Exploring Osaka: 5 Best Destinations

Not sure where to go in Japan’s largest port city? Whether you’re up for a relaxing day full of scenic landscapes or action-packed theme parks, we’ve got you covered. Read our list for top attractions you must not miss during your summer vacay in Osaka.

Osaka Castle

Osaka Castle in Osaka, Japan
Osaka Castle in Osaka, Japan

This castle is Osaka’s most famous landmark, and a symbol of Japan’s unification during the 1600s. Back in 1583, it was the largest castle in the country. After revered shogunate, Totoyomi Hideyori’s death, Osaka Castle was destroyed by enemy fire. Though restored and rebuilt several times, it still holds that traditional design reminiscent of the Edo period. Wander around its smaller citadels, gates, turrets, large walls, outer moat, maze-like walkways and peaceful gardens. During April, join the popular hanami (flower) viewing party, drink all night, and revel in the party atmosphere. See over 600 weeping cherry blossoms trees enhance the beauty of the illuminated castle and trees. Visit the magnificent castle with an Osaka Amazing Pass

Shitennoji Temple

Shitennoji Temple in Osaka, Japan.

Enter Tennoji Park, fashioned after Edo-aged imperial gardens. Make your way to Shitennoji Temple, one of Japan’s oldest official temples. Head inside the five-storied pagoda and see the Treasure House, where you can learn more about Buddhist statues, paintings, and sacred artifacts, and other listed National Treasures. Take a moment to reflect on life at the spacious gardens, interspersed with ponds, streams, and cherry trees.

Universal Studios Japan

USJ in Osaka, Japan
USJ in Osaka, Japan

Looking for something more modern and exciting? Leap inside the movie world at Universal Studios Japan. Choose from eight themes such as Hollywood, Universal Wonderland, and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Bring the family and take your pick from a wide variety of rides, from the gentle The High in the Sky Seuss Trolley Train to the heart-pounding Hollywood Dream – The Ride Backdrop.

If you’re a Potterhead, it’s the perfect opportunity to dress like a wizard and stroll through the enchanted Hogwarts Castle, Hogsmeade, and Diagon Alley. Love Japanese anime and role playing games? Universal Cool Japan 2018 will be bringing new attractions from Detective Conan, Sailor Moon, and Final Fantasy this summer for fans all over the world.

To satisfy your adrenaline fix, why not plunge through the air on The Flying Dinosaur – the world’s longest flying roller coaster! We recommend spending a day of your Osaka vacation to fully explore the massive park – book this activity here.

Kaiyukan Aquarium

Kaiyukan Aquarium in Osaka, Japan
Kaiyukan Aquarium in Osaka, Japan

Ever wonder what life is like deep in the ocean? Make the trip to Kaiyukan Aquarium and meet over 15 large tanks featuring over 620 species and more than 30,000 creatures. Enter through a tunnel-shaped tank and feel as if you’re swimming with these lively sea animals. Discover the whale shark, the largest fish in the world. Come into contact with sharks and rays in an interactive exhibit.

For the aquarium’s 25th anniversary, you’ll be greeted by the sight of 1.2 million lights adorning the building’s contemporary design. Oh, and don’t miss the opening ceremony led by adorable penguins! Journey under the sea by booking this experience with KKday.

Dotonburi River Cruise

Dotonburi in Osaka, Japan
Dotonburi in Osaka, Japan

Lastly, squeeze in a 20-minute cruise to Tombori River. Get a unique perspective of Osaka from the waters. View Dotonbori’s famous billboards as you pass under 9 bridges. Glimpse the bustling city and gain insight into Kyoto-Osaka restaurants, shops, and trends. Should you choose to go at night, be rewarded with dazzling lights illuminating the city, and its vibrant colors gleaming across the water. Experience this activity here with an Osaka Amazing Pass.

Whatever you choose for your Osaka itinerary, make sure to check out KKday for new and exciting activities near you!