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Guidebook for Chūō-ku, Ōsaka-shi

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Guidebook for Chūō-ku, Ōsaka-shi

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Friendly and trendy, near the western edge of Ame-Mura, Absinthe serves fantastic cocktails, non-alcoholic drinks and juices and a rare (for Japan) Mediterranean menu (falafel, hummus and babaganoush, plus pastas and pizzas). It's a tad pricey, but you're paying for quality ingredients, stylish surrounds and laid-back atmosphere; sliding doors create a sidewalk cafe vibe, weather permitting. And, yes, it does serve absinthe. Read more: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/japan/kansai/osaka/restaurants/mediterranean/cafe-absinthe#ixzz4AU5B9W00
Cafe ABSINTHE
Friendly and trendy, near the western edge of Ame-Mura, Absinthe serves fantastic cocktails, non-alcoholic drinks and juices and a rare (for Japan) Mediterranean menu (falafel, hummus and babaganoush, plus pastas and pizzas). It's a tad pricey, but you're paying for quality ingredients, stylish surrounds and laid-back atmosphere; sliding doors create a sidewalk cafe vibe, weather permitting. And, yes, it does serve absinthe. Read more: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/japan/kansai/osaka/restaurants/mediterranean/cafe-absinthe#ixzz4AU5B9W00
There's a cheery bustle inside this hard-working kaiten-sushi restaurant in a prime Dōtombori location. Over 50 seats zigzag around counters where plates rotate, colour-coded by price and thoughtfully labelled in multiple languages. Non-sushi-eaters can get cooked foods including tori no karaage (fried chicken) and fried tuna. English-speaking staff help make sense of it all. Read more: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/japan/kansai/osaka/restaurants/sushi-sashimi/daiki-suisan#ixzz4AU5cUkzf
Daiki Suisan Kaiten Sushi
There's a cheery bustle inside this hard-working kaiten-sushi restaurant in a prime Dōtombori location. Over 50 seats zigzag around counters where plates rotate, colour-coded by price and thoughtfully labelled in multiple languages. Non-sushi-eaters can get cooked foods including tori no karaage (fried chicken) and fried tuna. English-speaking staff help make sense of it all. Read more: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/japan/kansai/osaka/restaurants/sushi-sashimi/daiki-suisan#ixzz4AU5cUkzf
On Hōzen-ji Yokochō, the minimalist atmosphere of this graceful shop lets you feast your eyes on kappō-ryōri : a multi-course chef-driven extravaganza artfully presented in gorgeous pottery that might come topped with a colourful leaf or water-misted for just the right sheen. Since peak seasonal ingredients change virtually daily, you may never have the same dish twice here. Read more: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/japan/kansai/osaka/restaurants/japanese/shoubentango-tei#ixzz4AU67FnTU
正弁丹吾亭
On Hōzen-ji Yokochō, the minimalist atmosphere of this graceful shop lets you feast your eyes on kappō-ryōri : a multi-course chef-driven extravaganza artfully presented in gorgeous pottery that might come topped with a colourful leaf or water-misted for just the right sheen. Since peak seasonal ingredients change virtually daily, you may never have the same dish twice here. Read more: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/japan/kansai/osaka/restaurants/japanese/shoubentango-tei#ixzz4AU67FnTU
In this country where seafood is sometimes eaten so fresh it's still moving, Zauo has tables on long 'fishing boats' over tanks where patrons fish for their own dinner. If you're lucky enough to hook something, there's celebratory drumming and your fish is whisked away to be prepared how you like (priced according to the type of fish). Alternatively, try an eight-piece sushi omakase nigiri , or a very tasty shio-yaki (salt-grilled) fish set from the menu. ¥300-per-person table charge. Reserve for a 'boat' table. Read more: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/japan/kansai/osaka/restaurants/seafood/zauo#ixzz4AU7IaEBV
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Zauo Fishing Restaurant
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In this country where seafood is sometimes eaten so fresh it's still moving, Zauo has tables on long 'fishing boats' over tanks where patrons fish for their own dinner. If you're lucky enough to hook something, there's celebratory drumming and your fish is whisked away to be prepared how you like (priced according to the type of fish). Alternatively, try an eight-piece sushi omakase nigiri , or a very tasty shio-yaki (salt-grilled) fish set from the menu. ¥300-per-person table charge. Reserve for a 'boat' table. Read more: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/japan/kansai/osaka/restaurants/seafood/zauo#ixzz4AU7IaEBV
This popular restaurant in the Ohatsutenjin-dōri arcade serves up that great Osaka favourite, okonomiyaki (savoury pancakes), cooked on a griddle before you. There are lots to choose from the picture menu, including veg options, but the tokusen mikkusu yaki (mixed okonomiyaki with fried pork, shrimp and squid; ¥1080) is a classic. Look for red and white signage out front. Read more: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/japan/kansai/osaka/restaurants/japanese/yukari#ixzz4AU7hHpaM
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Yukari Sonezaki honten
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This popular restaurant in the Ohatsutenjin-dōri arcade serves up that great Osaka favourite, okonomiyaki (savoury pancakes), cooked on a griddle before you. There are lots to choose from the picture menu, including veg options, but the tokusen mikkusu yaki (mixed okonomiyaki with fried pork, shrimp and squid; ¥1080) is a classic. Look for red and white signage out front. Read more: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/japan/kansai/osaka/restaurants/japanese/yukari#ixzz4AU7hHpaM
At this adorable, all-vegan, mostly organic restaurant, lunch might be Indian curry or brown rice risotto, while dinner gets more Japanese-fusion with dishes like hijiki (sea green) samosas, shiitake mushroom cutlets, and pasta with dried tofu, shiitake , onion, shiso leaves and walnut and garlic sauce. From the cafe menu, try smoothies, coffees and tofu cheesecake. Read more: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/japan/kansai/osaka/restaurants/vegetarian-vegan/le-coccole#ixzz4AU7w7Y5n
Le Coccole
At this adorable, all-vegan, mostly organic restaurant, lunch might be Indian curry or brown rice risotto, while dinner gets more Japanese-fusion with dishes like hijiki (sea green) samosas, shiitake mushroom cutlets, and pasta with dried tofu, shiitake , onion, shiso leaves and walnut and garlic sauce. From the cafe menu, try smoothies, coffees and tofu cheesecake. Read more: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/japan/kansai/osaka/restaurants/vegetarian-vegan/le-coccole#ixzz4AU7w7Y5n
A peaceful retreat from the busy streets of Shinsaibashi, this welcoming Osaka landmark serves udon noodles, hearty nabe (cast-iron pot) dishes, and shabu-shabu (thin slices of meat and vegetables cooked in a broth and dipped in sauce) for reasonable prices. Look for the traditional three-storey wooden building with sliding-door entrance, just north of the corner. Read more: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/japan/kansai/osaka/restaurants/noodles/nishiya#ixzz4AU88f4xz
Nishiya Honten
A peaceful retreat from the busy streets of Shinsaibashi, this welcoming Osaka landmark serves udon noodles, hearty nabe (cast-iron pot) dishes, and shabu-shabu (thin slices of meat and vegetables cooked in a broth and dipped in sauce) for reasonable prices. Look for the traditional three-storey wooden building with sliding-door entrance, just north of the corner. Read more: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/japan/kansai/osaka/restaurants/noodles/nishiya#ixzz4AU88f4xz
