Things to Do in Osaka

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If you're visiting Osaka, check out this list of top tips and things to do to make the most of your time there.

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Osaka Expo Commemoration Park

Less than thirty minutes from central Osaka, built on the site of the Japan World Exposition in 1970, the Expo Commemoration Park is a sprawling 260 hectares of tranquil parkland, serene ponds and gardens full to bursting with vibrant flowers and blossom trees.

Osaka Castle

A visit to Osaka Castle offers a chance to travel back in time and find out more about its historical background.

Kuromon Market Place

Kuromon market has a lively atmosphere and diverse choices of things to buy that people say, “If you go to Kuromon Market, you can get everything you need!”

A Walk Through Dotonbori

Dotonbori is one of Osaka’s most popular destinations, with hundreds of neon lights and huge billboards advertising different stores. It runs parallel with Dotonbori canal and is a popular food, shopping and entertainment destination. This is also next to Osaka's red district as you will notice people offering services both to locals and tourists. As you walk around the many eateries in the area, try some takoyaki or octopus balls, a very popular dish in Osaka.

Floating Garden Observatory, Osaka

The Umeda Sky Building is home to the Floating Garden Observatory at 173 meters high. Its innovative, 360-degree design offers unique ways to access the spectacular observatory. You're in for a thrill when on the see-through glass elevator from floors 3F to 37F and the floating escalator shaft leading to the main entrance. Hang on tight!

Universal Studios Japan in Osaka

Roller coaster enthusiast or not, Universal Studios Japan (USJ) in Osaka may just be the perfect getaway for you, your family, or sweetheart during the holiday season. From November 15th to January 6th, the park transforms to Universal Wonder where you can experience an overwhelming glow of illuminations throughout the park.