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What To Do In Osaka When It Rains: The Perfect Indoor Activities Guide
- If you happen to be in Osaka during Japan’s rainy season or just a bad weather spell we have the ultimate guide on how to enjoy Osaka while staying dry. Below you will find all the details on the city’s newest hot spots, most traditional shopping streets, and of course the most delicious food in the most authentic atmospheres. Osaka is the second largest city in Japan following closely behind Tokyo, well-known for its welcoming and boisterous locals, historical sights (such as iconic Osaka Castle), and of course delicious local cuisine, much of which can be enjoyed in indoor food theme parks. Takoyaki, Okonomiyaki, or Kushikatsu, anyone?Don’t worry about the rain and head to Solaniwa Onsen, the Cupnoodles Museum, VR Zone Osaka, and many more! Stroll through the World’s Largest Aquarium Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan The Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan is large, beautiful, and relaxing. The centerpiece is the huge circular tank which houses a variety of marine life, from schools of fish to whale sharks. This aquarium also has a number of interactive exhibits, you can get up close to penguins, and even pet sting rays and small sharks. For dinner or lunch, we recommend nearby Tempozan Marketplace: Naniwa Kuishinbo Yokocho. Don’t miss out on this indoor foodie paradise with 20 stalls selling a number of Osaka classics. Step into the Future with these fun VR Activities VR Zone Osaka VR Zone Osaka －VR Zone OsakaClose to Osaka Station, in the HEP five building (which also boasts a big Ferris Wheel) you will find VR Zone Osaka. This gigantic entertainment space has 16 activities, so there is sure to be something for everyone in your group.Anime fans need to check out the Evangelion and Dragon Ball games, while horror and adventure fans can enjoy shooting zombies and running away from the king of monsters himself, Godzilla. This VR space is family-friendly but please be aware that children under 7 are not allowed to participate.－Ebisu TowerIn the heart of busy Dotonbori, you’ll spot Japanese super-store Don Quijote, known affectionately to locals as Donki.Here in Ebisu Tower you can ride the in-store Kanransha, or Ferris Wheel, with a VR twist. With the aid of VR technology, you can switch between day and night views of the city and even feel like you are floating above Osaka. Hope you’re not afraid of heights! Ebisu Tower Osaka 2019: Check out the City’s Newest Spots Osaka Bay Tower: Solaniwa Onsen －EDION Namba Head StoreThe EDION Namba Head Store is a new branch of a popular Japanese chain that specializes mainly in electronics. They do also sell a large variety of Japanese goods, including snacks and Sake at fair prices. The main draw of this location, however, is definitely the Ramen floor. Different regions of Japan have different styles of Ramen such as Shio (salt-based), Shoyu (soy-sauce based) and Tonkotsu (pork-based), and here you have the rare chance to try them all in one place. If you’re feeling confused about where to go next in Namba it happens to feature a tourist information center on the first floor.－LINKS UmedaAlso new in 2019 is the largest commercial complex in this region, LINKS Umeda. Conveniently located near the north exit of Osaka Station, you can easily hop off the train and spend your time browsing among 200 stores. This includes big Japanese groups such as Uniqlo and also Kansai and Osaka based shops. The basement of this goliath houses Oishiimono(delicious) Yokocho, a collection of stylish bars and restaurants. If you’ve literally shopped till you dropped, no worries, Osaka’s largest hotel, the Hotel Hankyu Respire, is also in this complex if you need accommodations. Osaka Bay Tower: Solaniwa Onsen －Osaka Bay Tower: Solaniwa OnsenLast but not least is a brand new Onsen theme park in the Osaka Bay Tower: Solaniwa Onsen. Throw on a beautiful Yukata and Obi inspired by the historical Azuchi Momoyama era and hit the baths. The hot springs themselves are gender segregated but enjoy walking the Japanese-style sky garden as a group or sit down and chat while using the foot baths, then check out the Sake counter on the 2f and relax with a drink. Please note, as a general rule people with tattoos are not allowed into Japanese Onsen, however if your tattoo is small and can be covered up you are welcome to join. Osaka Bay Tower: Solaniwa Onsen Learn about Osaka’s Specialties at these Gourmet Museums Cupnoodles Museum Cupnoodles Museum －Cupnoodles MuseumFor a fun indoor activity join the Cupnoodles Museum for fans of these delicious instant noodles. Make your own original Cupnoodles! You can design the cup, choose the soup base, and pick from 12 different toppings. There are a few cute and colorful exhibitions around the museum as well that feature things like packages from around the world. Don’t forget to head to the tasting room for a rare chance to try limited edition Cupnoodles.