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Top 50 Things To Do In Osaka

Updated on September 5, 2015
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This author is a former I.T. graduate turned vagabond who travelled extensively and has lived and worked in Japan for many years.

Osaka has thrived as a commercial hub from olden times. It has a rich history of culture, in particular food, and has been dubbed "The Nation’s Kitchen”. It has a lively urban landscape with proud, sociable people, and delectable food. Here are the top 50 locations in Osaka for sightseeing, shopping, food, restaurants, parks, nature, arts, theater, entertainment, bars, nightlife and museums. Recommended by local Japanese living in Osaka.


1. Japan Rail Osaka Station Umeda

Japan Rail Osaka Station Umeda

This is the biggest train station in West Japan, which has recently been upgraded. It has a huge shopping area surrounding the station, including department stores, an underground shopping mall called Whitey, and the new massive shopping complex called Grand Front Osaka. Even more, Yodobashi camera electronic store is just a few minutes’ walk from JR Umeda station. A whole day could easily be spent just looking around Umeda.

Umeda Station Osaka Japan
Umeda Station Osaka Japan | Source

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2.The Osaka Museum of Housing and Living

This museum has a tour of the history of life in Osaka over the last 4 centuries from the ancient Edo period to the more modern Showa era. There are also events held here including theatrical performances native to the Kansai region. Admission costs are 600 yen for adults; 300 yen for high school students and children are admitted free. Located just 3 minutes walk from Tenjinbashisuji Rokuchome station on the Sakaisuji line, or 7 minutes walk from Tenma station on the JR Loop line.

The Osaka Museum of Housing and Living
The Osaka Museum of Housing and Living | Source

3. Tenjinbashi Shoutengai

This is a long shopping arcade in Kita-ku Osaka that stretches down the street of Tenjinbashi Suji Road for about 2.6 km. It begins at Tenjinbashi Roku Chome station in the North, and is the longest shopping arcade in Japan. It has a wide variety of shops including food, clothing, bakeries and many more. It is a very interesting walk and gives tourists a chance to see the lives of local Osaka people.

Hanjotei Tenjinbashi Osaka Japan
Hanjotei Tenjinbashi Osaka Japan | Source

4. Don Quijote Discount Store

Don Quijote is a 24-hour discount store chain found all over Japan. The Osaka store in Umeda is much larger than typical stores. Therefore, offering a more diverse range of products, including beauty, makeup, drugs, household, and other daily essential items. It is interesting to browse the store to see all the strange products available in Japan. There is also an entire floor dedicated to adult sex toys. Locate at 530-0018 4-16 Komatsubara-cho, Kita-ku Osaka-shi, Osaka, just 10 minutes walk from JR Umeda station.

Don Quijote Discount Store
Don Quijote Discount Store | Source

5. Hep 5 Shopping Complex and Ferris wheel

Hep 5 is one of Osaka’s most popular shopping complexes, which has a unique triangular shaped design. There is a whale skeleton in the main foyer and a large red Ferris wheel on the roof of the building. For just a few hundred yen one can enjoy an amazing view of the suburb of Umeda and the surrounding city of Osaka. This attraction is also open at night so you can enjoy a romantic evening view of the city. Admission fee is 700 yen for adults and last entry is at 10.45pm. Located just 5 minutes walk east of JR Umeda station

Hep 5 Shopping Complex Umeda Osaka Japan
Hep 5 Shopping Complex Umeda Osaka Japan | Source

6. Osaka River Cruise

There are a number of cruise ships on the main river through Osaka. They offer scenic tours of the city, passing by famous landmarks including the Osaka Castle. Spring is a great time to take the tour as the cherry blossom trees lining the river are in full bloom. There is also a night cruise offering dinner and drinks. This is an ideal tour to enjoy a romantic evening with a wonderful view of the illuminated city. The cheapest cruise to take is the Aqua Metropolis Osaka as the fee is only 700 yen per person for a 20-minute ride. It is only 5 minutes walk from Namba subway station at Tazaemonbashi Pier in Dotonbori.

View from Imperial Hotel Osaka Japan
View from Imperial Hotel Osaka Japan | Source

7. Umeda Sky Building

The Umeda Sky Building is a tall glass skyscraper that features an open view glass elevator, where you can enjoy a breathtaking view while ascending to the roof. On the roof is a floating circular garden that offers 360-degree views of Osaka City. Inside the building are also some fantastic restaurants. Admission fees are 800 yen for adults, 500 yen for high school students, 300 for elementary school students and children over 3 years old pay 100 yen. Located at Ōsaka-fu, Ōsaka-shi, Kita-ku, Ōyodonaka, 1 Chome−1 just 10 minutes walk north of JR Umeda station.

Umeda Sky Tower Osaka Japan
Umeda Sky Tower Osaka Japan | Source

8. Osaka Castle

Osaka Castle is a large castle with a moat, and gardens with cherry blossom trees. The original castle was built in 1583. The present day castle was rebuilt after world war two, complete with gold decorations. It has a 360 view of the entire city from a look out on the top level, a museum with dioramas about Japanese history, and gives visitors the opportunity to dress up in a samurai outfit and have their photo taken. Entry costs are only 600 yen and children under 15 are admitted for free. Located just 5 minutes walk from Osakajokoen station on the JR loop line.

