10 Best Things to Do in Osaka in February

What to Do in Osaka in February

Best Things to Do in Osaka in February

Want to celebrate Valentine’s Day in Osaka this February? Yes, it is often known as the month of love but there are many things to do in Osaka besides having a romantic dinner in a restaurant. You can bring your loved ones and friends to enjoy travel experiences in famous tourist destinations in Osaka with some events and annual celebrations.

In this article, I will share with you the 10 best things to do in Osaka in February.

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What is February in Osaka like?

February is one of the best times to visit Osaka because of the clear and cool weather. It is the coldest month of winter with some rain and snowfall at times with the average temperature between 11°C (high) and 1°C (low). It is better to wear warm winter clothes to enjoy walking and sightseeing in Osaka even if the weather is pretty cold.

Osaka offers a variety of events and activities that will surely make you never run out of things to do and experience. Famous tourist destinations such as Osaka Castle where many events take place and of course the popular Universal Studio Japan are just some of the many places you can visit here in Osaka.

In addition to this, delicious food is offered in various places in Osaka, popular and seasonal foods. Here is the list of what you can do in Osaka in February.

1. Explore the City (Dotonbori)

Dotonbori 2-minDotonbori in Osaka is a lively city with many huge and colorful 3D signboards of restaurants, shops, bars, and buildings.

Many activities are available in every city area, especially at night. You can have a good time or relax at night walking around the city and tasting the famous food from Osaka such as Takoyaki, Okonomiyaki, and many more.

Try the Tombori River cruise, take photos at the popular Glico sign, and definitely shop for many interesting souvenirs you can bring home for your loved ones.

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For more information about the Dotonbori, check out the following article!

▶︎Dotonbori: Things to Do

2. Enjoy unique attractions at Universal Studio Japan

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As one of the famous tourist destinations in Osaka, Universal Studio Japan has many amazing attractions to enjoy with family and friends. One of the exciting attractions will be held this February, the famous Japanese manga series Demon Slayer will give you an awesome experience and fun.

Come and try the unique journey of the newest attraction the Demon Slayer, Kimetsu no Yaiba XR Ride-Mugen train dream riders from February 1 to June 9, 2024. For your tickets, you can purchase at the link below.

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For more travel tips about Universal Studio Japan, Check out the following articles.

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3. Visit Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan

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Visit one of the largest aquariums in Japan, the Kaiyukan Aquarium, and observe the amazing marine animals you can join in several activities, entertainment, and shows. You can also enjoy the aquarium at night with colorful lights around that make the aquarium even more attractive. There are many restaurants and shops to choose from and it’s worth visiting, come and experience with your family and friends.

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For more information about the Kaiyukan Aquarium, check out the following article!

▶️ Kaiyukan Aquarium

4. Visit Osaka Castle

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Anytime is the best time to visit Osaka Castle! There are many ways how to visit Osaka Castle; it is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Osaka and many tour guides offer different activities. Here, you can join some walking tours and private tours. Shops and restaurants are scattered around the area.

Visiting the tower and the garden will take you to the historical site of the castle and captivate you to the enchanting beauty of the garden.

<<Book online: Osaka Castle Ticket>>

For more information about the Dotonbori, check out the following article!

▶️ Osaka Castle: the Symbol of Warring States Period

5. Experience the Awesome View at Abeno Harukas

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Abeno Harukas is very accessible to visit; just near to the popular train station in Osaka. At 300 meters high, try and experience the tallest skyscraper in Japan. At the top of the building is the Observation deck where you can observe the beauty of Osaka City with its amazing view day and night.

There are many things to do inside the building on each floor, there is the Abeno Harukas Art Museum, department stores, souvenir shops, restaurants, garden terrace where you can relax. Different kinds of events are also held in the building you can join and enjoy them.

<<Book e-tickets to Harukas 300 Observatory Now!>>

For more information about the Abeno Harukas, check out the following article!

▶️ Abeno Harukas: a High-Rise Complex in Osaka

6. Go Ice Skating and Skiing

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During winter, one of the great activities to enjoy with family and friends are Ice Skating and Skiing. Many

Ice Skating events are held annually such as the “Winter Carnival” at Hirakata Park which ends on March 3, 2024. There is also the Tensuke skating ring at the Tennoji Zoo which ends on February 26, 2024

There are also places near Osaka that are good for Skiing. For more information about Ski Resort near Osaka, check out the following article!

▶️5 Best Ski Resorts near Osaka

7. Visit Shrines and Temples in Osaka

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Osaka has various Shito Shrines and Buddhist Temples across its territory. Some of these are historically important while others are more recent and have different appealing points.

The Yasaka Shrine in Namba is one of the many famous shrines and temples in Osaka. Apart from its history, its unique design mostly attracts many tourists. Namba Yasaka Shrine is famous for having a unique lion head shape known as the “Lion Shrine”. Worth visiting to take photos as it is located in the Osaka district about a six-minute walk from Namba Station.

For more information about Namba Yasaka Shrine, check out the following article!

▶Namba Yasaka Shrine: The Lion Head Shrine in Osaka

8. Try Strawberry sweets Buffets

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Many strawberry buffets and afternoon teas are offered in many restaurants and hotels this season as strawberries are famous for being delicious winter fruits in Japan. Good treat after a tiring day exploring Osaka try some sweets freshly made from strawberries.

For example, the New Otani Hotel in Osaka is one of them that offers strawberries and other sweets fairs from January 5 to March 31, 2024. Different types of cakes, desserts, and drinks made from strawberries can be tasted.

9. Winter Illumination

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Enjoy colorful illumination, which brightens up the winter season. Many winter illuminations are held in some well-known sights in Osaka such as Osaka Castle, Universal Studios, Hirakata Park, and many more.

For more information about Winter Illumination in Osaka, check out the following article!

▶️Best Winter Illumination Spots in Osaka

10. Plum Blossom Viewing

Plum Blossom-minPlum (also known as “Ume” in Japanese) is one of the winter flowers that begins to sprout in mid to late February. Many plum festivals are held during this time you can view the plum blossom in famous places like Osaka Castle, Expo 70′ Commemorative Park, Shrines, and Gardens.

For more information about Plum Blossom in Japan, check out the following article!

▶Plum Blossoms in Japan: Best Places to See 2024

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Thank you for reading! Hope this article helps and gives you some good ideas about things to do in Osaka in February. Osaka is one of the most famous places in Japan with many popular tourist destinations.

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