10 Best Things to Do in Osaka 2024
Travel guide for Osaka: The Hottest Attractions for 2024
Known as “the kitchen of Japan” for its culinary prowess, Osaka is a renowned tourist destination, alongside Tokyo and Kyoto. This Western Japan city offers diverse experiences, from historic landmarks like castles and shrines to modern skyscrapers, delectable local cuisine, and vibrant nightlife.
Explore the 10 best things to do in Osaka in 2024 with our curated guide, featuring new attractions and hidden gems that promise an unforgettable visit.
Our guide highlights exclusive 2024 activities, ensuring you’re up-to-date with the latest offerings. Whether you’re a first-time visitor or returning for more, join us as we uncover Osaka’s top attractions and experiences that define the city in the coming year.
Apart from this list, if you’re looking for a list of things to do in Osaka for your first-ever visit, you can also check out our list of the 30 best things to do in Osaka in general from the following article.
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1. Universal Cool Japan 2024
Our list starts with Universal Cool Japan 2024 (ユニバーサル・クールジャパン 2024), happening at Universal Studios Japan. This is a grand event showcasing the best of Japanese entertainment.
From March 1st to June 30th, 2024, with an extended run for ‘My Hero Academia’ until August 14th, this event is a must-visit for fans. Experience intense battles with villains in the first-ever ‘My Hero Academia’ attraction, dive into the intricate mystery-solving world of ‘Detective Conan,’ and celebrate the 20th anniversary of ‘Monster Hunter’ with a unique VR hunting experience and a new themed restaurant. This immersive event promises excitement and thrills for all visitors!
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|5-minute walk from Universal-City Station (JR Yumesaki Line)
2. Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba XR Ride
Another exciting thing at USJ is the Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba XR Ride (鬼滅の刃 XRライド ～夢を駆ける無限列車～) which is making a thrilling comeback, starting February 1, 2024.
This ride, based on the popular anime ‘Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba’ and its ‘Mugen Train’ arc, offers an immersive experience using advanced XR (extended reality) technology. This innovative attraction, available until June 9, 2024, merges vivid visuals with the physical sensations of a ride, creating a perfectly synchronized and overwhelmingly immersive experience. Step into the world of ‘Demon Slayer’ and experience the intensity and excitement of the ‘Mugen Train’ like never before!
▶Official Website: https://www.usj.co.jp/web/en/us/events/kimetsu-2024
3. Donkey Kong Country
One last exciting new feature at USJ is Donkey Kong Country (ドンキーコング・カントリー), the new area at the park, which opens in Spring 2024, offering a wildly adventurous experience.
As you step into this space, you’ll be enveloped by lush, untamed greenery, transporting you into the vibrant world of Donkey Kong and his friends. This jungle-themed area is filled with thrilling escapades, from racing through mines in a minecart ride, reminiscent of the iconic ‘golden temple,’ to engaging in immersive, physically interactive play experiences. Plus, the heart of the jungle will feature an array of exciting food and merchandise. Get ready to awaken your playful instincts in this surprising and delightful world of Donkey Kong Country!
Summer Sonic 2024, one of Japan’s biggest music festivals, is set to take place on August 17th and 18th in Tokyo and Osaka. This annual event, a counterpart to the Fuji Rock Festival, has been celebrated since 2000 and is known for hosting a diverse lineup of international artists, spanning genres from rock to EDM.
Past performers include world-renowned acts like Muse, The Chemical Brothers, Radiohead, and Red Hot Chili Peppers. In 2024, the Osaka segment of the festival will see a significant change, moving to the Expo ’70 Commemorative Park, promising an exciting and refreshed experience for attendees.
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|Right next to Bampakukinenkoen Station (Osaka Monorail)
5. New Hotels Opening in 2024
2024 is a year with exciting new hotel openings across Japan, and Osaka is no exception. Staying at a brand-new hotel is a luxurious experience you can’t always have, so it may be worth taking into account staying at one of the new hotels if you happen to visit Osaka at the right time.
