Top 5 things to see and do in Osaka

Osaka is a brightly lit coastal city not too far from Tokyo. It's infamous for its recreation of a 16th-century Japanese castle, as well as its fresh food and urban lights. Any trip to Japan should include a visit to Osaka.

Whether you visit Osaka as part of a day trip or explore the region more thoroughly, you will want these three things with you before you go:

  • Travel insurance that covers natural disasters
  • The Japanese tick vaccination
  • Pocket Wi-Fi

Having these three things can help you stay protected and safe wherever you go, allowing you to enjoy these top five experience in Osaka hassle free.

Osaka Castle

One of the most infamous castles in all of Japan is the one located in Osaka. It has been fully reconstructed with concrete walls and modernised with lifts for accessibility. Its also surrounded by several stunning gardens, making it an ideal afternoon destination.


This shopping district runs alongside a canal and is absolutely stunning at night. Enjoy great food, great sights, great sounds, and even a good deal or two.


Tsutenkaku is a tower and landmark that dominates Osaka. Go up to its observation deck and you can enjoy views from 91m in the sky.

Tempozan Ferris Wheel

Next to the harbour in Osaka is the Tempozan Ferris Wheel, a beautiful structure and right next to the aquarium, making it a great way to enjoy the seaside.

Osaka Aquarium

The Aquarium, which is located next to the Ferris wheel, and is one of the largest aquariums in the whole world.

There is so much to do and see in Osaka, but the best way to explore is by foot. Find your own little slice of the city and bring home memories that will stay with you forever.

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