While Osaka may not have as many temples as nearby Kyoto, or as much greenery as next door Nara, the city is home to one of Japan’s most iconic castles, its first Buddhist temple and a range of entertainment options that put its neighbours to shame. Not only are Universal Studios Japan and the massive Osaka Aquarium great, but you will also find huge entertainment centres throughout the city featuring games arcades, bowling alleys, and karaoke.
2 Chome-1-33 Sakurajima, Konohana Ward, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture 554-0031, Japan
Ever want to feel like you are in the middle of a major Hollywood movie? Who hasn't, right?
1-11-18 Shitennoji, Tennoji Ward, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture 543-0051, Japan.
The Shitennoji is almost as old as Buddhism in Japan.
1-1, Osakajo, Chuo-ward, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture 540-0002 Japan
As the symbol of Osaka and easily one of its most impressive sites, Osaka Castle is a must see for any visitor to the city.
1 Chome-1-10 Kaigandori, Minato Ward, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture 552-0022, Japan
The Osaka Aquarium (or Kaiyukan as in Japanese) remains one of the most popular sites to visit in Osaka.
1-12-10 Nihonbachi, Chuo Ward, Osaka Prefecture, 542-0073 Japan
Bunraku, also known as Ningyō jōruri, is considered to be Japan's traditional style of puppet theatre.