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Japan travel: 10 things to do in Osaka

Dotonbori shopping street in Osaka, Japan. (Photo: Getty)
Dotonbori shopping street in Osaka, Japan. (Photo: Getty)

Previously, we spoke about 15 things you can do in Tokyo, which lies in the Kanto region of Japan. So, how about its opposite, the Kansai region, particularly Osaka?

Personally, I prefer to visit Osaka, which still has the city vibes like in Tokyo, but is not as fast-paced. The people there generally seemed more friendly too.

Besides, most of your shopping can be done in just two areas — Dotonbori area and Umeda area — as compared to multiple locations in Tokyo — Shibuya, Ginza, Ikebukuro, just to name a few. This leaves you with more time to do some sightseeing or even have a day trip to nearby areas like Kyoto, Nara and Kobe.

If you’re planning a trip to Osaka, or thinking of visiting somewhere in Japan that is not Tokyo, here are 10 things you can do in Osaka.

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1. Visit Universal Studios Osaka

Universal Studios Japan Studio Pass, from S$82.89

Universal Studios Japan Express Pass 7, S$106.55

Universal Studios Japan Studio Pass. (Photo: Klook SG)
Universal Studios Japan Studio Pass. (Photo: Klook SG)

2. Enjoy breathtaking views of the city at Umeda Sky Building, Abeno Harukas or Osaka Tsutenkaku Tower

Umeda Sky Building & Kuchu Teien Observatory Ticket in Osaka, from S$14.79

Umeda Sky Building & Kuchu Teien Observatory Ticket in Osaka. (Photo: Klook SG)
Umeda Sky Building & Kuchu Teien Observatory Ticket in Osaka. (Photo: Klook SG)

HARUKAS 300 Observatory E-Ticket, S$14.79

HARUKAS 300 Observatory E-Ticket. (Photo: Klook SG)
HARUKAS 300 Observatory E-Ticket. (Photo: Klook SG)

Osaka Tsutenkaku Tower Admission Ticket, S$7.89 (was S$8.89)

Osaka Tsutenkaku Tower Admission Ticket. (Photo: Klook SG)
Osaka Tsutenkaku Tower Admission Ticket. (Photo: Klook SG)

3. Immerse yourself in teamLab Botanical Garden Osaka

teamLab Botanical Garden Osaka Ticket, S$15.79

teamLab Botanical Garden Osaka Ticket. (Photo: Klook SG)
teamLab Botanical Garden Osaka Ticket. (Photo: Klook SG)

4. Bring your kids to Legoland Discovery Center Osaka

LEGOLAND Discovery Center Osaka Admission Ticket, from S$21.70

LEGOLAND Discovery Center Osaka Admission Ticket. (Photo: Klook SG)
LEGOLAND Discovery Center Osaka Admission Ticket. (Photo: Klook SG)

5. Explore Osaka’s shopping streets in a kimono

Kireikan Kimono Rental in Osaka, S$43.40

Kireikan Kimono Rental in Osaka. (Photo: Klook SG)
Kireikan Kimono Rental in Osaka. (Photo: Klook SG)

6. Let your kids go wild at Little Planet Lalaport Izumi

Little Planet Lalaport Izumi Ticket in Osaka, from S$6.90 (was S$7.89)

Little Planet Lalaport Izumi Ticket in Osaka. (Photo: Klook SG)
Little Planet Lalaport Izumi Ticket in Osaka. (Photo: Klook SG)

7. Hop on the HEP FIVE Ferris Wheel

HEP FIVE Ferris Wheel Admission Ticket in Umeda, S$5.95

HEP FIVE Ferris Wheel Admission Ticket in Umeda. (Photo: Klook SG)
HEP FIVE Ferris Wheel Admission Ticket in Umeda. (Photo: Klook SG)

8. Discover Osaka from a different perspective on a cruise

City Cruise Experience in Osaka, S$54.25

City Cruise Experience in Osaka. (Photo: Klook SG)
City Cruise Experience in Osaka. (Photo: Klook SG)

9. Experience the profound history of Osaka at Osaka Castle

Osaka Castle Gozabune Boat Ticket, S$14.79

Osaka Castle Gozabune Boat Ticket. (Photo: Klook SG)
Osaka Castle Gozabune Boat Ticket. (Photo: Klook SG)

Osaka Amazing Pass (Osaka Pick Up), from S$27.65

Osaka Amazing Pass (Osaka Pick Up). (Photo: Klook SG)
Osaka Amazing Pass (Osaka Pick Up). (Photo: Klook SG)

10. Take a day trip to Kyoto, Nara and/or Kobe

Kansai Thru Pass (2 or 3 Days), from S$43.25

Kansai Thru Pass (2 or 3 Days). (Photo: Klook SG)
Kansai Thru Pass (2 or 3 Days). (Photo: Klook SG)

Arima Onsen Taikou-no-yu Package Tickets with Hankyu or Hanshin Ver. Railway Pass, from S$26.15

Arima Onsen Taikou-no-yu Package Tickets with Hankyu or Hanshin Ver. Railway Pass. (Photo: Klook SG)
Arima Onsen Taikou-no-yu Package Tickets with Hankyu or Hanshin Ver. Railway Pass. (Photo: Klook SG)

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