• Osaka Castle

Osaka Holidays

Osaka was once the capital of Japan and nowadays is the country's second city. Explore the landscaped grounds of Osaka castle park, Sumiyoshi shrine and museums before losing yourself in Osaka's vibrant food scene and shopping streets. Foodies will be spoilt for choice with over 100 Michelin-starred restaurants in the city but there are also plenty of local cafes and street food on offer too. After a good meal enjoy an evening Bunraku puppet show in the entertainment quarter to get a feel of 'old' Osaka.

A couple of nights in Osaka is ideal twinned with nearby Kyoto, only 30 minutes away by train.

Destination Highlights
  • Castles and Temples
  • Great dining scene
  • Universal Studios Japan
  • Osaka Aquarium
  • Museums

    No trip to Japan would be complete without visiting some of the country's many historical sights and Osaka Castle is one such must-see in the city. Originally constructed in the 1500's, the castle was completely destroyed by Tokugawa troops in 1615, before being rebuilt in the 1620's. The Osaka Castle Park is particularly popular during cherry blossom season (usually late March or early April) and this time of year makes for some particularly special photos. Another of Osaka's must-see's is Shitennoji - one of the country's oldest temples founded in the year 593. Unfortunately the temple has had to be rebuilt several times since but still maintains its original design and charm.

  • Theme Parks

    Those keen to learn more about Japanese history and culture will find a selection of museums worth visiting in the city. Head to the National Art Museum to discover a fantastic range of Japanese contemporary art along with other special exhibitions. Or spend some time learning about the history of Osaka, Japan's first capital at the History Museum. For something slightly different, the Science Museum is particularly good for families with its interactive displays, planetarium and Imax cinema.

  • Shopping

    Home to Universal Studios and the recently opened Wizzarding World of Harry Potter, Osaka comes up trumps for family fun! Set in the Osaka Bay Area, Universal Studios Japan is divided into eight zones bursting with amusement rides and simulators. Daily shows and parades featuring characters such as Hello Kitty, Snoopy and Sesame Street are a great hit with younger children, while Harry Potter fans of all ages will love exploring the meticulous recreation of the series at the park's newest zone!

  • Good Food

    A mecca for retail therapy, Osaka has several different shopping districts where you can purchase pretty much anything and everything you could think of. From designer malls to local craft shops you'll find it all here. In the north of the city Umeda is the place to go, while in the south head to Namba. Shinsaibashi is one of the city's most popular arcades and is bursting with boutiques, brand name shops and restaurants, while Tenjinbashi arcade offers a huge selection of local shops and lower prices.

  • Robert, Destination Specialist

    Robert

    Destination Specialist

    The best place to stay in Osaka is the Shinsaibashi district, it's a lively place with a great atmosphere and loads of places to shop and eat.

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