－Takopa: Takoyaki ParkIf the weathers not quite right for Universal Studios Japan head to the nearby indoor Takopa: Takoyaki Park. This spectacular food court boasts five of Osaka’s most popular Takoyaki vendors under one roof so you don’t have to travel to different areas to try them all. Each restaurant has their own special twist on this Osaka classic, which one is your favorite? Kougaryu’s special mayonnaise, or maybe Juhachiban’s unique Takoyaki batter? Takopa: Takoyaki Park Discover the Secret of Japanese Whisky Suntory Yamazaki Distillery Suntory Yamazaki Distillery You’ll have to travel to Yamazaki, about 30 minutes from Osaka by train, if you want to experience the birthplace of Japanese whisky at Suntory Yamazaki Distillery . The reason for this journey is the high-quality mineral water that is available only here and is a key part of creating this extraordinary whisky. Take a tour through the distillery and learn about the process and then taste rare and exclusive whiskies. Enjoy Authentic Japanese Comedy in Osaka, the Comedy Capital Namba Grand Kagetsu If you’re interested in Vaudeville-type comedy, with plenty of gags, costumes, and silly scenarios, you need to check out Namba Grand Kagetsu. Presented by Yoshimoto Kogyo, one of the most influential companies in Japan, this particular theater has been entertaining Osaka since the late 80s. Join in with the locals, and don’t be afraid to laugh out loud. Some things may be lost in translation, but ultimately this kind of humor is universal. Go Wild at Osaka’s Best Shopping Arcades and Biggest Complexes Kuromon Market Kuromon Market －Tenjinbashisuji Street The longest shopping street in Japan, Tenjinbashisuji Street , takes about 40 minutes to walk and will keep you safe from the rain. With over 600 stores you can buy everything from household goods, quaint Japanese teapots, and even Kimono. This street is historical and was especially successful during the Edo era. You can find its recreation in the Osaka Museum of Housing and Living.－Kuromon MarketAnother must-see is Osaka’s kitchen, Kuromon Market. Join the city’s housewives and chefs as they prepare for the week ahead in this paradise of fresh seafood, fruit and vegetables, and local specialties. Enjoy the busy and bustling vibe of this market and eat your fill of its most delicious food. ▼ Related Article・A Tasty Detour to the Kuromon Ichiba Market Kuromon Market Experience the History and Culture of Osaka at these Great Museums Osaka Museum of Housing and Living Osaka Museum of Housing and Living －Osaka Museum of Housing and Living Head back in time and visit Edo-period Osaka at The Osaka Museum of Housing and Living. You can join in on the fun as you stroll the authentically reconstructed street by renting Kimono and taking great pictures. Besides the street this museum has many models so that you can track Osaka’s progress from a historical town to a modern city, it’s fun, cultural, educational, and family-friendly!－National Museum of Art, OsakaThe National Museum of Art, Osaka originally served as the museum at Osaka’s Expo’70. Their collections include paintings (with a number of Nihonga - Japanese style paintings), sculptures, crafts, and even industrial design works such as furniture. They also have special exhibitions featuring art from all over the world. Ancient and contemporary, this is a museum for any art-lover. The Fifty-Three Stations of the Tokaido series Brush shoulders with Artists and Musicians in Osaka’s Underground World Misono Building Misono Building －Misono Building If you’re feeling bored with the touristy-sights head to Osaka’s underground, starting with the Misono Building. During the day it resembles a dilapidated warehouse, but don’t be scared off, this five-story building comes alive at night with dazzling neon signs. This one place features a hotel, banquet hall, event and live music space, and the main event – a bar floor with each Nomiya boasting its own individual décor and unique vibe. At the banquet hall you can enjoy Japanese and Chinese cuisines, as well as Yakiniku. There are also Nomihodai (all-you-can-drink) and Tabehodai (all-you-can-eat) options for those looking for the most bang for their buck. Uranamba ©NAVITIME JAPAN. Travel Info Check out our travel tips to make your trip better!
