Osaka-fu Things to Do

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Osaka-fu Things to Do

  • Osaka Castle

    Osaka Things to Do

    The grounds of the castle are now a free park. The only admission is to enter the castle main keep. The park sits in the center of the city with the castle in the center, its surrounded by walking and jogging trails and is a major cherry blossom viewing destination.

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  • Kaiyukan (Osaka Aquarium)

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    We had not particularly planned to visit an aquarium while in Japan but Andrew, our tour leader, enthused about this one so much that we decided to give it a try, and we were so glad that we had. It presents the marine life of the Pacific Rim in a really effective way. At its heart is a huge tank with whale sharks, smaller hammerheads, rays and...

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  • Universal Studios Japan (USJ)

    4 out of 5 stars

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    in japanese that ture but still loads for fun for those who have never been to universal stuido of usa. just access the site of universal sutio and you will understand everthing , it is a very elaborative site. go exatcly 9, when it starts opening and run for the famous rides to finish it early. i loved spider man , back to the future , jurasic...

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  • Dotombori

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    The Dotonbori area centres around the Dotonbori-gawa Canal. This area is famous for food and restaurants. It is an interesting area to wander around after dark as many of the restaurants have huge flashing or moving neon signs. The Hozen-ji Temple which dates from the 17th century can also be found in this area.

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  • Umeda Sky Building

    4 out of 5 stars

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    While many of Japan's cities have some sort of building where you can view the surrounding city, not all of them are really worth the money. The Umeda Sky Building is one however that is worth it, especially at night! The city is beautiful and with it all lit up with the bridges over the river, it's a great way to end a day of...

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  • Shi'tennoji Temple

    4 out of 5 stars

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    Founded over 1,400 years ago as the first -- and therefore oldest -- officially established temple in Japan, ***ennoji Temple is the spiritual heart of Osaka. It was constructed in 593 by Prince Shotoku, who is credited with introducing Buddhism to Japan. However, like most wooden structures in Japan, its buildings have been destroyed repeatedly...

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  • Osaka Museum of History

    4 out of 5 stars

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    Nearly all the cities of Japan have thier museum of history This is one of the ones not to miss! Catch the subway to Tanamachi 4 Chrome T25 (bottom right of map) Have the tour through the Castle then cross the road to the NHK studios - Top right hand corner of the map The building connected to the foyer of NHK is the Museum. Go to the top and work...

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  • Sightseeing outside Osaka

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    Japanese: 日本 民家 集落 博物館 (Nippon Minka Shuuraku Hakubutsukan) This unique open-air museum exhibits old Japanese dwellings from different regions, which were dismantled and reconstructed. It was opened in 1956. Museum Hours: 9:30-17:00. Last admission 30 minutes before closing. Closed on...

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  • America Mura

    3.5 out of 5 stars

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    America Mura, the "American village", came into existance in the 1970s from the growing popularity of American culture and fashion. Like nearby Dotombori, while it is mostly a shopping area, it has become an attraction. Amerika-mura is a hip and trendy place for Kansai's fashion-foreward to roam, shop, and be seen! Looking at the other shoppers and...

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  • Tennoji Park

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    This park is mostly for young families. There are so many little kiddies running around here! What the kids love are the ankle-deep play-pools that look like rivers and waterfalls, except on a very shallow scale. There's also a stage in the center of the park for live entertainment, usually very loud and energetic singing and dancing by young men...

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  • Hep Five

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    The Hep Five Ferris Wheel rises 106m above street level and is located in the Hep Five departmental store. Entrance is from the 7th storey of the departmental store. One revolution takes 20 minutes, giving you a panoramic view of Osaka city as far as Itami Airport. Each gondola takes 4 persons and costs 700 JPY per person.

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  • Shinsaibashi

    4 out of 5 stars

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    Where Dotonbori covered street arcade ends, Shinsaibashi starts. Dotonbori and Shinsaibashi is separated by a man-made canal with a road bridge across. You can planned to cover both these within the same day. Best time to visit the place would be between 10:00am to 8:00pm for shopping and dinning after 8:00pm would be fine.

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  • Peace Osaka (International Peace Center)

    3.5 out of 5 stars

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    Peace Osaka is a museum dedicated to promoting peace through exhibits of war, namely WWII. It features a lot of information about Osaka city in WWII, particularly the bombings of Osaka, for locals and others who are interested. The main feature however, is the displays and videos about Japanese agression in China, Korea, and Southeast Asia. While...

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  • Spa World

    4 out of 5 stars

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    Spa World is said to be the World's Largest Spa (or World's Largest Onsen) and regardless of whether or not that's true, it's definitely big! There are two main spa areas: The Asian Zone, which features onsen, saunas, etc. where the atmosphere and design is Asian-inspired, from Persia to Bali to traditional Japanese. The other is the European...

