Exploring Places LXXI: Osaka, Japan

The 34th card received comes from a wonder of a city, Osaka.

Central Osaka. Wikipedia


Situated at the mouth of the Yodo River on Osaka Bay, Japan, Osaka is the second largest city in Japan with a population of more than 2,500,000 and serves as a major economic hub for the country.

Location of Osaka. Wikipedia


… its cuisine; in fact, Osaka has also been known as the "nation's kitchen" (天下の台所 tenka no daidokoro). Author Michael Booth and food critic François Simon of Le Figaro have suggested that Osaka is the food capital of the world. Osakans' love for the culinary is made apparent in the old saying "Kyotoites are financially ruined by overspending on clothing, Osakans are ruined by spending on food." Regional cuisine includes okonomiyaki (お好み焼き, pan-fried batter cake), takoyaki (たこ焼き, octopus in fried batter), udon (うどん, a noodle dish), as well as the traditional oshizushi (押し寿司, pressed sushi), particularly battera (バッテラ, pressed mackerel sushi).





Shitennō-ji Temple

Shitenno-ji Temple

It is sometimes regarded as the first Buddhist and oldest officially administered temple in Japan, although the temple buildings have been rebuilt over the centuries.

Namba and Shinsaibashi districts

Namba district

These are two of the most lively districts in Osaka, offering shopping, restaurants, bars and nightclubs running 24/7.

Osaka Castle

Osaka Castle

Osaka castle is one of Japan's most famous landmarks and it played a major role in the unification of Japan during the sixteenth century. The castle grounds, which cover approximately 60,000 square metres contain thirteen structures that have been designated as important cultural assets by the Japanese government.

Osaka Aquarium

Osaka Aquarium

An aquarium located in Osaka Bay, containing 35,000 aquatic animals in 14 tanks, the largest of which holds 5,400 tons of water and houses a variety of sea animals including whale sharks. This tank is the world's second-largest aquarium tank, behind the Georgia Aquarium, whose largest tank holds approximately 29,000 tons of water.

Umeda Sky Building

Umeda Sky Building

This building consists of twin 173 m skyscrapers bridged by a rooftop "Floating Garden" observatory presenting a 360-degree panoramic view of Osaka. Popular for photographs, the structure also houses an underground mall with restaurants styled after the early Showa period of the 1920s.

Watch this video to get an idea of what to do in Osaka!


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