Osaka-fu Off The Beaten Path

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Osaka-fu Off The Beaten Path

  • Sightseeing outside Osaka

    Osaka Off The Beaten Path

    Osaka is just two hours from Hiroshima by bullet train, making this a practical option for a day trip – especially if you have a JR Pass as we did and can travel “for free”. So on our second day here that is what we opted to do, and had an excellent day out. There are some that consider a visit to Hiroshima to be a bit macabre, but we didn’t feel...

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  • temples & shrines

    Osaka Off The Beaten Path

    We came accidentally to this small garden with a shrine and a cemetery inside and had a look around: Shinko-in Temple A ceremony had started shortly after we came and we were invited to participate. We took off our shoes and sat on small chairs and listened to the singing and praying, before we finally left after some 10 minutes or so. We had a...

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  • shopping

    Osaka Off The Beaten Path

    This almost went in as a "warning" tip, but I think seeing things like this are essential if you want to get a good sense of a foreign country. On Sundays there is a flea market west of the pedestrian overpass by Tennoji Station called the "Thieves' Market." They will have a lot of strange things for sale: replica pistols, toys, Japanese...

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  • culture & history

    Osaka Off The Beaten Path

    This little gem hides in a sub-urban area of Osaka. Located in the heart of Hattori-Ryoukuchi Park. It contains a collection of 11 old Japanese Farmhouses from all over Japan. Most of them are Gassho-zukuri, or straw thatched roofs, similar to the ones in Shirakawa-go. The museum is not crowded, and have the occasional painters and artists doing...

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  • Tennoji Zoo

    Tennoji Zoo is the third zoo that was constructed in Japan and it has a history of more than 90 years.The zoo has re-created a natural habitant in African savanna zone and elephant house.On Saturday and Sunday, it offer classes in animal studies.Access : 10 minute walk from Subway Dobutsuen-maeOpening hour : 9:30am to 5:00pm

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  • Taxi tours

    This seems to be a new thing - there are these little bike taxis that will take you around. The guys look like spunky bike couriers from home which is better than the normal taxi drivers here. I saw it said something about Y300 on the side, but I`m not sure how long or how far that was for. It would be a cool way to see the city (since the driver...

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