. Osaka About this sound listen is a designated city in the Kansai region of Japan.It is the capital city of Osaka Prefecture and the largest component of the Keihanshin Metropolitan Area, the second largest metropolitan area in Japan and among the largest in the world with nearly 19 million inhabitants.Situated at the mouth of the Yodo River on Osaka Bay, Osaka is Japan third largest city by population after the Tokyo 23 wards and Yokohama, and serves as a major economic hub.Historically a merchant city, Osaka has also been known as the nation kitchen and served as a center for the rice trade during the Edo period.Some of the earliest signs of habitation in the area of Osaka were found at the Morinomiya remains, with its shell mounds, including sea oysters and buried human skeletons from the 5th 6th centuries BC.It is believed that what is today the Uehonmachi area consisted of a peninsular land, with an inland sea in the east.During the Yayoi period, permanent habitation on the plains grew as rice farming became popular.
Universal Studios Japan
. Universal Studios Japan, located in Osaka, is one of four Universal Studios theme parks, owned and operated by USJ Co., Ltd.with a license from NBCUniversal.The park is similar to the Universal Orlando Resort since it also contains selected attractions from Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood.Most visitors are Japanese tourists and tourists from other Asian countries such as Taiwan, Hong Kong, and South Korea.In 2005 Goldman Sachs became the largest shareholder in Universal Studios Japan.The park opened on March 31, 2001.Visitors to the park the opening year reached 11 million guests, becoming the world fastest amusement park to achieve the 10 million milestone at the time.Since then, Universal Studios Japan has had approximately 8 million visitors every year.
Umeda Sky Building
. The Umeda Sky Building is the eighteenth tallest building in Osaka, Japan, and one of the city most recognizable landmarks.It consists of two 40 story towers that connect at their two uppermost stories, with bridges and an escalator crossing the wide atrium like space in the center.It is located in Kita ku.Located in the Umeda district of Kita ku, the building was originally conceived in 1988 as the City of Air project, which planned to create four interconnected towers in northern Osaka. Eventually, practical considerations brought the number of towers down to two.
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
. The Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan is an aquarium located in the ward of Minato in Osaka, Japan, near Osaka Bay.It is one of the largest public aquariums in the world, and is a member of the Japanese Association of Zoos and Aquariums (JAZA).The aquarium is about a five minute walk from Osakako Station on the Osaka Municipal Subway Chuo Line, and is next to the Tempozan Ferris Wheel.
. Osaka Castle is a Japanese castle in Chuo ku, Osaka, Japan.The castle is one of Japan most famous and it played a major role in the unification of Japan during the sixteenth century of the Azuchi Momoyama period.The main tower of Osaka Castle is situated on a plot of land roughly one square kilometer.It is built on two raised platforms of landfill supported by sheer walls of cut rock, using a technique called Burdock piling, each overlooking a moat.The central castle building is five stories on the outside and eight stories on the inside, and built atop a tall stone foundation to protect its occupants from attackers.
. Prince Shotoku invited three Korean Baekje carpenters, and they constructed this temple in 593.The temple is the first Buddhist and oldest officially administered temple in Japan, although the temple buildings have been rebuilt over the centuries.Most of the present structures are from when the temple was last completely rebuilt in 1963.One of the members involved in the initial construction of the temple in the 6th century later established a firm Kongo Gumi, specialized in temple and shrine buildings over centuries.Prince Shotoku was known for his profound Buddhist faith when Buddhism was not widespread in Japan.
Tempozan Ferris Wheel
. Tempozan Ferris Wheel is located in Osaka, Japan, at Tempozan Harbor Village, next to Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, one of the largest aquariums in the world.The wheel has a height of 112.5 metres (369 ft) and diameter of 100 metres (330 ft).Tempozan Ferris Wheel opened to the public on July 12, 1997. During the 17 minute ride, it offers a view of Osaka Bay and surrounding areas, such as Mount Ikoma to the east, Akashi Kaikyo Bridge to the west, Kansai International Airport to the south, and Rokko Mountains to the north.The wheel has colored lights that provide a weather forecast for the next day.Orange lights indicate a sunny day, green lights a cloudy day and blue lights indicate rain.The Daikanransha Ferris wheel at Palette Town in Odaiba, Tokyo, which opened in 1999, has the same diameter as Tempozan, but 2.5 meters more in total height.Sky Dream Fukuoka opened in 2002 and has a diameter of 112 meters and a total height of 120 meters, but ceased operating in September 2009.Diamond and Flower Ferris Wheel of Kasai Rinkai Park, east of Tokyo, opened in 2001, and has an 111 meters diameter and 117 meter height.
