Insta-Worthy Places You Can Visit in Osaka
Your trip to Osaka isn't complete without hitting these five Instagrammable spots.
Ranked three in the 2018 most livable cities in the world list by the Economist Intelligence Unit's
Global Liveability Index, Osaka is a dynamic city that’s teeming with historical and cultural
gems. It offers unique Instagram-worthy attractions for everyone, whether you’re hoping to
discover a traditional Japanese temple, a bustling food district, or a contemporary architectural
Here are some spots you should definitely check out:
There’s a lot to see and do on the grounds of this popular landmark first built in 1583. You can
explore the gardens (it’s a well-visited site for cherry blossom viewing in springtime), ride a
golden wasen (wooden boat) along the moat, or discover the castle’s tumultuous past by going
up the central tower.
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Osaka Castle is located at 1-1 Osakajo, Chuo Ward, Osaka, 540-0002 and is open daily from
9am to 5pm except December 28 to January 1. You can contact them at +81-6-6941-3044 or
visit their website. You can go down at Osakajokoen Station (JR West Osaka Loop Line) or Tanimachi Yonchome Station (Tanimachi and Chuo subway lines) and make your way by foot.
Umeda Sky Building
This 568-feet structure is an architectural wonder consisting of two 40-story buildings connected at the top. See a stunning 360-degree view of the entire city from high above the Kuchu Teien Observatory on the 39th level. If you’re traveling with your partner, go at night to see the twinkling night lights, sit on a heart-shaped deck, and place a heart lock to celebrate your bond.
Umeda Sky Building is located at 1 Chome-1-87 Oyodonaka, Kita Ward, Osaka, 531-6023 and
is open from 9:30am to 10:30pm. You may contact them at +81-6-6440-3855 or visit their
website. You can either alight at JR Osaka Station, Hankyu Umeda Station, or Osaka Metro Umeda Station then walk all the way to the Umeda Sky Building.
Get your fill of authentic Japanese fare such as takoyaki and okonomiyaki from the numerous stalls and restaurants located in this famed food district. Gracing the building facades are neon- lit, over-the-top signage all clamoring for customers’ attention. Not to be missed is a snapshot with the popular Glico Running Man billboard from the Ebisu Bridge!
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Dotonbori is located at 1 Chome-9 Dotonbori, Chuo Ward, Osaka, 542-0071 and is open 24 hours daily. You can contact them at +81-6-6211-4542 or visit their website. You can reach Dotonbori via a short walk from Namba Station (Subway Midosuji Line Exit No.14), Sennichimae Line (Nankai railway), or Osaka Namba Station (Kintetsu railway).
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Universal Studios Japan
This is the closest you’ll get to entering Harry Potter’s extraordinary world in Asia. Savor a cup of Butterbeer in front of Hogwarts Castle, buy a special wand at Ollivanders to cast your spells, or simply soak in the magical sites in Hogsmeade whipped up by JK Rowling’s creative mind.
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Universal Studios Japan is located at 2 Chome-1
Sakurajima, Konohana Ward, Osaka, 554-0031 and is usually open from 9am to 8pm. Make
sure to check their website for updated business hours. You can contact them at +81-5-7020-
0606 or visit their website. It’s a 6-minute travel from the Osaka Station to the Nishikuju Station via JR Osaka Loop Line. From there, it’s a 5-minute ride to the Universal City Station via the JR Yumesaki Line.
Kuromon Ichiba Market
This 580-meter-long indoor market sells a variety of fresh produce and seafood ranging from raw sushi to pickled vegetables to colorful blooms. Kuromon Ichiba has been christened as “Osaka’s Kitchen” since it has been serving the local community for over 190 years. With over 150 stalls to choose from, foodies will enjoy taking pictures of the sumptuous eats and filling their bellies afterwards.
Kuromon Ichiba Market is located at 2 Chome-4-1 Nipponbashi, Chuo Ward, Osaka, 542-0073
and is open daily from 9am to 6pm. You can contact them at +81-6-6631-0007 or visit their
website. The market is right outside Exit No. 10 of the Nippombashi Station. You can get there by riding the train from the Kintetsu/Hanshin Sannomiya Station or Nara Station.
Which of these Instagrammable places will you add to your Osaka bucket list?