Osaka Attractions - Detailed guide to Osaka Attractions including over 250 attractions, 350 pictures and interactive map. Osaka attractions include museums, art galleries, landmark buildings, parks, castles, temples and shrines.
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JAPAN MAP - OSAKA
Osaka Prefecture is in the Kansai region on the main island of Japan, Honshu. Osaka Prefecture is dominated by the capital city of the prefecture Osaka city with the urban area almost completely covering the prefecture. Osaka Prefecture is on the coastline of Osaka Bay, with Wakayama Prefecture to the south, Nara Prefecture to the east, Hyogo Prefecture and Kyoto Prefecture to the north. Osaka Prefecture is the second smallest prefecture in Japan.
OSAKA PREFECTURE CAPITAL
Osaka is in Kansai region on the main island of Honshu. Osaka is Japan's second largest city and is a major industrial, port and economic centre. Osaka attractions include Osaka Castle and Umeda Sky Building. Osaka, being close to Kansai Airport, is a good location to base yourself to visit near by Kyoto, Kobe and Nara
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.
Tennoji is one of the 24 wards of Osaka and includes the colorful Shinsekai District, Tsutenkaku Tower, Tennoji Zoological Gardens, Tennoji Park, Sumiyoshitaisha Shrine and the first Buddhist temple in Japan, Shitennoji Temple. Tennoji obtained its name from this famous temple.
Den Den Town is Osaka's Akihabara. This area was once popular for its wide variety of consumer electronics stores. These days, Den Den Town has become known as a haven for anime and otaku culture. Tora no Ana and, Joshin Gundams are popular among them. There are many maid cafes and cosplay cafes as well. Den Den Town is in Namba.
Nakanoshima is an area of central Osaka focused around the island of Nakanoshima in Yodo River. Nakanoshima features many important government buildings and museums including Nakanoshima Park, Bank of Japan, Osaka City Hall, Osaka Prefectural Nakanoshima Library, Museum of Oriental Ceramics, Osaka, National Museum of Art Osaka, Osaka Science Museum and Osaka City Central Public Hall.
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.
Osaka Bay Area is a recently redeveloped area which includes many attractions: Universal Studios Japan, Tempozan Ferris Wheel and Osaka Aquarium. Included in the Osaka Bay Area is the districts of Tempozan, Sakishima and Universal City.
Umeda is a commercial and business district in central Osaka. Umeda is best known as the city's main northern railway terminus (Osaka Station, Umeda Station), but also contains many skyscrapers including the Umeda Sky Building.
OSAKA MAIN CITIES and TOWNS
Ikeda is a city in Osaka Prefecture and a popular day trip destination. Ikeda has many things to offer from its beautiful Satsukiyama (Mt Satsuki), many significant temples and shrines plus the birthplace of instant noodle. Ikeda is located to the north of central Osaka.
Nose is a beautiful town surrounded by mountains, rice paddies, many native fauna and flora. You will be amazed to see the rural scenery for only one hour trip from the second busiest city in Japan. Nose is located in the northernmost part of Osaka Prefecture. Nose is famous for the Nose Myokensan Temple and Joruri Theatre.
Sakai is a city in Osaka Prefecture, Japan. Sakai has been one of the largest and most important seaports of Japan since the Medieval era. Sakai is known for its keyhole-shaped burial mounds, or kofun, which date from the 5th century. The largest of these, Daisen Kofun, is believed to be the grave of the Emperor Nintoku and is the largest grave in the world by volume.
Chihaya Castle was a hilltop style Japanese Castle built on Mt. Kongo (Osaka) in 1332. Chihaya Castle was constructed substantially of earthworks and wooden structures, however today you can still see some stoneworks such as stairs.
Fukui Castle was a hilltop style Japanese Castle in Ibaraki Osaka Prefecture. Fukui Castle was burnt to the ground in 1657. Today only some earthworks remain. This Fukui Castle is not the same as the Fukui Castle in Fukui Prefecture.
Ikeda Castle, in Ikeda Osaka, is a Japanese Castle, which was built in 1334 and destroyed around 1568 after a loss in a battle. In 2000 a modern reconstruction of the donjon (tower) of Ikeda Castle was completed.