. sutenkaku owned by Tsutenkaku Kanko Co., Ltd.is a tower and well known landmark of Osaka, Japan and advertises Hitachi.It is located in the Shinsekai district of Naniwa ku, Osaka.Its total height is 103 m the main observation deck is at a height of 91 m.The tower is also famous for its neon lights, which change every few years (they were shut off during the oil crisis of 1974 76).The neon lights have now been replaced by LED lighting, showing a different colour set for every two months (e.g.pink for cherry blossom in March/April).Hitachi has sponsored the tower since 1957, and the light designs usually spell out Hitachi advertisements, although one side of the tower is usually occupied by a public service announcement.The lights on top of the tower show tomorrow weather by a combination of different colours.
Osaka Castle Park
. Osaka Castle Park is a public urban park and historical site situated at Osaka Jo in Chuo ku, Osaka, Japan.It lies on the south of the okawa (Kyu Yodo River) and occupies a large area in the center of the city of Osaka.This park is the second largest park in the city.The park was constructed on a site with a long history.In the fifteenth century, a militant temple, Ishiyama Hongan ji, was built here.In 1583, Toyotomi Hideyoshi destroyed Ishiyama Hongan ji and built Osaka Castle here.From 1870 to 1945 the Osaka Imperial Arsenal used a large area and it was destroyed at end of the World War II.In 1931, Osaka Castle Park was opened to the public, but most of the area was used by the Imperial Japanese Army.After World War II, most of the military complex was removed and replaced by the public urban park.In the park, there Osaka Castle Hall, a large athletic field, baseball field, football field, open air music theatre, open air concert hall, and Osaka Castle Keep Tower.From the top of keep tower, the vista includes Osaka Bay to Mount Ikoma, which surround the Osaka Plain.Every weekend, some busking groups perform in the park.In spring, cherry blossom and plum blossom viewing is popular at this park.
National Museum of Art
. The National Museum of Art is a subterranean Japanese art museum located on the island of Nakanoshima, located between the Dojima River and the Tosabori River, about 5 minutes west of Higobashi Station in central Osaka.The official Japanese title of the museum translates as the National Museum of International Art.The museum is also known by the English acronym NMAO (National Museum of Art, Osaka).
Osaka Tenman gu
. The osaka Tenmangu Shrine is a Shinto shrine founded in AD 949 in Osaka.The Tenjin Festival is held here annually.osakatemmangu Station is a railway station on the West Japan Railway Company JR Tozai Line in Kita ku, Osaka, Japan.The station location is close to the Osaka Temmangu Shrine.
. The Tennoji Park is a park with botanical garden located at 1 108, Chausuyama cho, Tennoji ku, Osaka, Japan.Come to relax in the central location of Tennoji Park.Like Central Park in New York, it provides a quiet touch of green in the middle of the downtown bustle.Use it as a break between the many attractions that surround it.Though opened as early as 1909, the park was refurbished in 1990 with a short walking circuit, flower displays and a peaceful Japanese garden.Visit to see how the city has changed, and connect with the stunning environments.At the entrance to the park, enjoy its colorful courtyard, highlighted by flowerpots, installations and a central tower.Walk to the south to enjoy a sunken garden or the rose archway path.Be sure to visit in spring when the roses are in full bloom.
Kyu Yodo River
. The Kyu Yodo River was the main stream of the Yodo River before 1907, when the current (new) Yodo River was constructed by a normalisation project.Now called the Kyu Yodo River, it is a major waterway in central Osaka and the main drainage of Neyagawa river.The name Kyu Yodo river means former Yodo river in Japanese.
Osaka Prefectural Government Sakishima Building
. The Osaka Prefectural Government Sakishima Building, or Cosmo Tower, is the second tallest building in Osaka, and the third tallest building in Japan.The former name is Osaka World Trade Center Building, or WTC Cosmo Tower until June, 2010.It is the same height as the Rinku Gate Tower Building in Rinku Town, located in Nanko Cosmo Square near the Osaka harbor, Suminoe ku, Osaka.The 55 story building rises 256 m (840 ft) and is topped by a skylobby.It contains three basement floors, a museum, restaurants, observation deck, office space and a conference room.The observation deck is in an inverted pyramid at the top of the structure.A transparent elevator can take passengers from ground level to the top in just 80 seconds.The building houses trade offices for companies around the world.
