Osaka – Featured Destination


Osaka is a charming, relaxed city best known for its food, fun and nightlife. Osaka is only a short shinkansen ride from Tokyo, but has a very different personality to Japan’s capital city. Along with plenty of shopping and modern attractions, Osaka also has a historical side, the highlight of which is Osaka Castle. The castle is a great place to discover more about Japanese history and to wander the beautiful grounds, especially during cherry blossom season in April when the sakura blooms and the weather is often at its best. © Japan National Tourism Organization.

Sight seeing spots

Osaka Castle

Osaka Castle
Osaka Castle and the pleasant park grounds surrounding it make for a relaxing escape from the city’s concrete sprawl. Ascend to the top of castle keep tower to look over the expansive castle grounds and neighboring skyscrapers. The original castle was built between 1583 to 1598 by Toyotomi Hideyoshi, who re-unified Japan in 1590 after a century of civil war. The current castle is a reconstruction of the castle the Tokugawa built to replace Hideyoshi’s castle.


Dotombori is a symbol of the Minami Area and a mecca for the kuidaore food culture of Osaka. Dozens of restaurants line the Dotomborigawa River, and large famous billboards draw diners’attention. In one of Dotombori’s back streets, Hozenji-Yokocho, small restaurants are located along the stone-paved alley, retaining the flavor and atmosphere of old Osaka.

Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan

Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
KWithin the Tempozan Harbor Village at the center of the Bay Area, you will find, housed in a structure of remarkable design, the Osaka Aquarium “Kaiyukan,” one of the largest aquariums in the world. Consisting of 15 water tanks centered on a single huge tank holding 5,400 tons of water, it is home to 620 species and 30,000 marine animals from the Pacific Rim-includin jellyfish, sea otters, dolphins, penguins, and even a pair of majestic giant whale sharks.

Suggested Tours

1-Day Osaka Walking Tour
Half-Day Osaka Bay Area Tour

Suggested Itinerary

Day Itinerary
Day 1 Osaka Bay Area & Osaka Castle
Travel to the Osaka Bay Area
Visit Osaka Aquarium
Eat Lunch at Tempozan Marketplace
Travel to the Osaka Castle Area
Visit Osaka Castle and Osaka Castle Museum
Travel to Umeda Area
Eat Dinner at Hep Five
Day 2 Dotonbori & Tennoji
Travel to the Namba District
Explore Namba and Dotonbori
Eat Lunch at Dotonbori Area
Travel to Tennoji
Visit Shin-Tennoji Temple
Travel to Tsutenkaku
Dinner at Tsutenkaku Area
Day 3 Universal Studios


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