Event List in Osaka This Week (December 26, 2022 to January 1, 2023)
The best events, activities, and exhibitions held this week in Osaka
Osaka has a lot of fun and interesting places to visit as well as tourist attractions. Osaka Castle, USJ, Kaiyukan, Shinsekai, etc… If you visit Osaka, you will need to stay for a few days to enjoy all the tourist attractions the city has to offer.
However, if you live in Osaka, or if you’re planning on visiting Osaka for a prolonged amount of time, you might run out of popular tourist places to visit. If this happens, the next thing you can do is check out events that you can be part of within the city.
Osaka, one of Japan’s largest cities, has many events happening simultaneously. From art exhibitions, theatrical performances, and musical concerts to cultural festivals and seasonal food-related events. Because so many things happening at the same time, you might overlook an event you would have liked to check out.
Hopefully, that is where this article may help you to avoid exactly that. In this article, I will share 10 of the most talked about events happening this week in Osaka. If you live in Osaka and have some free time, or if you happen to be visiting Osaka during this week, then I hope at least one of these events will interest you to check it out.
Winter events in Japan
Winter is a season with many different events in Japan. From Christmas-related events and New Year-related events to the celebration of becoming an adult and even National Foundation Day.
Christmas is not celebrated in Japan in the traditional way as is done in western countries, but rather it is celebrated in a way to enjoy the “Christmas vibe” such as having Christmas decorations, outdoor illuminations, exchanging gifts with family and friends, etc. So most Christmas events you will see in Japan are based on this idea.
Then there are the many outdoor illumination events you will see across the prefecture. These illuminations are sometimes related to Christmas, but not necessarily. Then there is the very important new years day which involves many different traditional events and rituals.
But then, there are also other types of important events such as Seijin no Hi (成人の日) which celebrates the people who became 20 years old in the past year. This event is done in January. Then there is “National Foundation Day” (建国記念の日) which is in February. This is more of a cultural holiday, but there will be events related to this as well.
Now that you know a little bit about winter-related Japanese culture, here is the event list in Osaka this week (December 26, 2022, to January 1, 2023)
1. JOJO’s Bizarre Adventure Anime 10th Aniversary Exhibition
Event Period: December 21, 2022, to January 9, 2023
Location: Hankyu Umeda Main Store 9F
Official Website: https://jojoanime10th-ex.com/
|Access||8 Minutes walk from Osaka-Umeda Station.|
2. EVA Crossing EXPO
Event Period: December 27, 2022 to January 16, 2023
Location: Hanshin Umeda main store 8th floor event space
Official Website: https://eva-x-expo.exhibit.jp/
|Access||1 Minute walk from Umeda Station.|
3. Alice – Strange, Strange World
Event Period: December 10, 2022, to March 5, 2023
Location: Abeno Harukas Art Museum
Official Website: https://alice.exhibit.jp/
|Access||3 Minutes walk from Abeno Station.|
4. New Year’s Colors Exhibition -Ceramics, Creative Dolls, Bonsai Art
Event Period: December 28, 2022, to January 3, 2023
Location: 8th Floor Hello Culture 1
Official Website: https://web.hh-online.jp/hanshin/contents/hlc/hlc01/detail/2022/11/post_109.html
|Access||1 Minute walk from Umeda Station.|
5. Midosuji Illumination 2022
Event Period: November 3, 2022, to December 31, 2022
Location: Midosuji (Hanshin-mae intersection – Namba Nishiguchi intersection)
Official Website: https://www.hikari-kyoen.com/en/midosuji/
6. Drive Through Sakai Illuminage in J-GREEN Sakai
Event Period: November 11, 2022, to February 12, 2023
Location: Sakai City Soccer National Training Center
Official Website: https://illuminagegroup.com/sakai2022/
|Access||1 Minute walk from J-Green Sakai Clubhouse.|
7. Wonder Experience Illuminight Expo ～2022 WINTER～
Event Period: December 2022
29th (Thursday) and 30th (Friday)
(Canceled in case of rain/canceled in stormy weather)
Location: Around the Tower of the Sun
Official Website: https://www.expo70-park.jp/
|Access||7 minute walk from Bampakukinenkoen Station (Osaka Monorail)|
8. Paper Craft Workshop at the EXPO ’70 Pavilion Foyer
Event Period: December 23, 2022, to January 15, 2023
Location: EXPO’70 Pavilion
Official Website: https://www.expo70-park.jp/event/56167/
|Access||3 Minutes walk from Bampakukinenkoen Station.|
9. Find Miki’s Treasure
Event Period: December 9, 2022, to February 28, 2023
- Osaka Castle Tower
1-1 Osaka Castle, Chuo Ward, Osaka City, Osaka Prefecture
- Amagasaki Castle
27 Kitajonai, Amagasaki City, Hyogo Prefecture
- Kishiwada Castle
9-1 Kishikicho, Kishiwada City, Osaka Prefecture
Official Website: https://blackcats-cube.jp/sanjou-hihou/
10. A Panel of Armor with a Rabbit Drawn at the entrance of the Osaka Castle tower.
Event Period: December 17, 2022 to January 31, 2023
Location: In front of the ticket gates of the Osaka Castle keep (Honmaru Square) (1-1 Osakajo, Chuo-ku, Osaka)
Official Website: https://www.osakacastle.net/events/detail.html?id=159
|Access||13 Minutes walk from Morinomiya Station.|
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I hope you enjoyed this article about events in Osaka this week. As I previously mentioned, it can be difficult to keep track of every festival, exhibition, and other event happening in Osaka, so hopefully, this article serves as a reference for you to find things to do in Osaka.
There’s also an article about events in Osaka during the weekend. Check out the link below!
▶Event List in Osaka This Weekend (December 31, 2022, & January 1, 2023)
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