Osaka is located in the Kansai region of Japan, around the central area of Japan’s main island. It is one of the biggest cities in Japan along with others such as Tokyo and Nagoya. Found about 2 hours 20 minutes from Tokyo via bullet train. It is a city known for the shopping districts, delicious local food, and their unique Japanese accent called the Osaka-ben. Here are 14 places you cannot miss when in Osaka! Osaka is known as the “Nation’s Kitchen,” and is well known for delicious foods such as takoyaki and okonomiyaki.
Universal Studios Japan:
This is the most visited amusement park in Japan along with Tokyo Disney Resort. USJ offers numbers of fun and thrilling attractions in 9 different zones of Hollywood, New York, San Francisco, Jurassic Park, Waterworld, Amity Village, Universal Wonderland, Minion Park and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. You can find limited products of popular characters like Minions, Sesame Street, Hello Kitty and more!
Osaka Castle, completed in 1586 in just three years, was built by famed Japanese warrior and politician Toyotomi Hideyoshi and was, at the time, the largest castle in Japan. After Hideyoshi’s defeat in 1615, the castle was destroyed, the castle was reconstructed in its present form in 1931. Highlights include the five-story, 42-meter-tall main tower containing a great museum with exhibits related to the history of the castle and the city.
Umeda Sky Building:
Umeda Sky Building , a stunning landmark consists of two office towers joined at the top by a large platform-like structure. It’s this rooftop structure that draws visitors, due largely to the network of bridges and an escalator, which join the two towers, providing plunging views of 170-plus meters that send shivers down the spines of those sensitive to heights. The views from the rooftop observatory and garden aptly named the Floating Garden Observatory are simply stunning.
Osaka aquarium Kayukan:
Located on the shores of Osaka Bay is Kaiyukan, one of the largest aquariums in the world. Many marine animals from habitats that stretch across the Pacific Ocean are on display, including an enormous whale shark. There is also an interactive exhibit where visitors can get up close to penguins, seals, and rays in rooms that re-create the animals’ original homes and environments.
Sumo Spring Grand Tournament:
Every spring you will find the Sumo Spring Grand Tournament in Osaka which is a great way to find out more about the amazing Japanese sport of sumo wrestling. The event usually starts in March and is located inside the Osaka Prefectural Gymnasium and you can watch some of the most famous sumo stars battle it out in the ring.
Some of the highlights here include the Okonomiyaki which is a kind of pancake made from shredded cabbage which is loaded with a range of toppings, as well as battera which is a style of sushi which features mackerel compressed with rice in a wooden box.
You can also try the kushikatsu which consists of skewers which feature different ingredients such as meat and vegetables which have been deep fried in breadcrumbs.