Best Things To Do in Osaka Japan

1. MINAMI

Located right inside the hotel where we stay. Not too bad for overall presentation and quality of the food! I reckon it could had been a better experience!

Not worth a visit, even the food isn't the best there.

普段行かないような所に 行ってみようと、友達と 行ってみました! 最初は、ドキドキして 緊張してましたが、店員さんが 優しくて雰囲気よかったです! お肉も鉄板で目の前で焼いて くれるので、目でも楽しめます! お肉柔らかくて美味しいし 幸せな時間でした!

2. Museum of Oriental Ceramics, Osaka

Wonderful museum if you like ceramics even if you are not expert .these are historical pieces and national treasures. The Korean céladons are exceptional. A Must see in OSAKA.

Even if you are the type who says “ who wants to see a bunch of pots”, you will be converted by the exquisite displays, and awesome and thoughtful curation. The natural lighting is amazing!

Have a great colocation of Asian ceramics. If you have history and ceramic, you will enjoy this place. 2 hours is more than enough to spend here. I wish there are more explanation in English.

A small museum but with some interesting exhibits.

Just Boring. The exhibition is dull and the explanations are too concise.

3. OSAKA STATION CITY

Excellent. What you need is what you got in there. Pocket Wi-Fi is everywhere, which you can use anywhere. The staff is so approachable and helpful on deciding what to choose. Thumps up.

So many shops and places to eat are connected here. There are many, many places to eat and shop near by. I love this station!

A train station combined with shopping mall with many stores, cafes and restaurants inside. Can be a bit confusing with all the train lines but you will get used to it after awhile. It is just next to Umeda station which is very convenient. I believe you can access the station from New Hankyu hotel? It is also a short train ride away from Shin Osaka if you need to catch Shinkansen. It can be very crowded with people during rush hour. Though japanese are very polite and kind in general and most of the time, they can also be a bit pushy physically when it comes down to catching trains. If you are in the way, you are the one that will be considered as rude.

Very crowded place I hope they cover it all with free wifi. Stations are places to meet , wifi is neccesery.

One of my favorite places to hang out in Japan. Get yourself up the esclators as high as possible and enjoy the view out towarda Takarazuka...beautiful views

4. Kuchu Teien Observatory

Amazing views of the Osaka area! There are 2 floors for observing the city here and we didn't find any problem catching some great photos and didn't have to wait in any lines to get up to those floors either. This was well worth the price of admission, unless the visibility is poor on the day you plan to go. They also had a surprising number of choices of beers from around the world here which was pretty cool to see. Definitely check this out if you are in the Kyoto/Osaka/Kobe area.

This was so worth the trip to Osaka city. 207 ish meters high up with an amazing 360 degree view over the entire city. I'd recommend that you get here in good time before sunset, at least an hour before, to be able to get good seats. It is really nice to see the city both in day light and then at night with all the neon and city lights. They also have a deck you can go to. No smoking and no hats since there is a risk for those to fly away. We highly recommend this place, also don't forget to bring your camera and snacks. There is a cafe if you forget to bring snacks with you and you can buy there for a okay price. Deapite it being an cloudy and windy day it was without a doubt quite a powerful experience.

Nice view and you can grab some drinks at the top bar. I recon that the view at night is better than during the day. Do expect a line before entering the elevator and it can be crowded upstairs.

Amazing views. It is outside So winds can be concern. Entrance is per person for 1000 yen. There is also a heart lock garden wjere you can engrave your love onto and lock it into a cute licture location.

Beautiful at night time. Enjoyed the star walk and the city lights

5. Kema Sakuranomiya Park

We were lucky enough to be here during cherry blossom days. We walked both sides of the river from the train station and back and took tons of pictures. What wonderful memories we made.

I personally recommend this park to enjoy cherry blossoms in the afternoon. Have your foods packed and enjoy your foods by the river while waiting for the sunset.

Very informative museum depicting the history of coin minting in Japan. Best part? It's free!

One of the beautiful sights I've seen in Japan! An endless row of Sakura.

Nice place to have picnic...... But sad to say bbq is prohibited....