The name means 'chicken nobility', but prices at this popular Osaka-based yakitori chain are decidedly for regular folk. Look for the yellow and red sign and the number 280 (the price of all the generously portioned grilled skewers, plus tax), then climb the narrow stairs to the dining room with booths separated by untreated wood slats, and streaming J-pop hits. Read more: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/japan/kansai/osaka/restaurants/japanese/tori-kizoku#ixzz4AU8SfkLA
Torikizoku Namba-nishi
The name means 'chicken nobility', but prices at this popular Osaka-based yakitori chain are decidedly for regular folk. Look for the yellow and red sign and the number 280 (the price of all the generously portioned grilled skewers, plus tax), then climb the narrow stairs to the dining room with booths separated by untreated wood slats, and streaming J-pop hits. Read more: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/japan/kansai/osaka/restaurants/japanese/tori-kizoku#ixzz4AU8SfkLA
Beneath the massive green dragon, this indoor-outdoor spot offers house-made noodles and a front-row seat to the Dōtombori scene. Purchase a ticket from a machine, sit at a low table on a tatami platform, top your noodle soup with kimchi , garlic or marinated green onion, and slurp away. Don't linger too long, as there always seems to be a queue. Read more: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/japan/kansai/osaka/restaurants/noodles/kinryu-ramen#ixzz4AU94xHXY
Kinryu Ramen Midosuji
Beneath the massive green dragon, this indoor-outdoor spot offers house-made noodles and a front-row seat to the Dōtombori scene. Purchase a ticket from a machine, sit at a low table on a tatami platform, top your noodle soup with kimchi , garlic or marinated green onion, and slurp away. Don't linger too long, as there always seems to be a queue. Read more: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/japan/kansai/osaka/restaurants/noodles/kinryu-ramen#ixzz4AU94xHXY
At the main branch of this Osaka institution, a large dining hall serves a wide variety of set-course meals and sushi (à la carte or in sets), offering traditional, quality ingredients at a reasonable price. It's on the street along the west side of Hankyū Umeda Station. Look for the logo of the guy wearing a headband. Read more: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/japan/kansai/osaka/restaurants/japanese/ganko-umeda-honten#ixzz4BQd4jncK
Japanese food GANKO sushi Umeda Honten
At the main branch of this Osaka institution, a large dining hall serves a wide variety of set-course meals and sushi (à la carte or in sets), offering traditional, quality ingredients at a reasonable price. It's on the street along the west side of Hankyū Umeda Station. Look for the logo of the guy wearing a headband. Read more: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/japan/kansai/osaka/restaurants/japanese/ganko-umeda-honten#ixzz4BQd4jncK
This long-running Thai place serves fairly authentic versions of the standard favourites like green curry and tom yum kung, and does a great-value lunch buffet. Tables at the back have views of the canal. Look for the small English sign a couple of buildings past the giant crab – Krungtep is in the basement. Read more: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/japan/kansai/osaka/restaurants/thai/krungtep#ixzz4BQe6NCkx
クンテープ 道頓堀本店
This long-running Thai place serves fairly authentic versions of the standard favourites like green curry and tom yum kung, and does a great-value lunch buffet. Tables at the back have views of the canal. Look for the small English sign a couple of buildings past the giant crab – Krungtep is in the basement. Read more: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/japan/kansai/osaka/restaurants/thai/krungtep#ixzz4BQe6NCkx
This casual pizzeria has an open kitchen with a large brick oven, so you can see the delicious thin-crust pizzas being prepared. Staff are enthusiastic and there's an interesting menu (in Japanese and Italian) of mostly pizzas but also antipasto and desserts. Smoking only on the outdoor terrace. Read more: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/japan/kansai/osaka/restaurants/italian/cuorerudino-pizzeria#ixzz4BQeKoHyS
Cuorerudino
This casual pizzeria has an open kitchen with a large brick oven, so you can see the delicious thin-crust pizzas being prepared. Staff are enthusiastic and there's an interesting menu (in Japanese and Italian) of mostly pizzas but also antipasto and desserts. Smoking only on the outdoor terrace. Read more: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/japan/kansai/osaka/restaurants/italian/cuorerudino-pizzeria#ixzz4BQeKoHyS
This excellent tempura specialist in the Hilton Plaza packs 'em in at lunchtime. At lunch try the ebishio-tendon (shrimp tempura over rice; ¥880) and at dinner try the tempura course (¥5250). Take the escalator to the B2 floor, go right and look for the small English sign. Read more: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/japan/kansai/osaka/restaurants/japanese/shinkiraku#ixzz4BQea8amg
新喜楽
This excellent tempura specialist in the Hilton Plaza packs 'em in at lunchtime. At lunch try the ebishio-tendon (shrimp tempura over rice; ¥880) and at dinner try the tempura course (¥5250). Take the escalator to the B2 floor, go right and look for the small English sign. Read more: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/japan/kansai/osaka/restaurants/japanese/shinkiraku#ixzz4BQea8amg
A handy Ame-Mura location, an intimate space with art-filled walls and streetside tables, friendly service, live jazz some Sundays and, importantly, good coffee, panini and salumi – for a relaxed lunchtime or evening pit stop. Alcohol is also served. Read more: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/japan/kansai/osaka/restaurants/cafe/banco#ixzz4BQf743pA
BANCO
A handy Ame-Mura location, an intimate space with art-filled walls and streetside tables, friendly service, live jazz some Sundays and, importantly, good coffee, panini and salumi – for a relaxed lunchtime or evening pit stop. Alcohol is also served. Read more: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/japan/kansai/osaka/restaurants/cafe/banco#ixzz4BQf743pA
Located in Tempōzan Marketplace, next to Osaka Aquarium, this faux 1960s-nostalgic food court has stalls selling Osaka specialities. Read more: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/japan/kansai/osaka/restaurants/street-food-hawkers/naniwa-kuishinbo-yokocho#ixzz4BQhEFBD3
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なにわ食いしんぼ横丁
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Located in Tempōzan Marketplace, next to Osaka Aquarium, this faux 1960s-nostalgic food court has stalls selling Osaka specialities. Read more: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/japan/kansai/osaka/restaurants/street-food-hawkers/naniwa-kuishinbo-yokocho#ixzz4BQhEFBD3
Station-side branch of this well-known local sushi chain that does kaiten-sushi (conveyor-belt sushi). Read more: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/japan/kansai/osaka/restaurants/sushi-sashimi/kaiten-sushi-ganko#ixzz4BQi3krXr
回転寿司がんこ
Station-side branch of this well-known local sushi chain that does kaiten-sushi (conveyor-belt sushi). Read more: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/japan/kansai/osaka/restaurants/sushi-sashimi/kaiten-sushi-ganko#ixzz4BQi3krXr
Matsusakagyu Yakiniku M “Yokocho”awarded TripAdvisor's Certificate of Excellence for the third consecutive year.! Matsusakagyu Yakiniku M “Hanare”received TripAdvisor 2016 Certificate of Excellence award! It is famous for japanese food in more than 58 countries in the world.
Matsusakagyu Yakiniku M Hozenji Hanare
Matsusakagyu Yakiniku M “Yokocho”awarded TripAdvisor's Certificate of Excellence for the third consecutive year.! Matsusakagyu Yakiniku M “Hanare”received TripAdvisor 2016 Certificate of Excellence award! It is famous for japanese food in more than 58 countries in the world.
