Osaka Summer – Things to Do in Osaka in Summer
There are plentiful things to do in Osaka in summer - find below the season's highlights.
If you’re looking for things do in Osaka in summer, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve got a full guide to what you should be doing under the summer sun, from festivals and gardens to water parks and beer gardens.
Osaka Swimming Pools and Water Parks
Cool yourself off at one of Osaka’s swimming pools or water parks this summer. Here are a couple of the best:
Tsurumi Ryokuchi Swimming Pool
Tsurumi Ryokuchi Pool boasts an indoor heated pool, water slides, water guns, adventure caves and a jungle style Jacuzzi pool. Poolside, find suspension bridges and palm trees, all adding up to create an enticing exotic vibe. In the summer months, an outdoor swimming zone is also open to play around in.
Address: 1-37 Ryokuchikoen, Tsurumi-ku, Osaka
Access: Tsurumi Ryokuchi Station
Hours: April-September 9:00 am – 09:00 pm (Admission is until 08:00 pm) October-May 9:00 am – 07:00 pm (Admission is until 06:00 pm)
Price: Adults (over 16 years old, under 65 years old): 1200 yen, children (under 16 years old) and elderly (over 65 years old): 600 yen.
Huis Ten Bosh WaterPark
Hui Ten Bosh is a newly opened waterpark near Osaka Castle. With a 150-meter long waterslide and three huge pools, there’s something for kids and grown-ups alike here.
Address: 1-1 Osakajo, Chuo Ward, Osaka
Access: Osakajokoen Station
Hours: July 16th – August 31st. 10:00am – 6:00pm (Water Park)
Price: Adults: high school students: 1900 yen, Children: 1400 yen
Seaside Osaka, unsurprisingly, boasts great beaches. Check out a couple of recommendations below or read our full guide to Japanese beaches.
Nishikinohama Beach Park
Sandy, clean and easily accessible: what more could you ask for? From early April to early June try a spot of clam digging, or stick to the classics like swimming or BBQ-ing throughout the season.
Address: 1 Sawa, Kaizuka City, Osaka
Access: Nishikihama Station
Hours: July 1st – Aug. 31th
Tarui Southern Beach
Tarui Southern Beach or Rinku Minamihama Bathing Beach is located across the sea from Kansai International Airport but don’t let this put you off, it is well known for its beautiful artificial sand and palm trees. Water sports enthusiasts also consider this one of the best spots in the area.
Access: Tarui Station
Hours: Open from July 1st to Aug 31st. Weekdays 9:00 am – 05:00pm. Weekends and National Holidays 8:00 am – 06:00 pm
Price: Shower Room: adults: 400 yen, children: 200 yen.
Tokimeki Beach (Tannowa Bathing Beach) is known for its beauty, its white sand and its clean water. Enjoy a day swimming, digging for clams or just taking it easy with family and friends.
Access: Tannowa Station
Santa Maria Twilight Cruise
Santa Maria Twilight Cruise, taking off from Tempozan Harbour Village, is a boat cruise for taking in the calm evening waters and the sunset. The cruise lasts 1 hour and for the price is well worth it.
Address: 1-1-10 Kaigandori, Minato-ku,Osaka
Access: Tempozan station
Hours: April, May, June and September: Saturday, Sunday and Public holidays: 06:30 pm, July: Saturday, Sunday and Public holidays: 07:00 pm, August: Everyday: 07:00 pm, October: Saturday, Sunday and Public holidays: 05:30 pm
Price: Adult: 2100 yen and Child: 1050 yen
Osaka Beer Gardens
From Early June to early September Japan’s beer garden scene is in full flow, attracting the weary after-work crowd, party groups, students, families, and tourists looking to stave off the heat and relax.
Beer gardens are usually all you can drink and eat. Typically, prices start at around 3500 yen. Many beer gardens are to be found on the rooftops of major department stores and hotels, or within parks.
Take a look at one of the best:
Sapporo Beer garden
This beer garden in Nishi-Umeda serves “Perfect Black Label” beer from Sapporo and an all you can eat buffet of Italian, French, and Spanish foods.
Hours: June 23rd- October 2nd. Weekdays: 05:00 pm – 11:00 pm and Saturday, Sunday and National holidays: 12:00 am – 11:00 pm.
Price: 3,500 yen
Japanese High School Baseball Tournament (Koshien Summer)
Osaka Koshien is a national high school baseball championship held in Osaka annually. It is the largest scale amateur sports event in Japan and fiercely contested. Whether a baseball die-hard or a casual fan, the atmosphere and sense of occasion are irresistible and sure to live long in the memory.
Official Website: Koshien calendar (Japanese)
Osaka Summer Gardens
What better way to exploit the summer than in one of Osaka’s many gardens. Hydrangeas are the most well-represented flower in Osaka and can be found all over the city. Check out some of our favorite gardens:
The Hydrangea Promenade is a flowery path located at the Nukata Picnic site. with over 25,000 hydrangeas in various colors, flower power is strong here. The Hydrangea Festival from mid-June to mid-July is a particularly good time to head over.