Osaka Castle Japan
Osaka Castle Japan | Source

9. Osaka Shochikuza

Here one can enjoy the traditional Japanese art of Kabuki theatre, where men play the characters of both men and women in the show. Kabuki can be quite expensive; however standing room tickets are as low as 2000 yen to see a performance. Located just 2 minutes walk from exit 14 of Nanba subway station on the Midosuji line.

Kabuki theater
Kabuki theater | Source

10. Kuromon Market

For over 190 years the Kuromon market district of Osaka has been selling food and has become quite a famous tourist area. The locals call it the kitchen of Osaka. It is very popular with locals and foreign tourists alike. Many shops offer free samples of food such as raw tuna, tempura, candy and fruit. If you buy seafood, the stores will offer to cut it up into sashimi for you to eat on the go. It is only a 2-minute walk from Nipponbashi Station on the subway line.

Kuromon Market Osaka Japan
Kuromon Market Osaka Japan | Source

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Osaka Station Umeda:
Osaka Station, 3 Chome-1 Umeda, Kita-ku, Ōsaka-shi, Ōsaka-fu 530-0001, Japan

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Museum of Housing and Living 大阪くらしの今昔館:
Japan, 〒530-0041 Ōsaka-fu, Ōsaka-shi, Kita-ku, Tenjinbashi, 6 Chome−4 大阪くらしの今昔館

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Tenjinbashi 6 chome Shoutengai:
6 Chome Tenjinbashi, Kita-ku, Ōsaka-shi, Ōsaka-fu 530-0041, Japan

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Don Quijote Discount Store 〒530-0018 4-16 Komatsubara-cho, Kita-ku Osaka-shi, Osaka:
4-16 Komatsubarachō, Kita-ku, Ōsaka-shi, Ōsaka-fu 530-0018, Japan

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Hep 5 osaka:
Hep five, 5 Kakudachō, Kita-ku, Ōsaka-shi, Ōsaka-fu 530-0017, Japan

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Osaka River Cruise Dotonbori:
Dotonbori, Chuo Ward, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture 542-0071, Japan

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Umeda Sky Building 梅田スカイビル:
Japan, 〒531-0076 Ōsaka-fu, Ōsaka-shi, Kita-ku, Ōyodonaka, 1 Chome−1 梅田スカイビル

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Osaka Castle:
Osaka Castle, 1-1 大阪城 Chūō-ku, Ōsaka-shi, Ōsaka-fu 540-0002, Japan

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Osaka Shochikuza 542-0071 Osaka Prefecture, Osaka 中央区道頓堀1−9−19:
1 Chome-9-19 Dōtonbori, Chūō-ku, Ōsaka-shi, Ōsaka-fu 542-0071, Japan

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Kuromon Market 2 Chome-4-1 Nipponbashi Chuo Ward, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture 542-0073:
Nipponbashi, Chuo Ward, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture 542-0073, Japan

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11. Shopping in Dotonbori

Dotonbori is a busy shopping area in Minami Osaka, which is extremely busy at nighttime and weekends. It is a popular place full of restaurants, karaoke clubs, bars, souvenir shops, and there is also a small Ferris wheel. Many tourists come here to photograph the neon lit running Glico man, and the river that runs through the area. It is also famous for Yakuza (Japanese Mafia), approaching young women on the street to recruit them into the adult film industry. Located just 3 minutes walk from exit 14 of Nanba subway station on the Midosuji line.

Glico Man Dotonbori Shinsaibashi Osaka Japan
Glico Man Dotonbori Shinsaibashi Osaka Japan | Source

12. Nanba Yasaka Shrine

This is a grand shrine in a peaceful setting of the local suburbs of Nanba, Osaka. The shrine is in the shape of giant legendary lion. It is very eye catching, unique and memorable, making it a great photo opportunity. This shrine is only a 5-minute walk from Namba or Daikokucho stations on the Midosuji Subway line.

Yasaka Shrine
Yasaka Shrine | Source

13. Hanamarukan, Namba, Hozenji Ramen Shop

This is a 24-hour ramen shop that is quite famous in Nanba Osaka because of its great taste and value. It is a good place to get some cheap breakfast after a night on the town, or a snack at any other time of the day. It comes with dried seaweed called nori. The pork rib ramen and fried rice is a popular dish. English menus are available and there are free boiled eggs to supplement the meal. The only negative thing about this place is the people smoking inside. Don’t forget to check out the nearby Hozenji Shrine.

Ramen with Nori
Ramen with Nori | Source

14. Minato-machi Plaza

This is an octagonal shape plaza on the edge of the Dotonbori River. The plaza is a quiet place to go to take a break from the hectic busy atmosphere of Osaka. It is a good place to sit down, have a picnic or a drink with friends and relax. It is also a romantic spot at nighttime, as there are neon lights surrounding the plaza. Adjacent to the plaza is an octagonal shaped building that houses a radio station and music venue called Nanba hatch. The unique design of the radio station makes a great photo opportunity. Located 2 minutes walk from Nanba station at exit 26C on the Yotsubashi line.

Nanba Hatch Osaka Japan
Nanba Hatch Osaka Japan | Source

15. Sennnichimae Doguyasuji Shoutengai

This is a shopping area that specializes in cooking equipment and kitchen utensils, including some very well made Japanese knives. There are many kinds of knives that are used for special tasks such as sushi preparation, and filleting. There are also many stores that sell professional cooking equipment for professional chefs. On October 9 every year, there is a festival called Doguyasuji festival. On this day there are many kinds of cooking equipment on sale. There are also live cooking classes and free tasting sessions. Only 3 minutes walk from Nanba station on the Midosuji subway line, or 5 minutes’ walk from Nipponbashi station on the Sennichimae or Kintetsu line.

