When you think of cities to visit in Japan, the most famous one that pops up is, of course, Tokyo. But right next to it, is the capital city of Western Japan, Osaka. And let me tell you, there are some things you can do in Osaka that you will never find anywhere else in Japan. 

Alongside its most famous tourist destinations like  Tokyo and Kyoto, Osaka is one of the three most sought-after cities in all of Japan. With delicious local foods, traditional cultures to take part in, and breathtaking sights to see, you’ll wish you got on the next plane going to Osaka! 

So to help those who are already planning to go here, we’ve compiled a small list of the best things you could do. With these, you should have a better idea as to why Osaka is such a hotspot for tourists. 

Universal Studios Japan. 

Universal Studios Japan or USJ for short, is the most famous theme park in all of Japan. It trumps the other theme parks like Japan Disneyland which make it a staple tourist attraction for all tourist. 

USJ offers a ton of fun and adventurous activities for everybody to enjoy. And to add more to the fun, all of the attractions are all based on popular blockbusters like Jurassic Park, JAWS, Harry Potter, and even the Minions. No matter what your favorite movie was, you’re sure to find a perfect theme park here just for you! 

Osaka Castle. 

No trip to Osaka will ever be complete without going to one of the biggest cultural architectures in the country, Osaka Castle. But why choose to visit this castle over all the rest? 

Well, although other castles do have a significant role in Japanese history, there is no other castle that is as significant as Osaka Castle. It was the place that unified Japan at its best, thanks to the order of Hideyoshi Toyotomi

And other than basking in the magnificent and interesting history of Japan, you can also have a fun bike tour around the castle grounds, which is sure to excite any kid! So make sure to check out Osaka Castle while you’re in town! 

Learn about making tea. 

If there is anything that Osaka is known for, it’s tea. And not just good tea from any cafe, but making their own tea using a special tea ceremony

This tea ceremony has been around for hundreds of years and has been passed down through generations in order to preserve its utmost tradition. Though others may find better tea elsewhere, the tea ceremony offers a unique taste and one that not many people will ever forget. 

And don’t worry, you will also be able to participate in the tea ceremony and incorporate  it into your own household so that you can make your own home-brewed tea from Osaka. 

Conclusion. 

When it comes to famous tourist attractions, amazing local food, and breathtaking sceneries, Osaka has it and so much more which is what makes it a close second as one of the most popular cities to visit in Japan. From riding a  rollercoaster with dinosaurs at USJ, or biking around Osaka Castle, or even just learning how to make some tea. Osaka has everything you ever wanted out of an explicit experience in Japan and so much more!