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A July 2001 trip to Osaka by michaelhudson

Osaka Castle Park Photo, Osaka, Japan More Photos
Quote: To many, Osaka is but a poor relation to the glitter of Tokyo or the culture of nearby Kyoto and Nara. But there is more to this city than meets the eye.

On Osaka

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Overview

Amerika-mura Photo, Osaka, Japan
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I started my sightseeing at the Shitennoji Temple, which was founded in 593 A.D. and thus is one of the oldest Buddhist temples in Japan. None of the buildings at the temple are originals but I'd still recommend a trip here. The other notable sights in the area are Tennoji Park, Festival Gate, and Tsutenkaku Tower. Tennoji Park contains a decent zoo(admission 500 yen) and an excellent, circular Japanese-style garden called Keitaku-en. I'd highly recommend the latter, which has an entrance directly opposite the north entrance to Tennoji Station. Also in the park are an Art Museum and a European-style garden with fountains and flower sculptures. Nippombashi Den Den Town, Osaka's answer to Toky...Read More

Business Hotel Chuo

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The Business Hotel Chuo is conveniently located between Tennoji Station and the Shin-Sekai district. Single rooms cost 2100 Yen, with doubles of differing quality available for up to 4500 Yen. My single room was about 3 x 6 metres in size and contained a single mattress in the middle of the floor, a small fridge, a color TV, a wall-mounted air-conditioning unit, and two coat hangers hanging from hooks on the wall. No meals are served but there are some vending machines in the small lobby containing beverages, snacks, and noodles. Hot water is available from reception and there are two 24 hour convenience stores in the immediate vicinity. While the Chuo is cheap and in an excellent location t...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 11, 2002

Business Hotel Chuo
Dobutsuen-Mae Station
Osaka, Japan
(06) 6647-7561

Osaka Castle Park

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Attraction | "Osaka Castle"

Osaka Castle Park Photo, Osaka, Japan
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Constructed by Toyotomi Hideyoshi in 1583, Osaka Castle has a long and illustrious history, though the contemporary structure, impressive as it is, is no more than a 20th century concrete reproduction of the old dungeon tower. Despite the lack of original features, the castle remains one of Osaka's best attractions, its curving white, black and gold triangular roofs rising above cherry blossom trees, and its 8th floor observation tower providing wonderful views over the city. The museum and galleries on the lower floors contain folding screens illustrating major battles, an exhibition on the life of Toyotomi and thousands of historical artefacts recovered from the site. The displays are not especially...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 9, 2004

Osaka Castle Park
1-1, Osakajo
Osaka, Japan
+81 (0)6 6941 3044

Den Den Town

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Attraction

Den Den Town Photo, Osaka, Japan
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Den Den Town is Osaka's answer to Tokyo's mammoth Akihabara district, a 1km-long shopping street of over 300 stores specializing in cut-price electronic appliances. Dissected by a four lane road, the two sides of the street form a chaotic vertical jumble of multicolored shop signs, flashing neon and flapping banners, soundtracked by a hundred different advertising jingles, in-store broadcasts and the constant hum of traffic. The sheer array of choice is overwhelming at first - everything from DVDs, computer hardware, plasma screen TVs and games to security equipment, used goods, manga comics, machine tools and, this being Japan, open fronted shops selling pornographic videos. Prices, whi...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 10, 2004

Den Den Town
Nipponbashi
Osaka, Japan

Tennoji Park

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Attraction

Tennoji Park Photo, Osaka, Japan
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Tennoji straddles the fault line of modern-day Japan, a faded idyll of fountains, flower sculptures, and overgrown flora between the glittering high-rise buildings of Osaka’s business districts and the tarpaulin-covered shacks housing the city’s homeless population. Lightly touched by the darkened tops of buildings and the muffled sound of traffic outside, the most visually impressive of the park’s attractions is the Keitakuen Japanese Garden, which starts on the other side of the metal entrance gates opposite Tennoji Station, looping in circles around springs, sculpted fountains, and animal-shaped foliage down towards the Osaka Municipal Art Museum and a small lake. Tennoji Zoo takes up around ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 10, 2004

Tennoji Park
1-108 Chausuyama-cho
Osaka, Japan
+81 (0)6 6771 8401

Shitennoji Temple

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Attraction

Shitennoji Temple Photo, Osaka, Japan
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Dating back to the sixth century, Shitennoji Temple is reputed to be the first state sponsored Buddhist temple in the entire country. A 13th-century torri gate stands at the entrance, a sloping construction usually found in Shinto shrines, framing a curving temple building with upturned rectangular ends and a mountain peak shaped roof entrance. The torri gate is the oldest extant structure in the temple grounds, most of the original wooden structures having been rebuilt eight times, most recently with modern materials following their destruction in WWII. The layout of the temple, which has remained unchanged since its founding, was highly reminiscent of temples I’d previously seen in Korea; a ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 11, 2004

Shitennoji Temple
Shitennoji, Tennoji-ku
Osaka, Japan