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  • Midosuji Street
    Travel / Tourism
    Osaka Osakashi Kita-ku Umeda - Chuo-ku Namba
    Midosuji Boulevard is one of Osaka’s best-known and most bustling roads; it is a major road artery that extends for four kilometers, linking Umeda in the north with Naniwa in the south. Midosuji Boulevard was selected for inclusion in the “Top 100 Best Roads in Japan.” The name “Midosuji” (“Temple Street”) derives from the two temples along the route: the Kita-mido Temple and Minami-mido Temple. The Boulevard is lined with prestigious department stores and other large shops, banks, the headquarters of major companies, etc., making this area the commercial, shopping and tourist center of Osaka. The pedestrian footpaths at the side of the Boulevard are lined with rows of Gingko trees, creating a very beautiful sight; in winter, the trees are illuminated.
  • Tenma Tenjin Hanjo Tei
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    Leisure / Hobbies
    Osaka Osakashi Kita-ku Tenjimbashi 2-1-34
    An entertainment hall dedicated to rakugo traditional comedic storytelling which opened in 2006 and the only dedicated rakugo facility in the Osaka-Kyoto area. Rakugo masters belonging to the Kamigata Rakugo Association perform daily. The matinee program changes weekly while the evening show changes daily. The theater seats up to 216 and attendees can enjoy the performances of young newcomers and veterans up close and personal. The theater also provides “yose” variety shows featuring magicians and manzai comedy duos. Outside, the theater is decorated with a red rickshaw, a recreation of the one used by Katsura Harudanji I, and this has become a popular spot for taking commemorative photos. The closest station is Minamimorimachi Station.

    This was my first time to see Yose, Rakugo, comedy story telling & shows. If you speak Japanese, I should say this or Yose must to go place!! Only 2500 for about three hours show!! I guess they...

  • Osaka City Museum of Fine Arts
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    109 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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.

    Not sure if we picked a bad day or that there really is no art here, fine or otherwise. Just three rooms to wander round which must have taken us all of 10 minutes. Even the "special" exhibition on...

  • Osaka Sayama City Cultural Hall Sayaka Hall
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Osaka Osakasayamashi Sayama 1-875-1
    This multi-purpose hall is located in Sayama City. The hall includes a large hall, small hall, convention hall, exhibition hall, meeting room, Japanese-style tatami room and art room. The main large hall has 1,208 seats. With second floor seating and a spacious environment, it is characterized by the feeling of closeness to the stage. Theater performances, concerts and musical recitals are held there. The small hall has 368 seats with luxurious chandeliers. There are restaurants on the fourth floor where you can enjoy full meals in addition to drinks and snacks.
  • Tenjinbashi-suji Shopping Street
    Shopping
    Osaka Osakashi Kita-ku Tenjimbashi
    This covered shopping street is centered on the road approaching Osaka Tenmangu Shrine. Running north to south for 2.6 kilometers from Tenjinbashi 1-chome to Tenjinbashi 6-chome, it is famous as Japan's longest shopping street. There are approx. 600 stores along the street. During the Edo period (1603-1868), the Tenman vegetable market was located nearby, and the street developed around the market as the main approach to the shrine. Many events are held centered on the shrine to this day. The stores sell everything from clothing to food, and include cafes, restaurants and izakaya bars.
  • Tsurumiryokuchi Expo '90 Commemorative Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Osaka Osakashi Tsurumi-ku Ryokuchikouen 2-163
    This municipal park spans Tsurumi Ward and Moriguchi City. Tsurumi Ryokuchi Park was first developed in 1990, as the main venue for the International Garden and Greenery Exposition (Expo '90). The park is located directly outside the Underground Nagahori Tsurumi Ryokuchi Line's Tsurumi Ryokuchi Station. Many of the 1990 Exposition's facilities and gardens still remain, including the Sakuya Konohana Kan (botanical garden) and the Inochi no Tou tower. Many of the spaces previously used for things like the amusement park have been repurposed as horse-riding courses, gyms and sports facilities. There are also camping grounds and barbeque plazas for the public to freely enjoy sports and recreation here.
  • Ikukunitama Shrine
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    Travel / Tourism
    Osaka Osakashi Tennouji-ku Ikutamachou 13-9
    This is a shrine in Tennoji Ward, Osaka City, Osaka, and enshrines the deity of Ikushima-Tarushima, the guardian gods of the land and the earth. It is said that the shrine started when Emperor Jinmu worshiped Ikushima-Tarushima in the vicinity of the current Osaka Castle. Toyotomi Hideyoshi relocated the shrine to its present location in 1583. Although the main shrine was rebuilt after the World War II, it retains the architectural style called “ikutama zukuri” of the Momoyama period. The shrine is popular with a large number of worshippers during the Summer Festival held on July 11th and 12th, one of three major summer festivals in Osaka.