6. Cosmo Square Station

Good Customer service

My son left his backpack on the train after we got off and the staves in this station helped us get it back very quickly. Very nice service

Well place

not much going on here

地下鉄中央線とニュートラムの始発駅。乗り換えは改札内でできます。 中央線は6両編成で7~8分に1本来ます。 ニュートラムは、利用者が少ないので本数も1本あたりの乗車可能人数も極めて少ないですが、ふだんはあまり気になりません。 例外が、イベントのある時。 インテックス大阪やATCの、就活イベントやライブに行く方は、ニュートラムへの乗り継ぎ待ちの行列に並んでようやく1駅2駅を移動するより、コスモスクエア駅から歩いたほうがたぶん早いです。 どちらも徒歩15分くらい。 ATCやコスモタワーなど目印の建物を目指して歩くだけなので迷うことも少ないとは思いますが、そこまでの要所要所に地図(案内板)も出ていますので不安も少ないかと。 行き先がインテックス大阪やLIXILショールーム、コスモスクエア国際交流センターなどであれば、コスモスクエア駅からサークルバス(100円)で移動することもできます。

8. National Bunraku Theatre

Absolutely a must do in Osaka. We saw the 11.00 show and it was a fantastic experience. The puppetry and music are outstanding. Definitely get the English headphones for narration, they also include general details and history of bunraku.

Japanese culture is brought to life in theatres like these. Puppets play out stories that were written by the best in Japan. The plays are long and serious and wonderful. The foyer has many little shops from where you can purchase Bento boxs to eat in the intervals of long plays. An essential experience for those wanting to dive into Japanese culture.

It was a lot of fun but can be frustrating to get tickets. You have to be there to buy them and they seem to sell out quickly even on slow days. I'd also strongly recommend getting a translator if you don't speak Japanese.

What a theatre! Staff is friendly and the shows are amazing. As a tourist I've been to one of the final Bunraku acts, which was quite the experience. Definitely recommended for tourists in Osaka!

You can get a one session ticket on the day for about 1000¥. This is a good opportunity if you are curious about the genre. I found the audioguide didn't provide translations of the dialogue, only the narration. It was therefore less engaging as a lot of the Japanese content was unavailable. I wouldn't recommend this if you don't understand Japanese.

9. HEP FIVE FERRIS WHEEL

Great experience! It was very easy to buy ticket and there was no line whatsoever to get up on the ferries wheel even on weekend. It didnt make us dizzy with the movement, it was steady enough and overall was a very smooth ride. It looks small from afar but it was actually quite big!!! If you are scared of height you might feel a bit dizzy. You can get a picture with additional price but unfortunately on the bottom of the wheel only. You should go during the lunch time if you want no queue or go during night time to get beautiful night scenery of osaka.

I like it there .. everything was perfect .. ride was 15 minutes and fees per person was 600¥

Love this place, if you're on the highest point especially on night you can see how beautiful the city is.

Wonderfull experience to go in osaka, dont forget to buy osaka amazing pass. Its a great deal!

Great views of the city. Easy access and food hall is great nearby.

10. Sennichimae Doguyasuji Shotengai

Excellent kitchenware shop selling a large assortment of bowls, plates, cups, cookware, and display goods. The shop isn't large but its packed with a very wide choice of goods. It's not expensive but it's decent quality and nicely designed, you should be able to find something that suits your taste and budget.

Great for buying kitchenware like pots, pans, plates and bowls at reasonable prices. You can easily spend 2 hours or more at this place if you are into cooking or if you like plates and bowls with Japanese designs. Recommended!

Kitchenware shopping street in Osaka. They sell kitchen tools, equipment, and tableware like what you'd find in a Japanese restaurant. If you're looking for bowls, chopsticks, chopstick rest, etc. to bring home, this street is probably your best bet. There are also a couple stores selling repica food displays.

If you're visiting Osaka, that's the place to go for buying souvenirs ! Best arcade by far. Knives, cutlery, ceramic, t-shirts, Japanese lights....

I just love this shopping street! Bought so many things there. Ramen bowls, takoyaki pan, tea sets, glass shots, etc...

11. Nakanoshima Park

Pretty park with tons of varieties of roses. We were there a bit early in the season so nothing had bloomed yet but everything looked really well taken care of and I'm sure in a few weeks the park will be gorgeous. Lots of benches and areas to sit. Overall, just a nice spot to relax a bit.

It’s nice park. We ‘ve visited rose garden. It’s beautiful garden with many types of rose flowers. Beginning of May is the right time to visit. Flowers are full bloom.

Well preserved small gardens when i visited atleast 10 gardeners working on it. Not currently in bloom with the main flowers but a good quick visit to pass time. Would recommend if in season or if you have time to pass.

