Osaka is one of the largest cities in Japan, which hosts around 12 million foreign tourists yearly. It is famous as ‘Venice of the East’ due to its prime location on the Yodo Delta. Osaka boasts a wide-spread network of watercourses, canals, and numerous bridges. The origins of Osaka meet with the mythological era of the Japanese Kingdom; however, it has evolved as a modern state equipping countless wonders of modern architecture. From mesmerizing typical Japanese multi-storied castles to giant shopping centres, lush green parks to high-end restaurants, there are too many tourist attractions in Osaka. Moreover, the captivating museums to modern theatres and music venues, biblical art galleries to the fantastic skyline, there is a lot to explore in this beautiful place.
There are two centres of Osaka city. If you are into food, shopping, theatres, and other entertaining experiences, spend your time in the South district of Osaka, named Minami. If you want to explore the rich history and culture of Japan through museums and Castle or to visit Osaka for business purposes, then the Northern district, Kita, is worth considering.
In this article, we have summed the ten must-visit tourist attractions in Osaka. Do visit these popular sightseeing spots and have a wonderful time in this impressive city.
1. Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan is one of the top-rated attractions in Osaka. The exterior of this one-of-a-kind walk-through aquarium seems to a theme of Lego. It houses twenty-seven giant-sized tanks that accommodate rare marine species and local seawater inhabitants. Its entry pass is a bit expensive, but it’s worth it.
Address: 1 Chome-1-10 Kaigandori, Minato Ward, Osaka, 552-0022, Japan
Aquarium Hours: 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m
Website: Kaiyukan Offcial Website
2. Osaka Expo Park
Built on the site of Japan World Exposition,1970, this is another famous tourist spot in Osaka worth spending the relaxing day. The entry fee here is 250 yen. You will find here the museums, cycle boats, athletic playgrounds, spas, sports facilities, and cafes. Most importantly stands in the center of Osaka Expo Park, the infamous ‘Tower of Sun,’ known as the symbol of Expo’70.
Address: 1-1 Senribanpakukoen, Suita, Osaka 565-0826, Japan
Opening Hours: 9.30 am to 5 pm
3. Osaka Castle
Osaka Castle is another premium tourist spot at Osaka. Constructed in 1586 for the famous Japanese warrior, Toyotomi Hideyoshi, it is reputed as one of the largest castles in Japan. There is a museum in its five-story, forty-five-meter tall tower, which preserves the old artifacts related to the Castle’s and Osaka’s history. You will surely enjoy the mesmerizing view of Osaka from its upper floors.
Address: 1-1 Osakajo, Chuo Ward, Osaka, 540-0002, Japan
Opening Hours: 9.00 am to 5 pm
4. Instant Ramen Museum
Next in our list of top 10 sights in Osaka is the Instant Ramen Museum that leaves its visitors awestruck. Osaka is the birthplace of Instant Ramens. This wonderful snack was invented in 1958 by Momofuku Ando, and since then, it has grown popular worldwide.
There is so much to explore in this one-of-a-kind museum. There is an instant noodle tunnel where the instant noodle lineup has been displayed through the packages of 800 variants. An interactive theatre built in the shape of cup noodles is another worth visiting attraction. There are magic tables on which you can play games and quizzes related to instant noodles. Even you can create your cup noodles or chicken ramen by hand in the cup noodles and chicken ramen factory, choose from your favorite soups and toppings and enjoy them in the beautiful dining area.
Address: 8-25 Masumicho, Ikeda, Osaka 563-0041, Japan
Opening Hours: Check their updated hours here
5. Rinku Premium Outlet
Built-in American style, this mall is a heaven for shopping lovers. Located on the prime site near Kansai International Airport, Rinku premium outlet has approximately 200 shops selling fashion brands, cosmetics, shoes, homewares, gadgets, and food.
Address: 3-28 Rinku Orai Minami , Izumisano, Osaka 598-8508
Opening Hours: Mar-Jan: 10:00AM-8:00PM, Feb only: 10:00AM-7:00PM
6. The Tempozan Ferris Wheel
Tempozan Ferris Wheel is the largest Ferris Wheel in Asia. It is 112 meters tall, and its diameter spans over 100 meters. It provides seventeen minutes long exquisite ride during which you can enjoy the spectacular views of Osaka. If you are adventurous, do opt for ‘see-through bottom cars’ for a more thrilling experience. Ferris wheel becomes more enjoyable at night when it is lit up with beautiful lights.
Address: 1 Chome-1-10 Kaigandori, Minato Ward, Osaka, 552-0022, Japan
Opening Hours: 10.00am – 9.30pm
7. Minoh Falls
If you want to visit a spot that is close to nature and away from the hustles and bustles of the big city, Minoh Falls is your place. Highlights of this place are 33-meter fall amid deciduous trees, a hiking route, and the spread of wooden seats on which you can relax and enjoy. Minoh Falls look more enchanting during spring when the leaves of deciduous trees start turning red. It is easy to access as it is not too far from the city center.
Address: ２-2 Minookoen, Minoo, Osaka 562-0002, Japan
Opening Hours: 24 hours daily
8. Tennoji Park
Tennoji Park is another famous nature spot in Osaka. This largest green space of the town exhibits captivating sculptures, clean ponds, wooden bridges, and lively flower beds. Furthermore, the Tennoji Zoo is also located in the center of the park. The interior of Tennoji Zoo looks like an African Savannah, which houses lions, giraffes, elephants, hippos, and reptiles. It is a great place to take the family.
Address: 5-55 Chausuyamacho, Tennoji Ward, Osaka, 543-0063, Japan
Opening Hours: 7.00am to 10.00pm
9. Kuromon Ichiba Market
It is Osaka’s main food market. You can enjoy wandering here and praising the vibrant environments. The Kuromon Ichiba Market is lined with shops selling meat, fish, and vegetables. The locals call it their paradise to walk and eat. Moreover, there are also many good restaurants located in the market. You can treat yourself with Japanese food or shop from the homeware shops.
Address: 2 Chome-4-1 Nipponbashi, Chuo Ward, Osaka, 542-0073, Japan
Opening Hours: 9.00am to 6.00pm
10. Osaka Science Museum
Located waterside, the building of the Osaka Science Museum, looks more like the bridge of a large ship. If you are traveling to Osaka with kids, this place will surely be a delightful outing for you and your family. It is not any regular museum; instead, it displays science-themed exhibits related to energy sources and astronomy. There is also Osaka Peace Center in the museum, which is dedicated to peace matters. The displays highlight the destructions of war, and the replica of the Doomsday Clock is the main highlights of the peace center.
Address: 4 Chome-2-1 Nakanoshima, Kita Ward, Osaka, 530-0005, Japan
Opening Hours: 9.30am to 5.00pm
So, these were the main tourist attractions in Osaka. If time allows you, do add the Umeda Sky Building, Universal Studios, National Museum of Art, Twin Towers, Daisen Park, Ura-Namba, and Shin-Sekai to your Osaka itinerary.