Osaka is a city in the Kansai region of Japan’s main island of Honshu, the capital city of Osaka Prefecture and also the largest part of the Keihanshin metropolis. Located at the mouth of the Yodo River on Osaka bay, Osaka is Japan’s 3rd largest city by population after Tokyo (special wards) and Yokohama.
Universal Studios Japan, located in Osaka, is one of four Universal Studios theme parks, owned and operated by USJ Co., Ltd. Much like Disneyland, Universal Studios has areas or ‘worlds’ within the park; the attractions are arranged into nine areas. The areas are New York, Hollywood, San Francisco, Jurassic Park, Snoody Studios, Hello Kitty Fashion Avenue, Sesame Street Fun Zone, Lagoon and Amity Village. A tenth area, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, is set to open in 2014.
To visit the website or purchase tickets: http://www.usj.co.jp/e/
Osaka Castle is a Japanese castle in Chuo-ku, Osaka. The castle is one of Japan’s most famous, and played a major role in the unification of Japan during the sixteenth century of the Azuchi-Momoyama period. The premises of the castle contain a lawn-covered park with an area of about 60,000 square meters, which is thronged with cherry blossom viewers in the springtime.
Momofuku Ando Instant Ramen Museum
The Momofuku Ando Instant Ramen Museum is a museum dedicated to instant noodles and Cup Noodles, as well as it’s creator and founder, Momofuku Ando. The museum is located in Ikeda, and is located within walking distance of Ikeda Station on the Hankyu-Takarazuka Line. Admission is free.
To visit the website: http://www.instantramen-museum.jp/
Tempozan Ferris Wheel
Tempozan Ferris Wheel is located in Osaka, at Tempozan Harbor Village, next to Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan (below). The wheel has a height of 112.5 metres and diameter of 100 metres.
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
The Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan is an aquarium located in the ward of Minato, near Osaka Bay. It is one of the largest public aquariums in the world, and is a member of the Japanese Association of Zoos and Aquariums.
To visit: http://www.kaiyukan.com/language/eng/index.htm
Shitennoji is one of Japan’s oldest temples and the first ever to be built by the state. It was founded in 593 by Prince Shotoku, who supported the introduction of Buddhism into Japan. Although the temple’s buildings burned down several times throughout the centuries, they were always carefully reconstructed to reflect the original 6th century design.
Hirakata Park or HiraPa for short is an amusement park managed by Keihan Electric Railway in the city of Hirakata in Osaka Prefecture. It opened in 1910 as Kōri Park in Neyagawa and moved to Hirakata during Taishō period.
To visit the website: http://www.hirakatapark.co.jp/
Nagai Stadium is an athletic stadium in Osaka. It is the home ground of J. League club Cerezo Osaka. The stadium has a seating capacity of 50,000. The stadium lies about 11 kilometres south of Osaka Station and central Osaka. The stadium is easily reached with the red Midosuji Line (M) of the Osaka metro. Cerezo Osaka tend only to play the occasional high-profile match at Nagai Stadium, playing most of their regular home matches at the smaller Kincho Stadium instead.
Peace Osaka, also known as Osaka International Peace Center, is a museum that documents the horrors of World War II. The permanent exhibition room on the first floor shows photographs and other documents related to the the war, highlighting the horror and pain caused by Japan’s aggression in China, Korea and South East Asia. It also documents the US invasion of Okinawa and the atomic bombings. The second floor is dedicated to the Osaka air raids that destroye much of the city and killed many of its inhabitants towards the end of WW II.
To visit: http://www.peace-osaka.or.jp/
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