Osaka (大阪) is the third most populated and the second most industrialized city in all Japan. It is a city with quite a lot of differences when comparing to Tokyo, and a really recommended place to visit in Japan.
And I'm going to start with the inevitable Osaka Castle.
The present day Main Tower is the third generation. It follows the Main Tower from the Toyotomi period, which was destroyed by fire during the Summer War (1615), and the tower from the Tokugawa period, which was struck by lightning and was burned down.
Another important icon of Osaka city is the Tsuutenkaku Tower (通天閣).
The current tower is the second one to occupy the site. The original tower, patterned after the Eiffel Tower, was built in 1912, and at the time of its construction, its height of 64 meters made it the second tallest structure in Asia.
However, in 1943 the structure suffered a fire, and rather than repairing it, it was decided to demolish it and use the steel for the war effort.
The tower also enshrines Billiken, the God of Happiness or the God of things as they ought to be. This originally American charm doll was brought to Japan, and nowadays thousands of visitors place a coin on his donation box and rub the soles of his feet to make their wishes come true.
Next, Umeda Sky Building (梅田スカイビル)!
The building features a rooftop observatory, The Floating Garden Observatory, as well as an underground market that attempts to recreate the atmosphere of Osaka in the early 20th century.
I personally thought is was really refreshing and interesting to have an awesome view of the city without having a glass or a fence in front of me. Really recommend it!
Another major attraction is the Universial Studios Japan theme park!
There are a lot of fun attractions, featuring movies like Indiana Jones, Back to the Future, Sesame Street, Shrek, and many many more!
(Imamiya Ebisu Shrine)
(Nanba Yasaka Shrine)
(Ikutamazan Reienji Temple)
OSAKA CASTLE OFFICIAL WEBSITE: CLICK HERE
TSUUTENKAKU TOWER OFFICIAL WEBSITE: CLICK HERE
UMEDA SKY BUILDING OFFICIAL WEBSITE: CLICK HERE
UNIVERSAL STUDIOS JAPAN: CLICK HERE