Maido Ookini means thank you in the Osaka dialect. Osaka is one of the greatest cities in Japan and here are 15 spots that you cannot afford to miss when visiting this amazing place!
1. Explore the different cultures of the world at National Museum of Ethnology
The National Museum of Ethnology is located just 10 minutes from Osaka Monorail Koen-Higashiguchi Station. At this museum, you can explore the different types of culture, tradition and lifestyles of people from various countries and ethnicity. Over one million artifacts are placed on display at National Museum of Ethnology and this is highly recommended for those who love to learn about various countries’ cultures!
National Museum of Ethnology
Address: 10-1 Senribanpakukoen, Suitat City, Osaka
Opening Hours: 10:00am - 5:00pm (closed on Wednesday)
Access: 10 minute walk from Osaka Monorail Koen-Higashiguchi Station
Website: National Museum of Ethnology
2. Admire fine art at Abeno Harukas Art Museum and the great view from the deck
Abeno Harukas is perhaps one of the most famous buildings in Osaka, as it is the 3rd tallest building in Japan. But did you know that there is also a well-known museum in the building? The Abeno Harukas Art Museum is located at the 16th floor of Abeno Harukas where unique artwork ranging from Western art to Japanese can be enjoyed.
Abeno Harukas Tower Building and Art Museum
Address: 1-1-43 Abenosuji, Abeno Ward, Osaka City
Opening Hours: Saturday to Monday: 10:00am - 5:30pm, Tuesday to Friday: 10:00am - 7:30pm
Access: 16th floor of Abeno Harukas Building, directly connected to Osaka-Abenohashi Station
Website: Abeno Harukas Official Site
3. The power spot in Osaka City - Horikoshi Shrine
Horikoshi Shrine is just 5 minutes from Tennoji Station – a place where many of the famous tourist destinations in Osaka are located. Apart from the main shrine complex, one of the things you have to see at Horikoshi Shrine is the holy tree that is known to be over 550 years old. Apart from that, you can also purchase the charms there to boost your love luck as well as results!
Address: 1-8 Chausuyamacho, Tennoji Ward, Osaka City
Access: 5 minute walk from Tennoji Station
Website: Horikoshi Shrine
4. Admire the artistic displays at Museum of Oriental Ceramics
The Museum of Oriental Ceramics is a renowned museum in Osaka that was included in the 2015 Michelin Green Guide Japan. A wide variety of artwork made from ceramics can be enjoyed at this museum. Many of them look like they could come to life at any moment!
Museum of Oriental Ceramics
Address: 1-1-26 Nakanoshima, Kita Ward, Osaka City
Opening Hours: 9:30am - 5:00pm
Access: 1 minute walk from Keihan Nakanoshima Line Naniwabashi Station
Website: Museum of Oriental Ceramics
5. Popular among children! Misaki Park
Misaki Park is a multi-purpose leisure park located just 5 minutes from Misakikoen Station. Here, you can engage in various activities such as watching dolphin shows, playing with animals, picnics and games! One of the popular sections in Misaki Park is the Wakuwaku Densha Land where children can role play as a train operator and safely drive their virtual train from one station to the other.
Address: 3990 Tannowa, Misaki, Sennan, Osaka
Opening Hours: 9:30am - 5:00pm
Access: 5 minute walk from Nankai main Line Misakikoen Station
Website: Misaki Park
6. Worship for your health at Ishikiri Tsurugiya shrine
The Ishikiri Tsurugiya shrine is located just 7 minutes from Keihanna Line Shin-Ishikiri Station by foot. This shrine is famous for providing good health luck, and is a popular place also because it is said to have powers for preventing cancer.
Ishikiri Tsurugiya Shrine
Address: 1-1-1 Higashiishikiri, Higashiosaka City, Osaka
Opening Hours: Varies, please refer to official website
Access: 7 minute walk from Keihanna Line Shin-Ishikiri Station
Website: Ishikiri Tsurugiya Shrine
7. Experience the 90s once again at Tsurumi Ryokuchi Park
Tsurumi Ryokuchi Park is the place where The International Garden and Greenery Exposition, Osaka, Japan, 1990 was conducted. Many of the compounds that were used during the Expo can still be found at Tsurumi Ryokuchi Park, and those who visited the expo then can reminisce the great memories of it. Even if you are new to the place, Tsurumi Ryokuchi Park is a fantastic place to visit. One of the recommended spots is the windmill located at the northern part of the park. This windmill, surrounded by a flower garden, served as the symbol of the 90s expo and is a great place for photography as well!
