In term of popularity, the city of Osaka is regarded to be one of the best. There are probably lots of attractions in Osaka compared to most other cities. As such, Osaka has gotten quite popular with various tourists.
There are a lot to love about Osaka – Like, how the city is so alive at night, the delicious cuisines, fabulous shopping streets, and a spectacular amusement park, for example. Below are just some of the exciting things to do in Osaka during your trip in 2019:
Go to the Universal Studios Japan
Since we’ve already talked about how popular Osaka is, let’s talk about the most visited place in Osaka – the Universal Studios Japan (USJ). Surprisingly, Universal Studios Japan is actually the first ever theme park that was under the brand
Universal Studios Japan is considered to be the most visited theme park in all of Japan, together with the Tokyo Disney Resort. It provides a lot of fun and exciting attractions in 9 zones, namely Waterworld, Jurassic Park, New York, Hollywood, San Francisco, Amity Village, Minion Park, Universal Wonderland, and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Aside from these 9 zones, there are also seasonal events as well as time-limited attractions that the Universal Studio Japan offers to its visitors.
Dine out in Dotonbori
For those who don’t know, Dotonbori is the most tourist-friendly neighborhood that is located in the Minami area. Famous shop displays, not to mention the flashy neon lights at night, attract countless visitors. It’s also considered to be the best area to dine out since there are numerous restaurants located in the Dotonbori area.
Anything from shopping to food, or even entertainments, you will find that you will never get bored with this lively and energetic neighborhood. You can also try the Dotonbori Food Crawl and Food Sample Tour where you are taken to both the popular and hidden spots in the neighborhood to taste delicious street food.
Try out local Osaka food
It goes without saying that the top attraction is their food. Among Osaka’s local food, you’ll taste some of Japan’s favorite dishes such as the Takoyaki, Okonomiyaki, and Ikayaki, among many others.
Takoyaki is octopus balls, while Okonomiyaki is savory Japanese pancakes. On the other hand, Ikayaki is squid pancakes. These are just some of Osaka’s best. Walk the streets and you will see many food stalls offering you a real taste of local food without hurting your budget. In fact, you won’t be able to taste all the delicious local food that Osaka has to offer even if you spend the whole day trying to do so.
Visit the Osaka Castle
Osaka Castle is a symbol of Osaka. It is also one of the greatest castles in Japan, as well as an important historic monument that symbolizes the great history of the Azuchi-Momoyama period in the 16th century.
Osaka castle is situated in the Osaka Castle Park, and it usually gets a lot of visitors during cherry blossom season. When you get to visit Osaka Castle, try to cycle around and explore the area. You can even just sit and enjoy a serving of delicious Takoyaki as a snack while you take in the wonderful view.
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
The Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan is probably one of the biggest aquariums in the world. It displays more than 500 kinds of marine life, including penguins, dolphins, and sea lions. There are around 15 fish tanks that hold all of the fishes. Now, back in 2013, the aquarium launched a new interactive exhibition. With this new attraction, visitors are able to see the animals really close and even touch some of them.