. Tennoji Zoo is located at Tennoji Park in Tennoji ku, Osaka, Japan, opened on January 1, 1915.The zoo features adjacent savannah zones for herbivorous and carnivorous animals, which are arranged so that the animals appear to be sharing the same space.
Osaka Science Museum
. The Osaka Science Museum is a science museum in Naka no shima, Kita ku, Osaka, Japan.The museum is located between the Dojima River and the Tosabori River, above Osaka subterranean National Museum of Art.Opened in 1989, the museum was constructed to mark the 100th anniversary of Osaka City.The construction was funded through a 6.5 billion yen donation toward building costs from Kansai Electric.Its theme is The Universe and Energy and it was opened in 1989.Before the war a similar museum opened in 1937.It was known as the Osaka City Electricity Science Museum and it was both the first science museum and the first planetarium in Japan.The Science Museum primary permanent exhibition consists of four floors of mainly interactive science exhibits, totaling 200 items, with each floor focusing on a different theme.There is also a live science show with science demonstrations several times per day.Like the rest of the museum, these demonstrations are in Japanese only and visitors may require prior scientific knowledge to enjoy them.
. Namba Parks is an office and shopping complex located in Namba naka Nichome, Naniwa ku, Osaka, Japan, the south of Namba Station on Nankai Railway.It consists of a high office building called Parks Tower and a 120 tenant shopping mall with rooftop garden.Namba Parks was developed by Jon Jerde of The Jerde Partnership in the footprint of the since closed Osaka Stadium. Various kinds of restaurants (Japanese, Korean, Italian, etc.) are located on the 6th floor, and shops are located on the 2nd to 5th floors.There is also an amphitheater for live shows, as well as space for small personal vegetable gardens and wagon shops.
Osaka International Peace Center
. The Osaka International Peace Center, also known as Peace Osaka, is a museum established in August 1981 based in the city of Osaka, Japan.It focuses on the destruction of the city during World War II and the broader themes of the tragedy of war and the importance of peace.There are exhibits on Japan role in the war and its invasion of China, Korea and southeast Asia as well as the Auschwitz concentration camp.There are also resources relating to the world today, including a replica of the Doomsday Clock.The museum is located on the southern edge of Osaka Castle Park.It is a five minute walk from Morinomiya Station on the JR Osaka Loop Line and Chuo and Nagahori Tsurumi ryokuchi subway lines.
Nagai Botanical Garden
. The Nagai Botanical Garden is a botanical garden in the southeast corner of Nagai Park, Higashisumiyoshi ku, Osaka, Japan.An admission fee is charged.The garden contains the Osaka Museum of Natural History as well as a 1,000 species collection of flowers and trees around a central pond.
. Yanmar Stadium Nagai is an athletic stadium in Osaka, Japan.It is the home ground of J.League club Cerezo Osaka.The stadium has a seating capacity of 47,816.Nagai Stadium has been used many times for athletic competitions it played host to the Athletics at the 2001 East Asian Games and the 2007 World Championships in Athletics.It was also the venue for the annual Osaka Grand Prix athletics meeting which took place every May from 1996 to 2010, and it is still the starting and finishing point for the Osaka International Ladies Marathon, held annually in late January early February.
. Liberty Osaka (Osaka Human Rights Museum) is situated in Naniwa ku, a ward in south Osaka City.As the first general museum dedicated to human rights in Japan, the focus of its permanent exhibits is the history of the struggle against discrimination experienced by the nation minority ethnic groups the Burakumin, the Ainu of Hokkaido, the Ryukyuans of Okinawa and Japan communities of Korean and Chinese descent.There are also exhibits dedicated to discrimination issues affecting women,lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgenders, the physically challenged and the survivors of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki (the Hibakusha).Originally founded in December 1985 to document the history of the Osaka human rights movement, it was relaunched in December 1995 as the Osaka Jinken Hakubutsu kan (Human Rights Museum).Entrance is yen250 and yen150 for college and high school students and yen500 and yen300 respectively for special exhibits.Entrance is free for elementary and middle school students, senior citizens aged 65 and over, and physically challenged individuals, also from 4 to 10 December.(Human Rights Week established after the Human Rights Day) Audio guides are available in both Japanese and English.
