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Osaka Travel Guide with Osaka attractions including Osaka Castle, tours, hotels, map, itinerary, gardens, Cherry Blossom and Autumn Leaves. Our Osaka Guide includes over 270 Osaka attractions, 900 pictures, 250 hotels and many tours.

Osaka Osaka is located in Kansai region on the main island of Honshu. Osaka is located close to former capitals of Japan, Kyoto and Nara with their many World Heritage Sites. Osaka makes a convenient location to stay when visiting these nearby cities.

Osaka features some key tourist attractions including Osaka Castle, Universal Studios Japan and Osaka Aquarium. Osaka is famous for its food including many regional dishes and variations on dishes found elsewhere in Japan.



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There are so many great Osaka Attractions. See our Osaka Attractions for a detailed list of over 250.

Osaka Castle

Osaka Castle is a hill top style Japanese Castle and Osaka's most famous landmark. While the main donjon (tower) is modern reconstruction, Osaka Castle features thirteen structures which are designated Important Cultural Properties. Osaka Castle also features an observation deck and museum.

HEP FIVE Ferris Wheel

HEP FIVE Ferris Wheel is a landmark in Osaka. The bright red HEP FIVE Ferris Wheel is located on top of HEP FIVE shopping and entertainment complex in Umeda, central Osaka.

Universal Studios Japan

Universal Studios Japan is one of three Universal Studios theme parks, this one being located in the Universal City Osaka district Osaka Japan. The park is similar to Universal Orlando Resort, containing many of the same rides.

Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan

Osaka Aquarium is one of the largest aquariums in the world. Osaka Aquarium features the display of two whale sharks.

Tsutenkaku Tower

Tsutenkaku Tower, located in Shinsekai, is a well known Osaka attraction with an observation deck. Tsutenkaku Tower is styled after the Eiffel Tower.

Umeda Sky Building

Umeda Sky Building is the seventh-tallest building in Osaka, Japan, and one of the city's most recognizable landmarks. Umeda Sky Building consists of two 40-story towers that connect at their two uppermost stories, with bridges and an escalator crossing the wide atrium-like space in the center. The building features a rooftop observatory.

Shitennoji Temple

Shitennoji Temple was established in 593AD, making it the first Buddhist temple in Japan. Shitennoji Temple is located in Tennoji Osaka.

Sumiyoshitaisha Shrine

Sumiyoshitaisha Shrine is the most famous shrine in Osaka, and the headquarter of some 2000 Sumiyoshi shrines throughout Japan. Sumiyoshitaisha Shrine is located in Tennoji Osaka.

Dotonbori Street

Dotonbori Street is a very colorful, popular and famous street in Dotonbori lined with restaurants and cafes. Dotonbori, a popular tourist destination in Namba Osaka.

Osaka - Umeda Sky Building
Osaka - Umeda Sky Building

Osaka Unlimited Pass

Osaka Unlimited Pass is an ideal way for international visitor to see the major Osaka Attractions and save money in the process. The cost of the pass includes unlimited use of trains and buses (excluding JR) and free entry to 26 of Osaka's top attractions.


Organised tours are available in English to many popular attractions in and near Osaka including Kyoto (Golden Pavilion, Kyoto Imperial Palace, Nijo Castle and Kiyomizu Temple), Himeji Castle, the ancient capital of Nara and Osaka Castle.

More information and online bookings for Osaka Tours here.


Author: Craig Fryer



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