Top 20 Travel Spots and Activities in Osaka Vol.2 | Japan Guide

On the previous article, We introduced the ranking (No.20 ~ No.10). Finally, We’ll announce the all ranking here!!

No.10 HEP FIVE


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The feature of HEP FIVE is the red ferris wheel on the building. There are entertainment place named “JOYPOLICE” as well as shops or restaurants in the facility. How about getting on the ferris wheel at the end of your Osaka travel? You must enjoy a romantic moment with Osaka night view.

Address: 5-15 Kakuda-cho Kita-ku, Osaka

Hours: Shops 11:00am~9:00pm, Restaurants 11:00am~10:30pm, Amusement 11:00am~11:00pm (Entry for ferris wheel till 10:45pm)

Fees (Ferris Wheel): 500yen (Free for children under 5 y.o)

Tel: +81-(0)6-6313-0501

Website:HEP FIVE (Japanese)

No.9 FLOATING GARDEN OBSERVATORY (UMEDA SKY BUILDING)


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Umeda Sky Building is the spectacular building which have the floating garden observatory platform on the top.


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From the platform, you can see the amazing scenery of central Osaka and the scenery was chosen as one of the 100 sunset views in Japan. On the underground of this building there are many restaurants where you can taste Japanese cuisine such as Okonomiyaki.

Address: 1-1-88 Oyodonaka kita-ku, Osaka

Hours: 10:00am~10:30pm (Entry till 10:00)

Fees: 800yen (Adults), 700yen (Senior), 500yen (High/ Junior high school), 300yen (Elementary school), 100yen (Children) *Ticket counter is on 39th floor.

Tel: +81-(0)6-6440-3855

Website:FLOATING GARDEN OBSERVATORY

No.8 GRAND FRONT OSAKA


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Grand Front Osaka opened in 2013, is the huge complex building which create the new cityscape of central Osaka. There are around 260 shops and restaurants, hotels, show rooms, offices, creation spaces and so on in the four connected tour buildings. You can easily access there from Osaka station.

Address: 4-1 Ohuka-cho Kita-ku, Osaka

Hours: Shops 10:00am~9:00pm, Restaurants 11:00am~11:00pm

Fees: Free entrance

Tel: +81-(0)6-6372-6300

Website:GRAND FRONT OSAKA

No.7 OKONOMIYAKI


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Without eating Okonomiyaki, you cannot enjoy your travel in Osaka. Okonomiyaki is the best food to present Osaka cuisine. There are thousands of Okonomiyaki restaurants and they have their special Okonomiyaki recipes. You must find your favorite Okonomiyaki restaurants.

No.6 OSAKA AQUARIUM KAIYUKAN


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Kaiyukan is the popular spot among tourists, families and couples. Kaiyukan display around 620 species of marine animals mainly from the pacific ocean areas.


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The most popular marine animal is Whale Shark. You will be surprised at its size and cuteness.

Address: 1-1-10 Kaigandori Minato-ku, Osaka

Hours: 10:00am-8:00pm (Entry till 7:00pm)

Fees: 2300yen (Adults), 2000yen (Senior), 1200yen (Elementary school), 600yen (Children 6~4 y.o)

Tel: +81-(0)6-6576-5501

Website:KAIYUKAN

No.5 UNIVERSAL STUDIOS JAPAN


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Universal Studios Japan is the most popular theme park in Osaka.


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There are many attractions focus on the world on movies. Particularly, at Harry Potter section, which was opened in 2015 everyone from adults to children enjoy the atmosphere of Hogwarts. The best drink there is “Butter beer” from “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince”.

Address: 2-1-33 Sakurajima Konohana-ku, Osaka

Hours: Different from season to season (Check website before you visit.)

Fees (1 day studio pass):
・Adults 7400yen
・Senior 6650yen
・Children 4~11 y.o 4980yen

Tel: +81-(0)570-20-0606

Website:UNIVERSAL STUDIOS JAPAN

No.4 ABENO HARUKAS


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Abeno Harukas is a complex program skyscraper constructed in Abeno-ku, Osaka and the highest building in Japan at 300 meter hight (at the present of 2015). You can directly access there from Kintetsu Abeno Station.


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Not only you enjoy shopping or eating, but also you see the amazing view of Osaka from the observatory named “Harukas 300” located on the 58 to 60 floor.

Address: 1-1-43 Abenosuji Abeno-ku, Osaka

Hours:
・Harukas 300 (Observation platform) 9:00am-10:00pm (Entry till 8:30pm)
・Shops 10:00am-8:00pm (Partly 9:00pm)
・Dining 11:00am-11:00pm

Fees (Harukas 300):
・Adults 1500yen
・High/Junior high school 1200yen
・Elementary school 700yen
・children 5~4 y.o 500yen

Tel:
+81-(0)6-6621-0300 (Harukas 300)
+81-(0)6-6624-1111 (Kintetsu department store)

Website:ABENO HARUKAS

No.3 TSUTENKAKU


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Tsutenkaku, which is located near Dotonbori, is the landmark of Osaka. Tsutenkaku is 100m high and used as the observation tower.


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The official mascot character is “Billiken” and it is known as “the god for happiness”.

Address: 1-18-6 Ebisuhigashi Naniwa-ku, Osaka

Hours: 9:00am-9:00pm (Entry till 8:30pm)

Fees: 700yen (Adults), 500yen (University), 400yen (High/ Junior high school), 300yen (Elementary or under)

Tel: +81-(0)6-6641-9555

Website:TSUTENKAKU

No.2 DOTONBORI


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Personally, Dotonbori is the best place to describe “What is Osaka”. Osaka was flourished as the center for delicious foods.


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You will find Dotonbori street full of interesting advatisements for restaurants. It is good place to taste Osaka cuisine; Okonomiyaki, Takoyaki, Kushikatsu and so on.

Website:DOTONBORI

No.1 OSAKA CASTLE


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Osaka Castle, which around a million people visit per a year, is one of the most famous sightseeing spots in Osaka. In the castle you can enjoy the exhibitions about the history of Osaka. They are explained using videos, models and so on.


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In Osaka Castle area, there is the Osaka castle park where you can enjoy lunch, seeing the castle. Also this park is popular spot for cherry blossoms. Check this park, if you visit Osaka in spring.

Address: 1-1 Osakajo Chuou-ku, Osaka

Hours: 9:00am-5:00pm (Entry till 4:30pm)

Fees: 600yen (Adults), Free (Junior high school or under)

Tel: +81-(0)6-6941-3044

Website:OSAKA CASTLE
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