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Osaka Castle (Osaka-jo)

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 13 Reviews

One of Japan's most famous castles, Osaka Castle played a major role in unifying Japan in the sixteenth century. First built in 1583 by one of Japan’s most ...  Read more

Shitenno-ji Temple

One of Japan’s oldest Buddhist temples, Shitenno-ji Temple was built by Prince Shotoku around 593 AD, a cultural hero of Japan who helped to bring the ...  Read more

Osaka Zoo

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

Osaka's Tennoji Zoo is home to over 1,500 creatures and 300 different species, both big and small. Located in Tennoji Park, the zoo mimics natural habitats as ...  Read more

Himeji Castle

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

If you take a day trip from Kyoto or Osaka, make it Himeji. The famous many-tiered white castle at Himeji is acclaimed as Japan’s most beautiful and complete ...  Read more

Umeda Sky Building

4.5 star rating: Recommended 2 Reviews

Modern architecture goes space age and skywards at the cutting-edge Umeda Sky Building. Two glass towers soar 173 meters (567 feet) into the air, connected by ...  Read more

Osaka Museum of History

2.5 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better 4 Reviews

Work your way through centuries of the past at the Osaka Museum of History, opened in 2003. Located just across from the Osaka Castle, head to the top floor to ...  Read more

Abeno Harukas Skyscraper

The Abeno Harukas Skyscraper recently stole the coveted superlative of Japan's highest skyscraper. At 300-meters tall (984 feet), the new skyscraper narrowly ...  Read more

Amami Onsen

Watch snow fall and cling to tree branches along the mountainside while relaxing in the natural hot springs at Amami Onsen. Onsens are said to have healing ...  Read more

America Mura

If you want to put your finger on the pulse of Osaka street culture, plan to spend an evening wandering the streets of America Mura, a district near ...  Read more

Asahi Beer Suita Factory

What are the "hops" in beer? What purpose does the barley serve? See the manufacturing process of the most ubiquitous name in Japanese beer, Asahi, ...  Read more

Deer Park (Nara Park)

Deer Park (Nara Park) sits at the heart of Nara, a city of great historical importance and the birthplace of modern Japanese culture, located 19 miles (31 km) ...  Read more

Dotonbori

The most famous entertainment neighborhood in Osaka, Dotonbori (also called Dotombori) boasts a rich history, an exciting nightlife, and cultural gems. ...  Read more

Isshinji Temple

The Buddhist Isshinji Temple dates back to 1185, and was said to be founded by Honen, a Pure Land Buddhist (a type of Buddhism based on Mahayana Buddhism).  ...  Read more

Japan Mint

The Japan Mint Osaka Branch is the headquarters of the Japan Mint, and it’s here that the history of Japanese money-printing, or minting, is told through ...  Read more

Kuromon Ichiba Market

Nicknamed “Osaka’s kitchen,” the Kuromon Ichiba Market caters to the city’s chefs. Every day, cooks from well-known -- and hole-in-the-wall -- restaurants ...  Read more

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