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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.

Contact The Ritz-Carlton, Osaka’s concierge for additional destination information.

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.



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.


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.



11.9 miles / 19.1 km / 25 minutes by car

Sakai City Traditional Craft Museum
The Sakai area has been producing excellent tools and weapons since ancient times and is now a vast production area of kitchen knives. The museum also offers visitors a chance to view all the manufacturing processes performed by professional craftsmen in the video corner.

Seasoned artisans offer live demonstrations of the final stage in the process, known as hatsuke or sharpening on Saturdays and Sundays.

Check the schedule in advance, as demonstrations may not be held on some days.



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.



2.5 miles / 4.1 km / 24 minutes by train

Dotonbori, with huge, glaring billboards and small bars and restaurants packed along the streets, is a popular tourist area typical of Osaka.

Small playhouses sprung up here in Dotonbori during the Edo period, presenting a vibrant scene as the home of theater. Many tea houses prevalent at that time have now morphed into different kinds of restaurants and eateries, allowing you to enjoy a whole range of food as well as, of course, local Osaka dishes.

Walks along the river, and river cruises, are also becoming more and more popular here.



2.5 miles / 4.1 km / 24 minutes by train

Among the hustle and bustle of downtown Osaka, lies this evocatively alluring oasis of calm. At both the east and west sides of Hozenji Yokocho are the gates which draw you down along a narrow, stone-paved alley. At some point in the past, the street stalls which served the worshippers in the grounds of Hozenji Temple evolved into the back street we see today. These days you’ll find the place packed with many unique, well known eateries including traditional Japanese cuisine, bars and local food restaurants.

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18.6 miles / 30 km / 40 minutes by train and walk

Learn about the astonishing craftsmanship in Yamazaki Distillery as the producer of distinctive Japanese whiskies. The tour will allow guests to taste the unblended whisky (not for sale) that makes up Yamazaki Single Malt Whisky.

Advance booking and entrance fee required



Umeda Sky Building is 173 meters high. It has an innovative form whereby the two skyscrapers 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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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.


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.



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.



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

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

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

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