Plan your Osaka trip! Osaka sightseeing

For foreigners who are wondering where to go on their first trip to Osaka, we will introduce a classic tourist spot called "Osaka is here!" In Osaka, there are many unique gourmet foods as well as tourist spots, so making a plan is difficult. At the end of the article, we also introduce model travel courses. It is a course where you can efficiently travel around tourist spots that you can't forget, and feel the charm of Osaka, so please use it as a reference.

Osaka’s classic tourist destination

Here are some of the classic spots in Osaka.

Osaka Castle Park

The lord of Osaka-jo Castle, which boasts Osaka, is Shogun Hideyoshi Toyotomi, who once ruled Japan.
Historical data are on display inside the premises, and there are items that are irresistible to enthusiasts, such as helmets and swords.

In addition to Osaka Castle, there are museums, concert halls, and sports facilities on the grounds of the expansive park.
“You can shop at the “”JO-TERRACE”” shopping mall, and there are also spots where you can take commemorative photos with the lord or princess in the break space.”

【Osaka Castle Park】

Access: JR Osaka Jokoen Station/JR Subway Morinomiya Station/Subway Tanimachi 4-chome Station

Opening hours: Periodic opening

Toll-free

Official Website: https://osakacastlepark.jp/foreinger/english.html

Osaka Castle

Opening hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (admission is until 4:30 p.m.)

※ Cherry blossom season, golden week, summer vacation extension

※ Closed : December 28 to January 1

Fee : 600 yen for adults/free for junior high school students and younger

Official Website: https://www.osakacastle.net/english/

USJ

Universal Studio Japan is the Japanese version of the USF in Florida, U.S.A.
The area of the site is inferior to that in the United States, but there is a collaborative attraction with popular anime, which is a fun unique to Japan.

USJ has a shopping mall called “Universal City Walk Osaka” where you can buy goods and enjoy entertainment without entering USJ.

【USJ】

Access: JR Universal City Station

Opening hours: 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. ※ Please refer to the official website as it changes depending on the day.

Fee : Adult \ 7,400/Children \ 5,100

Official Website: https://www.usj.co.jp/e/

[Universal City Walk Osaka]

Opening hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. * Please refer to the official website as it changes depending on the store.

Fee: Free admission

Official Website: https://ucw.jp/shop/floor/foreign.php

Expo Memorial Park

This park is rich in nature and was built on the site of the Japan World Exposition (EXPO).

At the Expo, which took place for the first time in Asia in March 1970, a certain object attracted attention.
It is a historic art form in Osaka and the symbol of the world exposition, the Tower of the Solar.

Designed by artist Taro Okamoto, this tower is about 40 meters tall, but not a radio tower.
The design of the Solar Tower contains the following meaning:

The “Tower of the Solar” symbolizes the energy of all things that are created through the past, present, and future, as well as the center of life and the center of the festival.

There are three faces in the tower of the solar. The “face of gold” on the top is the future. The “face of the sun” on the front is the present. The “black sun” on the back is the symbol of the past.

The only solar tower left behind after the Expo has been in the same place for nearly 50 years and is loved.

Access: Osaka Monorail Expo Memorial Park Station East Exit Station

Opening hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

※ Closed: Wednesday (from 4/1 to Golden Week, from 10/1 to 11/30 are closed)

Fee : 700 yen for adults/300 yen for elementary and junior high school students

Official Website: https://www.expo70-park.jp/languages/english/

Kaiyukan

This is the largest aquarium in the world.
We have exhibited 30,000 sea creatures from 620 species so that they can enjoy each of them.

You can also see whale sharks, the symbol of the Kaiyukan, in the aquarium’s main tank that expresses the Pacific Ocean.
By using the audio guide that explains the highlights and the ecological, you can enjoy the inside of the building more. (Support for English, Chinese, Hangul, French, Thai)

There are many other tourist spots in the Tenpozan area, including the Kaiyukan.
Both adults and children can enjoy the whole day, so please be sure to incorporate this into your travel plan.


・ Tempoyama Marketplace shopping mall
・ Tempoyama Big Ferris wheel
・ Legoland Discovery Center
・ Naniwa Shoki Shinbo Yokocho Food Theme Park
・ Santa Maria, a tourist ship that can cruise around Osaka Bay

Access: 5 minutes’ walk from the subway Osaka Minato Station

Opening hours: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. (admission is until 7 p.m.)

Rates: ¥2,300 for adults, ¥1,200 for children, ¥600 for infants, ¥2,000 for senior citizens

※ 500 yen per one audio guide rental

Official Website: https://www.kaiyukan.com/language/eng/

5 cities

more enjoyable than sightseeing in Osaka
We will introduce tourist spots for people wanting to enjoy a deeper Osaka as well as standard.

Osaka Shinsaibashi

It is a popular destination in the streets of Osaka.
Large-scale commercial facilities lined up, and in 2012 the first shop in Japan, Flying Tiger Copenhagen, a popular Danish miscellaneous goods store, opened and became a hot topic.