Kishiwada Castle (also known as Chikiri Castle), in Kishiwada Southern Osaka, is a flatland style Japanese Castle, which was built by order of Hideaway Koide in 1597, on the site of a fort constructed by Tokay Wada in 1334. Control of Kishiwada Castle transferred to Takatsuki and then Okabe Mino 1640. The Okabe clan maintained control of Kishiwada Castle until the Meiji Restoration. The donjon (tower) was destroyed by lightning 1827. A modern reconstruction of the donjon including a museum with exhibition rooms for artefacts and watch tower was completed in 1954.
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.
Gofuso is a historic house built by Rikichi Terada of the Terada family conglomerate, in Kishiwada Osaka. Gofuso was built prior to World War II with a modern Japanese style architecture and premium materials such as timber without knots. Gofuso even featured an airconditioner.
Japan Mint Osaka is the Head Office for the Japan Mint which has branches in Tokyo and Hiroshima. Japan Mint Osaka was opened in 1871 and began producing coins. Today you can take a tour of the Japan Mint Osaka and there is also a museum. Japan Mint Osaka also famous for its cherry blossom being considered one of Japan's Top 100 Cherry Blossom Spots.
Kishiwada Danjiri Hall, in the city of Kishiwada, Southern Osaka exhibits some of the floats from previous Kishiwada Danjiri Festivals (The Fighting Festival). Kishiwada Danjiri Hall also has multimedia presentations of previous festivals.
Osaka Prefectural Nakanoshima Library, in Nakanoshima area of central Osaka, was built in 1904 and the left and right wings were added later. Osaka Prefectural Nakanoshima Library is designated as an Important Cultural Property.
OSAKA OBSERVATION DECK or LOOKOUT
Rinku Gate Tower Building at 256 metres and 56 stories is one of the tallest building in Japan. While the Rinku Gate Tower Building does feature an observation deck, but it is only on the 26th floor. Rinku Gate Tower Building is at the end of the Sky Gate Bridge, on the main land side, with Kansai International Airport at the other end. Rinku Gate Tower Building is in the Izumisano city Osaka.
Tsutenkaku Tower, in Shinsekai, is a well known Osaka attraction with an observation deck. Tsutenkaku Tower is styled after the Eiffel Tower. The currentTsutenkaku Tower was built in 1956 with a height of 103 meters and has an observation deck on its 5th floor
Umeda Sky Building is the seventh-tallest building in Osaka, Japan, and one of the city's most recognizable landmarks. Umeda Sky Building consists of two 40-story towers that connect at their two uppermost stories, with bridges and an escalator crossing the wide atrium-like space in the center. Umeda Sky Building features a rooftop observatory.
WTC Cosmo Tower, in Sakishima Osaka, is a trade information center linked with 282 cities around the globe. With 3 stories underground and 55 stories above ground, the WTC Cosmo Tower has a height of 256 meters, which is the highest tower in western Japan.
Daianji Temple is a Buddhist temple of the Tofukuji school of the Rinzai Sect, is in Sakai Osaka Prefecture. Daianji Temple was established in the Oei era (1394-1428), is famous for its main hall which features an independent room in the Shoin Zukuri style and wall paintings. These are both designated Important Cultural Properties.
Hongen-in Temple is a Buddhist temple and sub temple of Nanshuji Temple in Sakai Osaka Prefecture. Hongen-in Temple was established in 1687 by Mitsugen Soyo, the 228th chief priest of Daitokuji Temple Kyoto.
Hozenji Temple is a very small is a Buddhist temple, that was established in 1637. Hozenji Temple is in busy Dotonbori, a popular tourist destination in Namba Osaka, which is famous for its restaurants.
Jigenji Temple, also known as Nozaki Kannon, is one of the most famous Buddhist temple in Japanese history with reference made to in many novels, songs and plays. Gyoki (668-749), the high priest at that time, made a wooden sculpture of the Goddess of Mercy and enshrined it. This is the origin of the temple. Jigenji Temple is in Eastern Osaka.
Katsuoji Temple is a Buddhist temple in Mino city north of Osaka. Supreme rulers in various periods in history had worshipped in Katsuoji Temple to pray for fortune in war and it is still known as a "temple of good luck at games".
