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1. Osaka Castle (大阪城)
Osaka Castle is the symbol & one of the main Osaka attractions. The castle began construction in 1583 by Toyotomi Hideyoshi at the former site of Honganji Temple which was destroyed 13 years earlier.
The magnificent castle was modelled after Azuchi Castle & was reputed as being unparalleled in the country.
Opening Hours: Daily 9.00am to 5.00pm
Entrance Fees: Surrounding is free. 600 yen to enter the castle
How to Get to Osaka Castle
By Subway or JR: Osaka Business Park St (N21) / Osakajokoen Station – JR Loop
2. Dotonbori (道頓堀)
Dotonbori is a large-scale downtown with the entire area of Dotonbori filled with an unbelievable number of shopping arcades, restaurants, and amusement facilities. It is often selected as a scene in movies as the symbol of Osaka.
Make sure to try Takoyaki & Okonomiyaki when in Dotonbori. Also, tourists’ favourite Ichiran Ramen & Ippudo is also in this area.
How to Get to Dotonbori
By Subway: Namba Station – Subway (M20/S16/Y15)
3. Shinsaibashi (心斎橋)
Shinsaibashi Shopping Arcade is Osaka’s premier shopping center located beside Dotonbori. You can start the walk from Shinsaibashi and ends at Dotonbori.
Approximately 600m long, it combines chain retail stores and trendy boutiques with expensive department stores and top designer fashion labels. This is the place to visit for all your shopping needs.
How to Get to Shinsaibashi
By Subway: Shinsaibashi Station (M19/N15)
4. Kuromon Ichiba Market (黒門市場)
Kuromon Ichiba Market houses more than 150 stalls mainly dedicated to food and one of the places where chefs source their ingredients. Although it looks like a tourist spot, more than half of the sales transacted in Kuromon Ichiba Market are mainly from businesses.
Visitors are greeted by rows of stalls selling some of the top quality and freshest ingredients available. Be it Otoro or Matsusaka Beef or Fugu, they are available to dine on the spot which makes Kuromon Ichiba Market well known.
We do recommend dining at the Tempura shop upon entering Kurmon Ichiba market (metro exit) and try Otoro and Chutoro at Marugoya Kurogin 黑银 in the middle section.
Opening Hours: Daily 9.00 am to 6.00 pm
How to Get to Kuromon Ichiba Market
By Subway – Nippombashi Station (S17/K17)
5. Shinsekai (新世界)
A casual, popular downtown located in the west of Ten’noji-koen Park, bristled with many old eating and drinking establishments with Tsutenkaku Tower, the symbol of Shinsekai.
Shinsekai has a reputation as one of Japan’s more seedy neighborhoods. Also towards the south of the JR railway tracks is one of the few areas in Japan where open prostitution occurs without much police interference.
How to Get to Shinsekai
By Subway: Ebisucho Station (K18) or Dobutsuen-mae (K19/M22)
Book Online: Join A Food Tour at Shinsekai!
6. Universal Studio Osaka
One of the world’s Top 15 theme parks inspired by blockbuster Hollywood movies with more than 8 million visitors annually. Immerse yourself in the mayhem of the Minions at the world’s largest Minions area & fly around Hogwarts Castle at Universal Studio Japan
Book Online: Universal Studio Japan Instant Ticket
Opening Hour – Daily 8.30am to 8.00pm
How to Get to Universal Studio Japan
By JR: Universal City – JR Sakurajima Line
7. Hozenji Temple
Located in an alley in Dotonbori, Hozenji is renowned for its moss-covered deity Fudomyoo, a god (kami) that protects people from evil and grants wishes.
It’s customary to pour water on the kami as an act of purification. The statue has been drenched with water throughout the years and it has become completely covered in moss.
How to Get to Hozenji Temple
By Subway – Namba Station (M20/S16)
8. Shitennoji Temple (四天王寺)
The oldest officially administered temple in Japan, Shitennoji was built by Prince Shotoku who was known for his profound Buddhist faith invited three Korean Baekje carpenters, and they constructed this temple in 593.
How to Get to Shitennoji Temple
By Train: Shitennoji-mae Yuhigaoka St (T26) / Tennoji St (T27/M23)
9. Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan is one of the largest aquariums in the world. A total of 27 tanks in 16 main exhibits showcase marine life in different habitats. The center tank which is 9 meters deep is also home to the aquarium’s main attraction – whale sharks.
Book Online: Osaka Aquarium ticket
Opening Hours: Daily 10.00 am to 8.00 pm
How to Get to Osaka Aquarium
By Subway: Osakako Station (C11). 10 mins walk from the station.
For More info: Osaka Aquarium
10. Umeda Sky Building (梅田スカイビル)
The Umeda Sky building was designed by Hiroshi Hara, who also designed Kyoto Station. The 173-meter building consists of two separate towers which are joined at the top by a ring-like observation deck.
The roof features a doughnut shape that provides an unobstructed 360-degree view of Osaka City.
Opening Hours: Kuchu Teien Observatory – Daily 10.00 am to 10.00 pm
Entrance Fees: 1,000 JPY
How to Get to Umeda Sky Building
By Train & Walk: Approx 10 minutes walk from Osaka or Umeda Station
11. Sumiyoshi Taisha (住吉大社)
Sumiyoshi Taisha also known as Sumiyoshi Grand Shrine, is one of Japan’s oldest Shinto shrines. It enshrines three gods that have long been worshipped for protecting the nation, for sea voyages, and for promoting waka (31-syllable) poetry.
How to Get to Sumiyoshi Taisha
By Train: Sumiyoshitaisha Station – Nankai railway
12. Momofuku Ando Instant Ramen Museum
Located in Ikeda, the museum is dedicated to instant noodles and Cup Noodles, as well as its creator and founder, Momofuku Ando.
Momofuku Ando was the inventor of the world first instant noodle and also the founder of Nissin Japan. In this museum, visitors not only learn the history of instant noodles but able to create their very own instant cup noodles.
Opening Hours: Daily 9.30am to 4.00pm
Entrance Fees: Free
How to Get to Momofuku Ando Instant Ramen Museum
By Train: From Hankyu Umeda Station, take the express train to Ikeda Station on the Hankyu Takarazuka Line. The museum is just 5 mins walk from Masumi-cho Homen Exit.
For More Info: Momofuku Ando Official Website
Winter Ski & Snowboarding Nearby Osaka
You can book a day trip to Hachi Kita Kogen ski resort for a day of ski or snowboarding. The ski resort boasts over 20 ski slopes suitable for all levels and a wonderful kids park for snow fun.