Osaka (used to known as Naniwa) is a port city in Honshu, known for its nightlife, architecture and street food. The city also has a number of traditional buildings and architecture that still stand within the city and have undergone several restorations. Osaka is Japan’s second biggest metropolitan area after Tokyo.
Things to do in Osaka
Despite its size, Osaka seems to go relatively un-noted on the travellers wish list but the city has a lot to offer those who seek to find out more. Make sure to add these places not to miss to wunderlust list and don’t miss out on these amazing attractions.
Toka Ebisu is a festival that is hosted all the way across the city in many different shrines, people come in their thousands to pray for happiness and business success as part of the festival. The festival has to be experienced to be believed, it is a highly respected tradition across the city. Bamboo branch is often decorated as part of the celebrations with lucky items to help the creator with business prosperity. Patricia came from the Edo period in the 17th to 19th century and January 9th, 10th and 11th are the festive days.
Universal Studios Japan
Universal Studios Japan is located in Osaka and it is one of the four Universal Studios theme park across the world. The park opened in March 2001 and over 11 million guests visited the park within its opening year. It instantly won the title of the world's fastest amusement park to have achieved the 10 million visitors.
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
The Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan is located in Minato near Osaka Bay. The aquarium is one of the largest public aquariums in the world and Showcases aquatic animals of the Pacific rim by recreating the natural environment of the habitats. The aquarium has over 15 large tanks each recreating different regions of the Pacific Rim. The aquarium takes roughly 2 1/2 hours to navigate around and covers several floors of attractions. The Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan is home to over 30,000 creatures and over 620 species.
Tempozan Ferris Wheel
The Tempozan Ferris wheel is hosted in the Tempozan Harbour Village next to the Aquarium Kaiyukan. The ferris wheel used to be the biggest and tallest ferris wheel in the world but with surpassed by the London Eye. From the fairest wheel you can see the entire city of Osaka. Including a panoramic view of the ocean mountains and outer towns. It has over 60 passenger cars for visitors to use.
Osaka Castle Park
Osaka Castle Park is a beautiful urban public park and historical site. Osaka Castle Park is situated at Osaka-Jō in Chūō-ku, and it lies upon the south of the Ōkawa River which occupies a large amount of centre of the city.
Osaka Castle is a Japanese castle in Chūō-ku, Osaka. The castle is one of the most famous Japanese landmarks. The castle itself played a major role in the unification of Japan during the sixteenth century period of Azuchi-Momoyama. It’s traditional features are and details are absolutely awe-inspiring and intricate.