Kyuanji Temple is a Buddhist temple, which is famous for its legacy of buildings from its long history and the beautiful garden where people can enjoy various flower and trees throughout the year. Especially, autumn is the most spectacular with its Momiji (Japanese maple). Momiji Matsuri is held in Kyuanji Temple on the 3rd of November every year. Kyuanji Temple is in Ikeda, Osaka.
Nanshuji Temple is a Buddhist temple in Sakai Osaka Prefecture, was established in 1557 and is famous for Sen-no-Rikyu, the most famous tea master in Japanese history. Nanshuji Temple features beautiful Karesansui style Japanese garden. The San-mon (the main gate), and Kara-mon (the gate in Chinese style) are both designated Important Cultural Properties.
Nose Myokensan Temple is a Buddhist temple from the Nichiren sect temple which attracts many visitors on a new year's. Nose Myokensan Temple is on top of the beautiful Mt Myoken in Nose Osaka, where there are many large beech trees including some with a circumference of 2 meters. It is a very scenic journey from Kawanishi-noseguchi to Myoken-guchi, which is the full line of on a Noseden line, which was originally developed just for the trip to this temple. After getting off at Myoken-guchi station, another scenic journey by cable car and lift is waiting for you. There are many beech trees on Mt Myoken including more than 100 trees with a circumference of 2 meters. Among them, the biggest one with 1.3 meter in diameter is designated as a natural treasure. It is also a great place for bird watching with more than 82 pieces found this area. Built in 1603, Nose Myokensan Temple is a Nichiren sect temple and attracts many visitors on a new year's. There is a popular hiking course and picnic place near the temple.
Taikoji Temple is a Buddhist temple on Mt Satsuki in Ikeda Osaka. Taikoji Temple was built in 1395 by the order of Mitsumasa Ikeda, the lord of Ikeda Castle at the time. Since then, it has a strong relationship with Ikeda Castle and has been a family temple for Ikeda family. All ancestral of Ikeda Castle lords' graves are kept in this temple and the board where Sadamasa Ikeda, the last lord of Ikeda Castle, committed seppuku is displayed.
Tenkei-in Temple, also known as Ryukozan Tenkei-in Temple, but originally called Kaigen-an, is a Buddhist temple, which is related to Nanshuji Temple and Daitokuji Temple Kyoto. Tenkei-in Temple is in Sakai Osaka Prefecture, almost next to Nanshuji Temple.
Kishiki Shrine, in Kishiwada city in Southern Osaka Prefecture, is famous for Kishiwada Danjiri Festival 'The Fighting Festival' held in mid September, which involves up to 1,000 people pulling Danjiri (floats) up the steep slopes of the path to Kishiwada Castle at great speed. Kishiki Shrine was established in 1361.
Osaka Tenmangu Shrine hosts Osaka's biggest festival Tenjin Matsuri, which is one of the greatest boat festivals in the world. This has made Osaka Tenmangu Shrine the most famous of the Tenjin shrines in Japan. Osaka Tenmangu Shrine was established in 949AD under order of Emperor Murakami to enshrine the Sugawara no Michizane. The current buildings of Osaka Tenmangu Shrine date back to 1845, with the previous buildings being destroyed by fire.
OSAKA MUSEUMS and ART GALLERIES
Entrepreneurial Museum of Challenge and Innovation (EMCI), in Chuo Osaka, presents the history and achievements of 107 Osaka based entrepreneurs.
Itsuo Art Museum has a collection by Ichizo Kobayashi (1873-1957), founder of Hankyu Toho Group (Hankyu Railway, Hankyu Department Store and Toho). At the age of 34, he founded Hankyu Railway, Takarazuka All Girl's Revue and many other business companies. He was appointed to a ministerial post twice. He was very interested in art since his early age and he started his collection of arts in his twenties. He was also very talented writer who wrote a novel, Haiku, drama script, calligraphy and more. His art collection is about 5,000 pieces in total, among them 15 pieces are designated as Important Cultural Properties and 19 pieces as Cultural Properties. 'Itsuo' is his alternative name as artist. Itsuo Art Museum is in Ikeda Osaka.
