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Things To Do In Osaka

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  • Book your favourite adventures on Expedia for a great price, and you will still have money for a dream hotel or upscale dinner while you're in town. The activities in Osaka aren't only top-notch, but they won't cost an arm and a leg. We have 79 things to do here, and you can make them yours beginning at just £14.
  • Osaka is a favourite among inquisitive minds similar to you. In fact, a good percentage of travellers can't wait for their next trip to the area to get a taste of local history and culture and find the top activities. The top things to do can grab the attention of even well-versed explorers, and it's not hard to see why. Our activities includes an impressive variety of culturally based excursions and opportunities for adventure. From unequalled ways to discover the best this area has to offer like a Self-Guided Himeji Castle Tour to Shared Shuttle: Kansai International Airport (KIX)窶適yoto that makes driving around town a breeze, there are plenty of possibilities at your disposal when you look through the finest excursions here at Expedia.

It takes an expert itinerary to fully explore Osaka, especially when you want to include plenty of local cuisine and entertainment. And we know you're someone who likes to get out and about遥ou're ready to get out and take it all in. You're eager to sign up for the best activities around, and a quiet day exploring local neighbourhoods is always time well spent. Our activities are the best way to organise your trip. Book guided tours on Expedia, and you'll never get lost.

Things to Do in Osaka

The second largest metropolitan area in Japan, Osaka is famed for its modern architecture, lively nightlife, and delicious street food. Osaka was in fact Japan’s first known capital, and its position today as one of the world’s most dazzling cities means that anyone looking to experience the rush of life at the cutting edge will not be disappointed. Furthermore, its location also make it the perfect location to set up camp if you’re hoping to explore nearby cities that include Kyoto, Kobe, Nara or Himeji.

Areas & Neighborhoods in Osaka

Kita — One of two main Osaka city centres, Kita is a thriving business district and the city’s busiest transportation hub, and so an ideal place to set up camp if you plan to venture further afield. However, if you’re planning on staying in town, you’ll find an overwhelming array of department stores, theatres, restaurants and boutiques for you to while away the time.

Minami — The other of Osaka’s two city centres, Minami is traditionally the cultural district of Osaka and a hub for fashionistas and shopaholics. Plenty of department stores and high-end luxury brand outlets provide the perfect place to re-stock and accessorise your wardrobe.

Tennoji — Recently redeveloped, this quarter now boasts several shopping malls. What’s more you can also discover in this district the green space of Tenoji Park, and the zoo in its grounds. The historical Shitennoji temple is also located in the Tennoji district making this an area of Osaka that caters to a wide variety of ages and interests.

Shitennoji — Originally built in 593 AD, this ancient temple has been burnt and carefully reconstructed a number of times in the one and a half millennia of its existence. With extensive outer temple grounds that are open to all, and an inner precinct that is open to paying visitors, the temple is a genuine wonder of ancient Japan and a must for anyone looking to experience the country’s incredible heritage.

Things to See in Osaka

For those of you interested to know more about city’s origins, then the Osaka Museum of History is the perfect place to find out more and also boasts spectacular views over Osaka Castle and city skyline. Osaka Castle itself meanwhile is one of the city’s most famous sights and, whilst being quite something to behold on its own, it is also ringed by scenic cherry-blossomed parkland that is the ideal location for a picnic or stroll in the sun. And don’t forget the nearby towns and cities that Osaka is ideally located to reach should you wish to explore further afield.

Things to Do in Osaka

There’s almost more to do in Osaka that there is time for - as well as one of the world’s largest aquariums, the city is also home to Universal Studios Japan and the country’s second-largest theme park. Osaka also has a festival hall, symphony hall, and lots of other venues where you’ll find plenty of opportunity to catch a live act. And don’t forget all the malls and cinemas in the city where you can catch a movie, grab bite to eat, or maybe just shop until you drop.