The Best Things To Do in Osaka

Osaka is the third largest city in Japan and is located on the main island of Honshu. Today it is a significant political and economic centre and is home to many retail businesses, hotels, office buildings. The city is one of the major travel destinations in the world and boasts a number of shopping districts, entertainment opportunities, performing arts, festivals, museums, parks, temples and a vibrant nightlife.

Osaka is a fun city and has an endless list of activities that are sure to keep you entertained and engaged. One of the best ways to experience the city is to indulge in some of the best things to do in Osaka which include taking a tour of its ancient temples and palaces like Osaka Castle, Sankō Shrine, Shitennō-ji Temple and Sumiyoshi Taisha shrines. There are a number of museums that give you a glimpse into the history of the city including National Museum of Art, Osaka Science Museum and Museum of Oriental Ceramics. In addition, there are numerous entertainment opportunities like National Bunraku Theatre, Umeda Arts Theater  and the Osaka Philharmonic Orchestra. The city is also home to many parks and green spaces like Nakanoshima Park, Sumiyoshi Park, Utsubo Park and Nagai Park. One can indulge in the many amusement opportunities like Universal Studios Japan, Tempozan Ferris Wheel and Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan. The beautiful city of Osaka will leave you mesmerised with its unique culture and vibrant lifestyle.

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  1. Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan

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    Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan

    Tags: Aquarium

    Address: 1 Chome-1-10 Kaigandori, Minato Ward, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture 552-0022, Japan

    Timings: 10:00 am - 08:00 pm Details

    The Osaka Aquarium, also known as Kaiyukan, is located in the Tempozan Harbor Village of Osaka's bay area. It is one of Japan's most spectacular and grand aquariums. Spread across 8 floors, the aquari...Read more

  2. Dotonbori Area

    # 2 of 1336 Things To Do in Osaka | Added 11867 times in trip plans
    Dotonbori Area

    Tags: Outdoors, Restaurant, Entertainment, Mall

    Address: Dotonbori Area, Osaka, Japan

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    Dotonbori Area is one of Osaka's most popular localities. It is a street that runs parallel to the Dotonbori canal. Having lots of malls, shops and restaurants around, it is a popular shopping and ent...Read more

  3. Universal Studios Japan

    # 3 of 1336 Things To Do in Osaka | Added 11240 times in trip plans
    Universal Studios Japan

    Tags: Theme Park, Entertainment, Tourist Center, Adventure

    Address: 2 Chome-1-33 Sakurajima, Osaka Prefecture 554-0031, Japan

    Timings: 10:00 am - 07:30 pm Details

    The Universal Studios Japan is a major tourist attraction in Osaka and draws a lot of visitors. When opened in March 2001, it was the first theme park under the Universal Studios brand to be...Read more

  4. Osaka Castle Park

    # 4 of 1336 Things To Do in Osaka | Added 4812 times in trip plans
    Osaka Castle Park

    Tags: Park

    Address: 3-11 Osakajo, Chuo Ward, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture 540-0002, Japan

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    The castle looms over this 2 kilometres square park. Aside from the 600 cherry trees in Nishinomaru Garden that make it one of Japan's Top 100 hanami parks, there are hundreds of trees that make the p...Read more

  5. Shinsaibashi

    # 5 of 1336 Things To Do in Osaka | Added 8232 times in trip plans
    Shinsaibashi

    Tags: Outdoors, Walking Area, Entertainment, Street Market

    Address: Shinsaibashi, Osaka, Japan

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    Listen up shopaholics! Shinsaibashi is the largest shopping area in Osaka! Here you will find many boutiques and specialty shops along with malls and department stores. The Shisaibashi is spread acros...Read more

  6. Minami

    # 6 of 1336 Things To Do in Osaka | Added 3737 times in trip plans
    Minami

    Tags: Shopping Center

    Address: 3 Chome-7 Nanba, Chūō-ku, Ōsaka-shi, Ōsaka-fu 542-0076, Japan

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    The area around Namba station is among the busiest and and most entertaining in Osaka. It is one of the city's main shopping and dining hubs. Don't miss the following highlights in the area: Kuromon ...Read more

  7. Osaka Castle

    # 7 of 1336 Things To Do in Osaka | Added 8372 times in trip plans
    Osaka Castle

    Tags: Park, Castle

    Address: 1-1 Osakajo, Chuo Ward, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture 540-0002, Japan

