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Osaka

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Landmarks · Theme Parks · Parks
Proud of their hometown's distinct culture and dialect, many natives of Osaka describe their city as "Japan's anti-capital." An antidote to Tokyo's hectic energy, Osaka marches to the beat of its own drum, serving as the country's longtime commercial and industrial hub. A tour of Osaka reveals a city with little obvious tourist appeal--expect buildings designed to look like boxes, elevated highways, and nondescript residential areas. But scratch just below the surface, and you'll discover a city with unexpected architectural gems, outstanding shopping options, and a lively culinary scene known by the phrase "kuidaore"--eat until you drop. Plan your vacation with our Japan road trip app and discover the best things to do in Osaka.
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Popular things to do in Osaka

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Theme Park
Universal Studios Japan
4.1
Duration: 6 hours
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Castle
Osaka Castle Chuo
4.0
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Neighborhood
Dotombori District Dotombori
4.0
Duration: 1 hour
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Aquarium
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
4.1
Duration: 2 hours

Side trips from Osaka

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Historic Site
Kiyomizu-dera Temple Kyoto
4.4
Duration: 3 hours
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Historic Site
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine Kyoto
4.6
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Neighborhood
Arashiyama Kyoto
4.3
Duration: 6 hours
Neighborhood
Gion Kyoto
4.1
Duration: 3 hours

Hidden gems in Osaka

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Specialty Museum
Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum
4.3
Duration: 1 hour
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Observation Deck
Kuchu Teien Observatory
4.1
Duration: 1 hour
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Landmark
Kuromon Market Nippombashi
3.8
Duration: 1 hour
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Food Tour
Food Tours
5.0
Duration: 3 hours

Shopping in Osaka

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Gift & Specialty Shop
Four-M
5.0
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Gift & Specialty Shop
The British Bag Chuo
5.0
Duration: 1 hour
Gift & Specialty Shop
Naniwa Meibutsu Ichibirian Dotombori Dotombori
5.0
Duration: 1 hour
Shopping Mall
Imperial Hotel Plaza Osaka
5.0
Duration: 1 hour

Museums in Osaka

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Specialty Museum
Namban Culture Center
5.0
Duration: 1 hour
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History Museum
Peace Osaka Chuo
3.5
Duration: 1 hour
Specialty Museum
Mizuno Sportology Gallery
5.0
Duration: 30 minutes
Art Museum
Koji Kinutani Tenku Art Museum
4.6
Duration: 30 minutes

Historic Sites in Osaka

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Historic Site
Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine
4.4
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Religious Site
Senko-ji Temple
4.7
Duration: 30 minutes
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Religious Site
Kumata Shrine
4.5
Duration: 1 hour
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Historic Walking Area
Hozenji Yokocho Namba
4.0
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Nightlife
Pinpoint Traveler
4.7
Duration: 4 hours
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World heritage site
Nijo Castle Kyoto
4.3
Duration: 1h 30 min
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World heritage site
Himeji Castle Himeji
4.5
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Historic Site
Sanjusangendo Temple Kyoto
4.6
Duration: 1h 30 min

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