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Route Osaka Umeda Sky Building Observation DeckUmeda JoypolisShin-Umeda Shokudo-gai (food mall)Osaka Garden CityOsaka Castle KeepAmerica MuraDotomboriShinsekaiSpa WorldTsutenkaku Tower (4 days,3 nights)

Airport/Sta. (Arrival/Departure) Osaka International Airport / Osaka International Airport

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1st day

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Osaka International Airport

about 10.6kmGoogle Transit

StayUmeda Sky Building Observation Deck

4.8

The sprawling Osaka City can be viewed from the top of the Umeda Sky Building, a futuristic twin-tower complex located at the center of the Kita district of Osaka. Affectionately dubbed "Arc de Tri...

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The sprawling Osaka City can be viewed from the top of the Umeda Sky Building, a futuristic twin-tower complex located at the center of the Kita district of Osaka. Affectionately dubbed "Arc de Triomphe of Osaka", the 170 meter-high complex has an 360-degree observatory at the top.

The observation deck, selected as one of the 100 most beautiful sunset-watching spots in Japan, is also a place to marvel at million-dollar night views. The restaurants and cafes on the 40th floor offer relaxation with good views. To take home a lasting moment of Osaka experience, drop in at souvenir shops on the 39th floor.

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Since I was born and grew up in Osaka, I know this spot well.
By the way, there are many other tourists spots in Osaka City, such as Dotombori, Shinsaibashi and Osaka castle. I can also guide these spots.
Please visit Osaka!

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2nd day

about 0.9kmGoogle Transit

SightseeeUmeda Joypolis

4.0

Umeda Joypolis is an indoor amusement park that occupies top two floors of the building with a red ferris wheel on top. The main attractions include "Wild River" that features an exciting ride thro...

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Umeda Joypolis is an indoor amusement park that occupies top two floors of the building with a red ferris wheel on top. The main attractions include "Wild River" that features an exciting ride through virtual river rapids, "Sky Cruising" in which you fly on a hang glider in lights and sound effects, and a scary doll house with 4D images with state-of-the-art technology.

This is one of the largest indoor amusement spot in the Kansai region. Both children and adults can have a lot of fun.

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about 0.2kmGoogle Transit

SightseeeShin-Umeda Shokudo-gai (food mall)

4.1

This is a 2-story food mall under the elevated railway east of JR Osaka station. There are around 100 eateries including varied izakaya and others offering okonomiyaki, Chinese treats and Western f...

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You can enjoy Japanese local food, such as kushikatsu or spitted cutlet, yakitori or grilled meat on a stick. Moreover,you can cht with local people.
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This is a 2-story food mall under the elevated railway east of JR Osaka station. There are around 100 eateries including varied izakaya and others offering okonomiyaki, Chinese treats and Western food. They are popular with office workers and tourists. Try a bar with no chairs for a tot of sake.

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You can enjoy Japanese local food, such as kushikatsu or spitted cutlet, yakitori or grilled meat on a stick. Moreover,you can cht with local people.

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Shin-Umeda Shokudo-gai (food mall)Shin-Umeda Shokudo-gai (food mall)Shin-Umeda Shokudo-gai (food mall)

about 0.6kmGoogle Transit

SightseeeOsaka Garden City

3.8

Osaka Garden City is the complex of high-rise buildings in the west of the Umeda district. The complex includes the 40-story Herbis Osaka that houses a high-end hotel and a shopping mall. There are...

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Osaka Garden City is the complex of high-rise buildings in the west of the Umeda district. The complex includes the 40-story Herbis Osaka that houses a high-end hotel and a shopping mall. There are uniquely shaped art and IT schools, commercial and industrial buildings and a cluster of underground walkways, malls and train stations.

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Osaka Garden City

about 3.3kmGoogle Transit

StayOsaka Castle Keep

4.5

This castle was originally built in 1583 for Toyotomi Hideyoshi as a symbol of unification of Japan and was the largest castle at the time. In the 1620s, the ruling Tokugawa family reconstructed th...

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Osaka castle is one of the biggest and well-known castles in Japan. It sits on the hill of "houenzaka" and attracts so many visitors from all over the world because of its magnificent size and beauty. The inside of the main t...
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This castle was originally built in 1583 for Toyotomi Hideyoshi as a symbol of unification of Japan and was the largest castle at the time. In the 1620s, the ruling Tokugawa family reconstructed the castle and added watch towers and stone walls. The present reinforced concrete structure of the castle keep dates back to 1931 and miraculously survived the WWII air raids.

