Osaka | Travel Guide
After Tokyo, Osaka is the most popular city to fly into or out of for international tourists who come to Japan. This means that many foreign travelers will at least have a few hours to discover the city that is also called the ‘kitchen of Japan’. If you only have little time in Osaka, Dotonbori should be one of the places you will visit to eat. This travel guide will help you decide what else to do in Osaka if you have more time.
Families and kids at heart will love Universal Studios near Osaka. Osaka Castle is also a popular destination, with a nice park around it. And if you want to see a gritty cityscape, Shinsekai and Namba are great places to check out.
6 Recommended Places in Osaka
To help you decide where to go in Osaka if you are short on time, we compiled a list of the 5 best places to visit in this bustling city.
Located in the bright and modern shopping complex of Osaka Station City, Osaka Station is the largest and busiest station in western Japan.
If Osaka is on your itinerary, Shinsekai is a very interesting neighborhood to explore. The atmosphere is somewhat retro-feeling, making you feel like you have returned to Japan at the height of the Showa period (1926-1989).
Namba is located in a district called 'Minami', which means 'south' in Japanese as this area is located in the southern part of Osaka. Namba is a known entertainment district full of colors, restaurants, neon screens, shops, and places to enjoy, and it becomes especially fun at night.
The lively entertainment area of Dotonbori is the most famous tourist destination in Osaka and famous for its striking neon lights, its extravagant signage, and the huge variety of restaurants and bars. It is located in Osaka's southern Namba area.
Danjiri Kaikan Museum in Osaka
The Danjiri Kaikan is an interactive and fun museum located in Kishiwada, Osaka, near Kishiwada Castle. It provides information and activities on the Kishiwada Danjiri Festival, which is very famous in Japan. Not only do visitors learn about the history and structure of the Danjiri (floats), but they can also watch a Danjiri Festival movie.
The Church of the Light in Osaka
If you are interested in Japanese architecture, Tadao Ando might ring a bell for you. He is a world-famous architect who is self-educated and has a great passion and spirit toward his vocation.
The Shinto shrine "Sumiyoshi Taisha" was founded in 211, being one of the oldest shrines in all of Japan. It is dedicated to Sumiyoshi sanjin.
Imamiya Ebisu Shrine
Shinto shrine Imamiya Ebisu (colloquially called "Ebessan") is the most famous among the small shrines of Osaka. It is located in the centrally located Naniwa district
Umeda Sky Building
The city of Osaka is recognized, together with Tokyo, as one of the most modern cities in the world. As one of the best examples of architectural beauty combined with state-of-the-art technology, there is the Umeda Sky Building tower, located only a short distance away from Osaka station.
The Osaka Castle was constructed by the Commander Toyotomi Hideyoshi as his military base who completed military unification more 400 years ago.