8 Attractions to Visit on Your First Trip to Osaka

8 Attractions to Visit on Your First Trip to Osaka

Whether you're a history buff or a shopaholic, here's a list of must-visit Osaka attractions. Ancient temples and commercial districts are all included.

1. Osaka Castle (大阪城)

Osaka Castle is the symbol and one of main Osaka attractions. The castle began construction in 1583 by Toyotomi Hideyoshi at the former site of Honganji Temple.

The magnificent castle was modelled after Azuchi Castle and was reputed as being unparalleled in the country.

Getting there

By Train: Osakajokoen Station – JR Loop / Osaka Business Park Station – Subway

2. Dotonbori (道頓堀)

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Dotonbori is a large scale downtown with an entire area filled with an unbelievable number of shopping arcades, restaurants and amusement facilities. It is often selected as a scene in movies as the symbol of Osaka.

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Getting there

By Train: Namba Station – Subway Midosuji / Sennichimae / Yotsubashi Line

3. Sumiyoshi Taisha (住吉大社)

Sumiyoshi Taisha also known as Sumiyoshi Grand Shrine, is one of Japan’s oldest Shinto shrines. It enshrines three gods that have long been worshipped for protecting the nation, sea voyages and for promoting waka (31-syllable) poetry.

Getting there

By Train: Sumiyoshitaisha Station – Nankai railway

4. Shinsaibashi (心斎橋)

Shinsaibashi Shopping Arcade is Osaka’s premier shopping centre. Approximately 600m long, it combines chain retail stores and trendy boutiques with expensive department stores and top designer fashion labels.

Getting there

By Train: Shinsaibashi Station- Subway Midosuji Line & Nagahori Line

5. Shitennoji Temple (四天王寺)

The oldest officially administered temple in Japan, Shitennoji was built by Prince Shotoku who was known for his profound Buddhist faith. He invited three Korean Baekje carpenters, and they constructed this temple in 593.

Getting there

By Train: Shitennoji-mae Yuhigaoka Station – Subway Tanimachi Line

6. Shinsekai (新世界)

A casual, popular downtown located in the west of the Ten’noji-koen Park, bristled with many old eating and drinking establishments with Tsutenkaku Tower, the symbol of Shinsekai.

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Shinsekai has a reputation as one of Japan’s more seedy and dangerous neighbourhoods, with a sizeable homeless population in the neighbourhood. Also towards south of the JR railway tracks is one of the few areas in Japan where open prostitution occurs without much police interference.

Getting there

By Train: Ebisucho Station – Subway Sakaisuji Line

7. Universal Studios Osaka

One of the world’s Top 15 theme park inspired by blockbuster Hollywood movies with more than 8 million visitors annually.

Getting there

By Train: Universal City – JR Sakurajima Line

8. Umeda Sky Building (梅田スカイビル)

Also known as the New Umeda City, the 173 metre tall Umeda Sky building has a roof featuring a doughnut shape that provides an unobstructed 360-degree view of Osaka City.

Getting there

By Train and Walk: Approx 15 minutes walk from Osaka or Umeda Station

Also read: 16 Things Japan Does Better Than Your Country


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Contributed by Tommy Ooi Travel Guide.

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