Spots in Uehonmachi / Tennoji / Southern Osaka City Area

  • Sumiyoshi Taisha (Sumiyoshi Grand Shrine)
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    4.5
    851 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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.

  • Tennoji Zoo
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    3.5
    735 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Osaka Osakashi Tennouji-ku Chausuyamachou 1-108
    A municipal zoo located in Tennoji Ward, Osaka City first opened in 1915. The zoo cares for some 200 species and around 1,000 individual animals and is famous the efforts it takes to recreate their natural environments. Popular zoo areas include the African Savanna Zone, home to giraffes, lions, and hippos; Reptile House; Asian Tropical Rain Forest, site of the popular elephant exhibit; and the Friendship Square, a favorite for children where they can pet sheep and goats. Visitors can also watch animals such as the elephants, lions, and penguins being fed.

    The zoo have many exhibits that are no longer active, elephants, koala etc.. Unfortunately we found out only after entering. Of those active, the animals seemed well taken care of though mostly...

  • Harukas 300 (Observatory)
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    4.0
    272 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Osaka Osakashi Abeno-ku Abenosuji 1-1-43
    An observation deck situated between floors 58 and 60 in the 300 meter tall Abeno Harukas skyscraper. A popular destination for tourists, the deck offers a sweeping view of the streets of Osaka and Osaka Bay from Japan’s tallest building. On clear days, you can see the Rokko Mountain Range, Awaji Island, and even Kyoto and Kansai International Airport. From the airy three level outdoor Sky Garden on floor 58, visitors can enjoy the feel of the wind on their face and a gorgeous view of the city. Various events are also held in the garden. There are also cafes, bars, and restaurants offering super views as well as shops selling original goods. The closest stations are Tennoji Station and Osaka Abenobashi Station.

    Harukas 300 Observation Desk is the tallest building in Osaka City. You can view the whole Osaka from the top.

  • Abeno Q’s MALL
    Shopping
    Osaka Osakashi Abeno-ku Abenosuji 1-6-1
    A shopping mall connected directly to Tennoji Station opened in April 2011 and one of the largest malls in Osaka City. The facility is host to some 250 fashionable apparel stores, food shops, lifestyle goods shops, and restaurants. Major retailers such as Ito-Yokado, Bic Camera, and Tokyu Hands can be found here as well as Shibuya 109 Abeno, a shop specializing in the latest young peoples’ fashions. The restaurant area was just remodeled in 2017 and more and more interesting establishments are opening here, including brand-new businesses and companies making their first foray into the Kansai region.
  • Abeno Harkus
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    4.5
    5 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Osaka Osakashi Abeno-ku Abenosuji 1-1-43
    The Abeno Harukas building is a skyscraper in Osaka City; at a height of 300 meters, it is the tallest building in Japan (as of 2017). Since opening in 2014, Abeno Harukas has become a major new landmark in Osaka; the “Harukas 300” observation platform on the top floor, which offers marvelous views of the Osaka cityscape, is very popular with both domestic and overseas tourists. The upper floors house a hotel and offices, with the Abeno Harukas Museum (an art museum) on the 16th floor.

    Once you have paid to get to the observation deck you can do the edge experience. For 1000yen I thought this was a good price, you would pay much more than that in Australia. Being that I do not have...

  • Abeno Harukas Museum
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    4.0
    102 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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.

  • Horikoshi-jinja Shrine
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    4.0
    74 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Osaka Osakashi Tennouji-ku Chausuyamachou 1-8
    This shrine on Mt. Chausu is about 10 minutes' walk north of Tennoji Station, serving every line, and Kintetsu's Abeno Station. Built by Shotoku Taishi at the same time as Shintenno-ji Temple, it is counted among the 7 halls of Shintenno-ji. Long known in Osaka as home of a god who will grant one wish in your lifetime, recently it's also become popular as a spot to feel spiritual energy. They also offer their Hito Yume Prayer service by post, where parishioners write their deepest dream on a thin piece of paper, receive a blessing, and keep it next to their skin until their dream comes true.

    It is a very old shrine which was reportedly built by Shotokutaishi. As it is located on Tanimachisuji main avenue, it is very easy to find. If you walk from JR Tennoji station, it takes 10~15...

  • Shitenno-ji Temple (Head Temple of the Wa School of Buddhism)
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    4.0
    16 Reviews
    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.

    四天王寺はかなり広いし、見所も色々あるので時間は結構かかります。 なので、休憩所はありがたいですね。 落ち着いた広いスペースですからトイレを使用したり、水分を補給したり、地図で確認したりと役立てました。

  • Osaka Museum of Natural History
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    4.0
    54 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Osaka Osakashi Higashisumiyoshi-ku Nagaikouen 1-23
    This museum was founded in 1950 and is located within “Nagai Park” in Higashi Sumiyoshi Ward, Osaka City, Osaka Prefecture. The museum is based on the theme of humans surrounding natural history, and they carry out such activities as data collection, exhibitions, and educational activities. The permanent exhibition rooms are based on the four themes, “The Natural World Around Us”, “History of Earth and Life”, “Evolution of Life” and “The Lives of Living Things”. You can enjoy learning about nature in the local area of Osaka, the ecology, and evolution of living things and the environment while taking turns at games and videos. Special exhibitions are held several times a year at the museum. The in-house and outdoor events mainly held on weekends are also popular.

