Osaka

Osaka

Osaka

Location of Osaka

Osaka has been a major port and commercial center in Japan. During its early days, Osaka was Japan’s center for trade with overseas countries, a role which it shares today with Kobe and Yokohama. Being a major center for foreign trade, Osaka has always had a large foreign population. In the late 16th century, Osaka rose to prominence as Toyotomi Hideyoshi, having unified all of Japan, chose Osaka as the site for his castle. Merchants set up around the castle and the city quickly grew into a busy economic center.
Although Tokyo has usurped Osaka’s position as economic center of Japan in the modern period, the city, with over 8.8 million of its population, is still a vast economic powerhouse, as all the factories on the outskirts of the city will attest.
Today, Osaka also plays a great role in hosting many international events. The opening of Kansai International Airport and the continuously developing transportation networks have made Osaka even more accessible to visitors.

America-Mura
America-Mura, or American village, is a compact enclave of trendy shops and restaurants thrown in for good measure.
It is located one or two  …  more »
Food / Shopping
Aqua-Liner River Cruise
Osaka is sometimes called as a city of waterways.
Actually, there are a few rivers and canals on which you can cruise the city, taking in the …  more »
Entertainment
Cosmo Tower (Osaka Prefectural Goverment Sakishima Building Observatory)
Cosmotower, 256 meters high, is the tallest tower in western Japan providing a variety of trade, information, and other business facilities o …  more »
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Den-Den Town
Den-Den Town is a shopping area specializing in electrical goods, and is often described as Osaka’s Akihabara.
There used to be a lot of seco …  more »
Food / Shopping
Dotonbori
Dotonbori is the most popular and busiest shopping street in Osaka.
In this bustling district filled with flashy signs of shops and companies …  more »
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Expo '70 Commemorative Park (Banpaku Kinen Park)
The park in Suita was used to be a venue of the Japan World Exposition ’70.
The expo’s symbol, a popular monument “The Tower of the Sun” desi …  more »
Park / Garden
Hankyu Sanban-gai
Directly connected with Hankyu Umeda Station, Hankyu Sanban-gai is one of the largest shopping areas in Osaka with two floors above ground an …  more »
Food / Shopping
Izumisano Aozora-Ichiba Market
Izumisano Aozora-Ichiba is a 100-meter-long large-scale fish market with more than 30 shops.
You can buy fresh fish caught in Osaka Bay, such …  more »
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Keitaku-en Garden
Keitaku-en Garden is a Japanese garden in Tennoji Park with a landscape combining the quiet harmony of water and greenery.
Precious woods and …  more »
Park / Garden
Kishiwada Castle
Kishiwada Castle was originally constructed by Nigita Takaie, a nephew of Kusunoki Masashige, in 1334.
Then the castle’s original five-story  …  more »
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Kishiwada Danjiri Hall
Kishiwada Danjiri Hall is an exhibition hall for Danjiri Festival, which is held in many places in the southern part of Osaka every autumn.
 …  more »
Museum / Gallery
Kuromon-Ichiba Market
Kuromon-Ichiba is a 600 meter-long market with 170 stalls which offers fish, fruits, vegetables and other foodstuffs.
The market has been cal …  more »
Food / Shopping
Meiji-no-Mori Minoo Quasi-National Park
Meiji-no-Mori Minoo Park was designated as a quasi-national park in 1967 to commemorate the 100th anniversary since the first year of the Mei …  more »
Park / Garden
Minoo Onsen Hot Spring
Located at the entrance of Meiji-no-Mori Minoo Quasi-National Park, Minoo Onsen Hot Spring is surrounded by a rich natural environment.
The h …  more »
Spa / Hot spring
National Museum of Ethnology
National Museum of Ethnology, or also called “Minpaku” as an abbreviation in Japanese, is located inside the Expo ’70 Commemorative Park.
Th …  more »
Museum / Gallery
Osaka Aquarium KAIYUKAN
In the Osaka Harbor Village complex, this is one aquarium that is worth a visit.
Osaka Aquarium KAIYUKAN is one of the largest aquariums in t …  more »
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Osaka Business Park
Osaka Business Park (OBP) includes office buildings, an excellent hotel and concert halls.
Osaka-jo Hall has been a venue for sports events,  …  more »
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Osaka Castle
Osaka Castle was originally built by Toyotomi Hideyoshi after he achieved his goal of unifying Japan.
The largest, impregnable castle at that …  more »
HistoryLandmark
Osaka City Museum of Fine Arts
Located in Tennoji Park, Osaka City Museum of Fine Arts opened in 1936.
The place was originally a part of the main residence of the Sumitomo …  more »
Museum / Gallery
Osaka Dome (Kyocera Dome Osaka)
The big dome with futuristic look is used for baseball games and concerts.
There are shops, attractions, beer halls, and a computer game cent …  more »
Entertainment
Osaka International Peace Center (Peace Osaka)
Osaka International Peace Center is a facility for teaching future generations about war tragedies and the importance of peace.
It introduces …  more »
Museum / Gallery
Osaka Museum of History
Osaka Museum of History is designed to let visitors experience the 1,500 year history of Osaka in multi-dimension.On each floor of the 13-sto …  more »
Museum / Gallery
Osaka Shochikuza Theater
Osaka Shochikuza Theater was originally built in 1923 as the first western-style theater in western Japan.

