most famous. Home to the deity of scholarship known as Sugawara Michizane, this shrine attracts many students hoping to get a little boost for their exams and studies.

    From mid-February to early March, 100 plum trees bloom and decorate the compound with pink petals. The biggest event at the shrine is the Tenjin Matsuri festival.

    Osaka Tenmangu Shrine

    Osaka Tenmangu Shrine

    Osaka Temmangu Shrine
    rating

    4.0

    368 Reviews
    place
    Osaka Osakashi Kita-ku Tenjimbashi 2-1-8
    phone
    0663530025
    opening-hour
    9:00:-17:00
  • 19

    Be appeased by the turtles of Shitennoji Temple

    Shitennoji Temple

    Shitennoji Temple

    Commissioned by the legendary Prince Shotoku, Shitennoji Temple is located in the heart of the city’s Tennoji Ward. While its impressive Gokurakumon and pagoda are highlights of the complex, it’s the resident turtles in the temple pond that will really make you smile. Once pets, they were abandoned here to lazily spend their days swimming and basking in the sunshine. This is one of Japan’s oldest temples so while you’re there be sure to check out its long history. Don’t forget to buy a charm for good luck on your way out!

    Shitennoji Temple

    Shitennoji Temple

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    A Golden Pavilion for a Faithful Prince: Shitennoji Temple
    Although the years have been hard on Shitennoji and few of the early structures stand to this day, …

    Shitennoji Temple
    place
    Osaka Osaka-shi Tennoji-ku Shitennoji 1-chome
  • 20

    Photograph the huge lion mouth of the Namba Yasaka Shrine

    Namba Yasaka Shrine

    Namba Yasaka Shrine

    Fronted by an immense lion, the Namba Yaska Shrine is part of what was once a flourishing Buddhist temple complex. It’s believed that the lion’s mouth swallows evil spirits and brings devotees good luck, particularly in studies and business. Visit during the annual festival in January when a huge tug of war competition is held.

    Namba Yasaka Shrine

    Namba Yasaka Shrine

    Nanba Yasaka-jinja Shrine
    rating

    4.0

    267 Reviews
    place
    Osaka Osakashi Naniwa-ku Motomachi 2-9-19
    phone
    0666411149
    opening-hour
    6:00-17:00
  • 21

    ―Experience Osaka’s most unique Festivals and Events

    Osaka’s unique festivals and events take place mainly in summer. Each festival has a long history and you will be surely touched by the living history in modern people’s life.

  • 22

    Tenjin Tenma Awa Odori

    Whenever you hear the word Odori mentioned in reference to a festival that means this is going to be a dance event. The Tenjin Tenma Awa Odori is no exception, a bright showing of traditional costumes, dancing and music, it’s not to be missed.

  • 23

    Tenjin Matsuri

    Tenjin Matsuri

    Tenjin Matsuri

    One of the top three festivals in Japan, it is a spectacular display of the Shinto Faith at its most elaborate. This is the festival of the Tenmagu Shrine and its deity that we mentioned above. The deity, Sugawara Michizane, will be invited out of the temple and paraded through the streets of Osaka. The land procession features costumed characters of Japanese legend, Lion Dancer’s, Floats, and more.

  • 24

    Sumiyoshi Festival

    Taking place at the Sumiyoshi Grand Shrine, whose gods defend Japan and protect sea voyages, this festival is extremely culturally significant. Women and children donning Muromachi period costume will walk through a straw ring to exorcise evil spirits. Witnessing this, it’s easy to feel that you’ve been transported to the past.

  • 25

    ―Explore Osaka’s Historical Treasures

    Osaka has been the economic center of western Japan for centuries. From the past to the future, feel the vibrant vibes of this historical city visiting the sights and museums.

  • 26

    Soak up the Osaka Castle views from Miraiza

    Osaka Castle views from Miraiza

    Osaka Castle views from Miraiza

    Dating back to the 16th century, Osaka Castle is undoubtedly one of the city's most famous sights and dominated by its eye-catching tower. While the top floor of the castle offers sweeping views across the castle grounds and the city beyond, you can get spectacular views of the castle itself from the terrace of the Miraiza shopping mall or the first floor of The Konamon Bar Rikyu. See if you can spot the Shachi, a legendary fish that was believed to protect from fire, on the roof.