This restaurant is famous for local japanese food. Read more: https://www.yelp.com/biz/新世界串カツいっとく法善寺店-大阪市-中央区
Shinsekai Kushikatsu Ittoku honen
This restaurant is famous for local japanese food. Read more: https://www.yelp.com/biz/新世界串カツいっとく法善寺店-大阪市-中央区
Okonomi-yaki is a famous Japanese casual dining experience especially popular in Osaka. It is a Japanese style pancake made from batter with chopped cabbage and various kinds of ingredients such as meat, seafood and eggs. While it is often cooked at home, there are many special restaurants that serve this unique dish, too. Kiji is one of the famous Okonomiyaki restaurants in Osaka. When you enter the premises through the restaurant’s front-entrance curtain, the polite chef and staff will warmly welcome you. The inside is rather small. It has four seats at the bar and four tables, each equipped with a hotplate. The okonomi-yaki is served on the hotplate, so the food stays hot while you eat.
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Okonomiyaki Kiji
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Okonomi-yaki is a famous Japanese casual dining experience especially popular in Osaka. It is a Japanese style pancake made from batter with chopped cabbage and various kinds of ingredients such as meat, seafood and eggs. While it is often cooked at home, there are many special restaurants that serve this unique dish, too. Kiji is one of the famous Okonomiyaki restaurants in Osaka. When you enter the premises through the restaurant’s front-entrance curtain, the polite chef and staff will warmly welcome you. The inside is rather small. It has four seats at the bar and four tables, each equipped with a hotplate. The okonomi-yaki is served on the hotplate, so the food stays hot while you eat.
Drinks & Nightlife
Imagine a storeroom crammed with old records, CDs, worn-out knick-knacks and random ornaments. Then imagine a bar in the middle of it. That's kind of what to expect at this tiny, quirky place, where you'll be heartily welcomed by the long-haired owner as he spins folk-rock tunes on the record player and serves drinks and snacks. There's an English sign out front. Read more: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/japan/kansai/osaka/entertainment-nightlife/other/folk-rock-bar-phoebe#ixzz4BQowy2Sz
Folk Rock Bar "Phoe~be"
Imagine a storeroom crammed with old records, CDs, worn-out knick-knacks and random ornaments. Then imagine a bar in the middle of it. That's kind of what to expect at this tiny, quirky place, where you'll be heartily welcomed by the long-haired owner as he spins folk-rock tunes on the record player and serves drinks and snacks. There's an English sign out front. Read more: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/japan/kansai/osaka/entertainment-nightlife/other/folk-rock-bar-phoebe#ixzz4BQowy2Sz
In the shadow of the Umeda Sky Building, this bar/bottle shop specialises in local and worldwide craft beers. Order and enjoy around the counter, or climb the narrow stairs to a simple white-walled room. From Osaka or Umeda stations' north exits, take the underground passage toward Umeda Sky Building, and turn left. Read more: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/japan/kansai/osaka/entertainment-nightlife/other/craft-beer-base#ixzz4BQp9yME2
CRAFT BEER BASE
In the shadow of the Umeda Sky Building, this bar/bottle shop specialises in local and worldwide craft beers. Order and enjoy around the counter, or climb the narrow stairs to a simple white-walled room. From Osaka or Umeda stations' north exits, take the underground passage toward Umeda Sky Building, and turn left. Read more: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/japan/kansai/osaka/entertainment-nightlife/other/craft-beer-base#ixzz4BQp9yME2
With city lights spread beneath you like a twinkling carpet, views are extraordinary from this chichi bar-restaurant. Drinks start at ¥1150, and there are Italian dishes like the namesake pizza with mascarpone, prawns, mushroom and black truffle (¥2850). Enter the hotel from above Nankai Namba Station. Read more: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/japan/kansai/osaka/entertainment-nightlife/other/tavola-36#ixzz4BQpjG9Fa
TAVOLA36
With city lights spread beneath you like a twinkling carpet, views are extraordinary from this chichi bar-restaurant. Drinks start at ¥1150, and there are Italian dishes like the namesake pizza with mascarpone, prawns, mushroom and black truffle (¥2850). Enter the hotel from above Nankai Namba Station. Read more: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/japan/kansai/osaka/entertainment-nightlife/other/tavola-36#ixzz4BQpjG9Fa
This is one of the oldest Irish-style pubs in Japan, and a good place to rub shoulders with expats and Japanese, enjoy free live music, catch sports matches, and, of course, have a pint. It's on the 6th floor of a futuristic building with what looks like a rocket on the front. Read more: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/japan/kansai/osaka/entertainment-nightlife/other/murphy-s#ixzz4BQqDAu4v
Murphys Bar
This is one of the oldest Irish-style pubs in Japan, and a good place to rub shoulders with expats and Japanese, enjoy free live music, catch sports matches, and, of course, have a pint. It's on the 6th floor of a futuristic building with what looks like a rocket on the front. Read more: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/japan/kansai/osaka/entertainment-nightlife/other/murphy-s#ixzz4BQqDAu4v
In Umeda's Ohatsutenjin-dōri arcade, have a Guinness or two and relax in the friendly atmosphere of this Irish-style pub, well liked among local expats and Japanese for after-work drinks and the free live music on weekends. There's a sign at street level. Read more: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/japan/kansai/osaka/entertainment-nightlife/other/blarney-stone#ixzz4BQqTobSX
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The Blarney Stone
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In Umeda's Ohatsutenjin-dōri arcade, have a Guinness or two and relax in the friendly atmosphere of this Irish-style pub, well liked among local expats and Japanese for after-work drinks and the free live music on weekends. There's a sign at street level. Read more: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/japan/kansai/osaka/entertainment-nightlife/other/blarney-stone#ixzz4BQqTobSX
Zerro has a good range of drinks and food, energetic bilingual bartenders, and a street-level location ideal for a spot of people-watching. Come early for relaxed drinks and conversation; come late on the weekend for DJs, dancing and a lively crowd. Read more: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/japan/kansai/osaka/entertainment-nightlife/other/zerro#ixzz4BQqjCJYX
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Zerro
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Zerro has a good range of drinks and food, energetic bilingual bartenders, and a street-level location ideal for a spot of people-watching. Come early for relaxed drinks and conversation; come late on the weekend for DJs, dancing and a lively crowd. Read more: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/japan/kansai/osaka/entertainment-nightlife/other/zerro#ixzz4BQqjCJYX
Serving the music-loving community since 1995, Rock Rock has a history of hosting after parties for international acts and attracting celeb visitors. Regular events with a modest cover charge showcase some of Osaka's finest rock DJs (and famous guests). Read more: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/japan/kansai/osaka/entertainment-nightlife/other/rock-rock#ixzz4BQrAawel
ロックロック
Serving the music-loving community since 1995, Rock Rock has a history of hosting after parties for international acts and attracting celeb visitors. Regular events with a modest cover charge showcase some of Osaka's finest rock DJs (and famous guests). Read more: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/japan/kansai/osaka/entertainment-nightlife/other/rock-rock#ixzz4BQrAawel
This popular, dimly lit bar in the Kita-Shinchi district is a short walk from JR Osaka Station and draws a good crowd of expats and Japanese. Among other bar-menu standards, they do a good burger with chunky fries, and you can get a meat pie. Read more: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/japan/kansai/osaka/entertainment-nightlife/other/captain-kangaroo#ixzz4BQs3EyZ1v
