While planning a trip to Japan, it can be difficult to decide where to go, due to the large number of tourist places that exist. Therefore, we present you a list about the 5 best places to visit while staying in Osaka city.
The lively Dotonbori entertainment area is Osaka’s most famous tourist destination for its flashy neon lights, quirky signage, and huge variety of restaurants and bars. Dotonbori is famous for its attractive posters and billboards with a giant puffer fish, an octopus, a clown, the Kani Douraku crab competing for your attention and creating an amusement park atmosphere. However, of all these signs, the most attractive is that of the Glico corridor over the Ebisubashi Bridge. It is one of the most colorful places in Osaka and a must see when traveling in the Kansai region.
Umeda Sky Building
The city of Osaka is recognized, along with Tokyo, as one of the most modern in the world. As one of the best examples of artistic beauty with state-of-the-art technology, there is the “Umeda Sky Building”, a short distance from Osaka Station. The building consists of two equal 40-story towers connected at the top with bridges and an escalator across the wide central atrium. The building is crowned by a platform measuring 54 by 54 meters, perforated in its center by a glass ring. The observatory has two floors. One is totally inside the building. It has works of art, restaurants and a cool environment to recreate. The second floor is totally open air and offers a 360 degree view of the entire city.
It dates back more than 400 years. The civil war continued from the middle of the 15th century in Japan and, it was Commander Hideyoshi Toyotomi, who completed the military unification of the country. The Castle was created as its base. Its beautiful design gives it the status of one of the three main castles in Japan. The area around the tower has been developed like a park, and plums and cherry blossoms in spring and red leaves in fall offer magnificent views. For first-time visitors to Japan’s Kansai region, Osaka Castle is an absolutely must-see destination. It is a perfect half day trip where you can appreciate both the serene nature, in the many areas full of beautiful trees, and marvel at the rich and intriguing history of Osaka..
The Shinto shrine “Sumiyoshi Taisha” was founded in the year 211, being one of the oldest in all of Japan. It is dedicated to Sumiyoshi sanjin, a trio of sea gods, who protect the country, provide safety on sea voyages, and inspiration for poets. It is also dedicated to Empress Jingu, who returned safely from a trip to Korea and was subsequently instructed by an oracle of the great goddess Amaterasu that she should build a sacred precinct in honor of Sumiyoshi Sanjin. After a while, Empress Jingu was also enshrined in this place. Sumiyoshi Taisha is the main in a network of more than 2,000 Sumiyoshi shrines scattered throughout the country. Reason why until 1945, it was in the first rank of sanctuaries financed by the Government. It is the most beautiful and important in Osaka, and without a doubt, one of the most beautiful in the entire country.
Shinsekai literally means New World in Japanese. Retro-futuristic in appearance with neon lights and 3D signs, Shinsekai’s creation dates back to 1903, the year the city of Osaka received the National Industrial Exhibition. After this Shinsekai was designed as a neighborhood where all kinds of attractions, bars and restaurants were located.
The 108m tall Tsutenkaku Tower is one of Osaka’s icons and is the focal point of the Shinsekai area. There are 7 different floors in the building. On the upper floors, the tower has 2 gazebos that offer a spectacular view of the surroundings and an outdoor garden. It also has restaurants and souvenir shops. One of the main attractions of the Tsutenkakuo Tower is its lighting that, although it can only be enjoyed at night, the tower’s LED lights vary in color as the seasons change.
Although there are many more tourist attractions, but you have little time to visit the city, this list will make it a little easier for you to make a plan in Osaka.