Nice place to walk, especially during the winter lights season. Went mid week, the lights were beautiful, the crowds weren't bad and the food stalls were tasty. The projection mapped show on the old city building was pretty impressive and surprisingly not overly crowded.

Luckily there was a beer fest going on when I visited there ...Enjoyed the rock band sipping the beer and it was a unforgettable day during my Japanese trip...

12. Osaka Museum of History

Offers a fair amount of information about the city of Osaka from ancient times to modern. As with most Japanese museums, it's most beneficial to get the audio guide, as non-Japanese descriptions will be short or nonexistent. Overall a great museum located right beside Osaka Castle, which you can get a cheaper combined entry ticket for the two.

Do not expect a complete museum on Japanese history, the museum is on Osaka. However, it is well stocked with period displays and models. The museum provides half a day's worth of content. Located in a skyscraper, it has good views of the surrounding land as well.

It has a beautiful exhibits that will show you the history of Osaka since it could be traced back until today. You'll see it develop and it is very interesting. I wish they had life size villages exhibit too. Start with the exhibit on the 8th floor then make your way downwards.

Large building but the actual exhibitions are somewhat lacking in content. Only the permanent exhibition was open when we were there and most of it were reconstructions and dress up dolls. Doesn't delve deeper into the history of Osaka.

Lifesize displays and huge dioramas were amazing, but I felt the museum was lacking in amount of items and sheer content. As a foreign tourist I would appreciate simple English explanations on displays, which would fit fine. The 8th floor archeology display staff was very enthusiastic and helpful! I found it impossible to find bicycle parking at the museum.

13. Sumiyoshi Taisha

This shrine was a pleasant surprise. I was amazed by its beauty, and I was lucky to visit this place without so many people around. The view of this place is just beautiful. Easy access from the train station (literally a 30-second walk). I would highly recommend this shrine if you're in Osaka.

If you are having a city tour within Osaka City, you better drop your feet into this enormous shrine. Accessible, free, INSTAGRAMable spots are everywhere esp the bridge that makes this place extra special.

An amazing germ in Osaka. It’s peaceful and quiet. Serenity is the word to describe my experience there!! Loved it

There're many interesting power spots. And 'Omokaru-ishi' and 'Go-dai-riki' are interesting divination.

Nice temple and easily accessible by train. Not a bad place to spend a few hours.

14. Osaka Castle

Osaka castle is beautiful to visit. I bought the Osaka amazing pass and this attraction was included in the fee. I walked around the castle, and then to the top. The view is nice from the castle on a nice sunny day. The other floors are a museum to tell the history of the castle and the way it was presented was very interesting. I would suggest getting to the castle when it opens so that it is not as crowded. There is a little garden/ pond near the castle too. Overall I enjoyed visiting the Osaka castle.

Beautiful place to visit. It requires a bit of walking. As the park is quite big and the castle is on top of the hill. It is really nice and one of the greatest thing was to make a picture with a samurai. You would make a picture for free with he person and also wear a helmet like a samurai. The person is probably private and not part of the office staff of the park but it was great for picture taking. The area is also really nice. Scenery is like you go back in time. Very impressive.

Such an awesome place, gardens were nice to walk around in, didn't go inside but it's been burnt down and rebuilt a few times (Spoiler Alert). Great to take photos and to make memories, really understanding what it might have looked like during it's time and the life it must've held. There's a balcony on the top you can view the city from there. It's a free tourist trap, I guess. But still a beautiful castle!

It's a castle so of course it's super cool to visit and get photos of! The museum inside is okay. Lots of neat displays. I had really hoped to see old architecture on the inside but it's quite modern. Only the outside looks like the original castle. The mascot outside is kinda weird and I definitely preferred the person dressed like a samurai that they used to have. It's a very popular tourist spot so expect crowds and a line to get tickets.

Really beautiful.. must go if u really enjoy history this is your must go place.. Castle has informative knowledge through video and 3d graphics.. which is very helpful.. If u go on time u can get audio translater which is really good as most of things are written in Japanese... Castle closes at 5 , so last entry is 4:30.. There is really huge garden before castle... Plan 1/2 enjoyable walk before reaching castle... I bought 2 days Osaka pass in which castle and many places entry were free..

15. Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan

Hands down the best aquarium I've ever visited. It's organized in such a way as to make the visit simple, informative and fun. The escalator at the entrance will bring you to the top, from which a path circles back to the bottom, revealing the main tank in the centre after only a few turns. That tank is the highlight of the exhibit, not only because of the two whale sharks that majestically grace its water, but also for the appeal of the many other species of fish, rays and smaller sharks. The end brings you to a separate area where you can touch some sharks and rays back's, gently... and the requisite souvenir shop. All in all, fun for kids and adults as well. One last thing, visiting on a Friday evening, we found the place relatively quiet. A bonus in a populated city like Osaka, even if it was a rainy evening conducive to indoor activities!

An awesome place to go. Highly recommended. This is by far the best aquarium I have been in. It has a lot of sharks variants, and even allowed you to touch the sharks (in a safe zone area). Penguins, turtles, sting rays, mantas, whale shark, and many more sea creatures are there for you to sight see. Jelly fish arena was amazing. Kaiyukan did such a great job maintaining the fishes in an environment that is kept in high quality. Excellent job!

We've been to several aquariums and our family love this. It's not too big and overwhelming but still exciting. There are a lot of interesting collections such as whale shark, smiley face seal, penguins and giant crabs. My toddler loves it very much. I'm really impressed with the jellyfish collection because it was WONDERFUL, mysterious and beautiful at the same time. I've never seen such collection before. Surely it's kids friendly, baby stroller friendly and the ambiance is calming inside. Children will surely love the souvenir shop! Recommended for family!

VERY busy today, but a STUNNING aquarium. Even though it's busy, you hardly get pushed around. And a little patience does wonders, because you'll be able to observe everything if you wait a little. A tip for 1st time visitors, don't take all your pictures the first time you see the main basin. It'll be much quieter further down into the aquarium and you'll be able to get amazing pictures there!

This aquarium had great exhibition. The central giant tank with whale sharks was mostly impressive. Nice floor plan and route design to flow the traffic. The only minor issue was that some exhibition was on one side of the hallway where virtually all visitors were leaning toward. This place was very popular and easily crowded, which might call for additional attention to kids.

16. Universal Studios Japan

A must to buy the Fast Pass!! It was worth every dollar. However it can be a bit pricey. I got the fast pass 7 and that cost me about S$170. Not including the admission ticket of about S$90+. The best ride was The Flying Dinosaur!! A must for the thrill seekers! Hollywood Dream and HP Forbidden Journey were both enjoyable as well. Do walk around the park to try different themed food such as minion sandwich or cream puff! Photo worthy and taste good.

Spent a full 11 hours (9am-8pm) here and loved every moment. Recommend buying the 7-ride Express pass as you can jump the queue for most major rides. The harry potter 4D ride is mind blowing, combining 3D cinema with a moving coaster and practical effects. The cafe near Hogwarts castle also had very juicy chicken- surprisingly good for theme park food. Plenty of kids areas (Minions, Sesame St etc).

Highlight of the trip to Japan for me. Rides were amazing (although lines were long). Food was okay although not many vegetarian options. Best ride by far was Flying Dinosaur. We waited about 3hr for the ride but was worth it. Very exhilarating. We also enjoyed Harry Potter and Spider-Man. Lost and found was very helpful for our missing phone. We got the 1 and half day pass and spent every minute of it in the park.

Amazing theme park! Did most of the rides and I must say they are magnificent! Must ride are those recommended on express pass (Harry Potter, Spider-Man, Hollywood dream, Jurassic Park - the ride). Would recommend single rider to skip buying express pass as it’s about the same speed. Otherwise, group would recommend to have express pass. Wait time can be long for regular queue.

Nice setting, lots of restaurants and nice places to sit around the lake. Much different than US parks. A LOT of people dress up to come here so it's nice to people watch. Way to small for the amount of people this park takes in. The shortest queue we saw was 90 minutes, 160 - 240min on average wait time. Which is a little ridiculous. Take this into account if you plan on visiting. If your going for the rides at most you'll get three or four in and will be in line most of the day. We only went for the Harry Potter land, took us a few hours to get into that part of the park and then 240minutes into the ride (longest Harry Potter film is like 236min so we could have seen the entire film while waiting in line for the 4 min ride). In the end it is a very nice ride though. I would recommend getting the twilight pass, after three pm. You save almost 50%. It's nice to just be there and look around. Most rides empty up (though a lot of rides close) the last hour (from 8 to 9) so we were able to get into two rides at the end.

