Osaka [大阪府] is a province located in the Kansai region, and also a beautiful city. It ranks third in the most populous city and province in Japan. Its province has more than 8 million inhabitants while the capital Osaka has more than 2.5 million. Osaka Prefecture has 33 cities and 5 districts, it is considered the second most industrialized province.
Both the city of Osaka and the entire province offers numerous attractions for tourists, different places to explore, and a different culture from Tokyo, a different dialect, and different customs. While the population of Tokyo is shy and reserved, the people of Osaka are outgoing and direct. It is also a city known for its gastronomy and nightlife.
Osaka's Top Attractions
It is in Osaka that we find the Universal Studios one of the best theme parks in Japan. The city also offers endless amounts of stores, there are more than 30 malls and outlets. Shinsaibashi, Dotonbori and Minami (Namba) are Osaka's famous urban centers, with numerous shops and restaurants.
The Osaka Aquarium, also known as Kaiyukan, is one of the most spectacular aquariums in Japan. It features various forms of life that inhabit the Pacific coast in a very well organized and impressive way. You can also find the National Theater Bunraku, a puppet theater. This is one of the best places to watch this show.
There are many museums, the main one being the Osaka National Art Museum, which has an excellent collection of contemporary Japanese, Asian, European and American art. The National Museum of Ethnology has a collection of 255,000 cultural artifacts from around the world.
We also have the 10-story Osaka History Museum, some interesting artifacts, photos and large-scale models. And the fun Science Museum with the 5th largest planetarium in the World.
We have the tower Tsutenkaku located in the Shin Sekai neighborhood, which is reputed to be a poor and dangerous neighborhood, but still interesting. It has a lot of cheap restaurants, souvenir shops, clubs, mahjong and pachinko salons.
We also have the famous Osaka castle who saw a large number of battles that changed the course of Japanese history. In World War II, the castle was used as an ammunition factory that employed 60,000 people.
It was completely destroyed by a bomb in 1945. Today, the castle has been rebuilt and looks a lot like the 19th century. Many of the moats, walls and houses managed to survive.
Osaka also hosts festivals such as Tenjin Matsuri, Toka Ebisu and other seasonal ones. You also find some temples and shrines like the Shitennoji Temple, Hozenji Temple, Isshinji Temple, Tenmangu Shrine, Sumiyoshi-taisha Shrine and thousands of others in the region.
Kaiyukan - The Osaka Aquarium
The Kaiyukan Aquarium located in the Osaka city bay, opened on June 20, 1990. It is considered one of the largest metropolitan aquariums in the world, with a total capacity of 11,000 tons of water.
The aquarium is divided into 15 tanks, where each one represents a natural environment of the 10 regions of the Pacific Ocean. The complex has 8 floors and its main tank has 5,400 tons of water. In this main tank of the Pacific Ocean where you can find the whale shark, hammerhead shark and several other fish coexisting together without devouring each other.
Knowing the Osaka Aquarium
We will leave an official map of the place for you to get to know the Kaiyukan better. Remember that the aquarium may undergo modifications, so the map is not 100% accurate.
It takes about 2 hours to go through the entire aquarium. Upon entering the aquarium you will find a tunnel that passes between the fish called Aqua Gate. Along the way at the Aquarium you will take several turns in the giant tank of the Pacific Ocean.
The route passes through the Japanese forest, followed by small tanks representing the Aleutian Islands, Monterey Bay, Panama Bay, Ecuadorian Rainforest, Antarctica, Tasmanian Sea, Great Barrier Reef, Seto Inland Sea, rocky shores of the Chile, Cook Strait, Japanese Seabed, Medusa Pavilion.
At the end of the tour you are faced with a tank where you can run your hand over sharks and arrais. When I visited I came across a fish exhibition from the film Finding Nemo or Dori. And also a small ice tank and another tank with surfing penguins from the movie It's giving way.
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Attractions near Osaka Aquarium
In addition to the Osaka aquarium, next to the Osaka bay you will find a mall and a ferris wheel called Tempozan. There you will also find a theme ship called Santa Maria, there is a line that crosses Osaka bay to the other side where Universal Studios park is located.
