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About Osaka

Osaka is the center of Japan’s Western region, known for being a hub of gourmet cooking, the nation’s water capital and the “Vice President” of Japan’s cities. A symbol of the metropolis, Osaka Castle is a must-see attraction that is representative of the continuous historical changes in the city. Universal Studios is another destination well worth a visit, with its Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Minions and Sesame Street attractions all waiting for a fun-filled family visit. If you’ve got a small child in tow, fun awaits at the mysterious underwater world at Osaka Aquarium, or the nearby Tempozan Ferris Wheel from the top of which you can get a beautiful view of Osaka Bay. In terms of shopping, Osaka Umeda District in the north, Namba in the south, along with Shinsaibashi and Midosuji offer endless stores and malls to discover. Be sure to visit a couple times in case you miss something your first time in Osaka.

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Universal Studios Japan
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Theme Park
Universal Studios Japan is located in Osaka and is the world's third Universal Studios theme park after Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Studios Florida. Visitors can go on exciting rides, watch performances and shows, and new attraction launches each year, attracting a large number of visitors.
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Shinsaibashi is a well-known commercial shopping district in Osaka. It is centered on Shinsaibashi Commercial Street. It has a variety of boutiques, specialty stores, and department stores, as well as a variety of shops where you can buy Japanese groceries. Of course, you can also shop big brands. It is a must-visit shopping paradise. You can also find food from all over the world as well as local speciality such as Okonomiyaki, fried skewers, takoyaki, and ramen.
Osaka Castle
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Historical Architecture
Located in the center of Osaka, Osaka Castle is a major landmark of Osaka. It is also listed as one of the three famous castles in Japan's history together with Nagoya Castle and Kumamoto Castle. The Osaka Castle is divided into inner, middle, and outer castles (i.e., Honmaru, Ninomaru, Sannomaru). The magnificent city gate, the steep walls and the wide moats inside and outside are very spectacular. The pavilion also overlooks the streetscape around Osaka Castle. In the parks of the castle, plum blossoms and cherry blossoms bloom in their respective seasons, and they are famous places to enjoy plum and cherry blossoms in Osaka.
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
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The Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan is located in the ​Mount Tenpo area of Osaka Bay. It is very suitable for families and children. Walk down the spiral staircase around the central water tank, and see the huge whale shark swimming in the water tank. There are displays of a large number of marine life and attractions suitable for the entire family.

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Posted: 12 Mar, 2020
Osaka Shitennoji is the oldest Buddhist temple in Japan and one of Osaka's main landmarks. It was built in 593 AD and has a history of more than 1,400 years. The temple is dedicated to the Salvation Bodhisattva and the Four Kings. It is the tallest and most majestic building out of the Buddhist temples. Although it is the most famous Buddhist temple in Osaka, there are relatively few tourists at the Shitennoji Temple as compared to the Kiyomizu-dera Temple and the Kinkaku-ji Temple in Kyoto.  There is an environment in the courtyard that is not invaded by the world. The most beautiful time in the Sitianwang Temple is at twilight. At this time, the whole temple is more solemn and magnificent. Despite the war and natural disasters, Sitian Temple still maintains its historical features. Its temple architecture is deeply influenced by China. There are many celebrations every year, including Doya-Doya Festival, Holy Spirit Society and Wandawang Temple Wasso. These fully demonstrate the status of this ancient traditions even in the millennium.
Posted: 3 Dec, 2018
Coco Wang   
The Tianbaoshan Ferris Wheel used to be the world's largest Ferris wheel. It overlooks the sea, the distant mountains and the entire city of Osaka from a high altitude. You can also see the Rokko Mountain in Kobe from the Akashi Kaikyo Bridge across the sea. The Ferris wheel has two types of compartments, one with a transparent floor and another with a non-transparent floor. There are only four transparent floor boxes so there is a line for those, while you can usually get to ride in the non-transparent floor boxes directly. The diameter of the Ferris Wheel is about 100 meters, and when it is lit up at night, it forms a beautiful pattern that creates a very romantic atmosphere.
Posted: 18 Dec, 2018
There is an American village near Shinsaibashi, Osaka, Japan, where the buildings and street decorations are filled with American street styles of the 1960s and 1970s. There aren’t many Chinese tourists who visit this American Village. You will find more Japanese and European people here as you walk the streets. This "village" is a place that young people like, and there are many items imported from the United States. In addition, there are many authentic restaurants and coffee shops. There are also some flagship stores of well-known brands in the neighbourhood. It is convenient if you want to shop or have a bite to eat. Like other parts of Japan, the American village's goods are basically clearly priced, so you know how much tax you need to pay. There are many creative statues in the American village, such as skateboarding ladies, three or four-story slender villains, and so on. If you are traveling to Osaka, and have some time to spare, go to the American village and have a taste of the American Village. It is also a good experience.
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