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Traveling abroad should be a fun and exciting time. Visiting Japan will be an experience you will always remember. Osaka is on the island of Honshu and is a large, commercial port city filled with ancient buildings, newer modern architecture, and breathtaking green spaces. Being the second-largest city in Japan, Osaka sees thousands of tourists each year, and the streets can become crowded. Some of the more popular attractions, such as the Osaka Castle, built during the 16th century, and the Sumiyoshi Taisha, one of the oldest Shinto shrines in Japan, are extremely popular for tourists and locals.
With almost nine million people, Osaka is an exciting hub filled with shops, restaurants, temples, parks, and museums. You won't be bored when visiting the city and may even experience sensory overload from all the people, street vendors, and tourists clogging almost every inch of space. The vibrant nightlife must be experienced, and the authentic Japanese cuisine will leave you wanting more. The bustling city of Kyoto is only about 90 minutes away by train.
When you arrive in Osaka, don’t feel the need to race to your hotel to drop your luggage. Get out in the city and start experiencing the culture and let Bounce take care of your luggage until you are ready to settle into your accommodation.
Bounce offers a short-term storage solution for your luggage when you are visiting cities around the world. Several Bounce locations are peppered throughout Osaka, where you can stow your bags while exploring this spectacular city. With the crowds on every street, it's best not to drag your luggage along. Easily maneuver through the streets by locating a Bounce location when you arrive in Osaka.
Top Things to Do
Experiencing Osaka will take you days, if not weeks, to fully immerse in the culture. You can easily become overwhelmed. This large, bustling city is tourist-friendly but can also be daunting because of the crowds. Have a plan in mind of places you absolutely want to see or just wing it and head out with a map of the city in hand. No matter if you are a planner or not, Bounce has come up with some must-see hot spots for you to consider while in Osaka.
Osaka is not a city filled with stuffy museums, but rather a vibrant city overflowing with history. Ancient palaces and temples dot the landscape and offer a glimpse of time gone by. Take some time to plan out your visit to get the most out of your trip and see as much as you can. Bounce has come up with a few must-see sights while you are in Osaka.
Osaka Castle: One of the most famous landmarks in Japan, the Osaka Castle was built in the 1500s and continued to be an important royal residence through the 16th century during the Azuchi-Momoyama era. Visitors today can tour the castle and step out on an observation platform for panoramic views of the city. Wander through the picturesque gardens that surround the castle.
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan: Located in the Minato neighborhood on the Osaka Bay, this is one of the largest aquariums in the entire world open to the public. Walk through the aquarium and discover more about the different sea life and habitats of the Pacific Rim.
Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine: One of the oldest in Japan, the Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine is simplistic in design and showcases the clean architecture of Japanese design. Visitors are welcome but are asked to be respectful when entering. The grounds surrounding the shrine are well-maintained and open for people to stroll through.
No matter if you are on vacation or visiting for business, shopping in Osaka is an absolute must. Shopping malls, markets, and shopping districts abound in Osaka, where you can find high-end fashion, handmade crafts, fantastic souvenirs, or everything imaginable. Bring your wallet and begin your search for the perfect items to remember your trip to Osaka.
Kuromon Market: This eclectic market offers a bit of almost everything. Vendors are seen hawking their wares up and down the street, and the Kuromon Market has become a popular tourist spot. Find fresh flowers, interesting and tasty fruits and delicacies, unique souvenirs, or drop into one of the restaurants for a leisurely meal.
Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street: Filled with specialty shops, department stores, restaurants, and gift shops, this street connects Dotombori and Numba streets. Find specialty teas, textiles, up-and-coming fashions, kimonos, and handmade gifts.
Takashimaya Osaka Store: Browse through this posh, high-end department store. Many of the items can be considered pricey, but some of the one-of-a-kind items are definitely worth the cost. Wander through Takashimaya Osaka and do a little price comparison before heading back to some of the other malls and markets. After shopping, drop by one of the restaurants for a refreshing meal near the department store.
You cannot visit Osaka and not experience the cuisine. You do not have to be a true foodie to be excited about dining on authentic Japanese dishes. Step out of your comfort zone and give some of the amazing restaurants a try while staying in Osaka. Don’t feel that you have to eat authentic Japanese food the entire time you are visiting. Other inviting restaurants offer French, American, and Italian dishes.
Gyukatsu Motomura Namba: Gyukatsu has become a food culture in Japan. Fried beef is grilled on a stone plate and served medium rare with a side of wasabi soy sauce. Be sure to order their special mountain wasabi sauce with rock salt. Tourist friendly, the restaurant offers the menu in Japanese and English.
Okonomiyaki Chitose: Come in and stay awhile, soaking up the bustling activity of people coming and going. The chefs at Okonomiyaki Chitose use fresh ingredients to make original, tasty dishes. They are best known for their okonomiyaki pancakes, which are made with noodles, cabbage, and meat. A vegetarian menu is also available.