    Osaka Castle views from Miraiza

    Osaka Castle views from Miraiza

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    Osaka Castle and the Surrounding Area
    South of the Yodo River, Osaka Castle sits in an oasis of greenery in the center of the city. Originally constructed in the 16th century, …

  • 27

    Discover the UNESCO World Heritage Site - Mozu Furuichi Kofungun of Sakai

    Mozu Furuichi Kofungun

    Mozu Furuichi Kofungun

    On terraced land overlooking Osaka Bay are a number of keyhole shaped tombs known as Mozu Furuichi Kofungun. They’re the largest Kofun, a kind of tomb made of earth with the burial chamber in the mound, in the country and are believed to date from the late 4th to early 6th centuries. Visitors can walk or cycle around the site while gaining an insight into the history of the Kofun and their consideration as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and take in the natural beauty of the area.

    Mozu Burial Mounds
    place
    Osaka Sakai-shi Sakai-ku Kita-ku Nishi-ku
    phone
    0722287198
  • 28

    Admire the traditional Japanese style houses of Nakazakicho

    Nakazakicho District

    Nakazakicho District

    Take a step back in time while strolling the streets of Nakazakicho, a traditional district that’s home to old shop façades from the Showa era. Having escaped the modern developments that have shaped much of Osaka, it’s become one of the city’s most fashionable areas for those in the know, with many of its beautiful old buildings transformed into unique boutiques and eclectic cafes.

    Nakazakicho District

    Nakazakicho District

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    Nakazakicho District in Osaka
    The north of Osaka is often considered the more sophisticated end of the city, with Umeda being a modern hub of high-rise buildings,…

  • 29

    Go Where the Past meets the Present - The Osaka Museum of Housing and Living

    Osaka Museum of Housing and Living

    Osaka Museum of Housing and Living

    Osaka has a number of authentic historical sites, however the only place to truly encounter an Edo period street is the Osaka Museum of Housing and Living. The past has been recreated with a number of buildings that you can explore, and Kimono rental is also available so that you can get the full historical experience. Once you’ve browsed the street to your hearts content head over to the other exhibits where you can see Osaka’s development into the modern behemoth it is today.

    The Osaka Museum of Housing and Living
    place
    Osaka Osakashi Kita-ku Tenjimbashi 6-4-20 Housing Information Center Building 8F
    phone
    0662421170
    opening-hour
    10:00-17:00 (Last admission …
  • 30

    Experience the world of Taro Okamoto at the Expo’70 Commemorative Park

    Tower of the Sun by Taro Okamoto

    Tower of the Sun by Taro Okamoto

    Established on the site of the Japan World Exposition 1970, the Expo’70 Commemorative Park features landscaped gardens and the Japan Folk Crafts Museum. But it’s the striking Tower of the Sun by late artist Taro Okamoto that has become its symbol, soaring 70 meters in height. Once closed, visitors can now enter the tower to experience the world of Okamoto, although you must reserve a place one day ahead.

    Tower of the Sun by Taro Okamoto

    Tower of the Sun by Taro Okamoto

    https://taiyounotou-expo70.jp/

    Tower of the Sun by Taro Okamoto

    Tower of the Sun by Taro Okamoto

    Tower of the Sun
    place
    Osaka Met. Suitashi Senri Banpaku Park 1-1 In the Banpaku Park
    phone
    0120197089
    opening-hour
    10:00-17:00(Latest entry16:3…
  • 31

    Our Most Important Travel Tip - Buy an Eco Card to get around

    Get Eco Card by subway vending machine

    Get Eco Card by subway vending machine

    A great way to save money on travel and attractions is to purchase an Eco card from the Osaka Metro Station Building. It costs only 300 yen for children and 800 yen for adults (600 on weekends and holidays) and allows unlimited access to the Osaka Subway, the New Tram, and municipal bus lines. Another exciting feature of the Eco card is the discounts it provides to 30 of Osaka’s most popular attractions, such as historic Osaka Castle. You can purchase it from any of the stores and kiosks in the Osaka Metro Station Building.

  • 32

    Enjoy Exciting Osaka, a Variety of Activities and Attractions

    The variety of entertainment in Osaka is truly staggering. But don’t worry we’ve got you covered with the best theme parks (including Universal Studios Japan, of course), adventures, and sights that the city has to offer.

  • 33

    ―Thrilling Adventures for the Whole Family

    If kids want some thrilling adventures, Osaka provides you these options, too! Even the grown-ups can’t miss the USJ (Universal Studio Japan) and amusement parks.

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    USJ (Universal Studio Japan) cannot be removed from the list!