    I tend to appear at temples and shrines from the backside for some reason. After getting off the Tanimachi line (9-Chome station), I walked up the back-roads and a set of stairs to the red gates. The...

  • Natural Hot Spring - Naniwa no Yu
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Osaka Osakashi Kita-ku Nagaranishi 1-7-31
    This hot spring is approximately eight minutes' walk from Tenjinbashi-suji 6 chome Station. It is a super-sized public bath in the Umeda shopping district in Osaka. What is special about this building is that the rooftop of the eight-story building is an outdoor bath. Customers can relax in the hot spring while gazing up at the panoramic view of the sky. The hot spring uses 100% natural water from a sodium chloride bicarbonate salt spring. It is also known as Beauty Water thanks to its softening and emulsifying effect on the skin. In addition to the hot spring, the facility's other services include a stone sauna, body scrubs and beauty treatments for women to enjoy.
  • Hiraoka Shrine
    Travel / Tourism
    Osaka Higashiosakashi Izumoichou 7-16
    This shrine is located up the stairs just east of the Kintetsu Nara Line's Hiraoka Station. It is in Kawachi Province (before 1868), the main deity is Amenokoyane no mikoto. It is said that the shrine was built three years before the crowning of the first Emperor, Emperor Jinmu. To the south of the shrine is a ume (plum) tree forest, the scent of which caused it to be selected as one of Japan's top 100 aromatic landscapes. It is a very popular tourist destination. At the end of the year, a religious comedy festival is held at Hiraoka Shrine. In this event, the participants laugh continuously along with the head priest for 20 minutes. The media gives a special report on the event, and the number of visiting tourists increases year after year.
  • Keihan Mall
    Shopping
    Osaka Osakashi Miyakojima-ku Higashinodamachi 2-1-38
    This is a shopping mall directly connected to the Keihan Electric Railway Kyobashi Station. In 1990, the hotel Keihan Kyobashi was opened in the building, and established an apparel, food and lifestyle shopping complex. There are approximately 150 stores located from the basement to the seventh floor which include fashion stores, stores that sell household goods, cafe restaurants, and food products with an atmosphere inviting customers to casually drop in. Access to the shopping complex from the JR Station and subway is convenient and it is the perfect spot to take a break or spend time waiting for a train. There is also a spacious nursing room with a bench sofa and a wash basin for parents with small children.
  • The Osaka Museum of Housing and Living
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    748 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Osaka Osakashi Kita-ku Tenjimbashi 6-4-20 Housing Information Center Building 8F
    The Osaka Museum of Housing and Living, which opened in 2001, is located in Tenjinbashi in the Kita Ward of Osaka City. The Museum is focused on the cultural and historical aspects of how people in Osaka lived during the period from the latter part of the Edo period through to the Showa period. The ninth floor of the Museum building features a row of life-size replica buildings facing onto a “main road,” including Machiya shop-houses, stores, a firewatching tower, etc.; visitors can enjoy strolling around this recreation of an Osaka street scene from days gone by. The eighth floor has dioramas and other exhibits showing Osaka’s streets looked like at different times between the Meiji period and Showa period. The Museum also holds seasonal special exhibitions.

    If you have time then you can visit here to have a look at the history of Japanese daily living style, quite interesting.

  • The Museum of Oriental Ceramics, Osaka
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    1 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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.

    東洋陶器美術館に併設の喫茶店で軽食もあります。さすが陶器美術館併設であってコーヒーカップはロイヤル・コペンハーゲンです。ランチタイムに入ったのでビーフシチューセットを注文、なかなかの絶品でした。ここは混んでいないし、公会堂を見ながら食せ、ビーフシチューも周辺より安くて美味しいです。

  • Osaka Museum of History
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    509 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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.

    Very nice and modern museum in town, just opposite to the Osaka Castle. There are a lot of Japanese life style in the old time showing, which make you realize how the Japanese lived their lives in...

  • Hozen-ji Temple
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    344 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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.

