It was built on the order of Toyotomi Hideyoshi over 400 years ago and is one of the three famous castles at Himeji and Kumamoto. The current castle tower was rebuilt in 1931. A park is situated around.
Listed in Japan’s 100 cherry-blossom viewing spots, its 560-meter row of cherry trees gets open to the public in the span of a week every year. During other times, you can also visit the museum and workshop.
Okawa River and Aqua Bus
Take the “Osaka Castle thru Nakanoshima” route of the “Aqua-Liner” cruiser. The flat boat passes under bridges and let you look from the river surface at Osaka Castle, Japan Mint, Central Public Hall, etc.
Reopened 60 years after the war, the theatre is dedicated to rakugo storytelling. It’s busy day after day since the 2006 inception. Besides rakugo stories, you can enjoy stand-up comedies, magician's shows, etc.
Revering Sugawara no Michizane as the god of learning, the shrine is endearingly called “Tenma-no-Tenjin”. Many religious events are held, including Tenjin Matsuri, one of the 3 greatest festivals in Japan.
The Fujita Museum was founded in 1954 to display the extensive collection of Buddhist and East Asian art works amassed by the industrialist Fujita Denzaburo (1841-1912) and his sons Heitaro and Tokujiro.
Standing as the symbol of Shin-Sekai (a new world), the observation tower was registered as a tangible cultural property of Japan in 2007. Billiken, the official character is also loved from long ago.
Standing at 300 meters, the tallest skyscraper in Japan was completed in 2014. With large floor-to-ceiling glass panels all around, the observation deck offers 360-degree view of Osaka from the air.
Mitsui Outlet Park Osaka Tsurumi
Opened in 1995, the first full-scale mall of Japan is full of popular brand-name stores and outlets, from home and abroad, offering their carefully selected goods at discounted prices. Take a stroll around.
Sakuya Konohana Kan
The conservatory is one of the biggest nature conservatories in Japan. Inside are about 2,600 different species, including tropical and desert plants, alpine and arctic flora. It is a must-see for flower and plant lovers.
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
In one of the world's most spectacular aquariums, you can watch, listen and touch to experience nature in the “New Sensation” area. All the tanks make you feel thrilled as if you would dive deep in the sea.
Universal Studios Japan
The theme park offers many world-class entertainments. Visitors, young, old and in between, are able to enjoy thrilling rides based on Hollywood popular movies as well as child-friendly characters' mascots.
Grand Front Osaka
The shopping complex was opened north of JR Osaka Station in 2013. The complex includes 270 or so satisfying stores and restaurants, intellectual creative “Knowledge Capital” and a high-end hotel.
Floating Garden Observatory
The observation platform of this observatory is a bridge connecting the two 40-story towers of the Umeda Sky Building. From here, 173 meters off the ground, you can feel wind and see all of Osaka 360 degrees unobstructedly.