25 Things to do in Osaka | Japan Travel Guide ??

25 Things to do in Osaka | Japan Travel Guide ??

Welcome to Osaka (大阪市)! Affectionately known as
Japan’s Kitchen, this was the first stop or our trip and a wonderful place to eat. We
dove straight into the local cuisine visiting markets, street food stalls, and restaurants
that required ordering from ticket vending machines. But our trip to Osaka (大阪市) wasn’t all
food. In between all the eating, we also managed to visit towering skyscrapers, hidden temples,
and retro gaming arcades – all of them complete surprises. So if you’re curious about what
there is to see and do in this city, stick around and let us show you 25 things to do
in Osaka, Japan! Alright, guys, so we are currently visiting Shitennoji (四天王寺), which is a
Buddhist temple and this is actually a pretty large complex. Like it’s made up of various
parts, and we are starting off in the Japanese Gardens. We paid 300 yen per person to access
this area. You’ve got like little streams, and little ponds, lots of trails where you
can walk around, and yeah, we’re just going to enjoy this for a little bit before we continue
to the main part of the temple. Founded in the year 593 this is the oldest officially
administered temple in Japan, though the buildings you see today have been rebuilt over the course
of the centuries. This temple is named after the shitenno: the four heavenly kings of the
Buddhist tradition said to guard the world from evil. We found the golden fish. Look
at that! Glowing in the sun. You go fish! So we just finished visiting the Shitennoji
Shrine (四天王寺), unfortunately, part of it is under renovation so we couldn’t visit the 5-story
pagoda, but instead, we’ve crossed over to Tennoji Park (天王寺公園), so we’re just walking through
here now. And again, it’s so tranquil, so peaceful, beautiful summer day. Sam’s having
fun photographing. – I’m loving it. – How’s it going? – I’ve had my camera out all day
and it’s just gorgeous. And it’s nice that we’re kind of starting out by exploring some
green spaces here in the city. It’s been a really fun time. This next place is the Horikoshi
Shrine (堀越寺) and we stumbled upon it completely by chance. It was like a miniature version
of the torii gates that we would eventually encounter at the Fushimi Inari Shrine once
we reached Kyoto. And then we found this oasis in the middle of Osaka (大阪市): the Keitakuen Garden (慶沢園).
So next attraction here in Tennoji Park (天王寺公園). So we’re visiting Keitakuen Garden (慶沢園) and the tickets
were only 150 each. Mmmmhmmm. So really good price. Again, it’s another beautiful green
escape here. It’s tranquil, it’s lovely. It’s so nice to just wander around, and we’ve been
actually just finding little places to sit down and take it all in. Alright guys, so
we were melting. It is so hot outside! So we decided, we need some ice cream. We got
some green tea matcha (抹茶アイスクリーム) soft-serve. Oh yeah. Looks good. Let’s cool down. Looks so good.
I think the temperatures were as high as 30 today, so. Yeah, and the ice cream is melting
fast so let’s do this. Let’s do this! And this right here is going to be our next stop.
Abeno Harukas (あべのハルカス). We’re going to this skyscraper for some views of Osaka (大阪市). Alright guys, so
we made it to the Abeno Harukas Building (あべのハルカス), and we are currently on the 16th floor. We
took the elevator up and they have a garden on the 16th floor of the skyscraper. Like
this is pretty cool. And admission is free of charge. You get amazing views of Osaka,
and you can even go up higher. They have an observation deck you can pay for, but honestly,
the views from this garden are pretty cool. This is currently the tallest building in
Japan standing 300 meters tall and 62 stories high. We only went part of the way up, but
the views were impressive! Osaka Castle Park (大阪城公園) is a large urban park complete with shrines,
gardens, moats, and its namesake landmark: Osaka Castle (大阪城公園). It’s a nice place for a stroll,