17. Eat Osaka

Fantastic cooking class!! The teacher was so friendly and knowledgeable - She ensured everyone was involved and had a clear understanding of the Japanese dishes we were creating. We learnt about the food origins, cooking techniques, flavor combinations and balance. We were welcomed with a welcome drink, water, juice or beer - you are also about to BYO if you like. After cooking we were left to enjoy out lunch with the rest of the team (there were another 5 people in our class) The teacher also took photos throughout the class and provided us with a copy once the class was over - you can also have your own camera/phone with you for photos. We received a copy of the recipes at the end of the class.

We have truly enjoyed every moment of it

An amazing cooking class in small groups. The super friendly hosts really take care of all the little details, yet it's hands-on and informative in order to learn something. It was so much fun and most important, very tasty. Highly recommended!

Lovely cooking class. We've done the Osaka street food class and helped us to better understand the Japanese way of eating on the go. The top: doing the udon noodles Osaka style :)

Excellent ! Thank you 🇨🇭🇯🇵

18. Osaka Castle Park center

Osaka Castle is a great place to go as a tourist, but if you're local to Osaka, try to find another park. It's usually saturated with tourists, but if you don't mind having to deal with them, it's worth a view. The surrounding area, namely the park, isn't as crowded, so it's quite nice to visit, and there are some really scenic places to take some quality shots with your camera. The castle itself is a recreation of the castle that was once there. It's also a well-built recreation. It is of course, made with concrete, but it's definitely better than some I've visited. Speaking of the castle, the interior is mostly used as a museum, so if you'd like to learn more about the castle and the surrounding area, definitely give it a try. Overall, I think it's worth a visit, but I wouldn't go there every time I go to Osaka. Again, there are parks that are less crowded and also more interesting.

Good for a day walk tour. Great park during cherry blossom. Amazing cherry trees and walking under these with a snack purchased at one of the many food trucks. Surely very touristic but defiantly worth a visit. We didn't played for the castle itself. But you can see all around for free.

Give yourself a good couple of hours to make your way around the park. This place is littered with history, with signs in Japanese, Chinese and English to educate you on the 400+ year history of the grounds and structures. At the top, next to the castle is a time capsule, containing relics from this age, intended to be opened in future years. On a side note, I don't this place would be overly wheelchair friendly due to very steep ramps

Nice park. Impressive shiny reproduction of castle on the outside. Ramparts and battlements are good. Moderately interesting inside: just the history of the place. Exhibits very limited. No 'castle' to see inside as this is a completely modern rebuild. 600 yens entry so not expensive. Avoid long queues for lift. Stairs are fine. Outside better than anything inside so if short of time, don't bother going in. You won't be missing anything.

So much to like about this place The grounds are lovely The castle is very impressive The view from the castle is amazing The history of the place into interesting. As a one time visitter there was so much to see, it is a huge area. But if I lived in the area I also think I would visit the grounds regularly, as there are so many nice areas, not just the main tourist landmarks. I found some of the levels of the museum in the castle very worthwhile, but others difficult just due to the number of people. I also found the number of people taking photos of things with "no taking photos" signs disappointing that so many tourists feel so self important.

19. Kids Plaza Osaka

Definitely plan to spend more than an hour here. Probably two-and-a-half just to really spend time on everything. It doesn’t matter if you have a wiggly kid or a science kid or a quiet kid, they all will find a space here. Our 6- and 10-year-old has a really great time. Kids are encouraged to touch and try and question. A lot of fun!

We came here with our two kids 6 and 2 and both had a great time. Not everything is explained in English but it doesn't really need to be as you can figure most things out without the instructions. Some of the staff spoke English but the majority did not. Ended up spending most of the day here so definitely recommended if you have kids!

Best for pre-school and older. My nearly -3 was just a bit too young for many of the exhibits and activities though she did enjoy running around with all of the kids. Not a waste for her at all just most fully utilized with older kids.

Lots of fun for the kids. Very traditional cultural stuff. Very good for foreigners like us. We learn a lot of Japanese culture here. The play area was very well set up. My kids didn't want to leave. Very easy to get to.

Excellent place for the kids to play!! If I had lived nearby I would have been a daily visitor!! There’s so many things that the kids can explore and learn!! It’s a great place very much recommended for all kids!! Don’t miss to plan to spend a full day in your itineraries that your kids will feel happy & holidaying... & learn in the process!!!