A trip to Osaka is full of weird and wonderful sights, including Spa World. It is set in the centre of Osaka and is a peculiar fusion of spa, space centre and Vegas-style glitz. It is the perfect place to unwind, choosing from Roman-style baths, outdoor pools or a fully stocked gym.
If you are travelling with children, a day out at Universal Studios Japan, in Osaka Bay, is the ideal treat. Its film-themed rides and attractions, restaurants and shops make it one of Osaka’s most popular attractions, so get there early if you can.
You cannot fail to spot the HEP Five Ferris Wheel next to Osaka Station, and there is no better way of seeing the city. The ride lasts 15 minutes and the carriages are fully air-conditioned. It is likely to be one of the highlights of your trip.
You can also visit other Japanese cities such as Kyoto, Kobe and Himeji, using Osaka as a base. Most are around an hour’s travel by public transport. There are several famous temples in Kyoto, certified as World Heritage sites, like the Kinkaku-ji and Kiyomizu-dera. Pay a visit to the beautiful harbour city of Kobe, or wander around Himeji-jo, one of the most popular castles in Japan, located in Himeji.