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Top 10 Museums You Need to Go in Osaka

A popular tourist destination in Japan and all of Asia, Osaka is an ideal place to travel and explore. From historic castles and interactive science exhibitions to an instant noodle museum, let’s find out the 10 best museums in Osaka.

1. Osaka Castle Museum


Situated inside the most popular tourist attraction in Osaka, the Osaka Castle and Park, this museum is all about the history of Japan, particularly during the Azuchi-Momoyama and Edo Era.

Head over to the observation deck on the top floor to enjoy a picturesque panoramic view of the Osaka Castle Park and its surrounding area.

Address: 1-1, Osakajo, Chuo-ku, Osaka
Hours: Daily, 9:00-17:00 (Closed December 28 to January 1)
Entrance Fee: 600 Yen for Adults; Free for Children aged 0-15
Website: http://www.osakacastle.net/english/museum/

2. Osaka Museum of History

The museum explains the Osaka’s rich history, from the time it became Japan’s first capital. There is also a restaurant and museum shop on the lower floor.

Osaka, known to be “Japan’s kitchen” for a long time, has wonderful history, and continues to have a culture unique from that of the rest of Japan’s. It is worth your time to see how that came to be.

Address: 4-1-32 Otemae, Chuo-ku, Osaka
Hours: Daily, 9:30-17:00
Entrance Fee: 600 Yen
Website: http://www.mus-his.city.osaka.jp/contents/eng/index.html

3. Osaka Science Museum

This science museum attracts people of all ages, with hands on exhibits that make learning fun and interactive.

They also conduct science shows with different experiment themes and a planetarium with a hi-tech dome for a realistic night sky viewing experience.

Address: 4-2-1 Nakanoshima, Kita-ku, Osaka
Hours: Tuesdays to Sundays, 9:30-17:00 (Closed on Mondays and End of Year Holidays)
Entrance Fee: 400 Yen for Adults; 300 Yen for High School Students; Free for Junior High School students and younger
Website: http://www.sci-museum.jp/files/pdf/english.pdf

4. Osaka Museum of Housing and Living


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Visiting this museum is like stepping back in the streets of ancient Japan from the Edo period to the post-WW I Showa period.

Travel back in time to experience the Japanese life before you were alive.

It also exhibits a small scaled model of what Osaka looked like during the Edo period. A museum favorite is the kimono experience corner, where visitors can take a stroll through Edo-period Osaka dressed up in kimono.

Address: 6-4-20 Tenjimbashi, Kita-ku | 8F, Osaka
Hours: Tuesdays to Sundays, 10:00-17:00 (Closed on Mondays and End of Year Holidays)
Entrance Fee: 600 Yen for Adults; 300 Yen for High School Students; Free for Junior High School students and younger
Website: http://konjyakukan.com/info_e.html

5. Osaka International Peace Center

Peace Osaka focuses on life in World War II Japan with highlight on the city of Osaka.

The museum aims to contribute to global peace while remembering the victims of the Osaka air raids.

Although the exhibition contains graphic material, this helps us not forget the damages of war.

Address: Osaka Castle Park, Chuo-ku, Osaka
Hours: Tuesdays to Sundays, 9:30-17:00 (Closed on Mondays and December 28 to January 4)
Entrance Fee: 250 Yen
Website: http://www.peace-osaka.or.jp/

6. The Momofuku Ando Instant Ramen Museum


The world’s first instant noodle was produced in Osaka, and the Instant Ramen Museum highlights the history of this quick and delicious instant meal. Visitors can even create their own cup ramen at the Cup Noodle Factory, choosing from a wide array of ingredients and flavors.

This is a famous tourist spot, with a lot of foreigners stopping by every day.

Address: 8-25 Masumicho, Ikeda 563-0041, Osaka
Hours: Tuesdays to Sundays, 9:30-16:00 (Closed on Mondays and End of Year Holidays)
Entrance Fee: Free
Website: http://www.instantramen-museum.jp/en/

7. Osaka National Museum of Art

As of March 2011, this museum boasts a total of 6,109 works of contemporary art from Japan and abroad.

The museum’s impressive and eye-catching building was designed to represent the bamboo plant.

Address: 4-2-55 Nakanoshima, Kita-ku, Osaka
Hours: Tuesdays to Sundays, 10:00-17:00 (Closed on Mondays and End of Year Holidays)
* The museum may also be temporarily closed on other days. Please call for details.
Entrance Fee: 430 Yen for Adults; 130 Yen for College Students; Free for children below 18
Website: http://www.nmao.go.jp/en/index.html

8. Open Air Museum of Old Japanese Farmhouses


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View traditional houses from all over Japan with just a single visit to the Open Air Museum of Old Japanese Farmhouses.

This outdoor museum contains 12 valuable houses that are designated as Important Cultural Properties.

Address: 1-2 Hattori-Ryokuchi, Toyonaka 561-0873, Osaka
Hours: Tuesdays to Sundays, 9:30-17:00 (Closed on Mondays and December 27 to January 4)
Entrance Fee: 500 Yen for Adults; 300 Yen for High School Students; 200 Yen for Elementary School students, Free for kids below 7
Website: http://www.occh.or.jp/minka/static/pdf/index/english.pdf

9. Panasonic Konosuke Matsushita Museum

Konosuke Matsushita is a Japanese industrialist and is the founder of Panasonic, Japan’s largest consumer electronics company.

This informative museum explores Konosuke’s management philosophy and displays the company’s very first products that are now of historical value.

Address: 1006 Kadoma, Kadoma 571-0050, Osaka
Hours: Mondays to Saturdays, 9:00-17:00 (Closed on Sundays, National Holidays, and New Year Holidays)
Entrance Fee: Free
Website: http://www.panasonic.com/global/corporate/history/museum.html

10. Kids Plaza Osaka


Kids Plaza Osaka is Japan’s first children’s museum. It provides an exciting and safe atmosphere for the entire family to explore. Their exhibitions let children interact using their 5 physical senses. Workshops are also offered with many interesting and age appropriate handicrafts and experiments.

Address: 2-1-7 Ogimachi, Kita-ku, Osaka
Hours: 9:30-17:00 Tuesdays to Fridays; 9:30-19:00 on Weekends (Closed on Mondays and New Year Holidays)
Entrance Fee: Free
Website: http://www.kidsplaza.or.jp/en/

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