Knife Shop Japan
Knife Shop Japan | Source

16. Nipponbashi Denden Town

This area is the best in Japan to find a huge variety of electronic and home appliances. The whole area is dedicated to electronics shops. There is a lot of competition between shop, so sales are common and bargains can always be found. It is a good idea to shop around, compare prices before buying. Negotiating prices is commonplace in these stores. Many electronic stores also offer tax-free shopping for tourists on a holiday visa.Located at Nipponbashi station on the Sennichimae

The best shops in Den Den Town Osaka

Nipponbashi Den Den Town Osaka Japan
Nipponbashi Den Den Town Osaka Japan | Source

17. The Kamigata Ukiyoe Museum

This museum contains traditional Japanese art form of ukiyoe, meaning wood block prints. It is very close to the Shinsaibashi shopping area. It is a small building with 3 floors and has no lifts. If you book your visit ahead of time, the museum will help you produce your own wood block print. There are also traditional ukiyoe goods for sale and other exhibits that change every few months. Admission is only 500 yen for adults and 300 for children. Discounts are available for seniors and the disabled. Located just 2 minutes walk east of Nanba station exit 14 on the Midosuji Subway line, next to the Hozenji Shrine.

The Kamigata Ukiyoe Museum Osaka Japan
The Kamigata Ukiyoe Museum Osaka Japan | Source

18. Matsuzaka Beef Restaurants

Matsuzaka beef restaurant has the best quality beef in Osaka. The meat is thinly sliced and almost melts in your mouth as you eat it. The restaurant is quite expensive though. If you are travelling on a budget, there are many other good tasting beef restaurants that have a reasonable quality of meat to choose from. Many of these yakinuku restaurants offer all you can eat meat and salad for under 3000 yen. Located just 2 minutes walk east of Nanba station exit 14 on the Midosuji Subway line, opposite the Hozenji Shrine.

Yakiniku and Asahi Beer Japan
Yakiniku and Asahi Beer Japan | Source

19. Tsutenkaku Tower

Dubbed the Eiffel tower of Osaka, Tsutenkaku tower was first built in the 1960’s and has become a signature landmark for the southern area of the Shinsekai district in Osaka. The entry fee is 600 yen and offers views of the nearby Tennoji Zoo and Park, as well as the entire city of Osaka. There is a Glico confectionary museum inside the tower. At night the tower has a beautiful illumination, which is great for taking photos. If you take any photos of the Shinsekai area, be sure to have this iconic tower in the background! Located just 5 minutes walk from Ebisucho station on the Sakaisuji subway line. Go to exit number 3 and you will see the tower as you come out.

Tsutenkaku Osaka Japan
Tsutenkaku Osaka Japan | Source

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20. Abeno Harukas

Abeno Harukas is the tallest skyscraper in Japan. The building is on top of the Kintetsu Abenobashi Station just across from JR Tennoji Station. The Abeno Harukas building is located in the heart of Osaka’s famous southern suburb of Tennoji. It is a 300 meter high skyscraper that recently opened in 2014. The building contains a department store, art museum, a hotel and on the top is an observatory. The view is even higher and more spectacular than the Tsutenkaku tower. Entry cost is expensive at 1500 yen.

Abeno Haruka Tennoji Osaka Japan
Abeno Haruka Tennoji Osaka Japan | Source
Dotonbori Bridge and Glico Man:
Dotonbori, Chuo Ward, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture 542-0071, Japan

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Nanba Yasaka Shrine 2 Chome-9-19 Motomachi Naniwa Ward, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture 556-0016:
Motomachi, Naniwa Ward, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture 556-0016, Japan

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Hanamarukan Ramen Shop 1 Chome-2-16 Nanba Chuo Ward, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture 542-0076:
Nanba, Chuo Ward, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture 542-0076, Japan

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Minto machi Plaza 556-0017 Osaka Prefecture, Osaka, Naniwa Ward, Minatomachi, 1 Chome−3−1:
1 Chome-3-1 Minatomachi, Naniwa-ku, Ōsaka-shi, Ōsaka-fu 556-0017, Japan

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Sennnichimae Doguyasuji 10-11 Nanbasennichimae Chuo Ward, Osaka, Osaka:
Nanbasennichimae, Chuo Ward, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture 542-0075, Japan

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Nipponbashi Denden Town Naniwa Ward, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture 556-0005:
Nipponbashi, Naniwa Ward, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture 556-0005, Japan

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Kamigata Ukiyoe Museum:
Kamigata Ukiyoe Museum, 1 Chome-6-4 Nanba, Chūō-ku, Ōsaka-shi, Ōsaka-fu 542-0076, Japan

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Matsuzaka Beef Restaurant 542-0076 大阪府大阪市 中央区難波1ー5ー24:
1 Chome-5-24 Nanba, Chūō-ku, Ōsaka-shi, Ōsaka-fu 542-0076, Japan

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Tsutenkaku Tower 1 Chome-18-6 Ebisuhigashi, Naniwa Ward, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture 556-0002:
Ebisuhigashi, Naniwa Ward, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture 556-0002, Japan

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Abeno Harukas Abenobashi Terminal Bldg, 1-1-43 阿倍野筋 阿倍野区 大阪市 大阪府 545-8545, Japan:
1 Chome-1-43 Abenosuji, Abeno-ku, Ōsaka-shi, Ōsaka-fu 545-0052, Japan

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21. Spa World

If you’re visiting Japan with children in summer, Spa World is a good place to go. There is leisure facility with pools, a rollercoaster, and a park. For adults there is a variety of different hot springs and 8 types of saunas from around the world. A whole day could easily be spent relaxing here. There are also accommodation facilities at the Spa World hotel. Ask for a room with a view of the Tsutenkaku tower. Admission fees for the hot springs and pool area is 2300 yen for adults for 3 hours or 2700 yen for an all day pass. Children pay 1300 yen for 3 hours or 1700 for an all day pass.Located at exit 5 Dobutsuenmae Station on the Midosuji subway line.