Captain Kangaroo
This popular, dimly lit bar in the Kita-Shinchi district is a short walk from JR Osaka Station and draws a good crowd of expats and Japanese. Among other bar-menu standards, they do a good burger with chunky fries, and you can get a meat pie. Read more: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/japan/kansai/osaka/entertainment-nightlife/other/captain-kangaroo#ixzz4BQs3EyZ1v
The name is Italian for '500', appropriate since everything at this cosy bar costs ¥500. There's a hearty selection of food and the impressively extensive martini menu. It's not far from the corner of Sakai-suji; look for the 5 in a red circle. Read more: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/japan/kansai/osaka/entertainment-nightlife/other/cinquecento#ixzz4BQsDxIXC
CinqueCento
The name is Italian for '500', appropriate since everything at this cosy bar costs ¥500. There's a hearty selection of food and the impressively extensive martini menu. It's not far from the corner of Sakai-suji; look for the 5 in a red circle. Read more: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/japan/kansai/osaka/entertainment-nightlife/other/cinquecento#ixzz4BQsDxIXC
In the warren of tiny bars of the Dōyama-chō, east of Osaka Station, gay men have been coming to this subtly stylish spot since 1993. There's no cover, reasonably priced drinks, and a warm welcome to locals and visitors alike. Read more: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/japan/kansai/osaka/entertainment-nightlife/other/g-physique#ixzz4BQsXafJa
G Physique Osaka
In the warren of tiny bars of the Dōyama-chō, east of Osaka Station, gay men have been coming to this subtly stylish spot since 1993. There's no cover, reasonably priced drinks, and a warm welcome to locals and visitors alike. Read more: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/japan/kansai/osaka/entertainment-nightlife/other/g-physique#ixzz4BQsXafJa
Riding roller coasters and walking through Universal Studios can wear you out. After your day at the park, or even for lunch before rides, Stop into Hard Rock Cafe Osaka Universal for some refreshing food and drinks as well as thrilling live entertainment. We serve cuisine from all over the world, including classic American food and local delicacies. The main entrance to the Hard Rock Cafe Osaka Universal is on the second level of CityWalk and has 282 seats upstairs, while the Rock Shop is on the ground level below. Be sure to pick up a collectible souvenir at the Rock Shop to commemorate your visit. Read more: http://www.hardrock.com/cafes/osaka-universal/
Hard Rock Cafe Universal Citywalk Osaka
Riding roller coasters and walking through Universal Studios can wear you out. After your day at the park, or even for lunch before rides, Stop into Hard Rock Cafe Osaka Universal for some refreshing food and drinks as well as thrilling live entertainment. We serve cuisine from all over the world, including classic American food and local delicacies. The main entrance to the Hard Rock Cafe Osaka Universal is on the second level of CityWalk and has 282 seats upstairs, while the Rock Shop is on the ground level below. Be sure to pick up a collectible souvenir at the Rock Shop to commemorate your visit. Read more: http://www.hardrock.com/cafes/osaka-universal/
Sightseeing
Opened in 1993 and named one of the world's top 20 buildings, the Sky Building resembles a 40-storey, space-age Arc de Triomphe. Twin towers are connected at the top by a 'floating garden' (really a garden-free observation deck) with breathtaking 360-degree city views day or night. Getting there is half the fun – an escalator in a see-through tube takes you up the last five storeys, between the towers (not for vertigo sufferers). The architect, Hara Hiroshi, also designed Kyoto Station . The building is reached via an underground passage, a short walk north of Osaka and Umeda stations. Read more: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/japan/kansai/osaka/sights/architecture/umeda-sky-building#ixzz4ATtBh
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KUCHU TEIEN OBSERVATORY
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Opened in 1993 and named one of the world's top 20 buildings, the Sky Building resembles a 40-storey, space-age Arc de Triomphe. Twin towers are connected at the top by a 'floating garden' (really a garden-free observation deck) with breathtaking 360-degree city views day or night. Getting there is half the fun – an escalator in a see-through tube takes you up the last five storeys, between the towers (not for vertigo sufferers). The architect, Hara Hiroshi, also designed Kyoto Station . The building is reached via an underground passage, a short walk north of Osaka and Umeda stations. Read more: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/japan/kansai/osaka/sights/architecture/umeda-sky-building#ixzz4ATtBh
Dedicated to Shintō deities of the sea and sea travel, this graceful shrine was founded in the early 3rd century and is considered the headquarters for all Sumiyoshi shrines in Japan. The buildings are faithful replicas of the ancient originals, with a couple that date back to 1810, and grounds are crisscrossed by a tree- and lantern-lined waterway spanned by a bright orange drum bridge. It's a rare Shintō shrine that predates the influence of Chinese Buddhist architectural styles. Read more: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/japan/kansai/osaka/sights/religious/sumiyoshi-taisha#ixzz4ATtha0qs
Sumiyoshi, 2-chōme−9−89
Dedicated to Shintō deities of the sea and sea travel, this graceful shrine was founded in the early 3rd century and is considered the headquarters for all Sumiyoshi shrines in Japan. The buildings are faithful replicas of the ancient originals, with a couple that date back to 1810, and grounds are crisscrossed by a tree- and lantern-lined waterway spanned by a bright orange drum bridge. It's a rare Shintō shrine that predates the influence of Chinese Buddhist architectural styles. Read more: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/japan/kansai/osaka/sights/religious/sumiyoshi-taisha#ixzz4ATtha0qs
After unifying Japan in the late 16th century, General Toyotomi Hideyoshi built this castle (1583) as a display of power, using, it's said, the labour of 100,000 workers. Although the present structure is a 1931 concrete reconstruction (refurbished 1997), it's nonetheless quite a sight, looming dramatically over the surrounding park and moat. Inside is an excellent collection of art, armour, and day-to-day implements related to the castle, Hideyoshi and Osaka. An 8th-floor observation deck has 360-degree views. Hideyoshi's original granite structure was said to be impregnable, yet it was destroyed in 1614 by the armies of Tokugawa Ieyasu , rebuilt 15 years later, then razed again when anothe
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Osakajo
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After unifying Japan in the late 16th century, General Toyotomi Hideyoshi built this castle (1583) as a display of power, using, it's said, the labour of 100,000 workers. Although the present structure is a 1931 concrete reconstruction (refurbished 1997), it's nonetheless quite a sight, looming dramatically over the surrounding park and moat. Inside is an excellent collection of art, armour, and day-to-day implements related to the castle, Hideyoshi and Osaka. An 8th-floor observation deck has 360-degree views. Hideyoshi's original granite structure was said to be impregnable, yet it was destroyed in 1614 by the armies of Tokugawa Ieyasu , rebuilt 15 years later, then razed again when anothe
Japan's tallest building (300m, 60 storeys), this Cesar Pelli–designed tower opened in March 2014 and dominates Osaka's southern skyline, offering sweeping city views. It houses Japan's largest department store (Kintetsu, floors B2-14), other shops, a hotel, offices, restaurants and observation decks. Admission is free except for the top-level Harukas 300 observation deck and the Abeno Harukas Art Museum , where temporary shows so far have encompassed Renaissance painting to tantric Buddhist artifacts. Although Abeno Harukas is Japan's tallest building, the tallest structure is Tokyo Sky Tree , at 634m. Read more: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/japan/kansai/osaka/sights/architecture/abeno-haruk
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Abeno Harukas
