Osaka is the capital city of western Japan, and it’s one of the most popular tourist destinations in Japan. It’s historical name is Naniwa, which was the first capital of Japan. There are a lot of attractions in Osaka that fascinate tourists from all around the world as well as business travellers. Please note that Osaka has a special kind of sushi of it’s own.

 

Osaka is the third most crowded city in Japan and receives many visitors each year. It is a museum haven but that is not all! Here is a list of the best things to do in Osaka in 2019 including classic and trendy sightseeing spots for day and night. If you are planning your first visit to Osaka, you should definitely check out this Osaka Bucket List 2019 and plan a perfect trip in Osaka! You can fly Turkish Airlines direct from İstanbul to Osaka. You can also prefer to take the Shinkansen train from Kyoto. It is a half an hour ride.

 

Universal Studios Japan

USJ is the most visited amusement park in Japan along with Tokyo Disney Resort (Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea). USJ offers numbers of fun and thrilling attractions in 9 different zones of Hollywood, New York, San Francisco, Jurassic Park, Waterworld, Amity Village, Universal Wonderland, Minion Park and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. There are also seasonal events and limited-time attractions available through the year such as Halloween and Christmas. Besides attractions, Universal Studios Japan merchandise collections are hugely popular among visitors. You can find limited products of popular characters like Minions, Sesame Street, Hello Kitty and more! There are also cute character themed food and drinks available at the park.

 

Dotonbori

Dotonbori is Osaka’s most touristic neighbourhood located in Minami area. Famous shop displays (such as Glico Running Man and the moving gigantic crab) and flashy neon lights at night attract millions of visitors. It’s also the best area to dine out as numerous restaurants are located in Dotonbori area. Shopping, food, entertainment, you will never be bored of this vibrant and energetic neighbourhood!

 

Osaka Castle

Osaka Castle is a symbol of Osaka and one of the greatest castles in Japan. Osaka Castle is an important historic monument that represents the great history of Azuchi-Momoyama period during the sixteenth century. It was built in 1583 by the order of Hideyoshi Toyotomi, the one of the most famous unifying warlords of Japanese history. The castle is located within the Osaka Castle Park, and it’s especially popular to visit during cherry blossom season.

 

Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan

Kaiyukan is one of the biggest aquariums in the world, displaying over 500 kinds of different marine life such as dolphins, penguins, sea lions and more. The walk-in aquarium houses 15 fish tanks in total including the one with 34m x 9m that holds a variety of fish including manta rays and 2 whale sharks swimming freely. The new interactive exhibition opened in 2013 that allows visitors to see the animals up close and touch some of them.

 

Shinsaibashi

Shinsaibashi is the best district for shopping in Osaka. There are numbers of shopping malls and boutiques located within the area from luxury brands to fast fashion retailers. Shinsaibashisuji is the famous shopping arcade which is 600m long and consists of hundreds of shops and boutiques. Not only clothing items, but there is a wide variety of shops in this arcade such as drugstores, variety shops, restaurants, cafes and more. It’s the place to shop till you drop!