    USJ

    USJ

    No trip to Osaka would be complete without a visit to Universal Studios Japan, which is packed with themed rides and movie inspired attractions. Only in this particular Universal Studios can you watch a unique musical show based on the movie ‘SING’ called ‘SING ON TOUR’. Check it out in the fun and adorable Minion Park. While here make sure you don’t miss fan-favorites ‘Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey’ or the ‘Despicable Me Minion Mayhem’.

    Universal Studios Japan
    place
    Osaka Osakashi Konohana-ku Sakurajima 2-1-33
    phone
    0570200606
    opening-hour
    Sunday/Depending on the seas…
  • 35

    Enjoy Hirakata Park to the fullest

    Hirakata Park

    Hirakata Park

    Hirakata Park (also known as Hirapah) is family-friendly amusement park just three minutes’ walk from Hirakata Koen Station. It’s filled with a wide range of rides and attractions. Thrill-seekers should check out the Red Falcon rollercoaster, while those that prefer a gentler experience can go on Elf - it’s an increasingly rare wooden rollercoaster. As an added bonus Hirapah is more economical compared to Universal Studios Japan or Tokyo Disneyland.

    Hirakata Park
    rating

    4.0

    216 Reviews
    place
    Osaka Hirakatashi Hirakatakouenchou 1-1
    phone
    0728443475
    opening-hour
    10:00-17:00 * Sunday Sunday/…
  • 36

    Spend a day in Expocity

    Expocity

    Expocity

    Expocity is a large entertainment complex that comprises eight facilities, including an IMAX movie theatre, amusement parks and a shopping mall. The complex also boasts Japan's tallest Ferris wheel, the Redhorse Osaka Wheel, which features see-through gondolas that allow passengers to capture great views of the city. Not to be missed are the Japanese Garden and Nifrel, a ‘living’ museum where visitors can enjoy up-close encounters with wild and marine animals in seven different artistic zones.

    Expocity

    Expocity

    EXPOCITY
    rating

    4.0

    500 Reviews
    place
    Osaka Suitashi Senribampakukouen 2-1
    phone
    0661705590
    opening-hour
    Facility/Depending on the fa…
  • 37

    ―Climb to New Heights to Experience Breath-taking Views

    Tokyo is famous for its sky-scrapers but so has Osaka. Visit these sky-scrapers and challenge for the breath-taking views.

  • 38

    5. Ride the Ferris wheel at HEP Five

    HEP Five

    HEP Five

    Another place to get a bird’s eye view of the city is from the bright red Ferris wheel on the roof of HEP Five, a fashionable new shopping complex. For 600 yen you can take a 15-minute air-conditioned journey 106 meters above the ground.

    HEP Five

    HEP Five

    There is also a legend that if you get on the Ferris wheel with someone you're not in a relationship with, one, you'll become a couple, and two, kissing on the ride will make your relationship last. I'm not one for legends, but it doesn't hurt your chances.

    HEP FIVE
    rating

    4.0

    169 Reviews
    place
    Osaka Osakashi Kita-ku Kakudachou 5-15
    phone
    0663130501
    opening-hour
    [Shopping]11:00-21:00[Restau…
  • 39

    Challenge yourself to the Edge the Harukas

    Abeno Harukas

    Abeno Harukas

    Ever wanted to walk on the edge of a 300-meter-high cliff? Then brave the Edge the Harukas where you can experience the same thrill while being harnessed to a safety rail. Participants walk along a narrow deck atop the 300-meter-tall building of Abeno Harukas while leaning out over the edge.

    Edge the Harukas

    Edge the Harukas

    Entry also includes access to the 16th floor observation deck for sweeping views across the city and a free photo (you can’t bring your own camera for safety reasons).

    Abeno Harukas

    Abeno Harukas

    Abeno Harkus
    rating

    4.5

    5 Reviews
    place
    Osaka Osakashi Abeno-ku Abenosuji 1-1-43
    phone
    0666210300
    opening-hour
    [House 300 (observation deck…
  • 40

    ―From Whale Sharks to Waterfalls, Get in Touch with Nature in the City

    Need a break from the hustle and bustle of Osaka? Head to the Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan and picturesque Minoo Park.

  • 41

    Marvel at the Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan’s sea creatures

    Kaiyukan

    Kaiyukan

    Situated on the waterfront of Osaka Bay, the Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan (海遊館) is a world-class aquarium showcasing 30,000 sea creatures from around 620 different species. At this eight-story aquarium, visitors can begin on the 8th floor and gradually meander down while viewing marine animals such as sea lions and sea turtles. The main attraction is definitely the whale sharks, stare in awe at these gentle giants as they gracefully swim past you.

