Here, we introduce sightseeing spots and information on facilities located near Cross Hotel Osaka.
Osaka Castle is the symbol of the city, and in addition to the main castle tower, the grounds also contain the Sakura Gate (a designated Important Cultural Property), and JO-TERRACE where visitors can break for lunch or stroll around the greenery whilst sipping on a cup of Japanese tea. Furthermore, each season brings different things to enjoy, be it cherry blossom or plum blossom, making Osaka Castle a tourist spot not to be missed!
[About 30 minutes by train from Cross Hotel Osaka]
Tsutenkaku Tower is a symbol of Osaka that stands at the heart of the retro “New World” area, a colorful entertainment district that was built in the early 20th century. Here you can feel a sense of nostalgia, and check out some of the eateries frequented by locals too. We recommend you try kushikatsu (skewers of deep-fried meat and vegetables). Furthermore, Tennoji Zoo and Tennoji Park are both located nearby, meaning that there is plenty to see and do. See if you can find the Billiken statue in Tsutenkaku Tower!
[About 18 minutes by train from Cross Hotel Osaka]
Kuromon Market is known as the “Kitchen of Osaka”, and is famous for its fresh seafood, making it a popular tourist destination. Locals and tourists mingle on the streets, nibbling on freshly cooked battered fish or sipping a fruit juice as they stroll along. The experience is sure to stimulate all of your 5 senses!
[About 13 minutes on foot from Cross Hotel Osaka]
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
Osaka Aquarium is one of the world’s largest aquariums, featuring 30,000 creatures comprising 620 species, including giant whale sharks. There are over 14 large tanks, each recreating a specific region of the Pacific Rim, taking visitors on a virtual tour of the Pacific Ocean. A popular recent addition is the new interactive zone, that allows visitors to interact more closely with marine animals, including touching seals, rays and sharks. In addition to the aquarium itself, the Tempozan Harbor Village also features an entertainment and shopping complex offering local souvenirs, restaurants serving Osaka specialties, a Ferris wheel, and sightseeing cruises, meaning that there is plenty to keep the whole family entertained!
[About 45 minutes by train from Cross Hotel Osaka]
The Minami area of Osaka, which includes Dotonbori, is Osaka’s most famous entertainment district, comprising of shopping, restaurants, and a vibrant nightlife scene. There are many huge neon billboards on Dotonbori Street, making it a good spot to take some memorable photos! Visitors can also sample many of Osaka’s most famous dishes in this area, such as takoyaki and okonomiyaki.
[About 1 minutes on foot from Cross Hotel Osaka]