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As well as being a hub of innovation, Osaka is a top draw for tourists. More than 11 million people visit every year Japan’s third-largest city to savor local delicacies, explore traditional culture, enjoy one of the country’s most popular theme parks, and more. If you’ve got your sights set on Osaka for this year’s Golden Week, here are a few things you should put on your itinerary.

Cup Noodles Museum
In 1958, the dried noodles that are now known around the world were created in Osaka by Nissin’s Momofuku Ando. This museum, which was opened in 1999, features a recreation of a giant cup of noodles, a tunnel decked out with about 800 product packages, and an interactive presentation at the Cup Noodles Drama Theater. As a tasty souvenir, guests can make their own customized cup of instant noodles to take home with them.

Osaka Castle Park
The well-known Osaka Castle Tower is located at the center of the city on grounds that are home to more than 600 cherry trees, 1,270 plum trees, and an abundance of other plants and seasonal flowers. Surrounded by a wide moat and large stone walls, the tower is an example of historical beauty. Construction began in 1583, but the structure was attacked and destroyed in 1615 and again raized in 1665, when it was struck by lightning and burned down. The tower in its current state was completed in 1997. It’s a breath­taking place well worth exploring.

Osaka by Bike 
Some of Osaka’s best-kept secrets can be revealed through a bike tour. Cycle Osaka, the city’s leading two-wheel excursion,
guides visitors through the winding streets. While Osaka is packed with tourist must-dos, Cycle Osaka tours pedal past hidden eateries and friendly locals, helping you explore the personality and culture of real life in Osaka. Escape the bustle to places such as rose-lined Utsubo Park and Minoh Forest with its ancient trees and rushing water. This experience is recommended for travelers who wish to learn more about the character of the city and explore what separates Osaka from other parts of Japan.

Universal Studios Japan
Theme park fans will be in for a treat at this crowd-pleasing destination, which is packed with film-related rides, restaurants, and memorabilia shops. Some of the top attractions at Universal Studios Japan are the Jaws boat tour, the Jurassic Park ride, and Hello Kitty Fashion Avenue. However, the top draw at the park is the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, which brings together more than 16 activities related to everyone’s favorite spellcaster.

Harukas
How often do you have the chance to step out onto the edge of a skyscraper? That’s just the experience on offer at the Abeno Harukas building. At 984 feet tall, it’s the tallest skyscraper in Japan. And if you’re willing to take the challenge—and pay the ¥1,000 fee—you can get strapped into a harness, step out onto the two-foot-wide deck that goes around the top of the building, and marvel at an incredible view.

Hiraoka Shrine
One of the city’s most picturesque locations, Hiraoka Shrine is the site of an array of activities and events that are held throughout the year. Some of the most beloved are a festival in January to predict the success of the coming year’s harvest, the flowering of the shrine’s more than 400 plum trees in February and March, the impressive Shugosai harvest festival in October, and the Owarai-shinji laughing ritual, which takes place in December.

Dotonbori
Osaka is known as a food-lovers paradise, and the neighbor­­hood through which Dotonbori Canal runs is full of restaurants where you can sample the city’s favorites. Some best-known dishes are kushikatsu (deep-fried meat and vegetables), takoyaki (octopus dumplings), and okonomiyaki (a savory pancake made with a wide variety of toppings). It’s also a great place for exploring—and photographing—as the quarter’s bright neon and iconic Glico Running Man make for perfect pictures.

Alec Jordan is a staff writer at Custom Media for The ACCJ Journal.