Then the theater was rebuilt in  …  more »

Entertainment
Osaka Tenmangu Shrine
Osaka Tenmangu Shrine was founded in 949 in honor of Michizane Sugawara, a noted scholar of Chinese literature.
Since Michizane came to be wo …  more »
History
Sennichimae Doguyasuji Shopping Arcade
Located between Namba Grand Kagetsu and Nansan-dori Street, 160 meters long arcade with about 50 shops dealing in equipment and utensils used …  more »
Food / Shopping
Shitenno-ji Temple
Shitenno-ji Temple was founded in 593 by Prince Shotoku Taishi.
The first non-sectarian Buddhist temple has the distinction of being one of t …  more »
HistoryPark / Garden
Spa World
Spa World is a spa facility where you can enjoy 16 types of baths from 11 countries all over the world.
These baths are divided into Europe Z …  more »
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Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine
Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine is dedicated to Shinto deities associated with the sea and sea travel, in commemoration of a safe passage to Korea by …  more »
History
Tempo-zan Market Place
Tempo-zan Market Place is a building featuring a variety of shops and restaurants.
Also there is the Tempozan Giant Wheel.
You can enjoy a pa …  more »
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The Museum of Oriental Ceramics, Osaka
The Museum of Oriental Ceramics was founded in Osaka in 1982.
The museum is known for its extensive collection of Chinese, Korean and Japanes …  more »
Museum / Gallery
The National Bunraku Theatre
The National Bunraku Theatre is a national theater where traditional Bunraku plays are performed.
It opened in 1984 as Japan’s 4th national t …  more »
Entertainment
The National Museum of Art, Osaka
The museum displays Japanese and foreign collection of modern art.
The museum, which was originally built in Expo ’70 Commemoration Park, Os …  more »
Museum / Gallery
Tsutenkaku Tower
Tsutenkaku Tower was originally built in 1912.
The original tower was 64 meters high, and it was the highest building in the orient at that t …  more »
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Tsuyunoten Shrine (Ohatsu Tenjin)
Tsuyunoten Shrine (or also called Ohatsu Tenjin) was established around 700.
It enshrines Sugawara-no-Michizane as well as four gods of Japan …  more »
History
Umeda JOYPOLIS
Umeda JOYPOLIS is an indoor amusement park operated by the major video game developer SEGA.
It is located in the complex facility HEP FIVE ne …  more »
Entertainment
Umeda Sky Building (Floating Garden Observatory)
Umeda Sky Building is a twin-tower complex with the two towers jointed at the top.
The double skyscraper standing at the center of Kita dist …  more »
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Universal Citywalk Osaka
Universal Citywalk Osaka is a commercial complex located between JR Universal City Station and Universal Studios Japan.
The facility is eclec …  more »
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Universal Studios Japan (USJ)
America’s movie theme park Universal Studios, which has achieved considerable success in Hollywood and Florida, established its first park ou …  more »
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Whity Umeda
Whity Umeda (originally named “Umeda Chika Center” when it opened in 1963) is a large underground shopping arcade which is directly connected …  more »
Food / Shopping

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