The way I understood it is that remains of several of such houses, built in the 5th century were found, when the modern buildings in this place were constructed. The house was built on stilts and it is covered by straw. So this building is a replica of such an old house and makes a perfect contrast to the modern buildings closeby.
Shi-Tenoji Temple is the said to be the oldest temple in Japan. It was built by Taishi Shotoku a famous politician during the Asuka period. It voasts a five storey pagoda and is worth visiting even for people like me who are not really into visiting every temple in Japan.
There is a really cool fleamarket going on every third Friday of a month around the temples strongly reccomended if you are into porcelains and antiques.
Built in the 3rd century in a unique style and designated a national treasure, Sumiyoshi-taisha Grand Shrine is the oldest known shrine in Japan and the headquarters for the approximately 2300 Sumiyoshi shrines scattered throughout the country.
No entrance fee.
Well worth a visit! The Osaka History Museum is great. It's relatively cheap to get into the regular exhibits, and such care has been taken in building them that even though English is sparse, one can spend a great deal of time strolling through each floor. The floors are ordered such that you walk through consecutive historical periods as you procede through the museum. Each floor is generously populated with mannequins and elaborate miniature cities, which are totally absorbing. Extremely intricately detailed, I found myself following each sidestreet and peaking into each backyard looking for the small stories of the lilliputian inhabitants.
Just off Shinsaibashi-suji is a unique shrine with a moss-covered Buddha. Locals make their prayer, then splash the statue with water from the pool in front of them. I asked if I could take a picture once, and was asked not to out of respect for the shrine. One night I saw a ceremony taking place where several monks were burning blocks of wood with prayers written on them; it's one of my strongest and favourite memories of Osaka.
It's a little hard to find. Walk north on Shinsaibashi-suji until you find the Glass Factory store. Turn right/east, and go straight until you see a cobblestone courtyard and a nice-looking restaurant (lots of wood). Walk in there, and it's just around the corner. If you're on Midosuji, the landmark is the convenience store next to exit 25 from Namba station. Head straight and you'll get to the Glass Factory right away.
Every year in late July, Tenjin Matsuri Summer Festival is held.
This is one of the 3 biggest festivals in Japan!
So if you are in Osaka in this period, please visit it!
A lot of ships are come and go.
Some ships have portable shrines on them,some ships have Noh performance theater.
You can enjoy fireworks,too.
One of, or possibly the, oldest temples in Japan, the ***ennoJi temple in Osaka was built in 593 by by Prince Shotoku.
The buildings are arranged in a linear style (or ***ennoji Cathedral Style), almost unchanged from the original.
-see my travelogue for more pictures.
Around Temmabashi Station,Osaka, there are a lot of cherry trees. From the beginning to mid April, they are in full bloom!