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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.

Theme Park
“This extremely popular theme park is equivalent to the Universal Studios in Hollywood and Orlando, and features shows, rides and restaurants based on famous movie themes, like Jaws, Back to the Future and Terminator.”
306 locals recommend
Castle
“Osaka castle was built as a display of power by Toyotomi Hideyoshi after he achived his unifying Japan. It takes 3years by 100,000 workers. It was destroyed in 1615 and built as replica.”
336 locals recommend
Zoo
“You can see many kinds of animals in the zoo located in the middle of the city. The Tennoji Zoo was opened on January 1, 1915. It celebrated the 100th anniversary from the opening in 2015 and is currently known as the third oldest zoo in Japan. The zoo has about 1,000 animals of about 200 species in an approximately 11 hectare site and attracts many visitors as an urban oasis.”
183 locals recommend
Food
“Kuromon market is good place for buying, eating fresh fish for walking around! ”
257 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“The rooftop is nice and the observatory floor always has a cool art exhibit for display; however it is overrated. The high-rise terrace offers a better atmosphere than the top floor and you don't have to pay !”
282 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“A shopping mall with a very unique design. When you visit at night you will be amazed by the mysterious building. A popular spot in Namba where many shops and restaurants enter.”
183 locals recommend
Buddhist Temple
“Golden Temple. This is a famous symbol of Kyoto. You must see the beauty of the Golden temple. Here is a tip. I would like you to compare with the ​Silver Temple. Which temple do you like the most? ”
142 locals recommend
Monument / Landmark
“Shinsekai is a colorful area to the west of Tennoji Park packed with cheap shops and eateries and best known for its iconic Tsutenkaku Tower. The History of Shinsekai Shinsekai was designed as an entertainment district in the early 20th century, and originally modelled after the cities of New York and Paris. Opened in 1912, “Shinsekai” literally means “New World” and because of its modern image the area quickly became a popular tourist attraction.”
224 locals recommend
Aquarium
“See the wide range of habitats that make up the Pacific Rim on a tour of this fascinating aquarium, which takes you from one environment to another and lets you feel as though you’re underwater.”
171 locals recommend
Udon Restaurant
“The lively entertainment area of Dotonbori is Osaka’s most famous tourist destination and renowned for its gaudy neon lights, extravagant signage, and the enormous variety of restaurants and bars. ”
288 locals recommend
Comedy Club
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“The Namba Grand Kagetsu is a theater in Osaka shows comedians and storytellers here”
117 locals recommend
Building
“you may walk from JR Osaka station. Its high twin building and they have floating garden at top of building. You can join the Osaka view from there.”
142 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“The Expo’70 Commemorative Park is about 260 Hectares. In the huge park, there are a part of facilities of the Expo’70, such as the Japanese Garden and the Japan Folk Crafts Museum, Osaka. Parking lots at that time were converted into sporting facilities and recreation spots. The site of theme pavilions is forests and seasonal flower gardens now. The park is known as a cultural park embracing natural environment. You can relax in the park. The park has five areas; the Japanese Garden, the Natural and Cultural Gardens, cultural institution area, sports and recreation area, and parking area.”
32 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“Here is famous as a shopping paradise. Famous brand stores, cosmetics, drugstores, gift shops, kimonos, restaurants,cafes are found in this area. One strategy towards attractiveness to tourists is Tax Free. With a minimum purchase ¥ 5,000 we can get a Tax Free by showing the passport to the seller.”
112 locals recommend
Discount Store
“You can buy something cheap. You should take a train to go Shinsaibashi from Kitahama station.”
153 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“Shopping complex north of Osaka Station. Grand Front Osaka (グランフラント大阪) is a large commercial complex north of JR Osaka Station in the Umeda district that was opened in 2013. It consists of a wide variety of shops and restaurants, an Intercontinental hotel, office and event space, as well as a residential tower. ”
105 locals recommend