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  • Osaka Castle
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    Osaka Osakashi Chuou-ku Osakajou 1-1
    Osaka Castle was built by the Imperial Regent Toyotomi Hideyoshi between 1583 and 1598. The castle was built on a magnificent scale, but was destroyed just 17 years later after the death of Toyotomi Hideyoshi and the destruction of the Toyotomi clan in the Siege of Osaka in 1615. Thereafter, the castle was rebuilt by the Tokugawa shogunate under the command of Todo Takatora but was once again lost due to a fire caused by a lightning strike. The current castle tower is the third generation to stand here and was completed in 1931 through donations from local citizens. The interior of the castle is a history museum and visitors can enjoy information about the history of Osaka Castle and dioramas. The castle was registered as a national Tangible Cultural Property in 1997.

    Symbol of Osaka and one of the greatest castles in Japan. Osaka Castle is an important historic monument that represents the great history of Azuchi-Momoyama period during the sixteenth century. It...

  • Sumiyoshi Taisha (Sumiyoshi Grand Shrine)
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    Osaka Osakashi Sumiyoshi-ku Sumiyoshi 2-9-89
    Known affectionately as “Sumiyossan,” the Sumiyoshi Taisha (Sumiyoshi Grand Shrine) is a Shinto Shrine located in the Sumiyoshi Ward of Osaka City, in Osaka Prefecture. It is the head shrine of all the Sumiyoshi shrines in Japan, of which there are around 2,300 in total. The Sumiyoshi Taisha is one of the most popular shrines in the Kinki region for the Hatsumode (the first visit to a shrine in the New Year), and it is thronged with worshippers every January. The founding of the Sumiyoshi Taisha is recorded in the Nihon Shoki (“Chronicles of Japan”), which notes that the Empress Jingu ordered the construction of the shrine to worship Sumiyoshi no Ohkami. Sumiyoshi no Ohkami (which is actually three Shinto deities in one) is renowned as the god of the sea and the god of exorcism. The four halls that make up the Hon-den (main hall) of the Sumiyoshi Taisha are built in the architectural style known as Sumiyoshi-zukuri; all four have been designated as National Treasures.

    The shrine is a short walk from a train station. A nice quiet place, without the tourist crowd. You can see the red bridge at the entrance. This place feels like a shrine. It feels real and not...

  • Osaka City Central Public Hall
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    Osaka Osakashi Kita-ku Nakanoshima 1-1-27
    A symbol of the knowledge, culture, and history of Osaka, construction on Osaka City Central Public Hall began in 1911 with a one million yen donation in building funds from Einosuke Iwamoto, with the hall opening in 1918. Brick reinforced with steel beams in construction, with three floors above ground and one basement level, the architecture of this extravagant building applies the Neo-Renaissance style as its basic tone while also presenting majestic baroque touches. In addition to concerts by celebrated orchestras from around the world, the hall has also played host to lectures by historical figures such as Helen Keller. The building was registered a national Important Cultural Property in 2002.

    A grand building near Yodoyabashi building, next to a river. Morning is a good time to take photographs. Walk around the area to see the City Hall and High & District Court buildings as well.

  • Osaka Temmangu Shrine
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    Osaka Osakashi Kita-ku Tenjimbashi 2-1-8
    Nicknamed “Tenman no Tenjin-san,” this Shinto shrine is dedicated to Sugawara no Michizane, the god of scholarship, and accordingly bustles with hordes of students during entrance examination season. Together with the Gion Festival in Kyoto and the Kanda Festival in Tokyo, the Tenjin Festival, held each year in July, is one of Japan’s three largest festivals. Throngs of tourists press close to watch the boats fireworks as well as the boats traveling to and fro on the river carrying sacred objects.

    Located near Tenjinbashi-suji shopping street, this place is very quiet but beautiful, A worth place to visit after you shopped around Tenjinbashi-suji shopping street. The closest station to...

  • Ishikiri-Tsurugiya Shrine
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    Osaka Higashiosakashi Higashishikirichou 1-1-1
    Ishikiri-Tsurugiya Shrine, located in Higashi-Osaka City, Osaka Prefecture, has been beloved by locals for ages for Ishikiri-san, who is revered as the “god of boils.” It is famous for the “hyakudo-ishi” (stone used as a marker for hundred times worship) at the entrance, as well as the practice of vising the main shrine a hundred times in a ritual known as “ohyakudo-mairi.” It is said to have been founded during the reign of Emperor Jimmu, and the shrine name means “a sword and arrow that can pierce stone.” In front of the main shrine are camphor trees that are about 470 years old, and they are registered in Higashi-Osaka as a Natural Monument. The approach to the shrine has a shopping street with a retro feel and is filled with visitors year-round.

