First Time Tourists Guide in Osaka

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Osaka is Japan's second largest metropolitan area after Tokyo

Although it's a metropolitan city, the city is rich with cultural and historical sites such as the Osaka Temple and Shitennoji Temple

The city is also popular with its touristy spots such as Dotonbori, Shinsekai and Shinsaibashi-Suji Shopping Street

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SIGHTSEEING

You can enjoy the incredible views of Osaka from The Tempozan Ferris Wheel. The Ferris wheel has two types of carts, the normal one, and the one with a glass bottom that will pump your adrenaline. Enjoy the view from 122 meters high in here. This is a must-visit when coming to Osaka.

The Tempozan Ferris Wheel

This 112

5m Ferris wheel holds 480 passengers & offers panoramic views plus illumination shows

Address : 1 Chome-1-10 Kaigandori, Minato Ward, Osaka, 552-0022, Japan

DOWNTOWN

Tsutenkaku is one of the landmarks of Osaka and also known as the Eiffel Tower of Osaka. The tower provides an observation deck that is open to the public.

Tsutenkaku

Famous for its neon lights, this landmark features an observation deck open to the public

Address : 1 Chome-18-6 Ebisuhigashi, Naniwa Ward, Osaka, 556-0002, Japan

SHOPPING

Shinsekai is one of the most popular shopping districts in Osaka that was built in 1912. There are many food and souvenir vendors here. Shinsaibashi Suji Shopping Street is a 600 meters shopping street with many cosmetics, apparel, and even duty-free shops.

Shinsekai

Busy, colorful shopping district created in 1912 with a 103-m tower, restaurants & souvenir shops

Address : 1 Ebisuhigashi, Naniwa Ward, Osaka, 556-0002, Japan

FOOD & DRINK

Okonomiyaki is a popular traditional Japanese pancake, and Osaka is said to be the origin of it. Osaka-style okonomiyaki is the most popular version, and it is made of flour, grated nagaimo, dashi, eggs, shredded cabbage, and meat or seafood, then topped with savory okonomiyaki sauce. Another of Osaka's famous delicacy is Kushikatsu. Kushikatsu is a deep-fried skewered meat and vegetables. You can find Kushikatsu easily because it is also a popular street food in Osaka.

CULTURE

Osaka is famous for its beautiful and historical architecture as well as the rich cultural heritage. The people of Osaka maintain these historical sites pretty well that it feels like you're going back to the past. The city also has several traditional festivals, and one of them is the Danjiri Festivals.

BEST TIME TO VISIT

Peak season: The best time to visit Osaka is in the spring, or between March and May. You can see the cherry blossom in the last week of March until mid-April. The weather from March to May is also perfect since it's mostly warm and bright.

HOTEL

Kaneyoshi Ryokan is located on the riverside of Dotonbori. The ryokan, or traditional Japanese Inn, offers a great view of the canal and Dotonbori area. The rooms that they provide are also spacious. You can also have a good time enjoying the onsen on the top floor of the ryokan. Dotonbori Hotel is located near the main attractions of Osaka. The unique statutes that adore the front of the hotel will surely grab your attention. The hotel also provides some freebies such as free bicycle rents, free alcohol, and free ramen.

Kaneyoshi Ryokan

A 5-minute walk from Nippombashi train station, this unassuming hotel is 3 km from Tennōji Zoo and 5 km from Osaka Castle

Address : 3-12 Souemoncho, Chuo Ward, Osaka, 542-0084, Japan

Dotonbori Hotel

Set downtown, this relaxed, modern hotel is a 3-minute walk from Osaka-Namba Station, a 7-minute walk from shopping in the Shinsaibashi district

Address : 2 Chome-3-25 Dotonbori, Chuo Ward, Osaka, 542-0071, Japan

RESTAURANT

Okonomiyaki Mizuno is a famous family-owned restaurant. You can see the popularity of this restaurant from the people lining up in front of the restaurant to taste the savory okonomiyaki. The size of the restaurant is quite small but the menu that they offer is big. You can choose Okonomiyaki with different toppings, sauces, and fillings. Yaekatsu is a kushikatsu restaurant that has been operating for more than 50 years. There are only bar seats inside this restaurant and it can be quite crowded. You can choose and order more than 30 types of kushikatsu ingredients at Yaekatsu.

Okonomiyaki Mizuno

Popular eatery specializing in Osaka-style Okonomiyaki pancakes, served with a range of toppings

Address : 1 Chome-4-15 Dotonbori, Chuo Ward, Osaka, 542-0071, Japan

Yaekatsu

Very nice kushikatsu place in Osaka

Address : 3 Chome-4-13 Ebisuhigashi, Naniwa Ward, Osaka, 556-0002, Japan

CAFE

At Wad Omotenashi Cafe, you can experience a Japanese tea ceremony. They serve various teas in a stunning glass cup made by Japanese ceramics artists whose works are exhibited at Wad's gallery space.

Wad Omotenashi Cafe

Awesome cafe where they make their tea in a traditional way

Address : Japan, 〒542-0081 Osaka, Chuo Ward, Minamisenba, 4 Chome−9−3 東新ビル 2F

BAR AND NIGHTLIFE

Club Piccadilly is a big nightclub that has a great atmosphere and music. The night club is perfect for you to spend a fun night while in Osaka. Here, you can dance the night away with amazing music played by the DJs.

Club Piccadilly

Fashionable club & live music venue in a former movie theater with VIP area & London-themed bar

Address : Japan, 〒530-0051 Osaka, Kita Ward, Taiyujicho, 8−17 プラザ梅田ビル8F

INTERESTING PLACE

Shitennoji Temple was founded in 593 AD made it the oldest official temple in Japan. The temple is famous for its symmetrical design. Around the temple, you can find vendors selling foods and souvenirs. Dotonbori is one of the most iconic areas in Osaka, it's also famous among tourists from around the world. It's where the famous running Glico Man sign, which is the symbol of Osaka located. Dotonburi is characterized by its lively atmosphere and signboards.

Shitennoji Temple

Famed Buddhist temple built in 593 A

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& featuring a 5-story pagoda, statues & ponds with turtles

Address : 1-11-18 Shitennoji, Tennoji Ward, Osaka, 543-0051, Japan

Dotonbori

Lively entertainment district known for its soaring illuminated billboards, restaurants & theaters

Address : 1 Chome-9 Dotonbori, Chuo Ward, Osaka, 542-0071, Japan

INSTAGRAMMABLE SPOT

Osaka Castle is one of the most touristy spots in Osaka. Inside the beautiful site, there's an eight-floor museum that displays the castle history. Around the castle is a park filled with lawns and cherry blossoms trees. Umeda Sky Building is a spectacular building located in the Kita district of Osaka. You can see the 360-degree view of Osaka from the building's rooftop observatory, and admission to this building is free until 6 p.m.

Osaka Castle

In this beautiful castle, you will learn about the key role of Toyotomi Hideyoshi in Japan unification

Inside of the castle is more like a modern museum, with an elevator that takes you up to the 5th floor

Don't miss out visiting this place in Spring, since the view gets extra stunning in that season with the cherry blossoms around

Address : 1-1 Osakajo, Chuo Ward, Osaka, 540-0002, Japan

Umeda Sky Building

Striking conjoined skyscrapers with a garden rooftop observation area, restaurant & cocktail lounge

Address : 1 Chome-1-88 Oyodonaka, Kita Ward, Osaka, 531-6023, Japan