Irrefutably one of the most popular tourist attractions in Osaka, the ancient Osaka castle played a major role in much of Japanese history, in particular in the Azuchi-Momoyama period in the 16th century when Japan was united from warring states into a single country. The present-day castle is a mix of reconstruction and restoration, as the original was worn by age and war, while other structures such as walls and gates have remained intact since their original construction. It houses a museum about Japanese history, in particular about the Azuchi-Momoyama and Edo periods. The beautiful park grounds hold thousands of trees, including several hundred cherry blossom trees. During cherry blossom season in March and April, the park is washed in delicate pink, making for a beautifully Japanese image with the castle in the background.
So called because the entrances to the market are raven colored, in the Meiji era (1868-1912) this market was known as the Emmeiji Market due to its proximity to the great Emmeiji Temple.
Six hundred meters long, the market welcomes more than a hundred stores, the majority offering products of unparalleled freshness and high quality. Seafood, spices, pickled vegetablesand also sweets and other souvenirs, you will be spoiled for choice! An irresistible stroll for fans of Japanese gastronomy and the curious!
Dotonbori is a large scale downtown along the south bank of the Dotonbori-gawa Canal. Osaka is known as the gastronomists' town, and thus the entire area of Dotonbori is thronged with an unbelievable number of restaurants and amusement facilities, and is dearly loved by the Osakaites. There are theaters that play traditional puppet shows Bunraku, storytellers' halls and other popular entertainment as well as a number of movie theaters.
Dotonbori is often selected as a scene in the Japanese and foreign movies as the symbol of Osaka. There are promenades on both sides of the Dotonbori-gawa Canal to offer better environment for a downtown, which are always attracting visitors and residents. On both sides of the Dotonbori-gawa Canal are lined with advertisements and neon signs. The entire sides of buildings are decorated with neon lamps. The illuminated signboards and neon lamps reflect on the Dotonbori-gawa Canal at night, making Dotonbori even merrier.
There is the Hozen-ji Temple built in the 17th century on the first street to the south of street along the Dotonbori Canal. A paper lantern hangs at the front of the temple, which gives off pale orange light at sunset. The stone paved street in front of the Hozen-ji Temple is called the Hozen-ji Yokocho Lane. Shops with a beautiful latticework stand side by side as a reminiscence of the Edo Period in the 17th century and they give off peaceful atmosphere.
This is preferably from 2pm to 8pm. After that you can take your own time to go other interesting places for example:
Here it is – HEP FIVE, a landmark of Osaka’s Umeda district. In fact, leave it out, and you haven’t really seen Osaka.
The big red Ferris wheel on top makes it one of the city’s most unique integrated spaces.
Shop, dine and have fun all in the one space. Try the Ferris wheel after shopping for a spectacular view of Osaka from 106 meters up.
The observation platform of this observatory is a bridge connecting the two towers of the Umeda Sky Building, whose roof features a doughnut shape that provides an unobstructed 360-degree view. While enjoying the breathtaking sights you can also directly feel the wind―which at 170 meters off the ground can get quite strong. From this observatory you can not only see all of Osaka but as far away as Awaji Island. The basement of the building houses the Takimi-Koji gourmet street with old fashioned images of Osaka from the 1920s.