From breathtaking historical sites to thrilling theme parks, there's plenty to see and do in Osaka. Families, culture vultures, foodies and adrenaline junkies alike are all well catered for. For expats, taking some time to visit Osaka's famed attractions is a great way to get to know the city.
Here are some of our favourite things to see and do in Osaka.
Recommended attractions in Osaka
For the city's best street food, head to Kuroman Market. Fondly known as 'Osaka's Kitchen', this bustling market is bursting with fresh produce and top-grade meat from all over Japan and is a favourite with locals and foreigners alike. After stocking up, be sure to indulge in the mouthwatering seafood dishes and traditional sweet treats that can be found throughout the market.
Completed in 1586, this iconic castle has a fascinating history. Its construction was ordered by Toytomi Hideyoshi, a lauded Japanese warrior and politician. When it was built, Osaka Castle was the largest castle in Japan. Over the centuries, this stunning castle has been destroyed twice and rebuilt twice, enduring the test of time, and is well worth a visit. The museum on site is a great way to learn more about this historical building.
Tempozan Ferris Wheel
For a spectacular view over Osaka, the Tempozan Ferris Wheel is a must. The 17-minute ride over the bay is especially dazzling at night-time as the wheel brings riders up to 112m (368 feet) above the sparkling city. The wheel itself is lit up at night in different colours according to the weather forecast: yellow for sunny, green for cloudy and blue for rainy.
Universal Studios Japan
For a memorable day out, Universal Studios Japan is hard to beat. One of the latest additions is Super Nintendo World, featuring beloved characters from the infamous Mario video games. Another highlight is undoubtedly The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Here, visitors can enjoy Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, an exhilarating 360-degree rollercoaster ride that engages all the senses, including temperature changes ranging from the Dementor's chill to the heat of dragon breath.