Kamigata Ukiyoe Museum, in Namba, is the only museum in the world that features a permanent exhibition of Kamigata Ukiyoe. In Kamigata (Osaka's name during the Edo period), many Ukiyoe (colored woodblock prints) were created featuring Kabuki actors. Impressive expressions of actors' eyes and faces, expressing various human emotions are vividly depicted in these Ukiyoe. The Museum exhibits some 30 items.
Modern Transport Museum Osaka displays an extensive range of trains along with a few early cars and planes, but prize display item is the very first Shinkansen. The trains on display include steam, diesel, electric and a prototype magnetic levitation train. The Modern Transport Museum Osaka has many interactive displays including simplified driver controls of a variety of engines, which control very large model train sets. The Modern Transport Museum Osaka is next to the Bentencho Station Osaka on the Osaka Loop Line.
Momofuku Ando Instant Ramen Museum is the site of development of the world's first instant noodle. The Momofuku Ando Instant Ramen Museum, in Ikeda Osaka, includes interactive displays where you can make your own instant noodles.
National Museum of Art Osaka, in Nakanoshima Osaka, is a uniquely designed underground museum opened in 1977 housing Japanese and foreign contemporary art. National Museum of Art Osaka is next to the Osaka Science Museum.
Osaka Human Rights Museum, also known as Liberty Osaka, is in Naniwanishi Osaka. The purpose of the Osaka Human Rights Museum is to exhibit the importance of human rights, along with past and present discrimination against groups of people.
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 Municipal Museum of Art, in Tennoji Park, in the building was the former residence of the Sumitomo family. Osaka Municipal Museum of Art displays paintings and ceramics including some Important Cultural Properties.
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.
Osaka Museum of Housing and Living, in Tenjinbashi Osaka, features a life sized recreation of Osaka during the late Edo period, plus pictures and models showing the housing and lifestyle during the later periods.
Osaka Museum of Natural History, in Nagai Osaka, features 10,000 exhibits including a life sized replica of a Naumann's elephant (extinct elephant that used to live in Japan) and dinasaur displays plus the types of foods eating by humans in the past.
Osaka Science Museum, in Nakanoshima Osaka, houses a collection of historic science exhibitions. The Osaka Science Museum also houses the planetarium. The Osaka Science Museum is next to the National Museum of Art Osaka.
OSAKA THEATRES and CONCERT HALLS
Izumi Hall, in Osaka Business Park, is a musical performance hall which is mainly designed for classical chamber music. Izumi Hall, completed in 1990, has an interior modeled on Grosser Musikvereinssaal in Vienna.
Joruri Theatre, in Nose is a Japanese traditional puppet theatre, which is now very rare to experience in Japan. About 200 years ago, Sugimura Ryosuke, who received joruri training in Osaka, began teaching Joruri in Nose. With this as a starting point, the first Joruri narrator in Nose was raised during early 19 century and Joruri shows were held frequently. The tradition of Nose Joruri was thus fostered by the local people as an indigenous performing art engaged in any spare time between farm works. Nose Joruri, performed in a unique style with only narratives and the accompaniment of Futozao Shamisen, without puppet performances, was selected as an intangible folk cultural property by Osaka Prefecture in 1974, and by the national government in 1999. After establishment of the Joruri Theatre in 1993, the Nose Ningyo Joruri Rokkakuza, a Joruri-performing company, was formed, adding puppet performances and musical accompaniment.
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 City Central Public Hall, in Nakanoshima area of central Osaka, is a well known symbol of the area. Osaka City Central Public Hall features beautiful stained glass windows, crystal chandeliers and dramatic ceiling painting.
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.
Theatre BRAVA! (Ion Cosmetics Theatre BRAVA!) is performing arts venue in the OBP (Osaka Business Park) region of Osaka. Theatre BRAVA! Holds a varity of events including theatre, dance shows and concerts.
Chayama Kofun, also known as Chayama Tumulus, is a circular shaped burial mound and a subordinate tumulus of Daisenryo Kofun, the largest keyhole-shaped Kofun in Japan. Chayama Kofun is part of the Mozu Tumulus Group, also known as Mozu kofungun, which used to feature over 100 Tumuli, however today only 48 tombs remain. Chayama Kofun is in Sakai City Osaka.
