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Osaka

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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

Where to stay in Osaka

The majority of Osaka's moderate and expensive accommodations concentrate in the districts of Umeda, Kyobashi, Namba, and Shin-Osaka. Base your stay in or near Minami neighborhood for proximity to a wide selection of shopping and dining options. For quick access to long-distance transportation to other cities and areas, look for hotels in Kita district. Many backpackers prefer the budget options in the Tennoji area, where the quality of rooms and prices vary wildly--call or check websites of specific establishments before you make reservations.
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