10 Best Things to Do in Osaka in August 2024

What to see and do in Osaka in August

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Finally, it’s a summer vacation! August is one of the great times to visit Osaka with your family. Osaka offers various indoor and outdoor activities for the whole family to enjoy and gives a happy and memorable summer vacation ever for your kids.

And if you’re looking for things to do in Osaka in August this article is for you. Here I will share some best things to do in Osaka, events, and information.

August in Osaka

August is marked as the last part of summer in Japan, however, in Osaka, the weather is still hot and humid with an average temperature of 33°C in the daytime with lows around 25°C, and high humidity levels. Also known as one of the busiest seasons when summer breaks in school start and holidays in some companies due to the Obon Holiday held in August.

One of the highlight events in Osaka in August is the Naniwa Fireworks Festival and summer festivals such as Tenjin Tenma Awa Odori that showcase the traditional summer cultures of Osaka. During these times expect the crowded people as the summer holiday takes place in August. Various activities related to summer are happening across Osaka like food festivals offered for a limited time only, exhibits, sports and music festivals, etc. And if you are planning to visit Osaka this August check out the following events and things to do below.

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1.  Enjoy Fireworks Festival

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The Naniwa Yodogawa Fireworks Festival is the most famous fireworks celebration in Osaka also known as the “Naniwa Summer Tradition” where many tourists come to witness the massive and breathtaking fireworks display. Featuring colorful, shapes and designs of fireworks along with special effects and sounds that make you feel the summer season in Japan.

Date: 3rd of August 2024
Official Website: https://www.yodohanabi.com/

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2. Summer Festival

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The Tenjin Tenma Awa Odori is one of the famous summer traditional events held in Osaka, along the lively shopping street of Tenjinbashisuji. This dance festival features groups of people wearing colorful yukatas or summer kimonos, dancing gracefully to the beat of taiko drums bringing joy to the people, attracts both local and foreign tourists, and enjoying the summer atmosphere.

Date: 25th of August 2024
Official Website: https://www.tenjintenma-awaodori.com/

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3. No Limit! Summer at Universal Studio Japan

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Universal Studio Japan offers various summer activities, shows, theme foods, and merchandise really a must-visit when you go to Osaka in August, especially if you have kids, surely the whole family will enjoy it. Lots of exciting rides and activities featuring popular anime manga series in Japan.

<< Book your Universal Studios Japan tickets here!!>>

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4. Try Osaka Castle Boat Ride (Osaka-Jo Gozabune)

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Osaka Castle is one of the most famous castles in Japan and the most visited castle in Osaka. Offering various things to do such as sightseeing, discovering Osaka, museums, and other activities like a boat ride called the Osaka-Jo Gozabune (Golden Japanese Ship) this activity gives a unique experience to get close to the moat of Osaka Castle.

Official Website: https://www.banpr.co.jp/

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5. Explore Kaiyukan Aquarium

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Visiting aquariums is one of the best things to do this summer, it gives a cool and refreshing experience. In Osaka, the Kaiyukan Aquarium known as one of the largest aquariums in the world, offers special summer programs and indoor activities to enjoy. Apart from seeing different marine species, it gives a calming and relaxing vibe. Many other facilities and amusement parks around the aquarium offer a unique experience to visitors.

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6. Attend the Summer Sonic

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Summer Sonic is a popular music festival in Japan held annually in Tokyo and Osaka during summer, particularly in August. Many locals and tourists attended the biggest and most lively music event to celebrate summer in Japan. Featuring a large number of artists from all over the world, performing and entertaining.

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7. Go to the Beach

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Going to the beach is one of the best things to enjoy summer with family and friends. In Osaka there are many beautiful beaches to spend your holiday this summer they offer fun water activities and programs. They also provide things and facilities needed at the beach, so you don’t have to worry about bringing a lot of stuff. There are many food stalls, restaurants, and shops around, for refreshments, etc.

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8. Enjoy BBQ and Beer Garden

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BBQ and Beer Garden is one of the well-known events during summer in Japan where family, friends, and coworkers get together to enjoy cold drinks such as beer and different kinds of grilled meats, plates of seafood, and vegetable dishes. It is often held at hotels, parks, rooftops, and other buildings with open spaces. You can also enjoy some activities and programs at the event such as lively performances, games for the kids, and many more.

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9. Have Fun at Hirakata Summer Park

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Hirakata Park is one of the famous amusement parks in Osaka that offers a unique experience with the whole family and friends. A perfect place to bring your kids this summer vacation as they offer an event for the water park section, double excitement, and fun as they can enjoy the family-friendly attractions and cool water rides to make their summer vacation memorable.

<< Book your Hirakata Park tickets here!!>>

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10. Try Anime Cafe and Afternoon Tea

Experiencing anime cafes and afternoon tea in Japan is one opportunity to experience Japanese animation culture as they offer the event for a limited time only. In Osaka, the famous Japanese animation series “Jujutsu Kaisen and Pokemon (Eievui and Friends) is holding an event where you can try and enjoy the inspired-themed character merchandise and foods.

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Greetings to all mommies I am a supermom from Philippines. Previously, I worked and lived in Dubai for seven years, until 2015 the year I  moved in Japan. Currently, I am happily settled here with my Japanese husband and our 7 months old baby. I could only describe my almost 6 years of living here as a roller coaster ride more so, after I gave birth to my son. Japan had changed me in ways unimaginable. It has influence my lifestyle, my perceptions and beliefs. I was able to witness firsthand the pros and cons of living in the country. From their  language, culture and ethnicity, the people, place and in work. Those years were enough to give me quite personal and memorable experiences which I would be more than delighted to share with you.