Daianjiyama Kofun, also known as Daianjiyama Tumulus, is a circular shaped burial mound and a subordinate tumulus of Daisenryo Kofun, the largest keyhole-shaped Kofun in Japan. Daianjiyama Kofun is part of the Mozu Tumulus Group, also known as Mozu kofungun, which used to feature over 100 Tumuli, however today only 48 tombs remain. Daianjiyama Kofun is in Sakai City Osaka.
Daisenryo Kofun, also known as Nintoku-ryo Tumulus or Emperor Nintoku's tomb, is the largest keyhole-shaped Kofun in Japan. Daisenryo Kofun is 486m long, 249m across the round section and, 305m across the front part and 33m high. Daisenryo Kofun, believed to date from the middle of the 5th century AD, features three concentric moats, with one being much larger than the other two and 10 subordinate burial mounds (tumuli). Daisenryo Kofun is part of the Mozu Tumulus Group also known as Mozu kofungun, in Sakai Osaka, which used to feature over 100 Tumuli, however today only 48 tombs remain.
Dongameyama Kofun, also known as Dongameyama Tumulus, is a rectangular shaped burial mound and a subordinate tumulus of Daisenryo Kofun, the largest keyhole-shaped Kofun in Japan. Dongameyama Kofun is part of the Mozu Tumulus Group, also known as Mozu kofungun, which used to feature over 100 Tumuli, however today only 48 tombs remain. Dongameyama Kofun is in Sakai City Osaka.
Gen'emonyama Kofun, also known as Gen'emonyama Tumulus, is a circular shaped burial mound and a subordinate tumulus of Daisenryo Kofun, the largest keyhole-shaped Kofun in Japan. Gen'emonyama Kofun is part of the Mozu Tumulus Group, also known as Mozu kofungun, which used to feature over 100 Tumuli, however today only 48 tombs remain. Gen'emonyama Kofun is in Sakai City Osaka.
Gobyoyama Kofun is the keyhole shaped burial mound, which is approximately 186m long, 119m wide (17.8m high) in the rectangular part and 96m across (18.3m high) in round section. Fukiishi stones and clay figures were excavated from the Gobyoyama Kofun. Gobyoyama Kofun is located in Sakai City Osaka.
Hanzeiryo Kofun, also known as Tadeiyama Tumulus or Emperor Hanzei's tomb, is a keyhole-shaped Kofun, which is 148m long, 76m across the round section and, 110m across the front part and 15m high. Hanzeiryo Kofun is the most northern and seventh largest keyhole shape tumuli of the Mozu Tumulus Group, also known as Mozu kofungun, which used to feature over 100 Tumuli, however today only 48 tombs remain. Hanzeiryo Kofun is in Kitamikunigaoka Town of Sakai City Osaka. Daisenryo Kofun today features only one moat, however excavations indicate that were was at least another outer moat.
Hinotani Kofun, also known as Hinotani Tumulus, is a circular shaped burial mound and a subordinate tumulus of Daisenryo Kofun, the largest keyhole-shaped Kofun in Japan. Hinotani Kofun is part of the Mozu Tumulus Group, also known as Mozu kofungun, which used to feature over 100 Tumuli, however today only 48 tombs remain. Hinotani Kofun is in Sakai City Osaka.
Itasuke Kofun is the keyhole shaped burial mound, which is approximately 146m long, 99m wide (11.1m high) in the rectangular part and 90m across (12.2m high) in round section. A clay image of a Japanese war helmet and figures were excavated from the Itasuke Kofun. Itasuke Kofun is located in Sakai City Osaka.
Kitsuneyama Kofun, also known as Kitsuneyama Tumulus, is a circular shaped burial mound and a subordinate tumulus of Daisenryo Kofun, the largest keyhole-shaped Kofun in Japan. Kitsuneyama Kofun is part of the Mozu Tumulus Group, also known as Mozu kofungun, which used to feature over 100 Tumuli, however today only 48 tombs remain. Kitsuneyama Kofun is in Sakai City Osaka.
