This museum is not only impressive for its modern outside design, but offers visitors far more interesting things on the inside. It exhibits Japanese as well as contemporary art from various artists from all over the world. Most of the exhibits are from the post-war era.
Osaka Castle is the city's most famous landmark. It was originally built in 1583 by the order of Hideyoshi Toyotomi but suffered several destructions throughout history. Rebuilt in 1931 with the external appearance created by Hideyoshi Toyotomi, the Japanese Government designated the main tower as a Registered Tangible Cultural Property years later, in 1997.
The Osaka Museum of History lies just outside Osaka Castle Park. It aims to bring the city'a history to life and features a multi-dimensional experience of the 1,400-year history of Osaka, with life-size reconstructions, scale models, and key photographs and movies. An entertaining and fun experience for young and old.
This museum offers fun and education for the whole family. You can easily spend hours wandering through its exhibitions and permanent collections. If you’re interested in life, the universe and everything in between you can learn more about our solar system in the planetarium hall or join the science show.
This museum aims to promote peace and gives information about Osaka in World War II. Historical documents and video installations depict aerial assaults, attacks on Japan as well as the horrors of the atom bomb. Learn more about Osaka’s recent past by visiting these exhibitions.
In Japan the cherry blossom or Sakura is celebrated for its beauty and symbolizes renewal, life as well as ephemerality. In this park along the Okawa River you can watch the spectacle of about 5000 cherry trees blooming in early spring. The best time for picnics among the magnificent white and pink trees is late March or early April.
Have you ever wondered where this delicious and easy to make Ramen comes from? Then visit this Cup Noodle Museum and learn more about the inventor and the history of the popular dish. Next to free audio guides the place offers ramen workshops for the whole family.
Experience one of the world's oldest theatrical forms – Noh – at the oldest operational theatre of its kind in Osaka. Opt for the "Kamigata Night” programme to acquaint yourself with all of Kansai Region's traditional performing arts, such as the famed Kabuki, Bunraku Puppet Theatre, Rakugo, and, of course, Noh. The stylish theatre hosts shows in both English and Japanese (the latter are often accompanied by explanatory materials in English, Chinese and Korean), and offers visitors a unique opportunity to attend workshops conducted by professional artists.
The exquisite museum offers visitors an immersive experience into Osaka's Edo (9th floor), Meiji (8th floor) and recent Showa periods. Life-size recreations of Osaka's ancient streets and scale models are complete with multiple original artifacts dating back to the respective eras. One of the museum's main attractions is the opportunity to try on and be photographed in a traditional kimono against the backdrop of a historic Japanese street.
Crowned by the looming Tsutenkaku tower, the district of Shinsekai is one of the city's premier entertainment districts, with a slew of dining, drinking and shopping options. It is also the best place int he city to try kushikatsu, a regional delicacy consisting of skewered and deep-fried meat and vegetables.
Authentic South American dishes, many of which originate from Peru. Try the “ceviche mixto” (shrimp, octopus and fish marinated in lime juice and spices). Prices are reasonable and portions are generous. After dinner, there is no rush to leave. Stay and enjoy some salsa or sip on a cocktail.
Matsusakagyu Yakiniku M is a popular restaurant that offers the traditional Japanese dish, Matsusaka beef, one of the most exclusive and expensive cuts of meat in the world. It may not be cheap, but it is without a doubt worth every penny. The staff is very friendly and all guests have access to free WiFi.
Located in Japan's longest shopping arcade Tenjinbashisuji is the fabled Harukoma Sushi, recognisable if only by the line leading up to its inconspicuous front door. Lines move fast, however, and the superb quality of the sushi and sashimi served here are certainly worth the short wait. Price to quality ratio is among the best in town.
Maid cafes are a uniquely Japanese experience, and one that should not be missed. Beautiful young women dressed like maids serve customers drinks and sweets while interacting with them and playing games in bright, colourful and kawaii cafes. Pop ID is known for being especially family-friendly, and also happens to be the home of pop idol trio Pigu, which can occasionally be seen performing on the cafes small stage.
This Irish Pub in the middle of Osaka is the ideal location for celebrating a night on the town. Here you can catch regular specials on the cocktail menu and live on-stage events. Bring your friends or meet some new inside. You won’t regret stepping into Blarney Stone Umeda.
With weekly events such as Taco Tuesday, Fry up Friday or Buffalo Saturday you won’t ever get bored dropping into this Rock Bar. The music between Hard Rock and Pop will keep your spirits high. Try some of that great craft-beer from local micro-breweries and mingle with the international clientele.
This dance club will keep you up all night long. The music ranges from R’n’B to Hip Hop or House and gives you the chance to move your body to the beat. International guests are warmly welcomed within and the staff will take good care of you. Note that the party usually starts late here, so best drop by around midnight.
You can’t get enough of that dark stout beer and want to get an Irish experience in the middle of Japan? At Little Clover that’s no problem. Step into the authentic pub with rustic decoration and regular specials on the menu. The English speaking staff will take good care of you.
Located in the famous HIPS building, you can’t miss this beer place in the Namba district. Besides beer you can enjoy a range of activities such as karaoke or on-screen sports events. The menu features classic pub food along a wide range of cocktail and long drink offers. A must visit in Osaka.
This bar in the heart of Osaka’s major nightlife zone is the ideal place for a casual evening. There is no entrance fee, you can get quality drinks and meet the town’s party people. If you’re planning a special night out with a group of friends you can even book the place for private events. It’s always a good idea to stop by Alex bar.