La Baie: If you need a break from Japanese cuisine or you have always wanted to try upscale French dining, come to La Baie located in the Ritz-Carlton Hotel. Come in and enjoy a formal French meal while surrounded by the glitz and glam of the dining room. Traditional and unique French dishes are available for you to sample.
An old Osaka proverb warns citizens not to “eat themselves into bankruptcy.”This proverb might sound strange at first, but long time residents and visitors of Osaka understand its true meaning. You see, Osaka is not only one of Japan’s most pivotal financial centers, but it’s also one of the nation’s most famous food hubs. Everywhere you go, there are ramen stands, sushi shops, and izakayas (Japanese pubs) galore. Perhaps that’s why Osaka, specifically the west side of the city, has become such a popular tourist locale over the years.
As of 2019, Osaka’s population has grown past 2.7 million citizens. However, about 11 million tourists visit Osaka every year. If you’re thinking about traveling to Osaka, you won’t regret visiting the “City of Water.” Osaka is not only a fun city to explore, but it’s also a very safe one. Very little criminal activity is reported in Japan as a whole, let alone Osaka. Even property related crimes like burglaries and vehicle thefts rarely occur. Nevertheless, Bounce can secure your extra baggage while you explore Osaka. For just $6 a day, we can safely stow your stuff, so you don't have to worry about it. Download the app to book your storage spot.
“What’s the best way to get around Osaka?”
Subways and trains are the best ways to get around Osaka. Much like New York City or Venice, Osaka’s streets tend to get very crowded during rush hour and especially on the weekends. However, Osaka’s subway system is more than able to accommodate thousands of commuters a day.
“Is public transportation in Osaka safe?”
Oh, most definitely! Japan, as a whole, has an excellent transit system. So, it’s no surprise that the same goes for Osaka. In fact, Osaka’s transit system is so safe that Japanese school children can safely commute by themselves!
“What’s the best neighborhood to stay in Osaka?”
If possible, try to stay somewhere in Honmachi during your trip. This neighborhood is essentially “Central Osaka.” All subways and all roads flow into and out of Honmachi. You’ll never have a dull moment here, and you’ll get to experience a side of Japanese culture that visitors don’t often see.
“What are the best museums to visit in Osaka?”
The Osaka Museum of History, as well as the Osaka Museum of Housing and Living, will give you insight into the City of Water’s culture, history, and traditions. Despite what the name implies, the Mint Museum is known for its beautiful garden. Lastly, the Kids Plaza is a museum that’s catered to children of all ages.
“What’s the best time of year to visit Osaka?”
Osaka is one of those cities that you could visit year-round. For the most part, the city’s climate is always just the right balance of warm and cool. However, most of Osaka’s festivities, like the Tenjin Matsuri Festival, kick off in the Summer.
How much does luggage storage cost in Osaka?
The price for luggage storage in Osaka is just $5.90/bag for the entire day.
Where are there luggage storage locations in Osaka?
There are multiple locations all around Osaka which can be booked through the Bounce platform including near Osaka Castle, Dōtonbori Area, Kuromon Ichiba Market and many other areas.
Is it safe to store your bags in Osaka?
Yes. Every bag is tagged with a security seal and comes with the $5,000 Bounce Guarantee. Every location is required to uphold tight security precautions. You may be asked to show ID and you will be required to use a credit card to book through Bounce in advance. With hundreds of thousands of bags stored, you can count on Bounce to handle your baggage in Osaka.
Are there storage lockers in Osaka?
Yes. There are storage lockers and many other luggage drop off points in Osaka. Bounce has multiple locations throughout Osaka where you can conveniently store your luggage with full security and the $5,000 Bounce Gurantee.
Where are the best places to stay and eat while in Osaka?
The most popular restaurants to visit are Ichiran Ramen, Naniwa Kuishinbo Yokocho, and Takimi-koji Alley. Additionally, the highest ranked hotels within Osaka are Shin-Osaka Station Hotel Honkan, Green Rich Hotel, and TOYOKO INN.
Where are the best parks and nature attractions in Osaka?
Osaka offers several scenic parks including 伊丹緑地, 高井田横穴公園, and Osaka Castle Park.
Where can I find tourist information and guideposts in Osaka?
You can find local tourist information at Tourist Information, JO-TERRACE OSAKA, and TSURUMI RYOKUCHI PARK.
What are the best museums and historical attractions in Osaka?
If you're looking for a good museum in Osaka, we recommend Osaka Museum of Housing and Living, Cupnoodles Museum, and Osaka Takoyaki Museum. If you prefer to be outside, you can give yourself a walking tour and see some of Osaka's most popular historical attractions including 御園古墳石棺, 村田邸, or 岡村邸 and monuments like 残念石, 熊野街道石碑, or 泉北郡百舌鳥村大字赤畑会場跡. Lastly, you can enjoy the local ruin of 塚原E1号墳, 塚原E2号墳, or 塚原01号古墳.
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