Osaka Guide

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Osaka is Japan's 3rd largest city by population and is conveniently located in the Kansai area with easy access to Kyoto, Nagoya, and Tokyo via bullet train. Osaka is a great destination for tourists offering the excitement of a major metropolis and at the same time, easy access to the cultural side of Japan.

Chuo Area

Cultural Center of Osaka with a variety of popular tourist locations.

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Places of Interest

Osaka Castle

Namba Station

Kita Area

Kita Area

The Kita-District (North-District) of Osaka, also known as Umeda is one of the city’s many city centers. Here you can find Osaka and Umeda Stations which offer not only access to the entire city, but a variety of different places to shop, eat and play.  Close to the station area you can also find a bounty of department stores for high class shopping, HUGE electronic shops and the Kitashinichi District; a great place to wine and dine offering hundreds of restaurants, bars and night clubs.

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  • Nightlife & Entertainment
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Osaka Station/Umeda Station – Osaka Station/Umeda Station is the busiest train station in Western Japan and offers great access to other areas in the Osaka Region.

Yodobashi Camera – 12 floors of home electronics at great prices. This building also houses many other shopping opportunities and a restaurant floor.

Department Stores – Osaka Station City, Grand Front Osaka, Daimaru, Hanshin, and Hankyu Department stores and more!

Nakanoshima Island – Great river-walk with many nice restaurants and architecture. Also houses the Science Museum and National Museum of Art

International Schools
  • Osaka YMCA International School

Minami Area

Minami Area

The Minami-District (South District) of Osaka, also known as Nanba, is another city center famous for its entertainment district. Nanba offers an abundance of shopping and dining choices and is easily accessible from anywhere in the city as it provides service by train, subway and bus. The Nanba area is home to many great places including Dotonbori; one of Osaka’s most popular tourist destinations known for its hundreds of neon lights, Amerikamura; a good place to shop and experience the latest Japanese fashion trends, Den Den Town; the electric district of Osaka, and many more.

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Dotonbori – Great for a stroll and people watching. This is the place to try Osaka`s famous Takoyaki or Okonomiyaki!

AmerikamuraAmerican Village. Osaka`s version of America with many small clothing boutiques and interesting shops.

Shinsaibashi Shopping – Shopping central. Take a leisurely stroll down this area`s covered shopping arcade or hit Midosuji Street or Nagahori Street for luxury brands.

Namba Station/Namba Parks – Major transportation hub with attached shopping mall with a rooftop garden.

International Schools
  • Osaka YMCA International School
  • Sakura International School Tennoji nini
  • Sakura International School Tennoji Lucious

Minato Area

The Minato area or literally translated, harbor area, is home to many fun attractions and amusement parks. While it is not on the top ten lists of places to live, it is a very popular area with children as it houses the Osaka Aquarium and Universal Studios Japan. 

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Osaka Aquarium – One of the largest public aquariums in the world, the Osaka Aquarium is famous for its enormous Pacific Ocean tank boasting Whale Sharks and other large fish.

Universal Studios Japan – A mix of Universal Studios Orlando and Hollywood, USJ now boasts the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

Minoh Area

The Minoh area of Osaka is about 15km north of the center of the city and can be accessed via Hankyu Railway. Minoh is best known for the Meiji No Mori Mino Quasi-National Park and is a great place to visit if you need to escape the busy city. This is a popular place to live if you have a family and are trying to find large free standing homes.

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Meiji No Mori Mino Quasi-National Park – One of Japan`s oldest national parks, the park has a population of wild monkeys and a waterfall.

International Schools
  • Osaka International School

Tennoji Area

With many places to shop and play, the whole area of Tennoji is like an amusement park.  Tennoji is home to Tsutenkaku; the symbol of Naniwa, the Tennoji Zoo, The world renowned Osaka City Museum of Fine Arts and much more. This area is highly recommended to not only families, but it is a great place for singles to live as well.

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  • Parks
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Abeno Harukas – Newly opened in 2014, this building is the tallest building in Japan and houses offices, Kintetsu Department Store, and the Marriott Hotel

Spa World – A great place to try Japanese hot spring baths without leaving the city. The facility also has an amusement pool with waterslide for kids.

Tsutenkaku (Shinseikai) – “New World” is an old neighborhood modeled as a mix of Paris and New York. In addition to its’ iconic Tsutenkaku Tower, this is a great place to try fried Kushikatsu, an Osaka specialty.

Tennoji Zoo – Great place to take the kids for a day out!

International Schools
  • Sakura International School Tennoji nini
  • Sakura International School Tennoji Lucious

Toyonaka Area

The Toyonaka area of Osaka is north of the busy city and is known as the residential area; if you are looking to for a place near Osaka City to have a standalone home, this is the area for you. This area is highly recommended to families as it offers a safer and quieter environment than Osaka City. At the same time, this area provides excellent modes of transportation, and many of its residents commute daily into Osaka City to work. The Toyonaka area is home to Osaka International School.

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Osaka International School 

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  • Osaka International School