One of Osaka’s major office areas, Kyobashi may be the haunt of the city’s white-collar workers, but it is also situated near to several main tourist attractions, including Osaka Castle. The area has a raffish charm to it that you just might fall in love with. We list the best things to see and do here.
Fujita Museum (藤田美術館)
This privately owned collection, one of the largest in the Kansai region, includes over 5,000 items, now displayed in the museum. This collection of paintings, ceramics, calligraphy and more, was started by Denzaburo Fujita, a merchant of the Meiji era, and opened to the public in 1954 by his descendants. Among the most famous of these artifacts are rare ceramic teapots and tea bowls. As the museum exhibitions change regularly, there are no permanent exhibitions.
10-32 Amijima-cho, Miyakojima-ku, Osaka 534-0026, +65 06-6351-0582
Osaka Castle (大阪城)
One of Osaka’s most popular attractions, Osaka Castle was built in the Edo Period, when Japan was under the rule of the Tokugawa Shogunate, the country’s last feudal military government. The castle grounds are beautiful in any season, its trees washed pale pink in spring by cherry blossoms and fiery red in autumn by fall foliage. The castle itself, which is a reconstruction as the original was destroyed by war, houses a museum on the history of Japan, focusing on the Edo Period.
1-1, Osakajo, Chuo-ku, Osaka City, +81 6 6941 3044
Kema Sakuranomiya Park (毛馬桜之宮公園)
With up to 5,000 cherry blossom trees, Kema Sakuranomiya Park is one of the best places to go in Japan for cherry blossom viewing. The park is awash with pink-white blossoms, transforming the urban park to a fairytale world. Don’t worry if you’re not visiting in cherry blossom season, as the park has a great view of the Okawa River and the opposite bank. For a leisurely afternoon, have a picnic under the trees on a bench or the grass.
1-10-29 Nagarahigashi Kita-ku, Osaka 531-0063, +81 6-6312-8121
Japan Mint (造幣局)
Across the Okawa River and directly opposite the Kema Sakuranomiya Park is Japan Mint. The Japan Mint Museum sits on its premises, within a western-style building made from red brick. You can learn about the history of the coin in Japan, as well as its production process. Along with physical and audio-visual exhibitions, there are interactive displays in the “Experience Corner” that allow you to get a hands-on learning experience. Furthermore, Japan Mint’s private gardens are open to the public for a week every year during cherry blossom season, so check their website to see if you’ll be lucky enough to see their 300 cherry blossom trees in bloom.
1-79, Temma 1-chome, Kita-ku, Osaka, +81 06 6351 5361