    Osaka Aquarium (Kaiyukan)
    place
    Osaka Osakashi Minato-ku Kaigandori 1-1-10
    phone
    0665765501
    opening-hour
    10:00-20:00 (Last admission …
  • 42

    Go hiking at Minoo Park

    Minoo Park

    Minoo Park

    Minoo Park is crisscrossed by hiking trails where you can enjoy the clean air and see a 33-meter-high waterfall, with traditional buildings and bridges creating a peaceful ambience.

    Katsuoji

    Katsuoji

    A highlight of the park is the 1,200-year-old Buddhist temple of Katsuoji that’s renowned for its hundreds of Daruma dolls, which are viewed as symbols of good luck and perseverance. If you decide to purchase one for yourself note the blank eyes, you make a goal or wish and paint in one eye, and once your wish comes true you fill in the other one!

    Katsuoji

    Katsuoji

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    A Day in Minoo Park
    Osaka is a vibrant city full of amazing food and is known for its exciting nightlife. Sometimes, …

  • 43

    ―Join the Locals and Take in the Lively Osaka Nightlife

    Looking for some entertainment before or after your meal? No worries! You can sing Karaoke or watch a popular Japanese comedy show all in the same building.

  • 44

    Step into the future at the Umeda Sky Building's Kuchu Teien Observatory

    Umeda Sky Building's

    Umeda Sky Building's

    At 170 meters above the streets below, the Umeda Sky Building’s Kuchu Teien Observatory offers unforgettable views across the city of Osaka. The rooftop, called the Sky Garden, offers a beautiful, 360-degree panorama view of the city and surrounding area.

    Umeda Sky Building's

    Umeda Sky Building's

    To properly enjoy the twinkling city lights at night, with cocktails and fine dining, you can head down to the 39th floor where there is a restaurant whimsically named Stardust. It’s popular, so it might be a good idea to make a reservation in advance.

    Umeda Sky Building's

    Umeda Sky Building's

    Umeda Sky Building's

    Umeda Sky Building's

    Umeda Sky Building
    place
    Osaka Osakashi Kita-ku Oyodonaka 1-1-88
    phone
    0664403899
    opening-hour
    [Floating Garden Observation…
  • 45

    Take Instagrammable photos at Ura-Tenma's Chochin-dori

    Ura-Tenma's Chochin-dori

    Ura-Tenma's Chochin-dori

    In Temmabashi you can find Chochin-dori, an arcade that’s clustered with restaurants and beautifully illuminated by hundreds of Chochin lanterns. It’s definitely an Instagram moment as you walk beneath these traditional lanterns while exploring the various Izakayas and drinking places, with the lively atmosphere making it ideal for bar hopping at night.

    Ura-Tenma's Chochin-dori

    Ura-Tenma's Chochin-dori

    Ura-Tenma's Chochin-dori

    Ura-Tenma's Chochin-dori

    uratenman chouchindori niku Sushi
    rating

    5.0

    5 Reviews
    place
    Osaka Osakashi Kita-ku Ikedachou 8-5
    phone
    0663543312
  • 46

    Photograph the Glico Man of Dotonbori

    Dotonbori

    Dotonbori

    Dotonbori is well-known for its bright lights, variety of restaurants and bars, and a clown mascot named Kuidaore Taro. But who is he? He originated as the mascot of the restaurant, Cui-Daoré. Opened in 1949 the concept was ‘eat until you go bankrupt’.

    Dotonbori

    Dotonbori

    Though the original restaurant has unfortunately closed you’ll find him standing in the lobby of the Nakazawa Kuidaore Building, which has a similar philosophy. Within, you will find some Osaka staples such as Okonomiyaki, Takoyaki, and Yakisoba.

    Dotonbori

    Dotonbori

    Dotonbori
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    4.5

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    place
    Osaka Osakashi Chuou-ku Doutombori
    phone
    0662114542
    opening-hour
    Store/Depending on the facil…
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    Embark on a pub crawl through Ura-Namba

    Ura-Namba

    Ura-Namba

    Ura-Namba, a realm of narrow streets, is hidden at the back of Osaka’s bustling Namba district. Packed with Izakaya’s, restaurants, and other drinking establishments, everything from Sashimi to Tapas is on offer.

    You can indulge with classics like Sake and Umeshu, but also try some modern offerings such as Japanese beer or whisky. Don’t miss the 1970s Misoni Building that features a retro atmosphere and is home to plenty of underground bars.