Next to it there is a building where there are always some conventions, when I went there was an exhibition of dinosaur fossils. If you are going to visit Osaka be sure to go to the aquarium and the surrounding attractions.
Osaka Aquarium Information
- Osaka Kaiyukan Aquarium
- Address: Kaigandori 1 chome No. 1-10, Minato District
- Osaka City, Osaka Prefecture,
- Zip code.: 552-0022 Japan
- telephone: +81-6-6576-5501
- Fax.: +81-6-6576-5510
Osaka - Hozenji Yokocho Alley
Hozenji Yokocho Alley is a collection of 60 small izakaya, bars and restaurants in an alley behind the Hozenji Temple in Osaka. The street has been filled with nightlife since the 17th century, when the area was a theater district.
Hozenji Yokocho Alley is popular with local celebrities, such as actors, writers and artists. It is located in the south of Dotombori. A narrow street 80m long, and 2.7m wide, runs from east to west centered on “Mizukake Fudo Myoo”.
At the end of the alley you will find a statue of the god Fudomyoo. Fudomyoo is the god of fury. He maintains a scary appearance. Residents believe that he grants wishes and protects people from harm.
His statue in Hozenji is among the most popular Buddhist spots in Osaka. Visitors often pour water over the statue in an act of purification and say a prayer. The statue has had so much water spilled on its head that it is completely covered with moss. It is visually stunning.
Abeno Harukas - Japan's Largest Building
The tallest building in Japan is located in the city of Osaka. The building Abeno Harukas is located in the Abeno district of Osaka city. It has a total of 60 floors and reaches a height of 300 meters. And yes, although it doesn't compare to the tallest in the world, this is the tallest building in all of Japan.
It is the building of the planned alternative station of Absaka Abenobashi Station, the terminal of the Kintetsu Minami Osaka Line. Its space is around 100,000 square meters, making it Japan's largest department store.
But if we are going to have all kinds of structures in the country, it occupies the third place, behind Tokyo Sky Tree and Tokyo Tower. Among its various facilities, Abeno Harukas has the Kintetsu department stores, an art museum, a hotel and offices.
It contains the new flagship store of the Kintetsu department store, the Marriott International hotel. Also the new Sharp Corporation headquarters office. In addition, it also has an observatory on the top floors of the building.
Abeno Harukas, especially its observatory, is often crowded on holidays. It is even common to find a long queue to be able to climb up to it. "Harukas" is an ancient Japanese expression that means "to lighten, to lighten".
Abeno Harukas and its floors
Abeno Harukas has a shopping center that occupies from the basement floor -2 to the 14th floor. On the 16th floor is the Abeno Harukas Museum, which organizes exhibitions of contemporary Western art.
The exhibitions are temporary and vary according to the season. Such exhibitions have already been organized with pieces from the national treasury, as well as works from the national cultural heritage. In addition to others related to the history of the railways of the Kinki region.
The observatory called “Harukas 300”. It is an open-air structure with gardens. When the weather is favorable to the view, it is spectacular. It is undoubtedly a place that cannot be visited when traveling to Osaka.
- 58-60 floors: Observatory “Harukas 300”
- 38th to 55th floor and 57th floor: Osaka Marriott Miyako Hotel
- 57th floor: restaurants
- 38th to 55th floor: rooms
- 21st to 36th floor: offices
- 19th and 20th floors: Osaka Marriott Miyako Hotel (lobby)
- 17 and 18 floors: offices
- 16th floor: Abeno Harukas Museum, roof garden
- 2nd basement - 14th floor: Abeno Harukas Tower Building at Kintetsu Department Store 
- 1st basement and 1st floor: Osaka Abenobashi Station
- 4 and 3 basements: parking
Videos about Osaka
There are many other places in Osaka and other cities in the province that we haven't mentioned. Always follow the site for new articles about some cities or attractions within the province. Finally, I will leave some videos of adventures in this beautiful city. You can also comment on a specific place you like. I appreciate all comments and shares.