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Osaka Attractions

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.

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Where to stay in Osaka

Umeda

Umeda is highly notable for its popular shops, and you might want to visit top sights like Herbis Plaza and Osaka Station City. See more of Osaka by jumping on the metro at Nishi-Umieda Station or Umeda Station (Hanshin).

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Namba

With thrilling amusement arcades, underground bars, neon billboards and second-hand shopping, this dynamic district never ceases to surprise. 

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Shinsaibashi

Experience a shopper’s paradise and symbol of downtown Osaka as you explore the bustling arcade where brightly colored storefronts display the latest fashion trends.

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Sakai

The museums and parks are just a few things visitors like about Sakai. Hamadera Park and Osaka Bay are worthwhile spots to check out, and you can hop on the metro at Uenoshiba Station or Tsukuno Station to get around the larger area.

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Shin-Osaka

Shin-Osaka is a destination travellers like for its coffee shops, and you might hop aboard the metro at Kanzakigawa Station or Nishinakajima-Minamigata Station to explore sights like Juso-Ekimae Shopping Street.

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Dotonbori

Experience the colorful neon heart of Osaka along this canal, where travelers, couples and entertainment seekers throng the streets.

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