An introduction to some of the spots around the lively city of Osaka, the largest metropolis in western Japan and a place famed for doing business, plus access information.
With a width of 44 m and a length of 4 km, Midosuji is a one-way street linking the Kita and Minami districts of Osaka.
Gingko trees line the road four deep, and you can enjoy the changing color of the gingko nuts or nighttime illumination with the seasons.
Commonly known as “Ame-mura”, Amerikamura is the birthplace of Osaka trends.
Within walking distance of Shinsaibashi, its rows of popular shops are a popular spot bustling with students and tourists on weekends and holidays.
A leading shopping area in the merchant town that is Osaka, Dotonbori has a vibrant collection of signs and restaurants lining the Dotonbori River in true Osaka fashion.
In Dotonbori, you can enjoy Osaka’s main tourist draw—food—which brings numerous tourists not just from within Japan but from overseas as well.
The symbol of Osaka’s Shinsekai district, Tsutenkaku is an observation tower in Osaka’s Naniwa ward.
At its feet lies the “deep” Shinsekai district, home to a strong sense of old-fashioned Osaka and a great place to enjoy Osaka’s famous foods.
With 60 floors and more than 300 m high, Abeno Harukas is a towering skyscraper in Abeno ward of Osaka.
From the Harukas 300 Observatory, you can enjoy a 360° panoramic view of Osaka.
Naturally, you can also enjoy shopping and dining there, and the building hosts a variety of events.
Called the symbol of Osaka, this castle, along with Himeji Castle and Kumamoto Castle, is one of the three great castles in Japan.
Constructed by Hideyoshi Toyotomi in the Azuchi-Momoyama period, Osaka Castle is so strongly and gorgeously built it conveys Hideyoshi’s own forcefulness.
The opulent main keep and the splendid stone walls and defenses are a detailed reconstruction of how it appeared in those days.
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