If you’ve come to Osaka, then start things off with the Osaka Amazing Tour!
With this tour, you’ll go with a knowledgeable guide who’ll provide a fun and pleasant sightseeing experience. Using the Osaka Amazing Pass, you’ll cover most of the city’s famous spots. Perfect for first-timers to the area.
The 4 hour plan will take you through Osaka Castle, aboard the Aqua Liner, and into Namba. The 8 hour plan will continue from there, and take you to Shinsekai, Shitennoji, and Umeda Sky Building as well. Let’s enjoy the city of Osaka to the fullest!
A visit to one of the symbols of Osaka, Osaka Castle!
Osaka Castle has several historical remains that make it an ideal destination for history lovers. Also, nearby the castle keep is Miraiza, an entertainment center that’s great for families to enjoy with their kids.
▼Otemon, the main entrance to Osaka Castle. Entering from here really gives you a sense of what it was like to be a shogun.
▼A mysterious stone within the castle grounds. What exactly is its significance...?
▼Miraiza, this building was originally built as the headquarters for the fourth division of the imperial army in commemoration of the Showa emperor’s enthronement.
▼Among the photo spots on the castle grounds, the Gokurakubashi Bridge to the northeast of the keep is particularly impressive. Definitely take a picture here.
All aboard the Aqua-Liner!
The Aqua-Liner is a sightseeing cruise ship operated on the waterways of Osaka. Learn about the city as you take in the sights from the river. Snacks and drinks are also available for purchase on board.
▼You can enjoy a roughly 20 minute cruise between the piers of Osaka Castle and Yodoyabashi.
Stroll through the streets of Namba and discover the charm of Osaka.
No trip to Osaka would be complete without a stop in Namba. Discover the charm of the city starting with a stop at its most popular attraction, Dotonbori. Moving on from there, visit the hub for otaku culture, Den Den Town, get a taste of fresh foods at the local market, and take a look at wares for small shop and business owners.
▼The commercial district of Namba is thriving with restaurants, pachinko, and comedy.
▼Doguyasuji is an area lined with stores selling wares for use in restaurants such as utensils and even signs and such. As you walk through the area, you’ll of course see knives and iron plates for cooking, but you can also find surprising things like Japanese swords and guns.
▼Osaka’s local market, Kuromon Ichiba Market. It is said that the name Kuromon originated from a temple that used to be nearby.
▼You can get various kinds of fish, meat, fruits and vegetables. Find premium ingredients like Kobe beef and bluefin tuna at reasonable prices and give them a try!
▼The signs and billboards around Ebisu Bridge in Dotonbori are a kind of art in and of themselves! This area reflects Osaka’s history as a city of merchants.
▼From the riverside walk, you’ll head towards Nippombashi. If you’re lucky, you may get to see street performances from idol groups along the way.
Experience true Osakan culture in Shinsekai!
From here on out is the second half of the 8 hour plan! Shinsekai, home to the iconic Tsutenkaku, is an area filled with local culture. You can find many delicious restaurants including those specializing in pufferfish or deep-fried skewers, known as kushikatsu. The authentic kushikatsu in Shinsekai are the best in the world!
▼Built in the image of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, the Tsutenkaku is one of the symbols of Osaka.
▼In front of the famous kushikatsu shop, Daruma, this guy here stands guard to warn against double dipping. It’s a hard and fast rule. Only dip your skewers into the sauce once.
▼Jan Jan Yokocho, a small street where locals like to hang out. On this street is a place called Kasuga Gorakujo, a game center with a retro vibe. There are even some games that are only available to play here.
Through Tennoji Zoo and to Keitakuen Garden
Passing through the Asian Tropical Rainforest and Koala House, you’ll next head to Keitakuen Garden. From there, you can even see the 300m tall skyscraper, Abeno Harukas. An oasis from the city, you can take a break there and appreciate the beauty of the Japanese garden.
▼The Tennoji Zoo is right in front of you as you exit Shinsekai.
▼The tranquil view in garden is great for relaxing.
Famous temples of Osaka, Isshinji and Shitennoji!
Continuing from the garden, you’ll move on to see a bit more of Osaka’s spiritual side. Next up are the temples of Isshinji and Shitennoji.
▼As you arrive at Shitennoji, you’ll be greeted with a large stone archway.
▼On the grounds of Shitennoji is a unique structure called a five-story pagoda.
▼Towards the back you’ll also find a shrine built to honor Daikokuten, a god of wealth and prosperity.
A panoramic view of Osaka from atop the Kuchu Teien Observatory.
Sky Building is a tall skyscraper that provides a great view of all of Osaka. It’s a perfect place to end a tour. Get a glimpse of the sun sinking as you ascend to the top floor on the elevator. Look out and reflect over the streets that you’ve walked as you finish off the tour.
▼Looking straight up through the center of Sky Building. It looks like a large flying object out of a sci-fi movie. Also, there is said to be a god of love that resides on the observation floor.
▼Lots of people awaiting the sunset view.
▼The sky above Yodogawa as the sun sets. An amazing view rounds things out.
▼You'll end where you begin, in front of the tourist information center opposite the central gate in JR Osaka Station.