What to see in Osaka in 1, 2 or 3 days
Osaka (大阪 市, ‘Ōsaka-shi’) is the third largest city in Japan with a population of 2.7 million. However, during working hours, the population is only surpassed in the country for Tokyo. It is located on the main island of Honshu (本州, Honshu), at the mouth of the Yodo River on Osaka Bay. The city is one of the most important ports and industrial centers of Japan and the capital of Osaka Prefecture (大阪 府, Ōsaka-fu). It is part of the Kansai region and is the core of the Osaka-Kobe-Kyoto metropolitan area has a population of 17,510,000 inhabitants.
Osaka city was originally named Naniwa (難 波), and appears in Japanese historical documents. Emperor Kotoku made the area his capital, and named it Naniwa-no-miya (Palace of Naniwa). The duration of this capital was from 652-655.
Osaka is divided into North (北, kita) and South sections (南, minami). The commercial district of Umeda area (梅田) is located in the north, while the entertainment area around Dotonbori Bridge (道 頓 堀 橋, dōtonboribashi) to Namba, south of the city. Southern also houses Shinsaibashi shopping malls and Tenjinbashi. Financial and legal centers are located between the north and south, mainly in Yodoyabashi and Honmachi.
Check out with us the best Osaka attractions to see and enjoy in 1, 2 or 3 days in 2016 and beyond!
Umeda Sky Building
It is a spectacular building in the district of Kita Osaka, near Osaka and Umeda stations. It is also known as the “New City Umeda”. The building of 173 meters high consists of two main towers that are connected by the “Floating Garden Observatory” on the 39th floor observatory offers a great view of the city (entry 700 yen).
The restaurant Takimi-koji is a replica of a Japanese street early Showa period, it can be found on the first floor of the basement. The rest of edifio is for offices.
To go there: It is 10 or 15 minutes from Osaka and Umeda stations. See map below in Umeda.
Website with more information: http://www.takenaka.co.jp/takenaka_e/t-file_e/d_synthesis/umeda/
Web cameras: http://www.skybldg.co.jp/use/live.html
Vista 360 from the viewpoint: http://www.skybldg.co.jp/garden/index_b.html
Hours and Admission: 700 yen and from 10.00 to 22.30.
Osaka Castle (大 坂 城 大阪 城 · ‘Ōsaka-jō’) is a Japanese castle located in Osaka, Japan. Originally called Ozaka-jo, it is one of the most famous castles in the country and played a major role in the unification of Japan during the Momoyama period of the sixteenth century.
The castle of Osaka (Osaka Castle) began in 1583 on the former site of the Ishiyama Honganji temple that had been destroyed by Oda Nobunaga thirteen years earlier. Toyotomi Hideyoshi wanted the castle the center of a new and unified Japan under the rule of Toyotomi was made.
However, a few years after the death of Hideyoshi in 1615, Tokugawa troops attacked and destroyed the castle and eliminated the Toyotomi lineage. Osaka Castle was rebuilt by Tokugawa Hidetada in 1620, but the main tower of the main castle was struck by lightning and caught fire in 1665.
It was not until 1931 where iron and concrete castle was rebuilt. In 1997 they concluded some works that have improved the castle. Inside the castle there is a museum documenting the life of Toyotomi Hideyoshi and history of the castle.
The castle is located in an area of about one square kilometer, within the Public Castle Park Osaka (大阪 城 公園, Ōsaka-jō kōen). It was built on two platforms of land filled with walls created on the basis of cut stones, and is surrounded by a well with water in a similar way to European castles. The castle has five indoor floors (accessible by lift), and eight exterior floors and was built on a high stone foundation to protect its occupants from attackers with swords.
The castle is open to the public, and is easily accessible from the Public Park Station Osaka Castle (大阪 城 駅, Ōsaka-jō eki) of the circular line of Osaka (大阪 環状 線, Ōsaka-kanjōsen).
The castle is a popular meeting place during the celebrations of hanami, which takes place during the flowering of sakura.