The castle keep is similar in design to that of Himeji Castle and surrounded by a huge garden area with expansive moats. The entrance level floor now has a threater that plays videos about the history. The top floor offers a panoramic view of the city. The illumination of the castle is also stunning after dark. It is warned that you can take an elevator to the 6th floor but have to climb stairs down all the way.

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Osaka castle is one of the biggest and well-known castles in Japan. It sits on the hill of "houenzaka" and attracts so many visitors from all over the world because of its magnificent size and beauty. The inside of the main tower has been completely renovated and turned into a museum where historically valuable items are exhibited. You can learn the history of the castle and appreciate its presence. During the cherry blossom season(usually early April), you can see the castle from the osakajou park(Osaka castle park) where over 200 cherry trees are in full blossom.

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Since I was born and grew up near the Osaka castle, I know this spot well.
The castle surrounded by big stone wall and moat is one of the biggest castle in Japan.
By the way,there are many other tourists spots in Osaka City, such as Dotombori, Shinsaibashi and Umeda Sky building. I can also guide these spots.
Please visit Osaka!!

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Osaka castle was the impregnable fortress, but surrendered to the Tokugawa Shogunate. The various miniature models and documents on dislay inside the castle tower serve to help us understand how suplended and gigantic the castle was.

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大阪城可以说我们大阪人的骄傲。
出生于贫穷农民家的丰臣秀吉统一天下后,在大阪建的当时规模最大的城堡,就是大阪城。
现在可以参观的天守阁虽然后来重新建的,但是我们可以感觉到大阪城的悠久历史。
如果你对大阪的历史没有兴趣也没问题。
整个大阪城现在已成为一个很大的公园,里面拥有桃花园和梅花林,还有好多颗樱花树。
走走公园里也很舒服!

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3rd day

about 3kmGoogle Transit

SightseeeAmerica Mura

4.4

America Mura, also know as Ame-Mura, is a youth-focused retail and entertainment area near Shinsaibashi in the Minami district of Osaka. In 1970s, the blocks formerly bristled with warehouses turne...

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Americamura(American village) is a shopping district close to dotonbori where you can buy vintage clothes, jeans, accessories, second-hand records. There are so many unique clothing stores, small accessories shops, and flea markets in t...
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America Mura, also know as Ame-Mura, is a youth-focused retail and entertainment area near Shinsaibashi in the Minami district of Osaka. In 1970s, the blocks formerly bristled with warehouses turned into a retail center of second-hand clothes, records and accessories imported from the US west coast and Hawaii, thus called "America Village" by mass media.

In addition to hip, offbeat shops with unique merchandising, this retail space is a good spot to observe the latest fads of Japanese teens, as well as pleasant monuments and artistic objects. A sleepless haunt of youngsters, Ame-Mura is busy with bars and nightclubs, attracting hordes of wannabe musicians, designers and dancers at night.

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Americamura(American village) is a shopping district close to dotonbori where you can buy vintage clothes, jeans, accessories, second-hand records. There are so many unique clothing stores, small accessories shops, and flea markets in the area so that the area is always crowded with young people. You can appreciate “Osaka’s” hip and trendy fashion by observing young people. Also, at Americamura, you experience “Takoyaki” and other local tasty cuisines. Let’s enjoy studying “Osaka’s” latest fashion while nibbling delicious “Takoyaki” with me.

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about 0.6kmGoogle Transit

SightseeeDotombori

4.9

Osaka is known as the city of "kuidaore" which translates as eating oneself to financial ruins. You will find this mantra really true in Dotombori. There are stalls serving hot steaming takoyaki an...

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Dotombori is one of the most well-known spots where the typicl local foods are available at the reasonable costs, and it is always crowded not only with the tourists but also with the local people. For instance, the gigantic crab mod...
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Osaka is known as the city of "kuidaore" which translates as eating oneself to financial ruins. You will find this mantra really true in Dotombori. There are stalls serving hot steaming takoyaki and restaurants with colorful neon lights that allure you to Osakan treats such as okonomiyaki (grilled savory pancake), kushikatsu (deep fried skewers), fugu (puffy fish) and kani (crab).

This gourmet strip is easy to spot as the over-the-top, 3-D signs including Glico Running Man and Kani Doraku Crab welcome you at the south entrance. The walkways along a canal (Dotombori-gawa) that runs parallel to the street is a good place to stroll after dinner.

