Top 10 Free Things to do in Osaka Prefecture, Kinki

May 22, 2022 Frederic Celentano

Osaka Prefecture (大阪府, Ōsaka-fu) is a prefecture located in the Kansai region on Honshu, the main island of Japan. The capital is the city of Osaka. It is the center of Osaka-Kobe-Kyoto area. Osaka is one of the two "urban prefectures" (府, fu) of Japan, Kyoto being the other (Tokyo became a "metropolitan prefecture", or to, in 1941).
Restaurants in Osaka Prefecture

1. Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine

2-9-89 Sumiyoshi, Sumiyoshi-ku, Osaka 558-0045 Osaka Prefecture +81 6-6672-0753 http://www.sumiyoshitaisha.net/
Excellent
41%
Good
46%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 856 reviews

Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine

Built prior to the influx of Buddhist architecture, this shrine - one of the oldest in Japan - exemplifies a purely Japanese style design.

Reviewed By leungalex

Ths is place brings calm and peace, the bridge is beautiful. The steps on the bridge are deceptively steep but when you walk on them they are just like ordinary stairs, amazing architectural design. Take the subway to Tennoji station then Hankai line tram to Sumiyoshitorii-Mae, you get to enjoy the charming tram too, an unexpected experience in modren Osaka,

2. Minoo Park

1-18 Minokoen, Mino 562-0002 Osaka Prefecture +81 72-721-3014 http://www.mino-park.jp/
Excellent
49%
Good
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Satisfactory
9%
Poor
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4.5 based on 330 reviews

Minoo Park

Reviewed By edithssalazar - Baguio, Philippines

We visited Minoo Park after a morning rain so it was a cold overcast afternoon. The autumn colors were stunning we couldn’t stop taking pictures along the 2.8 km uphill path going to the Minoo waterfalls. It was my 5th time in the Kansai area so we decided to go “off the beaten path” and it was all worth it. If you stay in Northern Osaka this is just a 15 minute train ride to the outskirts. It was so easy to find, we saw the signs as soon as we got off the train. It was a serene and pretty place with crisp clean air. I would love to go back on a sunny day though.

3. Cup Noodle Museum Osaka Ikeda

8-25 Masumicho, Ikeda 563-0041 Osaka Prefecture +81 72-752-3484 http://www.cupnoodles-museum.jp/ja/osaka_ikeda/
Excellent
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Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 683 reviews

Cup Noodle Museum Osaka Ikeda

Dedicated to ramen noodle cups, the museum showcases the mind-boggling number of instant ramen flavor variations that have come out over the years and a reproduction of the hut where Momofuku Ando first created them.

Reviewed By M_Danial - Singapore, Singapore

We visited last year, and we decided to visit again this year because of how fun it was. It's located near Ikeda station in Kansai (Osaka), though you'll need to take a private line to reach there (meaning it won't be covered under the Japan Rail pass). You'll also want to take the express train there as it's significantly faster. Once at Ikeda, it's a short walk to the museum. There'll be a lot of school children visiting as well. Entry is free, but you can rent an English audio guide if you want to watch and listen to the exhibits. There's an area where you can design your own Cup Noodle (each cup is about JPY300). Once you buy the number of cups you want, you get directed to seat at a table to design your own cup with the markers the provide. Once you're done with designing, you can proceed to make your Cup Noodle proper. First stop on the line is where the staff will help to load up the noodle, and you'll have to help with spinning the wheel. Next, you'll have to choose the soup base (Original, Chilli Tomato, Seafood or Curry), as well as up to 4 ingredients to go along with it (such as green onion, prawn, etc). Last, they'll heat wrap the cup with plastic after sealing the lid. Last of all, you can put the Cup Noodle in a bag and inflate it to keep it safe, though you won't be able to bring it on the flight if you do so. However, if you plan to give it as a give, feel free to take the bag and corresponding string without inflating it!

4. Asahi Breweries Suita Brewery

1-45 Nishinnoshocho, Suita 564-0071 Osaka Prefecture +81 6-6388-1943 http://www.asahibeer.co.jp/brewery/suita/
Excellent
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4.5 based on 160 reviews

Asahi Breweries Suita Brewery

Reviewed By 96kirstenh

We had a bit of a mess up in the beginning. The website says to ring in advance if you would like to be apart of the English speaking tour so we did and booked for 12pm the next day. When we got there to start the tour there was no booking for us and there wasn’t even a tour at 12pm. Luckily they put us on the 1pm tour so we went and got some lunch while we waited. We downloaded an app on our phones and listened to the tour on there. However the guide was also really good and added some English in there for us too which I thought was great. My partner loves asahi beer so he really enjoyed seeing how the production all worked and the tastings at the end were fantastic.

5. Imashirozuka Ancient History Museum

48-8 Gungeshinmachi, Takatsuki 569-1136 Osaka Prefecture +81 72-682-0820 http://www.city.takatsuki.osaka.jp/kakuka/machi/bunkazai/gyomuannai/rekishikan/daio/kodairekishikan/index.html
Excellent
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4.5 based on 40 reviews

Imashirozuka Ancient History Museum

6. Waterfall of Mino

Minokoen, Mino 562-0002 Osaka Prefecture +81 72-721-3014 http://www.mino-park.jp
Excellent
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Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 398 reviews

Waterfall of Mino

Reviewed By marisolc789 - Quezon City, Philippines

The place is so wonderful; so refreshing, calm and peaceful. It is a 2.7km walk! First time to eat maple leaves.

7. Minami (Namba)

Namba, Chuo, Osaka 542-0076 Osaka Prefecture
Excellent
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Satisfactory
15%
Poor
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4.0 based on 2,031 reviews

Minami (Namba)

Reviewed By diesel5656 - Samut Prakan, Thailand

Minami Namba Shinsaibashi is an amazing place for shopping and dining. Shopping : Cheap price, a lot of goods, modern, no tax and etc. Dining : Awesome foods and prices. I really like this place.

8. Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street

Chuo, Osaka 542-0085 Osaka Prefecture +81 6-6211-1114 https://www.shinsaibashi.or.jp/lang/en
Excellent
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4.0 based on 4,910 reviews

Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street

Reviewed By abahusada - Jakarta, Indonesia

Many Stores in Shinsaibashi-Suji Shopping Street are ABC Mart (Sneakers for Men & Women), Gu (fashion and clothes for Men, women and children), Disney, H & M, Tommy Hilfiger , GAP and etc

9. Rinku Park

1-271 Rinkuouraikita, Izumisano 598-0048 Osaka Prefecture +81 72-469-7717 http://rinku.osaka-park.or.jp/
Excellent
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Good
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Satisfactory
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Poor
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4.0 based on 123 reviews

Rinku Park

Reviewed By KlapauciusJapan

A nice park next to the sea, with great views of the bay and Kansai airport. The park has plants, flowers, a fountain, places to sit, and various paths to walk. A nice place to relax, away from the busier shops and restaurants nearby.

10. Yamadaike Park

1-1 Yamadaikekoen, Hirakata 573-0167 Osaka Prefecture +81 72-851-4761 http://yamadaike.osaka-park.or.jp/
Excellent
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4.0 based on 75 reviews

Yamadaike Park

Reviewed By S4224RVjoannas

Great place to walk and run. Different plants in bloom at different times of year - plum trees and cherry trees in spring, irises in June, other bushes and trees later. Bamboo grove. Playgrounds and picnic areas. Something for everyone.

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