Spa World Osaka Japan
Spa World Osaka Japan | Source

22. Tennoji Zoo

Tennoji Zoo is very old, first opening in 1915. It was the third zoo to open in Japan. It is quite a large zoo with over 1000 animals on about 11 hectares of land. The zoo has about 1.5 million visitors per year. The Polar Bear and the baby are well worth seeing. Admission is 500 yen for adults, children under 15, senior citizens and the handicapped are admitted for free. It is only 5 minutes’ walk from Dobutsuen-mae station exit 1 on the Midosuji subway line.

Tennoji Zoo Osaka Japan
Tennoji Zoo Osaka Japan | Source

23. Kogaryu Honten’s Takoyaki

Takoyaki is a savoury flavored ball made from flour with octopus on the inside. It is served with mayonnaise and bonito shavings. It is the Kansai regions most famous and popular snack food. Kogaryu Honten’s Takoyaki has the best tasting takoyaki in Osaka. The shop is located near the small triangle shaped Sankaku Park in the America-mura area. Located just 2 minutes walk from exit 5 Yotsubashi Station on the Yotsubashisuji line.

Takoyaki Osaka Japan
Takoyaki Osaka Japan | Source

24. Shitennoji Temple

Shitennoji is located in the southern suburbs of Osaka, is the oldest temple in Japan and also the first Buddhist temple. Soon after it opened welfare services were established there to help distribute medicine and medical treatment to the poor, as well as providing free accommodation for people in need. The construction style of the temple has a 5 level pagoda style, which is one of the oldest construction methods used in Japan. The outer temple is free to enter, but entry fees to the inner temple costs 300 yen per person.

Shitennoji Temple Osaka Japan
Shitennoji Temple Osaka Japan | Source

25. America-mura

America-mura means America town, which is famous as a fashion area for young people in Osaka. Many teenagers often gather around Sankaku Park to practice dance routines and skateboarding. There are also many small fashion shops selling new and secondhand clothes, as well as tattoo parlors on the main street. Many African Americans work in this area. It is a great area to visit to see the amazing variety and uniqueness of Japanese fashion in Osaka. Located just 2 minutes walk from exit 5 Yotsubashi Station on the Yotsubashisuji line.

America Mura Osaka Japan
America Mura Osaka Japan | Source

26. Universal Studios Japan

This is the Japanese version of Universal Studios Hollywood from America. There are many exciting attractions and rides based on famous Hollywood films and TV shows, including popular characters from movies. Famous attractions include, Jaws, Back to the Future, and a new Harry Potter attraction recently opened in 2014. A variety of souvenirs and themed snacks from hit movies are also available for purchase. Entry fee is 7,200 yen for people 12 years of age and older. Children aged 4 to 11 pay 4,980 yen. USJ is just five minutes walk from the JR Universal City Station on the JR Yumesaki Line. There is also a great restaurant in the area called World World Buffet.

Universal Studios Osaka Japan
Universal Studios Osaka Japan | Source

27. Tennoji Station

Tennoji Station is the 3rd largest transport center in Osaka behind Umeda and Nanba. Tennoji Station has multiple train lines including JR, subway, and Kintetsu lines. The area around the station has many shopping facilities including a large underground shopping area. There are also many large shopping centers and department stores located here including the Kintetsu Department Store, Tennoji Mio, Abeno Lucias, Q’s Mall, Abeno Walk, Abeno Harks and Hoop, among others. They are all close to the station and easy to walk to.

Mio Department Store Tennoji Osaka Japan
Mio Department Store Tennoji Osaka Japan | Source

28. Cosmo World Trade Center Tower

The Cosmo World Trade Center Tower is a trading hub with 282 cities all over the world. The tower stands at 256 meters high, and has an observatory with 360 views of Osaka city and the bay area. It is the second highest tower in Western Japan after Abeno Harukas. On a clear day it is possible to see planes at Kansai Airport in the south. The ride up has a wonderful view from a glass walled elevator. The views from the 52nd floor are especially good at dusk and nighttime. Watching the sunset over Osaka bay is quite a sight to see. This tower is open until 11 at night, so it is a great place to spend the night watching the Osaka lights after dark. There are also many restaurants and bars in the building. The observatory provides jazz music, and cozy twin seats that provide a bit of privacy, for a romantic evening. Entry fee is only 500 yen for adults, 200 yen for children and 400 yen for seniors. Located just 2 minutes walk from Trade Center Mae Station on the New Tram line. There is also a free view from the Cosmo Tower restaurant toilet.

