While it is not as big a city as the nation’s capital, Osaka is a breathtaking part of Japan that’s worthy of deeper exploration. Here are some of the city’s main attractions.
Universal Studios Japan
Affectionately dubbed USJ, Universal Studios Japan is one of the main reasons most travellers in Asia head to Osaka in the first place. Located near the heart of the city on a manmade isle, the entertainment theme park is divided into different thematic zones based on blockbuster movies and television series produced by Universal Studios Hollywood. Some of the most popular zones in the park include The Wizarding World of Harry Potter while Cool Japan is another highlight visitors can experience only at USJ.
Having been bombed heavily and nearly destroyed during World War II, the Dotonbori Canal has regained its status as Osaka’s liveliest entertainment hotspot. Having served as the home of the best theatres and dining hubs as early as the 1600s, the venue is now a thriving nightlife hub complete with fine dining restaurants, night clubs and bars. Visitors based at serviced Apartments in Osaka the likes of Citadines Namba Osaka or similar venues will find that it is the best district to explore once the sun goes down.
With a striking lion sculpture adorning its facade, the Nambayasaka Shrine is one of the most iconic religious attractions in Osaka. The visually stunning edifice which depicts a mammoth lion’s head with bared teeth is not only one of the most photographed sites in Osaka but also one of the most revered.
As the tallest building in all of Japan, no visit to Osaka would be complete without taking in the views from the Abeno Harukas observation deck.