First Time in Osaka: 5 Things to Do and See

Osaka is the second largest city in the country and is among the most entertaining ones. With its vibrant culture, rich history and hundreds of incredible activities, Osaka has something for everyone including sports, theatre, shopping and restaurants. There are plenty of amazing hotels and hostels in Osaka ranging from simple budget ones to luxurious 5-star villas. To learn more about Osaka accommodation at best prices visit

The foodie’s heaven

Head to Eat Osaka to learn all there is to learn about Japanese cuisine. Eat Osaka offers cooking lessons on street food and home dishes as well as iconic traditional meals like miso soup, ginger and pork on rice, and okonomiyaki. Get a taste of Japan’s kitchen while you learn the best ways to prepare amazing dishes and mouth-watering delicacies. And you get to sample lots of yummy foods as well!

Osaka Castle and Park

Arguably the most fascinating and popular attraction in Osaka, the beautiful Osaka castle is an ancient building that has seen its fair share of history. It played an important role during the unification of Japan back in the 16th century during the Azuchi-Momoyama period. The castle’s gates and walls have remained intact since those times, although the whole structure itself has been renovated several times. The castle’s park is truly spectacular, featuring hundreds of cherry blossom trees that look gorgeous in spring time.

The Instant Ramen Museum

This fun and engaging museum is perfect for both children and adults. Not many people know that Osaka is the place where instant noodles were born, thus, there’s a whole museum dedicated to this meal. You will learn about different types of instant noodles, their history and the reason they became so popular all over the world. You can also design your own noodles with different tastes and spices at the ‘cup noodle factory’. It’s a great experience for the whole family!

Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan

Head to the huge aquarium that features dozens of animal species including mammals that live on the shore and different kinds of fish. Start from the top of the aquarium where on-shore species of animals are presented in a natural setting and go deeper down to enjoy whale sharks, stingrays, dolphins and many other marine animals. Some of them can even be petted!

Taiko Lab

Taiko are traditional Japanese drums that have existed for centuries. Taiko Lab Osaka organizes lessons that introduce all participants to this particular type of drum along with its history and playing technique. You will learn how to make sounds with the drum and follow simple rhythm patterns. At the end of the lesson you’ll get a chance to make a small performance with everything you’ve learned in Taiko Lab Osaka.

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