    Witness the the Buddha statue filled with green moss. A unique sight. Located right in the heart of the city shopping belt. A good breakaway from the city crowd. Historical value. Worth visiting

  • Hozenji Yokocho Alley
    Travel / Tourism
    Osaka Osakashi Chuou-ku Namba Near 1
    Despite its location in the bustling Minami area of Osaka, a still and ancient air hangs about Hozenji Yokocho Alley reminiscent of old Naniwa (Osaka). This stone-paved alley, famous in part through Sakunosuke Oda’s novel Meoto Zenzai, is crowded with some 60 tiny restaurants and bars. In total, the alley is around 80 meters long. Throughout the day, the alley is visited by an unending stream of people. In the afternoon, you can visit the Hozen-ji Temple, nicknamed the “Mizukake Fudo,” or enjoy a bowl of sweet red bean zenzai soup; at night, partake in a dinner or a cup of sake.
  • Shitenno-ji Temple (Head Temple of the Wa School of Buddhism)
    Travel / Tourism
    Osaka Osakashi Tennouji-ku Shitennouji 1-11-18
    The Shitenno-ji Temple is a Buddhist temple in Osaka City. Founded by Prince Shotoku in 593, it is the oldest officially-sanctioned Buddhist temple in Japan. The Temple is laid out in the most ancient Japanese temple architecture style, with the Chu-mon gate, Five-storeyed Pagoda, Kon-do hall and Lecture hall arranged in a straight line running north to south, encircled by a long corridor. The Temple’s stone Torii gateway is said to be the entrance to the Pure Land (also known as the Western Paradise), and is designated as an Important Cultural Property; this gateway was rebuilt in 1294. The Shitenno-ji Temple is famous for the “Doya-doya” Buddhist memorial service which is held there on January 14th every year.
  • Naniwa Kuishinbo Yokocho
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Osaka Osakashi Minato-ku Kaigandori 1-1-10 Tempozan Marketplace 2F
    This food theme park is located on the second floor of the Tempozan Market Place shopping center in the Tempozan Bay Area facing Osaka Bay. The decor seeks to capture the lively mid 1960s Osaka vibe from when Osaka hosted the World's Fair and has a retro downtown feel. This popular spot is overflowing with classic Osakan food staples including famous okonomiyaki (savory pancake packed full of vegetables, seafood, and meat) chains, kushikatsu (meat skewers), takoyaki (fried octopus dumplings), warabi-mochi (bracken starch jellies), and more.
  • Kuidaore Taro (Nakaza Kuidaore Building)
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Osaka Osakashi Chuou-ku Doutombori 1-7-21
    The Nakaza Kuidaore Building was constructed on the site of what had formerly been the Naka-za, a famous theatre that played a leading role in supporting Kamigata (Osaka–Kyoto region) traditional performing arts from the Edo period onwards. The Building has been renovated and reopened, borrowing the name “Kuidaore” (“Eat till you drop”) from a famous nearby restaurant that closed in July 2009. The “Kuidaore Taro” mascot that stands in front of the Building, dressed as a Chindo’ya (elaborately-dressed street musicians that used to drum up business for local stores) has become an iconic symbol of the Dotonburi district where the Building is located, and is a popular backdrop for photographs. Inside the Nakaza Kuidaore Building there are shops selling Kuidaore Taro souvenir goods, restaurants where visitors can enjoy local Osaka delicacies, a theatre offering live comedy shows, etc.
  • Tempozan Ferris Wheel
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    Leisure / Hobbies
    Osaka Osakashi Minato-ku Kaigandori 1-1-10
    The Tempozan Ferris Wheel is located in Tempozan Harbor Village in Osaka’s Bay Area. When it opened to the public in 1997, the wheel, which has a height of 112.5 meters and a diameter of 100 meters, was the largest ferris wheel in the world, and consequently attracted a great deal of interest. During the 15-minute ride, visitors can enjoy magnificent views of the Kinki region, including the Akashi Kaikyo Bridge, Kansai International Airport, Mt. Rokko, etc. The Tempozan Ferris Wheel has four see-through cabins with transparent walls and a transparent floor, which are very popular with young people and tourists. At night, the Ferris Wheel is illuminated using a combination of indirect and direct LED lighting, which is a sight not to be missed.

    tried it at night. enjoyed the night view of osaka city. 60cabins with 8 of them are transparent glass gondalas.

  • Open-air Museum of Old Japanese Farmhouses
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Osaka Toyonakashi Hattoriryokuchi 1-2
    Located in Hattori Ryokuchi Park in Toyonaka City, Osaka Prefecture, the Open-air Museum of Old Japanese Farmhouses was the first open-air museum of its kind in Japan when it opened in 1956. The Museum has on display 12 representative examples of traditional farmhouses from different parts of Japan—from Iwate Prefecture in the north to Amami-Oshima Island in Kagoshima Prefecture in the south—that have been relocated to the Museum site. Several of the buildings on display have been designated as Important Cultural Properties, including Gassho-zukuri style farmhouses from the Hida and Shirakawa-go regions, and a Nanbu Magari-ya (L-shaped farmhouse) from Iwate, northern Japan. Inside each house, typical furniture and living utensils from the region in question are displayed.

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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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