Osaka has many off-the-beaten-path sights that allow you to experience the city like a local. World-renowned 'starchitect' Tadao Ando was born and continues to be based right here in Osaka-born. You can trace Ando's prolific career from The Church of Light(Japanese) in Ibaraki, to the Glass Block Wall House and the recent addition of the Green Wall in Umeda. Or, discover the beauty of Kishiwada Castle and its accompanying garden, brought to life by the brilliant designer Mirei Shigemori.
For a different view of Osaka go back in time with a visit to the Osaka Museum of Housing and Living, where an entire section of Naniwa, or Osaka as it was once known, is reproduced from the Edo era. When it's time for a bite to eat, treat yourself at Gokan(Japanese), a famous patisserie modelled on an English tea room. And at the end of the day, soothe tired feet by indulging in a quintessentially Japanese pastime: a hot bath. Spa World is a veritable emporium of bathing that will keep you entertained for hours.