    I happened to have some free time and decided to check it out. Though small, it is packed to the brim with fossils and such.

  • Nagai Botanical Garden
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    4.0
    25 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Osaka Osakashi Higashisumiyoshi-ku Nagaikouen 1-23
    This botanical garden is south-east of Nagai Park, in front of the Midosuji Line's Nagai Station. The garden covers approximately 24.2 hectares, and cherry trees, tulips and hydrangeas are planted so the garden is in bloom all year round. In addition to these, rare ancient plants and trees, such as Metasequoia, also known as living fossils are exhibited in the gardens. There is also a log house in the herb garden, which offers a free herbal tea service on the first and third Saturday of each month.

    We have been in Japan for 2 weeks and have seen some beautiful gardens. These gardens are very neglected - a total disappointment and so unJapan like. Rubbish in the pond, dead plants, weeds...

  • Abeno Harukas Kintetsu Main Store
    Shopping
    Osaka Osakashi Abeno-ku Abenosuji 1-1-43
    One of Japan’s largest independent department stores, comprised of a Tower Building situated in floors B2 through 14 in the 300 meter tall Abeno Harukas skyscraper and an adjoining Wing Building. The facility is filled with a diverse variety of establishments, including leading overseas clothing brands, fashionable casual apparel brands, restaurants, and interior design shops. There is also the Abeno Harukas Dining restaurant area spanning three floors, Soraha specialty shop area, an electronics retail shop, large scale bookstore, and more, providing countless hours of fun shopping for locals and tourists alike. The closest stations are Tennoji Station and Osaka Abenobashi Station.
  • Sanko-jinja Shrine
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    4.0
    59 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Osaka Osakashi Tennouji-ku Tamatsukurihonmachi 14-90
    This shrine was founded during Emperor Hanzei's reign (406-410) right in Saishoyama Park. This shrine is dedicated to three Shinto gods, Amaterasu, Tsukuyomi and Susanoo. It was once known as the Himeyama Shrine and was where people of Rikuzen Province once went to pray for the god of sealing wind, but has become more commonly known as Sanko Shrine in Miyagi District. In 1908 Himeyama-jinja Shrine and Sanko-jinja Shrine were merged, becoming Sanko-jinja Shrine. It's believed that Saishoyama was where Sanada Maru, a small fort of Osaka Castle, once stood.

    主祭神は、天照大神、月読尊、素戔嗚尊とのことです。 真田丸顕彰碑がある明星学園が真田丸の跡地であるのが定説のようです。 となると、ここは真田丸の跡地でないことになりますが、真田幸村活躍の場の近くであることには間違いないと思われます。

  • Osaka City Abeno Life Safety Learning Center
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    4.5
    21 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Osaka Osakashi Abeno-ku Abenosuji 3-13-23 Abeno Forsa 3F
    Osaka City Abeno Life Safety Learning Center (Abeno Tasukaru) is a disaster prevention learning center in Abeno Ward, Osaka City. Through experiential learning, visitors go through scenarios to learn about the series of actions they should take beginning when an earthquake occurs and ending when they flee to safety. The Earthquake Damage Experience Zone reproduces in real time damaged buildings collapsing after an earthquake, and visitors learn safety and survival measures such as using a fire extinguisher to quickly stop fires at an early stage, helping people who are trapped under furniture, stopping bleeding, and stabilizing broken bones, and other series of actions, decisions, and techniques that people should know about when an earthquake strikes.

    Although the tour is in Japanese (you don’t need to know Japanese to understand what they are talking about), the entire experience is excellent and interactive, kids (and adults) can learn about...

  • Senkoji Temple
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    4.5
    16 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Osaka Osakashi Hirano-ku Hiranohonmachi 4-12-21
    "Senkoji Temple is about a five-minute walk from the south exit of JR Hirano Station. It is considered one of the 13sacred Buddhist sites of Osaka and one of the 88 sacred sites of the former province of Settsu. Its beginnings date back about 1400 years, when Prince Shotoku Taishi built a small temple and installed a statue of YakushiNyorai (the bodhisattva of healing). The main buildings, dedicated to YakushiNyorai, are in the center of the temple grounds. This temple is also famous for its Jigokudo, a hall where visitors can supposedly experience hell. At the entrance, they check to see to what degree they merit paradise or hell, and see a fearsome statue of Enma- Daio, the kind of hell. The Machigurumi (""Entire Town"") Museum and the Dagashi-ya San (""Cheap Candy Store"") Museum are also on the temple grounds."

    A small shrine where you can have a good picture of both hell and heaven with an interesting and interactive area for people to play and understand the story. I like the place where it connected to...