    Ishikiri Shrine is based in the area of Osaka called Ishikiri. This is the main shrine itself but there is an upper shrine under the same temple, if you can get there by walking and climbing up the...

  • The National Museum of Art, Osaka
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    Osaka Osakashi Kita-ku Nakanoshima 4-2-55
    This art museum is located in Nakanoshima, Kita Ward, Osaka City. Founded in 1977, it relocated to its current location in 2004. It is notable for being one of the only underground art museums in the world. The museum primarily collects and exhibits works of modern art from the post-war era to now. In addition to exhibiting its collection, the museum also holds exhibitions and seminars about a range of art genres with a focus on contemporary art. Other events organized by the museum include workshops for children.

    The National Museum of Art certainly looks impressive on the outside, as it does on the inside, architecturally speaking anyway, but in the end, it is a somewhat hollow experience. There isnt a...

  • Tsuyu no Tenjinsha (Ohaatsu Tenjin) Shrine
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    Osaka Osakashi Kita-ku Sonezaki 2-5-4
    The Tsuyu no Tenjinsha Shrine, which is located in the middle of a bustling area of Kita Ward, Osaka City, is reputed to have been built around the year 700. The Bunraku puppet drama “Sonezaki Shinju” was written by Chikamatsu Monzaemon about a tragic double suicide that occurred within the Shrine in 1703; as the name of the heroine of this drama was Ohatsu, the Shrine is now commonly referred to as the “Ohatsu Tenjin.” The Shrine is believed to be a good place to pray for success in business, safe journeys, or a good marriage, and as result it receives a large number of worshippers every day, particularly local shopkeepers and women. A flea market is held here on the first Friday of every month, and the Shrine is famous for its annual festival held in July each year.

    梅田・新地辺りへ行く機会が減っても、何故か必ず毎年1回は通り掛かるお初天神。 通っていた短大も曽根崎心中の縁の地。 こないだまで気付きもせんかったけど。 繁華街の喧騒がふわっとなくなる空間で、結構好きなんだよね。 急に吹き抜けの広場に出た感じ。海底洞窟に急に光が差し込む空間みたいな感じ。 今は茅の輪くぐりの時期。 前も一度、この時期に通り掛かってお詣りして帰った。 あー、いっつも美人にな...

  • Imamiya Ebisu-jinja Shrine
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    Osaka Osakashi Naniwa-ku Ebisunishi 1-6-10
    The Imamiya Ebisu-jinja Shrine is a shrine in the Naniwa Ward of Osaka City that is associated with “Ebessan” (Ebisu), the god of commerce. Besides Amaterasu-omikami and Kotoshironushi-no-kami, three other Shinto deities are venerated at the Shrine. The worship of Ebisu is linked with that of Kotoshironushi-no-kami. According to tradition, when Prince Shotoku built the Shitenno-ji Temple, he also had the Imamiya Ebisu-jinja Shrine built to protect the Temple from evil spirits coming from the west. The Shrine is particularly famous for the Toka Ebisu Festival, which is held on January 9th to 11th each year, and which attracts around a million worshippers.

    Strange location most would probably just stumble upon it. Super pretty and picturesque. Worth a look of your in the area!

  • Osaka Science Museum
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    Osaka Osakashi Kita-ku Nakanoshima 4-2-1
    A science museum in Nakanoshima, Kita Ward, Osaka City, that focuses on Space and Energy. It first opened in 1989. Here both children and adults can explore space and its discoveries, chemistry, science, electricity, energy, and so much more from all angles in exhibits spread out amongst the different floors. The staff will also present science shows in the areas of their expertise. In the underground planetarium with the world's largest 26.5-meter dome screen you can enjoy videos of the cosmos.

    Everything is in Japanese but you can get the jist of the experiments. 4 floors of things to do. Good few hours on a wet or too hot day.

  • Sukunahikona Shrine
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    Osaka Osakashi Chuou-ku Doshoumachi 2-1-8
    This shrine is approximately five minutes' walk from Kitahama underground station of Midosuji Line. The resident deity is also known as Shinnosan, a deity which brings healing and good health to those who pray there. The deities worshipped here are Sukunahikona no Mikoto, a Japanese deity of medicine, and Shinnoentei, the deity of Chinese medicine. In the time of Hideyoshi Toyotomi, this place was a gathering place for traders of medicines, which, according to legend, is how the deities came to reside here. Herbs, such as * are planted in the garden, together with roses and peony. There is a rose festival in May, when the flowers are in bloom.

