Osaka Points of Interest and Places to Visit

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Osaka Castle (Osaka-jo)

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 39 Reviews

Among the most famous castles in Japan, Osaka Castle (Osaka-jo) dates back to the 16th century, when it played a major role in unifying the nation. Today the ...  Read more

Shitenno-ji Temple

One of Japan’s oldest Buddhist temples, Shitenno-ji Temple was built by Prince Shotoku around 593 AD, a cultural hero of Japan who helped to bring the ...  Read more

Universal Studios Japan

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 7 Reviews

Universal Studios Japan—Asia’s first Universal Studios theme park—is second only to the Tokyo Disney Resort as Japan’s most visited amusement park. Beloved ...  Read more

Dotonbori

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

Dotonbori (also called Dotombori) is a bustling nightlife district in Osaka’s Minami area. It stretches along the Dtomborigawa River, with a multitude of ...  Read more

Himeji Castle

4.5 star rating: Recommended 10 Reviews

If you only have time for one day trip from Kyoto or Osaka, make it Himeji Castle, renowned as Japan’s most beautiful historic citadel. Also known as White ...  Read more

Umeda Sky Building

4 star rating: Recommended 7 Reviews

Modern architecture goes space age and skywards at the cutting-edge Umeda Sky Building. Two glass towers soar 173 meters (567 feet) into the air, connected by ...  Read more

Nakanoshima

4 star rating: Recommended 2 Reviews

A 1.8-mile island along the Yodo River, Nakanoshima is the nucleus of Osaka’s business district and home to some of the city’s most historic buildings, ...  Read more

Deer Park (Nara Park)

4 star rating: Recommended 1 Review

Deer Park (Nara Park) sits at the heart of Nara, a city of great historical importance and the birthplace of modern Japanese culture, located 19 miles (31 km) ...  Read more

Osaka Aquarium (Kaiyukan)

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 2 Reviews

One of the largest public aquariums in the world, Osaka Aquarium, also known as Kaiyukan, is home to various species found in the Pacific Rim, most ...  Read more

Tennoji Zoo

Osaka's Tennoji Zoo is home to over 1,500 creatures and 300 different species from all over the world, from elephants and pandas to Australian koalas, big ...  Read more

Abeno Harukas

At 984 feet tall (300 m), Abeno Harukas takes the coveted superlative of Japan's highest skyscraper, narrowly rising above the former title holder, the ...  Read more

Amami Onsen

Watch snow fall and cling to tree branches along the mountainside while relaxing in the natural hot springs at Amami Onsen. Onsens are said to have healing ...  Read more

America Mura

If you want to put your finger on the pulse of Osaka street culture, plan to spend an evening wandering the streets of America Mura, a district near ...  Read more

Asahi Beer Suita Factory

What are the "hops" in beer? What purpose does the barley serve? See the manufacturing process of the most ubiquitous name in Japanese beer, Asahi, ...  Read more

Hozenji Yokocho

Traveling to Osaka often feels like visiting the future with all its colorful neon lights and pulsing sounds, but strolling down Hozenji Yokocho — a narrow ...  Read more

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