Best Things to do in Osaka this Week

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Osaka Festivals

Hydrangea Festival at Expo Park  

Experience the beauty of early June at this Hydrangea festival held in a picturesque park adorned with countless blooming flowers flaunting different colors and shapes 

Official WebsiteExpo Park 
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Date6/01/2024 – 6/23/2024

Umeda Tanabata Festival 2024 

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Tanabata is a Japanese festival that originates from a Chinese legend. It commemorates the annual meeting of lover deities Orihime and Hikoboshi. Story goes that they can only meet once a year on the seventh day of the seventh lunar month. Around this time many places will hang up beautiful streamers and decorations to celebrate this time of year.

Websiteprtimes.jp
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Dates 6/02/2024 – 8/08/2024

Gardens 

Nagai Park

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Located just outside the southern part of Osaka, Nagai Park is not very large however it is home to a beautiful botanical garden with about 10,000 hydrangeas along a small stream. This park is not extremely touristic so not only will you get to see the amazing blooms, but you will also find some peace away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Along with hydrangeas you can also find roses, lilies, irises, and many other wildflowers. 

WebsiteNagai Park
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Times9:30 – 17:00 Closed Mondays

Nakanoshima Rose Garden

Located just outside the southern part of Osaka, Nagai Park is not very large however it is home to a beautiful botanical garden with about 10,000 hydrangeas along a small stream. This park is not extremely touristic so not only will you get to see the amazing blooms, but you will also find some peace away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Along with hydrangeas you can also find roses, lilies, irises, and many other wildflowers. 

WebsiteOsaka Park
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Times24hr

Markets

Kuromon Market

Also known as Osaka’s Kitchen, this market street is 580 meters long and over 190 years old. It is home to over 180 shops, stores, and restaurants. It is a must-do for any one visiting Japan not only because it offers many delights but also because of its rich history that includes surviving WWII battles and fires long ago. 

Here, you can find fresh fish, fruits, and veggies but also many Izakaya’s and cafes that have opened over recent years. When you visit, it is essential to try fresh seafood as it is very high quality. Most of these shops will prepare the food right in front of you!

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Cafes & Restaurants 

Afternoon Tea Party

Head to the first floor of the Rihga Royal Hotel and treat yourself to an afternoon tea starting off with a delightful skewer of rice dumplings adorned with sweet and tangy strawberries and a bean paste, accompanied by raspberry-flavored macarons. You can savor genuine matcha in a serene Japanese setting that will rejuvenate your spirit. Prepare to be transported to an extraordinary experience, taking in the traditional Japanese beauty of famous artists’ paintings and a chandelier inspired by purple clouds. Additionally, you can enjoy a garden that beautifully showcases the changing expressions of the four seasons.

Note: Reservations are only accepted for 2-4 people  and must be made at least 3 days in advance on their website

External WebsiteRihga Royal Hotel
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Dates Until 06/23/2024
Tickets¥5,819
Start/End Time2 Hour system 12:00 – 18:30

Healing Garden: New Retro Sweets x Glamping Recipes

Enjoy a buffet featuring classic sweets with a new twist and yummy, refreshing food specially prepared by the hotel chef. Specially selected sweets from the Showa period to the early Heisei period are given a modern, western spin to create a new taste. There are 12 different delicious dessert options to try, such as a matcha lemon birthday cake called “Flower Garden on the Hill”. Each dish is named after a song that was popular during this period making it a delightful experience for both the stomach and mind!

Official WebsiteSky Buffet 51
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Dates Until 06/30/2024

Umeda Hankyu Beer Garden 

This annual celebration held on Umeda Hankyu’s garden rooftop is a great place for family and friends to enjoy food and drinks and a summertime view. 

Note: meal plans are also available 

Official WebsiteUmeda Hankyu Beer Garden (only in Japanese)
LocationMaps, located on the 13th floor
Dates Ends 10/06/2024
Start/End TimeWeekdays: 17:00 – 22:30 Saturday & Sunday: 16:00 – 22:30 (last order 21:30)

Other Activities

Tokugawa Art Museum Exhibit

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This exhibit details the history of the Owari-Tokugawa family and highlights daimyo culture through displays of items from the family’s treasures including armor, swords, tea ceremony items, incense sets, Noh theater articles, paintings, writings, and more.

Official Websiteaham.jp
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Tickets¥1,800
Dates Until 06/23/2024

Universal “Cool” Studios

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Inside Universal Studios Japan, “Cool” is a limited time event where different areas of the park are renovated to display 4 widely known Japanese works. This year you can find a 4D attraction where you can dive into the world of “My Hero Academia”, a “Detective Conan” escape game and detective challenge, and a series of “Monster Hunter” games in which you create your own hunter and fight dragons; immersing yourself into a virtual reality world and celebrate the 20th anniversary of the series!

Official WebsiteUniversal Studios
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TicketsBuy here
Dates Until 06/30/2024

Motor Camp Expo 2024

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While public transport is the most popular way of getting around Japan, it’s not always the most scenic. This expo invites anyone interested in motor homes or RVs to explore a new kind of transportation. If you’ve ever been interested in touring Japan in your own motorhome, you might want to check this out.

Official Websitemotorcamp-expo.jp
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Tickets¥1,000
Dates 6/15 – 6/16

River Cruise in Dotonbori

Enjoy some Osaka sightseeing on this 20 minute relaxing boat ride. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the views of Dotonbori whi

le enjoying a meal or drink on the way. See all the most famous sights while also learning about hidden highlights and some history along the way.

Official WebsiteOsaka Info
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Tickets Adult: ¥1,200 Students: ¥800 Child: ¥400
Start/End Time11:00 -21:00 Departs every half hour

Pick Your Own Strawberries

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June is the last month of the year to pick strawberries. If you want to get out of the city for some peace and quiet while also enjoying some fresh and delicious fruit, head to Kishiwada Kankunen Farm. Here, you can enjoy all you can eat Nyoho strawberries along with a barbecue lunch if you book in advance!

Official WebsiteKishiwada
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Tickets ¥2000
Start/End Time11:00 -16:00

Japan Wonder Travel Tours in Osaka

If you are planning on visiting Osaka and need some help organizing your trip, you came to the right place! We would be more than happy to help make your trip the best it possibly could be. We can advise you on where to go, or even better, hook you up with a local English speaking guide that can show you all of the best spots. Let us help you make fun, safe, and unforgettable memories in Osaka!

Osaka Highlights Private Walking Tour
On this full-day private tour of Osaka, we will take you to Osaka’s highlights that include Osaka Castle, Kuromon Market, the popular Dotonbori area, etc. Learn about the rich history of the area, local lifestyle, and of course delicious Osaka food!

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Kyoto Food and Drink Tour @Nishiki Street & Gion
If you’re planning on visiting Kyoto along with Osaka and are looking to learn more about the culture and local cuisine, this is definitely the perfect tour for you! Take part in this fun food and drink tour and explore the 400-year-old market and the famous Gion district.

Kimono Experience

Kimono Rental
Explore the exciting city of Osaka with a kimono, Japanese traditional clothing. You can choose the one you like the most from several patterns and colors at the rental shop. In Osaka, it’s located at the center of the city, accessible from the main tourist attractions which makes it easy to try it on and explore the city for a day!

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