Things to do in Osaka - Japan

Osaka is one of my favorite cities in Japan. I used to study Japanese here for a short time so I feel comfortable and always be happy when come back here. Osaka has various attractions and popular local food. If you visit Osaka, these are the things you can do it or join in some activities.

1. Shopping

Shopping seems priority list of tourists. There are big shopping centers and can do shopping until the night. The shopping places are as follows:

Namba and Shinsaibashi -> My Review

These areas are the major shopping arcade in Osaka. You can enjoy the shopping and eating local food. Namba Station has many train lines such as JR, Nankai, Subway and etc., also has many exits. Please make sure that you get off the right exit. You can enjoy underground shopping walkway.

Namba Underground Shopping is convenient for shopping event it’s rainy day or sunshine day.

Mostly the stores open 10:00 – 21:00.

1.  Namba Walk; the walkway connected to Namba Station on the Kintetsu Railway and Osaka Metro Midosuji, Sennichimae, and Yotsubashi Lines


Namba Station

Osaka Subway Midosuji Line, exit no. 16, 17, 22 and 23 from the Northeast or Northwest gates

Osaka Subway Yotsubashi Line, exit no. 27

Osaka Subway Sennichimae Line, exit no. 16, 17, 22 and 23

Kintetsu Namba Line, The West gate and East gate


Nippombashi Station

Osaka Subway Sennichimae Line, exit no. 3 and 4 (Central North gate and Central South gate)

Osaka Subway Sakaisuji Line, exit no. 3 and 4 (Central North gate and Central South gate)

Kintetsu Namba Line, West Gate


Umeda and Osaka Station -> My Review

Umeda and Osaka Station are one of busy stations in Osaka as you can connect to other cities in Japan such as Kyoto, Hyogo, Nagoya and etc. There are underground shopping area, shopping malls and restaurants near the train station such as Yodobashi Camera, Hanshin Department Store, Whity Umeda, Grand Front Osaka

EXPOCITY -> Review

EXPOCITY is the large complex in Northern Osaka. It is opposite Expo 70 Commemorative Park and near the monorail line. EXPOCITY gathers the shopping center, museum, cinema, small theme park in this area. 

Access: Osaka Monorail, get off Bampakukinenkoen Station.

Rinku Premium Outlet -> Review

Rinku Premium Outlet is close to Kansai International Airport. You can go shopping before going to airport. There are many brand name products. It is easy to access by Nankai Line from Kansai International Airport. Get off Rinku-Town Station.

Tenjinbashisuji Shopping Street -> Review

Tenjinbashisuji Shotengai is long shopping street (more than 2 kms.) in Osaka, Japan. 
It is located near Osaka Museum of Housing and Living.

Abeno Q's MALL

Abeno Q's MALL is a popular shopping mall, near Tennojo Station. It is one of my favourite shopping mall is Osaka. Ito Yokado covers the area of B1F-2F which is one of the largest supermarket chains in Japan. You can find the SEVEN PREMIUM brand which sold the products of Ito-Yokado and 7-Eleven here. Moreover, there are home goods and fashion in reasonable price. Abeno Q's MALL has many restaurants and cafes 

2. Visit the Museum

Osaka has many museums and easy to access by train station.

The Momofuku Ando Instant Ramen Museum -> Review

There are 2 branches in Japan which are Yokohama and Osaka. Free admission for Osaka Museum. You can enjoy making your own cup noodle but has some extra fee.

Museum hours : 9:30 – 16:30 (Last admission is at 15:30)

Access: Ikeda Station on the Hankyu Takarazuka Line, Masumi-cho Homen Exit.

Osaka Museum of Housing and Living -> Review

Osaka Museum of Housing and Living is a place where simulate the buildings and street in the past of Osaka. The house shows the way how people lived. Visitors can enjoy the exhibition and experience the yukata in cheap price for 30 minutes. 