Magodayuyama Kofun is the keyhole shaped burial mound, which is approximately 48m long, 30 m wide in the rectangular part and 44m across in round section. Magodayuyama Kofun is located right next to Daisenryo Kofun in Sakai City Osaka. Due to its close proximity to the Daisenryo Kofun, it is believed that Magodayuyama Kofun is for part of Emperor Nintoku-ryo entourage. The narrow moat around Magodayuyama Kofun has been restored.
Maruhoyama Kofun is the keyhole shaped burial mound, which is approximately 87m long, 40 m wide in the rectangular part and 60m across in round section. Maruhoyama Kofun, located in Sakai City Osaka, still features a narrow moat.
Misanzai Kofun, also known as Ishizuoka Tumulus, Mozuryoyama Tumulus or Richu Kofun, is the keyhole shaped burial mound of Emperor Richu, which is approximately 365m long, 235m wide (25.3m high) in the rectangular part and 205m across (27.6m high) in round section. Misanzai Kofun, which features significant moat with a tsukuridashi at the western narrow part, is the third largest keyhole shaped burial mound in Japan. Misanzai Kofun is part of the Mozu Tumulus Group, also known as Mozu kofungun, which used to feature over 100 Tumuli, however today only 48 tombs remain. Misanzai Kofun is located in Sakai City Osaka.
Nagayama Kofun is the keyhole shaped burial mound of Emperor Nagayama, which is approximately 100m long, 68.5 m wide in the rectangular part, 63m across in round section and 10.3m high. Nagayama Kofun, located in Sakai City Osaka, still features a narrow moat, stones, clay figures and a tsukuridashi.
Nisanzai Kofun, also known as Nisanzai Tumulus, is a keyhole-shaped Kofun, which is 290m long, 156m across the round section and, 224m across the front part and 25m high. Nisanzai Kofun is eighth largest tumulus in Japan and part of the Mozu Tumulus Group, also known as Mozu kofungun, which used to feature over 100 Tumuli, however today only 48 tombs remain. Nisanzai Kofun today features only one moat, however excavations indicate that were was at least another outer moat. Nisanzai Kofun is in Sakai City Osaka.
Osamezuka Kofun, also known as Osamezuka Tumulus, is a keyhole shaped burial mound and a subordinate tumulus of Daisenryo Kofun, the largest keyhole-shaped Kofun in Japan. Osamezuka Kofun is part of the Mozu Tumulus Group, also known as Mozu kofungun, which used to feature over 100 Tumuli, however today only 48 tombs remain. Osamezuka Kofun is in Sakai City Osaka.
Tatsusayama Kofun is the keyhole shaped burial mound, which is approximately 61m long, 26 m wide in the rectangular part and 43m across in round section. Tatsusayama Kofun is located right next to Daisenryo Kofun in Sakai City Osaka. Due to its close proximity to the Daisenryo Kofun, it is believed that Tatsusayama Kofun is for part of Emperor Nintoku-ryo entourage. The narrow moat around Tatsusayama Kofun has been restored.
Tsukamawari Kofun, also known as Tsukamawari Tumulus, is a circular shaped burial mound and a subordinate tumulus of Daisenryo Kofun, the largest keyhole-shaped Kofun in Japan. Tsukamawari Kofun is part of the Mozu Tumulus Group, also known as Mozu kofungun, which used to feature over 100 Tumuli, however today only 48 tombs remain. Tsukamawari Kofun is in Sakai City Osaka.
OSAKA GARDENS and PARKS
Daisen Park is in Sakai Osaka, between the Daisenryo Kofun and the Kamiishizu Misanzai Kofun. Daisen Park covers 35 ha and features a traditional Japanese gardens, 400 cherry blossom trees, Hana-to-mizu-no-hiroba (flower and water park), Heiwa-to Tower of Peace and the Sakai City Museum.
Hamadera Park, in Southern Osaka is famous for its beautiful pine trees with more than 5000 trees in the park. Hamadera Park features entertainment facilities, including a swimming pool with a giant slide and a rose garden.
Meiji-no-mori Mino Quasi-national Park is a 963 ha natural beauty spreading over lower mountains around 100 to 600 meter high in Mino-shi in Mino, north of Osaka. Meiji-no-mori Mino Quasi-national Parkk forms a habitat for 980 species of plants and over 3,000 species of insects.
