What events/festivals to expect in Osaka 2017

Osaka is one of the largest cities in Japan, and particularly has a colourful cultural compared to other provinces. If you want to experience Japan the traditional way, Osaka should be your next destination in Japan. Of course other cities are worthy of your attention too, but if you are planning to visit Osaka soon, note down/bookmark these events just in case.

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 1 Osaka Marathon 2017

Osaka Marathon 2017 via Osaka Marathon

Get out on the street for Osaka’s biggest marathon. You can either join the marathon as a runner or see runners supported by volunteers and spectators cheering them along the street.

◆Athletic Event: Marathon, Other available races: Wheelchair marathon, Challenge run(8.8km)
◆ Runners: 32,000 (max.)
◆ Course:
Osaka Castle, INTEX Osaka
Midosuji, Dotombori, Nakanoshima, Osaka City Central Public Hall, Namba Station, Kyocera Dome Osaka, Tsutenkaku area and Nanko Port area, etc.


Start: Osaka Castle Park, Finish: INTEX Osaka


November 26 (Sun), 2017


No admission fee for spectators

2 The Art of Disney – The Magic Animation

Original Disney characters via The Japan Times
Through nearly 500 artworks of original art, sketches and concept art starting from the legendarySteamboat WillieandSnow White and the Seven Dwarfs, to Frozen and the latest Moana, this show will focus on the moment when life is given to the characters. It will aim to discover “The Magic of Animation” that was brought by Walt Disney and his animators’ imagination, innovation and the technology that made it all true.


Osaka City Museum of Fine Arts

〒543-0063 1-82, Chausuyamacho, Tennoji-ku, Osaka


October 14(Sat), 2017 – January 21(Sun), 2018
9:30-17:00(entry till 16:30)
Closed on Mondays, December 28 – January 2, January 9


Adult 1600 yen
High school and University student 1200 yen

3 The Osaka art and handmade bazaar

A store within the bazaar via Albatory-blogger

 The 25th Indoor style Art & Handmade event will be held at ATC hall.
More than 1000 artists and authors will sell or exhibit their original pieces.


ATC (Asia and Pacific Trade Center) HALL

〒559-0034 2-1-10 Nankokita, Suminoe-ku, Osaka


September 16(Sat) – 18(Mon), 2017
10:00 – 17:00
(The second special site 11:00-)


*Free for Elementaly school student or younger

4 Yatai Festival 2017 supported by The Premium Malt’s

Yatai Festival 2017 via Tv-osaka

Large scale outdoor event with the theme of “Food” collaborating with popular TV program on the air.
Fresh vegetables from morning or evening markets, good beer and also well-selected gourmet from a large variety of booths will line up in Osaka castle park.
Spend luxurious time with your family, lover or friends with yummy food!!


Taiyo-no-Hiroba in Osaka Castle Park

〒540-0002 3, Osakajo, Chuo-ku, Osaka


September 15(Fri) – 18(Mon), 2017
10:00 – 20:00
*Till 17:00 on last day
*Vouchers can be bought 30 minutes before the time of close


(Charged for Food and Drink)

5 Fiesta Mexicana Osaka

Japanese Taco? via Where Is Darren Now

Envisioned as an opportunity for citizen-level exchange to deepen friendship between Japan and Mexico, the Fiesta has become a permanent event. Mexican artists, including mariachi players and folk dancers, visit Osaka to perform at this event. In addition, there are booths selling handicrafts, accessories, and Mexican food such as tacos, as well as a tourism corner where you can discover many charming places in Mexico. Just jump in and have fun. That’s the Latin way.


Shin Umeda City

〒531-0076 1-1, Oyodonaka, Kita-ku, Osaka


September 8(Fri) – 10(Sun), 2017
12:00 – 21:00
(Last entry till 20:00)


Admission free

 There are a lot more events happening soon in Osaka but these are some of the more popular ones. We hope you have a wonderful time in Osaka if you decide to travel there. Joining these events may increase your trip’s value as well as creating wonderful memories with friends and the friendly locals.

You can click on Festival and Events for further information.