The Architectural Marvels of Japan’s Second City
- Osaka contains multitudes: the traditional quarters and shopping arcades, the tallest building in the country, Gothic office towers and the mighty steel fist of the Tsutenkaku Tower, and steel and glass retail and residential complexes that showcase the work of the world’s best architects and the best efforts of a city preparing for a brave new world. Tsutenkaku Tower Tsutenkaku Tower When the Tsutenkaku Tower rose over Osaka in 1912, it was the tallest building in the Orient, and a monument to a new modernity rising in the East. The original tower succumbed to fire in the 1940s and was pulled down and rebuilt in the early 1950s, and the tower is less a monument to modernity than a symbol of Osaka’s scrappy spirit, often looming in photos shot from the neon bathed streets of Shinsekai. From Ebisucho Station on the Sakaisuji Line, the tower is a few minutes’ walk away. The observation deck provides an interesting perspective on the city and the bustling district below it. Abeno Harukas The mighty Abeno Harukas might never be as iconic as the Tsutenkaku Tower but it does accurately reflect another side of Osaka. The steel and glass tower and its attendant structures are transplants from the shimmering neoliberal future. The skyscraper edged out its nearest competitor (Yokohama Landmark Tower) by a mere 14 feet to claim the crown of tallest building in the country (it makes the list of the tallest buildings in Asia but at 72nd place). Abeno Harukas The complex houses three floors of restaurants, a museum and rooftop garden, acres of retail, and a luxury hotel, and it sits atop the Osaka Abenobashi Station, one of the city’s most important transit hubs. Looking down from the skyscraper’s observatory, Harukas 300 (it’s located at 300 meters, or 984 feet, above the city) is one of the best ways to take in Osaka. Namba Parks Namba Parks In the late 1940s, Osaka Stadium was built in the footprint of a tobacco plant that had been reduced to red brick dust during the Allied bombardment. A symbol of the reborn city, the stadium sat in Namba naka Nichome until it was demolished in 1998. The city went looking for a showpiece development to take over the spot and Namba Parks was born. The Jon Jerde helmed project opened in 2007 and encompasses a residential tower, multipurpose spaces, gardens, retail and restaurants. Namba Parks has become a symbol of the new Osaka. Maishima Incineration Plant Maishima Incineration Plant Japan excels at bringing whimsy and for lack of a better word cuteness into areas of design that are often dull or institutional. Maishima Incineration Plant might be the finest example of this impulse to liven up grimmest of structures. The plant is a engineering marvel, processing hundreds of tons of garbage a day, but its architecture and design is stunning, as well. Its designer, the Austrian architect and environmentalist Friedensreich Hundertwasser set out to create a building that would welcome people into the process, demystifying and educating people about waste management. Gate Tower Building Gate Tower Building Created as the result of rather dull bureaucratic wrangling, a century old property dispute and corporate pragmatism, the Gate Tower Building and the Hanshin Expressway off ramp that pierces its torso has become another architectural symbol of Osaka. One of the best places to see the Gate Tower is from the Umeda Sky Building. Umeda Sky Building Umeda Sky Building Bridging the two spires of the Umeda Sky Building, the observatory provides views on the skyscraper forest of the Umeda District, Osaka’s central business hub, and with clear skies far beyond the city itself. The trip up to the observatory costs 1,000 yen and the deck is open from 10am to 10pm. Grand Front Osaka Grand Front Osaka Not far from the Umeda Sky Building, north of JR Osaka Station, Grand Front Osaka is the result of an ongoing project to redevelop fallow land once occupied by a railyard. The refurbishment continues apace and the final result will be unveiled sometime around 2025. A stroll through the area north of JR Osaka Station is a glimpse into the not too distant future. The harshness of the steel and glass landscape has been tempered with human friendly design and plentiful gardens. The Daido Life Building The Daido Life Building The Daido Life Building was sketched by the firm W.M.Vories & Company Architects to replace an iconic building that once stood at the same location. The 19 floors of the building are supported by a deceptively narrow base. The spectacular Gothic architecture of the Daido Life Building suggest an earlier time but the building was completed in 1993. ©NAVITIME JAPAN. Travel Info Check out our travel tips to make your trip better!
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If you get the chance before the end of September 2019 do spend the time and money 1400 yen to see this amazing collection of Ukiyo-e wood Prints from the Mary Ainsworth Collection. Starting in the...
- Abeno Harukas Museum
- Art Museum
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- Osaka Museum of Natural History
- Museum / Science Museum
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- Shitennoji Temple Treasure Hall
- Reference/Local/Exhibition/Literature Museum
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A nice Japanese to visit.The area is divided in different areas of people to pray.Overall I recommend it.
- Reeves Gallery Kosakakiseki Memorial
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- Osaka Osakashi Higashisumiyoshi-ku Yamasaka 1-18-30
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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