Osaka, touted as the city of excitement, is a true treasure trove of hidden gems waiting to be discovered. While Tokyo may be the most well-known city in Japan, Osaka has plenty to offer visitors seeking a unique and authentic Japanese experience. From exploring the city, climbing the tallest towers and visiting museums for a taste of the local culture, this mini guide will show you how to make the most of your time in Osaka!
Are you ready to elevate your Osaka experience to new heights? Osaka’s skyline is a sight to behold – you can take it all in by visiting some of the tallest structures in the city.
Kuchu Teien Observatory @ Umeda Sky Building
The Kuchu Teien Observatory at the Umeda Sky Building is a must-visit landmark in the heart of Osaka city. Take a ride all the way to the tippy top and get a bird’s-eye view of the entire city at the Floating Garden Observatory. This observation platform is actually a bridge connecting two towers, with a cool doughnut-shaped roof that gives you a full 360-degree view at 170 metres off the ground.
Ready to soar to the sky? Tickets here:
Harukas 300 Observatory @ Abeno Harukas
If you’re in for another skyscraper experience in Osaka, look no further than Abeno Harukas – the tallest building in all of Japan! Towering over the Kintetsu Osaka Abenobashi Station and conveniently located across from JR Tennoji Station, you’ll find a world of possibilities inside – a department store, an art museum, a hotel, and of course, the main attraction: the Harukas 300 observation deck.
Be on top of the world! Get your tickets here:
Other noteworthy sky-touching towers include the Osaka City Central Public Hall, Nakanoshima Festival Tower, WTC Cosmo Tower, Osaka World Trade Center Building, and the Grand Front Osaka. Each of these structures offers a unique perspective of the city and can be a memorable addition to your itinerary!
Adventures on the Track
Looking for an easy way to get around Osaka without missing the best attractions? Hop on the Hanshin Train Line and choo choo away to some of Osaka’s most exciting and vibrant attractions!
First stop: Osaka Castle. Take a stroll through the castle grounds and step back in time to the 16th century. Learn about the rich history of the castle and take in the stunning views of the city from the top. If you happen to be there during springtime, you’d be able to see beautiful cherry trees in full bloom around the castle!
Next up, Namba! This vibrant area is known for its nightlife and shopping. From trendy boutiques to delicious street food, Namba has something for everyone. Anytime you want to take a break from shopping, you can grab a drink at one of the many bars and nightclubs in the area.
If you want a more spiritual experience, head to the Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine. This ancient monument is a peaceful oasis in the middle of the bustling city. Take a moment to reflect and admire the beautiful architecture of the shrine and its lush landscapes.
For thrill-seekers, the Tempozan Ferris Wheel near the Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan is a must-visit attraction. Take a ride on one of the largest Ferris wheels in the world and soak in the incredible views of Osaka Bay.
Also, don’t miss Universal Studios Japan! This vibrant theme park is packed with attractions based on your favourite movies and TV shows. From thrilling roller coasters to immersive experiences, this hotspot has something for everyone!
Get a Hanshin Line Tourist Pass and let the adventure begin!
Be an Osaka e-Pass Explorer
If you want to cover the most popular and interesting spots in Osaka in the shortest amount of time, the Osaka e-Pass is the ultimate travel buddy to ensure a fulfilling sightseeing experience! You can pair it with Osaka Metro and Osaka City Bus, Bike Share, or the Hankyu and Hanshin Lines to get around the city.
But that’s not all. The Osaka e-Pass also gets you free entry or discounted tickets to more than 20 amazing tourist spots in Osaka! Here are some of the top favourites:
Osaka’s museum attractions are truly a treat for curious minds and art enthusiasts alike! The Koji Kinutani Tenku Art Museum features stunning art pieces that showcase the beauty of Japanese culture, while the Osaka Museum of Housing and Living will take you on a journey back in time to the city’s olden days where traditional homes lined the streets of the Edo Period. Also, check out the Glion Museum, which features vintage cars that will leave you in awe – especially if you are a car lover.
Wonders on the Water
Set sail on a water adventure in Osaka and discover the city from a new perspective! Come aboard the Nakanoshima River Cruise and drift along the serene river, surrounded by stunning views of the city’s skyline and scenic bridges. For a unique experience, join the Tombori River Jazz Boat and tap your feet to the beats of live music while enjoying the breathtaking views of Osaka. How about a romantic boat ride along the Osaka Bay area? The Santa Maria Cruise is a replica of a 16th-century Spanish galleon offering a unique river cruising experience where you can enjoy the beautiful sunset and stunning night views of the city from the water.
Are you ready for a brick-tastic time at LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Osaka? From the colourful LEGO® Friends Heartlake City to the LEGO® Racers Build & Test area, you’d be amazed by the limitless creative opportunities that LEGO® offers. And who says LEGO® is just for kids? Unleash your inner builder and create your own masterpiece. It’s all about having fun and letting your imagination run wild at LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Osaka!
Recharge at the Natural Spa
The Natural Spa NANIWANOYU has got your back (and your feet and your shoulders…)! Wind down and rejuvenate in their natural hot spring baths and indulge in some pampering massages. It’s the perfect way to relax and treat yourself like royalty!
The Ultimate Ninja Experience
Encounter the exhilarating world of Japan’s legendary ninjas at the Ninja Trick House in Tokyo, where you can be a ninja for a day! As you navigate through displays that transport you back to feudal Japan, you’ll get a sense of what it was like to be a covert agent for Japan’s rulers. You’ll learn about the tools and techniques of the ninja, from throwing shuriken to wielding a sword. You can also join one of their anime tours to really get into character!
Endless fun in Osaka awaits. Get your Osaka e-Pass here.
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