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Japan's tallest building (300m, 60 storeys), this Cesar Pelli–designed tower opened in March 2014 and dominates Osaka's southern skyline, offering sweeping city views. It houses Japan's largest department store (Kintetsu, floors B2-14), other shops, a hotel, offices, restaurants and observation decks. Admission is free except for the top-level Harukas 300 observation deck and the Abeno Harukas Art Museum , where temporary shows so far have encompassed Renaissance painting to tantric Buddhist artifacts. Although Abeno Harukas is Japan's tallest building, the tallest structure is Tokyo Sky Tree , at 634m. Read more: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/japan/kansai/osaka/sights/architecture/abeno-haruk
Founded 593, Shitennō-ji is one of the oldest Buddhist temples in Japan, although only the big stone torii (Shintō shrine gate) is original, the oldest of its kind in the country (1294). Shitennō-ji's best visited for the lovely strolling garden, Honbō Teien , just northeast of the main precincts. Otherwise, the grounds are a somewhat desolate expanse of raked gravel, but there's a five-storey pagoda, which (unusually) you can climb up. On the 21st and 22nd of each month is a very good flea market outside the temple, with antiques and secondhand goods, including old kimono. Read more: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/japan/kansai/osaka/sights/religious/shitenno-ji#ixzz4ATvDvWVE
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Shitennoji
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Founded 593, Shitennō-ji is one of the oldest Buddhist temples in Japan, although only the big stone torii (Shintō shrine gate) is original, the oldest of its kind in the country (1294). Shitennō-ji's best visited for the lovely strolling garden, Honbō Teien , just northeast of the main precincts. Otherwise, the grounds are a somewhat desolate expanse of raked gravel, but there's a five-storey pagoda, which (unusually) you can climb up. On the 21st and 22nd of each month is a very good flea market outside the temple, with antiques and secondhand goods, including old kimono. Read more: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/japan/kansai/osaka/sights/religious/shitenno-ji#ixzz4ATvDvWVE
Founded in the 10th century, this shrine is dedicated to Sugawara Michizane, the Shintō god of scholarship. The honden (main hall) and main gate were most recently rebuilt in 1845. Read more: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/japan/kansai/osaka/sights/religious/osaka-tenman-gu#ixzz4ATzwjGbq
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Osakatemmangu Station
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Founded in the 10th century, this shrine is dedicated to Sugawara Michizane, the Shintō god of scholarship. The honden (main hall) and main gate were most recently rebuilt in 1845. Read more: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/japan/kansai/osaka/sights/religious/osaka-tenman-gu#ixzz4ATzwjGbq
The crusty, trusty, 103m-high steel-frame tower Tsūten-kaku - built 1912, rebuilt 1956 - is the central landmark of Shin-Sekai. Read more: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/japan/kansai/osaka/sights/architecture/tsuten-kaku#ixzz4AU0g7GE7
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通天閣観光(株)
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The crusty, trusty, 103m-high steel-frame tower Tsūten-kaku - built 1912, rebuilt 1956 - is the central landmark of Shin-Sekai. Read more: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/japan/kansai/osaka/sights/architecture/tsuten-kaku#ixzz4AU0g7GE7
Marine life is displayed in 15 tanks, each representing a specific region of the Pacific Rim. The central tank, representing the Pacifc Ocean, is nine meters deep and home to a whale shark, the aquarium's main attraction. Visitors start their tour of the aquarium on the 8th floor and slowly spiral down floor by floor around the central tank. Some of the tanks stretch over several floors, making it possible to observe the animals from different depths and perspectives. New exhibition space was added to the aquarium in March 2013.
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Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
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Marine life is displayed in 15 tanks, each representing a specific region of the Pacific Rim. The central tank, representing the Pacifc Ocean, is nine meters deep and home to a whale shark, the aquarium's main attraction. Visitors start their tour of the aquarium on the 8th floor and slowly spiral down floor by floor around the central tank. Some of the tanks stretch over several floors, making it possible to observe the animals from different depths and perspectives. New exhibition space was added to the aquarium in March 2013.
Known in ancient times as "Naniwazu," the Osaka Port served as an embarkation point for ships travelling to and from the Korean Peninsula and China. Since its opening to foreign trade in 1868, Osaka based industry and trade began to thrive and the number of vessels utilizing the Osaka Port increased dramatically thanks to the construction of a new ports. The Osaka Port, as one of the nation's leading ports, entered an age of prosperity, becoming one of Asia's major trade ports. The port continues to prosper as a thriving international trading port through its commitment to overhauling facilities, utilizing state-of-the-art technology and providing improved port services.
Osaka Port
Known in ancient times as "Naniwazu," the Osaka Port served as an embarkation point for ships travelling to and from the Korean Peninsula and China. Since its opening to foreign trade in 1868, Osaka based industry and trade began to thrive and the number of vessels utilizing the Osaka Port increased dramatically thanks to the construction of a new ports. The Osaka Port, as one of the nation's leading ports, entered an age of prosperity, becoming one of Asia's major trade ports. The port continues to prosper as a thriving international trading port through its commitment to overhauling facilities, utilizing state-of-the-art technology and providing improved port services.
Entertainment & Activities
Also known as Osaka Dome, this futuristic stadium is home to the Orix Buffaloes baseball team and also hosts concerts, trade fairs and other events. Read more: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/japan/kansai/osaka/sights/sporting-venues/kyocera-osaka-dome#ixzz4AU0Es6ao
京セラドームスターダイナー
Also known as Osaka Dome, this futuristic stadium is home to the Orix Buffaloes baseball team and also hosts concerts, trade fairs and other events. Read more: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/japan/kansai/osaka/sights/sporting-venues/kyocera-osaka-dome#ixzz4AU0Es6ao
Kaiyūkan is easily one of the world's best aquariums. An 800m-plus walkway winds past displays of sea life from around the Pacific 'ring of fire': Antarctic penguins, coral-reef butterflyfish, unreasonably cute Arctic otters, Monterey Bay seals and unearthly jellyfish. Most impressive is the ginormous central tank, housing a whale shark, manta and thousands of other fish and rays. There are good English descriptions, but the audioguide (¥500) gives more detail. Expect lots of families and school groups. Read more: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/japan/kansai/osaka/sights/nature-wildlife/osaka-aquarium-kaiyukan#ixzz4ATtUuoA1
Kaigandori
Kaiyūkan is easily one of the world's best aquariums. An 800m-plus walkway winds past displays of sea life from around the Pacific 'ring of fire': Antarctic penguins, coral-reef butterflyfish, unreasonably cute Arctic otters, Monterey Bay seals and unearthly jellyfish. Most impressive is the ginormous central tank, housing a whale shark, manta and thousands of other fish and rays. There are good English descriptions, but the audioguide (¥500) gives more detail. Expect lots of families and school groups. Read more: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/japan/kansai/osaka/sights/nature-wildlife/osaka-aquarium-kaiyukan#ixzz4ATtUuoA1
Among the biggest in the world, this 112m-high Ferris wheel offers unbeatable views of Osaka Bay and the seemingly endless Osaka/Kōbe conurbation. Give it a whirl at night to enjoy the vast carpet of lights.