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  • Tsutenkaku Tower

    3.5 out of 5 stars

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    If you are visiting the Tsutenkaku Tower in Osaka, go up to the Observation deck on the 5th floor. You will be amazed with the breathtaking view of the city. At the centre of the deck is a statue. The tower is the home to the Billiken which is a Japanese for the God of Happiness or as carved at the bottom of the wooden statue is "things as they...

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  • Hozenji Temple

    3 out of 5 stars

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    Hozenji Temple, located at the eastern end of Hozenji Yokocho, was established in 1637. The temple's main feature is the moss-covered statue called Mizukakefudo. Instead of donating money, worshipers splash water on the green sculptures. It is said the moss covered statue is the only thing in the area to survive the bombings of World War II, but...

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  • Sumiyoshi Shrine

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    Most people don't think of shrines or temples when they think of Osaka, but Osaka actually does have some great historical sites, and Sumiyoshi Shrine is one of them! Osaka's Sumiyoshi Shrine is the top Sumiyoshi shrine in all of Japan. It is said that the architectural style (sumiyoshi-zukuri) is purely Japanese. It was designated as one of the...

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  • Street Performers

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    The Silver Ball outside OCAT (Osaka City Air Terminal - where the buses leave from the city to Kansai Airport) is where, in the evenings the more energetic young people of Osaka come to practice their dance steps. It's not unusual to see helmet wearing boys spinning around, just on their heads. Whilst very quiet in the winter, this place is packed...

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  • Tennoji Zoo

    3.5 out of 5 stars

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    Also in the park is the zoo. Entrance fee is 500 Yen / 150 Yen for children. The zoo is open from 9:30 - 17:00. closed on monday. There are some modern exhibits, like the one about africa. And we think it is a nice place to visit with children. Some 360° pictures can be seen on this website:...

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  • Osaka Science Museum

    3.5 out of 5 stars

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    Back in Toronto where I grew up, is the Ontario Science Centre, globally recognized as perhaps the finest (and first!) facility of its kind in the world. As a kid, I was constantly fascinated by the hands-on approach to learning, as the exhibits offered fun & information at the same time. It helped that the founder of the centre was a friend of my...

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  • Expo Park (Suita City)

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    Japanese: 国立 民族学 博物館 (Kokuritsu Minzokugaku Hakubutsukan) The museum introduces ethnic cultures from around the world by displaying various items from everyday life of different societies. Nine regional exhibitions, as well as various thematic exhibitions such as Music are on permanent...

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  • Hikari Renaissance

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    The Osaka Hikari Rennaissance is Osaka's December Light-up festival. At night, the Nakanoshima area is lit up with light displays. There is a light show, river boat rides, and other activities. There is also a lot of great food and other displays, such as the Christmas tree and sand sculptures from Tottori city. The light shows and displays are all...

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  • Osaka Tenmangu Shrine

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    Although it is not one of the official top three tenjin shrines, Osaka Tenmangu has gained fame as the host of the Tenjin Festival, one of the biggest festivals in Japan. The current shrine dates back to 1845, but the history of the shrine is hundreds of years old. Like all tenjin shrines, it was built for the deity Susano no Michizane. Entrance...

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  • National Museum of Art

    3.5 out of 5 stars

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    The National Museum of Art is a world-class art museum with exhibits from both Japan and abroad. I went here when they were featuring modern Chinese artwork, which was spectacular! Because they change exhibits all the time, it is best to visit their website if you wish to know what will be featured when you visit. (the website I've listed is in...

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  • CLUB CIRCUS

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    Nightlife in OSAKA is very exciting. People are excieted to go out clubbing in the minami area. Most of the clubs plays all-genre(TOP 40, EDM/HIPHOP/R&B). Here I would like to reccomend to you "CLUB CIRCUS" . CIRCUS locates in the middle of Shinsaibashi-Minami Area, America Mura(Village). Medium-sized club with the capacity of 200(not that...

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  • Shinsekai

    4 out of 5 stars

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    Just west of Tennoji-koen is an area called Shin-sekai (New World). At the heart of it is a tower called Tsuten-kaku tower, a 103m high structure that dates back to 1912. Shin-sekai is an entertainment area with pachinko parlours, theaters, restaurants and bars. There is also Spa World, the world's largest spa with two floors of baths, one Asian...

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  • Business Park

    3.5 out of 5 stars

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    Osaka Business Park (OBP) is one of representative streets lined with skyscrapers in Osaka. Some major companies are based at OBP and there is a big shopping mall called IMP (International Market Place). Some buildings have sky restaurants and you can have a dinner with a beautiful night view of Osaka. The landscape of OBP is also wonderful. It’s...

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  • Isshinji Temple

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    Isshinji Temple is a small but interesting temple. The three Buddha statues that you see were actually made with human bones (mixed with the materials to give it shape). Bones were first brought to the temple in 1887. To this day, 12 of these statues have been made and bones are still able to be collected. While many are donated by family, it is...

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  • Christmas Market

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    In case you really miss a Christmas Market there is one in Osaka at the Umeda SkyBuilding, with Glühwein, Bratwurst and Leberkäse.... Located at the Willer Express bus station not far from Osaka train station.

