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19 Epic Osaka Activities, Events, and Fun Things to Do in Each Season

19 Epic Osaka Activities, Events, and Fun Things to Do in Each Season

Date published: 19 August 2020
Last updated: 30 September 2022

Osaka is one of Japan's most popular tourist destinations, welcoming visitors worldwide. There are countless tourist attractions in Osaka, from famous amusement parks and delicious foods to the latest shopping spots; there is bound to be an activity that will get everyone excited!

Just to make planning easier, here is a list of some of the best things to do in Osaka, sorted by the best season to do them.

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Table of Contents
  1. Things you can do in any season in Osaka
  2. Fun things to do in spring in Osaka
  3. Fun things to do in summer in Osaka
  4. Fun things to do in autumn in Osaka
  5. Fun things to do in winter in Osaka

Things you can do in any season in Osaka

Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan: Visit one of Japan’s largest aquariums

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The Osaka Aquarium, Kaiyukan, is one of Japan’s largest aquariums. Kaiyukan is known for its iconic huge tank dedicated to whale sharks and adorable seals. What makes Kaiyukan so remarkable is the care they take to showcase their marine lives.

They have 15 fish tanks! Each replicates the environment of a specific region of the Pacific Rim. Their central tank is one of the most well-known, representing the Pacific Ocean; it is an impressive nine meters deep and houses the famous whale shark. This aquarium has eight floors and allows visitors to see various tanks from various angles, making it a unique experience you cannot experience elsewhere. Another feature that makes Kaiyukan so great is that it is open all year round. Making it the perfect thing to do no matter the weather or season you decide to visit Osaka!

Food tour: Grab a bite of Osaka’s famous foods

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Known as Japan’s kitchen, Osaka is famous for being Japan’s foodie capital. Takoyaki, okonomiyaki, kushikatsu, and so many more foods call this place home. Can’t decide on just one dish? Join a food tour and get to try all of Osaka’s best! You’ll learn all about the local food scene and history, and make some unforgettable memories!

HEP Five: Find and experience the latest Japanese trends

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HEP Five is one of Osaka's most popular shopping and amusement centers. Located in the heart of Umeda, HEP Five is also known for its iconic 75-meter-wide red Ferris wheel, which overlooks the city, and is a breathtaking sight no matter the time of day! HEP Five also houses amusement facilities on the B2 floor, multiple floors dedicated to fashion, and some restaurants on the 5th and 6th floors. A must-visit in Osaka to catch the latest trends in Japan.

Fun things to do in spring in Osaka

Osaka Castle: Fall in love with Osaka’s iconic symbol

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One of the things you must do when visiting Osaka is head to Osaka Castle. It is Osaka’s most popular tourist spot for a good reason! Immerse yourself in Japanese history and the beautiful gardens surrounding it. The gardens are perfect for a walk before or after visiting the castle! In particular, Osaka Castle is breathtaking in the spring, with rows and rows of cherry blossoms surrounding the castle. It is a stunning view that you should see at least once and is even one of the top 100 places to see cherry blossoms in Japan!

Osaka Museum of History: Learn all about Osaka’s rich history

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The Osaka Museum of History is a great place to grasp Osaka’s rich history! The museum captures the city’s history from ancient times to the lively shopping streets during the Showa period. They have stunning exhibits made to real-life size so visitors can experience how Osaka was back in the day. It is also close to Osaka Castle, making it a great place to stop and learn more about Osaka’s history!

Hanami (Cherry Blossom Viewing): Enjoy a relaxing picnic under the beautiful flowers

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Hanami is a must-do when in Japan during the spring season! It is where you hold a picnic under the beautiful cherry blossom trees. So gather a group of friends or by yourself, take a picnic mat and some of your favorite foods and relax and enjoy the breathtaking views of the cherry blossoms! Some of the most popular spots in Osaka for hanami are Osaka Castle and Expo ‘70 Commemorative Park. Some parks even have lighting so you can enjoy hanami at night!

Namba Parks: Discover one of the most beautiful rooftop gardens

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A place to both shop till you drop and relax is Namba Parks! A mall with a rooftop garden and lots of greenery will make you forget you are in the heart of Osaka city. With over 200 stores, there is plenty to go through, ranging from trending fashion brands to lifestyle goods, cosmetics, and stores for children. Once you have finished shopping, take a break in the gardens with some food and drinks!

Fun things to do in summer in Osaka

Umeda Sky Building: Enjoy a panoramic view of Osaka from a height of 173 meters

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The Umeda Sky Building is an iconic landmark in Osaka! You can view Osaka city from a height of 170 meters and take in the beautiful view from the floating garden observatory on the 39th floor! Enjoy the beautiful view from the Umeda Sky Building and head to the basement floor where the restaurants are, with an atmosphere replicating the Showa period!