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Tempozan Ferris Wheel
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Among the biggest in the world, this 112m-high Ferris wheel offers unbeatable views of Osaka Bay and the seemingly endless Osaka/Kōbe conurbation. Give it a whirl at night to enjoy the vast carpet of lights.
Modeled after sister parks in the USA, 'USJ' bursts with Hollywood movie-related rides, shows, shops and restaurants. Top billing goes to the new, ¥45 billion (!) Wizarding World of Harry Potter , a painstakingly recreated Hogsmeade Village (shop for magic wands, Gryffindor capes and butterbeer) plus the 'Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey' thrill ride through Hogwart's School. Wizarding World admission is by timed ticket. Other popular rides include Spider-Man . Leaflet maps and signage are in English, though narrations and entertainment are in Japanese. Long queues are common at the park's major venues (90 minutes is not unusual on the Harry Potter ride).
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Universal Studios Japan
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Modeled after sister parks in the USA, 'USJ' bursts with Hollywood movie-related rides, shows, shops and restaurants. Top billing goes to the new, ¥45 billion (!) Wizarding World of Harry Potter , a painstakingly recreated Hogsmeade Village (shop for magic wands, Gryffindor capes and butterbeer) plus the 'Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey' thrill ride through Hogwart's School. Wizarding World admission is by timed ticket. Other popular rides include Spider-Man . Leaflet maps and signage are in English, though narrations and entertainment are in Japanese. Long queues are common at the park's major venues (90 minutes is not unusual on the Harry Potter ride).
Parks & Nature
Minoo Park (箕面公園, Minō Kōen, also spelled Mino or Minoh) is a forested valley on the outskirts of Osaka, just north of the urban sprawl. During the fall, it is one of the best places in the Kansai Region to see the autumn colors in a natural setting, as opposed to the attractive fall foliage found at temples and gardens. The colors are usually best in the second half of November. Read more: https://www.japan-guide.com/e/e4019.html
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Minookoen
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Minoo Park (箕面公園, Minō Kōen, also spelled Mino or Minoh) is a forested valley on the outskirts of Osaka, just north of the urban sprawl. During the fall, it is one of the best places in the Kansai Region to see the autumn colors in a natural setting, as opposed to the attractive fall foliage found at temples and gardens. The colors are usually best in the second half of November. Read more: https://www.japan-guide.com/e/e4019.html
Fumin no Mori Hoshida Park (府民の森 ほしだ園地) is a national park located in east Osaka near Nara prefecture. It takes about 1 hour from Osaka station (Central area of Osaka). Read more: https://jw-webmagazine.com/osakas-best-secret-spot-for-autumn-leaves-5ec1b26f309d
ほしだ園地 クライミングウォール
Fumin no Mori Hoshida Park (府民の森 ほしだ園地) is a national park located in east Osaka near Nara prefecture. It takes about 1 hour from Osaka station (Central area of Osaka). Read more: https://jw-webmagazine.com/osakas-best-secret-spot-for-autumn-leaves-5ec1b26f309d
The Sakuya Konohana Kan conservatory was established by Osaka Municipal Government as a pavilion of the International Garden and Greenery Exposition, Osaka, Japan 1990, held from April 1 to September 30, 1990. In line with the theme of the exhibition, “Harmonious Co-Existence between People and Greenery,” the conservatory houses wild plants collected from around the world. This is one of the largest conservatories in Japan, and one of the few conservatories in the world that artificially maintains the climatic and geographical conditions of the regions where the plants grow. Read more: http://www.sakuyakonohana.jp/english/
Sakuya Konohana Kan
The Sakuya Konohana Kan conservatory was established by Osaka Municipal Government as a pavilion of the International Garden and Greenery Exposition, Osaka, Japan 1990, held from April 1 to September 30, 1990. In line with the theme of the exhibition, “Harmonious Co-Existence between People and Greenery,” the conservatory houses wild plants collected from around the world. This is one of the largest conservatories in Japan, and one of the few conservatories in the world that artificially maintains the climatic and geographical conditions of the regions where the plants grow. Read more: http://www.sakuyakonohana.jp/english/
The park's athletic stadium is the venue for the Osaka International Ladies Marathon. A huge botanical garden and a museum are also among the many attractions of the park. The 65.7 ha. Nagai Park has facilities for enjoying sports and the outdoors, including Nagai Stadium, the well-known venue for the Osaka International Ladies Marathon held every winter, and the 2002 FIFA World Cup preliminary games. Construction of the stadium was initially planned for 1928 but was cancelled due to the war. After going through phases of being a sports ground and a velodrome, major- scale work on the park commenced in 1959 and was completed the same year. Read more: https://osaka-info.jp/en/page/nagai-park
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Nagai Park
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The park's athletic stadium is the venue for the Osaka International Ladies Marathon. A huge botanical garden and a museum are also among the many attractions of the park. The 65.7 ha. Nagai Park has facilities for enjoying sports and the outdoors, including Nagai Stadium, the well-known venue for the Osaka International Ladies Marathon held every winter, and the 2002 FIFA World Cup preliminary games. Construction of the stadium was initially planned for 1928 but was cancelled due to the war. After going through phases of being a sports ground and a velodrome, major- scale work on the park commenced in 1959 and was completed the same year. Read more: https://osaka-info.jp/en/page/nagai-park
The Taiko-en consists of a sprawling facility of roughly 250,000 square feet opened in 1959, made up of a luxurious restaurant, an immaculately-tended garden, and more. Originally, it was the "Amishima Estate" built along the Okawa (former Yodogawa) river around 1908 by one Denzaburo Fujita, a preeminent financier of the time. It is now home to rooms of all sizes that see use as banquet and exhibit halls. In particularly, the refined "Yodogawa-tei" restaurant allows visitors to savor authentic, refined Japanese cuisine from a charming view of the garden. Read more: https://osaka-info.jp/en/page/taiko-en
Taiko-en
The Taiko-en consists of a sprawling facility of roughly 250,000 square feet opened in 1959, made up of a luxurious restaurant, an immaculately-tended garden, and more. Originally, it was the "Amishima Estate" built along the Okawa (former Yodogawa) river around 1908 by one Denzaburo Fujita, a preeminent financier of the time. It is now home to rooms of all sizes that see use as banquet and exhibit halls. In particularly, the refined "Yodogawa-tei" restaurant allows visitors to savor authentic, refined Japanese cuisine from a charming view of the garden. Read more: https://osaka-info.jp/en/page/taiko-en
A riverside park boasting water, greenery and cherry trees, which is built on the river terrace between Kema Araizeki (overflow weir) and Temmabashi Bridge. Incorporating classical buildings such as the Mint, Water Square and walking trails, the park is a good place for strolling and jogging. It is known as a cherry blossom-viewing spot for its magnificent 4,800 cherry tree
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Kema Sakuranomiya Park
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A riverside park boasting water, greenery and cherry trees, which is built on the river terrace between Kema Araizeki (overflow weir) and Temmabashi Bridge. Incorporating classical buildings such as the Mint, Water Square and walking trails, the park is a good place for strolling and jogging. It is known as a cherry blossom-viewing spot for its magnificent 4,800 cherry tree
Arts & Culture
Japan's best venue for the mesmerising art of bunraku , puppet theatre closely associated with Osaka. Performances can last all day, with two multiple-act parts up to 4½ hours each (acts are often unrelated). Too long? Nonreserved, same-day single-act tickets are sold at the venue from 9.45am, priced accordingly. Rent the English-language audio guide (full program/single act ¥700/300) for detailed explanations. Shows sell out quickly. Read more: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/japan/kansai/osaka/entertainment-nightlife/other/national-bunraku-theatre#ixzz4BQoHjq7S
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National Bunraku Theatre
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Japan's best venue for the mesmerising art of bunraku , puppet theatre closely associated with Osaka. Performances can last all day, with two multiple-act parts up to 4½ hours each (acts are often unrelated). Too long? Nonreserved, same-day single-act tickets are sold at the venue from 9.45am, priced accordingly. Rent the English-language audio guide (full program/single act ¥700/300) for detailed explanations. Shows sell out quickly. Read more: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/japan/kansai/osaka/entertainment-nightlife/other/national-bunraku-theatre#ixzz4BQoHjq7S
Reconstruction of Osaka's historic kabuki theatre, now a venue for plays, musicals, concerts and Japanese period dramas. Read more: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/japan/kansai/osaka/entertainment-nightlife/other/shin-kabuki-za-theatre#ixzz4BR0a0B8c
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新歌舞伎座
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Reconstruction of Osaka's historic kabuki theatre, now a venue for plays, musicals, concerts and Japanese period dramas. Read more: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/japan/kansai/osaka/entertainment-nightlife/other/shin-kabuki-za-theatre#ixzz4BR0a0B8c
Two subway stops from Umeda, this museum contains a life-sized reproduction of an 1830s Osaka neighbourhood: shophouses, drug stores, an old-style sentō (public bath) and more. Enhancing the Edo Period mood, lighting shifts between day and night, shops sell traditional toys and unique souvenirs, and for ¥200 visitors can rent kimono for photo-opps. Invest ¥100 in the English audio guide, since English signage is limited. The building is right behind as you exit the station. Just outside is lively Tenjinbashi-suji shopping street, which claims to be Japan's longest shopping street at 3km. Pick up an English-language guide at the museum or along the route.
