Travel to Osaka with APLSBE 2020

Things to do in Osaka, Japan
1. Dotonbori


Dotonbori is Osaka’s most touristic neighbourhood located in Minami area. Famous shop displays and flashy neon lights at night attract millions of visitors. It’s also the best area to dine out as numerous restaurants are located in Dotonbori area. Shopping, food, entertainments.. you will never be bored of this vibrant and energetic neighbourhood!

2. Osaka Local Food


Local food is definitely a top attraction in Osaka. Osaka’s local food includes some of nation’s favourite dishes, such as Takoyaki (Octopus Balls), Okonomiyaki (Japanese savory panckes), Ikayaki (squid pancake), Kushi Katsu (deep-fried skewered meat and vegetables), etc. You can find many food stalls on the street of Osaka offering real taste of local with inexpensive prices. When in Osaka, you may be unable to try all the delicious local food of Osaka in one day!

3. Osaka Castle


Osaka Castle is a symbol of Osaka and one of the greatest castles in Japan. Osaka Castle is an important historic monument that represents the great history of Azuchi-Momoyama period during the sixteenth century. It was built in 1583 by the order of Hideyoshi Toyotomi, the one of the most famous unifying warlords of Japanese history. The castle is located within the Osaka Castle Park, and it’s especially popular to visit during cherry blossom season.

4. Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan


Kaiyukan is one of the biggest aquariums in the world, displaying over 500 kinds of different marine life such as dolphins, penguins, sea lions and more. The walk-in aquarium houses 15 fish tanks in total including the one with 34m x 9m that holds a variety of fish including manta rays and 2 whale sharks swimming freely. The new interactive exhibition opened in 2013 that allows visitors to see the animals up close and touch some of them.

5. Shinsekai

Shinsekai is Osaka’s old downtown district where the nostalgic atmosphere strongly remains, and it’s the best place to feel the real vibe of the city. The streets are filled with colourful and retro shop displays which makes Shinsekai one of the best photo spots in town. The symbol of Shinsekai, Tsutenkaku Tower is a great spot to enjoy the overlook view of this charming neighbourhoods and Osaka City. Shinsekai's developers wanted to introduce the pleasures of Paris and New York's Coney Island to Osaka. The original Tsutenkaku Tower (dismantled during WWII) paid flamboyant tribute to both the Arc de Triomphe and the Eiffel Tower in a single structure.

6. Shinsaibashi


Shinsakbashi is the best district for shopping in Osaka. There are numbers of shopping malls and boutiques located within the area from luxury brands to fast fashion retailers. Shinsaibashi-suji is the famous shopping arcade which is 600m long and consists of hundreds of shops and boutiques. Not only clothing items, but there is a wide variety of shops in this arcade such as drugstores, variety shops, restaurants, cafes and more. It’s the place to shop till you drop!

7. Kuromon Market

Kuromon Market or Kuromon Ichiba is one of the largest markets in western Japan that consists of 180 stores. The market has over 190 years history and it’s known as “Osaka’s Kitchen” as all kinds of fresh food products can be found at this market. Kuromon Market is always crowded by locals, and also many professional chefs come here to shop quality ingredients. It’s also the best spot to enjoy authentic street foods of Osaka. If you wish to learn Osaka’s food culture deeper, Kuromon Market is the right place to visit. Some of the foods on offer for consumption at the market are grilled sea food including crab legs and oysters, yakitori, sea urchin, sushi, eel, seasonal fruits, and the street food staple takoyaki. Note that Kuromon Market can get crowded. When eating street food, make sure not to obstruct the flow of traffic, to properly dispose of your garbage and to handle your food carefully so not to soil the clothes of bypassers.

8. Mozu Tombs


Mozu Tombs are a group of ancient tombs in Sakai City, Osaka. The site has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2019. The tombs which are large mounds of earth, were built between the 3rd and the 6th century, and there used to be over 100 of them, yet only less than half of them remain today.
There are so many things to do in Osaka, join us at APLSBE on the 24th – 26th of March, 2020!


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January 10, 2020

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