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Top 20 Things to Do in Osaka

Osaka is one of the largest cities in Japan and there are many interesting sightseeing spots and delicious foods. This article introduces you the fascinating points about travelling in Osaka.

#1. Osaka Castle

 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.

 Osaka Castle

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.

Osaka Castle

Address: 1-1 Osakajo Chuou Ward, Osaka Prefecture

Hours: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM (Entry till 4:30 PM)

Fee:
600yen (Adults)
Free (Junior high school or under)

Phone: 06-6941-3044

Website: Osaka Castle

 

#2. Dotonbori

Dotonbori

Personally, Dotonbori is the best place to describe “What is Osaka”. Osaka was flourished as the center for delicious foods.

Dotonbori

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.

Dotonbori

Website: Dotonbori

 

#3. Tsutenkaku

Tsutenkaku

Tsutenkaku, which is located near Dotonbori, is the landmark of Osaka. Tsutenkaku is 100m high and used as the observation tower.

Tsutenkaku

The official mascot character is “Billiken” and it is known as “the god for happiness”.

Tsutenkaku

Address: 1-18-6 Ebisuhiga City, Naniwa Ward, Osaka Prefecture

Hours: 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM (Entry till 8:30pm)

Fees:
700yen (Adults)
500yen (University)
400yen (High/ Junior high school)
300yen (Elementary or under)

Phone: 06-6641-9555

Website: Tsutenkaku

 

#4. Abeno Harukas

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.

Abeno Harukas

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.

Abeno Harukas

Address: 1-1-43 Abenosuji Abeno Ward, Osaka Prefecture

Hours:
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):
1,500yen (Adults)
1,200yen (High/Junior high school)
700yen (Elementary school)
500yen (Children)

Phone: 06-6621-0300 (Harukas 300)

Website: Abeno Harukas

 

#5. Universal Studios Japan

Universal Studios Japan

Universal Studios Japan

Universal Studios Japan is the most popular theme park in Osaka.

Universal Studios Japan

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”.

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):
7,400yen (Adult)
6,650yen (Senior)
4,980yen (Child)

Phone: 0570-20-0606

Website: UNIVERSAL STUDIOS JAPAN

 

#6. Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan

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.

Kaiyukan

The most popular marine animal is Whale Shark. You will be surprised at its size and cuteness.

Kaiyukan Aquarium

Address: 1-1-10 Kaigandori Minato Ward, Osaka Prefecture

Hours: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM (Entry till 7:00pm)

Fees:
2,300yen (Adults)
2,000yen (Senior)
1,200yen (Elementary school)
600yen (Children 6~4 y.o)

Phone: 06-6576-5501

Website: Kaiyukan Aquarium

 

#7. Okonomiyaki

Okonomiyaki

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

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.

GRAND FRONT OSAKA

Address: 4-1 Ohuka-cho Kita Ward, Osaka

Hours:
10:00 AM – 9:00 PM (Shops)
11:00 AM – 11:00 PM (Restaurants)

Fees: Free

Phone:  06-6372-6300

Website: GRAND FRONT OSAKA

 

#9. Floating Garden Observatory (Umeda Sky Building)

Floating Garden Observatory (Umeda Sky Building)

Umeda Sky Building is the spectacular building which have the floating garden observatory platform on the top.

Floating Garden Observatory (Umeda Sky Building)

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.

Umeda Sky Building

Address: 1-1-88 Oyodonaka kita Wars, Osaka Prefecture

Hours: 10:00 AM – 10:30 PM (Entry till 10:00)

Fees:
800yen (Adult)
700yen (Senior)
500yen (High/ Junior high school)
300yen (Elementary school)
100yen (Child)
*Ticket counter is on 39th floor.

Phone: 06-6440-3855

Website: FLOATING GARDEN OBSERVATORY

 

#10. Hep Five

Hep Five
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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.

HEP FIVE

Address: 5-15 Kakuda-cho Kita Ward, Osaka Prefecture

Hours:
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

Phone: 06-6313-0501

Website: HEP FIVE (Japanese)

 

#11. Takoyaki

Takoyaki

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

Tennoji Zoo, which opened in 1915, is the third oldest zoo in Japan. Around 900 animals from 200 species can be seen there.

Tennoji Zoo

At the feeding time, you can see penguins, elephants and polar bears are fed.

Tennoji Zoo

Address: 1-108 Cyausuyana-cho Tennoji Ward, Osaka Pefecture

Hours: 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM (Entry till 4:00 PM)
*Closed on  Mondays

Fees:
500yen (Adults)
200yen (High/ Elementary school)

Phone: 06-6771-8401

Website: Tennoji Zoo

 

#13. The National Museum of Art, Osaka

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.

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

Fee:
430yen (Adult)
130yen (University student)
Free (under 18 y.o and senior)

Phone: 06-6447-4680

Website: The National Museum of Art, Osaka

 

#14. Namba Parks

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.

Namba Parks

Address: 2-10-70 Nambanaka Naniwa Ward, Osaka Prefecture

Hours:
11:00 AM – 9:00 PM (Shops)
11:00 AM – 11:00 PM (Restaurants )
10:00 AM – 12:00 AM (Garden)

Fees: Free

Phone: 06-6644-7100

Website: NAMBA PARKS

 

#15. Suntory Yamazaki Whisky Factory

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.

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. )

Phone: 075-962-1423

Website: Suntory Yamazaki Whisky Factory

 

#16. Mino Park

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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.

Mino Park

Address: Minokouen Mino City, Osaka Prefecture

Fees: Free of charge

Phone: 072-723-1885

Website: Mino Park

 

#17. Japan Mint

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.

Japan Mint

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.

Phone: 06-6351-6150

Website: Japan Mint

 

#18. Osaka Science Museum

Osaka Science Museum

The theme of Osaka Science Museum is “Space and Energy”.

Osaka Science Museum

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.

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):
400yen (Adult)
300yen (18~15 y.o)
Free (14~ y.o)

Fee (Planetarium hall):
600yen (Adult)
450yen (18~15 y.o)
300yen (Children under 14 y.o)

Phone: 06-6444-5656

Website: Osaka Science Museum

 

#19. Expo’70 Commemorative Park

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.

Expo’70 Commemorative Park

Address: 1-1 Senribampakukouen, zuita City, Osaka Prefecture

Fees (Pavilion): 200 yen

Fees (Japanese garden): 250 yen

Phone: 06-6877-3334

Website: EXPO’70

 

#20. Instant Ramen Museum

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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.

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

Phone: 072-752-3484

Website: Instant Ramen Museum

 

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