. Osaka Dome is a baseball stadium located in Osaka, Japan.Beginning in 1997, the stadium was the home field of the Kintetsu Buffaloes.In 2005, the stadium became one of the homes of the Orix Buffaloes, a result of the merger between the Orix BlueWave and Kintetsu Buffaloes.Prior to the Osaka Dome opening, the Buffaloes played their home games at Fujiidera Stadium.Hanshin Tigers also use the stadium as their home field for their season openers and their home games in August because their stadium, Koshien Stadium, is used for high school baseball tournaments during those periods.
. Festivalgate was an amusement park in Osaka, Japan, just beside the Shin Imamiya Station of the Osaka Loop Line of Nishinihon Japan Railway and Nankai Railway.It opened in 1997.The city of Osaka is invested in the park, but the theme park was originally managed by a private company which went bankrupt in 2004, and has since been managed by the municipal government of Osaka.In 2007, the local authorities decided to put the property up for sale.Festivalgate is now closed and being demolished in 19 March 2012.
. Hollywood Dream The Ride is a steel roller coaster located at Universal Studios Japan.Designed by Bolliger & Mabillard, it features inbuilt sound systems allowing riders to choose personal incidental music.The ride significantly increased the net income of Universal Japan theme park.Each of Hollywood Dream trains carry 36 riders, across nine individual cars, each consisting of a row of four seats.The trains contain on board audio, with each seat having a headrest stereo sound system capable of playing a range of songs that are selected through a control panel inserted into the seat restraining lap bar. LED lights are built into the trains sides and front which operate in a random sequence, at night giving the effect of a shooting star or trail of light.
Osaka Maritime Museum
. The Osaka Maritime Museum was a maritime museum in Osaka, Japan.It was opened by the Mayor of Osaka City on 14 July 2000 having started on site in March 1998.Designed by architect Paul Andreu with engineering design by Arup and Tohata. the museum was built on reclaimed land in the Bay of Osaka at a cost of 12.8bn yen, with a replica Edo period trading ship, the Naniwa Maru as its centrepiece.The requirement of the dome to resist seismic, wave, and wind loads and its successful completion, led to the building winning a Structural Special Award in 2002 from the Institution of Structural Engineers, UK.
. Festival Hall is a concert hall in Kita ku, Osaka, Japan, run by the Asahi Building Co., Ltd., a Japanese real estate company controlling properties of the Asahi Shimbun Company, and is housed in the Festival Tower, a skyscraper.The opening ceremony of the new hall was held on April 3, 2013.The new hall has 2,700 seats, the same number of seats the original hall had.The hall was home to the Osaka Philharmonic Orchestra until the original hall was closed.The orchestra moved its home to the Symphony Hall in Oyodo minami, Kita ku.
Osaka International Convention Center
. The Osaka International Convention Center is a multi purpose convention center in the city of Osaka, Osaka Prefecture, Japan. A Keihan railway station is located underground (Nakanoshima Station), operating as the terminus for the Nakanoshima Line.
. Nakayama dera is a Buddhist temple, in Takarazuka, Hyogo, Japan.The engi, or the official history of the temple, recorded that the temple was founded by Prince Shotoku, in the 6th century.It is one of the most popular temples in the region.Today buildings of this temple were mainly built by Toyotomi Hideyori in the 17th century.Hideyori is a son of Toyotomi Hideyoshi who unified Japan in the 16th century.The principal object of worship at this temple is a Juichimen Kannon, or the Goddess of Mercy with eleven heads.It is believed the Kannon has her power to give babies and its easy delivery.
Minami Temma Park
. Minami Temma Park is a public urban park situated at 1 chome Tenjimbashi in Kita ku, Osaka, Japan.It lies on the north side of the okawa (Kyu Yodo River) between Temma bashi bridge and Tenjim bashi bridge.The park was constructed at the former Temma Aomono Ichiba vegetable wholesale market.Now, this park is a popular place for cherry blossom viewing in spring along the Kyu Yodo River.The cherry blossom promenade is also a cycle path, which continues to northern Osaka (Suita City).Brooklyn Museum The Festival of Lanterns on Temma Bridge.
