Top 10 All-Time Best Destinations in Osaka

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One of the most important castles in Japanese history, Osaka Castle is a famous landmark in Osaka. Together with Nagoya and Himeji Castle, they are the three major castles in Japan. With a history dating back to the 16th century, Osaka Castle is famous for its impressive architecture and beautiful gardens.

Once the home of Toyotomi Hideyoshi, the castle was subject to many natural disasters and destructions during wartime. The Osaka Castle as it stands now is the restored building from 1930. Visitors can visit the museums inside the castle and learn about its history; and take in the views from the surrounding park. The best time to travel to Osaka Castle is in spring, when cherry blossoms bloom and the entire castle area is covered by a sea of pink cherry blossoms.

One of Osaka’s most buzzing shopping and dining districts, Dōtonbori has plenty of restaurants, shops, and entertainment venues. The area is famous for its restaurants, shops, and entertainment venues, attracting a large number of visitors. On the Commercial Street of Dōtonbori, you may find specialty dishes from Osaka, such as grilled meats, Takoyaki, and Okonomiyaki, all of which are well-known internationally for their unique flavors and rich layers.

The Dōtonbori Commercial Street is also extremely charming in the nighttime view. When the street is illuminated by luminous neon lights and lightboxes, there is a unique romantic vibe. Stroll through Dōtonbori Commercial Street at night to feel the enthusiasm and energy of the city.

A popular hub for young people in Osaka, Amerikamura is known for its fashion, trendiness, and entertainment. The area is filled with independent designer shops, fashionable brands, and exotic restaurants. The “Triangle Park” is a hub for hip-hop fans, Punks, and skaters, where they show off their talents and style.

In the afternoon, Amerikamura is the perfect place to shop for fashionable clothing and music albums. You may find a variety of unique designs and rare musical creations. At night, Amerikamura becomes a hotspot for live music and nightclubs, with musical performances and parties appealing to young people and music lovers.

One of the must-visit attractions is Tsūtenkaku, a landmark building in Osaka. Built in 1912, it is one of Japan’s earliest skyscrapers. At a height of 103 meters, the sky loft of Tsūtenkaku offers a spectacular panoramic view of the city. Take the elevator to the top and enjoy views of Osaka city, including Osaka Castle and Osaka Bay. In addition, there are plenty of shopping and entertainment options available in the Shinsekai district where Tsūtenkaku is located. Here, you can sample local cuisines, buy souvenirs, and experience Osaka’s unique culture.

With a variety of fashion brands, large department stores, and specialty stores, Shinsaibashi is Osaka’s busiest and most popular shopping paradise. World-renowned fashion brands such as Gucci, Louis Vuitton, and Prada, as well as Japanese local brands, are all gathered here. Shinsaibashi also has a number of specialty shops selling a variety of fashionable clothing, accessories, and handicrafts. You may find plenty of food to eat here. Surrounded by restaurants and food stalls, Shinsaibashi offers everything from traditional Japanese to international cuisine. Whether you are looking for local cuisine or a fine dining experience, there is something for everyone here.

You may also take in views of the Shinsaibashi Canal and visit the surrounding cultural facilities, such as the National Museum of Art.

Located in Osaka, the former site of World Expo 1985, Expo Commemoration Park has now become a comprehensive recreational park. The park covers 264 hectares in area and has facilities and attractions that attract a large number of visitors.

In addition, there is a sculpture created by Japanese artist Tarō Okamoto, namely, “The Tower of the Sun”, which has unofficially become a symbol of Osaka. Stroll through this expansive park with views of beautiful gardens, lakes, and greenery for a moment of calmness and relaxation.

Located in Osaka, Universal Studios Japan is one of the 5 Universal Studios worldwide, designed to be similar to Universal Studios Orlando, USA. Universal Studio Japan in Osaka has ten areas, each with its own unique theme and amenities. You may experience many classic rides, such as “Jurassic Park”, “Terminator”, “Spider-man”, and “Jaws”, etc.

In addition, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, which is the 10th area built in 2014, is one of the most popular. It perfectly recreates the scenes and magical elements of the Harry Potter fiction series.  Visitors may visit the Hogwarts Castle, drink magical potions, and buy magical items and souvenirs. Universal Studios Japan is a place where you can immerse yourself in movies and the magical worlds. Whether you are a youngster or an adult, you will surely find something for yourself.

One of the world’s largest aquariums, Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan is located in the Osaka Harbor area and boasts a supersized eight-story design. The aquarium has a collection of marine life from around the world, with 30,000 marine life at its aquarium, showcasing the ecosystems from the Great Barrier Reef to the edge of the Arctic Pacific. You may find a variety of marine life, including colorful tropical fish, giant sharks, cute dolphins, penguins, and more.

The aquarium is unique in design. Most impressively, there is a giant aquarium viewing area that truly recreates the different habitats and undersea landscapes of the Pacific Ocean. There are also many interactive exhibitions and events that give visitors a better understanding of marine life and the importance of protecting the ocean.

Shin-Osaka Station is a modern business district and an important transportation hub in Osaka, especially for passengers of the Shinkansen. This station provides easy and quick transportation to Osaka and beyond.

With soaring towers, shopping malls, and restaurants, the Shin-Osaka area is a bustling business district. Shops from a variety of brands can be found here, offering visitors plenty of options for souvenirs, fashionable clothing, electronics, and more. In addition, there are plenty of restaurants and snack bars around Shin-Osaka Station, serving a variety of cuisines, including local specialties and international cuisine. In this region, you can satisfy all your shopping needs at once while enjoying food and entertainment.

Located in the Tempozan Market Place and connected to Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, LEGOLAND Discovery Center Osaka is an amusement park with a Lego Block theme. With approximately 3 million Lego blocks and a variety of Lego rides, visitors can enjoy creativity and fun.

The center has built micro-fluoroscopic models of Osaka’s famous attractions with more than 1 million Lego blocks. You may also enjoy the facilities such as interactive games that use laser guns to shoot enemies. At the café in LEGOLAND, you can also sample Lego’s block-themed dishes, such as Lego’s burgers and Lego’s fries. For those who love Lego, this amusement park is a great place to get creative while enjoying fun and food.