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A visit to the city of Osaka

Osaka is a city in Japan with two different faces. On one hand it contains many concrete apartment blocks, but it also has attractive sights hidden between them. The biggest attraction in Osaka is its castle. This current structure is a reproduction or the original castle. On the outside the tower has all the characteristics of a typical Japanese castle, but inside there is a modern museum. Inside the museum you can go to the top floor and get a birds eye view over Osaka. The grounds contains a park and several other buildings and are surrounded by thick walls and a moat.

The most impressive religious building in Osaka is the Shitennoji temple. This is a complex of many buildings including several temples and a pagoda. Its original character is well preserved. Other temples include the Minami-modo temple and the Kita-mido temple which are located close to each other.  There is a small island in Osaka which holds several historical sights such as the City hall, library and the central public hall. This area feels remarkably European compared to the rest of the city (or Japan) because of its architecture.

For those interested in modern architecture, the area around the train station has many glass and steel high rise buildings. Although Osaka is not the most beautiful city in the Japan with many landmark building, the surprising feature is that you come across small temples and shrines and other features which are typical and keep surprising you. The number of tourists is also much lower which create a bit more of a real experience when visiting Buddhist temples and small parks.

Osaka is a big city and it is easy to spent a few days here without getting bored. If you want to get out of the city, a day trip to Nara is possible as it is only one hour away by train.  


Osaka travel photo gallery

 



Contrast of old and modern Japan in Osaka.

Contrast of old and modern age.

 



Outer wall of Osaka castle.

Outer defense wall.

 
Osaka castle.

Osaka castle.



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Classic view of Osaka castle.

Classic view.

 



Tower of Osaka castle rising above its outer walls.

Tower of the castle rising above its outer walls.

 
Bridge leading to Osaka castle.

Bridge leading to the castle.

 
Road leading to Osaka castle.

Road leading to the castle.

 
View over downtown Osaka.

View over downtown.

 
City of Osaka seen from the top of the castle.

City seen from the top of the castle.

 



Entrance to Osaka castle.

Entrance to castle.

 



Fountain.

Fountain.

 
Renovated Osaka castle.

Renovated castle.

 



Japanese garden, Osaka.

Japanese garden.

 



Building on the castle grounds.

Building on the castle grounds.

 
Osaka castle rising above the trees.

Castle rising above the trees.

 
Osaka castle grounds with the main tower hiding behind the trees.

Castle grounds with the main tower hiding behind the trees.

 
Moat of Osaka castle.

Moat of Osaka castle.

 
Hokuku shrine.

Hokuku shrine.

 



Street scene with Japanese advertisements.

Street scene with Japanese advertisements.

 
Shopping street in Osaka, Japan.

Shopping street.

 



Graveyard of Shitennoji temple.

Graveyard of Shitennoji temple.

 



Shitennoji temple, Osaka.

Shitennoji temple.

 



Shitennoji Buddhist temple.

Shitennoji Buddhist temple.

 
The Buddhist temple Shitennoiji in Osaka, Japan.

The Buddhist temple Shitennoiji.

 
Buddhist Shitennoji temple in Osaka.

Buddhist Shitennoji temple.

 



Large religious structure in  Shitennoji temple.

Large religious structure in Shitennoji temple.

 
Pond in  Shitennoji temple.

Pond in Shitennoji temple.

 
Religious structures, Osaka.

Religious structures.

 
Temple, Osaka.

Temple.

 
Entrance gate to  Shitennoji temple.

Entrance gate to Shitennoji temple.

 



Main gate of  Shitennoji temple.

Main gate of Shitennoji temple.

 
Shitennoji temple pagoda.

Shitennoji temple pagoda.

 



Religious structure.

Religious structure.





Buddhist temple and pond in Osaka.

Buddhist temple and pond.

 



Buddhist temple with a pagoda.

Buddhist temple with a pagoda.

 
Pond in front of a Buddhist temple.

Pond in front of a Buddhist temple.

 
Classic look of a Buddhist temple.

Classic look of a Buddhist temple.

 
Shitennoji temple Torii.

Shitennoji temple Torii.

 
Shitennoji Buddhist temple, Osaka.

Shitennoji Buddhist temple.

 



Purification fountain of  Shitennoji temple, Osaka.

Purification fountain of Shitennoji temple.

 
Tsutenkaku tower, Osaka.

Tsutenkaku tower.

 



Japanese shops.

Japanese shops.

 
Modern architecture in Osaka, Japan.

Modern architecture.

 



Former palace grounds.

Former palace grounds.

 



Modern high rise buildings.

Modern high rise buildings.

 
Modern buildings in Osaka. Japan.

Modern buildings.

 



Minami modo temple.

Minami modo temple.

 



Minami modo temple in Osaka, Japan.

Minami modo temple.

 
Kita Mido temple.

Kita Mido temple.

 
Kita Mido temple in Osaka, Japan.

Kita Mido temple.

 
Torii gate of a small temple.

Torii gate of a small temple.

 
Red colored Japanese temple.

Red colored temple.

 
Office blocks in Osaka.

Office blocks.

 
Office buildings along the river.

Office buildings along the river.

 
Rathaus, Osaka.

City hall.

 



View along the river in Osaka, Japan.

View along the river.

 
Nakanoshima library.

Nakanoshima library.

 



Nakanoshima library in Osaka, Japan.

Nakanoshima library.

 
Osaka central public hall.

Central public hall.

 



View of Osaka central public hall.

View of central public hall.

 
Osaka river.

River.

 
Osaka shopping street.

Shopping street.

 
Buddhist temple in Osaka.

Buddhist temple.

 



Modern office buildings, Osaka.

Modern office buildings.

 



Japanese advertisements.

Advertisements.

 
Street filled with Japanese advertisements in Osaka, Japan.

Street filled with advertisements.

 



Large street running through Osaka.

Large street.

 
Historical building in Osaka, Japan.

Historical building.

 


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