History / Culture / Tour Spots in Osaka Area

  • 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.

    One of the reasons to visit Osaka. Great for history buffs like me. Just too crowded but still worth the travel and walk.

  • 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.

    This attractive spot is really gorgeous. It is a very old shrine, which was already mentioned in Nihonshoki. You can see the red bridge and took photo from this bridge.

  • CupNoodles Museum Osaka Ikeda
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    Osaka Ikedashi Masumichou 8-25
    This museum in Ikeda City, Osaka, first opened in 1999 at the birthplace of instant ramen. With a variety of displays and hands-on exhibits you can learn all about the history and development of instant ramen by Nissin Foods' founder, Ando Momofuku. Don't miss the display which shows off almost 800 different products from throughout Nissin Foods' history. The Chicken Ramen Factory where you can make your own chicken ramen (fee and reservation required) and the My CupNoodle Factory where you can make your own personal CupNoodle blend (fee required) are both very popular. Admission is free.

    Was interesting to learn the history of Ramen and have fun painting your own labeling. Quirky little museum to spend an afternoon :)

  • Osaka Museum of History
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    Osaka Osakashi Chuou-ku Otemae 4-1-32
    This museum northwest of Naniwanomiyaato Park in Chuo Ward, Osaka City opened in 2001. A permanent exhibit entitled ''Toshi Osaka no Ayumi'' covering the history of Osaka from ancient times to today takes up the 7th to 10th floors. The top floor features a recreation of the council hall of the Nara-period Naniwa Palace complete with 70 cm-thick vermillion-lacquered pillars and life-sized figures of government officials. Each floor presents the history and culture of Osaka through recreations of buildings, miniature models, videos, and abundant artifacts. The remains of Naniwa Palace are preserved in the museum's basement. Tours are available on a first-come-first-served basis.

    This museum provide a lot information you need to know about Japan. The dioramas area excellent. Great view and permanent display.

  • 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...

  • 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.

    This beautiful shrine just located near the Namba. Easy access to public transport. It was worthl to visit since this area is completely contrasting from every other shrine.

  • 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.

    A great experiences no only for childrens, its a place for adult also. The fee is cheap and you can spend your whole day here with the family

  • 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.

    A stunningly ugly building with two underground exhibition floors. When I visited, you had to pay separately to see shows on each floor, and then extra for an audio guide. To add insult to the...

  • Hozen-ji Temple
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    Osaka Osakashi Chuou-ku Namba 1-2-16
    Hozen-ji Temple is a Jodo (Pure Land) Buddhist temple in Osaka City that is famous for the moss-covered statue of the deity Fudo that worshippers pour water over. The Temple is said to have originally been located in Kitayama Village, Uji District, before being moved to its present site in 1637. Within the Temple, there is a statue of Nishimuki Fudo-son (Aryacanalatha) and a hall dedicated to Konpira (Kumbhira, the guardian deity of seafarers); the Temple is often filled with the scent of the incense sticks offered by worshippers. It is believed that pouring water over the moss-covered statue of Nishimuki Fudo-son can bring a wide range of benefits for the worshippers, including success in business or in love, and as a result the Temple is visited by many local shopkeepers, and by many tourists.

    Very beautiful temple for photo shot. Please come here during night because the view is more beautiful. it is a small open air temple. The location also perfect, inside Dotomburi district.

  • 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.

    This Central Hall is a place where you can take beautiful photo and selfie. The architecture design is really awesome.

  • 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.

    This museum was great! There are many things to learn about science here. There are 4 floors and each floor is a good experience. The foods here are good, too. My favorite one was the balance that...

  • 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.

    Perhaps this review is a bit skewed as I stumbled across the Ebisu Festival and this shrine and it was it going off. Crazy, exciting, fun and loud. Just like those down to earth Osakans, its all...

  • 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.

    Tsuyuten shrine (Ohatsu-Tenjin) is a hidden spot located between buildings and built 1,300 years ago. It’s a historical and typical architecture of Japanese shrine. We were there without any plan...

  • The Museum of Oriental Ceramics, Osaka
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    Osaka Osakashi Kita-ku Nakanoshima 1-1-26
    The Museum of Oriental Ceramics, Osaka, which opened in 1982, is dedicated to ceramics from the East Asia region. The Museum’s collection—which is focused mainly on Chinese and Korean ceramics—is world-class in terms of both quantity and quality. The 300 or so representative items that make up the Museum’s permanent exhibitions effectively bring across the appeal of ceramics, such as the painstaking effort made to ensure that ceramics reflect the light to best effect. The Museum’s themed exhibitions and special exhibitions are also very popular.

