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Osaka

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About Osaka

Osaka is the center of Japan’s Western region, known for being a hub of gourmet cooking, the nation’s water capital and the “Vice President” of Japan’s cities. A symbol of the metropolis, Osaka Castle is a must-see attraction that is representative of the continuous historical changes in the city. Universal Studios is another destination well worth a visit, with its Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Minions and Sesame Street attractions all waiting for a fun-filled family visit. If you’ve got a small child in tow, fun awaits at the mysterious underwater world at Osaka Aquarium, or the nearby Tempozan Ferris Wheel from the top of which you can get a beautiful view of Osaka Bay. In terms of shopping, Osaka Umeda District in the north, Namba in the south, along with Shinsaibashi and Midosuji offer endless stores and malls to discover. Be sure to visit a couple times in case you miss something your first time in Osaka.

Popular Attractions in Osaka

Universal Studios Japan
4.8/5
12,052 Reviews
Theme Park
Universal Studios Japan is located in Osaka and is the world's third Universal Studios theme park after Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Studios Florida. Visitors can go on exciting rides, watch performances and shows, and new attraction launches each year, attracting a large number of visitors.
Shinsaibashi
4.6/5
3,468 Reviews
Featured Neighborhood
Shinsaibashi is a well-known commercial shopping district in Osaka. It is centered on Shinsaibashi Commercial Street. It has a variety of boutiques, specialty stores, and department stores, as well as a variety of shops where you can buy Japanese groceries. Of course, you can also shop big brands. It is a must-visit shopping paradise. You can also find food from all over the world as well as local speciality such as Okonomiyaki, fried skewers, takoyaki, and ramen.
Dotonbori
4.6/5
1,865 Reviews
Featured Neighborhood
Located at the southern end of Shinsaibashi, Dotonbori is a well-known and bustling business district, famous for its neighboring theaters, commercial and entertainment venues, and as the birthplace of Osaka cuisine. Japanese people often say "eat in Osaka", which shows that there are many restaurants here. There are huge billboards on both sides of the river with exaggerated and attractive shapes. Among them, the big crab signboard of Glico's signboard and Kani Dōraku's crab are the places where tourists take photos of the most. At night when the neon lights are flashing, you can also take a sightseeing boat and enjoy the night view of the city.
Osaka Castle
4.6/5
1,999 Reviews
Historical Architecture
Located in the center of Osaka, Osaka Castle is a major landmark of Osaka. It is also listed as one of the three famous castles in Japan's history together with Nagoya Castle and Kumamoto Castle. The Osaka Castle is divided into inner, middle, and outer castles (i.e., Honmaru, Ninomaru, Sannomaru). The magnificent city gate, the steep walls and the wide moats inside and outside are very spectacular. The pavilion also overlooks the streetscape around Osaka Castle. In the parks of the castle, plum blossoms and cherry blossoms bloom in their respective seasons, and they are famous places to enjoy plum and cherry blossoms in Osaka.

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Osaka Transportation

Flights : The nearest airports located near Osaka are Osaka International Airport and Kansai International Airport. The Kansai International airport caters primarily to international travelers whereas Osaka international Airport is mainly for domestic flights. From Kansai airport, you could take the JR electric train and shuttle buses; it would take around 70 minutes to reach Universal Studios Japan. You could also take the same transportation to Osaka City.

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Best Experience in Osaka

Some of the highlights of Osaka are, Universal Studios Japan, Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan (The world’s largest aquarium), Shitennoji Temple, and its many bustling streets for shopping and its wide varieties of delicious Japanese cuisine. Added to this there are the many festivities here. On January 10th , Toka Ebisu, (Fortune God Festival) brightens up the city, and everybody goes out into the streets, it is especially crowded. In July is the Tenjin matsuri, (Tribute to the Gods); the world biggest on water festival by the bay. In August, we have Hanabi Daikai, the fireworks festival and in December, Mandoue, literally translated as thousand lights festival. Mandoue brings out all types of lightings onto the buildings in Osaka, it is particularly breathtaking and picturesque.

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Helpful Information about Osaka
Language
Japanese
Time Zone
UTC +9
Peak Season
March-April, July-November
Currency
Japanese Yen
Emergency Phone Numbers
Police:110,Fire, Ambulance:119

Osaka Weather

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Apr 4, 2020
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Monday
Apr 6, 2020
4°
Partly Cloudy
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Tuesday
Apr 7, 2020
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Osaka Weather
Spring and autumn are the best seasons to visit Osaka. From March to May, the weather is warm and comfortable; however you should bring a light jacket along. Plum Blossom season is from June to August, it is hot and humid so remember to bring some lotion to prevent sunburn. September to November is autumn, and it has similar weather as in spring and it could be rather chilly after dusk. December to February is winter and you should plan to bring along winter clothing.

Trip Moments

Steven   
Posted: Oct 28, 2019

Travelogue

Coronavirus Travel Restrictions in Japan and Attractions Closure (Updated 2020 March)
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Japan government has made more strict travel restrictions to curb the spread of coronavirus, including quarantining visitors from China and South Korea. According to WHO, more than 300 people have been tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) in Japan as of Mar 6th.
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Dontonbori Osaka: One Day Guide
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Osaka
Dotonbori Osaka is one of the most fascinating and revered destinations by tourists who visit Osaka, Japan. Characterized by neon and large signboards on both the sides of this beauteous and vibrant street, this place has been a theater district in the past. Today, it is highly known for the blasting nightlife and humongous entertainment center that it has become over the years. Dotonbori area's most known landmark is a billboard called as the Glico running man that features a runner crossing the finishing line. The amusing and value holding fact behind this billboard is its association as an icon of Osaka within Japan as a hub for the confectionery industry. Also known as the bright heart of Osaka, this place, with huge signage and neon lights hosts a commendably enormous variety of extravagant bars and restaurants with a variety of delicious cuisines that make this place a perfect destination to bring all your nightlife fantasies to life.
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Summer Vacation Ideas in Japan: Fireworks Festival
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Summer Kansai Fireworks Festival is something you cannot miss in your summer vacation in Japan. Wearing a yukata and holding moon-shaped fans to attend the fireworks festival has become a part of Japan's poetic summer scenery. We have to mention Kansai when talking about fireworks festivals. Each place has its own characteristics. It is a really unique experience when appreciating the fireworks exploding in the sky. Have you decided where to go watch fireworks in Japan this summer?
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Frequently Asked Questions

I recommended Tombori River Cruise, Maishima Sports Island.
Here are the absolute best restaurants in Osaka: HAJIME, Honkogetsu, Takoyasu, Meotozenzai, Fukutarou.
Here are the best places to visit in Osaka, including: Tsutenkaku, Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, Tempozan Giant Ferris Wheel, The Main Tower of Osaka Castle, Shitennoji Temple.