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As Japan's third largest city and the longtime economic powerhouse of the Kansai region, Osaka is an economic heavyweight with a dash of culture. The city is a thriving metropolis with a pleasant easy-going vibe and excellent choice of restaurants, bars and entertainment venues; to a series of historical monuments and museums. Osaka is also a brilliant food destination, home to local delicacies including okonomiyaki and takoyaki, and boasts a world-class aquarium. Particular highlights include viewing cherry blossoms (sakura) in spring, relaxing treatments at Spa World, and the looming, historic Osaka Castle, built in 1586 by warlord Toyotomi Hideyoshi. No matter what your taste of travel is, Osaka has much to offer.
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Located on the southern reaches of the main island of Honshu, Osaka is Tokyo’s fun-loving younger brother with a taste for hearty street food and an easy-going swagger.
Asami Sato
Japan Travel Specialist

Things to See and Do in Osaka

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Osaka Castle

Built in 1583, Osaka Castle was originally intended as a symbol of the unification of Japan. Over the centuries, it was destroyed twice; the building that stands today is a modern construction built in 1931, and little remains from the original structure, aside from a gate and a tower. Nonetheless, the Osaka Castle offers beautiful views of the city; the best time to visit is in spring, during the cherry blossom season.

If you visit Osaka in mid-April, chances are good that you’ll be there during its peak cherry blossom viewing days. Stroll along the corridor of flowers, on the grounds of the Japan Mint to take in the pink and white blossoms of a wide variety of cherry tree species.
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National Bunraku Theater

Osaka’s National Bunraku Theater is the foremost venue in the country of bunraku, Japan’s traditional puppet theater. Carved from wood, the elaborate puppets are often accompanied in performances by instruments such as taiko drums, lute-like shamisen, and a chorus of chanters.
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Hozen-ji Temple

Hozenji Temple is a small but quaint temple in the warren of streets that lie between the bright neon signs of Dotonbori and the shopping malls of Namba. Stepping through the temple gate is very much like stepping out of the modern world and into the past. Particularly in the evening when the lanterns are lit Hozenji has a very special, peaceful, and magical atmosphere.

Hozenji Temple is a 4 minute walk from Namba Subway Station and 6 minutes from Nippombashi Subway Station.
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Museum of Oriental Ceramics

Explore the Museum of Oriental Ceramics, one of the best collections of ceramics not only in Asia but in the entire world. More than 1,000 pieces of Japanese, Chinese and Korean ceramics are housed here, including several National Treasures of Japan.
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Museum of Old Farmhouses

The open air Museum of Old Farmhouses is a wonderful reconstruction of how ordinary Japanese lived during the Edo period. The farmhouses have been shipped here from all over Japan and painstakingly reconstructed.
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Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan

With 27 tanks in 16 exhibits, all of which simulate habitats in the Pacific Ocean, Osaka Aquarium hosts a varied assortment of marine animal and plant life, ranging from manta rays and whale sharks to kelp and jellyfish. Visitors with children will be particularly delighted by the walk-through displays.
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Dotonbori

The lively entertainment area of Dotonbori is Osaka’s most famous tourist destination and renowned for its gaudy neon lights, extravagant signage, and the enormous variety of restaurants and bars.

The name “Dotonbori” generally refers both to the Dotonbori Canal and to Dotonbori Street which runs parallel to the canal’s southern bank. It is one of the most colorful areas in Osaka and an absolute must-visit location when traveling through Kansai region.

Best Time to Visit Osaka

The best time to visit Osaka is in Spring (April/May) and Autumn (October/November). In both of spring and fall, temperatures in Osaka are more moderate than in the more extreme seasons of summer or winter. On top of that, these seasons see Osaka at its best with the spring cherry blossoms and Osaka’s beautiful fall foliage rearing their pretty little heads.

Summer is generally quite hot, humid, and wet. But even in the height of Osaka’s rainy season between mid-June and late-June, rain doesn’t fall every day. You’ll often get to enjoy unfettered sunny days - even if it’s a little sweaty. Winter is likewise relatively comfortable for most travellers. The winter temperatures don’t often dip to the sub-zero lows of Hokkaido or nearby Korea.
Max Temperature(ºC)
Jan
8
Feb
9
Mar
12
Apr
18
May
23
Jun
26
Jul
30
Aug
32
Sep
27
Oct
22
Nov
16
Dec
11
Rainfall (mm)
Jan
67
Feb
72
Mar
105
Apr
132
May
132
Jun
198
Jul
169
Aug
108
Sep
184
Oct
126
Nov
86
Dec
65
Month
Daily Max Temperature
Monthly Rainfall

JAN
8ºC
67mm

FEB
9ºC
72mm

MAR
12ºC
105mm

APR
18ºC
132mm

MAY
23ºC
132mm

JUN
26ºC
198mm

JUL
30ºC
169mm

AUG
32ºC
108mm

SEP
27ºC
184mm

OCT
22ºC
126mm

NOV
16ºC
86mm

DEC
11ºC
65mm

Festivals, Events and Seasonal Reasons to Visit

  • 01

    The Tenjin Festival (天神祭, Tenjin Matsuri) of Osaka is ranked as one of Japan's top three festivals, along with the Gion Matsuri of Kyoto, the Takayama Matsuri of Takayama and and the Kanda Matsuri of Tokyo. On the second day, processions of mikoshi (portable shrines) and people in traditional attire parade through the streets, ending up in hundreds of boats on the river.
  • 02

    Towns across Japan hold spectacular summer fireworks festivals in late July and early August. Among the best: Sumida-gawa Fireworks festival (Tokyo, late July), Lake Biwa Fireworks festival (near Kyoto, early August), Lake Kawaguchiko Fireworks (Yamanashi) and the Naniwa Yodogawa Fireworks Festival (Osaka, early August).
  • 03

    Kishiwada Danjiri Matsuri is the fun high-octane festival held in Kishiwada in the south of Osaka over the third weekend in September, is a kind of running of the bulls except with danjiri (festival floats), many weighing more than 3000kg – take care and stand back. Most of the action takes place on the second day.