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10 Things to See and Do in Osaka, Japan

Ishwari Pamu Jul 30, 2019
Osaka, a modern port city that is Japan’s food capital, has evolved into a cooler sibling of Tokyo and has a long-standing cultural history. It’s one of the most vibrant and happening cities in Japan.
Enjoy 360° panoramic views of the city from the Umeda Sky Building’s observatory deck called “Kuchu Teien” that’s 173 meters above the ground.
Dotonbori’s flashy neon lights attract visitors in millions every year. Its vibrant and energetic atmosphere makes it the best place for shopping, dining out or to go bar hopping.
Well-known for its brilliant neon lights, Tsutenkaku is a soaring 103 meters tall tower and has a observatory deck open to the public.
Originally built in 1583, the Osaka Castle was destroyed and later rebuilt in 1931. This shining jewel houses a fine collection of art and weaponry which is open to public.
Take Buddha’s blessings at Shitennoji Temple which was first built in 593 AD, and is often claimed to be the oldest and the first official Buddhist temple in Japan.

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Located on the Tempozan Harbor Village , the Tempozan Ferris Wheel stands 112 meters tall. Riding it is probably one of the best things you’ll do in Osaka but it surely isn’t for the faint of heart, given its height.

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Referred to as “Japan’s Kitchen”, you cannot miss out on the city’s local food. Takoyaki, Kushikatsu and the Kitsune Udon are a must-try.

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Okonomiyaki, a pancake made of flour, eggs and cabbage with wide range of toppings that can be anything from meat and seafood to wasabi and cheese. Although it’s popular all over Japan, it’s a speciality in Osaka.
With more than 30,000 animal species sorted into 15 exhibits, the Kaiyukan Aquarium takes you through the different environments of the Pacific Rim.
Hozenji Yokocho, a stone-paved passageway, has a Edo-period vibe to it and it is the most beautiful alley in Osaka. The moss-covered statue and the Hozenji temple are worth visiting.