    Timings: 09:00 am - 05:00 pm Details

    The castle looms over this 2 kilometres square park. Aside from the 600 cherry trees in Nishinomaru Garden that make it one of Japan's Top 100 hanami parks, there are hundreds of trees that make the p...Read more

  8. Tempozan Ferris Wheel

    # 8 of 1336 Things To Do in Osaka | Added 7630 times in trip plans
    Tempozan Ferris Wheel

    Tags: Rides

    Address: 1-1-10 Kaigandori, Minatoku, Osaka 552-0022, Japan

    Timings: 10:00 am - 10:00 pm Details

    Before there was the London Eye, there was THE Tempozan Ferris Wheel! Situated at the mouth of the Osaka Bay, Tempozan Ferris Wheel was the biggest, tallest and most technologically advanced observati...Read more

  9. Kuromon Market

    # 9 of 1336 Things To Do in Osaka | Added 4271 times in trip plans
    Kuromon Market

    Tags: Market

    Address: Japan, 〒542-0073 Osaka Prefecture, Osaka, Chuo Ward, Nipponbashi, 2 Chome−4−1

    Timings: 08:00 am - 10:00 pm Details

    This market has been around for 170 years, preserving Osaka's traditions in a way few other places can. While they do sell apparel, electronics and other paraphernalia, the vendors at this market are ...Read more

  10. Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine

    # 10 of 1336 Things To Do in Osaka | Added 4262 times in trip plans
    Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine

    Tags: Religious Site, Outdoors, Historical Site, Architecture

    Address: 2-9-89 Sumiyoshi, Sumiyoshi-ku, Osaka 558-0045, Osaka Prefecture

    Timings: 06:00 am - 05:00 pm Details

    The Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine is one of Japan's oldest shrines. It was founded in the 3rd century. This was before the introduction of Buddhism to Japan and hence the shrine has a unique style...Read more

  11. Mint Museum

    # 11 of 1336 Things To Do in Osaka | Added 1593 times in trip plans
    Mint Museum

    Tags: Museum

    Address: Japan, 〒530-0043 Osaka Prefecture, Osaka, Kita Ward, Tenma, 1−1−79

    Timings: 09:00 am - 04:45 pm Details

    There are over 4000 items on exhibit in this museum on Japanese coin and currency. The collection is housed inside a building that used to be an old thermal power plant. See a miniature of the mint co...Read more

  12. Abeno Harukas

    # 12 of 1336 Things To Do in Osaka | Added 4415 times in trip plans
    Abeno Harukas

    Tags: Landmark, Skyscrapper

    Address: 1-1-43 Abenosuji, Abeno Ward, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture 545-8545, Japan

    Timings: 10:00 am - 10:00 pm Details

    At 300 metres this is Osaka's tallest skyscraper, and also Japan's tallest building. It has multiple attractions. Floors 58-60 are the Harukas 300 observation deck, and from there you have 360 degree...Read more

  13. Hep Five

    # 13 of 1336 Things To Do in Osaka | Added 1340 times in trip plans
    Hep Five

    Tags: Landmark, Shopping Center

    Address: Japan, 〒530-0017 Ōsaka-fu, Ōsaka-shi, Kita-ku, Kakudachō, 5−15

    Timings: 11:00 am - 10:45 pm Details

    The bright red Ferris Wheel of the Hep Five shopping mall is the building's main landmark. At its highest point it reaches 106 metres above the ground. The gondolas are air conditioned, so your views ...Read more

  14. Nanba Grand Kagetsu

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    Nanba Grand Kagetsu

    Tags: Stage Show, Theatre

    Address: Japan, 〒542-0075 Osaka Prefecture, Osaka, Chuo Ward, Nanbasennichimae, 11番6号

    Timings: 10:00 am - 10:00 pm Details

    This theatre was built in 1987 and has since become famous for Yoshimoto style Japanse comedy. Most of the laughs focus on monologues and dialogues. But the antics of the Japanese performers, even whe...Read more

  15. Nakanoshima Park

    # 15 of 1336 Things To Do in Osaka | Added 4148 times in trip plans
    Nakanoshima Park

    Tags: Waterfront, Park, Walking Area

    Address: 530-0005 1 Nakanoshima, Kita-ku, Osaka City

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    Nakanoshima Park is a waterfront park nestled between Dojimagawa and Tosaborigawa rivers. Spread across an area of 10.6 ha, the park is an urban oasis. It was established in the year 1891 and was Osak...Read more

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