Inside the castle houses a museum, conference room, and Toyokuni Altar, dedicated to Toyotomi Hideyoshi.
More information and pictures: http://www.jcastle.info/castle/profile/61
Google Map: http://www.jcastle.info/castle/zoom/61
Pamphlets with information (in English): 1, 2, 3, 4
Park Map: http://www.osakacastle.net/english/park/map.pdf
How to get there: (check links above for more detail).
JR Loop Line, Osakajokoen Station
And Nagahori Subway Chuo Line Tsurumi-Ryokuchi, Morinomiya Station
Hours: Open from 9.00 am to 17.00 (last minute to enter 4:30 p.m.).
Admission: 600 yen.
Osaka Aquarium, also known as Kaiyukan is probably the best aquarium in Japan and has a large variety of species.
The aquarium has 15 tanks, each showing part of aquatic life. The center tank 9 meters deep has a whale shark is the star of the aquarium.
The visitors begin their visit the eighth floor and go down floors spiral around the central tank.
Aquarium Osaka is located in the port area. Admission is 2000 yen.
To get there: Subway Chuo Line, Osakako Station.
Web in English: http://www.kaiyukan.com/eng/index.htm
The time of entry, days closed, maps to get additional information and to get there is in its full Web.
It is one of the oldest temples in Japan. Founded in the 3rd century and has a purely Japanese architecture (Sumiyoshi-zukuri), this temple is the most famous of the 2,000 existing in Japan.
To get there: This temple is located south of Osaka aunos short walk from Sumiyoshi Taisha Station of Nankai Line
Peace Osaka is also known as the Osaka International Peace Center and is a museum documenting the horrors of the Second World War.
The permanent exhibition hall on the first floor displays photographs and other war-related and focuses on the horror and pain caused by Japan’s aggression in China, Korea and Southeast Asia documents. It also documents the invasion of Okinawa and the atomic bombings.
The second floor shows the devastation caused by air strikes on detruyó Osaka and most of the city and caused and killed thousands of its inhabitants at the end of the Second World War.
The museum is south of Osaka Castle Park a short walk from the station Morinomiya the Chuo subway lines and Nagahori Tsurumi-Ryokuchi.
Pamphlet Museum English: http://www.peace-osaka.or.jp/pdf/pamphlet_en.pdf
WTC Cosmo Tower
With three floors below ground and 55 tall WTC Cosmo Tower is a center of international trade and the highest tower in western Japan. You can climb a lift for viewing outside the observatory at the top of the building on the 52nd floor in just 80 seconds. On the 55th floor there is a panoramic view of 360 degrees allowing you to view the Kansai International Airport, the Awaji islands and Mount Rokko. It has a bar in the center of the observatory.
Address 1-14-16 Nankokita, Suminoe-ku, Osaka
Daily Schedule: 13: 00-22: 00 (last admission 21:30)
Saturday, Sunday and holidays: 11: 00 ~ 22: 00
Open all year long.
Transport Metro: Trade Center-Mae Sta (Exit No.1).
Entry 800 yen.
Literally “Tower Reaching Heaven” (通天 閣 Tsutenkaku) it is owned by Tsutenkaku Kanko Co., Ltd. and is used to advertise products of Hitachi. It is in the district of Shinsekai.
It has a height of 103 meters and the observation deck is 91 meters. Is the second to hold this place, the original was built in 1912 and connected to a park adjacent attractions, Luna Park, by a cablecar which became one of the most popular sites in the city. The Japanese governor disbanded in 1943 believing that it would be used as a reference in the American air raids in World War II, the resulting iron is melted and used to make war material.
After the war, citizens are pressured to re-build the tower and 28 October 1956 reopened the current tower. Curiously the tower contains a chapel with a symbol of luck inside and it makes the tower is associated with a symbol of good luck.
The tower is also famous for its neon lighting that changes every few years since 1957 the tower promotes Hitachi, although one side is used for public service announcements (pictured the south side used by Hitachi is).