Cosmo World Trade Center Tower Osaka Japan
Cosmo World Trade Center Tower Osaka Japan | Source

29. All you can eat Yakiniku Tsuruhashi Station

The best place to eat yakiniku in Japan is in the Korea town area of Tsuruhashi. It is a very old looking area of Osaka, but has a lot of character about it, and has many fantastic yakiniku all you can eat restaurants in the area near the station. Average cost for all you can eat is about 3000 yen. There are also many supermarkets selling food from Korea, and other stores selling traditional Korean clothing. Tsuruhashi Station is on the JR Loop line.

Yakiniku Japan
Yakiniku Japan | Source

30. Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan

The Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan is located in the Tempozan Harbor Village in the Osaka Bay area. It is one of the biggest aquariums in the world. It is so big that it is able to house a whale shark. Recently a new female whale shark has been added to the aquarium. This is a great attraction to bring children to. It is a big place with many levels, including a giant cylinder shaped aquarium in the middle. Among the animals are otters, dolphins and seals. One could easily spend 4 hours looking around here. Admission is quite expensive at 2,300 yen for adults; children over 4 years pay 600 yen, and seniors 2000 yen. The Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan is 10 minutes walk from Osakako Station on the Chuo Subway line.

Tempozan Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan and Cosmo Tower Osaka Japan
Tempozan Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan and Cosmo Tower Osaka Japan | Source
Spa World Japan, 〒556-0002 大阪府大阪市 浪速区恵美須東3丁目4−24:
3 Chome-4-24 Ebisuhigashi, Naniwa-ku, Ōsaka-shi, Ōsaka-fu 556-0002, Japan

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Tennoji Zoo Japan, 〒543-0063 大阪府大阪市 天王寺区茶臼山町1−108:
Japan, 〒543-0063 Ōsaka-fu, Ōsaka-shi, Tennōji-ku, Chausuyamachō, 1−108 大阪市立天王寺動物園

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Kogaryu Honten’s Takoyaki Japan, 〒542-0086 大阪府大阪市 中央区西心斎橋2-18-4 スペック 1F:
Japan, 〒542-0086 Ōsaka-fu, Ōsaka-shi, Chūō-ku, Nishishinsaibashi, 2 Chome−18 スペック

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Shitennoji Temple 1-11-18 Shitennoji, Tennoji Ward, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture 543-0051, Japan:
Shitennoji, 1 Chome-1-11-18 Shitennōji, Tennōji-ku, Ōsaka-shi, Ōsaka-fu 543-0051, Japan

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America-mura Japan, 〒542-0086 大阪府大阪市 中央区西心斎橋2丁目18-6 アベニュー心斎橋 1F:
Japan, 〒542-0086 Ōsaka-fu, Ōsaka-shi, Chūō-ku, Nishishinsaibashi, 2 Chome−18−6 アベニュー心斎橋

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Universal Studios Japan 2 Chome-1-33 Sakurajima, Konohana Ward, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture 554-0031, Ja:
Universal Studios Japan, 2 Chome-1-33 Sakurajima, Konohana-ku, Ōsaka-shi, Ōsaka-fu 554-0031, Japan

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Tennoji Station:
Tennoji Station, 10 Hideninchō, Tennōji-ku, Ōsaka-shi, Ōsaka-fu 543-0055, Japan

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Cosmo Tower osaka:
Cosmo Tower, 1 Chome-14-16 Nankōkita, Suminoe-ku, Ōsaka-shi, Ōsaka-fu 559-0034, Japan

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Tsuruhashi Station:
Tsuruhashi Station, 5 Shimoajiharachō, Tennōji-ku, Ōsaka-shi, Ōsaka-fu 543-0025, Japan

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Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan:
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, 1 Chome-1-1-10 Kaigandōri, Minato-ku, Ōsaka-shi, Ōsaka-fu 552-0022, Japan

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31. Miyuki-dori (Korean Town)

Between JR Tsuruhashi and Momodani stations is a long Korean shopping street about 300 meters long. There are about 150 traditional Korean stores selling food, as well as Korean restaurants and Korean clothing stores selling Korean style fashion. Korean residents living in Japan run these businesses; so the street has many Korean language signs. It is the largest Korea town in Japan.

Korea town seafood market Miyuki Dori Osaka Japan
Korea town seafood market Miyuki Dori Osaka Japan | Source

32. Asia Pacific Trade Center

Asia Pacific Trade Center is an extremely large discount shopping mall that was built near the south port of Osaka in the Osaka bay area. It is not a very busy mall because it is far from the main shopping areas of Umeda and Nanba. However it is a nice change from the crowded department stores of Osaka. There is also a huge game center in the building, with new and old games, some over 30 years old. A wide variety of events are held inside the center, including cosplay and anime events. Located just 2 minutes walk from Trade Center Mae Station on the New Tram line.

Game Center Asia Pacific Trade Center Osaka Japan
Game Center Asia Pacific Trade Center Osaka Japan | Source

33. Tempozan Ferris wheel

The Tempozan Ferris wheel is 122.5 meters high; it was the biggest observation wheel in the world. Now the British Eye has overtaken it. However the Tempozan wheel has a beautiful multicolored skyrocket fireworks pattern illumination at night. The view from the wheel allows one to see all the way to the Akashi Kaikyo Bridge in the west, to the east the city of Osaka, and to the north Mt. Rokko. The night view with illumination is very romantic, and has become a famous spot for young Japanese couples. It is located at the Tempozan Harbor Village in the Osaka Bay area; 5 minutes walk from Osakako Station on the Chuo Subway line. This wheel is a great place to visit because there is no queue to get on. Being so far from Osaka city seems to keep the crowds away. Entry fee is 700 yen for people 3 years an older. Disabled people pay 350 yen. Right beside the wheel is a shopping mall, with some good for souvenir shops and a small food court. Also within walking distance of the wheel are Lego Land and the Osaka aquarium.