    The entrance of this shrine is from the main Doshomachi Road. When you walk through a 20 meter pathway, you will end up in a courtyard with a shrine dedicated to the Japanese medicine guardian. The...

  • Naritasan Fudoson Temple
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    Osaka Neyagawashi Naritanishimachi 10-1
    A Chisan Shingon Buddhist temple in Neyagawa City, Osaka. It is a branch temple of the Naritasan Shinshoji temple in Narita, Chiba. As the principal image of worship is the Fudo-Myo-o, or Acala, this temple is called the Naritasan Fudoson. It is number 28 of the 36 Kinki Fudo Temples and was constructed in 1934. It was the first temple in Japan with dedicated prayer for traffic safety. In addition to the main temple building there is space for 100 vehicles so that they may be blessed for safe driving. Every year, for the first three days of the new year, a huge 12-meter-tall decoration is installed at the front gate made with pine trees and plum trees, welcoming approximately 700,000 visitors.

    Naritasan Fudouson in Osaka, like that in Chiba, is a very popular temple for Hatsumode, new year’s shrine (temple) visiting. I had to wait in line for a long time, but I am sure that I could get a...

  • Kishiwada City Namikiri Hall
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    Osaka Kishiwadashi Minatomidorimachi 1-1
    The multipurpose hall is approximately ten-minutes by foot from Kishiwada Station. It was opened in April, 2002 as a symbol of the Kishiwada Bay Area and looks over Osaka Bay. In the building you'll find various sized halls, a multipurpose hall, a cultural exchange hall, conference rooms, and studios. When arranged for its primary use of the appreciation of traditional Japanese performance art the main hall holds 1,552 seats but it can be rearranged to serve a multitude of functions, anything from theater, opera, ballet and classical concerts to conventions.

    4階の会議場を利用しました。廊下からは海が見渡せて心地よいですね。毎日のように地元のおじいちゃんっぽい人が歩き回っていて少し不気味ですが…

  • Yao City Cultural Hall Prism Hall
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    Osaka Yaoshi Hikarichou 2-40
    This multipurpose hall is a five-minute walk from Kintetsu Yao Station. The building was opened in 1988 and arose from the region's burgeoning art scene. The building has two floors below ground and five above. Its prism motif has given it the nickname Prism Hall. The hall has facilities including a 1,440 seat grand hall, a smaller auditorium with 390 seats, a reception hall, and conference rooms. It is the site of many concerts, plays, and lectures. It is also the home of the Yao Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra and was chosen as one of the top 100 music halls by SEAS, the Sound Engineers and Artists Society of Japan.
  • Taiyuji Temple
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    Osaka Osakashi Kita-ku Taiyujichou 3-7
    This Koyasan Shingon sect temple is a ten-minute walk from JR Osaka Station. It was constructed by Kobo Daishi in accordance with Emperor Saga's imperial prayer in the year 821. The principal Buddhist icon, the thousand-armed Kannon-bosatsu enshrined here, was a gift from Emperor Saga. The temple was razed in both the summer campaign of the Siege of Osaka, in 1615, and in the air raids of Osaka in 1945. After the war, the temple was rebuilt with the exception of the thousand-armed Kannon-bosatsu, which had escaped the flames. Acala 'The Immovable', enshrined in the Ichigan Hall, is also referred to as the one immovable prayer, and many people come to the hall to pray for world peace. Every year, on May 28th, practitioners of Shugen-do hold a unique festival, in which a fire-offering is made.

    Taiyu-ji Temple is located not far from Subway Higashi-Umeda station. From JR Osaka station, it is also within a walking distance. Unfortunately the surrounding is now a red light district. But this...

  • Tomb of Emperor Nintoku
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    Osaka Sakaishi Sakai-ku Daisenchou 7-1
    This is a keyhole-shaped tumulus (a form of ancient Imperial grave) in Sakai Ward, Sakai City, Osaka Prefecture, and is the largest among the old burial mounds throughout the country. It can be counted as one of the world’s three largest tombs alongside King Khufu’s Pyramid and the Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor and it is estimated that it was constructed over 20 years in the middle of the fifth century. Items such as swords, armor, vases, and dishes were excavated in 1872. Although according to the Imperial Household Agency it is supposed to be the tomb of the 16th Emperor Nintoku, the person actually buried has not been specified, and in recent years the name “Daisen Burial Mound” is used. There is a circuit path in the surroundings which takes about an hour to walk.
  • Nanba Yasaka-jinja Shrine
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    Osaka Osakashi Naniwa-ku Motomachi 2-9-19
    This historic shrine in Naniwa is a six-minute walk from Namba Station or a seven-minute walk from Daikokuchou Station. It was known as an old shrine even during the era of Emperor Go-Sanjou (who reigned 1068-1072). Susanoo-no-Mikoto and his wife Kushinadahime are enshrined here, protecting people from evil, helping businesses prosper, and aiding in happy marriages. Three large festivals happen every spring, summer and fall. The summer festival happens every 13th and 14th of July with various events being performed. Also, every third Sunday of January a Shinto rope pulling ceremony is held, which was designated as Osaka's first Intangible Folk Cultural Property in 2001. There are also a variety of other shrines on the premises.