Here are some of the more anticipated hotel openings for the year 2024.
Cuvee J2 Hotel Osaka
Cuvee J2 Hotel Osaka (キュヴェ・ジェイツー・ホテルオオサカ), opening in January 2024, is the world-first official champagne hotel located in the glittering Shinsaibashi district, known for its discerning taste and celebration of the finer things.
This unique hotel is a tribute to art, history, and the essence of fine champagne. It features 11 exclusive rooms, each on a separate floor, designed in collaboration with 11 prestigious champagne houses. Each room offers an immersive experience of the world and heritage of champagne, with every detail reflecting the essence of its respective Maison.
Additionally, each room is equipped with an anytime bath and will welcome guests with a specially selected bottle of champagne, making it a luxurious and one-of-a-kind experience.
|2 minute walk from Nagahoribashi Station (Nagahoritsurumiryokuchi Line, Sakaisuji Line)
DoubleTree by Hilton Osaka Castle
The DoubleTree by Hilton Osaka Castle, set to open in Spring 2024, marks the first appearance of the DoubleTree brand in Osaka.
Located just a five-minute walk from Temmabashi Station, near the iconic Osaka Castle, and a short 10-minute drive from Osaka Station, the hotel enjoys a convenient riverside location with easy access to Kobe, Kyoto, Nara, and other parts of the Kansai region.
Boasting 373 rooms, guests can enjoy views of Osaka Castle or the seasonal changes along the Okawa River. The hotel will feature a range of amenities including restaurants, a café and bar, a fitness center, a pool, an executive lounge, and facilities for banquets and meetings, offering a comfortable and luxurious stay in the heart of Osaka.
|8 minute walk from Temmabashi Station (Keihan Main Line, Tanimachi Line)
Welina Hotel Premier Namba
Opening in February 2024, Welina Hotel Premier Namba (大阪なんば) offers 286 stylish rooms tailored for relaxation. With various room types, including traditional Japanese-style and accessible rooms, it caters to all needs.
The hotel is situated in the vibrant Namba area, close to the Nipponbashi district, known for its old-town charm and anime culture. Despite being in a bustling city center, the hotel’s chic design provides a peaceful retreat. Equipped with essential amenities and Wi-Fi, it’s ideal for those seeking comfort and convenience in the heart of Osaka, with excellent access to public transport and local attractions.
|3 minute walk from Namba Station (Nankai Line, Nankai-Limited Express)
6. KITTE Osaka
Opening in July 2024, KITTE Osaka is a new commercial facility situated within the JP Tower Osaka, constructed on the former Osaka Central Post Office site in Umeda, Osaka.
Setting itself apart from other KITTE locations in different cities, it emphasizes its identity as a food haven, with over half of its 100+ tenants dedicated to dining establishments, embodying the essence of a “gourmet city.” KITTE Osaka also aims to promote local attractions and culture, leveraging its proximity to JR Osaka Station.
Positioned on B1-6F of JP Tower Osaka, it serves as a space where people can discover and appreciate various aspects of Japanese life, offering stimulating experiences and encounters that ignite curiosity and inspire a desire to visit.
|3 minute walk from Osaka Station (JR Lines)
7. Grand Green Osaka
Grand Green Osaka (グラングリーン大阪) is a massive redevelopment project in the Umeda area of Osaka, set to start opening in September 2024.
It will connect luxury hotels, commercial facilities, and a city park, including the existing “Grand Front Osaka” and “LUCUA Osaka”. This ambitious development includes a large complex with offices, hotels like the luxurious “Waldorf Astoria Osaka”, upscale retail, and a city park named “Umekita Park”.
The project aims to create a global hub for exchange, with two main buildings offering restaurants, shops, and communal spaces. It will enhance transportation connectivity with multiple train stations, making Osaka Station a prominent transit hub.
|7 minute walk from Osaka Station (JR Lines)
8. TeamLab Botanical Garden in Osaka
TeamLab Botanical Garden Osaka, one of the latest additions to the teamLab group, breaks away from the enclosed indoor concept seen in Tokyo and Fukuoka. Located within Nagai Park, one of Osaka’s largest urban parks spanning 240,000 sqm, this open-air attraction seamlessly combines nature and digital art.
