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  • Osakajo Hall
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    Leisure / Hobbies
    Osaka Osakashi Chuou-ku Osakajou 3-1
    Situated inside Osaka Castle Park in Chuo Ward, Osaka City, Osaka Prefecture, this is the largest event hall in western Japan with a capacity of 16,000 people. It was built in 1983 as the site of the “Osaka Chikujo 400-year Festival,” and the main part of the building was built underground out of consideration for the surrounding scenery. Aside from the arena, there are several halls and restaurants on the site. Popular domestic and overseas artists’ concerts and various ceremonies are held here, as well as a number of events attended by a large number of people throughout the year.

    The Hall and the surrounding park had turned to a popular spot for local and tourists. It was really nice to stroll around. There were eateries and shops available for visitors. Pleasant area...

  • Dotonbori
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    Osaka Osakashi Chuou-ku Doutombori
    Dotonbori’s famous Glico sign seems to be peering into the Dotonbori River; meanwhile, a giant crab sign moves in a perpetual dance. Crowded with restaurants and lined with giant signs, Dotonbori is a bustling entertainment district where visitors can truly experience Osaka—the city of kuidaore (extravagant eating). Have a bite at a shop selling kushiage (fried vegetable and meat skewers) or okonomiyaki (savory pancakes filled with meat and vegetables), Osaka specialties. Or spend a day visiting the various takoyaki (octopus dumplings) or butaman (steamed pork bun) restaurants. Day and night, this lively thoroughfare is frequented by great numbers of tourists.

    this was indeed a wonderful experience, all those light adds by night the area is so colourfull and alive

  • 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...

  • Daimaru Shinsaibashi Store
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    216 Reviews
    Shopping
    Osaka Osakashi Chuou-ku Shinsaibashisuji 1-7-1
    The Daimaru Shinsaibashi Store is a department store that has become an iconic symbol of the Shinsaibashi district of Osaka. It is a large department store complex that comprises a Main Building, South Building, and also a North Building that was formerly the Sogo Shinsaibashi department store. Besides Japanese and international luxury goods brands, the Daimaru Shinsaibashi Store also sells high-end fashion, jewelry, household goods, etc. The Main Building is a gorgeous edifice with internal and external decoration in the Art Deco and Gothic styles; the Main Building is currently closed for refurbishment, but is scheduled to reopen in the autumn of 2019. There is direct access to the Store by an underground passage from Shinsaibashi Station.

    10 floors of everything you can think of in a departmental store comprising of of goods of the highest quality matched by service of the highest provided with a smile. We all felt like a million...

  • Americamura
    Travel / Tourism
    Osaka Osakashi Chuou-ku Nishishinsaibashi
    This is the nick name for the area near Nishi Shinsaibashi, Chuo Ward in Osaka. It is also said to be a center of youth culture, and also known as “Amemura”. This is an area for young people which has about 2,500 shops lined up which have developed into selling unique merchandise such as many second hand clothes shops, fashion shops and record stores. Sankaku Koen (Triangle Park) where young people get together has become a symbol of Americamura (America Village). In addition to being a place to meet up or have a rest, there are also events occasionally held here and it is always busy with young people who are aiming at being musicians or dancers. And one of the highlights is also the creative items of artwork.
  • Osaka Shochiku-za Theatre
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Osaka Osakashi Chuou-ku Doutombori 1-9-19
    This theater located in Dotonbori 1 Chome is modeled after Milan's Scala Theatre, and opened in 1923 as Japan's first steel and reinforced concrete cinema. Its neo-Renaissance-style arch in the main entrance is impressive. The first floor has a European-style entrance, the second floor lobby has shops and sofas, and there are 1,033 seats from the third to fifth floors. In addition, while the exterior was left the same, the facilities with updated and reopened in 1997. Centered on kabuki performances, dramas and Shochiku comedies, the theatre holds operas, musicals and concerts.
  • Osaka Castle Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Osaka Osakashi Chuou-ku Osakajou
    Osaka Castle Park in Chuo Ward, Osaka City, Osaka Prefecture is a municipal park. Inside the large park, there are historic buildings and public facilities. Inside the Tenshukaku (castle tower) of Osaka Castle, which was restored in 1931, is open to the public for a fee as a historical museum and is also popular with overseas tourists. It is also a well-known place for seasonal flowers, such as cherry blossoms in Nishinomaru Garden (fees apply) and plums in the plum grove in Osaka Castle and has many visitors during the flowering seasons. At the Osaka-jo Hall and the Osaka Castle Band Shell, a range of music events, such as concerts, are held.
  • 6th generation Dotonbori Glico Sign
    Travel / Tourism
    Osaka Osakashi Chuou-ku Doutombori
    The Ezaki Glico signboard is easily visible from Ebisubashi Bridge on the Dotonbori River in Chuo Ward, Osaka City, Osaka Prefecture. The sign is known nationwide as a symbol of Osaka and is a popular spot to take a photo. The first sign was established in 1935 and the current sign is the sixth one, renewed in October 2014. It lights up 30 minutes after sunset until mid-night altering the background and uses 140 thousand LED lights.
  • Mitsui Outlet Park Osaka Tsurumi
    Shopping
    Osaka Osakashi Tsurumi-ku Mattaomiya 2-7-70
    Mitsui Outlet Park was the Japan's first genuine outlet mall. The unique design of the mall is based on the motif of the queen of the night cactus. It is a multipurpose facility containing both an outlet zone and western Japan's largest wholesale market for ornamental plants. Its urban location makes it easy to access, and large numbers of both domestic and foreign brands are available. On the third floor is a stage, which serves as the site of various holiday and seasonal events.
  • Kuromon Ichiba Market
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    Osaka Osakashi Chuou-ku Nippombashi 2-4-1
    Kuromon Ichiba Market, located not far off from Namba, helps keep Osaka, “the Kitchen of the Nation” functioning. The market where professionals from a number of famous restaurants do their shopping, shops here stock the highest quality seafoods as well as the freshest vegetables. In recent years, the market has also come to be a popular tourist destination, and one can frequently catch sight of visitors sampling the various wares on offer. Come here when you’re looking for “honmamon” (the genuine article).

