Itinerary Guide: These Places in Osaka Are Perfect for Big Groups

There's something for everyone in Osaka.

When going to
Osaka, Universal Studios Japan is not the only place you can visit as a group. There are many places that all generations can enjoy as well. Using the Kansai Thru Pass (KTP), here are the places locals recommended everyone can enjoy.

10 a.m. Explore the nostalgic downtown area.

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Ride the Subway Midosuji Line from Namba to Dobutsuen-mae. This will take approximately 10 minutes.

You will feel a different atmosphere when you arrive at
Tsutenkaku Tower or Shinsekai, which literally means “new world.” Compared to the modern and stylish HARUKAS 300, it has remained as is from the good old days of the 1950s. The interior of the observatory decks, the golden fifth floor, and the sparkling silvery fourth floor all symbolize Osaka’s culture very well.

Biliken, the Deity of Good Fortune, loved by locals, can be found on the fifth floor observatory deck. Legend has it that if you rub Biliken’s foot, you will receive good fortune.

Tsutenkaku Tower is located at 1-18-6 Ebisu-higashi, Naniwa-ku, Osaka. It is open from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. Discounts are available when you show your KTP at the ticket office.

10:30 a.m. Climb the tallest building in Japan.

Just one station away from Tsutenkaku Tower is the modern observatory known as
HARUKAS 300. Located at the top of the 300-meter-high ABENO HARUKAS, which is the tallest building in Japan, it gives you sweeping views of Osaka Castle and the Tower of the Sun in north and Universal Studios Japan, the Akashi Kaikyo Bridge, and Kyocera Dome Osaka in the west. On a clear day, you may even get to see Kobe and Kyoto. 

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If you’re not afraid of heights, you can challenge yourself by joining the special tours,
EDGE THE HARUKAS or Heliport Tour, for an additional fee.

Tip: Time your visit perfectly. The best season to visit this deck is during winter because this is when the air is the clearest. The best time for viewing is in the late morning because it may be foggy early in the morning.

HARUKAS 300 is located at 1-1-43 Abenosuji, Abeno-ku, Osaka and is open from 9 a.m. to 5.30 p.m.. Discounts are available when you use your KTP from April of 2019.

11:30 a.m. Try your hand at making real and fake takoyaki. 

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Ride the Subway Midosuji Line from Dobutsuen-mae to Namba. This trip will take approximately 10 minutes.


Osaka is home to a lot of street food, including everyone’s favorite takoyaki. At
Takomasa Dotombori Main Branch, however, you can actually make them yourself. It only takes around 10 minutes to make 20 pieces. While takoyaki is usually served with nori flakes and bonito flake toppings, this store doesn’t because the takoyaki batter they make is savory enough to begin with.

Takomasa Dotombori Main Branch is located at 1-4-15 Dotombori, Chuo-ku, Osaka. It is opens from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fee for 10 pieces of takoyaki is ¥1,500 per person.

It takes wax, plastic toppings, and gels—and not a little talent and patience—to make a food sample more believable than the real version. At
Dotonbori Kukuru Konamon-Museum, you have the chance to prove yourself worthy. While the entire experience takes just 45 minutes, the fake sauce takes three hours to be completely solidified, and parts like the fake bonito flakes come off easily, so be careful not to shake your bag on the way home. 

Dotonbori Kukuru Konamon-Museum is located at Chuwa Daiichi Bldg. 1-6-12 Dotonbori, Chuo-ku, Osaka. It is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on weekdays and from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on weekends and holidays. Fee is ¥2,000 per person.

1:30 p.m. Pay homage to Osaka Castle.

Ride the Subway Sennichimae Line from Namba to Tanimachi 9-chome, then exchange to Tanimachi Line, get off at Tanimachi 4-chome. The trip will take approximately 10 minutes.

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It doesn’t look it, but Osaka Castle was actually rebuilt two times after it was attacked and burned down. Today, its magnificent architecture makes you feel the Samurai era atmosphere of the past.

Exploring Osaka Castle can take a lot out of you. If you get hungry, you can buy food from the food stalls surrounding the castle or eat at restaurants inside

Tip: While it takes 20 minutes by foot from the closest stations to the Main Castle (Osaka Castle Museum), you have the option of riding an Electric Car or a Road Train (with additional cost) on your way back. The Electric Car runs between Tanimachi 4-chome station and Shudokan, while the Road Train runs between Morinomiya Station and Hokoku-jinja Shrine.

Osaka Castle is located at 1-1 Osakajo, Chuo-ku, Osaka. It is open from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., but may extend during certain periods in the spring and summer. Discounts available by when you show your KTP at the ticket office.


3:30 p.m. Check out Osaka’s shopping and amusement center.

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Ride Subway Chuo Line from Tanimachi 4-chome to Osakako. The trip will take approximately 30 minutes.

During weekends, a lot of the locals go to
TEMPOZAN HARBOR VILLAGE, an amusement place located next to Osaka Bay. Home to the KAIYUKAN Aquarium, LEGOLAND® DISCOVERY CENTER OSAKA, cruises for daytime and night time, and a large shopping complex called Tempozan Marketplace, it offers enough activities to keep anyone preoccupied. Here’s a closer look at some of them: 

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Tempozan Marketplace is located at 1-1-10 Kaigandori, Minato-ku, Osaka. The shops (souvenir, clothes, merchandises, and snacks) and amusement areas (amusement arcade and mini zoo) are open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., the restaurants are open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., while fast-food restaurants are open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Naniwa Kuishinbo Yokocho
is a food theme park that is designed to look like Osaka in the 1960s. Have your fill of Kansai’s many specialties and take photos along Instagrammable streets. 

Naniwa Kuishinbo Yokocho is open from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m.

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You can find this 112.5-meter-tall Ferris wheel next to Tempozan Marketplace.

Of the
Giant Ferris Wheel’s 60 cabins, four are thrilling see-through cabins with glass floors that let you see through the bottom. Each cabin is spacious enough to accommodate eight people at a time, making it perfect for families. Three out of 60 cabins are made for persons with disabilities.

Tip: Ride the Ferris wheel in the late afternoon to see the beautiful sunset at Osaka Bay. 

Each ride lasts for 15 minutes. Discounts available by showing your KTP at the ticket office.

Provided by Karaksa Media Partner (4 March 2019)

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