Top 10 Things to Do In Osaka
1. Universal Studios Japan
I can never say no to a visit to Universal Studios. Rides, games, themed sets and shops, interactive shows and 4D experiences; basically everything for a great family day out. What makes Universal Studios Japan essential for any visit to Osaka is the new attractions called Universal Cool Japan 2017. Based on international famous entertainment brands such as Evangelion, Godzilla, Attack on Titan, Detective Conan and Monster Hunter, new experiences will put you face to face with these iconic characters using state of the art technology. As if you couldn’t handle anymore, a new Harry Potter section has also just opened for magic fans as well. I would suggest a whole day in order to see everything.
2. Take a Ride on the Aqua Bus Aqua-Liner
See Osaka by floating on the streets of the ‘Water Metropolis’ and see the major sightseeing spots from the river. The Aqua-Liner is a speciality built boat, with many windows so you can see the scenery around you and can also can pass under bridges of Osaka River. The cruise lasts for 1.5 hours and runs every day. You can also book time on their restaurant cruise so you can enjoy the trip and restaurant quality service for lunch, afternoon tea or dinner.
3. A Visit to Tsutenkaku Tower
Tsutenkaku Tower is known as the symbol of Osaka city, so a visit should be on any Osaka trip. At the top, you can learn more about the city and the tower, like how its shape and design is based on the Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triumph. You can explore the observation deck, the statue of a good luck god Billiken, Glico food shop and its theatre at the base of the tower where you can find a range of performances that you might like to book and attend.
4. Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
This attraction is a must see, as this aquarium hosts a very large array of fish, mammals and other aquatic life from the ocean. The most famous resident here is a whale shark, the biggest type of shark in the world! Seeing one is a rare sight, as only a few live in select aquariums due to their enormous size. You can see this big guy swimming peacefully with sharks and stingrays, as well as make your own friends in a hands-on rock pool at the lower level of the building!
5. The Osaka Museum of Housing and Living
The city of Osaka has a very old history, and you can see it come to life at the Osaka Museum of Housing and Living. A model of the city, as it was in the Edo Period, is on display, as well as recreated buildings and streets that you can explore yourself. You don’t need a time machine here as interactive displays will transport you through different periods of Osaka’s history and show you how this city became as popular as it is today.
6. Momofuku Ando Instant Ramen Museum
Instant noodles – A favourite dish in Japan and around the world. But did you know that instant noodles came from Japan? Did you know there are over thirty different flavours of ramen or Japanese instant noodles available in Japan? You can learn, and more importantly TASTE, the history of instant ramen yourself at this museum!
7. See a Kabuki Show at the Osaka Shochikuza Theatre
Kabuki is a traditional Japanese style of theatre, which includes traditional masks and costumes. You can book to see a show at the Shochikuza Theatre, such as an aragoto style or actioned packed play or wagoto style or more romantic themed play. Both will have time-honoured Japanese style dancing and music. This is definitely a show you cannot miss!
8. Take a Day Trip to visit the Chihaya-akasaka-mura Village
If you have a spare day and want to see the mountains around Osaka, visiting Chihaya-akasaka-mura Village is a brilliant idea. Located on the Konogozan Mountain, this village will let you see the beauty of Japanese paddy fields and countryside. There is a lot that you can do here, including hiking up the mountain, fishing for local trout, exploring the village markets, shines and Shimo-Akasaka Castle ruins.
9. Osaka Science Museum
With new attractions such as a planetarium, the Osaka Science Museum will be a great visit for anyone who is interested in space or energy! Hands-on exhibits will engage your mind as you explore science with your senses. This museum boasts that its panoramic screen system in its new planetarium section is the world’s largest, so it can display over 28,000 stars and intergalactic bodies onto its speciality made dome screen. What a way to star gaze!
10. Maikoya Osaka
Maikoya Osaka is a brand new tourist and entertainment complex that combines so many authentic Japanese experiences in one location! With sections including Maikoya Osaka Studios, Maiko Café and Feel Osaka Cultural Experiences, which are classes that you can take to learn more traditional Japanese activities such as origami, flower arranging or the tea ceremony. There is something here for the whole family to enjoy and engage with as most of the activities here are hands-on! Unlike other tourist attractions, Things To Do Osaka will make you feel right at home with friendly English speaking staff at a welcoming traditional home setting rooms.
Check out our other lists like Sights You Can’t Miss While Visiting Osaka, Things to do in Dotonbori and Things to do in Shinsaibashi to plan your perfect trip!
Top 10 Things to Do In Osaka