Osaka (大阪, Ōsaka) is Japan’s second largest metropolitan area after Tokyo.
Its location on the Yodo delta with its network of watercourses and canals spanned by more than a thousand bridges has, deservedly, earned Osaka the nickname of the “Venice of the East.”
then Osaka; place where people are a bit brasher and interactions are peppered with playful jabs.
Where to start? We show you the must-visit tourist attractions to add to your itinerary.

Osaka Castle

  Just 15 minutes south from Kyoto. There’s no better entrée to the city they call “Japan’s Kitchen” than a visit to Osaka Castle, whose tower museum serves up the story of Osaka’s past.
When the castle was built in the 16th century, merchants settled around its protective walls, and prospered.

By the 18th century, Osaka was an industrial and trading powerhouse, known throughout the world as the Manchester of Asia.

Today, it is a city that continues to work hard, play harder, and eat, like there’s no tomorrow!
Osakans love to say, “kui-daore”, which means, “eat ‘til you drop”. So when in Osaka, the best way to explore the city is to let your belly lead the way.

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Kita district

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Follow the twinkle of Michelin Stars and gleaming glass to the Kita district,
Osaka’s northern downtown area.
Here, under the futuristic shadow of the Umeda Sky Building, centuries of culinary tradition is honoured and built upon by the city’s finest chefs. Besides their legendary appetites, Osakans have long had a reputation as insatiable shoppers.

Museum of Housing and Living

OSAKA Museum of Housing and Living

At the Osaka Museum of Housing and Living, wrap yourself in a kimono and take a stroll along an Edo Period shopping street, to taste of life from simpler times.

Tenjinbashi-Sushi Osaka

Tenjinbashi Sushi OSAKA

Osaka’s famous shopping streets have certainly grown since the 1600s. Just a few steps away, is the one-and-a-half-mile long, Tenjinbashi-Suji, home to over 600 stores.

Cruise trip, Osaka

Cruise trip Osaka

 After hiking through Japan’s longest shopping street, put your feet up and take an Aqualiner cruise for a floating feast of some of Kita District’s finest civic buildings, bridges and parks. Once you’re back on dry land, follow the sounds of steaming batter, sizzling octopus and dancing bonito flakes to Minami, Osaka’s southern downtown.

Dotonbori, Osaka

Dotonbori Osaka
Takoyaki is Osaka’s number-one street food, and at Dotonbori you’ll find the best!
Named after its neighbouring canal, Dotonbori is a mind-bending riot of restaurants, food stalls. But it’s after dark, when the mechanical crabs and neon signs light up, that the foodies really descend, in their thousands!

Kuromon Market

kuromon Market

Then, follow the roar of blowtorches to Kuromon Market, and feast upon mountains of BBQ crab leg, scallops and sea urchins…and maybe, pick up a few snacks for later. If you’re a glutton for more shopping, the Minami District caters to every taste imaginable. You’ll find a full buffet of designer brands along Mido-suji Boulevard


Tenjinbashi Sushi OSAKA

and in the city’s most popular shopping street, Shinsaibashi suji.

Amerika Mura Osaka

OSAKA Amerika Mura

For style that’s closer to the edge, spend an afternoon in nearby Amerika Mura, where you’ll find Osaka’s most adventurous streetwear, and characters.

Den Den Town, Osaka

Den Den Town
Looking for Osaka’s answer to Tokyo’s Akihabara? Lose yourself in the anime, manga and old-school collectables of Den Den Town.

Shinsekai, Osaka

OSAKA Shinseka

But for the ultimate in retro eye-candy, take the ten-minute walk south to the bright lights of Shin-sekai. Over the century, the fortunes of this entertainment district have flickered. But today it’s running on high-voltage once again, luring lovers of Japanese kitsch, and another of Osaka’s guilty pleasures, deep-fried Kushikatsu skewers.

Namba Yasaka Shrine

OSAKA Namba Yasaka Shrine
If all that food, shopping and neon has left your synapses a little frayed, this city offers plenty of places to plug into a little zen.
Pay your respects at the Namba Yasaka Shrine, where a lion’s mouth awaits to devour any pesky spirits that might be bothering you.

Keitakuen Garden

Keitakuen Garden

This japenese city offers plenty of green spaces to nourish the spirit too. Just a ten-minute walk from Shitenno-ji, take in mirror-like serenity of Keitakuen Garden.

Sumiyoshi Taisha osaka

OSAKA Sumiyoshi Taisha

Or spend an afternoon at Sumiyoshi’s park and shrine, and see how Osakans relax when they’re not eating and shopping.

Universal Studios Japan Osaka

OSAKA Universal Studios Japan

Of course, for kids, the best kinds of parks are amusement parks, and at Universal Studios Japan, they’ll find one of Asia’s best! The park’s star attraction is the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, where for the millions who visit each year, the most magical stories ever written can at last be touched, and tasted.

It’s no accident that the Hogwarts Express came to Osaka. From the city’s tranquil gardens…to its mechanical crabs…
From its epic castle…to its floating fish….
This is a city where anything seems possible.
Just like the city’s favourite comfort food, Okonomiyaki, which means “cooked just how you like it”, Osaka is a city to be feasted upon, and shared…over and over, day after day, until you drop!