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9 Exciting Experiences to Fill Your Osaka Holiday

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A month won’t be enough to drink in anything and everything a holiday in Osaka has to offer. So, how do you make the most of your visit to Osaka. Even more if you have only a short time to spend there? We recommend these ten must-do experiences to make your Osaka holiday truly unforgettable.

Visit Shitennoji and Sumiyoshi-Taisha

Shitennoji Temple was founded in 593 by the prince Shotoku Taishi
Shitennoji Temple is Japan’s oldest official temple | Credit: @blueeyeview

Shitennoji and Sumiyoshi-taisha are among the oldest and most unique religious building-complexes in Japan. A visit to these sacred sites will give you a feel of how life is like in the ancient days of Osaka. Especially when it was still Japan’s capital city.

Attend the Tenjin Matsuri

Tenjin Matsuri is the festival of the Tenmangu Shrine
Locals taking part in The Tenjin Matsuri Festival | Credit: @c.t.melis

The Tenjin Matsuri ranks among Japan’s top festivals. This dazzling spectacle is celebrated in honor of the deified spirit of Suguwara Michizane. He is a well-known scholar and politician during the Heian period. On the 25th of July, a phoenix-topped mikoshi holding the spirit of Suguwara is paraded throughout Osaka. The celebration culminates in a blaze of fireworks over the Okawa River.

Go on a Picnic at the Osaka Castle Grounds

Amazing place for a picnic at Osaka Castle grounds.

The towering Osaka Castle is one of the most iconic landmarks of Japan. Inside the castle you will find a museum on the country’s feudal history. Outside are magnificent grounds that are perfect for relaxing and picnicking, even more during cherry blossom season.

Enjoy a Bird’s Eye View of Osaka From Umeda Sky Building’s Rooftop

Enjoy great city view from the observation deck at Umeda Sky Building
Stunning sunset city view rom Umeda Sky Building | Credit: @not_only_tokyo

Umeda Sky Building is a modernistic building that is one of the most recognizable structure in Osaka. On its rooftop is the Floating Garden Observatory, where you can enjoy astounding views of Osaka. When the day is clear, you can even see Awaji Island in the distance.

Spend an Afternoon Wandering the Osaka Bay Area

Osaka Bay Area is is home to two huge entertainment complexes
Autumn sunset at Osaka Bay Cruise Santa Maria | Credit: @same.skiiies

You can certainly accomplish a lot in spending an afternoon roaming about the Osaka Bay area. After all, this is where you will find the Kaiyukan aquarium, the Tempozan Ferris Wheel and Marketplace. Besides that, Universal Studios Japan, the Nanko Bird Sanctuary, and a host of other Osaka attractions. Finally, once you’re done wandering the Bay area, you can relax and enjoy a few eats at the Naniwa Food Theme Park.

Visit Spa World

Various types of baths can be found here, Spa World.
The swimming pool in Spa World | Credit: @macaronauwasabi

Japan is famous for its onsen or hot springs. Therefore, Spa World is one of the biggest and most spectacular of them all. The baths here feature numerous Asian and European themes, so if you fancy, say, an ancient Roman bath or a Bali-style bath, you can indulge at Spa World.

Go Shopping For Clothes and Other Knick-Knacks

Den Den Town is usually where people go to shop
Den Den Town in Osaka.

Osaka is a fantastic shopping destination! With havens like Den Den Town for electronics geeks, Namba NanNan for fashion. Finally, Shinsaibashi-suji for luxury brands, among many others. It’s certainly so easy to blow your money on clothes and other souvenirs in Osaka.

Be Dazzled by the Neon Lights of Dotonbori

Dotonbori is a modern city in Osaka
This city is filled with energetic lifestyle.

Dotonbori has become rather synonymous with Osaka: a modern city embracing its traditional routes. Under the neon lights, you’ll find traditional puppet show theaters and street food stalls. Hozenji Temple stands at the end of the canal.

Fill Your Belly with Osaka’s Amazing Street Food

Osaka is a foodie destination filled with street food
Takoyaki Balls at Dotonbori Canal | Credit: @recipesforourdeardaughters

Osaka is a foodie destination, and you don’t have to enter a restaurant to taste the city’s fantastic eats. Just visit a food stall anywhere in the city and partake of delicious Japanese food. Some including kushikatsu, takoyaki, grilled wagyu beef, yakitori, and more!

You won’t find your holiday in Osaka boring. Just fill your itinerary with these must-do activities and you’re sure to leave the city with lasting memories. You can also plan your entire trip to Japan with the guidance from our articles here!

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