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  • EXPOCITY
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    Leisure / Hobbies
    Osaka Suitashi Senribampakukouen 2-1
    A massive entertainment complex located inside Expo’70 Commemorative Park in Suita, Osaka which was built on the site of the Expoland amusement park and first opened in November 2015. The complex hosts eight entertainment facilities, including the large Lalaport Expocity shopping mall; the Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan-produced Nifrel aquarium; the Pokemon Expo Gym, popular with children; and Orbi Osaka, a nature-oriented hands-on amusement and exploration center. This popular destination features shopping, fun, and learning, making it a fun place for families, couples, and men and women of all ages.

    Less crowded than the inner city malls but loads of options and restaurants to choose from. From the monorail entry side there is the Osaka Wheel which opens till late. Another attraction is for the...

  • Nose (Kuri no Sato)
    Travel / Tourism
    Osaka Toyonogunnosechou Hirano 535
    This is a roadside station located on National Route 173 in Nose Town at the northernmost tip of Osaka Prefecture. There are many experiential farms in the area including Osaka Fumin Farm and Nose-no-Sato and the perfect place to use as a tourist base. The special market sells vegetables produced in Nose Town picked freshly that morning as well as handmade agricultural products made by locals in the town improvement group. At the restaurant Hidamari visitors can taste home cuisine that can only be tasted locally, using rice milled at the produce center.
  • LaLaport EXPOCITY
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Osaka Suitashi Senribampakukouen 2-1
    This is a large commercial facility located within the Expo ’70 Commemorative Park about a two-minute walk away from Banpaku-kinen-koen Station, Osaka Monorail. You can also enjoy it after using the entertainment facilities in EXPOCITY, and it is also popular with families. There are approximately 305 stores assembled within the spacious facility such as fashion, interior, lifestyle goods, culture and gourmet, and there are also a large number of stores which have set up shop for the first time in Japan. In particular, we recommend popular character themed restaurant which is the only place where you can enjoy and the large scale food court which has an unbroken view of the tower of the sun statue.
  • Mino Falls
    Travel / Tourism
    Osaka Minoshi Minokouen
    This 33-meter-tall waterfall was chosen as one of Japan’s 100 most beautiful waterfalls. It is located inside Meiji no Mori Mino Quasi-National Park in Minoh City, Osaka Prefecture. Known as a popular fall foliage spot, many visitors come during the autumn season. There is a “waterfall walkway” approximately 2.8 kilometers long that starts in front of Minoh Station and offers wonderful views of the natural forests of Osaka. The fall foliage is best from mid-November through the beginning of December. In the middle of the walkway is the Mino Park Museum of Insects, another popular spot.
  • Asahi Beer Suita Factory
    Travel / Tourism
    Osaka Suitashi Nishinoshouchou 1-45
    This is the factory of Asahi Breweries, Ltd. which manufactures such as “Asahi Super Dry”. They run factory tours with tickets having to be reserved in advance, and the tour goes through a video, panel exhibition and the production line, and you can learn free of charge about the history and manufacturing processes of Asahi Beer’s. After finishing the tour, you can also sample freshly brewed beers. The exhibition containing roughly 3,700 types of beer can collected from around the world is also a must see. The nearest station is Suita Station.
  • 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.

    弁天池に突き出したエリアに作られていました。朱色が池越しに見えて、かなり映えていました。山が紅葉の紅葉の季節になれば、更に朱色の円形のコントラストが整い、更にきれいだろうなぁって思いました。様々な場所におかけている「だるま」さんも、社色ですし。当石感があり、いいですね。とても活力を感じました。

  • Hattori Ryokuchi Park
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    146 Reviews
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    Osaka Toyonakashi Hattoriryokuchi 1-1
    This is one of Osaka Prefecture's most famous green areas and is only a five-minute walk from Ryokuchi-koen Station. This area of land, which is 33 times the size of Koshien Baseball Stadium, has a botanical garden where you can enjoy plants from all the seasons, tennis, a horse-riding facility, a swimming pool, a play area with a large playground, the Open-Air Museum of Old Japanese Farm Houses, an outdoor stage, and more. The park was selected as one of Japan's Best 100 City Parks. The park is rich with nature with pine trees, green roads, and a nearby forest with fountains and streams. Many events are also held at the various facilities across the park. People visit at all times of the year when they're in the North Osaka area.

