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Often considered the Gateway to Western Japan, Osaka is conveniently located near two of Japan’s ancient capitals, Kyoto and Nara. Originally known as Naniwa, and once the imperial capital of Japan, modern day Osaka is the country’s third-largest city and is one of its most vital commercial and industrial centers.

Explore the centuries of heritage and history that awaits visitors of Japan’s traditional economic and cultural capital. Only a short distance from Dotonbori, Namba and Universal Studios Japan, The Ritz-Carlton, Osaka is the perfect place to discover the many treasures this city has to offer.

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Osaka City Central Public Hal

1 mile / 1.6 km / 20 minutes’ walk

Situated in the Nakanoshima area, bordered on the north and south by the Dojima and Tosabori rivers respectively, this building boasts a beautiful Neo-Renaissance exterior. It is deeply connected with the development of arts and culture in Osaka and has received national government designation as Important Cultural Heritage.


The Osaka Museum of Housing and Living

This museum introduces the history and culture of residential Osaka. Walk through the scale model of Osaka's cityscape, wear a kimono or yukata, and experience the life and culture of yesteryear through the various events the museum holds.

Osaka Castle

3.1 mile / 5 km / 15 minutes by car

Built around 400 years ago by the famous military commander Toyotomi Hideyoshi, this castle is one of Osaka’s major sightseeing destinations and attracts numerous domestic and international visitors.


Umeda Sky Building

Umeda Sky Building is 173 meters high. It has an innovative from whereby the two skyscapers are connected at their top floors and a huge atrium that extends about 150
meters connecting the sky and the ground. This building is one of the city’s most recognizable landmarks.

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2.9 miles / 4.7 km / 28 minutes by train

Osaka Castle Park opened in 1931 and covers an area of 106.7 hectare. The scenery changes from season to season, attracts the visitors, especially in the spring time, and about the 600 cherry trees attracts many visitors.


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1.1 miles / 1.8 km / 21 minutes’ walk

The Osaka Nakanoshima Park is the first public park opened by Osaka in 1891. The 11 hectare park houses public facilities such as Osaka Central Public Hall, Osaka Prefectural Nakanoshima Library and Museum of Oriental Ceramics. It also holds a rose garden. The City Hall of Osaka building is located on its west end.


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1.4 miles / 2.2 km / 12 minutes by train

This shrine is dedicated to Sugawara-no-Michizane – a 9th-century scholar, poet, and politician. Osaka’s merchants and the locals now revere him as the deity of learning and the performing arts, and as the guardian deity of the area. Tenjin Matsuri, held every July 24th and 25th, has a history of more than 1,000 years. This lively festival includes a parade of people dressed in ancient imperial attire, 100-boat procession, and fireworks display.


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Ferris Wheel at Hep Five Shopping Center

If you are shopping around the Umeda area, you will find the Ferris Wheel is situated right on top of the 7th floor of the HEP Five Shopping Center. 

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Tenjinbashisuji Shopping Street

1.42 mile / 2.3 km / 15 minutes by train

Always bustling with excitement, this is Japan’s longest shopping street. Enjoy interacting with the friendly locals and sampling some regional gourmet specialties.

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Herbis Plaza & Herbis Plaza Ent

This high-class shopping and entertainment precinct is located adjacent to The Ritz-Carlton Osaka. With direct retail stores operated by many of the world’s top brands, this is a popular place to visit.


Hanshin Department Store

0.3 mile / 0.5 km / 7 minutes’ walk

Hanshin Department Store is a major department store in Osaka, carrying a wide variety of clothing, living goods and attractive food selections.


Hankyu Umeda Main Store

0.6 mile / 1.0 km / 13 minutes’ walk

This store opened its doors in Umeda, Osaka in 1929 as the world’s first terminal department store. Renowned as one of the leading fashion retailers in the Kansai region, it boasts an International Boutiques floor packed with super-premium labels, and one of West Japan’s largest cosmetics departments, full of Japanese and international brands.


Universal Studios Japan®

Come experience a world full of wonder and
surprise in a variety of areas each with their own unique concept.

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Osaka Aquarium “Kaiyukan”

Marvel at one of the largest aquariums in the world, featuring approximately 30,000 specimens. Enjoy exhibits based on the consepts of Ring of Fire, Ring of Life and more.

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Aqua Bus Aqua-Liner (Yodoya-bashi Pier)

Cruise on the Okawa River (formerly Yodo River) of Osaka, the city of water, and enjoy the views of Nakanoshima and Osaka Castle.  

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Nakanoshima River Cruise

Enjoy this river cruise with spectacular sound effects and beautiful scenery.

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Cupnoodles Museum Osaka Ikeda

Learn the process of making the world's first instant noodles, and bring home your own handmade instant noodles.

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