Tempozan Ferris Wheel Osaka Japan
Tempozan Ferris Wheel Osaka Japan | Source

34. Kushikatsu Daruma

Kushikatsu is a fried skewered meat in Japanese. In the Shinsekai area near the Tsutentaku tower there is a very famous restaurant called Kushikatsu Daruma. Since it was started in 1929, its golden, fried meat has been a popular snack food with Osaka locals. It is eaten with a special sauce. The can of sauce is shared between customers; so do not dip the same skewer twice. It is just 2 minutes walk from Ebisucho Station on the Subway line. Prices start at 1500 yen. There are also Korean and English menus available. Located just 7 minutes walk from Ebisucho station on the Sakaisuji subway line. Go to exit number 3 and walk south past the Tsutenku tower for 50 meters.

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35. Sankusu Hirao Shoutengai

Located in Taisho-ku in the Southern part of Osaka is a shopping street known as Little Okinawa. The area has many people from Okinawa, (An island in southern Japan). Sankusu Hirao shoutengai has lots of Okinawan style shops and restaurants. It is quite hard to get to. There are no train lines in this area. The only way to get here is to walk about 2km south on Taisho Dori road, then turn left at the Lawson convenience store, and walk another 50 meters to the entrance of the shoutengai. Or to take one of the free public ferries that go around the islands in the Osaka bay area. See this website for information on the ferry services:

Funamachi ferry Taisho Osaka Japan
Funamachi ferry Taisho Osaka Japan | Source

36. Nakanoshima Park

In 1891 the Nakanoshima Park was the first public park opened in Osaka. It was made on a small strip on land that was just a sandbank between the Dojimagawa and Tosaborigawa rivers. The park is only about1.5 km in length but has been made into an urban oasis full of greenery. It also had the city's first beer garden and cafe that provided citizens with a sophisticated socializing area. It is located in the Kita ward of Osaka, in a very busy business district. The park has beautiful rose gardens that are illuminated at night. There is also some very old beautiful buildings in this area, such as the Osaka City Post Office. It is located just a few minutes walk from Yodoyabashi Station on the Midosuji Subway Line.

Giant Duck at Nakanoshima Island Osaka Japan
Giant Duck at Nakanoshima Island Osaka Japan | Source

37. Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine

Sumiyoshi Taisha is the most famous shrine in Osaka. Also know as Sumiyoshi grand shrine, it is the headquarters of about 200 Sumiyoshi shrines throughout Japan. Over 2 million people come in the New Year to pray. There is a small orange bridge over a pond that makes for a great photo. Entry is free, however it can be extremely hard to enter during New Year because of crowds. It is just 3 minutes walk from Sumiyoshitaisha Station on the Nankai line.

Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine Osaka Japan
Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine Osaka Japan | Source

38. Shinsaibashi

Shinsaibashi is the best place in Osaka to enjoy nightlife. There are endless bars, Japanese style pubs, hostess bars and restaurants. Also there are some very good night clubs that are a great place to meet young Japanese people. Sam and Dave is a popular nightclub chain that has 3 nightclubs in Osaka. Another great club in Club Pure located just a few minutes walk from Dotonbori. For 3,500 yen it includes entry and all you can drink alcohol. Women pay only 2,500 yen. Weekdays are even cheap at only 2000 yen for all you can drink for men and 1500 yen for women.

Shinsaibashi Shoutengai Osaka Japan
Shinsaibashi Shoutengai Osaka Japan | Source

39. Hanahaku Expo Park

This park was the venue for the World flower expo that was held in 1990. The land is has now been turned into a community park. It has the largest green house in Japan; garden exhibits from 55 countries, rose gardens and a windmill. There is also a lake with cranes, tranquil water falls, sitting areas, and many trees. It is a great spot to relax and have a picnic, or just some quiet time away from the Osaka crowds. Located just a few minutes walk from Tsurumi Ryokuchi station on the subway line.

Hanahaku Expo Park Osaka Japan
Hanahaku Expo Park Osaka Japan | Source

40. Rinku Premium Outlets

Located just across the water from Kansai International Airport in Osaka Bay, this outlet-shopping complex has over 200 famous foreign brand stores, and a playground for children. There are also baby buggies for hire and a nursing room. It is the largest outlet in Western Japan. The design is based on the American port town of Charleston. There are shuttle buses to and from Kansai airport for 200 yen. Alternatively one can walk 10 minutes from Rinku Town station on the Nankai or JR lines. It is open from 10am to 8pm every day of the year except on the third Thursday of February.

