Osaka is a compact city that packs a lot of entertainment into a small space.
As well as the central business hub in western Japan,
Osaka has been at the heart of Japan’s cultural and economical development for hundreds of years.
The Bay area, where Universal Studios Japan is located, is 30 minutes from Shin-Osaka!
Osaka is full of tasty food!
Eat, enjoy, and eat more!
Namba Tennoji Area
Dotonbori in Osaka is a bustling district known for its iconic Glico Running Man sign, vibrant street life along the Dotonbori Canal, and a rich culinary scene featuring local specialties. The area also offers diverse entertainment options, shopping at Shinsaibashi, and a unique cultural experience with traditional streets like Hozenji Yokocho.
Tsutenkaku is a well-known landmark. Completed in 1956, this iconic tower in the Shinsekai district offers an observation deck with panoramic views, a nostalgic atmosphere, and a variety of shops and eateries in its vicinity.
Abeno Harukas houses an observation deck, a museum, a hotel, and a shopping mall, offering visitors stunning views of Osaka and a range of entertainment and cultural experiences. EDGE THE HARUKAS" is a thrilling walk across the top deck with only a lifeline!
Known as "Osaka's kitchen," Kuromon Ichiba is a market where locals and professional chefs alike come to stock up on fresh seafood, fruits, and an array of food stalls. Recently, the market has become popular with both domestic and foreign tourists, and is one of the best gourmet streets in Osaka, attracting as many as 20,000 people in a single day.
Tsuruhashi, a Korean town in Osaka, offers Korean gourmet food, Korean cosmetics, and Korean sweets, making you feel like you are traveling to Korea. There is also a Yakiniku Street lined with Yakiniku restaurants, where you can enjoy authentic Korean food.
Sumiyoshi Taisha is a historic Shinto shrine in Osaka, known for its unique architectural style characterized by arched bridges and distinct wooden structures. Chozuya(Holly water) is decorated with rabbits, so check it out before you pray
Tennnoji Park & Zoo
The zoo has a long history, having opened in 1915. The zoo houses polar bears, lions, chimpanzees, and other rare animals such as the kiwi, the national bird of New Zealand. The zoo's exhibition methods, based on field surveys of habitats, have also been well received.
Team Lab Nagai Botanical Garden
Team Lab, a popular digital art company, has turned the Nagai Botanical Garden into an art space at night. It changes interactively, influenced by the day's weather, wind and rain, and the movements of visiting birds and people. Enjoy the plants by day and the art by night!
Osaka Umeda Area
Osaka Castle was built by Toyotomi Hideyoshi in 1583. On the second floor, you can take a commemorative photo wearing a helmet and battle cape!
The observatory on the 8th floor offers a panoramic view of Osaka Castle.
Umeda Sky Building
This aerial observatory is a landmark of Umeda area.The see-through escalator from the 35th to the 39th floor is a popular photo spot. Visitors can enjoy café time as if they were floating in the sky, and the panoramic view from open-air rooftop deck is a spectacular sight that must be seen at least once.
Osaka Tenmangu, also known as Tenmangū Shrine, is a significant Shinto shrine dedicated to Sugawara no Michizane, a deity associated with learning and scholarship. The shrine is a popular destination for students and visitors seeking blessings for academic success, featuring beautiful architecture, serene gardens, and regular cultural events.
Nakanoshima River Cruise
Nakanoshima, a 3-km-long island surrounded by two rivers, has been the center of Osaka since the Edo period. This urban resort cruise offers beautiful evening and night views consisting of illuminated bridges, retro architecture, and the latest buildings in the west area of Nakanoshima, Osaka.
Shinsaibashi has different atmospheres in different areas. The area around Shinsaibashi Subway Station has a sophisticated atmosphere with high-brand stores, while the east side has a more populous shopping area with fast-fashion and general merchandise stores. This is a compact area where you can enjoy shopping.
HEP FIVE, with its bright red Ferris wheel on the rooftop, is a building with a wide variety of stores ranging from fashion to game centers and restaurants. Enjoy the atmosphere of Osaka, which changes dramatically from day to night, from the air-conditioned Ferris wheel.
