Places to visit during your visit to Osaka, Japan.
- Osaka Castle
Osaka castle is the main symbols and attraction of Osaka. It has history of around 400 over years as it was constructed in the year of 1583 by Toyotomi Hideyoshi.
The structure of the castle was modelled after Azuchi castle, it may look similar to the other castle around the country, but it definitely worth your time and effort visiting this.
No matter which season you visit to Osaka, the scenery around the castle will caught your eye, and you can have wonderful photo shooting around the castle, there are a garden outside the castle where you can snap the full castle as the background.
Entrance fee to castle : 600yen
There will be audio translation machine for rent at ground floor information counter, its free.
2. Kuromon Ichiba Market
This is where you will get the freshest seafood in Osaka, there are more than 150 stalls here to cater for most of the restaurant owner and chef in Osaka for their ingredient. Local will come here for business and tourist can visit here to try the fresh ingredients.
You can get the fresh sashimi, sushi that is processed right away in front of you.
Beef and Fugu also can be found in this market.
Arrange your trip to be here early morning, good place for breakfast too.
3. Shinsaibashi shopping street
Shinsaibashi is the main shopping street where the local and tourist must visit, it stretch longer than 500m for the main section, it will be more than 1km in total if added the other section. In this street, you can find international chain fashion brand, famous food franchise as well as local brand to choose from.
It is a good place to hang out if you have lots of time, some say 4 hours is not enough to spend in this street because there are too many things to offer.
Most of the shop open around 10-11am, it will get busy usually after lunch hour until late evening.
This is also one of the main entertainment hub in Osaka, there are many Izakaya and pub nearby the shopping street.
MAISON de gigi is located along the street, be sure to follow the waffle smell and look for the cute Cat logo signage for the best waffle in Shinsaibasahi street.
Connected with Shinsaibashi suji is the famous food street of Osaka, everything you wish to eat in Osaka can be found along the street, be it a simple street food, premium beef slice or live seafood.
You able to see the extremely big food replica hanging out from a building to catch your attention, look for the big crab sign to snap a photo serve as memory. Be sure not to forget the big Octopus too, as it is the main food to eat in Osaka, Takoyaki.
Another food street to visit in Osaka will be Shinseikai, this is where you can visit the Tsutenkaku Tower, a symbolic tower in Osaka. Be sure to go on the top to have a bird eye view of the city, it is only one of the observation deck available in Osaka,
There is also a Japanese theme sky garden where you can visit and relax.
Kushikatsu was founded in Shinseikai years ago and the culture was kept until now, people will purposely visit here for the original taste of it.
Same as Dotonbori, you can also see big replicas around the street, good for photo shooting too.
6. Abeno Harukas
This is the tallest building in Japan. It has 60 floors and about 300 metres height. It is rare to see Japan has tall building due to the geographic location where earthquake tend to happen, but recent technology and knowledge has make it possible to have sky scrapper on the island country.
There is an observation deck on the top of the building occupied 3 floors name as Harukas 300. You may go up through 16th floor of the building
Under the tallest tower is the largest department store the Abeno Harukas Kintetsu Department store. It has 100,000 square metres of retail spaces. There are many international brand can be found in the building comprises of 2 building, tower and wing.
7. Umeda Sky tower
Located at the north(Kita) part of Osaka, Umeda sky tower is 173metre tall and consist of 2 separate towers. The top of the tower is connected by a ring shape observation desk.
Designer of this building is same as Kyoto Station, Hiroshi Hara.
The top of the building is a good place to observe the sunset in Osaka as well as the night view of the city.
It will cost JPY1000 to enter the observation desk.
8. Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
Osaka aquarium is one of the biggest aquarium in the world. It has 27 tanks in 16 exhibits showcase the different marine habitat. The deepest part of the tank is 9meters where you are able to see the main attraction of whale sharks.
It is located at Osaka bay, next to the aquarium is the Tempozan Ferris wheel. It take 15mins to take one round of the 100m diameter wheel at the highest point of 112.5 metres. It is good to drop by after visiting the aquarium.