    Old Japanese Farmhouses are a must see. They came from all over Japan and are preserved here at the Park. Great place fo

  • Expo’70 Commemorative Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Osaka Suitashi Senribampakukouen 1-1
    Boasting a size about 65 times that of the Koshien Baseball Stadium, the Expo ’70 Commemorative Park is a huge park built on the site of the Osaka Expo. Whether for children or adults you can enjoy a day of activities here with facilities ranging from cultural facilities and natural and cultural gardens to the Japanese Garden and an onsen (hot spring facilities). Also, in the central rest area of the Japanese Garden you can see videos of the Expo that took place here in 1970 making it an important place to witness the events that occurred. Access the park from Bampaku-kinen-koen Station on the Osaka Monorail.
  • Tower of the Sun
    Travel / Tourism
    Osaka Met. Suitashi Senri Banpaku Park 1-1 In the Banpaku Park
    This is a 70-meter tall work of art created by artist Taro Okamoto and is a symbol of the Japan Expo held in 1970 in Osaka’s Suita City. Even now it still remains in the Expo Commemoration Park which is a cultural park created on the site of the exposition grounds and serves as a popular photo spot. With a unique design that is modeled after a crow, the tower has three faces which represent the future, present and past. The inside is hollow and has a giant monument called the Tree of Life. Currently visitors are not permitted to tour the inside of the tower due to reconstruction work, but it is scheduled to reopen in March of 2018.
  • NIFREL
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    Osaka Suitashi Senribampakukouen 2-1 Within EXPOCITY
    A museum located inside Expo’70 Commemorative Park where visitors can enjoy exciting, novel exhibits which go beyond the boundaries of a dedicated aquarium, zoo, or art museum. Based on the concept of coming in contact with various sensibilities, the facility is divided into seven zones designed to stimulate the viewer’s sensitivities through animals viewed from a variety of perspectives, including colors, abilities, and shapes. The facility also has white tigers and numerous exhibits featuring waterside mammal’s such as miniature hippos and the popular capybara. There is a picnic-themed café in the museum as well as a souvenir shop. The closest station is Bampaku-kinen-koen Station.

    Nice far to visit from Osaka center to watch small and colorful fish. Also you can watch white tiger. 2,000 JPY for entrance is seemed a bit of expensive but it’s worth...

  • Open-air Museum of Old Japanese Farmhouses
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    87 Reviews
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    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.

    This is well worth the visit to give you a glimpse of Japanese life in years gone by. An amazing selection of authentic looking structures. Plenty of space, quiet and relaxing. A terrific escape...

  • 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.

    This is one of the best museums I have visited. Could have spent the whole day here and then came back the next day. It has a large display on the peoples of Japan but thats just a part of it. The...

  • 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.

    Made the effort to come out to Ikeda to take a look. Not a huge place but plenty of photo opportunites with cup noodles of different flavours on all the walls... the DIY making of the cup noodles is...

  • Minoo Park
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    Osaka Minoshi Mino
    This natural park extending along the northern mountainous district of Mino City has close to 1,000 varieties of plants and is inhabited by more than 3,000 varieties of insects. Visitors can enjoy a variety of nature in all four seasons such as spring’s cherry blossoms and winter’s frost-covered trees and icicles, but the changing leaves in autumn are particularly beautiful. This is also known as a famous place for its waterfall, and the Mino-no-Taki waterfall with a width of five meters and a drop of 33 meters has been designated as one of Japan’s top 100 waterfalls. A hiking course follows a mountain stream from the bridge at the park entrance to the large waterfall, and is constantly traversed by people throughout the year. The park is approximately 30 minutes by train from downtown Osaka.

    Minoo Park is an hour or so by train from Osaka Station. The Park I guess will be very pretty if you visit in Falls with the maple leaves turning color. Winter is a bit average though It is...

