People say that Osaka is a city where you eat until you drop., but the food is not the only attraction of Osaka. Check out these great sightseeing spots perfect for summer vacation.
(Information as of August 2019)
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan was opened in 1990 and has become one of Osaka's most popular tourist attractions. It is one of the world's largest aquariums and is also famous for breeding whale sharks, which are said to be the largest fish in the world. Based on the concept that "everything is connected," the aquarium features a "new experience area" where visitors can experience the world of living things through sounds and smells.
Address: 1-1-10 Kaigan-dori, Minato-ku, Osaka City, Osaka Prefecture (5-minute walk from Osaka Minato Station)
Opening hours: 10:00 - 20:00 (last admission 19:00, but varies according to season)
Expo'70 Commemorative Park
Expo'70 Commemorative Park was created on the former site of the 1970 World Exposition held in Osaka. In addition to the Tower of the Sun, which was the symbol of the Osaka Expo, and the Japanese Garden, which was built with the best of Japanese landscaping techniques, the park has facilities such as the Nature Park, the National Museum of Ethnology, and athletic facilities where visitors can experience history and nature and exercise their bodies.
Address: 1-1 Senri Banpakukoen, Suita City, Osaka (Get off at "Expo Memorial Park Station" on the Osaka Monorail)
Opening hours: 9:30 - 17:00 (last admission 16:30)
Only a 30-minute train ride from Osaka City and you are in the Meiji no Mori Minoo National Park. It is home to Minoo Falls, which has been selected as one of the 100 best waterfalls in Japan. The highest point of the park is about 600 meters above sea level, so you can feel a cool breeze even in summer. From cherry blossoms in the spring to the beautiful autumn leaves in the fall, the park is a sight to behold in every season. It is a place where you can fully enjoy the great outdoors where about 980 kinds of plants and about 3000 kinds of insects live.
Address: Minoo Park, Minoo City, Osaka Prefecture (15 minutes walk from Hankyu "Minoh Station")
Opening hours: Free walk (the park management office is open from 9:00 to 17:30)
Universal Studios Japan
Universal Studios Japan, also known as USJ, is a great place to visit during summer. In addition to the Water Parade where you get soaked with water, there are also shows with lots of real snowfalls. There are also great splashing attractions such as Jaws, WaterWorld, and Jurassic Park - the Ride.
Address: 2-1-33 Sakurajima, Konohana-ku, Osaka (8 minutes walk from JR "Universal City Station")
Opening hours: 8:30 - 20:30 (time varies depending on the season)
Osaka Water Bus Aqualiner
The Water Bus Aqualiner will take you on a tour of the Okawa River, which flows through the center of Osaka. The 55-minute cruise takes you around Osaka Castle and the Nakanoshima area, showing a new cityscape view, where buildings and greenery coexist. There are four embarkation points: "Osaka Castle Port," "Yodoyabashi Port," "Hachikenya-hama Pier," and "OAP Port," so you can choose the one that best suits your accommodation and sightseeing plans.
Address: 2 Osaka Castle, Chuo-ku, Osaka City, Osaka Prefecture (Osaka Castle Port, a short walk from JR "Osaka Castle Park Station")
Departure time: 10:00-17:00 (varies depending on the departure/arrival point and season)
Abeno Harukas, the tallest skyscraper in Japan at 300 meters above the ground, is a commercial complex that includes an observatory, museums, gourmet spots, and hotels. The name "Harukas" comes from the old Japanese word "harukasu," which means "to make clear and bright".
Address: 1-1-43 Abenosuji, Abeno-ku, Osaka City, Osaka Prefecture (directly connected from Osaka Abenobashi Station on the Kintetsu Line)
Opening hours: 9:00 - 22:00 (varies depending on the facility and season)
We have introduced some sightseeing spots where you can enjoy Osaka in summer. Osaka is a big city, but it is also a place where you can experience magnificent nature and explore history. There are also theme parks and aquariums that you can enjoy all day long. So, if you have trouble deciding where to go, take a look at the list we carefully prepared.
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