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The Top 10 Things To Do And See In Kyobashi, Osaka

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Updated: 27 October 2017

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

Taiko-en (太閤園)

The former residence and garden of merchant Denzaburo Fujita, Taiko-en was built in the early 1900s. This beautiful oriental garden is a popular venue for weddings and wedding photos, and it’s not hard to see why. The grounds are laid out in the style of a Tsukiyama-shiki Kaiyu garden, with a hillside environment, designed for the viewer to stroll through and admire the scenery. For this reason, Taiko-en is one of the best gardens to take a walk through, with its greenery, flowers, and pond. There are several high-end restaurants now housed in the former residence, serving Japanese or Western cuisine.

9-10 Amijima-cho, Miyakojima-ku, Osaka 534-0026, +81 06-6356-1110

Mall Kyobashi

Located directly on top of the Kyobashi station, this shopping centre has a great variety of shops, from fashion and shoes to food and books. Situated in the mall is Keihan Department Store, a chain department store that sells pretty much everything you can think of. Both international and local brands can be found in the shopping centre. The basement level is a supermarket and food hall, where you can find snacks such as donuts and takoyaki.

2-1-38, Higashinoda-cho, Miyakojima Ward, Osaka 534-0024, +81 06-6353-2525

The International Marketplace

Situated on top of the Osaka Business Park station, The International Marketplace, known as IMP, is a shopping mall that occupies the first three floors of the Matsushita IMP Building. Unlike the other big mall in the neighborhood, Keihan, IMP is much more local, with its stylish independent boutiques and restaurants. The shopping mall takes up the first three floors of the high-rise office building, while the top floor is occupied by a chic bar.

1-3-7 Shiromi, Chuo-ku, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture

Twin 21

A pair of skyscrapers connected to the Matsushita IMP Building by a footbridge, Twin 21 is composed of a shopping mall, offices, and two restaurants on the top floor with a spectacular view over Kyobashi and Osaka Castle. The 21st day of every month is “Twin 21 Day”, where there are discounts and promotions featured in every store.

 2-1-61, Shiromi, Chuo-ku, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture

Tenmangu Shrine (天満宮)

Erected in 950AD, this Shinto shrine has burnt down seven times and the current structure was built in the 19th century. As it is dedicated to the deity of scholarship it attracts thousands of students and their families each year to pray here for academic success. The main attraction at the Tenmangu Shrine, however, is the Tenjin Matsuri, which occurs annually on the 24th and 25th of July. The festival includes a parade, which has a land procession and a river procession by boat, and ends with fireworks in the evening.

1 Chome-13-41 Minamiokajima, Taisho Ward, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture, Japan, +81 6-6551-5668

Izakayas and Bars

Many of the office workers at Kyobashi end their week at the many bars that dot the district. For a chance to get to know the locals, or simply to unwind, visit these local establishments. Kyobashi is particularly known for its cosy izakayas, or Japanese taverns, which serve traditional food and sake for a range of prices.