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Osaka Museum of Housing and Living
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Two subway stops from Umeda, this museum contains a life-sized reproduction of an 1830s Osaka neighbourhood: shophouses, drug stores, an old-style sentō (public bath) and more. Enhancing the Edo Period mood, lighting shifts between day and night, shops sell traditional toys and unique souvenirs, and for ¥200 visitors can rent kimono for photo-opps. Invest ¥100 in the English audio guide, since English signage is limited. The building is right behind as you exit the station. Just outside is lively Tenjinbashi-suji shopping street, which claims to be Japan's longest shopping street at 3km. Pick up an English-language guide at the museum or along the route.
Built above the ruins of Naniwa Palace (c 650), visible through the basement floor, this museum houses dramatically illuminated recreations of the old city and life-sized figures in the former palace court. There are also interesting early-20th-century displays, and great views of Osaka-jō. English explanations are pretty sparse, so rent an English-language audio guide (¥200). The museum is just southwest of the castle park, in a sail-shaped building adjoining the NHK Broadcast Center. Read more: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/japan/kansai/osaka/sights/museums-galleries/osaka-museum-history#ixzz4ATwfXgDc v
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Osaka Museum of History
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Built above the ruins of Naniwa Palace (c 650), visible through the basement floor, this museum houses dramatically illuminated recreations of the old city and life-sized figures in the former palace court. There are also interesting early-20th-century displays, and great views of Osaka-jō. English explanations are pretty sparse, so rent an English-language audio guide (¥200). The museum is just southwest of the castle park, in a sail-shaped building adjoining the NHK Broadcast Center. Read more: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/japan/kansai/osaka/sights/museums-galleries/osaka-museum-history#ixzz4ATwfXgDc v
This impressive museum houses regularly changing exhibitions of modern (post-1945) Japanese and international art. Also arresting is its underground construction by architect Cesar Pelli; it's like a submarine with walls over 3m thick with light that filters down through skylights above the lobby. The entrance is marked by a large sculpture of steel tubes above ground, said to resemble a butterfly. It's towards the western end of Naka-no-shima. Read more: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/japan/kansai/osaka/sights/museums-galleries/national-museum-art-osaka#ixzz4ATx8recJ
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The National Museum of Art, Osaka
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This impressive museum houses regularly changing exhibitions of modern (post-1945) Japanese and international art. Also arresting is its underground construction by architect Cesar Pelli; it's like a submarine with walls over 3m thick with light that filters down through skylights above the lobby. The entrance is marked by a large sculpture of steel tubes above ground, said to resemble a butterfly. It's towards the western end of Naka-no-shima. Read more: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/japan/kansai/osaka/sights/museums-galleries/national-museum-art-osaka#ixzz4ATx8recJ
This new museum features temporary shows, including, so far, Renaissance painting to tantric Buddhist artifacts. Read more: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/japan/kansai/osaka/sights/museums-galleries/abeno-harukas-art-museum#ixzz4AU1VKd4D
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ABENO HARUKAS Art Museum
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This new museum features temporary shows, including, so far, Renaissance painting to tantric Buddhist artifacts. Read more: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/japan/kansai/osaka/sights/museums-galleries/abeno-harukas-art-museum#ixzz4AU1VKd4D
The castle tower is surrounded by secondary citadels, gates, turrets, impressive stone walls and moats. The Nishinomaru Garden, encompassing the former "western citadel", is a lawn garden with 600 cherry trees, a tea house, the former Osaka Guest House and nice views of the castle tower from below. Unlike most of the rest of the castle grounds, the garden requires an admission fee. The entire Osaka Castle Park covers about two square kilometers with lots of green space, sport facilities, a multi-purpose arena (Osakajo Hall) and a shrine dedicated to Toyotomi Hideyoshi. The park is one of Osaka's most popular hanami spot during the cherry blossom season, which usually takes place in April
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Ósacký hrad
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The castle tower is surrounded by secondary citadels, gates, turrets, impressive stone walls and moats. The Nishinomaru Garden, encompassing the former "western citadel", is a lawn garden with 600 cherry trees, a tea house, the former Osaka Guest House and nice views of the castle tower from below. Unlike most of the rest of the castle grounds, the garden requires an admission fee. The entire Osaka Castle Park covers about two square kilometers with lots of green space, sport facilities, a multi-purpose arena (Osakajo Hall) and a shrine dedicated to Toyotomi Hideyoshi. The park is one of Osaka's most popular hanami spot during the cherry blossom season, which usually takes place in April
Shopping
A great starting point for fun, nontraditional, pop- and street-inspired mementos of your time in Japan. Village Vanguard bills itself as an 'exciting' bookstore, but there's much more to the story: between the cluttered book and magazine racks are offbeat gifts, from animal-shaped coat hooks to design-led T-shirts, mobile-phone cases, kitchen devices, hip-hop hats, shoulder bags, homewares and more. Read more: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/japan/kansai/osaka/shopping/books/village-vanguard#ixzz4BQjAaH96
Village Vanguard America Mura
A great starting point for fun, nontraditional, pop- and street-inspired mementos of your time in Japan. Village Vanguard bills itself as an 'exciting' bookstore, but there's much more to the story: between the cluttered book and magazine racks are offbeat gifts, from animal-shaped coat hooks to design-led T-shirts, mobile-phone cases, kitchen devices, hip-hop hats, shoulder bags, homewares and more. Read more: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/japan/kansai/osaka/shopping/books/village-vanguard#ixzz4BQjAaH96
Nominally a DIY and houseware chain, Tokyu Hands is Japan's favourite place to browse for items you probably didn't need but will end up loving. It's stacked floor upon floor with everything from obscure tools to design-forward lighting, clocks, curios and craft supplies, just for starters. There's a smaller branch in Umeda . Read more: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/japan/kansai/osaka/shopping/department-store/tokyu-hands-3-1231241#ixzz4BQkXDZnH
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Tokyu Hands Shinsaibashi
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Nominally a DIY and houseware chain, Tokyu Hands is Japan's favourite place to browse for items you probably didn't need but will end up loving. It's stacked floor upon floor with everything from obscure tools to design-forward lighting, clocks, curios and craft supplies, just for starters. There's a smaller branch in Umeda . Read more: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/japan/kansai/osaka/shopping/department-store/tokyu-hands-3-1231241#ixzz4BQkXDZnH