especially on a weekend. And now here’s Osaka Castle itself. The original castle was built
in the year 1583, though it’s needed some serious reconstructions and renovations many
times over. It’s quite the sight from the outside, and we also paid to go up to the
8th-floor observation deck which offers 360-degree views. Alright guys, so we made it to the
top! Made it. We had to climb eight floors. It was a bit of a sweatfest. It was also crowded
too. And you also know there is an option to take the elevator if you want to, it’s
just the lines were way too long. There were too many people. We legged it up instead.
Alright, so time for thoughts on Osaka Castle (大阪城公園). Yeah, so our, basically, the concensus is
we enjoyed it more from the outside than the inside. The complex area itself is quite impressive,
just walking around and seeing the castle from different vantage points. I would agree.
It’s incredible. But inside, we chose to go on a weekend, which was a bad decision in
hindsight. It was packed. So many people! Packed inside. Umm, the best part were the
views at the top. There were some really nice views. But, you can get better views in Osaka (大阪市),
and we’re going to show you those later in this video. Yeah, exactly. Alright guys, so
next up, we are visiting the Namba Yasaka Shrine (難波八阪神社), which is shaped like the head of a
lion. It’s pretty unusual. I’ve never seen anything like it. And the idea is that the
lion is meant to swallow any evil spirits, and it’s also a popular place where people
come to pray if they want to do well in business or in their education. So yeah, cool little
spot here. Another place that can’t be missing on your list of things to do in Osaka is:
Dotonbori (道頓堀). This is one of the main tourist areas in the city, and it’s a place known
for its nightlife and entertainment. We visited by day and got a much tamer experience of
the place, but you can expect lots of neon, billboards and massive signs that let you
know each restaurants’ specialities. One big reason why we visited Dotonbori (道頓堀) was to enjoy
the street food! There are countless food stands in this area, and it was our mission
to hit them up! We tried taiyaki, kushikatsu, gyoza, and takoyaki, among other things. This
is actually a dish that originated in Osaka in the 30s. So if you come here, like you
have to try takoyaki. It’s just mandatory. How could you no? Look at these little balls.
It’s one of the most iconic food items you can try in Osaka (大阪市) for sure. Piping hot. Piping
hot. While you’re in the neighbourhood, you can also check out the Kuromon Ichiba (黒門市場),
a covered market often nicknamed Osaka’s Kitchen. There are shops selling fish, meat
and vegetables, but you can also find stands serving street food. One final tip: don’t
forget to look up because this market has some cool seafood-themed signs. Alright guys,
so ‘m getting number 6, ramen with soft-boiled seasoned egg. And Sam is going for number
11, meat-filled wonton dumplings. Still talking about food here, another dish that we really
wanted to try in Osaka was ramen (ラーメン). We had this in Dotonbori (道頓堀) where we ordered it from a vending
machine and then had it served inside the restaurant. Sam got the ramen with dumplings,
and I ordered ramen (ラーメン) with a perfectly soft boiled egg. Okay, Sam, how thrilled are you
about this bowl in front of you? Beyond. So, I mean, look how big this is. Check this out
guys. Oh my gosh! It’s huge. And this is just the regular size. You could actually upgrade
and get a bigger one. Yes, you can do one and a half times, or twice as big. And it’s
not that much more. I decided to get mine with dumplings. See the dumplings there. They
look a bit like momos, the shape. So it looks like there’s some cabbage. We also have lots
of noodles, and some pork. Oooo, look at that! Slurps up! Haha, did you just say slurps up?
Like bottoms up? Like surf’s up. Mmmm, these are really nice noodles. Let’s dig on in.
First of all, the egg, the egg! You’ve been very patient filming me eat mine. Yes, I just