Modern Transportation Museum
. The Modern Transportation Museum is the corporate museum operated by West Japan Railway Company in Minato ku, Osaka, Japan.It opened on 21 January 1962, next to Bentencho Station on the Osaka Loop Line.The collection includes steam locomotives, electric locomotives, diesel locomotives, a prototype of a magnetic levitation train, and the original engine of a Messerschmitt Me 163.The museum is scheduled to close on 6 April 2014, and the exhibits will be moved to a new railway museum due to open next to the Umekoji Steam Locomotive Museum in Kyoto in 2016.
Ishiyama Hongan ji
. Ishiyama Station is a railway station in otsu, Shiga Prefecture, Japan.The station is on the Biwako Line (Tokaido Main Line) of West Japan Railway Company (JR West).In front of Ishiyama Station is Keihan Ishiyama Station on the Ishiyama Sakamoto Line of Keihan Electric Railway.
Fujita Art Museum
. The Fujita Art Museum is one of the largest private collections in the Kansai region.The collection was assembled by Fujita Denzaburo and his descendants.It was installed in a storehouse on the family property in Osaka.Opened to the public in 1954, the collection houses Chinese and Japanese painting, calligraphy, sculpture, ceramics, lacquer, textiles, metalwork, and Japanese tea ceremony objects.The Japanese paintings include 13th and 14th century scrolls such as the Murasaki Shikibu Diary Emaki (National Treasure) and paintings of the 16 Rakan by Takuma Eiga.The section of Japanese ceramics, largely tea ceremony objects, is varied and includes teabowls by Chojiro and Nonomura Ninsei, as well as square dishes by Korin and Kenzan.
Osaka Contemporary Art Center
. Osaka has an extensive array of museums and art galleries which feature the distinctive history and arts of Osaka as well as the greater Japan.Osaka Museums includes detailed information on all the main museums and art galleries in Osaka Prefecture.The Osaka Contemporary Art Center is an art gallery in Osaka, Japan, administered by Osaka Prefecture.The center started in 1974 as osaka Fumin Gyarari.In 1980 its Japanese name was changed to that used today, on the occasion of its move within Kita ku (Osaka) from Dojima to Nakanoshima.In 2000 it moved to Chuo ku.The Center has a permanent collection and also holds exhibitions.Its address is otemae 3 1 43, Chuo ku, Osaka City, postcode 540 0008.
. There is a statue of Sanada Yukimura on the grounds and the opening of a tunnel that is said to have once connected to Osaka Castle.Sanko Shrine, in Osaka City, is a memorial to the great warrior and defender of Osaka, Sanada Yukimura.Sanada Yukimura, also know as Sanada Nobushige, was known as an accomplished and fearless samurai who fought, and died, in the bloody siege of Osaka Castle.Despite his final defeat, he was immortalized by his many victories in battle.In recent years, his character has appeared in all sorts of pop culture media, including Pokemon video games and popular manga
Salon de the Francois
. Salon de the Francois is a cafe in Kyoto, Japan, located at Nishikiyamachi dori Shijo kudaru Shimogyo ku, Kyoto.The building is one of Japan Registered Tangible Cultural Properties.This tea salon dates from 1934, back when Kyoto was a centre of left wing, anti war politics.It was a gathering place for leading literati and philosophers, including author Osamu Dazai, and funnelled money to the then banned Japan Communist Party.These days it has a nostalgic appeal, with an interior last revamped in 1941.
Shimo fukushima Park
. Shimo fukushima Park is a public, urban park, situated at 4 chome Fukushima in Fukushima ku, Osaka, Japan.The park was constructed at the former spinning factory of Dai Nihon Spinning Company (current company is Unitika, Ltd.), and largest in Fukushima ward.In the park, spinning factory old brick wall constructed around 1894 is still remained, which stops the fire spread of air raid at the World War II.The legend says that here is a cradle place of Wisteria floribunda (JapaneseNoda Fuji), some Wisteria floribunda is cultivated even today in the park.Fuji An garden (Japanese Fuji An no Niwa) where Toyotomi Hideyoshi and Ashikaga Yoshiakira visited, is also restored in the park.At 2001, public pool and training centre is renewed and it is operated by Konami Sports Co.Ltd.recent years.