A landmark market in a covered arcade is where the locals shop for fresh fish, meat, vegetables, pickles and more. In addition to fresh and prepared foods, some shops sell bentō and have lunch counters. It's one block east of Sakai-suji, about 10 minutes' walk from central Namba. Read more: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/japan/kansai/osaka/shopping/markets-streets-arcades/kuromon-ichiba#ixzz4BQl09gte
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Kuromon Market
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A landmark market in a covered arcade is where the locals shop for fresh fish, meat, vegetables, pickles and more. In addition to fresh and prepared foods, some shops sell bentō and have lunch counters. It's one block east of Sakai-suji, about 10 minutes' walk from central Namba. Read more: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/japan/kansai/osaka/shopping/markets-streets-arcades/kuromon-ichiba#ixzz4BQl09gte
This new behemoth bookshop, the largest in Osaka, is the result of two book specialists joining forces. There's a big range of English-language books on the 6th floor, with travel guides on the 3rd floor. It's in the new Andō Tadao–designed Chaska Chayamachi building. Read more: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/japan/kansai/osaka/shopping/books/maruzen-junkudo-umeda#ixzz4BQl9rU8z
MARUZEN & JUNKUDO Umeda
This new behemoth bookshop, the largest in Osaka, is the result of two book specialists joining forces. There's a big range of English-language books on the 6th floor, with travel guides on the 3rd floor. It's in the new Andō Tadao–designed Chaska Chayamachi building. Read more: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/japan/kansai/osaka/shopping/books/maruzen-junkudo-umeda#ixzz4BQl9rU8z
Six floors of tech, gadgets and gizmos, three floors of fashion and a restaurant floor make this a prime destination east of Osaka Station. Read more: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/japan/kansai/osaka/shopping/electronics/yodobashi-umeda-building#ixzz4BQmePW5V
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Yodobashi Camera Multimedia Umeda
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Six floors of tech, gadgets and gizmos, three floors of fashion and a restaurant floor make this a prime destination east of Osaka Station. Read more: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/japan/kansai/osaka/shopping/electronics/yodobashi-umeda-building#ixzz4BQmePW5V
Youth-oriented, fashion-forward shopping and entertainment centre, topped with a bright red Ferris wheel. Read more: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/japan/kansai/osaka/shopping/department-store/hep-five#ixzz4BQnSSYJw
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HEP FIVE
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Youth-oriented, fashion-forward shopping and entertainment centre, topped with a bright red Ferris wheel. Read more: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/japan/kansai/osaka/shopping/department-store/hep-five#ixzz4BQnSSYJw
On Sakaisuji between the Nipponbashi 3-chome intersection on Nansan Dori Street in the north and the Ebisucho intersection in the south you can find all the big name electronics and home appliance retailers. The area to the west of this street has a lot of small independent stores. At many of these smaller stores discounts are common and negotiating a price is the norm. At the bigger stores there are often tax-free offers for overseas visitors. You will also see young ladies dressed in French maid costumes at every intersection of Otaku Road who are trying to attract customers to their main cafes. At these cafes the girls in exaggerated maid costumes serve drinks, chat with customers.
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Osaka Nippombashi Denden Town
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On Sakaisuji between the Nipponbashi 3-chome intersection on Nansan Dori Street in the north and the Ebisucho intersection in the south you can find all the big name electronics and home appliance retailers. The area to the west of this street has a lot of small independent stores. At many of these smaller stores discounts are common and negotiating a price is the norm. At the bigger stores there are often tax-free offers for overseas visitors. You will also see young ladies dressed in French maid costumes at every intersection of Otaku Road who are trying to attract customers to their main cafes. At these cafes the girls in exaggerated maid costumes serve drinks, chat with customers.
Ame-Mura, or American Town, is the place to go if you want to purchase the style of contemporary urban youth. Originally receiving its name from the first stores here that sold inexpensive American clothing and accessories, it has exploded into an immensely popular shopping locale for trendy fashion seekers with over 3000 shops to visit. Coffee shops, bars and restaurants abound in an area that is packed with shops. The name may be Ame-Mura, but the avant-garde experience is uniquely Japanese.
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スポタカ心斎橋BIGSTEP本店
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Ame-Mura, or American Town, is the place to go if you want to purchase the style of contemporary urban youth. Originally receiving its name from the first stores here that sold inexpensive American clothing and accessories, it has exploded into an immensely popular shopping locale for trendy fashion seekers with over 3000 shops to visit. Coffee shops, bars and restaurants abound in an area that is packed with shops. The name may be Ame-Mura, but the avant-garde experience is uniquely Japanese.
Situated in the center of the Namba area of Osaka, this market for all things food related is said to have evolved from groups of sundry stores along the approach to local temples and shrines. In Sennichimae Doguya-Suji you can locate cooking utensils, supplies and specialty cooking devices, as it seems there is no end to the food related selections. Secure your own octopus ball fryer or simply sample the treat in one of the area's small eateries featuring popular Japanese snacks.
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Sennichimae Doguyasuji Shotengai
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Situated in the center of the Namba area of Osaka, this market for all things food related is said to have evolved from groups of sundry stores along the approach to local temples and shrines. In Sennichimae Doguya-Suji you can locate cooking utensils, supplies and specialty cooking devices, as it seems there is no end to the food related selections. Secure your own octopus ball fryer or simply sample the treat in one of the area's small eateries featuring popular Japanese snacks.
The Tennoji area brings together Osaka's merchant past and commercial present with its mixture of older shops and newly constructed shopping venues. Kitetsu Abeno Department Store, Avetica Underground Mall, Abeno-Suiji Street and the Appolo Building constitute the Tennoji shopping experience. Among these retailers one can find everything from antiques to fashion. This area sports a friendly Osakan atmosphere and is bordered by parks and attractions.
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Tennoji Park
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The Tennoji area brings together Osaka's merchant past and commercial present with its mixture of older shops and newly constructed shopping venues. Kitetsu Abeno Department Store, Avetica Underground Mall, Abeno-Suiji Street and the Appolo Building constitute the Tennoji shopping experience. Among these retailers one can find everything from antiques to fashion. This area sports a friendly Osakan atmosphere and is bordered by parks and attractions.