love egg. And I want to cut this open to show you how they cook it to perfection here. Wow.
Look at those colours. It’s not too soft, not too hard. It’s just right. This is how
I love my eggs and it is so hard to get them this way. Whenever I try making them at home,
I usually overcook or undercook them. It’s usually a cooking fail. So sad. And let’s
bite into this magic right here. I’m not a huge fan of egg so it’s less magical for me
than it is for you. Mmmm. Isn’t that good? It’s amazing. That egg looks so good I might
even like it. That saying a lot! Noooo. That’s saying a lot. You’re going to have to share.
We’ve talked about Japanese food quite a bit already, but another dish that needs to
be added to the list is okonomiyaki (お好み焼き). This is a very popular dish in Osaka (大阪市), and it’s
best described as a savoury pancake with toppings that vary by region. We ordered two different
kinds: one with pork and another with seafood. Both were topped with a bbq sauce, mayonnaise
and bonito flakes that dance in the heat. There are restaurants where you can cook it
yourself or have it prepared for you. We had quite a bit of help at our table, but it was
a really fun food experience! Let’s sprinkle a little bit of this on. Whatever it may be.
And aside from that, we can’t forget the bonito flakes. Yes! These are the ones that dance
in the heat. Yeah, they dance. Look at that. That’s the best way I can describe it. They
look like they’re alive. Yes. Look at them moving. They are moving right now as you see.
Fish flakes. Fish flakes, load it up. Let’s try this! In he goes. Oh my gosh, it is so
hot and warm. That is steaming. A lot! Just trying to grab a bit of everything. Let’s
try not to burn yourself. Oh my gosh, that is so good! Yeah? It’s one of those dishes
where it’s like where have you been all my life? I’ve been in Japan! I’ve been waiting
for you in Japan. If you’re looking for things to do in Osaka at night, we’d recommend
checking out the views from Umeda Sky Building (梅田スカイビル). The structure consists of two towers that
are connected by glass-tunnel escalators and an open-air observation deck at the very top.
The views from there are pretty spectacular! While in Osaka (大阪市), we also made sure to try a
typical Japanese breakfast. The highlight: grilled fish and delicious miso. The lowlight:
a raw egg and natto. The latter is a fermented soybean with an off-putting slimy texture.
And it looks like a really nice piece of fish. I like how you’re using the chopsticks as
a fork and knife. Yes, definitely. Why not, right? Take it for a big swim. I think I’m
going to grab a little rice with it. Oh, wow. Mmmm. The fish is so tender it just melts
in your mouth. And I love the soy ginger sauce too. Mmmm, oh that’s really good. It’s nice
to be having protein in the morning as well. So next up we are vising the Osaka Museum
of Housing and Living. It is on the 8th floor of this building. We had some trouble finding
it, but now, you know. We didn’t visit too many museums in Osaka, but one that we particularly
enjoyed was the Museum of Housing and Living. This museum recreates how the streets and
buildings of Osaka (大阪市) would have looked like during the Edo Period. They also have a kimono
experience where you can dress up and take photos, however, we visited on a weekend so
there was a long wait time for that! As you can probably already tell, food was a major
focus of our trip to Osaka (大阪市), and one food experience that we couldn’t miss out on was conveyer
belt sushi (回転寿司)! We ate at Kura Sushi, which is a sushi chain where you can get plates for
¥100 – the equivalent of $1 US Dollar. A bit of wasabi! Whoa-ho, he’s being adventurous
with that wasabi. Yup, gonna mix that around a bit. Alright, let’s try this. One biter,
right? Yup. One biter or go home. Mmmmm. How is that? It’s absolutely wonderful. I’ve been
craving salmon so much, and to get it here, and the quality is pretty decent too. Yeah,