Ferris Wheel at Rinku Town Osaka Japan
Ferris Wheel at Rinku Town Osaka Japan | Source
Miyuki-dori 5 Chome-3-22 Momodani, Ikuno Ward, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture, Japan:
Momodani, Ikuno Ward, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture 544-0034, Japan

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Asia Pacific Trade Center Japan, 〒559-0034 大阪府大阪市 住之江区南港北2丁目1−10:
2 Chome-1-10 Nankōkita, Suminoe-ku, Ōsaka-shi, Ōsaka-fu 559-0034, Japan

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Tempozan Ferris wheel 〒552-0021 大阪府大阪市 港区築港3丁目11−8:
3 Chome-11-8 Chikkō, Minato-ku, Ōsaka-shi, Ōsaka-fu 552-0021, Japan

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Kushikatsu Daruma 2 Chome-3-9 Ebisuhigashi, Naniwa Ward, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture 556-0002, Japan:
Ebisuhigashi, Naniwa Ward, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture 556-0002, Japan

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Sankusu Hirao Japan, 〒551-0012 Osaka Prefecture, Osaka, Taisho Ward, Hirao, 5 Chome−10−17, 平尾サンクスホール:
Japan, 〒551-0012 Ōsaka-fu, Ōsaka-shi, Taishō-ku, Hirao, 5 Chome−10−17 平尾サンクスホール

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Nakanoshima Park Japan, 〒530-0005 大阪府大阪市 北区中之島1丁目:
Nakanoshima Park, 1 Chome Nakanoshima, Kita-ku, Ōsaka-shi, Ōsaka-fu 530-0005, Japan

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Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine:
Sumiyoshi taisha, 2 Chome-9 Sumiyoshi, Sumiyoshi-ku, Ōsaka-shi, Ōsaka-fu 558-0045, Japan

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Shinsaibashi Station, 4 Chome-4 Minamisenba, Chūō-ku, Ōsaka-shi, Ōsaka-fu 542-0081, Japan

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Hanahaku Expo Park Japan, 〒538-0036 大阪府大阪市 鶴見区緑地公園2−163:
2-163 Ryokuchikōen, Tsurumi-ku, Ōsaka-shi, Ōsaka-fu 538-0036, Japan

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Rinku Premium Outlets Japan, 〒598-8508 大阪府泉佐野市 りんくう往来南3−28:
3-28 Rinkūōraiminami, Izumisano-shi, Ōsaka-fu 598-0047, Japan

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41. Namba Grand Kagetsu

The Namba Grand Kagetsu is a theater that is also the headquarters of Yoshimoto, a famous Japanese comedy company. It first opened in 1987. It has quite a large entertainment hall. Here you can see Japanese style comedy performances such as Shin-Kigeki (new comedy), Manzai (duo), Kontos (chat). Performances usually run twice a day. The theater is open every day of the year. Tickets cost 4,500 yen. Located just 50 meters east of Exit E4 at Nanba Station on the Subway line.

Nanba Grand Kagetsu Osaka Japan
Nanba Grand Kagetsu Osaka Japan | Source

42. The Expo Commemoration Park (Osaka Banpaku)

The Expo Commemorative Park was built on the site of the World Expo of 1970 at Senriyama Hills in the north area of Osaka. The park is about 260 Hectares in size. Some of the original expo that still exists is: the Japanese Garden and the Folk Crafts Museum. Other areas of the expo site have been converted into sporting facilities for tennis, baseball, soccer and golf, recreation areas, and parklands. The park even has a hot spring and a hotel to stay in. The park has five main areas; a Japanese Garden, Garden of the Sun, East garden, Pavilion of Expo 1970, and sports and recreation areas. The park is home to many flowers that bloom all year round. Some of the flowers include: Plum, Cherry Blossoms, Rape Blossom, Poppy, Tulip, Rose, Sunflower, Hydrangea, Japanese iris, Cosmos and Iris. Furthermore there are many cherry blossom trees in the Japanese garden. Which is in the top 100 cherry blossom spots in Japan. The park is just a few minutes walk from Banpaku Kinen Koen Station or Koen Higashiguchi Station on the Osaka Monorail line.

Taro Okamoto's sculpture at Osaka Banpaku Japan
Taro Okamoto's sculpture at Osaka Banpaku Japan | Source

43. Japan Mint

At the Japan Mint, there is a free tour of the factory. However bookings must be made by email 10 days in advanced. To make a booking email: The tour goes for about 90 minutes and includes an explanation of the coin making process. Tour times are: 9:00, 10:00, 10:30, 13:00, 13:30 and 14:30. If you visit in early spring, you can see the cherry blossom trees in full bloom that line the path to the entrance. There is a 15 minute English DVD with information on the mint. However tour guides only speak Japanese. The Japan Mint is located just 10 minutes walk from Osaka Temmangu station on the JR Tozai Line.

Japanese Coins
Japanese Coins | Source

44. The Suntory Yamazaki Distillery

Suntory was the first company in Japan to make whiskey. The factory in Yamazaki Osaka provides free-guided tours of the distillery. However reservations must be made beforehand. To make a reservation call this number: 81-75-962-1423. Tours are only in Japanese, but an audio guide is available in English, Chinese and French. On the tour you can learn about how whiskey is made, equipment used in the production process, and sample a fine single malt whiskey. The tour runs for about 1 hour. Tours run between 10 am and 3pm. The factory is only 10 minutes walk from Yamazaki Station on the JR line or Hankyu Oyamazaki Station on the Hankyu line.

Suntory Whiskey Samples Japan
Suntory Whiskey Samples Japan | Source

45. Instant Ramen Museum

A man named Momofuku Ando, who was the founder of Nissin Food Company, created the world’s first instant ramen, which was chicken ramen in 1958. At the museum in Ikeda Osaka, you can learn the history of instant ramen and hear the story of how it was created. You can even try to make your own with a variety of toppings. The Instant Ramen Museum is approximately five minutes walk from Ikeda Station on the Hankyu line.