GRAND FRONT OSAKA
The complex is located on the north side of JR Osaka Station and consists of four towers. The concept is to enjoy shopping surrounded by water and greenery in a strolling atmosphere. There are 260 stores! You can enjoy nature and shopping at the same time in the big city.
UNIVERSAL STUDIO JAPAN
Once inside the park, you're in another world! With each area of the park, including Super Nintendo World™, Minion Park, and the Wizarding World of Harry Potter™, each area is a perfect world, and the attractions, as well as the atmosphere in the park, are exciting for adults and children!! Studio passes are available in evening-only, 1-day, 1.5-day, and 2-day options to suit your itinerary.
Tempozan is home to Kaiyukan(Aquarium), a park, a Ferris wheel, LEGO LAND, a play zoo, a shopping mall, and many other fun facilities. Inside the marketplace is Naniwa Gourmet Yokocho, where you can find all kinds of Osaka's gourmet foods.
Kaiyukan, one of the world's largest aquariums, located in Tempozan, is one of Osaka's most popular tourist facilities. The Pacific Ocean is reproduced in a huge tank, and 14 tanks are displayed around it, faithfully reproducing geographical relationships. The most popular of all is the whale shark, with a body length of nearly 12 meters.
Osaka, known as the water city, once had many ferry boats for people to come and go. The Tempozan Ferry offers free passage across the 400-meter wide Aji River between the Sakurajima area where USJ is located and Tempozan, where Kaiyukan is located. Just a three-minute boat ride!
Cup Noodle Museum
Nissin's Cup Noodle Museum is located in Ikeda, Osaka. Visitors can enjoy learning through hands-on activities such as solving quizzes and displaying labels of past generations. One of the most popular activities is making your own original cup noodles! Choose your favorite ingredients and make your own noodle!
Expo '70 Commemorative Park
Expo '70 Commemorative Park, the former site of the Expo, is a park that includes the park's symbol, Taro Okamoto's Tower of the Sun, the National Museum of Ethnology, a giant athletic playground for children, a forest aerial observation trail, and a Japanese garden. Opposite the nearest station, there is also a shopping mall, Expo City, and an aquarium, so you can play all day long.
The Duskin Museum in Suita City includes the "Osozi-kan," which introduces the culture and history of cleaning and proposes future cleaning, and the "Misdo Museum," which introduces the secrets of delicious doughnuts and allows visitors to experience doughnut making.
Katsuo-ji Temple, famous as the temple of Dharma, is located in Minoh City, about an hour north of Osaka Station, and is known as the god of victory. A huge number of Dharma dolls are dedicated in the precincts of the temple. The temple is a place where visitors can experience the changing of the seasons, from the cherry blossom season in spring to the autumn foliage season in fall.
This family-oriented amusement park makes good use of the undulating terrain to offer about 40 different attractions. There are also areas where visitors can enjoy screaming attractions, animals, and seasonal flowers, as well as a swimming pool in summer and skating in winter, making it a popular destination for people of all ages.
It is said that mixed juice originated in Osaka. The juice stand in front of the ticket gate of Hanshin-Umeda Station has been loved by locals for over 50 years. Among the juicers lined up in the stand, the most popular is, of course, mixed juice. The classic flavor is very popular with everyone from the elderly to children.
Okonomiyaki and takoyaki are the most popular gourmet foods in Osaka. These are the soul food of Osaka, and there are many restaurants in the city. Try them with aonori (green laver), katsuobushi (dried bonito flakes), and plenty of sauce and mayonnaise!
Takoyaki is as popular as okonomiyaki, and its bite-size portions make it easy to eat, making it perfect for walking around. "Takosen," a unique menu item, is a takoyaki sandwiched between shrimp crackers. The combination of crispy crackers and fluffy takoyaki is the best!!
Kushikatsu is one of Osaka's gourmet specialties that you can't miss! Kushikatsu, simply put, is deep fried meat and vegetables on skewers. Not only meat, but also vegetables such as green bell pepper, eggplant, lotus root, quail, cheese, shrimp, etc. are on the menu. There is a wide range of restaurants from fancy ones to casual ones, so you can find one to your liking.
Kansai udon has a clearer, lighter-colored soup than Kanto udon. Kitsune(fried tofu) udon with plenty of broth and sweet and spicy fried bean curd on top is the standard menu item.