Address: 1-18-6 Ebisuhigashi, Naniwa-ku
Open 10: 00-18: 00 every day.
To go there :
JR West Osaka Loop Line and Yamatoji Line, Shin-Imamiya station, East Exit (10 minute walk)
Nankai Railway Main Line and Nankai Koya Line, Shin-Imamiya station, East Exit (10 minute walk)
Osaka Municipal Subway Sakaisuji Line (brown line) Ebisucho Station, Exit 3 (3 minute walk)
Osaka Municipal Subway Midosuji Line (red line), Dobutsuen-mae Station, Exit 5 (10 minute walk)
Hankai Tramway, Hankai Line, Ebisucho station (3 minute walk)
Entry 600 yen
Japanese official website: http://www.tsutenkaku.co.jp/
Web information: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tsutenkaku_Tower
Universal Studios Japan
Park-like Orlando or Hollywood attractions. More information on its Web: http://www.usj.co.jp/e_top.html
Resort spa and onsen all in the same building, has several themed floors. Open 24 hours. For more information see the Web.
Minami ( “South”) is one of the two centers of Osaka, the other is Kita ( “North”) which is around Osaka and Umeda stations. Minami is the entertainment district and most popular shopping located around Osaka Namba Station.
As attractions Shinsaibashi Shopping Arcade, Amerikamura ( “America Village”), Nipponbashi Den-Den Town (shopping area of electronics and manga), Doguyasuji (to buy food-related utensils, per example… restaurants display plastic food dishes in the windows) and the colorful Dotonbori entertainment district, including Glico Man and Amerikamura.
One of the most popular tourist destinations in Osaka, this street runs parallel to the canal Dotonbori. It is a popular shopping and entertainment district where there are many restaurants. At night it is lit by hundreds of neon and mechanized signs, including runner Glico man and motorized Crab.
Shinsaibashi Shopping Arcade
Shopping center 600 meters combining shops of all kinds. Shops are open from 10am to 21.30, but varies depending on the trade.
Known locally as “Amemura” This shopping district is considered the Harajuku and Osaka is a good place for fashionable clothes for teens. It has variety of clothes shops, cafés and shopping opportunities.
Den Den Town
It is the Akihabara of Osaka. District electronics Osaka. Shops are open from 10am to 21.30, but varies depending on the trade. Web: http://www.denden-town.or.jp/
Built to look like a barrel this mall is a unique architectural work that has shopping areas, cinema, gardens, amphitheater and restaurants. Shops are open from 11am to 9:00 p.m., but varies according to the trade, restaurant usually open from 11 to 23h usually.
Other sites – culture
National theater bunraku
The bunraku is similar to Kabuki but puppets. The bunraku National Theatre is considered the most prestigious in the nation. Devices have to follow the English representation. The performances usually offered in January, April, June, July / August. The price of tickets varies according to the work and is in the range of 2000 to 6000 yen. http://www.ntj.jac.go.jp/english/index.html
Yokocho Alley Hozenji
In Hozenji temple at one end and over 60 restaurant and izakaya crashed along the way, this alley has an old aftertaste similar to Pontocho in Kyoto. Be sure to visit the temple where local merchants and visitors pour water on temple statues for luck. The entrance to the temple is free, the Restaurant hours vary.
Museum Ukiyo Kamigata
This museum is the only one in the world that has a permanent exhibition of Kamigate Ukiyoe. The Kamigate Ukiyoe are printed wooden blocks from the region of Kyoto / Osaka which normally contain portraits of Kabuki actors. The terce floor of the building is devoted to rice cultivation and the roof has been turned into a rice field. Open daily from 11.00 to 18.00 except Mondays, if Monday is a national holiday the museum the next day. Entry 500 yen. Web: http://www.kamigata.jp/english/index.html
How to get to Minami
The area of Minami is centered around Namba Station and Osaka City Air Terminal (OCAT) and has several train routes, metro and buses.