    I visited this place on february, it is just nice. Easy to access by subway, just a few hundreds walking distance.

  • National Museum of Ethnology (Minpaku)
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    Osaka Suitashi Senribampakukouen 10-1
    The National Museum of Ethnology (or Minpaku) is located in the Expo Commemoration Park in Suita City, Osaka. With exhibits centered around cultural anthropology and ethnology it is the world's largest ethnology museum. Researcher's have collected some 345,000 articles of daily life tools and native dress from every part of the globe. Exhibits in the Main Building are divided into nine geographical regions and with both musical and spoken exhibitions, starting in Oceania before heading eastward in a lap around the globe. Come be introduced to a variety of world-wide cultures with nearly 12,000 displayed materials that focus on daily tools and necessities of life as well as 800 video shorts that show different cultural etiquettes and arts as well as daily activities. Special events and themed exhibitions are held multiple times throughout the year.

    I have visited this museum today with my 12 years old son. After almost two hours I had to literally pull him out of there. Very well structured exhibition with connections between the past and...

  • 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.

  • 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...

  • Namba Shrine
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    Osaka Osakashi Chuou-ku Bakuroumachi 4-1-3
    This shrine is on the Midosuji Road, five minutes' walk from Honmachi underground Station. It was built in the time of Emperor Hansei, and it is said that Emperor Nintoku was enshrined here as a deity when the Shibagaki no Miya palace was opened. Additionally, Uemura Bunrakuken's puppet theater was held on the grounds, which are said to be a place of origin for bunraku. There is also a monument to Inari Shrine Bunraku outside the Eastern gate. Every year, a Chinkon-sai (a festival of the dead) is held in February. They pray for the repose of the souls of the departed, using balls which have five-colored strings tied to them. One of the blessings that can be gained is that of good health, and if you apply in advance, you can receive a glass ball with five colored strings to tie to it.

    Located on Midosuji, Namba shrine is a shinto shrine in downtown Osaka. It is between buildings, and the shrine itself is a modern construction. There is nothing special to see. However, you can stop...

  • Katsuo-ji Temple
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    Katsuoji Temple in Minoo City, Osaka
    This temple in Minoh City, Osaka Prefecture is devoted to Koyasan Shingon Buddhism, and is said to have been founded by Fujihara no Munetada’s sons Zenchu and Zensan when they built thatched huts here in 727. It is famous as the “temple of luck” and the “temple of the darumas of victory.” Many people travel here from all over the country to pray for luck, and those whose prayers are granted donate daruma dolls, which line shelves and various spots throughout the temple. The large site is famous for its cherry blossoms, rhododendrons, hydrangeas, and fall foliage. Many visitors come during hydrangea season (from the beginning of June until mid-July) and fall foliage season.

    勝運のお寺 勝尾寺。 山の上の本堂にあるお線香を立てる香枦の土台に とても可愛らしい天の邪鬼がいて香枦を支えています。 有名な神社仏閣はどこももそうだと思いますが、 初詣は信じられない人出です。 (初詣では参拝料は無料だそうです)

  • Kishiwada Castle
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    Osaka Kishiwadashi Kishikichou 9-1
    Kishiwada Castle is located in Kishiki-cho, in Kishiwada City. Kishiwada Castle, also known as Chikiri Castle, is said to have been built by Wada Takaie, a relative of Kusunoki Masashige. The castle tower was built in 1585, when Toyotomi Hideyoshi's grandfather, Koide Hidemasa, began to expand the castle. The current three-tier / three-story castle tower was built in 1954, after the previous five-story burned down when it was struck by lightning in 1827. During the time of the Meiji Restoration, with the tower and gate destroyed, only the moat and stone walls still stood. In 1943, the site was designated as a historical site by Osaka Prefecture, and in 2014, Kishiwada Castle Garden (Hachijin no Niwa) was designated as a Place of Scenic Beauty. It is also a famous flower-viewing spot.

    After visiting many castles in Japan, it was a pleasure to visit one with an intimate feel. There are some exhibits on a couple of floors, but not enough to make it feel more like a museum than a...

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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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