  • Large Keyaki of Noma/Keyaki Museum
    Travel / Tourism
    Osaka Met. Toyonogun Nosecho Nomainaji
    Located in the Nosecho district of Osaka’s Toyono-gun, the large Keyaki (Japanese zelkova tree) of Noma is a national natural monument and there is a museum nearby that mainly preserves and displays materials relating to it. The large keyaki with a height of approximately 27 meters and trunk girth of approximately 13 meters said to be about 1,000 years old is one of Japan’s foremost giant trees. The largest branch is approximately 39 meters by approximately 36 meters, and the tree is loved as a symbol of Nose’s abundance nature. From late April to July when the new leaves are out, wild brown hawk owls can be seen sitting in the branches. Entrance to the museum is free.
  • Mino Visitor Center
    Travel / Tourism
    Osaka Minoshi Mino 1576
    This is the base facility for Meiji no Mori Mino Quasi-National Park. The site is comprised of an exhibition room filled with everything about the geology and highlights of Mino to models of animals and plants and specimens, a lecture room that doubles as a library, and a management building. Many people visit it as a base when using the park, and use of the facility is free. Besides nature workshops that children enjoy, it also holds various nature experience events such as nature observation meetings regularly. In addition, you can spread out lunch boxes in Momiji Plaza, and the walking path is popular with parents and their children.
  • Minoogawa Dam
    Travel / Tourism
    Osaka Minoshi Aomatani 2926
    This rockfill dam was constructed in 1982 for flood control. The large prefectural dam managed by Osaka Prefecture is 47-meter-high and 222.5 meters in crest length. The area around the dam was designated as the Meiji no Mori Mino Quasi-National Park, and it has a promenade that has become a place of relaxation for residents of the prefecture. Because the Mino Valley is downstream, there are also people who come to see fresh greenery and autumn leaves and also for hikes. Above all, the area bustles with the many people who gather in the holiday seasons.
  • Hara Yogyojo
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Osaka Takatsukishi Hara 2912
    This river fish restaurant that is completely reservation-only is where you can enjoy nature. For half the year, carefully selected and stocked carp from all over the country is served after they get used to water at the fish farm. The dishes that use only firm, high-quality carp are crunchy and crisp, and the taste is highly satisfying even for people who have eaten carp before. It is famous for being a place where you can fully enjoy the true goodness of carp to your heart's content. Their softshell turtle hotpot and free-range chicken sukiyaki are popular in the winter. Besides carp dishes, they have a wide range of other dishes to choose from.
  • Akutagawa Sakurazutsumi Park
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    Osaka Takatsukishi Seifukujichou
    This riverbed park is located along the Akutagawa River at the foot of the Monzen Bridge. A famous cherry blossom viewing spot, cherry blossoms bloom profusely along the bank in the spring. At Koinobori Festa 1000 held in May, over 1,000 carp streamers are raised and fill the sky over the Akutagawa River. In addition, you can enjoy playing at the river in the summer, and a large number of mainly local children gather there. The slide and spring riders are popular with small children. This spot is loved by local residents throughout the year.
  • Kabusanji Temple
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    Osaka Takatsukishi Hara 3301-1
    "This Tendai sect temple located in Takatsuki City, Osaka Prefecture was opened by En no Gyoja in 697. As the first sacred placed where Bishamonten (guardian god of Buddhism) was enshrined in Japan, its principle images are three Bishamonten figures. The sitting Amida buddha figure and both Kannon figures enshrined in the main hall have all been designated nationally important cultural properties. At Kejo-in Temple, the ""Bishamonten Fudo Goma Ritual,"" the continuous burning of wood to invoke divine help, is conducted every day without fail. In addition, surrounded by mountains full of nature, many worshipers visit every year as a place to enjoy fresh greenery in the spring and the changing leaves in autumn."

    We visited this beautiful, secluded temple on a Monday afternoon in December at the end of the autumn leaves season. The complex consists of a dozen or so buildings in addition to the temple itself...

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