Osaka Castle,Tsurumiryoukuchi

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In this area you can enjoy historical sites such as Osaka Castle (associated with Hideyoshi Toyotomi), the Osaka Museum of History and the ruins of Naniwa Palace. You may also want to see the newer buildings of the OBP (Osaka Business Park) to the east of the castle and the old downtown atmosphere of the shopping streets in Kyobashi.

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Osaka Castle, the greatest symbol of Osaka

In 1997, thanks to major renovations, Osaka Castle was reborn into the splendid structure it was during Hideyoshi Toyotomi's time. There are displays of precious historic materials and important cultural properties in the castle tower, which is now a history museum that uses images and dioramas to both teach and entertain. The 360 degree view from the 8th floor observation room is also amazing. Allow yourself to slip into a pensive mood and feel the weight of the castle's history as you see the turrets from the Tokugawa period and the gigantic stones in the wall that bring to mind how difficult it must have been to build it.

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The plum and cherry blossoms and autumn leaves that Hideyoshi Toyotomi enjoyed

Of all the floral-viewing areas in Osaka, this is probably the most famous. Kema Sakuranomiya Park is the best place for viewing cherry blossoms in the spring. Saying that, the trees at the mint, the area surrounding the OAP (Osaka Amenity Park) and Osaka Castle are also unforgettable. You can enjoy flowers year-round in Osaka Castle Park, from the plum trees to the cherry blossoms in Nishinomaru Garden. And if you want to see the blossoms through the eyes of Hideyoshi, try taking in the magnificent spring sights while gliding down the river on the Aqua Bus Aqua-liner.

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From OBP to Tsurumi-Ryokuchi, in search of greenery

OBP (Osaka Business Park) is a business district right beside tree-filled Osaka Castle Park. But OBP isn't just a long line of business buildings. There are also major hotels and a great variety of other facilities there: Izumi Hall, which holds classical concerts; Ion Cosmetics Theater BRAVA! where you can see the latest plays; and Osaka-Jo Hall, well known for its events and concerts with big-name celebrities. If you travel a bit along the Nagahori Tsurumi-Ryokuchi Line, you'll come to Tsurumiryokuchi Expo'90 Commemorative Park, famous for its international flower and greenery exhibitions. On the 126-hectare grounds, you can see Sakuya Konohana Kan, one of the biggest nature conservancies in Japan, and the Osaka Prefecture Environment Learning Center Eco Museum of Osaka, which has an international garden. There's also an area with a pool where you can enjoy playing in nature.

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Naniwa Palace Ruins and the Osaka Museum of History

South of Osaka Castle, the remains of Naniwa-no-Miya Palace lie on the highest part of the Uemachi Plateau. Naniwa Palace, estimated to have been finished in the year 652, is the oldest standard continental palace ruin in Japan. It burned down in 686 during the Temmu era because of a fire that broke out in the imperial treasury, and the ruins from that time still remain as well. It is believed that the later Naniwa Palace was rebuilt during the reign of Emperor Shomu in the Nara period, and all of these ruins are maintained as a historic landmark. To learn more about these 1,400 years of history, visit the Osaka Museum of History, which has hands-on learning events and life-sized replicas and dummies.

Grand Cathedral of the Virgin Mary of Osaka

A Catholic cathedral adorned with beautiful stained glasses. In front stands a statue of Hosokawa Gracia, who died in the turbulent 16th century.

BK Plaza / NHK Osaka Broadcasting Center

The Plaza offers various programs in which visitors can experience and learn about TV program production processes.

Morinomiya Piloti Hall

This is a multi-purpose hall of a type that is rare in Japan, being constructed in the piloti style (elevated-floor style using special beams), with the aim of preserving remains and relics of the Morinomiya site.

Kema Sakuranomiya Park

Park known for its magnificent cherry trees in full bloom in spring

Ohtsuki Noh Theatre

A traditional noh theater where the all-cypress main stage with hashi-gakari is surrounded by shirasu (an area of white pebbles). On weekdays, there are various rehearsal sessions relating to noh, and there are also classes for beginners.

Izumi Hall

A shoebox style concert hall with 821 seats. Sponsors about 30 original performances each year.

Japan Mint

An agency that creates coins, as well as orders (decorations), medals of honor and metallic art objects. Within the premises stands the Mint Museum, and around mid April of every year, Cherry Blossom Viewing walk-through of the grounds is held.

Mint Museum

Exhibits and introduces coin and order (decoration) production processes, coins and medals of honor from Japan and abroad, and art objects.

Tsurumiryokuchi Expo '90 Commemorative Park

Visitors can enjoy seasonal flowers and greenhouse-grown plants throughout the year, as well as facilities for barbeque, camping, and sports.

Osaka-Jo Hall

A multi-purpose arena with a maximum capacity of 16,000, built to commemorate the 400th anniversary since the construction of Osaka Castle. Sporting events and concerts are held here. Its restaurant has great views of the cherry blossoms of Okawa River in April.

Osaka Castle

Osaka Castle is a famous landmark, a popular sightseeing spot, and the symbol of Osaka.

Aqua Bus Aqua-Liner

Cruise on the Okawa River (formerly Yodo River) in seasonal beauty, and enjoy the views of Nakanoshima and Osaka Castle.

Osaka Merchandise Mart (OMM)

A business and commercial complex located in Temmabashi, Osaka, the OMM comprises 12 halls of varying size, 7 conference rooms with capacity ranging from 12 to 300 persons, a lounge and a gallery.

Osaka Shudokan(Martial Arts Training Hall)

A dojo (training hall) for Judo, Kendo and Naginata. The sound of drums echoes, announcing the start of rigorous training. The dojo is a place of loud shouting and plenty of sweat.

Osaka Museum of History

A museum researching and introducing the history of Osaka, built on the ruins of Naniwa Nagara Toyosaki-no-miya with a history of more than 1,350 years.

OAP (Osaka Amenity Park)

Located on the shore of Okawa River (former Yodo River) that flows through Osaka, the water capital. A complex facility consisting of OAP Tower & Plaza, Imperial Hotel Osaka, a gallery, apartments, and a park.

Yodogawa Riverside Park

A riverside park along the Yodo River, which runs from Fukushima Ward, Osaka to Oyamazaki Town, Kyoto. The park is about 1.9 times as large as Osaka Castle Park. The park, which features rich natural resources and various sports facilities, is enjoyed by local residents, as well as many visitors.

Sakuya Konohana Kan, the Great Conservatory

Exhibits approximately 15,000 specimens of about 2,600 plant species that grow in various climates all over the world. There are some rare flowers, such as blue poppies of the Himalayas.

Tamatsukuri Inari Shrine

The shrine of the guardian god of Osaka Castle, with ties to the Toyotomi family. Its vicinity was the residence of the makers of comma-shaped beads and gems in ancient times.

OBP (Osaka Business Park)

The new center of Osaka with premises of 26 hectares. An aggregation of not only corporate offices, but also halls, theaters, shops and sports facilities.

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