Osaka Castle or Ozakajo,
is one of Japan's most famous castles, which played a large
role in the unification of Japan during the16th
century(Azuchi-Momoyama Period). Built in 1583 on the former
site of the Ishiyama Honganji Temple, it was destroyed later by Oda
Nobunaga. Toyotomi Hideyoshi intended it to become the center of a
new and unified Japan under the Toyotomi rule. The castle was
destoyed three times.Second, shortly after Hideyoshi's death, when
Tokugawa troops attacked and destroyed the castle and terminated the
Toyotomi lineage (1615). And third,when the castle was struck by
lightening in 1665. In 1931 the present ferro-concrete
reconstruction of the castle was built. Inside the castle is a
museum that documents Toyotomi Hideyoshi's life and the history of
the castle. There is also a samurai sword exhibit on the top floor
and if you want to you can pay to dress up as a samurai. I
especially liked the beutiful view overlooking the top of the
building where you can see all of Osaka's surroundings.
Amerikamura (アメリカ村) or
American Village is usually referred to by locals as "Ame-mura." It
is a large retail and entertainment area near Shinsaibashi on
theSouthern part of Osaka. Amerikamura is known for its small-scale
reproduction of the Statue of Liberty that peers down on the
streets. It is also surrounded by retail outlets of Western
fashions, bars and nightclubs, some of which are run by
It has a reputation for being a hangout
area for Western foreigners but this is not necessarily true. Much
of Osaka's registered foreign population is very small and the
makeup of the crowds and retail space in Ame-mura is predominantly
Japanese. Locally, Ame-mura is famous for being a place for
observing some of the more "fashion intense" manifestations of
Japanese youth culture.
Dotonbori is the main
destination for food travel in Osaka. Osaka regional cuisine
includes okonomiyaki (pan-fried batter cake),takoyaki (octopus
balls), udon, as well as sushi and other traditional foods.
means roughly “to ruin oneself by extravagance in food.”
There is a proverb: "Dress (in kimonos) till you drop in Kyoto and
eat till you drop in Osaka" (京の着倒れ、大阪の食い倒れ).
The word is associated with Dōtonbori,
often used in tourist guides and advertisements, due to large amount
of restaurants available.
The Umeda Sky Buildings
were completed in March 1993. One of the striking features of the
buildings is that their roofs are connected via an aerial garden.
Since their opening, they have become one of Osaka's most popular
sightseeing spots.The 39th floor features a mid-air restaurant,
while the 40th floor offers a panoramic gallery. Above that, 170
meters off the ground, will be an observation deck and
Arcade and the surrounding Shinsaibashi area is Osaka's
premiere shopping center. Approximately 600 m long, this area is
unique as it combines chain retail stores and trendy boutiques with
expensive department stores and top designer fashion labels.
Park (HEP) in Umeda is a large shopping and entertainment
complex consisting of the HEP FIVE and HEP Navio buildings, east of
the Hankyu department store. HEP FIVE features a red ferris wheel
emerging from its roof, while the entire complex houses over 300
shops and restaurants.