If you are looking for a travel destination where you can enjoy both the city and suburban life, well, Osaka is definitely the country you should visit. Granted, you might not be able to feel the hustle and bustle from the Shibuya Crossing in Tokyo or visit Shrines like in Kyoto, but you will find yourself experiencing the best of both worlds.
For those who are looking at a short getaway to Osaka, this might be a country where you’ll wish to visit in time to come – or even next month!
1. Spa World
Also known as the Onsen from around the world, Spa World provides onsen from different travel zones like the European or Asian zone where you can experience basking in cities like Ancient Rome, Greece or even Bali! There’s even a sauna or swimming area for you to choose from too!
2. Hogwarts Castle, Universal Studios Japan
Here, you can immerse yourselves in the Wizarding World of Hogwarts, where you can find the stories produced in an overwhelming scale that is incredibly akin to the one in the movies.
There, you can also go on a tour of a Hogwarts castle – Dumbledore’s office, the Gryffindor common room – that has been recreated on a grand scale with meticulous attention to detail!. You can even grab a cup of ButterBeer while you are at it!
3. Kuromon Ichiba Market
If you are in search of the freshest sashimi in Osaka, Kuromon Ichiba Market should be the place to visit. There, you can find the cheapest and freshest sashimi for sale and it’s also the best place to shop for the local goods!
Don’t forget to pop by this stall selling fresh Tuna Belly and Tuna Sashimi while you are there!
4. Osaka Castle
Also the best attraction for sight-seeing around the area! This tourist spot is also sought-after during seasons like Spring and Autumn for their gorgeous cherry blossoms and maple leaves!
Don’t forget to go up to the castle where a picturesque view awaits!
5. Umeda Sky Building
For those who are looking at capturing the night view of Osaka, you should definitely give Umeda Sky Building a visit. Located 60-stories above ground, couples can also purchase locks where you can fasten them at the love lock grids located up there!
6. Dontonburi / Shinsaibashi Shopping District
Shopaholics, this one’s for you! The Dontonburi or Shinsaibashi Shopping District is one of the most hyped up shopping districts in Osaka, where you can also catch a glimpse of the famous running man in the video.
You can also take the chance to grab some souvenirs back home as well!
7. Momofuku Ando Instant Ramen Museum
A museum where you can personalize your very own cup noodles? Yes please! Other than finding out more about the Instant Ramen in Osaka, this museum is also great for bringing souvenirs home!
8. Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan recreates the natural environment of the aquatic animals’ landscapes with over 15 aquatic tanks to choose from. You can spend an entire day there and you’ll never be bored!
9. Dontonburi Konamon Museum
Here, you can not only eat Takoyaki, you can also learn more about them and even create them yourselves! Takoyaki is Osaka’s soul food, so this is definitely one place you’ve got to visit! Plus, you can even bring the Takoyaki wax samples home as souvenirs!
10. Nara Deer Park
Okay, this is not exactly in Osaka but since you are already in Osaka, you should just travel out to give Nara Deer Park a visit. There, you will be able to spot roaming deers all around the area and you can also buy biscuits from the street vendors to feed them!
However, since the deers are always around, those who are afraid of animals might want to give this place a miss!
This article was first published on Goodyfeed.com