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At the ordinary-looking Shimada Shoten you can try an extraordinary variety of quality sake from all around Japan.
Hozenji Temple is an oasis of calm offering a brief respite from the excitement of Dotombori
Japan reaffirms its deep connections with its staple crop at the annual Sumiyoshi Shrine rice-planting festival in Osaka on June 14th
Osaka Castle has always been in the shadow of another highly recommended castle, famous for its architectural beauty, Himeji Castle. Himeji Castle, located in the neighboring prefecture of Hyogo, has been under renovation for quite some years, so in the past few years I have frequently visited Osaka Castle instead. Osaka Castle is illuminated at night-time which brings out its real beauty, and I have photographed the castle from various spots, like from the castle grounds and nearby Osaka Business Park. A visit in the late evening is highly recommended.
At Osaka Castle Park, one can enjoy the cherry blossoms blooming alongside the famous Osaka Castle. The park has over 4300 cherry trees on its grounds.
There are 75 families members of the Sakai blade-making guild. Their workshops are located in a local neighborhood in the “old” part of Sakai, which is the stretch of city between the ocean and the Hanshin Highway that runs atop what used to be a canal.
Go for a walk down the hidden streets of Osaka to get a taste of local communities.
Osaka Tenmangu, or 'Tenjisan' as it's known by the locals, is the most famous of all the tenjin/tenmangu shrines throughout Japan. It is also home to Osaka's biggest festival, the Tenjin Matsuri, which is held each July. It is one of the three greatest festivals in Japan, and the world's greatest boat festival.