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  • Doya Doya Festival

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    Doya Doya is an Osaka festival with a difference. Held on January the 14th each year at Shi Tennoji Temple, you won't see the standard festival wear (traditional kimonos or yukatas) here, but rather hoardes of youths in loincloths who compete for paper charms dropped from the temple ceiling, whilst getting drenched with cold water. It should be...

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  • Human Rights Museum (Liberty Osaka)

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    This sombre museum offers a different aspect of historical reference. The full name is the Osaka Human Rights Museum. It chronicles the peoples of Japan, and the social differences within the ethnic minorities, disabled, women, and so on. It's intrenationally recognized as touching on subject matter that's not usually out in the open, particularly...

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  • Tenjin Matsuri

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    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.

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  • Kamigata Ukiyoe Museum

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    This museum houses a small collection of ukiyoe paintings (woodblock paintings). Kamigata Ukiyoe are those created in the Osaka and the surrounding areas during the Edo Period. The interior of the museum is rather unique, as it looks like an adobe. Entrance is 400 yen.

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  • Museum of Oriental Ceramics

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    The Museum of Oriental Ceramics built up its collection from the private Ataka collection of mainly Korean ceramics. Korean pottery from 12th to 16th centuries remains the mainstay of this exquisite museum; it also has a good Chinese collection from Han to Qing dynasties (including rare ru-ware) and a smaller division of Japanese ceramics. The...

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  • Guidelines

    If you are new to Japan, its recomended to learn its guideline in dealing in an specific subject or things, sense Japan is so high standard in each services and products, very refine culture, and strict implementing rules and laws.,from finding a place to stay and knowing some entiresting things to do and places to go... Every cities in Japan has...

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  • Onsen: Sun Hill Hannan

    Senshu (southern Osaka-fu) is home to numerous onsen (natural hot springs). Sun Hill Hannan is a hotel in southern Senshu, midway between Osaka and Wakayama. The baths feature a view of Osaka bay, Awaji island, and Kansai airport. The water is reputed to be high thoron, which is in turn reputed to cure whatever ails you.I was a bit disappointed...

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  • Nishikinohama Beach

    This is actually in Kaizuka city, but it`s still in Osaka prefecture. It is only four stops from the airport, which is quite a bit south of the city. You can take the Nankai line (maybe about Y600 from Namba). It`s a nice beach, but like all beaches in Japan, it shuts down at the end of the `season`, even if it is still hot (so be prepared for...

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  • checking the place out

    after making rest, ask the hotel information the direction of the city hall. its a walking distance. , with in the city hall premises there is always a tourist info center where you can rent a bicycle to roam around. bike is so significant going nearby historical and interesting places with out so much fear with violation compared to renting car....

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  • Amerika Mura, means American Village

    Ameruka Mura means “American Village” that is the trend setting Mecca for youth representing Minami, where fashion, gourmet, music, art are all mixed into one.Mainly centered in Sankaku-koen Park, many vintage clothing shops, general merchandise store, and CD stores line up the street.

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  • Universal Studio Japan

    Universal Studios Japan is one of three Universal Studio theme parks, located in Osaka.[Back to Home of Osaka]

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  • Kishiwada Castle

    Kishiwada Castle located in southern part of Osaka, was built by Hidemasa Koide in 1597.Nobukatsu, ruler of Okabe Mino, took possession of the castle in 1640 from Takatsuki. The Okabe family maintained its position for 13 generations up to the Meiji Restoration.

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  • Nintoku-ryo Tumulus

    Nintoku-ryo Tumulus located southern part of Osaka is one of the largest Keyhole shaped tumuli in Japan, and one of the world’s three largest burial mounds alongside the Pyramids of Egypt and the Tomb of Qin.It is believed to have been built in the 5th century.Outline of the Tumulus is that 486m in length, 305m across and approx 464,000m2 in area.

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  • Japan's oldest temple, Shi tenno-ji

    Shi tenno-ji is a Buddhist temple in Japan.The prince Shotoku constructed this temple in 593.It is the oldest officially administered temple in Japan, although the temple buildings have been rebuilt over the centuries.[Back to Osaka-fu]

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  • God on the Tutenkaku, Billiken

    On the fifth floor observation deck of Tutenkaku is enshrined Billiken, the God of Happiness or things as they ought to be Billiken, a popular America charm doll that came to Japan in about 1910, was enshrined within Luna Park when it opened. When the park was closed in 1923, the wooden statue of Billiken went missing.As a part of an effort to...

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  • Landmark tower, Tutenkaku

    Tsutenkaku means Tower Reaching Heaven, is a well-known landmark tower of Osaka.Its total height is 103 m, the main observation deck is at a height of 91 m.The current tower is actually the second to occupy the site. The original tower, patterned after the Eiffel Tower, was built in 1912, and was connected to the adjacent amusement park, Luna Park,...

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