    Eat the freshest seafood in Osaka at Kuromon Ichiba (黒門市場) Market (near to Dotonbori) known as “Osaka’s Kitchen” (9am – 6pm)

  • Namba City
    Shopping
    Osaka Osakashi Chuou-ku Namba 5-1-60
    A shopping mall directly connected to Nankai Electric Railway Namba Station. Easily accessible, the mall is filled with fashionable apparel and lifestyle goods shops as well as restaurants. Construction on the facility was originally started by Nankai Electric Railway in line with renovations on Namba Station and was completed by the Saison Group. The main building was recently remodeled in March 2016. The Namba Galleria, a popular meetup spot, is also located on the grounds.
  • Sukunahikona Shrine
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    59 Reviews
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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...

  • 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.

    We visited this place while visiting Osaka castle castle nearby. From the upper floors, we could get a good view of Osaka castle and the surrounding park directly across. We browsed through the...

  • Semba Center Building
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    59 Reviews
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    Osaka Osakashi Chuou-ku Sembachuou 2-3
    Commercial buildings in central Semba. The buildings are ten, looking like supporting the Hanshin Expressway, with the first through third are serving as a wholesale market, fourth through ninth are for wholesale textile stores, and the tenth is a shopping center filled with specialty stores. Its major characteristic is its direct access to the Midosuji Line / Central Line Honmachi Station and the Sakaisuji Line / Central Line Honmachi Station, where three lines meet at four different stations. The shopping center comes complete with its own car park, and customers can enter the shops without ever getting wet in the rain. And, with the various restaurants and cafes centered in the underground area, it is always full of tourists and families, making it a very lively place.

    Went there earlier in 2015 and love to shop stationery in the basement shop but this time not as much selection as before. But luckily bought some super bargain scarf.

  • Yoshimoto Manzai Theater
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    31 Reviews
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    Osaka Osakashi Chuou-ku Nambasennichimae 12-7 YES-NAMBA Building 5F
    Originally named the 5up Yoshimoto theater, this center for young comedians was reopened in December 2014 after remodeling. The manzai and other comedic shows held here feature up-and-coming young and currently popular Yoshimoto entertainers, key Yoshimoto players, and comedic veterans, and the theater’s programs include a 120 minute “yose” variety theater which includes performances by the newest of the new comedians. Seating up to 305, the theater is notable for the closeness with which audience members can enjoy the acts on stage. The Namba Grand Kagetsu is located opposite the theater and both are visited by large numbers of tourists. The closest station is Namba Station.

    初めて、生で新喜劇をみました。 漫才もおもろく、新喜劇も笑い転げました。 よしもとの笑いの奥深さを 発見しました。

  • Namba Shrine
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    84 Reviews
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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...

  • Rikuro Ojisan no Mise (Namba Main Shop)
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    Osaka Osakashi Chuou-ku Namba 3-2-28
    This is a cheesecake specialty shop located in the Ebisubashi-suji shopping district near the Namba Station on the Midosuji Subway Line. The cheesecake with a base scattered with raisins soaked in homemade syrup, is baked in the kitchen in the store to provide customers with freshly baked cakes at all times. There is an eat-in space on the first floor and Riku Cafe ROOM is on the second and third floor. In the cafe, customers can enjoy freshly baked cake and sweets with originally blended coffee and tea.

    這間甜點蛋糕店 好像在許多國家還有很多城市都開了分店 蛋糕本體非常的鬆軟可口 非常非常的很吃 甜但是不會很膩

  • Twin 21
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Osaka Osakashi Chuou-ku Shiromi 2-1-61
    This commercial facility is located five minutes' walk from Kyobashi Station on the JR Tozai line. Located at the confluence of the Neya River, north of Osaka castle, and the Ogawa River. It's also known as Osaka Twin Towers. The sight of these twin skyscrapers, each 38 stories tall with first basement floor, is quite impressive. The area from the underground floor to the fourth floor is a connected atrium, and this area hosts commercial facilities. There is an event space that hosts flea markets and more, so the area is always quite lively. It's near a number of stations, including Osaka Business Park Station, so it's quite easy to access.
  • Kani Douraku Main Store
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Osaka Osakashi Chuou-ku Doutombori 1-6-18
    One of the symbols of Osaka and the Dotonbori, this crab restaurant is easily identified by its giant moving crab sign. Here diners can enjoy fresh crab year round, sourced from locations such as the San’in region and Hokkaido as appropriate to the season. The restaurant’s signature menu option is its “kani-suki course,” with which diners can enjoy crab with the restaurant’s secret dashi stock. The colorful “kani kaiseki” course meal is also popular for parties and banquets. A popular destination for tourists, the restaurant also sells its special crab vinegar and crab rice gruel in convenient packages to take home as souvenirs.
  • 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.

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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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