Food-related activities to do in Osaka when it’s raining.
We will start with the obvious things to do in Osaka in the rain. In the city known as the ‘nations kitchen’, there are ample opportunities to sample delicious food. Ajinoya in Namba and Mizuno in Minami are both great spots for okonomiyaki as well as Mizuno in Minami. Dotombori Kamakura Lucua Osaka is a favorite amongst locals for ramen. Osaka has a variety of international cuisine too, El Pancho is a popular Mexican restaurant in Shinsaibashi with vegan options too.
Osaka is full of cute and unique cafes. If you are considering what to do in Osaka during rain and wanting to still enjoy some fresh air without getting soaked, the street parallel to the river in Kitahama is full of independent cafés with sheltered outdoor seating overlooking the river. Try out the local favorite Brooklyn café, watching the rainfall into the river with a tasty cup of coffee is a lovely way to chill out.
If you are looking for things to do in Osaka in the rain that feel a little sophisticated why not try a very English afternoon tea at the Ritz-Carlton? It is a great spot for a fancy date or celebration.
Spa World and other relaxing things to do in Osaka when it’s raining
If you are looking to relax and wondering what to do in Osaka during rain, we have you sorted! Visiting a sento or onsen is one of the many cultural indoor activities Osaka has to offer. The enormous Spa World is an exciting complex with different themed baths. It is divided into genders which alternate monthly between the Asian zone and the European zone. Entry to the onsen and gym is \1500 for adults. Looking for things to do in Osaka in the rain with children? Spa World also has a leisure pool with waterslides – access to the waterslides is at an additional cost, but it will entertain any kids, or anyone young at heart!
Alternatively, you could visit an onsen town when it’s raining. Whilst not strictly in Osaka, Arima Onsen is only a short trip away on the train. Kutsurogi no Sato Yuraku is another onsen, on the Yostubashi Line in Osaka.
Museums and cultural things to do in Osaka when it’s raining.
Make the most of the cultural indoor activities Osaka can offer and have a go at making pottery at the Maishima Pottery Museum. Other indoor activities Osaka has to offer include – but are not limited to – cooking classes at Osaka Kitchen and taiko lessons at the Taiko Center Umekita studio. In such a big city you will likely find classes for almost anything you might want to learn, so it’s worth having a search.
At the Museum of Housing and Living, you can explore what life looked like in Osaka during the Edo, Meiji, Taisho, and Showa periods. It’s an immersive experience where you can rent kimonos and walk-through recreated streets. The Osaka Science Museum and the National Museum of Art are also popular places to learn about science and culture whilst keeping dry.
Arcades and fun things to do in Osaka when it’s raining.
Round1 arcades can provide shelter from the heavy Osaka rain as well as amusement for all ages. Anyone with children looking for what to do in Osaka during rain might find an answer in the Round1 Stadium. There are so many different indoor activities Osaka Round1 provides – the arcade, batting cages, bowling, karaoke rooms, bull riding, roller skating, tennis courts, pool tables, darts, and more – you can easily spend a whole day here without even needing to think about the outside. If you are not comfortable with loud crowd noises and bright lights this might not be the best place for you, it’s an experience for your senses!
Karaoke and night-life things to do in Osaka when it’s raining
Arcades are also great if you are looking for nighttime things to do in Osaka in the rain. Stuck for ideas on what to do in Osaka during rain? Try karaoke! One of the nation’s most favorited indoor activities, Osaka of course has plenty of karaoke bars. It is easy to find places to enjoy karaoke, whether it is in the privacy of a rented booth or good company at an izakaya or bar.
For anyone wanting to go out drinking, spending the night hopping between tiny bars in the Misono building is one of the most exciting things to do in Osaka when it is raining. The building seems like it is past its heyday, but this just adds to the charm. You are pretty much guaranteed to have a weird but wonderful night in the intimate bars.
Osaka is at its most beautiful in the rain too with the combination of the clouds, buildings, and bright looks looking very mysterious. No matter the weather, Osaka will have something for you. In this unique city filled with character, there is always something to do.