    Ura-Namba

    Ura-Namba

    No.B
    place
    大阪府大阪市中央区千日前2-3-9 味園ビル
    phone
    06-6643-1398
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    ―Have Fun Making and Sampling Japanese Products

    Ramen, Japanese Whisky…these are Japan’s modern food culture that overwhelm the world and you can learn the part of their secret ingredient in Osaka!

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    Make your own cup noodles at the Cup Noodle Museum

    Cup Noodle Museum

    Cup Noodle Museum

    Don’t miss a visit to the Momofuku Ando Cup Noodle Museum, which celebrates Osaka as the birthplace of instant noodles. Learn about the history of cup noodles and the creator of instant ramen, Momofuku Ando. But the museum’s biggest attraction is the My Cup Noodles Factory where you can select your own ingredients and customize a cup design. Eat it yourself or make it a gift for a friend, the choice is yours!

    Cup Noodle Museum

    Cup Noodle Museum

    Cup Noodle Museum

    Cup Noodle Museum

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    Momofuku Ando Cup Noodle Museum
    Japan is well known for its world class food. Tokyo’s refined culinary scene has garnered it more Michelin stars than any other city in the world.…

    CupNoodles Museum Osaka Ikeda
    rating

    4.5

    677 Reviews
    place
    Osaka Ikedashi Masumichou 8-25
    phone
    0727523484
    opening-hour
    [Open Hours] 9:30-16:30 (Las…
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    Suntory Yamazaki Distillery

    Suntory Yamazaki Distillery

    Suntory Yamazaki Distillery

    Japanese whisky is becoming more and more renowned in international circles for its great quality and taste. On the border between Osaka and Kyoto is Suntory Yamazaki Distillery. This is THE place to visit if you are interested in the roots of the Japanese whisky, Yamazaki. The facility offers guided tours every day where visitors can view the whole production area, including the maturation warehouse.

    Due to its immense popularity, booking is essential for this tour.

    Suntory Yamazaki Distillery
    place
    Osaka Santo-gun Shimamotocho Yamazaki 5-2-1
    phone
    0759621423
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    ―Relax in a Uniquely Japanese kind of Onsen Theme Park

    Japanese loves Onsen and they have in-house Onsen in the mid of the town, too. It’s the best place to recover from the fatigue of your journey.

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    Spa world Shinsekai

    Spa world Shinsekai

    Spa world Shinsekai

    If you’re worn out from travel or jet lag you need to head to Spa world Shinsekai. The basic idea is: Onsen from around the world, and they are not kidding. The Asian inspired baths include Japanese outdoor baths and Cypress baths, and if you’re in the mood for something more exotic, there are also Bali and Persia inspired rooms. On the European floor take a mini-vacation to Ancient Greece and Rome, Italian Grotto’s and Finnish saunas. If you’re traveling with kids, they won’t be left out of the fun as there are gigantic swimming pools with many different slides for their enjoyment (and yours). Spa world also features a hotel with western and Japanese style rooms.

    Spa world Shinsekai

    Spa world Shinsekai

    SpaWorld Onsen hot springs resort
    rating

    4.0

    832 Reviews
    place
    Osaka Osakashi Naniwa-ku Ebisuhigashi 3-4-24
    phone
    0666310001
    opening-hour
    10:00-next day 8:45 (8:45-10…
  • 53

    Rejuvenate at the Solaniwa Onsen

    Solaniwa Onsen

    Solaniwa Onsen

    Forming part of the Osaka Bay Tower Complex, the Solaniwa Onsen is a newly opened hot spring theme park inspired by the Azuchi Momoyama era. This was a period of not only unification in Japan, but also of rapid modernization, where Japan went from the medieval era to an early modern one.

    Solaniwa Onsen

    Solaniwa Onsen

    The Onsen features open air springs flowing directly from the source and terrace baths overlooking the gardens. Experience a body scrub, massage and beauty treatment or indulge during a private Onsen with your very own Japanese garden. But be advised, most Japanese hot springs will deny entry to visitors with tattoos.

    Solaniwa Onsen Helloween

    Solaniwa Onsen Helloween

    Soraniwa Onsen OSAKA BAY TOWER
    place
    Osaka Osaka-shi Minato-ku Benten1-2-3
    phone
    0676705126
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    Get out your Wallet for the Ultimate Osaka Shopping Spree

    From sprawling underground malls, to beautiful bookstores, to niche shopping, Osaka has it all. Read on to find out where you want to spend the big bucks.

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    ―Try not to get Lost in these Sprawling Super Malls!

