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Best things to do in Osaka

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Shopping Centre
“On Sakaisuji between the Nipponbashi 3-chome intersection on Nansan Dori Street in the north and the Ebisucho intersection in the south you can find all the big name electronics and home appliance retailers. The area to the west of this street has a lot of small independent stores. At many of these smaller stores discounts are common and negotiating a price is the norm. At the bigger stores there are often tax-free offers for overseas visitors. You will also see young ladies dressed in French maid costumes at every intersection of Otaku Road who are trying to attract customers to their main cafes. At these cafes the girls in exaggerated maid costumes serve drinks, chat with customers.”
127 locals recommend
Trail
“Arashiyama (嵐山) is a pleasant, touristy district in the western outskirts of Kyoto. The area has been a popular destination since the Heian Period (794-1185), when nobles would enjoy its natural setting. Arashiyama is particularly popular during the cherry blossom and fall color seasons. The Togetsukyo Bridge is Arashiyama's well known, central landmark. Many small shops, restaurants and other attractions are found nearby, including Tenryuji Temple, Arashiyama's famous bamboo groves and pleasure boats that are available for rent on the river. North of central Arashiyama the atmosphere becomes less touristy and more rural, with several small temples scattered along the base of the wooded mountains. The area north of the Togetsukyo Bridge is also known as Sagano, while the name "Arashiyama" technically just refers to the mountains on the southern bank of the river but is commonly used to name the entire district.”
59 locals recommend
Park
“It is famous "Taiyonoto". That look is very strange but it is symbol in this area. In the night, that's eyes shine, you will be surprised. Near, there is a big shopping mall, you can also enjoy shopping.”
25 locals recommend
Café
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“Umekoji Park (Umekoji Koen) is a large, multi-purpose park west of Kyoto Station in the south of Kyoto. The large grounds of the park are home to the Kyoto Aquarium and the Umekoji Steam Locomotive Museum. Umekoji Park has wide open spaces for ball games and leisurely picnics as well as a walking course and a children's play area with swings and slides. ”
42 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“Tsutenkaku Tower (lit. “tower reaching heaven”) was first built in 1912 and looked much more like the Eiffel Tower than its current iteration. It was taken down during WWII and later rebuilt in 1956, designed by Tachu Naito, who also created Tokyo Tower and Sapporo’s TV Tower. It stands 103 meters tall with an observation deck 91 meters high. An open-air deck built in 2015 offers a panoramic view while the exterior is covered in thousands of LED lights that change color depending on the season (think red and green for Christmas, pink for cherry blossoms). The whole thing is aptly sponsored by Hitachi, which advertises in bold letters on one of its eight sides. Find the gold Billiken statue on the 5th floor observation deck of the tower. The Billiken, a small elf-like figure with a mischievous smile, is a good luck figure invented in America during the New Thought Movement that grew popular upon its arrival in Japan in 1910. He is known as the God of Happiness or “Things as they ought to be.” The original wooden statue was kept in Luna Park but disappeared when the park was demolished. The current statue was created in 1979 to attract visitors to the tower but he’s since become a symbol of the entire city, and tourists visit just to rub his feet for good luck and to place a coin in his donation box.”
83 locals recommend
Udon Restaurant
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“A famous Udon shop , I love this shop , reasonable price , a lot of variety of food , have new menu according the season, must must go and try even you need to wait.believe me. ”
66 locals recommend
Art Museum
“Art exhibitions from Japan and overseas. The National Art Museum of Osaka (国立国際美術館, Kokuritsu Kokusai Bijutsukan) occupies two underground floors on Nakanoshima Island in central Osaka. The museum focuses on Japanese and foreign contemporary art, with exhibitions from the museum collection and special exhibitions.”
36 locals recommend
Bowling Alley
“Many items you can enjoy from small children to elderly people. Of course, as well as the latest game machines, bowling with a powerful screen lane, karaoke which makes you want to use a different room each time, spot cha not getting tired even if you play all day, Osaka Minami in various situations as a state-of-the-art playground We hospitality guests with all staff so that we can serve you. If you have never come, please experience Round One's play by all means!”
46 locals recommend
History Museum
“It it one of the famous large parks. You can play soccer, tennis, baseball, basketball and so on. In spring, you can enjoy hanami.”
14 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“The symbol of the city is one of the world's tallest Ferris wheel in Osaka with a height of 112.5 meters, is located on the Bay. A scenic view of the city by the sea is very beautiful. Ferris is open since 1997 and each cycle is around 17 minutes more interesting is decorated with lights that turn Ferris is not only for aesthetic purposes. But the city is forecast for the next day. Clear sunny orange means well. Green means a lot of overcast clouds. Blue refers to rain down.”
36 locals recommend
Science Museum
“Interactive museum about science. The Osaka Science Museum (大阪市立科学館, Ōsaka Shiritsu Kagakukan) on Nakanoshima Island has four floors of interactive exhibits and displays. The museum was designed with children in mind and takes visitors through displays on the universe, chemistry, electricity and energy. A science show is held three times a day (in Japanese only). ”
44 locals recommend
History Museum
“National Ethnographic Museum, a cultural facility located at the Expo Memorial Park. The exhibits collected from all over the world can be arranged in a row and you can learn the diverse culture of every region. There are also some strange items that can not be caught in common sense. It is definitely exciting to meet the strange Kiteretsu in the world!”
11 locals recommend
Souvenir Shop
“Popular tourist attractions "Osaka Aquarium". Ferris wheel is also available and children are delighted.”
64 locals recommend
Theme Park
“Toei Kyoto Studio Park is the only theme park in Japan where you can observe the filming of period dramas (jidaigeki films). Here you can walk freely around the Toei Kyoto Studio film set. This set depicts a street from the Edo period, and is used to shoot more than 200 films per year. Enjoy the atmosphere of ancient Japan by taking in a ninja show maybe even dressing up as a geisha or samurai. You will find all kinds of entertainment for both the young and the old, in this world of imagination and creation. Have a great time!”
44 locals recommend
Museum
“This museum introduce about train and railway. In here, we can "see, touch, and experience". Everyone ,come here enjoy them. How about watching Japan's train? ”
44 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“Osaka City Air Terminal, Bus terminal and near by JR Namba station. OCAT 오사카 시티 에어 터미널, 버스터미널”
80 locals recommend