Osaka

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When it comes down to planning your day-to-day list of things to do, ShermansTravel experts have you covered. To make sure you get the most out of your vacation, we recommend the can't-miss museums and attractions, as well as the off-the-path activities and unique local experiences that will make your trip truly memorable.

Things to do in Osaka

Dotonbori and Ebisubashi

Unrivaled in both numbers and diversity, this people-watching mecca is chock-a-block with restaurants, shops, and clubs. Friends meet on Ebisu Bridge (bashi) or stroll narrow, river-bordering Dontonburi, lit by neon billboards.

North of Namba Stations,
Tags: things to do | free

Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan

One of the world’s largest aquariums features a Pacific Rim theme that focuses on the interdependence of all life. High-tech presentations and a large variety of sea-life – from whale sharks to penguins – make it great for families.

Minato-ku, 1-1-10 Kaigan-dori, 011-81-6-6576-5501, www.kaiyukan.com
Tags: family | things to do | wildlife | aquarium

Osaka Castle

Shoguns and samurai come alive at this eight-story castle, originally built in 1580, housing a museum. Ancient artifacts and modern holograms tell of the castle and its builder, Hideyoshi Toyotomi.

Chuo-ku, 1-1 Osaka-jo, 011-81-6-6941-3044, www.osakacastle.net
Tags: family | things to do | architecture | history

Spa World

The Japanese love their bathhouses. Take the plunge at massive Spa World, with its multitude of theme pools and hot springs open 23 hours a day.

Naniwa-ku, 3-2-24 Ebisu-higashi, 011-81-6-6631-0001
Tags: local favorite | things to do

The Museum of Oriental Ceramics

Korean, Japanese, and Chinese ceramics displayed under computer-simulated natural lighting showcases top-notch glazes at their best. Three-hundred pieces are exhibited from a collection nearly ten times the size.

Kita-ku, 1-1-26 Nakanoshima, 011-81-6-6223-0055, www.moco.or.jp/en
Tags: things to do | culture | museum

Universal Studios Japan

Hollywood themed rides – from thrilling rollercoasters to the kid-friendly E.T. ride – bring the magic of movies to life at this amusement park.

Konohana-ku, 2-1-33 Sakurajima, 011-81-6-6465-3000, www.usj.co.jp
Tags: family | things to do | amusement park

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