#1. Osaka Castle
Osaka Castle, which around a million people visit per a year, is one of the most famous sightseeing spots in Osaka. In the castle you can enjoy the exhibitions about the history of Osaka. They are explained using videos, models and so on.
In Osaka Castle area, there is the Osaka castle park where you can enjoy lunch, seeing the castle. Also this park is popular spot for cherry blossoms. Check this park, if you visit Osaka in spring.
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Address: 1-1 Osakajo Chuou Ward, Osaka Prefecture
Hours: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM (Entry till 4:30 PM)
Free (Junior high school or under)
Website: Osaka Castle
Personally, Dotonbori is the best place to describe “What is Osaka”. Osaka was flourished as the center for delicious foods.
You will find Dotonbori street full of interesting advatisements for restaurants. It is good place to taste Osaka cuisine; Okonomiyaki, Takoyaki, Kushikatsu and so on.
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Tsutenkaku, which is located near Dotonbori, is the landmark of Osaka. Tsutenkaku is 100m high and used as the observation tower.
The official mascot character is “Billiken” and it is known as “the god for happiness”.
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Address: 1-18-6 Ebisuhiga City, Naniwa Ward, Osaka Prefecture
Hours: 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM (Entry till 8:30pm)
400yen (High/ Junior high school)
300yen (Elementary or under)
#4. Abeno Harukas
Abeno Harukas is a complex program skyscraper constructed in Abeno-ku, Osaka and the highest building in Japan at 300 meter hight (at the present of 2015). You can directly access there from Kintetsu Abeno Station.
Not only you enjoy shopping or eating, but also you see the amazing view of Osaka from the observatory named “Harukas 300” located on the 58 to 60 floor.
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Address: 1-1-43 Abenosuji Abeno Ward, Osaka Prefecture
9:00 AM – 10:00 PM (Harukas 300)
10:00 AM – 8:00 PM (Shops)
11:00 AM – 11:00 PM (Dining)
Fees (Harukas 300):
1,200yen (High/Junior high school)
700yen (Elementary school)
Phone: 06-6621-0300 (Harukas 300)
Website: Abeno Harukas
#5. Universal Studios Japan
Universal Studios Japan is the most popular theme park in Osaka.
There are many attractions focus on the world on movies. Particularly, at Harry Potter section, which was opened in 2015 everyone from adults to children enjoy the atmosphere of Hogwarts. The best drink there is “Butter beer” from “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince”.
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UNIVERSAL STUDIOS JAPAN
Address: 2-1-33 Sakurajima Konohana Ward, Osaka Prefecture
Hours: Different from season to season (Check website before you visit.)
Fees (1 day studio pass):
Website: UNIVERSAL STUDIOS JAPAN
#6. Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
Kaiyukan is the popular spot among tourists, families and couples. Kaiyukan display around 620 species of marine animals mainly from the pacific ocean areas.
The most popular marine animal is Whale Shark. You will be surprised at its size and cuteness.
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Address: 1-1-10 Kaigandori Minato Ward, Osaka Prefecture
Hours: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM (Entry till 7:00pm)
1,200yen (Elementary school)
600yen (Children 6~4 y.o)
Website: Kaiyukan Aquarium
Without eating Okonomiyaki, you cannot enjoy your travel in Osaka. Okonomiyaki is the best food to present Osaka cuisine. There are thousands of Okonomiyaki restaurants and they have their special Okonomiyaki recipes. You must find your favorite Okonomiyaki restaurants.
#8. Grand Front Osaka
Grand Front Osaka opened in 2013, is the huge complex building which create the new cityscape of central Osaka. There are around 260 shops and restaurants, hotels, show rooms, offices, creation spaces and so on in the four connected tour buildings. You can easily access there from Osaka station.
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GRAND FRONT OSAKA
Address: 4-1 Ohuka-cho Kita Ward, Osaka
10:00 AM – 9:00 PM (Shops)
11:00 AM – 11:00 PM (Restaurants)
Website: GRAND FRONT OSAKA
#9. Floating Garden Observatory (Umeda Sky Building)
Umeda Sky Building is the spectacular building which have the floating garden observatory platform on the top.
From the platform, you can see the amazing scenery of central Osaka and the scenery was chosen as one of the 100 sunset views in Japan. On the underground of this building there are many restaurants where you can taste Japanese cuisine such as Okonomiyaki.
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Umeda Sky Building
Address: 1-1-88 Oyodonaka kita Wars, Osaka Prefecture
Hours: 10:00 AM – 10:30 PM (Entry till 10:00)
500yen (High/ Junior high school)
300yen (Elementary school)
*Ticket counter is on 39th floor.
Website: FLOATING GARDEN OBSERVATORY
#10. Hep Five
Photo Credit: hep five
The feature of HEP FIVE is the red ferris wheel on the building. There are entertainment place named “JOYPOLICE” as well as shops or restaurants in the facility. How about getting on the ferris wheel at the end of your Osaka travel? You must enjoy a romantic moment with Osaka night view.