    Enjoy a relaxing and inviting atmosphere in which you can easily spend hours exploring the super malls and commercial complex.

  • 56

    Discover the beauty of Osaka Station City

    Osaka Station

    Osaka Station

    Extensively renovated and reopened in 2011, Osaka Station City is now one of Japan’s most beautiful railway stations. It’s topped by a glass roof that spans the railway tracks and features two soaring buildings that are connected by the Toki no Hiroba (Time and Space Plaza). Watch the trains coming and going or get some retail therapy in the stores of the North and South Gate Buildings.

    Osaka Station

    Osaka Station

    With multiple routes between the two buildings, you have access to an absurd amount of specialty stores (LOFT, Muji, BEAMS, Adidas, Disney Store, etc.), a department store, a cinema complex, sports gym, hotel, Pokemon Center, restaurants, and even a wedding hall if you're in the spirit. It’s a great place to have fun, and a wonderful option for a rainy day.

    Osaka Station

    Osaka Station

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    Explore the Umeda underground “Dungeon”

    Umeda underground

    Umeda underground

    The Umeda area is home to seven different stations, which are connected through a labyrinth of underground walkways that have become known as the ‘dungeon’. It’s confusing even for locals, with countless escalators connecting the various levels and a maze-like network of paths. But if you’re not in a hurry to catch a train, it’s a great place to explore, with plenty of shops and eateries to discover along the way.

    Umeda underground

    Umeda underground

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    Heaven for bookworms: Hirakata T-Site

    Hirakata T-Site

    Hirakata T-Site

    Situated a minute’s walk from Hirakata Station you'll find Hirakata T-Site, a glass-walled commercial complex that consists of nearly 40 specialty stores, including a Tsutaya bookstore. The highlight of this complex are its impeccable, third-floor bookshelves that cover the wall from floor to ceiling and are reminiscent of the gigantic palace library in the Disney movie ‘Beauty and the Beast’. Not sure which one of the 150,000 books and magazines you should buy? Head to the Starbucks to read before you decide.

    HIRAKATA T-SITE
    place
    Osaka Hirakatashi Okahigashichou 12-2
    phone
    0728615700
    opening-hour
    7:00-23:00*Business Hours va…
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    ―Check out ‘Akihabara’ and ‘America’ shopping in Osaka

    So, you’ve heard of Akihabara and Harajuku in Tokyo. But what about Denden Town, which has become the hub for Otaku culture, anime and electronics in Osaka? How about Amerikamura for hip-stars? Let’s check these unique shops, too.

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    Experience the ‘Akihabara of Osaka’ at Denden Town

    Denden Town

    Denden Town

    Located in the Nipponbashi district, ‘Denden Town’ loosely translates as ‘electronic town’ and is packed with hobbyist shops, manga stores and gaming venues.

    Denden Town

    Denden Town

    If you haven’t gone to an arcade in Japan, here is your perfect opportunity, and definitely don’t miss out on the rhythm game ‘experts’ tapping at screens with seemingly impossible speed. Discover quirky specialty shops or grab a drink at one of the Akihabara style maid cafes.

    Denden Town

    Denden Town

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    Video game and anime fans all know about Akihabara in Tokyo, a district packed full of shops dedicated to games, electronics, and…

    Nipponbashi Denden Town
    place
    Osaka Osakashi Naniwa-ku Nippombashi 3
    phone
    0666440260
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    Shop for youth fashion in Amerikamura

    Amerikamura

    Amerikamura

    Osaka’s answer to Harajuku in Tokyo, enjoy a parade of unique fashion in Amerikamura, the main hub of youth fashion culture in the city. Its name translates as ‘American Village’ as many of its original stores sold imported western goods.

    Amerikamura

    Amerikamura

    But today it’s packed with fashion from across the globe in subcultures that include streetwear, Lolita and punk, as well as being home to plenty of vintage clothing shops. The nightlife is also great, so if you have time you should stick around!

    Amerikamura

    Amerikamura

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    Amerikamura in Osaka
    Amerikamura, or “Amemura”as it is more often called, is Osaka’s answer to Harajuku in Tokyo, …

    Americamura
    place
    Osaka Osakashi Chuou-ku Nishishinsaibashi
    opening-hour
    Depending on the store
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    ‘Enjoy day to day life to the fullest’ Spirit of Osaka

    ‘Enjoy day to day life to the fullest’ is the typical philosophy in Osaka so make sure to partake while you are here by catching a comedy show or eating your fill of traditional food and just taking in the atmosphere!

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