As part of a 2022 park renovation, teamLab integrated their “Digitized Nature” art project, focusing on the harmony between nature and technology without causing harm. This marks their first permanent museum of its kind, offering a unique nighttime exhibition in addition to daytime botanical garden splendor. It’s an ideal stop for visitors, bridging daytime sightseeing in Osaka with the city’s vibrant nightlife.
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|10 minute walk from Nagai Station (Osaka Metro Midosuji Line)
9. Hidden Gems
Other than the things listed in this article, Osaka hides some captivating treasures for tourists to explore.
Hirakata Park (ひらかたパーク), known as Hirapah, is Japan’s oldest amusement park, established in 1910. Nestled between Osaka and Kyoto in Hirakata City, it spans 160,000 sqm and offers 43 diverse rides and attractions, suitable for families and thrill-seekers alike.
Hanahaku Memorial Park Tsurumi Ryokuchi (花博記念公園風車の丘) sprawls across 123 hectares, once hosting the 1990 International Garden and Greenery Exposition. This lush urban park in Tsurumi-ku and Moriguchi City boasts a variety of world gardens and unique architecture, surrounded by a large pond and a continuous bloom of flowers year-round, providing a serene escape.
Tsuruhashi (鶴橋), located in Osaka’s Ikuno Ward, is a vibrant celebration of Korean culture. Known as Osaka’s Korea Town, it features Tsuruhashi Shopping Street, with over 800 shops offering Korean groceries, traditional garments, and more. The area is also famous for its yakiniku restaurants, providing a delectable culinary journey through Korean cuisine.
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10. Check out the Seasonal Events in Osaka
One of the attractive features that Japanese destinations offer is the different events that occur depending on the season you decide to visit that place. Visiting Osaka in Summer will be a totally different experience compared to that of Winter.
In Spring, as is at other Japanese locations, viewing cherry blossoms is the most celebrated thing, attracting many visitors from all around the world. Summer is when outdoor activities become more prominent such as firework festivals, beer gardens, and camping/glamping. Autumn is when many delicious seasonal foods can be tasted in various ways. Autumn is also when you can experience the colorful Autumn Leaves. Finally, Winter is when many places put on illumination, creating a magical atmosphere. Ski/Snowboarding is another popular thing during this season!
Regardless of when you visit, there’s always something happening in Osaka. For a deeper insight into seasonal activities, exploring further articles on Osaka’s events is recommended.
+ Go and explore Kobe
As an extra point for you to do while visiting Osaka in 2024, we also strongly recommend that you have a quick visit to Kobe if you have the time. Located just a short train ride from Osaka, Kobe is a captivating city with a unique blend of modernity and tradition. Accessible via the efficient rail network, Kobe is a popular day-trip destination from Osaka.
One of Kobe’s prominent attractions is the Mitsui Outlet Park Marine Pia Kobe (三井アウトレットパーク マリンピア神戸), a shopping paradise that offers discounted prices on a wide range of Japanese and international brands. It’s a great place to find bargains and enjoy a shopping spree while taking in scenic waterfront views.
For marine enthusiasts, the Kobe Suma Sea World (神戸須磨シーワールド) will reopen in June 2024. This marine park showcases incredible aquatic performances and offers the opportunity to get up close with dolphins, seals, and other marine life.
The iconic Kobe Port Tower (神戸ポートタワー), situated near Meriken Park, is another spot scheduled to reopen in 2024! It offers panoramic views of the city and the harbor.
And for those who like exercising, KOBE Super Stadium, a recreational sporting facility will open in Spring 2024.
Overall, Kobe’s accessibility from Osaka, along with its diverse attractions, makes it a charming destination for a day trip or a longer stay, offering something for everyone to enjoy.
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