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Osaka travel guide

Not only is it Japan's third largest city, but Osaka brings a real chance to see the real Japan at play. With highlights such as Osaka Castle and Shitennoji Temple there's more than enough reason to visit.

Osaka Neighbourhoods

Osaka's vibrant city life makes it the perfect destination in Japan to explore. The city contains a number of canals and bridges that surround its unique neighbourhoods. Our top ones are listed below!
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Tsuruhashi

Stop off at Tsuruhashi station and experience the Tsuruhashi area. This area's also known as the home to Osaka's best Korean food, making it the center of Osaka's Korea Town hosting a number of restaurants and Korean supermarkets.
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Shinsaibashi

For the best in bars, nighclubs and yep even more vibrant shopping arcades, Shinsaibashi is the place to be. Make sure you experience the neon lights over Dōtonbori Bridge!
The illuminated Dotonbori Glico Signs in Osaka at night

Minami District

Home to the Shinsaibashi shopping mall, the Minami district (also known as Namba) Minami is one of Osaka's two major city centers offering everything in the form of food, shops and entertainment.
Skyscarpers of Osaka as seen from high up

Umeda District

Known as the entertainment hub of Osaka, Umeda is filled with plenty in the way of shopping and entertainment. Here you'll find the Hankyu Entertainment Park which includes six floors worth of shopping.

Top things to do in Osaka

  • Osaka Castle
    Osaka's most popular attraction is its spectacular castle which is open to the public from 9am daily. The surrounding castle park is also worth exploring as it contains everything from sport facilities to shrines.
  • Umeda sky building
    Make sure you check out the 173 meter Umeda sky building when you're in Osaka! This recognisable landmark is made up of two towers that are connected by the floating garden observatory on the 39th floor.
  • The instant ramen museum
    Osaka is known as the birthplace of instant noodles, so what better than than to visit the instant ramen museum?
  • Universal Studios Japan
    No trip to Osaka (or Japan for that matter!) is complete without paying a visit to the iconic Universal Studios. Perfect for any movie lover out there!
  • Hep five ferris wheel
    Located near to Osaka Station, this bright red Ferris wheel offers riders amazing panoramic views of the city.  
  • Osaka Aquarium
    Made up of eight floors, the Osaka Aquarium features all kinds of fish, mammals and sealife!

Tours and activities in Osaka

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Iconic Japan

Japan is a land of contrasts. Begin your 12-day adventure in glittering (and massive) Tokyo before heading by rail into the countryside to visit traditional villages and tranquil shrines.
The front of the Kumano Hongū Taisha shrine in Japan

Japan Hike, Bike & Kayak

Get off the beaten track in Japan and experience parts of the country other big-city tours tend to skip. This tour of the Land of the Rising Sun includes something for every active passenger. Take in major cultural touchstones like Osaka and Hiroshima, along with lesser known areas.

What's the best time to visit Osaka?

Visit Osaka between late March and early April where the weather is mostly mild and flowers are in full bloom. If you’re looking to visit in the summertime, the weather can tend to be a bit muggy and hot, whereas autumn is the perfect time for hiking!

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