I would say so! For sure. For conveyor belt sushi, this is really good. Yeah, it’s just
awesome. It’s such a nice taste. I love salmon! The cool thing about this sushi restaurant
is that you can win prizes. Every time we finished 5 plates of sushi, we would slide
them into a machine for a chance to win a capsule toy. We tried 3 times and failed,
but it’s certainly a fun incentive to consume more sushi. Womp womp! Haha, we didn’t get
a prize. We have to eat 5 more. Our next stop was Den Den Town (日本橋), which is the heart of all
things anime, manga, and gaming related. After exploring the area on foot, we went into Taito
Station (太東駅), which is a gaming arcade, where we proceeded to lose a few hundred yen on our
quest to win a Pikachu. Oh, no. No! Oh my gosh, we’re just wasting money at this point.
We’re just wasting money. One evening we decided to visit Shinsekai (新世界). This is an older neighbourhood
with a bit of a retro-futuristic vibe. The centrepiece is Tsutenkaku Tower, which stands
103 metres tall. If you visit Shinsekai, it’s good to come hungry. There are lots of restaurants
where you can try things like blowfish, kushikatsu, and sumo-sized meals. One cool find in Shinsekai
was a retro arcade with games from the 80s and 90s. They had some classics like: Pac-Man,
Mario Brothers and Street Fighter. This arcade was located on the left diagonal lane moving
away from Tsutenkaku Tower. Oh, you got it! Another place we visited in Osaka is Tsuruhashi,
which happens to be the largest Korean neighbourhood in Japan. The area around the train station
is full of eateries and restaurants sure to satisfy your kimchi cravings. We found a small
little restaurant and ordered up some of our favourite Korean dishes: pajeon, sundubu jjigae,
and dolsot bibimbap. It was all delicious and we walked out of there feeling beyond
satisfied. Now my main dish, this is the one I ordered. I got the sundubu jjigae, which
is a tofu stew. Ooo, this one also has seafood! Oh, this is so good. Even though it’s a really
hot day outside, I’m all about this hot soup. I remember, when I was in Korea, someone told
me once, that you fight fire with fire, so on a hot day, you have hot food. You just
don’t care. Today is baseball game day. It’s baseball in Japan! We’re going to be watching
a Japanese basenall game, and it’s our first time ever to do that. We’re watching one of
two local Osaka teams called the Hanshin Tigers (阪神タイガース). We just arrived at the stadium. As you can
see, I’ve already picked up a new hat. Fancy! I’m loving it. Last but least, there’s one
day trip from Osaka (大阪市) that’s not to be missed and that’s Nara (奈良市)! This was the capital of
Japan from the years 710 to 784 AD, and that means there’s plenty of history. We visited
temples and gardens, but the main highlight was getting to see the inhabitants Nara (奈良市) is
so known for: deer! We bought crackers called ‘shika senbei’ and fed them to the deer
who eagerly bowed their heads waiting for their next treat. Ayayayayayayayay! Another
reason we enjoyed Nara (奈良市) was because there’s quite a bit of street food to sample. We had
freshly-pounded mochi, takoyaki, sushi and more. Now a quick note on transportation in
Osaka (大阪市). When it comes to getting around the city, subways and trains are your best bet.
We spent our first few days buying one-way tickets and day passes, which in retrospect
was a bit of a headache. The easiest thing to do is to get a prepaid card where you can
load money as needed. Osaka’s version of this card is called Icoca, but you can also
use Pasmo and Suica in the city. And that’s a wrap for our Osaka travel guide. We hope
you found this video helpful and that it gave you some ideas of things to do in Osaka on
your own trip. If you have any other suggestions of things to do in Osaka that you think we
missed on this visit, feel free to share your suggestions with fellow travellers in the
comments below. Wishing you happy travels and stay tuned for more Japan travel videos
on this channel!