Nagai Botanical Garden, in the south east corner of Nagai Park in Nagai Osaka, features 11 special gardens and a large 580sqm flower bed. Nagai Botanical Garden has a total size of 24 hectares and displays over 1,000 species of trees.
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.
Sakuya Konohana Kan (The Great Conservatory), in Tsurumi Osaka, is a large greenhouse which features 15,000 plants from 2,600 species from around the world. Sakuya Konohana Kan's climate control system allows plants to bloom all year round including those from tropical or high altitude climates.
Satsukiyama Park, in Ikeda Osaka, features Satsuki azalea a traditional expression of May in Japanese. There you can see not only Satsuki azalea but many various flowers throughout the year. Satsukiyama Park shows a breath-taking viewing during cherry blossom season. There are many walking courses. From many viewing points you can see Osaka Prefecture and the Seto Inland Sea, and on a very clear day, you can see Awajishima Island.
Senjima Park, in Osho Ward Osaka, is an 112,034 sqm open space public park which was established in 1970. Senjima Park features azaleas and cherry blossom trees (flower in early April). Senjima Park also has five hills created from the material from the construction of the subway. The highest hill is 35m and named Mt Showa.
Shirokita Park is next to the Yodogawa River in Osaka. Shirokita Park covers 9.5 hectares and features many seasonal flowers including cherry blossom (April), chrysanthemum (November) and lilies (May and June). The Lily Garden features around 13,000 plants from three verities; Edo, Ise and Higo.
Tennoji Park Osaka features many scenes with statues made with wire and covered with flowers. Tennoji Park also includes the traditional Japanese garden Keitakuen, Osaka Municipal Museum of Art, Tennoji Zoo and Chausuyama Tomb.
Yahataya Park is in Minato Osaka. Yahataya Park was established in 1923 as the city athletic field, later it was used as a venue for an international trade fair. Today Yahataya Park is home to the Osaka Municipal Central Gymnasium and the Osaka Pool which includes an ice rink.
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.
Satsukiyama Zoo, in Ikeda Osaka, is a unique zoo in Japan as it has a collection of Australian animals including wombats, wallabies and sheep, from Ikeda's sister city Launceston, Tasmania, on top of Japanese native animals such as monkeys and deer. Satsukiyama Zoo, which opened in 1957, has successfully bred a wombat, which is very rare outside of Australia.
Tennoji Zoological Gardens houses some 1,500 animals of 300 different species, including koalas, lesser pandas, elephants, and the only kiwi bird in Japan. Tennoji Zoological Gardens is in Tennoji, Osaka.
OSAKA LAKES and BAYS
Ebisubashi is a bridge across Dotonbori Canal on the Ebisubashi Shopping Arcade. Ebisubashi, which is nicknamed 'Pick-up Bridge' as it is a famous place for young guys to pick up girls, is in Dotonbori, a popular tourist destination in Namba Osaka, which is famous for its restaurants.
Tempozan Bridge, also known as Tempozan Ohashi or Tempozan Great Bridge, is the large girder bridge that spans the mouth of the Ajigawa River close to Osaka Bay (Osaka). Tempozan Bridge needs to be high enough to allow large ships with masts up to 45m to pass underneath. The largest span of Tempozan Bridge is 152m long.
OSAKA AMUSEMENT PARKS
Universal Studios Japan is one of three Universal Studios theme parks, this one being in the Universal City Osaka district Osaka Japan. The park is similar to Universal Orlando Resort, containing many of the same rides.
Spa World is one of the largest spa leisure complexes in the world offering 16 different baths from 11 different countries. You can also try fish Therapy which little fish eat dead skin on your feet for additional 1050 yen. Spa World is in Tennoji Osaka.
OSAKA SPORTING VENUES
Nagai Stadium is an athletic and football stadium which was using the 1964 Summer Olympics and 2002 FIFA World Cup. It is the home ground for Cerezo Osaka Club (J League).
OSAKA TRAIN STATIONS
Osaka Station is a station on the West Japan Railway Company (JR West) in the Umeda district in Kita-ku, Osaka, Japan. It is the city's main rail terminal in the north of the city. Osaka Station is not serviced by the Shinkansen. The Shinkansen terminal for Osaka is Shin-Osaka Station.
