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Hi,I’m Keiko from Osaka!

Are you planning to come here in Osaka in winter time?

Then you better know what kind of event there are and how we spend your time in this season.

There are many interesting places to visit Osaka in winter.

Here are Top 5 things to do in Osaka in winter time!
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Local tells Top 5 best things to do in Osaka in Winter!

1.Visit Universal Studios Japan

Universal Studios Japan Needless to say, USJ is a popular place to visit in Osaka.

In winter, there is a big annual event called “Universal Wonder Christmas”.

You feel Christmas atmosphere by their ornaments and illuminations.

There are many special events inside the park, and must see event among them is “Special Christmas show and Christmas tree.”

The show, “The Voice of an Angel” is performed with beautiful song and dance by the actors and there will be spectacular illumination by the projection mapping.

This show is really amazing and you can see angel flying over the sky.

While the show is shining beautifully, Christmas tree with lights will remain dark.

After the end of the show, the lights will be turned on as a magic!

This Christmas tree has been renewed this year, and it keeps changing in many ways every year.You better check it out!

It’s cold outside so don’t forget to dress warm.

Click here for related information:How to get to Universal Studios Japan? Best route by train and bus

Universal Studios Japan
Address: 2-1-33 Sakurajima,Konohana-Ku,Osaka
Location:5 minutes walk from JR Yumesaki Line Universal City Station
Closed:Irregular holiday

2.OSAKA Hikari-Renaissance/大阪・光の饗宴

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OSAKA Hikari-Renaissance is an annual light art festival in Nakanoshima.

Their concept is to make Osaka city as “a lightening museum” by illuminating all over the city.

They have two main areas.

One is “Midosuji street illumination” which runs from north to south in the middle of Osaka city.

In the evening, illumination on tree-lined streets makes the night scenery.

It will last for 4 km between Umeda and Namba.

It’s really great to walk along this illuminated street during the winter season.

Another one is called ”Osaka Hikari no Renaissance” which is held in the center of Osaka city, “Nakanoshima”.

They have 5 programs ranging from Nakanoshima Illumination Street Special Preview,The Wall Tapestry Lighting Show and OSAKA Marche of Light.

The must see event is the the projection mapping.

The different colored lights are being projected on the wall of Osaka city central public hall and it’s really beautiful.

OSAKA Hikari-Renaissance
Address: Osaka City Hall 1-3-20 Nakanoshima, Kita-ku, Osaka
Location:3 minutes walk from Subway Midosuji Line Yodoyabashi Station Exit 1
Illumination Period:Midosuji street illumination:12th Nov.-31th Dec.
OSAKA Hikari-Renaissance:14th Dec.-25th.Dec in 2017
Illumination hours:OSAKA Hikari-Renaissance:17:00〜22:00
Midosuji street illumination:17:00〜23:00

3.Enjoy hot springs/温泉に浸かる

Onsen Hot springs is the first thing to come up in our mind when we are asked what to do in winter time.

Soaking into hot springs warm up your body and make you comfortable.

It is one of the happiest moment for us to soak and relax in the hot spring.

There are many places where you can enjoy hot springs in the city.

“Naniwa no yu” and “Daitoyou” are the famous hot springs place in Osaka.

Please see here for related information:Local tells Top 5 best Onsen in Osaka!Enjoy Hot springs in the City!

You may hesitate to be naked in public in hot springs.

In that case, you can visit “Nobeha no yu” in Tsuruhashi, which has private baths.

There are 11 different private baths, and each have an open-air bath.

The price of private baths is between 3,800yen and 4,500 yen per hour.

Nobeha no yu
Address:3-13-41 Tamatsu, Higashinari-ku, Osaka
Location:5 minutes walk from Osala Loop Line Tsuruhashi Station,5 minutes walk from Subway Sennichimae Line Tsuruhashi station
Phone: 06-4259-1126
Opening hours:9:00〜 2:00 (final acceptance 1:00)
Entrance fee: Adults:850 yen,Child:450 yen
Tickets (adults, 11 sheets spelling) is available at 8,500 yen

Next.let’s have food specialties in Osaka!

4. Enjoy cuisine of crab and puffer fish/カニ料理とふぐ料理

Kanidouraku Osaka is the ideal place for foodies, you can enjoy a variety of foods at reasonable prices.

The must eat foods in winter are crabs and puffer fish.

Kani Nabe(crab hotpot) and Fugu Nabe(Puffer fish hotpot)warm up your body and is good for your health.

The most famous crab restaurant in Osaka is Kani doraku.

Maybe you might have seen their landmark,the giant mechanical crab in front of the restaurant on TV or magazine.

As for puffer fish,The most famous restaurant is Zuboraya.

Namba has changed over the past several decades, but Kanidouraku and Zuboraya remain the same.

If you want to enjoy crab&puffer fish dishes, please see more details here:Local tells Top 5 best crab restaurants in Osaka!
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5.Visit German Christmas Market/ドイツクリスマスマーケット

German Christmas market German Christmas Markets are originated in Europe countries such as Germany and Austria, but you can also enjoy them here at Umeda in Osaka!

It is held at Umeda Sky building and one of the most famous events in Osaka.

You may feel traveling to Germany seeing their lovely shops, ornaments, an antique merry-go-round and food stalls.

They offer Gluh Wein(Hot wine), German beer, sausages, Stollen, and Lebkuchen etc.

I drink Gluh Wein(Hot wein) every year, and it’s so sweet and tasty!

There is a large Christmas tree illuminated with beautiful colorful lights in the center of the plaza .

I used to live Germany for 1 year and I do love German Christmas markets.

It’s much smaller than real German Christmas Market, but I’m happy that I can see German Christmas market in my city.

If you come to Osaka in winter,enjoy romantic time at German Christmas market!

German Christmas Market
Address:1-1 Oyodo-naka,Kita-ku,Osaka
Location:15 minutes walk from Subway Midosuji Line Umeda station
Illumination Period:17th Nov.-25th.Dec in 2017
Illumination hours:17:00〜22:00
Opening hours:Mon.-Thu.12:00~21:00,Fri.12:00~22:00,Sat.Sun.Public holiday 11:00~22:00


Top 5 best things to do in Osaka in winter

  1. Visit Universal Studios Japan・・・In winter, there is a big annual event called “Universal Wonder Christmas”.
  2. OSAKA Hikari-Renaissance・・・”Osaka Hikari no Renaissance” is held in the center of Osaka city, “Nakanoshima”.
  3. Enjoy hot springs・・・There are many places where you can enjoy hot springs in the city.
  4. Enjoy cuisine of crab and puffer fish・・・Winter is the best season to have crabs and puffer fish.
  5. Visit German Christmas Market・・・German Christmas Market is held at Umeda Sky Building.

I hope you’ll have a great time in Osaka in winter!

If you’re looking for unique activities and experiences in Osaka,you can find them here:

If you want to try Izakaya and other finest Osaka’s food, try Osaka Bar Hopping Food tour with Magical Trip.

They’ll get to experience authentic Osaka foods and drinks by pub crawling local izakaya bars that travelers normally couldn’t find.

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