Highly recommended from the locals! The instagenic and SNS worthy sightseeing spots.
Osaka is popular for sightseeing travelers from the Asian region. Everyone has the smartphone with the selfie sticks and taking photos at the popular sightseeing places. Today, the Osaka locals secretly tell you “The sightseeing spots and shops that looks good on SNS.” Let me begin!
The Osaka Castle will look very different in time and angle
First of all, the Osaka Castle is the most popular sightseeing place for tourist from abroad as a landmark in Osaka. From 1583 to 1598, Toyotomi Hideyoshi built this for the purpose to create the center for the unification of Japanese nation. Currently, the Osaka Castle is reserved as one of the prominent national historic sites, and recognized as the finest castle remaining.
The tip to take Osaka Castle beautifully is almost always focused on where and how to take the picture of the castle by the single lens reflex cameras or telescope lens. However, today we are introducing you how to take the photogenic photos for uploading on your SNS by handy smartphones. It is also perfect for those of you like to take selfies with the selfie sticks. For example, a usual photo with the famous “Gokuraku-bashi Bridge” will look like below.
If you would like to take shot with a person on a smartphone, you lean the angle little bit from the other side of the bridge, and you can take the nice shot with a person in front with the Osaka Castle beautifully on the background. The ratio of the shooting landscapes and people should be 4:3 on your smartphone setting.
How the sun light spots the Osaka Castle is different from where you initially get off from the train station. The east side where you access from JR Osaka-jo Koen Station and the west side where you access from JR Morinomiya Station. The eastern side is in the morning and the west side in the afternoon, the sun beautifully hits the castle.
Walk from the Gokuraku-bashi Bridge towards the Castle Tower, you will pass by multiple photogenic sites, followed by Yamazatomon-ato, Yamazatoguruwa and Yamazatoguchimon-ato. Around “Yamazatoguchi-demasugata,” even you place a person in the middle of your shoot you can take a good photo. Of course, you can also place the person on the sides and take nice scenery.
Turning around the castle tower, the angle to look at Osaka Castle from the front of “Zannenishi” is the best shot of SNS. Many tourists gather around this area to take pictures.
When you pass through “Sakura-mon Gate,” which is located in front of the Castle Tower, there is “Toyokuni-jinja Shrine” right next to you. Standing in the front of statue of Hideyoshi Toyotomi is actually a hidden SNS photoshoot spot.
The signboard of Dotonbori is not just Glico!
Next is the popular tourist spot in Osaka “Ebisubashi” neighborhood in Dotonbori, Osaka. Shooting in front of the specialty Glico is a super major spot that everyone knows, but recently Dontobori offers many other powerful SNS shooting
The promenade of the Dotonbori River connecting “Ebisu-bashi Bridge” and the “Tazaemon-bashi Bridge” on the east side is the great SNS photo shooting location. There is a huge ferris wheel of the discount store “Don Quijote, Dotonbori Store.”
Furthermore, Dotonbori area is famous for a giant 3D billboard. Including a traditional restaurant “Kani-Doraku,” Dotonbori is like a theme park of a doll, and there is no doubt about the beautiful shots for SNS.
“Legendary Star Donburiya”
“Takoyaki house: Dotonbori KUKURU”
“Uncle Carl” - a popular Japanese snack
“Konamon Museum” – Museum of Osaka’s famous takoyaki and veggie pancakes
“Zuboraya” - The most famous blowfish restaurant
“Ganso Mawaru Genrokusushi”
“Kushikatsu DARUMA” –Fried veggies and meat restaurant
“Showa Taishu Horumon”
“PASELA RESORTS” – Karaoke restaurant
The store stands out the most on the street is “Kinryu Ramen,” which is open 24hrs a day. This restaurant represents the Dotonbori’s energetic atmosphere. It can be said that its uniqueness and heartwarming people of Dotonbori is the reason why it looks entertaining on even SNS photos.
Since we are already at Dotonbori, lets extend to other downtown areas of Minami next door.
Namba Yasaka-jinja Shrine
This place in Minami is the recent popular area of Osaka for tourists came from overseas. A shrine standing quietly in the place about 10 minutes south of Namba Station, there is a stage with a huge lion head shape called “Shishibutai.” This unique Japanese figure looks nice on your SNS trip posts.
Amemura Wall Paint “Peace on Earth”
Youth town, “America-mura’s (American Village),” vibrant atmosphere is symbolized by this wall paint. It is always crowded with people who try to take nice photos to upload on their SNS. This is a must visit place for instagramers who like to take photos from various angles.
“Totti Candy Factory Amemura Store”
“Amemura” is also an area where young people are talking about sweets that look fabulous on SNS. Let me introduce you some representative ones!
“Rose gelato” that superimposes a gelato of vivid color like a rose petal is a dessert as if it was created for people to post on their SNS. You can combine from 6 kinds of flavors such as chocolate, matcha, vanilla, strawberry, mixed berry, mango. It is popular to order “rainbow,” which consists all the flavors and colors.
●Fukui Building 1F, 2-1-13, Nishi-Shinsaibashi, Chuo-ku, Osaka
TOTTI CANDY FACTORY America-mura Store
It is a popular shop with big and pop color cotton candy. There are cotton candy with cups for takeout, cute cake pops, and bulk candies. All of these sweet treats are very photogenic.
TOTTI CANDY FACTORY America-mura Store
●2-11-9 RE11 04, Nishi-Shinsaibashi, Chuo-ku, Osaka
●11:00-20:00 (Saturdays, Sundays, Holidays, and Summer/ Winter/ Spring vacation period opens from 10:00-)
This is a new-wave sweet, which skewered pancakes that are popular among girls. Even the impact of 40cm long, you can surprisingly eat it up.
●American Plaza 2F, 1-16-12, Nishi-Shinsaibashi, Chuo-ku, Osaka
Parfait with freshly baked baby castella with soft cream is very popular among young ladies. Its popularity and deliciousness come from the texture of slightly warm baby castella matching perfectly with the cold ice cream.
“IKKI Shinsaibashi Store”
●1-7-8, Nishi-Shinsaibashi Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi
Now, you can’t wait to visit Osaka! after introducing so many sightseeing places, restaurants, and dessert places. Hope this article became your good reference for deciding where to visit in Osaka. Please try to upload lots of memorable photos of your Osaka trip on your SNS!
This information was last updated on March 28, 2018. For latest details and inquires please contact the stores directly.
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