100 thoughts on “25 Things to do in Osaka | Japan Travel Guide ??

  1. I love Osaka, especially the Moss Shrine behind the main Dontonbori area..and the crazy electrical wiring between the buildings is an electricians nightmare. Great video – can't wait to go back!

  2. Thank you guys for sharing the travel tips in Osaka! I am from Kanto area and it was very informative. I will definitely follow some of your foot steps when I travel there with my husband in the future. Beautifully camera works, and descriptive narratives which made it very fun to watch. The food looks…AMAZING! ? I also enjoyed your fashion, Audrey! Again, thank you guys!

  3. Love the video! You guys are funny at times and I feel like Im also part of your tour. Although I think you need to edit in the description that you went to visit Korean Town first before the Japanese baseball tour.

  4. Im goin to Osaka in a couple of months so ive been watching videos about it all day long and this one is by far my favorite awesome video thinks for all the places you guys showed

  5. Hi sam and audrey, we love your travel videos. Informative and great camera work. Just wondering if you guys have been to new zealand yet.

  6. Your videos are so light and relaxing to watch. Love how you keep things real and not over hyped or over edited. Heading to osaka this June thank u so much for ur invaluablen tips. Love and peace from sunny manila.

  7. Thank you for this informative video. I am busy planning my Osaka itinerary and was trying to figure out how to fill my days but your video has given me some great ideas. Osaka has a lot to offer.

  8. Thanks so much for this! I'll be in Osaka this summer for a few days and your video is super helpful. I've watched a couple travel videos about Osaka already and they all introduced the same places and things to do over and over?! You guys included some places I hadn't heard of before! Also really great job with the editing, love the background music. What songs did you use?

  9. Thank you so much for making this video! May I ask what Month you visited Japan? It was raining in one part of your video. I’m looking forward to more of your videos!!!

  10. I’m traveling to Osaka soon and I’d like to try conveyor belt sushi. Can you link the restaurant you guys went to?

  11. Hey guys. I’m going to Osaka tomorrow! Thank you so much for the awesome tips! The list in the description was great with all the prices along with the video was super helpful! Thank you both so much!!!!

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  13. My own experience from Japan in 2016 was: temples and food 🙂 … and of course much more: a completely new and incomparable world with many hidden wonderful little things, hearty people and a land full of tradition and culture. You have got an like, warmed my hearth and give me back some memories… <3

    <– and yes, it is Osaka-Castle 😀

  14. ICOCA as in ink, not eye coca. As the Japanese say icoca for let’s go! Glad you rightly suggested Nara for day trip as Kyoto is now overrun with Chinese Tourists. If you like walking with crowds who talk extremely loudly, taking selfies every couple of steps and think nothing of trying to walk through you then go ahead. The once serene Kyoto is a thing of the past, glad I got to experience it before it’s nightmarish transformation it is nowadays.

  15. Mình cũng đang ở Osaka, cũng muốn quảng bá hình ảnh đẹp nơi đây, mọi người hãy góp ý cho mình thêm nhe

  16. Hi I'm in Osaka right now and have been going to places from this video but I can't find that ramen shop where is it?

  17. Great video! Our Family is going to Osaka by end of May and we Will surely visit all your recommendations. Suggestions: outfits to bring when travelling Osaka in end May to early June. And what about some thrift shops to go to. We love sustainable living. Thanks and keep making informative videos!

  18. Can the icoca card be used in Osaka Kobe and Kyoto? Or is there a card that can? Great video ?

  19. Thank you so much for the amazing vlog, I was wondering how many days is enough to stay in Osaka to get a good feel of the area.

  20. how about putting some heavy metal music in the back ground .. music is annoying . other then that .. this is a nice video .. i like it

  21. 6:03

    While in Osaka, I wish the G20 would visit the Namba Yasaka lion, if not so much for the sake of assuring prosperity in business, but for blessing the education of those leaders who make no advance preparation for these trips, and who are woefully ill-prepared to negotiate on behalf of their nations.

    כִּי מִכָּל-צָרָה, הִצִּילָנִי; וּבְאֹיְבַי, רָאֲתָה עֵינִי.

  22. I need to learn how to ask for my eggs hard boiled. I am pregnant and will be in Japan next week (19-21 weeks along by then).

  23. i am not going to go to Japan till Abe apologize to Korea people for Japanese military raping young korean girls. I hope that day will come so i can enjoy the beautiful country.

  24. Hey guys! thank you so much! living my dream you are. Yoda I am…lol's got excited there heehee! Audrey you look so
    pretty! love your earrings. I know girly girl comment. Sorry, had to tell ya'.

  25. Nice! I lived 2014-2018 in Osaka, and never went to Tennoji Park! Sorry I missed that. You hit the highlights, for sure. Maybe Amekura and Kitahorie are the places you missed. But nice job!

  26. This was very helpful! I loved this video – I'm in Osaka now and this has helped me a lot to figure out what to do … also I love your focus on the FOOD! Keep up the great work 🙂

  27. Wow! Amazing Video ❤️. You should get the Osaka Amazing Pass. Many Entrance tickets to attractions/parks/temples are included + Unlimited Metro Osaka Subway at a cheaper price. Choices are good for 1 or 2 days.

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