The Official Osaka Travel Guide

Explore Osaka – Visit the City’s Cultural Landmarks

Welcome to Osaka, a bustling metropolis that blends modernity with rich history and culture. If you’re attending the conference at the Osaka International Convention Center and have some time to spare, here are must-visit attractions nearby that will give you a taste of what Osaka has to offer.

1. Osaka Castle

Osaka Castle is one of Japan’s most famous landmarks and a symbol of Osaka’s historical significance. The castle, surrounded by impressive moats and parkland, offers a glimpse into the past with its museum that chronicles the history of the castle and the city. The panoramic views of Osaka from the top of the castle keep are breathtaking and not to be missed.

Access: It’s about 30 minutes by train from the Osaka International Convention Center. Take the JR loop line from Fukushima Station to Osakajokoen Station, followed by a 10-minute walk to the castle grounds.

2. Nakanoshima Museum of Art, Osaka

Located in the serene Nakanoshima Park, the Nakanoshima Museum of Art, Osaka, is a beacon of culture and art in the heart of the city. This museum houses an impressive collection of modern and contemporary art, showcasing works by both Japanese and international artists. The building itself is a work of art, featuring a modern design that complements the surrounding landscape.

Access: Approximately 10 minutes by foot from the Osaka International Convention Center.

3. Umeda Sky Building

The Umeda Sky Building, with its distinctive architecture, is one of the city’s most recognizable landmarks. The Floating Garden Observatory at the top offers 360-degree views of Osaka, making it a perfect spot to watch the sunset or the city lights at night. The building also hosts a variety of restaurants and an underground market that replicates the streets of Osaka in the early 20th century.

Access: About 25 minutes on foot from the Osaka International Convention Center. Alternatively, take the Osaka Metro Yotsubashi Line from Higobashi Station to Nishi-Umeda Station, then walk for about 10 minutes.

For more information, please visit the Osaka Official Travel Guide page:

Local Restaurant & Attractions

Osaka Castle

Location: 1-1 Osakajo, Chuo-ku, Osaka 540-0002

The symbol of Osaka. From the top floor of Osaka Castle, you can have a panoramic view of Osaka City.


Location: 1-18-6 Ebisu Higashi, Naniwa-ku, Osaka City

One of the landmark towers in Osaka. There’s a ‘Billiken’ statue at the observatory; touching its feet is said to bring good luck.

Osaka City Central Public Hall

Location: 1-1-27 Nakanoshima, Kita-ku, Osaka 530-0005

Nationally designated important cultural property. One of the symbols of Osaka Nakanoshima in the neo-renaissance style.

Bank of Japan Osaka Branch Old Building

Location: 2-1-45 Nakanoshima, Kita-ku, Osaka 530-8660

Authentic Western-style architecture of brick and stone. Tours of the building interior are available.

Umeda Sky Building/Floating Garden Observatory

Location: 1-1-88 Oyodonaka, Kita-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka Prefecture

One of the symbolic buildings of Osaka with 360-degree open-air rooftop observation floor.

Osaka Nakanoshima Museum of Art

Location: 4-3-1 Nakanoshima, Kita-ku, Osaka

The collection comprises over 6,000, focusing on representative art and design pieces from Japan and abroad.

National Museum of Art, Osaka

Location: 4-2-56 Nakanoshima, Kita-ku, Osaka

An exceptionally rare, fully underground art museum that houses around 8,200 collections.

Universal Studios Japan

Location: 2-1-33 Sakurajima, Konohana-ku, Osaka 554-0031

One of Osaka’s representative theme parks.
You can experience the worlds of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™, Minions, Super Mario, and others.


Location: 1-1-10 Kaigandori, Minato-ku, Osaka 552-0022

A prominent aquarium in Osaka, which houses and displays about 620 species and 30,000 creatures.

Kuromon Market

Location: 2-4-1 Nihonbashi, Chuo-ku, Osaka 542-0073

In the market, where wholesale and retail combined amount to about 150 stores, it is very popular with tourists.

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The above information is provided by Official Videos by Osaka Convention & Tourism Bureau.