Instant Ramen Museum Japan
Instant Ramen Museum Japan | Source

46. Daiso Shinsaibashi

Hirotake Yano first opened Daiso in 1972 as a small street shop selling 100-yen products. Dasio has now grown into a 100-yen chain shop with stores all over Japan. Products sold include: cosmetics, cookware, food and beverages, home ware, kitchenware, lifestyle, personal care, stationary, and toys. The largest Daiso store in Japan is in Shinsaibashi. The product selection is much larger than at the normal stores. Many products are made in china, however they still make great gifts for friends back home. Located 50 meters north of Exit 1 at Shinsaibashi Station on the Midosuji Subway line, in the Shinsaibashi shoutengai.

Daiso Japan
Daiso Japan | Source

47. Mino Waterfall

The Mino Waterfall is listed in Japan’s top 100 waterfalls. It is about 33 meters high and 5 meters wide. It is located in the precious native forest of the Meiji no Mori Mino Quasi National Park. The park is famous for its beautiful colored brown autumn leaves and cherry blossom trees in spring. Watch out for wild monkeys, as they will steal food and personal belongings. It is located in the mountains to the north of Osaka. The natural scenery of the park makes a great contrast to the crowds of Osaka city. There is also an Insect Museum where you can see over 10,000 samples of insects, including live butterflies. Admission to the park is free. The park is just a few minutes walk from Mino Station on the Hankyu Mino line.

Mino Waterfall Osaka Japan
Mino Waterfall Osaka Japan | Source

48. Nanba Hips

Nanba Hips is an entertainment and shopping complex where you can spend an entire day enjoying yourself. There is a game center, spa, gym, karaoke, darts and sports bar, golf, fashion shops, restaurants and a free fall ride 74m in height called the Yamapo. The ride is on the outer wall of the building and gives 8 people a great view of the city before plummeting to the bottom. The hourglass shape of the building and the nighttime illuminations has become a new landmark feature in Osaka. Located directly in front of exit 15B at Nanba Station on the Midosuji Subway line.

Nanba Hips Osaka Japan
Nanba Hips Osaka Japan | Source

49. Katsuoji Temple

In the middle of the Meiji no Mori Mino Quasi-National Park is the Katsuoji Tempe. It is over 1,300 years old. It is known as the temple of luck. There is also a restaurant and parking. Admission is 400 yen. It is 5 minutes walk from Katsuoji Bus stop, or 15 minutes by taxi from Mino Hankyu station.

Katsuoji Temple Daruma
Katsuoji Temple Daruma | Source

50. Asahi Beer Suita Factory

Suita city Osaka is home to the first Asahi Beer factory in Japan. Admission is free and there is a free tour of the factory explaining the manufacturing processes. Tour brochures are available in English and Korean. At the end of the tour you can drink up to 3 glasses of beer for free. There are also non-alcoholic beverages provided for children. It is located just 10 minutes walk from the east exit of Suita Station on JR Kyoto Line.

Asahi Beer Japan
Asahi Beer Japan | Source
Namba Grand Kagetsu Japan, 〒542-0075 大阪府大阪市 中央区難波千日前11−6:
11-6 Nanbasennichimae, Chūō-ku, Ōsaka-shi, Ōsaka-fu 542-0075, Japan

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The Expo Commemoration Park Ōsaka Banpaku Koen 〒565-0826 Osaka Prefecture, Suita:
Senribanpakukoen, Suita, Osaka Prefecture 565-0826, Japan

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Japan Mint Japan, 〒530-0043 大阪府大阪市 北区天満1丁目1−79:
Japan, 〒530-0043 Ōsaka-fu, Ōsaka-shi, Kita-ku, Tenma, 1 Chome−1 造幣局製品販売所ミントショップ

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The Suntory Yamazaki Distillery Japan, 〒618-0001 大阪府三島郡 島本町山崎5−2−1:
5 Chome-2-1 Yamazaki, Shimamoto-chō, Mishima-gun, Ōsaka-fu 618-0001, Japan

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Instant Ramen Museum 8-25 Masumichō, Ikeda, Osaka Prefecture 563-0041, Japan:
The Instant Ramen Museum, 8-25 Masumichō, Ikeda-shi, Ōsaka-fu 563-0041, Japan

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Daiso Shinsaibashi Japan, 〒542-0081 大阪府大阪市 中央区南船場3丁目-10-3:
3 Chome-10-3 Minamisenba, Chūō-ku, Ōsaka-shi, Ōsaka-fu 542-0081, Japan

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Mino Waterfall Japan, 〒562-0002 大阪府箕面市箕面公園:
Minookoen, Minoo, Osaka Prefecture 562-0002, Japan

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Nanba Hips 〒542-0076 Osaka Prefecture, Osaka:
Nanba, Chuo Ward, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture 542-0076, Japan

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Katsuoji Temple 2914-1 Aomatani, Minoo, Osaka Prefecture 562-0021, Japan:
Aomatani, Minoo, Osaka Prefecture 562-0021, Japan

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Asahi Beer Suita Factory Japan, 〒564-0071 大阪府吹田市 西の庄町1−45:
1-45 Nishinoshōchō, Suita-shi, Ōsaka-fu 564-0071, Japan

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      4 years ago from Osaka

      thankyou for sharing

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      4 years ago

      The picture for #12 looks like that for Yasaka Shrine in Kyoto .


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