Namba Station is not a single station, but rather a collection of several buildings and platforms of several companies among which are Nankai Namba Station, JR Namba Station and Kintetsu Namba Station. In addition Midosuji subway lines, Yotsubashi and Sennichimae stop at their respective stations in Namba.
The majority of long-distance buses to the airport and have their stop at Osaka City Air Terminal (OCAT) which is in the same building as JR Namba Station.
North District (kita), also known as Umeda is one of the two centers of Osaka. It is around the huge Osaka and Umeda Station. In this area many sites for shopping, hotels, restaurants, entertainment and well as several department stores and a large underground mall.
Umeda Sky Building
More information above.
Osaka Station City
There is a specific website at Osakastationcity.com. Check it out for further details.
HEP (Hankyu Entertainment Park)
Hep is a large s
Yodobashi Camera Umeda
Mall of electronics and everything related to it.
Entertainment district south of Osaka Station and distance that allows to walk. It has hundreds of restaurants, bars and nightclubs. Begins to run from 18.00.
You can get there by subway or train. There are several companies and lines.
Area: Osaka Station (Japan Railways) and Hankyu Umeda Station (Hankyu Railways)
Underground: Hanshin Umeda Station (Hanshin Railways), Umeda Station (Subway Midosuji Line), Nishi-Umeda Station (Subway Yotsubashi Line), Higashi-Umeda Station (Subway Tanimachi Line)
From Namba: 8 minutes, 230 yen line Yotsubashi or Midosuji subway.
How to get to Osaka from Kyoto
Japan Railways (JR)
The JR Tokaido Shinkansen takes 15 minutes and costs 1380 yen (in unreserved seat) from Shin-Osaka to Kyoto. From there you have to go to Osaka so it is not the optimal choice. Almost simultaneously it takes fast trains from Kyoto, 25 minutes and cost 540 yen line and going to the railway Osaka.
Limited express trains on the Hankyu Kyoto Line stop at Umeda Station (next to JR Osaka Station) from stations Stations Karasuma and Kawaramachi in central Kyoto in 40 minutes at a cost of 390 yen.
Limited express trains on the line Keihan Main Line takes you to Yodoyabashi Station in central Osaka from Sanjo station in the center of Kyoto in 50 minutes and 400 yen.
For other options to go to Osaka from elsewhere http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e4006.html see this link and this http://www.hyperdia.com/cgi-english/hyperWeb.cgi?
Getting around Osaka
Osaka Municipal Subway
Metro Osaka (大阪 市 営 地下 鉄) is the eighth most used in the world with 880 million users per year and 18,000,000 inhabitants in the metropolitan area. It is used in Osaka in cities like Hong Kong, Shanghai and Buenos Aires. It is the second most used Metro network in Japan, after Tokyo. The length of the Osaka Municipal Subway is 130 kilometers, has 120 stations. It was opened on May 20, 1933, between Umeda and Shinsaibashi.
PDF with the subway map: http://www.kotsu.city.osaka.jp/foreign/english/subway/img/map.pdf
Passes and tickets to get around Osaka
Osaka Unlimited Pass
(2000 yen) Unlimited use of all subways, buses and Hankyu, Hanshin, Nankai, Kintetsu and Keihan trains a day. In addition to discounts on tickets to various tourist attractions. Available in tourist offices and travel agencies.
Osaka One-Day Pass
(850 Yen) Unlimited use of subways, buses and trams, but not the OTS online. Friday and 20th of each month (or the next day if holiday or Sunday), the day pass is called “No-My-Car-Day Discount Pass” and only costs 600 yen. Available in metro stations and kiosks. There are other prepaid cards that can be used.
City website: http://www.city.osaka.jp/english/
Osaka tourism website: http://www.osaka-info.jp/en/
JNTO Osaka: http://www.jnto.go.jp/eng/location/regional/osaka/index.html
PDF Osaka: http://www.jnto.go.jp/eng/location/rtg/pdf/pg-505.pdf
Kansai Window: http://www.kippo.or.jp/index.asp
Kansai International Airport: http://www.kansai-airport.or.jp/en/index.asp