OSAKA

Ōsaka (大阪) is the third largest city in Japan, with a population of over 17 million people in its greater metropolitan area. It is the central metropolis of the Kansai region and the largest of the Osaka-Kobe-Kyoto trio.

If Tokyo is Japan’s capital, one might call Osaka its anti-capital. Whatever you call it, though, there are many opportunities for you to discover its true character.

Veiled much with a commercial-centric city touch, you may as well start from picking up the lively intonation of Osaka dialect, heard from the people as you ride on the escalators standing on the right, instead of the left in Tokyo; then discovering the contrast of popular food to eastern Japan, as you look for places to lunch. The deeper you get inside, and at the end of your stay, it is not completely impossible that you may have compiled your own original list of reasons covering from history, culture, sports, to business.
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Osaka Castle (大阪城 Osaka-jō), (The park can be accessed on a number of lines, but the castle is closest to Osaka-jō Koen station on the JR Osaka Loop Line.), [16]. 09:00-17:00 daily, closed around New Year’s. Osaka’s best known sight, although it’s a concrete reconstruction that pales in comparison with, say, Himeji. Think of it as a museum built in the shape of a castle, rather than as an actual historical castle. Still, it’s pretty enough from the outside, especially in the cherry blossom season when Osakans flock to the castle park to picnic and make merry. Naniwa Palace Site Park or Naniwanomiya can also be found south to Osaka Castle Park (although it’s one of Japan’s oldest habitats and palace sites, today it’s little more than an empty grass field where the outlines of Naniwa’s palace foundations from around 643 AD have been partly recreated in concrete). The grounds are free, and the castle costs adults Y600, children free.


Universal Studios Japan, (At Universal-City Station on the JR Yumesaki Line, 10 minutes from Osaka.), [26]. Japan’s second-largest theme park. Expect much Japanese dubbing over your favorite characters and movies. (If you are coming here on a side trip from Tokyo Disney Resort, see that article’s Get out section for information on how to get here and return to Tokyo that same day.) One-day ticket for adults Y6200, children Y4100.


Umeda Sky Building (梅田スカイビル), 1-1-20 Oyodonaka, Kita-ku (10-min walk from JR Osaka or Hankyu Umeda), [19]. Built in an attempt to upgrade Osaka’s somewhat downbeat Kita district, the project wasn’t quite the hoped-for commercial success but this bizarrely shaped 40-story, 173-meter building is still a city landmark. Take the escalator through midair to the rooftop observatory for an open-air view of Osaka, which is particularly impressive on a clear night. There is a lover’s seat, where if you hold your partner’s hand, and each hold a metal button on the seat, the ground around you lights up into a heart. You can purchase an engraved heart lock (Y1000) and attached it to the padlock wall around the seat (padlocks only available after 7pm). Observatory admission Y700, 10AM-10:30PM daily. The basement features a recreation of a Meiji-era street, with a few small restaurants and bars in appropriate style. There is also a small store downstairs where you can purchase quality mochi on the cheap.…WikiTravel

OSAKA NEWS

17 Nov

Osaka Governor Ichiro Matsui sought support for the western Japan prefecture’s bid to host the 2025 World Exposition at a general meeting of the Bureau International des Expositions in Paris on Wednesday. (Jiji)

17 Nov

The Nagoya District Court on Tuesday handed five women, including four Korean nationals, suspended prison terms for the smuggling of 30 kilograms of gold into the country from Korea last year, reports Nippon News Network (tokyoreporter.com)

17 Nov

Following the discovery of skeletal remains of a woman at a residence last month, Osaka Prefectural Police on Thursday arrested the former male resident of the unit in her murder around seven years ago, reports TV Asahi (tokyoreporter.com)

13 Nov

A mini bus carrying mentally disabled people tumbled off a road and dropped about five meters into a wooded area Monday morning in western Japan, leaving 18 people slightly injured, police said. (Kyodo)

