Best Attractions & Activities

With all of the things to do and see in a city, deciding how to spend your time can be quite an agonizing decision. 10best has narrowed all of the available attractions in Osaka to a list of the most appealing and reputable, to aide in your decision making. You can rest easy knowing that any choice you make from our list is sure to please.

Osaka Municipal Museum of Fine Art

Home to over 8000 works, this museum is a must-see for lovers of fine art. The gracefully appointed collections comprise 12th-14th century classical Japanese arts, modern Japanese art and lacquer ware. In addition to Japanese works, the museum...  Read More


Ame-Mura, or American Town, is the place to go if you want to catch a glimpse of hip, contemporary urban youth. Originally receiving its name from the first stores here that sold inexpensive American clothing and accessories, it has exploded...  Read More

Osaka Museum of History

Located on the outskirts of the Osaka Castle grounds, this museum brings to life the city's 1400-year history. Each floor details a different period of Osaka's history beginning with the most recent and moving upward to ancient exhibits on the...  Read More

Conveniently located beside Osaka Station, this large Ferris wheel with diameter greater than the height of some buildings, affords riders outstanding views of the city in addition to being just plain fun. It sits aloft a large shopping mall...  Read More

Museum of Oriental Ceramics

Located in Naka-no-shima, Osaka's oldest park, this museum maintains a prestigious collection of fine ceramics that has been rated one of the most distinguished in the world. Korean celadon, Chinese ceramics from the Song and Ming dynasties and...  Read More

Don't miss the opportunity to enjoy panoramic views of Osaka from the 39th floor of this innovative observatory in one of the city's most modern architectural structures. Visitors take a fast moving glass elevator to the building's top floor...  Read More

Shitennoji Temple
Photo courtesy of Atsuhiko Takagi

The Shitennoji Temple site is the oldest in Japan, with the original temple being constructed in 593. In addition to the Main Golden Hall, visitors will find a five-story pagoda, turtle sanctuary and aged stone gate dating as far back as 1294....  Read More

Located in the attractive Osaka Bay area, Universal Studios Japan appeals to kids of all ages with its movie-themed thrill rides, live entertainment, restaurants and shops. Plan to spend an entire day soaking up the Hollywood ambience touring...  Read More

Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan

Featuring the largest aquarium tank in the world, Osaka Aquarium displays a breathtaking view of aquatic life. Favorites among the 15 natural habitats and 35,000 specimens are the Japanese Forest, whale shark, Arctic penguins and giant spider...  Read More

Osaka Castle, one of the city's most beloved attractions, is a more recent replication of the original castle built in the 1580s. The re-building of the main tower was completed in 1931. Impressive stone walls, elegant gold-leaf trim and copper...  Read More

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