Top 5 Tourist Destinations in Osaka, Japan

Osaka Castle – constructed in the 16th century, the castle is a famous  landmark not just in Osaka but in the whole of Japan. Inside the castle are important history bearing  artifacts on display for educational and amusement purposes.

 Open Hours: 9:00 to 17:00
Entrance Fee: 600 yen

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Nishinomaru Garden – is a lawn garden surrounding Osaka Castle with hundreds of cherry blossom trees. Watching the castle from the garden is best at any season of the year. Visitors can have a drink at the tea house and vending machines provided. A fee will be collected at the entrance.

Open Hours:
9:00 to 17:00 until 16:30 November – February
Until 21:00 during the cherry blossom season.
Fees 200 yen (350 yen during the extended hours of the cherry blossom season)

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Dotonbori –  is a huge downtown area along the Dotonbori-gawa Canal. This place has an overwhelming number of restaurants, shopping malls / stores and amusements. It is best to visit Dotonbori at night, huge illuminated signages light up making it more of a scene from a Hollywood movie. The crowd at night is astonishing and you will find almost everything here. From shoes, clothes, restaurants, video arcades  and even entertainment theaters.  Some stores and restaurants are open 24 hours.

Address: 1 Chome Dotonbori, Chuo Ward, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture 542-0071, Japan

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Universal Studios Osaka – one of the most exciting places in Japan. Universal studios have 5 Roller coasters and numerous number of rides. For those who like to have an adrenaline rush, this place is a must.

Check entrance fee and schedule: Universal Studio

Address: 2 Chome-1-33 Sakurajima, Konohana Ward, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture 554-0031, Japan


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Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan – One of the most renowned aquarium in Japan. It has 15 large tanks that hold different types of aquatic species. They have regular exhibition for visitors.

 

Address: 1 Chome-1-10 Kaigandori, Minato Ward, Osaka,
Osaka Prefecture 552-0022, Japan
Open Hours: 10:00AM – 8:00PM

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Osaka Travel Pass:

There are multiple travel passes that you can use depending on your travel style. Here is a list of significant travel passes for solo and budget travelers.

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Osaka Amazing Pass ( for Osaka area) – allows an unlimited use of trains, buses and trams for 1 day with discounts on popular tourist site, restaurants and shops. Available at Kansai Information Center Kansai International Airport
1-day pass: 2,300 yen (adult)
2-day pass: 3,000 yen (adult)

Kansai Thru Pass – unlimited use of public transportation in Kansai area. Available in 2-day and 3-day passes.
2-day pass: 4,000 yen (adult) 2,000 yen (child)
3-day pass: 5,200 yen (adult) 2,600 (child)

Osaka Visitor’s Ticket – good for visitor’s who would like to travel Osaka city center for 1 whole day. Allows unlimited rides on buses, trains and trams.
1-day pass: 550 yen (adult)

JR West Rail Pass – for travelers who want to travel around Kansai for a day or more. Good for traveling to Osaka, Kyoto, Kobe, Himeji, Nara via JR. You can use this card traveling from Kansai International Airport.
1 day pass – 2,300 yen (adult)
2-day pass – 4, 500 yen (adult)
3-day pass – 5,500 yen (adult)
4-day pass – 6,500 yen (adult)
Child – half of the regular adult price

Kyoto – Osaka Sightseeing Pass – unlimited rides for Keihan Railway and Otokoyama Cable Line. This is best for travelers who wants to visit Kyoto and Osaka.
1-day pass: 700 yen (adult) 350 yen (child)
2-day pass: 1,000 yen (adult) 500 yen (child)
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