Enjoy shopping in old fashion and skateboards while you are off at the landmark triangular park!

There are a lot of nightclubs, so you can have plenty of fun until night.

Access: 3-minute walk from Shinsaibashi Station on the subway

Dotonbori

This is one of the most popular tourism centers for visitors to Japan.
Remember that you have a giant “Glyco” sign that you often see when you search at a tourist location in Osaka.

There are many restaurants along the river, all of which are attractive and walk around.
The symbol of Osaka is “food collapse,” which means “overeating and drinking in luxury and losing property.”
Be careful not to eat and drink delicious food too much and lose your traveling expenses.

“If you are lost in sightseeing in Osaka, consult with the “”DOTONBORI RIVERSIDEWONDER PUB”” located along the river.”
Our staff, who are familiar with the local area, will propose the recommended spots.
We also have tickets that are convenient for sightseeing in Osaka, so you might want to take a break and drop in.

【Dotonbori】

Access: Subway Namba Station/Subway Nihonbashi Station

【DOTONBORI RIVERSIDEWONDER PUB】

Official Website: https://wonderpub.jp/

Tenjinbashi Shopping District

The Tenjinbashi Shopping District is the longest shopping district in Japan, with a length of approximately 2.6km.
The roof makes it easy to enjoy even on rainy days.

It is a popular place for gourmet tourists, and there are many cheap and tasty restaurants.
If you’re having trouble with your meal, there’s no doubt that you’ll have lunch or dinner here.

There are plenty of snacks to eat and walk around, so please be careful not to eat too much here too!

Access: 1 minute walk from Tenjin Station on the subway

Official website: https://www.tenjin123.com/

Den-den Town

If you love animated cartoons, you want them to come to the town.
The scale of this event is comparable to that of Akihabara, Tokyo.

The Nihombashi Ota Road offers not only anime and manga goods, but also a wide selection of retro games and plastic models for enthusiasts.
Other stores like maid cafes and miniature stores are so interesting that even people who aren’t interested in otaku culture can enjoy them.

Access: 5 minutes’ walk from Subway Nihonbashi Station/5 minutes’ walk from Metro Namba Station

Tsutenkaku

After Osaka Castle and the Tower of the Solar, the most representative symbol of Osaka is Tsutenkaku.
It looks like a radio tower, but originally it was a symbol tower for amusement parks.
It seemed to me that the Eiffel Tower was built on the French triumphal gate.

The official character and Happy God “Biliken” should be checked together with Tsutenkaku.
Make sure you stroke the back of Mr. Billiken’s foot, which is said to be beneficial.

There are many inexpensive and tasty skewers to eat in the New World area.
Kushikatsu is a gourmet dish that symbolizes Osaka just like Takoyaki, and is eaten by stir-frying meat and vegetables on skewers.
Although it is eaten by dipping it in the source, since the sauce is common for each table, it is prohibited to dip it in the sauce once more (i.e., dip it twice), so please be careful!

【Tsutenkaku】

Access: 4-minute walk from Ebisucho Station on the subway or Hankai Electric Railway

Opening hours: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. (Admission is until 8:30 p.m.)

Fee : 700 yen for adults/400 yen for children

Official Website: https://www.tsutenkaku.co.jp/

Osaka Tourism 2-night 3-day Model Course

We created a model course for two nights and three days based on the tourist spots and gourmet that we introduced in this article.
Please use it as a reference.

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※ When staying near Osaka Castle

■ Day 1 : Dotonbori to Osaka-jo Castle
・ Watching Japanese comedy at Namba Grand Kagetsu
・ Shop in Dotonbori, make your stomach with takoyaki, etc.
・ Take a leisurely stroll around Osaka Castle Park

■ 2nd day USJ
・ Play all day at USJ!
・ Buy gifts at Universal City Walk

■ Day 3 New World Area
・ Enjoy the observation deck and shopping at Tsutenkaku
・ I stroke Mr. Billiken’s sole!
・ Enjoy skewered cutlets for lunch.
・ Milk shake for snacks

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With Osaka Castle as a base, we can move to Dotonbori, USJ, and the New World by train for less than 20 minutes, but I think many people are anxious about traveling to unfamiliar destinations.

The Osaka Wonder Loop Bus, which tours major spots in the city, is convenient because it allows people to freely get on and off many times and makes tourism more efficient.
There are cheap tickets that you can experience unlimited subway rides and cruising, so please check out the official website.

Official Website: https://wonderloop.jp/

Summary

We introduced some of the classic tourist spots and gourmet foods that you can’t go out on your trip to Osaka.

The information introduced here is only a part of it.
Osaka is a small city, but since there are many tourist spots, I think it will be difficult to travel all at once.

Experience the charms of Osaka as much as you can by using the guides and tour buses that help you sightseeing.