HISTORY & CULTURE

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Osaka was originally a trader's town, where east and west Japan converged to buy and sell rice. Through centuries of changes Osakans have never lost their famous wit or their love for food. Once known as the 'Nation's Kitchen', this legacy thrives in neighbourhoods like Shinsekai, Fukushima and Tsuruhashi. A culinary tour of these neighborhoods is a must for the full experience of kuidaore, literally eating oneself bankrupt, that has been a hallmark of this city for centuries.

Tenjin Matsuri, dating back to the 10th century is the biggest festival of the year while the night sky comes alive in August for the Naniwa Yodogawa Fireworks festival. And standing proud at the centre of the city Osaka Castle, a favourite for all ages occupying 15 acres in the middle of the city, it's an ideal place to walk, run or jog. Or if you're like the locals it's the place to celebrate the arrival of the springtime.

Tsuruhashi

Little Seoul The only area of its kind ...

Osaka Castle

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

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.

Osaka Museum of Housing and Living

A section of the townscape of Osaka in the late Edo Period is recreated to perfection. There are also exhibits and introductions of the townscapes and housing of the Meiji, Taisho and Showa periods.

Shinsekai

A retro downtown area of southern Osaka, famous for Tsutenkaku, Janjan Yokocho Alley and a giant blowfish lantern sign.

Sumiyoshi-taisha Shrine

The head of more than 2,300 Sumiyoshi shrines nationwide and the most popular shrine in Osaka for New Year's visits.

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