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Must-See Museums in Osaka

By Viator, March 2018

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Osaka is as rich in history and culture as in culinary prowess and cosmopolitan appeal. Learn more about the city's important role in regional and national Japanese history at its top-notch museums, which showcase everything from ceramics to contemporary art to housing. Here are a few must-see museums in Osaka.

Osaka Museum of Housing and Living
Meander the streets of Osaka during the 1800s in the Osaka Museum of Housing and Living. This innovative museum brings history into the present with recreated buildings and streets from Osaka’s past. The life-sized model of Osaka during the Edo Period is the only one of its kind in Japan. Visitors also learn about Osaka’s development and how life has changed throughout the centuries through interactive exhibits.

Museum of Oriental Ceramics
The Museum of Oriental Ceramics has thousands of works of art in its holdings, from China, Korea, and Japan, more than a dozen of which have been designated as national treasures. Learn more about history through a visit to the permanent ceramics collection, among the best in the world. Expect English descriptions on the about 300 pieces displayed.

Osaka Museum of History
Visitors to the Osaka Museum of History choose between two paths through the museum, a short Highlights Course and a longer Complete Course. Both offer hands-on activities and life-size displays that bring to life Osaka City’s rich history, spanning from pre-feudal days to the early 20th century.

National Museum of Art, Osaka
The building that houses the National Museum of Art is a work of modern art itself. The unique architecture symbolizes the growth patterns and strength of bamboo. All of the museum’s exhibitions are underground with the ground floor serving only as an entrance. The museum prides itself on collecting top-notch post-war era contemporary art from Japan and the world.

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Osaka Full-Day Walking Tour with Osaka River Cruise, Osaka, null
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Osaka Full-Day Walking Tour with Osaka River Cruise

4 star rating: Recommended 63 Reviews

Go for a stroll through Osaka and see its highlights on this guided walking tour, including a 1-hour river cruise on the Aqua Liner. You'll enjoy lunch and ...  Read more

Location: Osaka, Japan
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $126.19
Osaka Walking Tour, Osaka, Walking Tours
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Osaka Walking Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 48 Reviews

See and experience the unique and fun Osaka in 3-hours! You will have a chance to walk through nostalgic neighborhood, eat delicious Osaka local food and meet ...  Read more

Location: Osaka, Japan
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $31.77
Osaka Afternoon Walking Tour with Osaka River Cruise, Osaka, Walking Tours
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Osaka Afternoon Walking Tour with Osaka River Cruise

4 star rating: Recommended 44 Reviews

Combine the best of Osaka on this half-day walking tour in the afternoon. With your expert and friendly guide, explore Osaka Castle — the city’s best-known ...  Read more

Location: Osaka, Japan
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $88.06
Osaka Walking Tour with River Cruise and Osaka Castle from Kyoto, Kyoto, Walking Tours
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Osaka Walking Tour with River Cruise and Osaka Castle from Kyoto

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Follow an expert guide on foot to principal landmarks in Osaka during a full-day walking tour, departing from Kyoto. Visit Shogun exhibits at Osaka Castle and ...  Read more

Location: Kyoto, Japan
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $141.62

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