13 Nov

Of all the things there are to see and do in a foreign city, it’s fair to say a visit to the local garbage incinerator is not usually one of them. But a garbage facility in the Japanese city of Osaka has become a major tourist attraction — for all the wrong reasons. (cairnspost.com.au)

13 Nov

The Ritz-Carlton, Osaka’s French restaurant La Baie and The Ritz-Carlton Kyoto’s Japanese restaurant Tempura Mizuki have both been awarded one Michelin star in the Michelin Guide to Kyoto and Osaka 2018. (Japan Today)

11 Nov

A court here on Wednesday handed former marathon champion Yumiko Hara, 35, a suspended prison term for shoplifting from a convenience store in Ashikaga City, reports the Sankei Shimbun (tokyoreporter.com)

9 Nov

Eighty local governments in Japan are considering or making preparations for the establishment of pubic night junior high schools to be attended by people who were unable to finish compulsory education for various reasons and foreigners, the education ministry has said. (Jiji)

7 Nov

Japan was hit by a string of bomb threats as U.S. President Donald Trump held talks in Tokyo, kicking off an Asia tour under heavy security, police said Monday. (Japan Today)

6 Nov

Osaka Prefectural Police have arrested a 42-year-old man for allegedly killing his girlfriend at his apartment in Miyakojima Ward, reports the Sankei Shimbun. (tokyoreporter.com)

6 Nov

Police in Osaka said Sunday they have arrested an unemployed 42-year-old man on suspicion of killing his 31-year-old girlfriend at his apartment. (Japan Today)

2 Nov

The Kyoto city assembly on Thursday passed an ordinance to levy an accommodation tax on people who stay at hotels and other accommodations in the western Japan city. (Jiji)

1 Nov

Police arrested nine people on suspicion of copyright law violations Tuesday in connection with a website containing links to other sites that give visitors access to pirated comics and books. (Japan Times)

31 Oct

Sayaka Akimoto recounts similar pressures she faced herself in school. (rocketnews24.com)

31 Oct

Universal Studios Japan in Osaka will resume nighttime parades from 2018 following a year-and-half hiatus as part of efforts to draw overseas tourists as well as domestic visitors, its operator USJ Co. said Monday. (Kyodo)

28 Oct

Police in Osaka said Friday they are searching for a man after the skeletonized body of a woman was found on the balcony of his apartment in Abeno Ward. (Japan Today)

27 Oct

A Japanese teenager is suing the government of Osaka, saying her public high school repeatedly forced her to dye her naturally-brown hair black or be banned from attending school, local media reported on Friday. (Japan Today)

27 Oct

A horse threw off its rider and ran off during a centuries-old Shinto ritual in Osaka. (NHK)

26 Oct

Japanese police have finally nabbed a nimble “ninja” thief who dressed in black and scrambled over walls to commit scores of break-ins over an eight-year career — and were astonished to find he was 74. (Japan Today)

24 Oct

The Japanese government picked on Tuesday five recipients of the Order of Culture for fiscal 2017, including photoelectrochemist Akira Fujishima, 75, and molecular biologist Kenichi Matsubara, 83. (Jiji)

24 Oct

Up to now, it has been a real hassle making advance reservations for Japan’s bullet trains from overseas. JR East finally set up an online reservation system a while back, but that was only for trains heading north from Tokyo. (rocketnews24.com)

22 Oct

Law enforcement here on Friday revealed the arrest of a garbage collector over the cultivation of marijuana in Higashiyodogawa Ward, reports the Sankei Shimbun (tokyoreporter.com)

22 Oct

Typhoon Lan blazed through Tokyo on Monday morning after making landfall along the central Pacific coastline earlier in the day, leaving seven people dead as it pummeled Honshu with heavy rain and strong winds. (Japan Times)

21 Oct

Dressed entirely in black and quick on his feet, he eluded Osaka’s finest for nearly a decade. And then, to their surprise, they discovered upon his arrest that he is an elderly man. (tokyoreporter.com)

17 Oct

Amid the gloom and struggle that Osaka has gone through in recent years, a tourism boom has been an unexpected boon for Japan’s gritty second city. (Japan Times)