    Had the time, so decided to walk and find the yasaka shrine. It’s pretty out of the usual shopping area and near some quiet buildings corner that can be easily missed. Nothing much except to take a...

  • Abeno Harukas Museum
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    Osaka Osakashi Abeno-ku Abenosuji Abe Haruka 16F
    Located on the 16th floor of the 300-meter-tall Abeno Harukas skyscraper, the Abeno Haruka Museum is a city-center art museum that takes full advantage of its location near a major terminal railway station. The Museum has no permanent exhibitions; instead, it holds several different thematic exhibitions every year, on themes relating to the cultural properties that are found near Kintetsu railway lines, East Asian art (including Japanese art), Western art, contemporary art, etc. The Museum occupies an entire floor of the Abeno Harukas building, giving it a spacious feel; as a great spot to take a break from shopping or sightseeing to admire art in a relaxing atmosphere, it has become a very popular art museum.

    Visited during recent typhoon and everything else seemed to be closed. In tall building - exhibit was fantastic. Stayed for a coffee afterwards at the cafe with wonderful views of Osaka.

  • Kids Plaza Osaka
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    Osaka Osakashi Kita-ku Ougimachi 2-1-7
    Japan’s first hands-on learning museum for children, Kids Plaza Osaka is dedicated to helping children experience new things and emotions through play and to extend the possibilities and individuality of children. The Kids Town, designed by artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser, is a maze-like area made up entirely of curved lines. The museum is overflowing with exhibits where children can learn about world cultures, nature, chemistry, and society while playing. The museum also conducts events where children and parents can join in together and the facilities are complete with a nursing room and dining tables. The museum is also popular with families with young children. Ogimachi Station is the closest station to the museum.

    Easily spent 4 hours+ in this kids castle. A lot of things to play and explore. Spacious and Kids friendly. Bring your own foods and drinks are allow. There are free locker at the plaza. Will...

  • Hokoku-jinja Shrine
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    Osaka Osakashi Chuou-ku Osakajou 2-1
    This Shinto shrine is located right next to Sakura-mon Gate on the grounds of Osaka Castle. Toyotomi Hideyoshi, Hideyori and Hidenaga are all enshrined here. This shrine is well known for life advancement because of Toyotomi Hideyoshi rising from commoner to ruler. Worshippers pray at the shrine but they also hold wedding ceremonies. Visitors can also purchase omamori protection charms with the Toyotomi family crest or motifs of gourds, and ema wishing tags with a picture of Toyotomi Hideyoshi sittings barefoot.

    Hokoku Shrine was near to Osaka Castle and had statues in the honor of a Saurai warrior. A serene place for worship and worth for visit while travel in this area.

  • Osaka City Museum of Fine Arts
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    Osaka Osakashi Tennouji-ku Chausuyamachou 1-82
    An art museum first opened in 1936 built on the former main residence of the Sumitomo clan. The museum’s collection of over 8,000 artworks and pieces donated by shrines and temples focuses on art and crafts from Japan and China, many of which are designated National Treasures or Important Cultural Properties. The museum’s standing exhibition presents selections from the museum’s collection based on a given theme. The museum also holds open call exhibitions sponsored by art organizations and special exhibitions covering diverse genres of art. The museum shop offers exclusive goods and illustrated exhibition books. The closest station is Tennoji Station.

    If you get the chance before the end of September 2019 do spend the time and money 1400 yen to see this amazing collection of Ukiyo-e wood Prints from the Mary Ainsworth Collection. Starting in the...

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While Osaka prefecture is the country's second smallest prefecture, its capital, Osaka City, is the country’s third-largest and arguably one of the most popular in the Kansai region thanks to its vibrant nightlife, the Osaka people’s openness, and its much-loved cuisine, which has earned it the nickname “the nation’s kitchen."

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