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Address: 5-15 Kakuda-cho Kita Ward, Osaka Prefecture
11:00 AM – 9:00 PM (Shop)
11:00 AM – 10:30 PM (Restaurant)
11:00 AM – 11:00 PM (Amusement)
Fees (Ferris Wheel): 500yen
Website: HEP FIVE (Japanese)
Takoyaki is as popular as Okonomiyaki as the Osaka cuisine. You can enjoy the contrast; the outside is very crispy but the inside is soft. In your travel in Osaka you must try this local food; Takoyaki.
#12. Tennoji Zoo
Tennoji Zoo, which opened in 1915, is the third oldest zoo in Japan. Around 900 animals from 200 species can be seen there.
At the feeding time, you can see penguins, elephants and polar bears are fed.
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Address: 1-108 Cyausuyana-cho Tennoji Ward, Osaka Pefecture
Hours: 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM (Entry till 4:00 PM)
*Closed on Mondays
200yen (High/ Elementary school)
Website: Tennoji Zoo
#13. The National Museum of Art, Osaka
The national museum of art in Osaka collects and displays masterworks of modern art. Popular artists exhibitions are sometimes held in temporary exhibitions areas. The exterior design represents the development of modern arts using bamboo.
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The National Museum of Art, Osaka
Address: 4-2-55 Nakanoshima Kita Ward, Osaka Prefecture
Hours: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM (Friday 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM)
*Entry till an hour before
130yen (University student)
Free (under 18 y.o and senior)
Website: The National Museum of Art, Osaka
#14. Namba Parks
Namba parks, which is located in near Namba station, is the giant shopping mall. Many various trees are planted on the building. You can enjoy shopping with lots of nature and you must forget you are in the center of an urban city.
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Address: 2-10-70 Nambanaka Naniwa Ward, Osaka Prefecture
11:00 AM – 9:00 PM (Shops)
11:00 AM – 11:00 PM (Restaurants )
10:00 AM – 12:00 AM (Garden)
Website: NAMBA PARKS
#15. Suntory Yamazaki Whisky Factory
Suntory Yamazaki Whisky is very popular as Japanese whisky all over the world. This whisky factory is located in Osaka because of the source of clean water. In the factory you can taste different kinds of Yamazaki Whisky as well as seeing how Yamazaki Whisky is made.
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Suntory Yamazaki Whisky Factory
Address: 5-2-1 Yamazaki Shimamoto-cho Mishima-gun, Osaka Prefecture
Hours: 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Fees for factory tour:1000yen (Reservation needed. Tasting is included. )
Website: Suntory Yamazaki Whisky Factory
#16. Mino Park
Mino park is the natural park located in the north of Osaka. After hiking the Mino forest you can find the amazing water fall which is one of the 100 Japanese water falls. In autumn you can enjoy hiking under yellow or red trees. The nature of Mino park is very variety and you can see around 1000 kind of plants and 3000 species of insects.
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Address: Minokouen Mino City, Osaka Prefecture
Fees: Free of charge
Website: Mino Park
#17. Japan Mint
Do you know the secrets of Japanese bills or coins? Many kinds of techniques are used to prevent fake bills. You can learn those secrets in the factory tour. Also Japan Mint is very popular place to enjoy cherry blossoms. If you have plan to visit Osaka during sakura season, you should check Japan Mint. You can see amazing cherry blossoms.
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Address: 1-1-79 Temma Kita Ward, Osaka Prefecture
Hours: 9:00 AM – 4:45 PM (Entry till 4:00)
Fees: Free of charge
*Booking for a factory tour is needed.
Website: Japan Mint
#18. Osaka Science Museum
The theme of Osaka Science Museum is “Space and Energy”.
There are many exhibition or science show which you can experience the power of space and energy. The main attraction is the planetarium, which is the 5th largest planetarium in the world at 26.5 m diameter. Everyone from children to adults must enjoy the attractions.
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Osaka Science Museum
Address: 4-2-1 Nakanoshima Kita Ward, Osaka Prefecture
Hours: 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM
*Entry till 4:30 PM and the last planetarium program is at 4:00 PM
Fee (Exhibition hall):
300yen (18~15 y.o)
Free (14~ y.o)
Fee (Planetarium hall):
450yen (18~15 y.o)
300yen (Children under 14 y.o)
Website: Osaka Science Museum
#19. Expo’70 Commemorative Park
Expo’70 Commemorative park was made after Japan Expo “Progress and Harmony of Mankind” in 1970. The symbol tower for Expo’70 called “Taiyounotou (The tower of the sun)” created Japanese famous artist “Taro Okamoto” still remains. There are museums or Japanese garden in the park.
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Expo’70 Commemorative Park
Address: 1-1 Senribampakukouen, zuita City, Osaka Prefecture
Fees (Pavilion): 200 yen
Fees (Japanese garden): 250 yen
#20. Instant Ramen Museum
More than 100 billion instant ramen noodles are consumed in the world per a year. Today instant ramen noodle is a necessary food in our life. You can see how instant ramen noodles are made and the collections of instant ramen noodles from all over the world. The most interesting point of this facility is that you can make your own instant ramen.
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Instant Ramen Museum
Address: 8-25 Masumi-cho Ikeda City, Osaka Prefecture
Hours: 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM (Entry till 3:30pm)
*Closed on Tuesdays
Fee (Chicken ramen factory): 500 yen
Fee (My cup-noodle factory): 300 yen
Website: Instant Ramen Museum