  • Abeseimei-jinja Shrine
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    3.5
    34 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Osaka Osakashi Abeno-ku Abenomotomachi 5-16
    This shrine is only a five-minute walk from the Higashi-Tengachaya Station on the Hankai Uemachi Line. Found in the Abeno district, the renown Onmyouji (diviner/sooth-sayer) Abe no Seimei is enshrined here. To sooth the spirit of Abe no Seimei, Emperor Ichijo ordered the shrine to be constructed on the grounds of the Seimei clan mansion in year 1007. In addition to a stone monument at the place of Abe no Seimei's birth and a bronze statue there is also the remnants of Ubuyui (a well made for his first birth), making this a must see for fans of Seimei. Many come to pray for blessings including those wishing to improve academically, those hoping to pass exams, and those wishing for safe childbirth. Every year a ceremony is held on September 26th, the anniversary of Seimei's passing.

    当社は安倍晴明が誕生した地に建てられました。 阿倍野王子神社(大阪市阿倍野区阿倍野元町9-4)の末社の一社です。 安倍晴明神社(あべのせいめいじんじゃ) 主祭神 安倍晴明大神(あべのせいめいおおかみ) 鎮座地 大阪市阿倍野区阿倍野元町5-16 電話番号 06-6622-2565 車の場合は駐車場が阿倍野王子神社内にあります(駐車約3台) ■境内の掲示より引用...

  • Nagai Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Osaka Osakashi Higashisumiyoshi-ku Nagaikouen 1-1
    This general public park in Higashisumiyoshi Ward, Osaka City, Osaka Prefecture has a massive area of 65.7 hectares and contains a botanical garden, a natural garden, and a sports area. The sports facility includes the Yanmar Stadium Nagai, and Kincho Stadium, which hosted the 2002 FIFA World Cup, as well as a baseball field, a pool, a training center, and more. The park includes the Nagai Botanical Garden, Kyodo no Mori, Osaka Museum of Natural History, and many other facilities, and it is beloved by citizens as a place to both learn and relax.
  • Aizendo Shomanin Temple
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    4.0
    37 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Osaka Osaka-shi Tennoji-ku Yuhigaokacho 5-36
    "This Buddhist temple is located close to Shitennoji-mae Yuhigaoka Station in Yuhigaoka-cho, Tennoji Ward, Osaka City. Founded in 593 by Prince Shotoku, the prince is said to have read the Srimaladevi Simhanada Sutra to the common people and the temple enshrines a Srimala statue. A statue of Ragaraja, known as Aizen Myo'o in Japanese, was later enshrined in the main temple hall, and thus the temple is also nicknamed the ""Aizen-do"" and is believed to grant worshippers luck in finding love and marriage. The temple's two tier pagoda, rebuilt thanks to the mighty samurai lord Toyotomi Hideyoshi, has been designated a National Important Cultural Property. There is also a sacred tree on the grounds said to provide luck in love which served as the model for Matsutaro Kawaguchi's novel ""Aizen Katsura."""

    愛染堂とコラボリップバームが欲しくて、調べてみると大阪市内だったので、初詣に行くコトに。 縁結びに、綺麗になれるお水・・・ご利益をいただける様にが目的で。 行ってみると七福神に勝負運の神様、不動明王・・・と、色々な神様がいらっしゃいます。 恋愛結婚、美人度、金運、仕事、健康運・・・全てに運気上昇をお願いして。 そういえば、太融寺の不動明王さんは、私を見て、すごっい笑ってる顔してたなぁ...

  • Ikukunitama Shrine
    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.
  • Tennoji Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Osaka Osakashi Tennouji-ku Chausuyamachou 1-108
    A municipal park located in Osaka City’s Tennoji Ward. Facilities such as the Tennoji Zoo; Osaka City Museum of Fine Arts; and Keitakuen Garden, a renowned garden which once belonged to the Sumitomo clan, are located inside the park. Historic Mt. Chausu, found in the northeast part of the park, served as the headquarters of Tokugawa Ieyasu during the winter campaign of the siege of Osaka, as well as the headquarters of Sanada Yukimura during the summer campaign of the siege. In October 2015, the park entrance area was remodeled as the natural lawn Park Market facility, and here visitors can find fashionable cafés, a farm fresh vegetable market, restaurants, a dog run, and futsal court.
  • Tennoji Mio
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Osaka Osakashi Tennouji-ku Hideinchou 10-39
    A large shopping mall comprised of a Main Building and Plaza Building connected directly to JR Tennoji Station. The facility is host to a large number of tenants including fashionable shops, restaurants, knickknack and lifestyle good stores, bookstores, stationary shops, cosmetics sellers, and clinics—everything from daily necessities to convenient establishments providing for life’s needs. Large retailers such as Loft, Sofmap, Franc Franc, mont-bell, and Plaza also have locations in the mall. The Mio Res restaurant floor is open until 11 p.m. and is a convenient place to pick up dinner on the way home.

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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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