Japan’s second biggest city is Osaka (number one is Tokyo). It’s easy to get lost wandering around and exploring the museums, historical sites, and trying all the amazing food.
Here are 10 things to do in Osaka:
- Umeda Sky Building: This observation desk on the 39th floor has a great food court and Floating Garden Observatory with 360 degree views of Osaka.
- Kaiyukan Aquarium: Experience the different environments found along the Pacific Rim at this popular aquarium. It has over 30,000 animals.
- Spa World: You must pamper yourself at the largest spa in the world! It is three stories and internationally themed.
- Minoo National Park: Escape the hustle and bustle of the city by taking a stroll around this park. It has waterfalls, temples, statues, and more. It’s about a 30 minute train ride away.
- Osaka Museum of Housing and Living: Experience the past 400 years of changes in Osaka at this interactive museum.
- Osaka Castle: This popular tourist spot is also an important part of Osaka’s history. It was built in the late 1500s and has a museum. There is also a surrounding park, and in late winter you can see the plum tree orchard in bloom.
- River cruise: Sight-see from the sea! You’ll get a different perspective of Osaka and see some famous landmarks.
- Shitennoji Temple: This is the oldest known state temple in Japan built in 539.
- Enjoy some Ramen: You can’t go to Japan without having some Ramen! Here’s some suggestions of places to try from The Culture Trip.
- Dotonbori: This area is lined with restaurants, bars, shops, tons of people, and lots of neon lights. If you’re looking for a fun night out, this is the place to go.
Those are just some of the things you can do in Osaka. What are your recommendations?
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