Address: Yamate-cho, Higashi-Osaka
Hours: Blooming is likely to start in mid-June
The flowers here only emphasise the shrine’s beauty. A quiet spot which is well worth checking out.
Hours: Throughout June
Osaka Summer Fireworks
This fireworks display is the highlight of Tenjin Matsuri, one of the most popular summer festivals in Japan, held on July 25th annually. Also enjoy the “fire boat” show and lively traditional music and dance.
Access: KeihanTenmabashi Station/Sakuranomiya Station
Hours: July 25th: 07:30 pm – 08:50 pm
This fireworks show is considered as one of the most impressive in Japan. The choreographed display lights up the sky above the city spectacularly, so don’t miss out!
Address: 1 Shindo Tondabayashi, Osaka
Hours: August 1st: 07:55 pm – 08:50 pm
Naniwa Yodogawa Fireworks Festival
One of the largest fireworks festivals in Osaka, attracting almost 1 million visitors each year.
Address: Along Yodogawa-ku, Osaka
Hours: August 7th, 07:40 pm – 08:40 pm (To be confirmed)
Osaka Summer Festivals
Summer festivals are an enduring part of Japanese culture and eagerly looked forward to every year. Normally, summer festivals take place around temples, shrines, parks, public squares, streets, at the beach or on riverbanks. Each is unique, imbued with local flavor, traditional meaning and importantly, packed with people having a great time. Watch the processions, music, dances and try some food – it’s what summer’s about.
We’ve got a full guide to Japanese summer festivals, right here.
Dotombori River Lantern Festival
Each summer, the Dontobori river is adorned with illuminated lanterns on both banks and various festival events are held throughout the season.
Address: Along Dontobori River
Hours: July 1st – Aug 31st: 07:00 pm – 02:00 am
Ikutama Summer Festival
Ikutama summer festival is a typical Kansai festival, held in Ikukutanitama in early July. The festival’s highlight is a parade of soul-stirring Makura Daiko (Typical Kansai Drum) drumming, followed by a lion dance and portable shrine parade.
Address: Ikukutanitama, Tennoji-ku, Osaka
Hours: July 11th and 12th: 05:00 pm- 10:00 pm
Aizen Festival, also known as the Yukata festival, is a festival held in late June to early July. The Festival’s highlight is the Aizen Musume girls in yukata who parade through the town on a decorated palanquin called hoekago.
Address: Yuhigaoka-cho, Tennoji-ku, Osaka
Hours: June 30th – July 2nd: 9:00 am – 10:00 pm
Japan’s premier rock festival, this year’s event boasts Radiohead as the headline act alongside the alternative Amercian rock band Weezer and the infamous British DJ and producer Mark Ronson.
Summer Sonic is held simultaneously in Chiba and Osaka, with acts switching between the sites over the course of the weekend. The two-day event also offers several alternative attractions, such as SonicArt and shopping areas. so why not give this summer music festival a try?
Address: Adress to be determined for 2017
When: July 20nd – 21th
Price: 16,500 (one day pass) and 30,500 yen (two day pass)
Hassaku Festival is an elementary school sumo tournament to celebrate the harvest. Held in Domyouji Tenmangu Shrine, don’t miss the occasion to see Japanese children wrestling in true Japanese fashion!
Hours: September 1st: 02:00 pm-08:00 pm
Sennichi Mairi Festival
Sennichi Mairi or the “Thousands Days” Festival is held in Shitennoji Temple over two days in early August. Many prayer services are conducted, and with the statue of goddess Kokoromi-no-kannon goddess usually closed to the public, this is your chance to see it in all its glory.
Hours: August 9th and 10th: 9:00-21:00
Price: Ordinary prayer service: 3,000 yen and special prayer service: 5,000 yen or more
Sumiyoshi Festival is one of the most interesting festivals to attend during the summer in Osaka. The highlight of this festival is the Nagoshi-Harai-Shinji ritual held on the 31st. In this ritual women and children in Muromachi period clothes (14-16th century) pass through a large ring made of thatch to wish for good health. On the next day, a Mikoshi parade is held.
Hours: July 30th- Aug 1st: July 30: (Yoimiya-sai Festival), July 31st: (Nagoshi-harai-shinji ritual) start at 05:00 pm and Aug 1st (Togyo mikoshi parade): start at 02:00 pm
Kitamido Bon Festival Dance
Kitamido Bon is a summer dance festival held at Kimado Temple. Experience great performers, outdoor stalls and a special lottery with great prizes. Go ahead and join in with the dancing, the locals will love it!
Address: 4-1-3, Honmachi, Chuo-ku, Osaka
Hours: August 18th and 19th: 05:15 pm – 09:30 pm
Kishiwada Danjiri Festival
Kishiwada Danjiri Festival is one of the most famous and thrilling festivals in Japan. Wooden floats called Danjiri are run through town at speed with one daring person performing a traditional dance on the roof. It is considered a show of strength, endurance and community bonding.
Hours: September 17th: 6:00 am – 10:00 pm and 18th : 9:00 am – 10:00 pm