As the name already suggest, this is your spot for Craft Beer to drink and take home. The modern interior expresses a DIY culture and will make you immediately feel at home. Tell the friendly staff your preferences and you will receive professional advice on your perfect match. Beer-lovers don’t want to miss this pub on their travel itinerary.
If you are looking for a luxury nightlife experience, check out Club Ammona. Between live performances and theme parties you can even get beauty treatments in the upbeat club. They have regular hairdressing session and nail salon within. Beautify yourself and drop directly into the party – Club Ammona makes it possible.
The second and third floors of this somewhat dilapidated building in the Ura-Namba district hide some of the most unique and interesting bars in Osaka. The long narrow halls are lined on either side by tiny, intimate bars, many of which have an interesting theme, such as retro video games, offering some of the city's best nightlife.
Osaka's craft beer scene has gone from great to prolific in recent years, and garage 39 is one of its finest exponents. The food is next-level (you really can't go wrong ordering here), but the biggest draw is the varied selection of craft beers, as well as the relative lack of tourists.
The Osaka Station City is not only the main railway station in Umeda but also a popular shopping place in the city. If you arrive to Osaka by train you can directly dive into shopping life and check out the many department stores and fashion centers within. Take your time to stroll through the building, there is much to see.
In the Umeda district lies Hankyu, Japan’s largest chain of department stores. This is a flagship store situated at Hankyu Terminal in Umeda. The interior is exclusive, just as other Hankyu stores across Japan. The brands are both International and Japanese, such as GAP, Miyake, Nicole Farhi, Kenzo and Cerruti. If you go there, do not miss the food market on the two bottom floors, which has become known for its high quality and service.
There are over 150 stores in the “hip” Hep 5, also in the Umeda district. Most of them are fashion retail shops that suit young costumers, but people of all ages can find something of interest at this department store. There is a Disney store and a Snoopy Town Shop for the children, all kinds of clothing stores (some of them provide discounted clothes), a food department and lots of other things. The greatest attraction in Hep 5 must still be the large Ferris wheel, from which you will get an outstanding overview of central Umeda district of Osaka.
There are several markets worth a visit and they are often set up around the temples. At the flea market at Ohatsu Tenjin Shrine (Umeda), held twice a month (1st and 3rd Friday of every month), you will find many works of art and antiques. The market has 30 to 40 interesting antique shops. While it might not ba a large market, the quality of its items is high.
The Daishie Market at Shitennoji Temple is held monthly, and has a wide variety of second hand clothing, antiques and traditional food to sample. The market is held the 21st of every month, and is located next to the Shitennoji Temple (Tennoji district).
This mall is situated in the Tennoji district. It sells items like clothing, food, cosmetics, accessories, electrical appliances, bedlinen and furniture. Among international top brands, there are also traditional Japanese items, kimonos and ceramics. On the ninth floor Kintetsu has an art gallery which hosts exhibitions and art events.
This shopping area in Osaka is a temple for fashionistas and vintage fans. The shops here sell America-inspired clothes, shoes and feature a number of second hand shops for records and, again, fashion. A shopping heaven during day times, the district is also worth visiting at night as it turns into a vibrant party location.
Do you need a new memory card for your camera, a back-up charging device for your phone or a fresh set of headphones? Then there’s no better place to go than Yodobashi Camera. Within you get all kinds of electronic devices, good services and low prices. In case you get hungry during your shopping tour there are also a number of sweets and gourmet shops within the building.
Kuromon Ichiba, the Black Gate, is a huge market place that will surprise you with delicacies of the area. Around 200 shops and stalls will offer you fresh fruit, healthy vegetables or meat and also deliver restaurants nearby. Mingle with the locals and taste Japan at this shopping market.
Near Sakaisuji Avenue you can find an electronics paradise at Nipponbashi. Better known as “Den-Den Town”, the district offers you collectibles, various manga and comic books, as well as movies and DVDs. The vast offer and the low prices make this area the ideal shopping location to browse and buy.
Abeno Harukas is not only Osakas biggest skyscraper but also holds one of the largest department stores in all of Japan. On 100,000 square meters you can find stores from well-known brands and high quality interior design shops. If you’re looking for some excitement besides shopping you can climb the 60th floor and enjoy Osaka from above on the building's observation deck.
Sportsgear, brand Jeans, urban fashion – you name it. This outlet center will fulfill your bargain dreams. Here you can buy all your favourite brands for discount prices. Popular also with the locals, it can get quite crowded in the evening hours so you might want to make sure to step in early in the day.
The longest shopping street in Osaka and all of Japan, Tenjinbashisuji stretches some 2.6km from north to south of the city, and is a must-visit for shopaholics and souvenir hunters. The arcade houses over 600 shops and stores, along with street food vendors' stalls, restaurants, pachinko parlors and more. Here you can buy everything from Manga comics to Japanese knife sets, local delicacies and teas, clothing, and more.
Ota-Road is Osaka's answer to Akihabara, an otaku culture paradise where lovers of contemporary Japanese pop culture can find merchandise and collectibles related to their favorite anime, manga and video games. There are also a number of arcades, hobby shops and maid cafes, which should not be missed.
Kansai International Airport is located 50 kilometers south of Osaka. The simplest way to travel between Osaka and the airport is by train. You can also choose between different bus services and shuttles. Airport limousine buses go to more specific places and hotels in Osaka. A journey to Osaka Station takes approximately one hour. There is also a high speed ferry service that takes you to Kobe Airport.
The subway provides the fastest and most efficient way of getting around. Lines operate from early in the morning until midnight. There is a number of travel passes for Osaka and the Kensai region available. A one-day pass is valid for unlimited travel on subways, the tram line and city buses. Multiple Ride Cards can be used until their fare expires.