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Dotombori is one of the most well-known spots where the typicl local foods are available at the reasonable costs, and it is always crowded not only with the tourists but also with the local people.

For instance, the gigantic crab model which operates mechanically will motivate you to enjoy a variety of crab dishes. Please enjoy the authentic Osaka specialities in Dotombori.

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This place is most famous bustling area in Osaka.Since I was born and grew up in Osaka, I know this area too much.I can show you many interesting spots in this area.

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If you want to enjoy Osaka's local food, this is the right place for you to be. In Osaka, Takoyaki, Okonomiyaki and Udon noodle are must. You can enjoy them here and you can also enjoy big signs which are worth seeing.
There is a nice shopping arcade near by , where you can find lots of interesting and unique goods. Let us find a new world visiting here.

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I grew up in this unique and one of a kind city. As the review explains, Osaka(locals call "Minami") offers a wide variety of tasty cuisines that will satisfy your palate. The city also boasts many historical sites such as Osaka castle(one of the largest in Japan), Sumiyoshi shrine, Shitennouji temple and so on. You will surly be impressed by their appearances and significant values. Its easy access to Kyoto, Nara, and Kobe(roughly within an hour) attracts so many tourists as well. I will be glad to show you around this lovely city.

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about 1.9kmGoogle Transit

SightseeeShinsekai

3.8

The Shinsekai district, home to the 103m-high Tsutenkaku Tower, gives you a feel of how things used to be decades past. Contrary to its name meaning 'new world', the area is a throwback to good old...

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Everytime I come to this place, It makes me feel nostalgic about 70s and 80s eras. There are many oddly flashy signs welcome visitors. In this district, streets are always crowded with people of all ages looking to eat cheap and yummy k...
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The Shinsekai district, home to the 103m-high Tsutenkaku Tower, gives you a feel of how things used to be decades past. Contrary to its name meaning 'new world', the area is a throwback to good old days of Osaka.

In the every corner of town is the suspicious looking statue called Billiken, a deity of prosperity. Almost all the eateries, souvenir stalls, cinemas, theaters and game arcades are something from a 1970s science fiction movie. The streets are gaudy, bustling, vigorous and energetic. There are many eateries offering kushikatu (skewed pork) and takoyaki. You cannot leave Osaka without eating these two!

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Everytime I come to this place, It makes me feel nostalgic about 70s and 80s eras. There are many oddly flashy signs welcome visitors. In this district, streets are always crowded with people of all ages looking to eat cheap and yummy kushikatu(deep-fried skewered meats and vegitables) or just to stroll around the district for something else. You can feel the peculiar but livly side of Osaka when you visit here.

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This is an amazing place in Osaka . What makes this place special is that you can enjoy old good Osaka!
I've been living in Osaka, but when I visit here, I feel I am enjoying time traveling. Why not enjoy another face of Osaka?

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about 0.2kmGoogle Transit

StaySpa World

4.4

Spa World is a massive bathhouse complex with a multitude of pools on different European and Asian themes. The 4th floor of European themes ranging from Roman, Mediterranean and Greek baths to F...

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Spa World is a massive bathhouse complex with a multitude of pools on different European and Asian themes.

The 4th floor of European themes ranging from Roman, Mediterranean and Greek baths to Finnish saunas, Atlantis and cavernous concepts. The 6th floor of Asia themes houses a series of oriental baths from ancient Persia to Japan and from the Middle East to Southeast Asia. One floor is for women and the other for men, switching every month.

The complex also has a floor with normal pools and water slides, where you need to ware bathing suits. If you want exercise, there is a floor for gym as well.

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4th day

about 0.3kmGoogle Transit

SightseeeTsutenkaku Tower

4.3

This tower has been an iconic landmark of Osaka since its construction in 1912. The design was inspired by the Arch of Triumph and the Eiffel Tower, for Paris was the model for this area's urban pl...

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This tower has been an iconic landmark of Osaka since its construction in 1912. The design was inspired by the Arch of Triumph and the Eiffel Tower, for Paris was the model for this area's urban planning. It was the highest structure in the East at that time, standing at 64m. The current 103m-high tower was erected in 1956.

On the fifth floor of the observatory sits a statue of the tower's mascot Billiken. This elf-like creature with a naughty smile is a god of prosperity that is believed to endow a good fortune if you rub the soles of his feet. Nearly a million people visit here annually for good views of Osaka.

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You can go up to the observatory by using the coupon. There is a fantastic shopping mall near by.

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about 16.6kmGoogle Transit

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Osaka International Airport