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OSAKA ITINERARY 2

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  • Day 1

    Hotel in Osaka
    TAXI
    Lunch in Osaka
    TAXI
    Onsen in Osaka
    TAXI

    ABENO HARUKAS Observation Deck

    This, the tallest building in Japan, stands directly over Kintetsu Osaka Abenobashi Station. This high-rise building complex consists of the Osaka Marriott Miyako Hotel, the ABENO HARUKAS Art Museum, and the Kintetsu Department Store Main Store Kintetsu Abeno Harukas, which boasts of the HARUKAS 300 Observation Deck, where you can enjoy a superb view from 300 meters up, and one of the largest shopping areas in the Japan. This is a popular spot to spend the day and offers a wide variety of diversions.
    Address1 Chome-1-43 Abenosuji, Abeno Ward, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture
    Walking
    Dinner in Osaka
    TAXI
    Umeda Station
    Walking
    Hotel in Osaka
  • Day 2

    Hotel in Osaka
    Walking
    Umeda Station
    Subway
    Namba Station
    Walking

    Dotonbori

    Dotonbori is the most famous downtown area in Osaka. There are many unique lights which illuminate the city and the astonishing stereoscopic signboards. You can enjoy landscapes that you cannot see elsewhere in Japan. Also, there are shops that allow you to enjoy the local delicacy of Osakan a casual manner, such as Takoyaki, Okonomiyaki, and Kushiage restaurants which offer the Japanese dish of deep-fried skewered meat and vegetables. It is full of local people and tourists all day long from morning till evening.
    AddressDotombori, Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka Prefecture
    TAXI
    Temmabashi Station
    Walking

    Osaka Castle

    The Osaka Castle keep is considered a symbol of the area.
    The inside of the building acts as a history museum and describes the story of Toyotomi Hideyoshi and Osaka Castle through various artifacts, video, and dioramas.

    There are excellent views from the observation deck, as well as a workshop where you can try on a helmet and battle surcoat.
    Address1-1 Osaka Castle, Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka Prefecture

    Images: (C)the Tower of Osaka Castle

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    Osaka Museum of History

    This history museum is located adjacent to Osaka Castle Park and Naniwanomiya Park.
    The permanent exhibit describes the history and culture of Osaka as a city from ancient times to present, and features scale reproductions and miniature dioramas, video, and many other items on display.

    In the basement are stored the ruins of Naniwanomiya, with tours provided (offered in Japanese only).
    The view from the 10th floor, where you can see Osaka Castle and Naniwanomiya, is quite popular.
    Address4-1-32 Otemae, Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka Prefecture
    Walking
    Tanimachi 4-chome Station
    Subway
    Umeda Station
    Walking
    Dinner in Osaka
    Walking
    Hotel in Osaka
  • Day 3

    Hotel in Osaka
    Walking
    Umeda Station
    JR
    MIKUNIGAOKA Station
    Walking

    Mozu Tombs

    The Mozu-Furuichi tombs are a vast tomb complex located in southern Osaka and spanning the cities of Sakai, Habikino, and Fujiidera. The Mozu tombs in Sakai and Furuichi tombs in Habikino and Fujiidera constitute two areas, but the three form one interconnected zone.

    There are about forty tumulus mounds over 200 meters long around the country, with eleven of these found in the Mozu and Furuichi area. There is no other site with so many large, keyhole-shaped tumulus in one place.
    Address3-357-2 Mozu Nishinocho, Kita-ku, Sakai-shi, Osaka Prefecture
    Walking
    Lunch in Mozu
    Walking
    Mozu Station
    JR
    MIKUNIGAOKA Station
    Nankai Railway
    Sumiyoshi Station
    Walking

    Sumiyoshi Grand Shrine

    Sumiyoshi Grand Shrine is the main shrine of all Sumiyoshi shrines in Japan, which number 2,300 nationwide. It is revered as the most important provincial shrine of the former Settsu Province and hosts over 2 million visitors at the beginning of each year.
    It enshrines the three deities who are said to have appeared from the sea when the god Izanagi no Mikoto performed a purification ceremony, Sokotsutsu no O no Mikoto, Nakatsutsu no O no Mikoto, and Uwatsutsu no O no Mikoto, as well as the Empress Jingu.
    Since ancient times, the gods of Sumiyoshi have been revered as guardians of sea travel and, since Japan’s dynastic period, as gods of waka poetry and literature. There is also a belief that the gods will appear in reality, and they are revered as ancestral deities of ritual purification, industry, trade, safe childbirth, and diplomacy.
    On its grounds stand the four main shrine halls, which preserve an ancient architectural style designated as a national treasure, as well as the Sorihashi Bridge, an arched bridge regarded as the emblem of Sumiyoshi. It also possesses a multitude of cultural artifacts and a sacred camphor tree said to be 1,000 years old, making it a deeply historic shrine redolent of an enduring past.
    Address2-Chome 9-89 Sumiyoshi, Sumiyoshi Ward, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture
    Walking
    Sumiyoshi Station
    Nankai Railway
    Nippombashi Station
    Walking

    National Bunraku Theatre

    The National Bunraku Theatre was built in Osaka in 1984 as Japan’s fourth national theater.
    Bunraku, a traditional form of Japanese puppet theater originating in Osaka and a UNESCO intangible cultural heritage, is performed here. They also put on kabuki, traditional Japanese music, dance, and popular performance styles, as well as offer the space for rental by other groups.


    They also train the next generation of successors to the bunraku style, create records and minutes of public performances, and publish the results of research, acting as a hub for the publication, preservation, and continuation of traditional performance in the Kansai region.

    Globally noted architect Kisho Kurokawa produced this building, which contains 753 seats in the bunraku theater and 159 in a smaller hall. There is also an exhibit area where you can view a range of materials on the subject, as well as a library with books and recordings.
    Address1-12-10 Nipponbashi, Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka Prefecture

    Images: Photographs provided by: the National Bunraku Theatre

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    Walking
    Namba Station

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