Price: Adults ¥600, High school and university students ¥300
Access: Tenjimbashisuji Rokuchome Station. Go to 8F Housing Information Center Building. 

Osaka Museum of History -> Review 

Osaka Museum is not far from Osaka Castle. You can learn the history in different period of Osaka. Although, there are few English description, this museum is worth to visit. You can see the view of Osaka Castle from the top floor.

Osaka Castle Museum

The entrance fee for adult is 600 yen. The visitors can learn the history, see the displays and see the panorama view from the observation deck. 

Access: Morinomiya or Osakajokoen Station on the JR Osaka Loop Line

3. Cooking Classes

The travelers can join the various cooking classes of local food with Japanese hosts. Actually, the cooking classes are also available in other cities such as Tokyo, Kyoto, Yokohama, Nagoya, Hokkaido, Kobe and etc. You can experience cooking popular dishes and eat you own cooking after you have done. Some classes also provide pick up at nearest train station. You can read the reviews of each class on website.

Cooking classes are Sushi MakingRamen CookingOkonomiyaki, Bento Cooking, Gyoza Cooking , Takoyaki and etc.

Click here for more cooking classes in Osaka.

4. Theme Park

The most popular theme park in Osaka is Universal Studios Japan. You can buy the online ticket on website Klook / KKDay / JTB or other agencies in your country and no need to queue up. Use the e-voucher to enter the theme park. KKDay or Klook often launch the promotion and easy to get the ticket by email.

5. Anime Street

Nipponbashi Den Den Town or Osaka's Akihabara is located in downtown area of Osaka. There are plenty stores selling toys, figures, manga, games, anime products, electronic products.along both sides. You can walk from Namba or take subway and get off at Ebisucho Station or Nippombashi Station. 

6. Winter Illumination

In winter many places in Osaka hold the illumination and events. The highlight illumination in Osaka are Festival of the Lights in Osaka (consists of Midosuji Illumination and OSAKA Hikari-Renaissance), Kaiyukan Illumination, Osaka Castle and Universal Studios Japan.  

Namba Hikaritabi -> Review
German Christmas Market -> Review

7. Visit the park

There are many parks in Osaka and located near the train station. You can enjoy the seasonal flowers and events. 

Namba Parks is shopping mall and has rooftop garden. During the winter illumination, there is decoration on rooftop garden as well. 

Access: Namba Station (Nankai Line)

Expo'70 commemorative Park -> Review

Tsurumi Ryokuchi Park -> Review
Nakanoshima Rose Garden -> Review

Nagai Park -> Review

Nagai Park has botanical garden and sports facilities. You can enjoy seasonal flowers and join the events such as winter illumination.

TeamLab Botanical Garden Osaka is art facility, using technology for artwork. You can find Teamlab Borderless in other areas as well but in Osaka, it is at Nagai Park.

Closed: 2nd and 4th Monday of every month. You can check operating hours on website
The ticket is not available at the site. You must purchase the ticket on the official website
Price is varies by season. For example, June-July price, adult is 2,000 yen and children is 600 yen.


- Nagai Station on the Osaka Metro Midosuji Line. 10 minutes from Exit 3.
- Nagai Station on the JR Hanwa Line. 12 minutes from the East Exit.
- Tsurugaoka Station on the JR Hanwa Line. 15 minutes from the East Exit.
- Harinakano Station on the Kintetsu Minami-Osaka Line. 20 minutes from the West Exit.

Utsubo Park -> Review

8. Visit the major attractions

Osaka Castle is one of the famous castle in Japan. Apart from the museum, the visitors always visit Osaka Castle Park during Cherry Blossom Festival. Moreover, some events are hold at this park.

Osaka Kaiyukan or Aquarium is one of the largest public aquarium. During the winter, there is illumination. 

Umeda Sky Building has Floating Garden Observatory on the top. German Christmas Market always holds around this area with the illumination. Osaka Amazing Pass includes the admission fee. 

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