Tsurumi Ryokuchi Park
Address: 2-163 Ryokuchikoen, Tsurumi Ward, Osaka City
Opening Hours: 9:00am - 5:30pm
Access: 2 minute walk from Subway Nagahori Tsurumi-ryokuchi line Tsurumiryukuchi Station
Website: Tsurumi Ryokuchi Park
8. Boost your fortune luck at Shikitsumatsunomiya Okuninushi Shrine!
Shikitsumatsunomiya Okuninushi Shrine is located just 3 minutes from Daikokucho Station. This shrine is extremely crowded during festive seasons such as the New Year, and is most famous for having the “Tanesen”, a wallet known for providing powers for fortune luck. Do purchase one of these Tanesen when visiting the shrine!
Shikitsumatsunomiya Okuninushi Shrine
Address: 1-2-12 Shikitsunishi, Naniwa Ward, Osaka City
Access: 3 minute walk from Subway Yotsuhashi Line Daikokucho Station
9. Admire the beautiful insects at Minoo Park Insect Museum
Minoo Park Insect Museum is located about 15 minutes from Minoo Station. Here, specimens of over 6,000 species of insects ranging from beetles, butterflies to unique ones like stick insects can be admired. The sheer beauty of these creatures will definitely enchant you.
Minoo Park Insect Museum
Address: 1-16 Minookoen, Minoo City, Osaka
Opening Hours: 10:00am - 5:00pm (closed on Tuesday)
Access: 15 minute walk from Hankyu Minoo Line Minoo Station
Website: Minoo Park Insect Museum
10. The hotel of ancient building Amami Onsen Nanten En
Amami Onsen Nanten En is located just 2 minutes from Nankai Koya Line Amami Station. Located in the woods, this building of this hotel has a history of several hundred years and saw through various events in the history of Japan. In fact, the hotel compound was designated as a Registered Tangible Cultural Property in 2003. This is certainly a hotel worth considering when visiting Osaka.
Amami Onsen Nanten En
Address: 158 Amami, Kawachinagano City, Osaka
Access: 2 minute walk from Nankai Koya Line Amami Station
Website: Amami Onsen Nanten En
11. Spend a great night in the bizarre atmosphere in Submarine Bar Shinka
Submarine Bar Shinka is located just 6 minutes from Tanimachi 6 Chome Station. This bar is an extremely unique bar designed upon the concept of a submarine. The entrance of the bar already feels like you are entering a different world – a huge metal door will guide you into a dark bar with a dreamy atmosphere. A wide range of drinks are available in the bar and you definitely have to visit this bar when in Osaka!
Submarine Bar Shinka
Address: 1-1-7 Andojimachi, Chuo Ward, Osaka City
Opening Hours: 7:00pm - 3:00am (closed on Wednesday)
Access: 6 minute walk from Subway Tanimachi Line Tanimachi 6 Chome Station
Website: Review and info
12. Indulge yourself in the food products at Expo City
Expo City is one of the largest scale multi-purpose facility in Japan. One of the most popular sections in Expo City is the “Kitano Ace One”, a hypermarket with food products from all over the world. A wide range of products can be available at extremely reasonable prices, and they become even cheaper during the outlet sales!
Address: 2-1 Senribanpakukoen, Suita City, Osaka
Opening Hours: 10:00am - 9:00pm but some facilities follow a different schedule. Check the website below
Access: 3 minute walk from Osaka Monorail Bampaku-Kinen Koen Station
Website: Expo City
13. Enter the artwork of Mucha at Sakai Alphonse Mucha Museum
Sakai Alphonse Mucha Museum is located just 6 minutes from Sakaishi Station. Here, over 460 artwork are placed on display throughout the year. This 2 story museum is great for those who love to explore the beauty of art.
Sakai Alphonse Mucha Museum (Sakaishiritsu Cultural Center)
Address: 1-2-200 Tadeicho, Sakai Ward, Sakai City, Osaka
Opening Hours: 9:30am - 5:15pm (closed on Monday)
Access: 6 minute walk from Hanwa Line Sakaishi Station
14. The stylish hotel, The Ritz-Carlton, Osaka
The Ritz-Carlton, Osaka is conveniently located just 5 minutes from Kitanishi Station by foot. The hotel is designed under the concept of an 18th-century English mansion, and has an extremely stylish design. At the club lounge of The Ritz-Carlton, Osaka, breakfast, lunch, dinner, as well as afternoon tea and supper can be enjoyed. A wide variety of western food can be savored. The rooms in The Ritz-Carlton, Osaka provide a great view of the city of Osaka, and this luxurious hotel is highly recommended.
The Ritz-Carlton, Osaka
Address: 2-5-25 Umeda, Kita Ward, Osaka City
Access: 5 minute walk from Kitanishi Station
Website: The Ritz-Carlton, Osaka
Make sure you plan your trips early
Being a popular destination, many of the hotels in Osaka can book out pretty fast. Make sure you plan your trip in advance to enjoy the best of Osaka!
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