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Masterpieces of Calligraphy

Masterpieces of Calligraphy

Oct 3rd - Nov 29th

A special exhibit taking place at the Kuboso Memorial Museum of Arts is titled "Masterpieces of Calligraphy: Sutras, Bokuseki, and..

5 ¥600
The Art of the Business of Art

The Art of the Business of Art

Sep 1st - Dec 13th

Have you ever considered the art of the business of art? A special event at the Takashimaya Archives in Osaka looks at just that...

Free
Tempyō Praise Exhibition

Tempyō Praise Exhibition

Oct 27th - Dec 13th

A special exhibition at the Osaka Museum of Fine Arts looks into the world of Tempyō era arts (also often written as Tenpyō). ..

¥1,500

Where to eat in Osaka

Naniwa Tomoare

Naniwa Tomoare

Tad Ichimiya

Naniwa Tomoare is known for its duck ranch called Tsumura Honten. The Aigamo meat is tender and tasty, and was given a brand name..

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Places to stay in Osaka

Amami Onsen Nanten-en

Amami Onsen Nanten-en

Gary Luscombe

Amami Onsen Nanten-en is a traditional ryokan inn hidden deep within the Osaka countryside. Immersed in history and culture, boasting..

5

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Mount Kongo

Mount Kongo

Gary Luscombe

Mount Kongo is the highest mountain in Osaka and from its summit, you can view the whole of the prefecture at once. It is also a..

13
Kanii Jinja

Kanii Jinja

Gary Luscombe

Kanii jinja is a tiny shrine in rural Osaka linked to the very first Emperor of Japan. Sadly, like many countryside shrines, its..

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About Osaka

Okinawa Nagasaki Fukuoka Saga Kumamoto Kagoshima Miyazaki Oita Ehime Kochi Tokushima Kagawa Yamaguchi Hiroshima Okayama Tottori Shimane Hyogo Kyoto Osaka Wakayama Nara Shiga Mie Fukui Ishikawa Toyama Gifu Aichi Nagano Shizuoka Niigata Yamanashi Kanagawa Tokyo Saitama Gunma Tochigi Chiba Ibaraki Fukushima Miyagi Yamagata Iwate Akita Aomori Hokkaido
Region Kansai
Island Honshu
Capital Osaka
Population 8,865,245
Area 1904.99 sq. km

The center of western Japan and the home of Japanese comedy, Osaka Prefecture (大阪府, Ōsaka-fu) is lively at all times, as the business district in Umeda, the shopping area of Shinsaibashi, and the neon-lit nightlife district of Dotonbori reflect the upbeat and friendly nature of the local people.

But if you’re tired of the urbanity, Osaka Castle and the Expo Commemoration Park (which contains the National Museum of Ethnology and the iconic Tower of the Sun) ensure that you won’t run out of things to do. And that’s without even mentioning Universal Studios Japan.

Walking around the streets of Osaka can be a gastronomical experience, with many food stalls selling takoyaki, okonomiyaki, and other delicious fast foods and snacks. And if you have the luxury to splurge, have dinner at Kitcho, one of the most high class Japanese restaurants. 

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