OSAKA PORTS and FERRY TERMINALS
OSAKA EMBASSY and CONSULATES
Bic Camera Namba is one of around 40 Bic Camera stores found throughout Japan, which dispite the name sell computers, mobile phones, audio and video equipment, plus of course cameras. Most Bic Camera stores are large sites, which consist of several floors and nomally include restaurants and cafes. This Bic Camera store is in Namba Osaka.
Daimaru Department Store Shinsaibashi is one of the Daimaru Department stores found throughout Japan. Daimaru has a history going all the way back to Dia-Monjiya Store in Kyoto which opened in 1717. Today the Diamaru Department Store chain is part of the Daimaru Matsuzakaya Department Stores group, with many of the Diamaru Stores in the Kansai region. Daimaru Department Store Shinsaibashi is in Shinsaibashi, central Osaka.
Daimaru Department Store Umeda is one of the Daimaru Department stores found throughout Japan. Daimaru has a history going all the way back to Dia-Monjiya Store in Kyoto which opened in 1717. Today the Diamaru Department Store chain is part of the Daimaru Matsuzakaya Department Stores group, with many of the Diamaru Stores in the Kansai region. Daimaru Department Store Umeda is in Umeda, central Osaka.
Don Quijote is a famous discount department store which has outstanding display on the front of the building. Don Quijote Dotombori is in Dotonbori, a popular tourist destination in Namba Osaka, which is famous for its restaurants.
With a history of 380 years, Ebisubashi-suji Shopping Arcade was already an established shopping area in the Edo Period. Shops of all kinds and for all ages line the street, a roofed arcade 600 meters long. There are traditional kimono tailors, restaurants, fast food shops, jewellers, and boutiques featuring the latest fashions. Ebisubashi-suji Shopping Arcade includes the famous 551 Horai, known for its Butaman (pork dumpling).
HEP NAVIO is a youth focused shopping centre (mall) next to the HEP FIVE building which is a landmark in Osaka. HEP FIVE is a large shopping and entertainment complex with a large ferris wheel mounted on the roof (HEP FIVE Ferris Wheel).
HERBIS Plaza ENT is a shopping centre (mall) in Umeda, central Osaka. HERBIS Plaza ENT contains some of the top international fashion brands including BVLGARI, Gucci, Coach, Louis Vuitton and Tiffany.
Jan-Jan Yokocho, which runs along one side of Shinsekai, is dining and shopping street which contains Izakaya (Japanese-style pubs) and Kushikatsu restaurants (meat, fish and vegetables breaded and deep fried on sticks).
Joshin Gundams is a large home electronics and white goods store.
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.
Namba Parks is a new development consisting of a high office building, called "Parks Tower," and a 120-tenant shopping mall with rooftop garden. Various kinds of restaurants (Japanese, Korean, Italian, etc.) are located on the 6th floor, and shops on the 2nd to 5th floors. Namba Parks Garden features enough greenery to help visitors forget that they're in the middle of the city. There is also an amphitheatre for live shows, as well as space for small personal vegetable gardens and wagon shops.
OPA Shinsaibashi is an eleven story high shopping centre filled with fashion and sporting stores, plus restaurants on the top three floors. OPA Shinsaibashi is in Shinsaibashi, one of Osaka's main shopping area.
Tenjinbashisuji Shopping Street is the longest shopping street in Japan with shops all a long 2.6km section of the street. Tenjinbashisuji Shopping Street is where you can experience Japanese downtown shopping style.
Kani Doraku Crab Restaurant is world famous for the six and a half meter moving crab on the front of the restaurant. Kani Doraku Crab Restaurant is in Dotonbori, a popular tourist destination in Namba Osaka, which is famous for its restaurants.
Sakai City Tea House is actually a pair of tea houses on the one site. Onbai-an, was a tea house of the tea master, Imai Sokyu and Shin-an which was designed by Ogi Rodo, a master architect. They are now both on the one site in is in Daisen Park Sakai Osaka. You can enjoy a casual tea ceremony in Shin-an .