Top 10 Must-Visit Tourist Attractions in Osaka

Once in a while, it’s important to take some time off and enjoy the world around you with friends and family. If you’re in Hong Kong and you don’t have an idea of where to go for your vacation, I have a perfect destination that will blow your mind off – Osaka in Japan. There are many wonderful tourist attractions in Osaka.

Worried of how you’ll get there? Thanks to Cathay Pacific, getting to Osaka should be the least of your worries. Besides offering you top-notch services at incredibly low rates, you can rest assured that your journey is well taken care of.

Let’s Begin the Osaka Tour List

When you get to Osaka, you’ll be fascinated by the hundreds of attractions you’ll find – from the best Japanese culture to delicious local food to modern buildings to historic sites to trendy shopping streets to warm hospitality from the locals, you’ll love it. Speaking of places to visit when you get to Osaka, below are some of the Osaka’s most popular destinations for tourists is worth checking out.

10 Tourist Attractions in Osaka

1. Osaka Castle

daniel visits tourist attractions in osaka castle

First on our list is Osaka Castle, one of Osaka’s most famous sites with tourists. Besides being one of the largest castles in Japan, Osaka Castle is a very important historic monument that dates back to the sixteenth century. Its contraction begun in 1583 under the order of Toyotomi Hideyoshi, who is one of the most famous warlords in Japanese history. Though the castle was destroyed multiple times, it was rebuilt and fully restored between 1931 and 1995. The castle is currently surrounded by the original castle’s walls and turrets.

2. Umeda Sky Building

Designed by Hiroshi Hara, Umeda Sky Building is one of the major landmarks in Osaka. The building features two separate towers, which are connected by a doughnut-like observation deck.

Thanks to its soaring height of 173 meters, the Umeda Sky building offers viewers a 360-degree panoramic view of the entire city. Besides that, the Umeda Sky Building is home to many malls, cafes, restaurants, and much more.

3. Osaka Local Food

If you are a big fan of the Japanese foodie, then you will love Osaka Local Food. Osaka Local Food is one of the best and biggest food scenes thanks to its affordable and delicious cultural dishes. On their menu, you’ll find famous Japanese dishes, including Tokayaki (Octopus Balls), Ikayaki (squid pancakes), Okonomiyaki (Japanese savory pancakes), Kushi Katsu (deep-fried skewered meat & vegetables), and much more.

4. Dotonbori

Daniel Chew Osaka Dotonburi

Located in the Minami area, Dotonbori is a must-visit place when you get to Osaka. This is one the highlighted tourist attractions in Osaka. Thanks to its fascinating shopping arcades, flashy neon lights, amusement facilities, and photogenic billboards (featuring Glico Running Man, the gigantic moving crab, and other unique designs), Dotonbori is considered among the best sceneries for movies and other shows in Osaka. 

If you want to enjoy the best of Dotonbori, its best if you visit it at night when it is illuminated. Also, don’t forget to have a bite of the best local foods in the many restaurants found along the 580 meters long street connecting Dotonbori to Shinsaibashi (another unbelievable place you can’t afford not to visit in Osaka). Neighboring Dotonbori are other tourist attractions such as Ichiran and Ippudo.   

5. Amerikamura

Also known as Amemura or the American Village, Amerikamura is a popular site for young culture. Also famous for second-hand stores, it’s a treasure trove worth checking out, especially if you’re into Japanese street fashion and vintage clothes. Besides, it harbors numerous restaurants, trendy shops, boutiques, cafes, and much more.

6. Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan

Our list won’t be complete without the Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan. Located in Tempozan Harbor Village, Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan is home to over 500 different types of marine life, including penguins, whale sharks, dolphins, sea lions, and much more. Of course this is the highlight of the aquarium. The deep sea crab. There is another one though, the Manta Ray.

Other places to explore in Osaka include,

7. Namba Yasaka Shrine

 Also referred to as the Lion Shrine. It’s one of the best coolest shrines in Japan that features a 12m x 11m wide lion head statue.

8. The Abeno Harukas –

Opened in 2014. It’s the tallest (300m) and a multi-purpose commercial building in Osaka.

9. Universal Studio Osaka

It’s among the top 15 theme parks in the world.

 10. Shinsekai

It’s an old district in Osaka packed with cheap eateries and shops.


The truth is that you can’t get enough of the Osaka city. Besides the top tourist attractions, we’ve discussed above, there are other numerous places you can’t afford to miss such as galleries, museums, and if you are there for fun, there numerous amusement parks throughout the city.

Above it all, you can’t have enough if the Japanese local delicacies. As for your journey to and from Osaka, Cathay Pacific has got you covered.

Of course later on I would have to continue talking about my stay in Tokyo, but let us leave it for another time.

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