Chuo literally means the center, in this case, the center of Osaka and historically this meant Osaka Castle as the focus of the city. Chuo attractions also include Osaka Prefecture Government Office and Osaka Museum of History.
Chuo Ward, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture.
CHUO OSAKA MAP
Chuo Osaka is indicated by the red marker.
CHUO OSAKA ATTRACTIONS
CHUO OSAKA DISTRICTS
Namba is an entertainment district of central Osaka, famous for its giant crab and other restaurants. Namba includes Dotonbori where many of the most famous images of Osaka come from including the Glico Man and the Giant Crab which are around the Dotonbori canal.
CHUO OSAKA CASTLES
Osaka Castle is a hill top style Japanese Castle and Osaka's most famous landmark. While the main donjon (tower) is modern reconstruction, Osaka Castle features thirteen structures which are designated Important Cultural Properties. Osaka Castle also features an observation deck and museum.
CHUO OSAKA LANDMARKS
CHUO OSAKA MUSEUMS and ART GALLERIES
Osaka International Peace Centre is a museum which focuses on the destruction of Osaka during World War II. There are also exihibits of Japan's roll in World War II. Osaka International Peace Centre is within Osaka Castle Park.
Osaka Museum of History is in a distinctive modern building opposite Osaka Castle Park. The Osaka Museum of History covers the 1,400 year history of Osaka through life-size reconstructions, scale models, photographs and movies.
CHUO OSAKA THEATRES and CONCERT HALLS
Since opened in 1984, National Bunraku Theatre has been taking a significant role to preserve, develop and pass on the traditional art forms of the Kamigata (Osaka-Kyoto), especially the art of Ningyo Joruri Bunraku (puppet drama). The theater houses many facilities, including the main theater, a training institution and archives for historical materials. The building was constructed with a mix of tradition and modernity, with key elements from traditional Edo Era architecture incorporated abstractly throughout the design. The theater also uses modern technology in the stage and its functions to enhance the traditional characteristics of a Bunraku performance. National Bunraku Theatre> is in Namba central Osaka.
Osaka-jo Hall (also referred to as Osaka Castle Hall) is a multipurpose indoor arena which is used for rock and pop concerts along with martial arts championships. Osaka-jo Hall is within Osaka Castle Park.
CHUO OSAKA GARDENS and PARKS
Osaka Castle Park is a large 106.7 hectare park which includes many facilities, gardens and attractions including Osaka Castle and its cherry blossom which are considered one of Japan's Top 100 Cherry Blossom Spots.
Osaka Castle Park - Omoide-no-mori (Grove of Remembrance) also know as Peach Grove is a major feature when in blossom or in Autumn when the leaves turn red. Omoide-no-mori (Grove of Remembrance) is within Osaka Castle Park.
CHUO OSAKA GOVERNMENT BUILDINGS
Osaka Prefectural Police Office is the headquarters for the Osaka Prefectural Police force. The Osaka Prefectural Police Office features a very distinctive modern architecture. Osaka Prefectural Police Office is across the moat and road from Osaka Castle in Chuo Ward Osaka.
Osaka Prefecture Government Office is where the elected officials of the Osaka Prefectural Government meet. Osaka Prefecture Government Office is across the moat and road from Osaka Castle in Chuo Ward Osaka.
CHUO OSAKA SPORTING VENUES
CHUO OSAKA TRAIN STATIONS
CHUO OSAKA SHOPPING
Kuromon Ichiba Market served as the main market for the people of Osaka for more than 170 years, everyone from restaurant chefs to housewives have come here, drawn by the taste, freshness and variety of its products. Kuromon Ichiba Market has a total length of 600 meters with 170 shops, providing fresh and best quality meat, fish, vegetables, eggs and other ingredients from around the country and abroad.
Namba City is a shopping complex with 300 shops of clothing, brand items, restaurants and cafes, adjoined to both subway and Nankai Namba Station in Namba central Osaka. Namba City features a huge replica of the 'N-1 Rocket' which launched Japan's first geostationary satellite in 1977 is displayed on the underground floor. This area is called 'Rocket Square' and is a popular meeting place among locals.
Author: Craig Fryer