Osaka is a bustling city, known for its flashy neon lights and commercial center. But beyond the bright lights and commercial establishments, Osaka holds so much beauty and secret treasures waiting to be discovered. Fortunately, with our free walking tour, you can explore Osaka’s hidden gems like a local.
1. Shitennoji Temple
Located in central Osaka, Shitennoji is a historic temple dating back to 593 AD. This temple grounds feature lush garden grounds and picturesque pagodas. At the temple, visitors can learn about the Buddhist culture in Japan and pray to the temple’s deity for good fortune.
Just a short walk north of Umeda Station is the quaint neighborhood of Nakazakicho. Despite being situated near a commercial district, Nakazakicho boasts of its artsy vibe and charming cafés, galleries, and vintage stores. Its quaint alleys offer an escape from the hustle and bustle of modern Osaka.
3. Osaka Mint Bureau
Only open to the public in spring, the Osaka Mint Bureau is a hidden gem that offers visitors a peek into Japan’s history of coin minting. The bureau’s attraction is the cherry blossom viewing during the sakura season in April, which attracts tourists and locals alike.
4. America Village
Located at the heart of Namba is the American Village, otherwise known as AmeMura. This neighborhood features unique clothing shops, vintage stores, and themed cafés, all of which are inspired by American pop culture. At night, the street adds to its energetic vibe with bars and nightclubs that cater to a youthful crowd.
5. Tsutenkaku Tower
A visit to Osaka Free Walking Tour wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Tsutenkaku Tower. Situated in the busy streets of Shinsekai, Tsutenkaku offers an aerial view of Osaka, showcasing its unique blend of old and new architecture. Adrenaline junkies can also opt for the tower’s Skywalk, an exciting 60-meter-high outdoor walkway.
Join us on a free walking tour of Osaka’s hidden gems, and indulge in the city’s cultural history, artsy vibe, and energetic night scene. Discover Osaka’s hidden treasures and learn about Japan’s rich history through our guided tours. So if you’re in Osaka, don’t miss out on the opportunity to explore beyond the neon lights and commercial establishments, and embark on a journey through Osaka’s greatest secrets.