Osaka, one of Japan’s most popular tourist destinations. Not only for shopping and leisure, recreation to this well-known city can also improve knowledge.
Osaka is a popular tourist destination with many people besides Tokyo and Kyoto. If Tokyo is the center of Japan’s government, Osaka is its business center.
Osaka has developed as a city of merchants and is known to be a truly vibrant city. This time we will introduce 5 places that can make you enjoy the charm of Osaka.
1. Universal Studio Japan
Opened in March 2001 in the Osaka Bay Area, Universal Studios Japan occupies an Area of 39 hectares and is the most visited amusement park in Japan after Tokyo Disney Resort.
Universal Studios Japan currently has eight areas: Universal Wonderland, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, New York, Jurassic Park, Hollywood, Waterworld, Amity Village and San Francisco. Visitors can enjoy a lot of amusement rides, from the merry-go-round to the thrilling roller coaster. As well as several rides, there are simulators based on popular movies like Spiderman, Back to the Future, Terminator 2, and Jurassic Park.
In addition to the rides and playgrounds you’ll also have plenty of opportunities to take pictures with popular character mascots like Snoopy, Hello Kitty, and Sesame Street dolls. Here you can also watch various events held every day, including a very amazing night parade.
Right outside the gate, there is Universal Citywalk Osaka, a shopping mall with several hotels and many restaurants as well as shops selling Universal Studios Japan official merchandise. Wherever you travel in Japan, whether you find tourist attractions in Japan’s must-visit Kyoto or explore sightseeing spots in Nara and visit Osaka Castle, be sure to take your time to visit Universal Studios Japan.
2. Osaka Castle
The symbol of Osaka was built in 1583 in the former place of Ishiyama Hongaji temple, as ruled by Hideyoshi Toyotomi during Azuchi Momoyama. He was a successful warlord conquering and uniting the entire province of Japan in 1590
Each building in this area is the original building, except the main building rebuilt in 1931, according to the original exterior of the Toyotomi era. There are 8 floors and is the main point in the area.
When JapanTraveler reaches the main building, you can use stairs or elevators to climb to the main floor. If you choose to use the elevator, can go up only until the 5th floor, then use stairs to the observation room on the 8th floor.
The observation room offers views of Osaka Park and the skyscrapers surrounding the area. The view is amazing, you will definitely want to capture a lot of photos.
After that, don’t forget to use stairs to look around each floor. The 7th floor is fully dedicated to the memory of Hideyoshi Toyotomi’s life, and can also watch Diodrama about the warlord. The 5th floor shows a folding and miniature screen of the summer war in Osaka.
The 3rd and 4th floor is commonly used for exhibitions. But there are also historical objects about Osaka Castle and its founding. While the 2nd floor you can learn the facts about Osaka Castle. JapanTraveler can also try a samurai helmet for 300 yen and get photographed. Then on the first floor you can visit the museum and buy souvenirs to take home.
Dotonbori is the name of one of the department stores in Osaka and also the name of the area where the shopping center is located. Dotonbori is also the name of a river that flows in the northern part of the department store. You will not be bored to get around in Dotonbori for a full day because there are many shops, places to shop, and other fun places.
The mall was opened by a merchant named Doton Yasui in 1612. Then it is called “Dotonbori ” When the Dotonbori River began to be created. The word “Bori ” on “Dotonbori ” comes from the word “hori ” which means the drain hole.
There are many shops in Dotonbori that have interesting signage. For example the sushi shop’s signboard depicts the hand of sushi chefs. Just watching the heart has been comforted.
Not only that, there is also a Takoyaki shop nameplate that looks striking so one look, people will know that this shop sells Takoyaki. Takoyaki is one of Osaka’s famous culinary specialties.
Tsutenkaku is a monitoring tower with a height of 103 meters. Which can also be said as Osaka symbol. You can see the panoramic view of Osaka from here. On the 5th floor of the tower there is a statue of Billiken. If you weld the tread side of the statue, it is believed you will be happy. Therefore the place is always full of queues.
In addition, there are many souvenir shops and restaurants lined by Shinsekai. You can enjoy colorful billboards as well as fresh, kulineran and shopping situations. Retro atmosphere as well as Osaka cuisine can also be enjoyed in this popular place.
5. Kuromon Market
Kuromon Ichiba Market is a market located in Osaka. There are approximately 300 meters in the area, lined with shops selling food and clothing. Among all the shops or shops, there are many food stalls, so the place is also called the Osaka Community kitchen. You can walk around and eat fruits and side dishes there.
Regular opening and holiday hours
The opening hours vary depending on the store, but many are open from 8:00 to 18:00. Many shops, especially fresh fish shops, are closed on Sundays and holidays, so we recommend visiting on weekdays or Saturdays.
The closest station is Nippon Bashi station on the Sennichi subway line. The travel time on foot from the station to the market is about five minutes.
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