Tombori River Cruise: Ride down the iconic Dotonbori river

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Enjoy a relaxing 20-minute boat ride on the Dotonbori River! Enjoy viewing the vibrant signs unique to Dotonbori and get a quick history lesson on the area. A great unique way to enjoy Dotonbori, and a great way to get away from the large crowds on a hot summer day and enjoy the cool breeze of the river!

Tenjin Matsuri/Tenjin Festival: Experience one of Japan’s most famous summer festivals

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Known as one of the top three festivals in Japan, the Tenjin Festival (Tenjin Matsuri in Japanese) is held to honor the deity Sugawara Michizane. The festival is held during July and gathers a procession of boats on the river and many fireworks to go with it! It is a great festival to fully experience Japanese culture and a must when experiencing Japanese summer!

Rinku Town: Step away from the busy city and take in the stunning sea views

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With rows of palm trees and located near a beach, Rinku Town is a great place to stop in the summer! The area has a large Ferris wheel, and a great outlet to shop filled with famous brands such as Adidas and North Face, making it a great place to relax from the lively and busy atmosphere of central Osaka. After shopping or for lunch, stop by the beachside park to relax, and for a unique view, you might not have expected to see in Osaka!

Fun things to do in autumn in Osaka

Universal Studios Japan (USJ): Filled with attractions you cannot miss out on!

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One of the most visited theme parks in Japan, USJ offers a variety of thrilling attractions suited for both adults and children. The attractions are based on famous movies such as Harry Potter, Jurassic Park, and Minions, and they recently opened a Super Nintendo World as well! USJ is fun to visit no matter the season; however, during the fall season, they hold their iconic Halloween Event! During the Halloween Event, you will find various zombies lurking around and multiple Halloween-themed rides to help get your adrenaline pumping! So, if you are in Osaka during fall, it is well worth heading to USJ to enjoy this limited-time event!

Minoh Falls: Take a peaceful walk through the beautiful fall scenery

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Head to Meiji no Mori Mino National Park to look at the beautiful Minoh Falls! Surrounded by beautiful greenery, nature is further highlighted during fall as the leaves change to stunning yellow, orange, and red colors. A great place to hike and take a break from the busy city!

Dotonbori Street: Get your serving of Osaka’s popular street foods

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Take a stroll down the famous Dotonbori in Osaka! Make sure to pick up some classic Osaka foods like takoyaki and kushi katsu to warm up your body as the days get colder in fall. Fall is a great time to enjoy going around street food stores, as it's not too hot or cold! Dotonbori is also home to Creo-Ru, one of the most popular takoyaki stores in Osaka and a great place to start your street food adventure in Dotonbori!

Shinsaibashi Shopping Street: Shop till you drop at one of the biggest shopping streets in Japan

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Shinsaibashi Shopping Street is one of the most well-known shopping streets in Osaka! This shopping street has been around since the Edo Period. There are shops to suit all kinds of ages and wants! You can find anything here, from the latest fashion to classic Osaka street foods and Italian restaurants. So enjoy a day of full-on shopping or just take a walk through and enjoy some window shopping!

Fun things to do in winter in Osaka

HARUKAS 300 Observatory: Relish in the beautiful views from the tallest skyscraper in Japan

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Abeno Harukas is the tallest skyscraper in Japan! It is over 300 meters tall and has an observatory on the 58th to 60th floor. Enjoy the view of Osaka on a cool fall day from inside the observatory, and relax at the cafe-dining bar! Make sure to enjoy the limited-edition foods!

Solaniwa Onsen: Leap back in time and enjoy Kansai’s largest hot spring theme park

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Solaniwa Onsen is the largest Onsen Theme Park in Kansai! The theme park replicates the town scenery seen during the Azuchi-Momoyama period, so visitors can feel like they have leaped back into the past! Enjoy the numerous onsens, foot baths, stone saunas, delicious Japanese cuisine, and Japanese-style gardens. They also have various yukatas guests can wear to enjoy the Japanese onsen culture. A great place to relax and get away from the cold winter weather and warm your body up!

Abeno Q’s Mall: Shop at one of the most locally loved shopping malls

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Abeno Q’s Mall is a large shopping mall located in the Tennoji area! This mall contains over 250 stores and is even home to SHIBUYA 109. It is the go-to place to pick up the latest trends and also sells a variety of affordable items as well. Other smaller malls surrounding Abenos Q’s mall are also worth visiting, including Animate and Don Quijote. Many shopping centers surrounding the Abeno Q’s Mall are connected and can be accessed via a walkway on the second floor, so you don't need to walk through the cold on a winter day!

Fugu (pufferfish): Try out this delicious Japanese delicacy

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Sample fugu sashimi course. Image: PIXTA

Osaka is one of the best places to enjoy fugu – also known as pufferfish! This Japanese delicacy is often considered to be in season during winter and is regarded as the tastiest in winter! So, make sure to try it out in Osaka, especially during the winter!

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