Explore the rich culture while visiting the many attractions Osaka is replete with. These cultural attractions are suitable for all ages and can prove to make your trip to Osaka a fruitful one. Be it historic monuments or cultural performances, cultural attractions somehow steal the show of the other attractions and things to do in Osaka.
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The Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine is one of Japan's oldest shrines. It was founded in the 3rd century. This was before the introduction of Buddhism to Japan and hence the shrine has a unique style of architecture known as Sumiyoshi-zukuri. Trivia- The temple enshrines three gods that have long been worshiped for protecting the nation, for prote...
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543-0051 1-11-18 Shitennoji, Tennoji-ku, Osaka City
Shitennoji is one of Japan's oldest temples. It was established and built in the year 593 by Prince Shotoku (famous for supporting the introduction of Buddhism to Japan). Having a rough history, the temple's buildings were burned down several times throughout the centuries. The present temple was, however, reconstructed to reflect th...
The Neo-Renaissance style architecture of this elegant and solemn looking building, with columns and domed towers and red brick color, makes it stand out starkly in Osaka's usually modern landscape. It was completed in 1918. Inside, check out the ceiling painting 'Tenchi Kaibyaku', depicting the Japanese creation myth. In the basement you'll find t...
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1 Chome-18-6 Ebisuhigashi, Naniwa Ward, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture 556-0002, Japan
09:00 am - 08:30 pm
Tsutenkaku is a tower situated in Shinsekai, Osaka. The tower was first built in the year 1912 as a replica of the Eiffel Tower. However, in the year 1943, the tower suffered a fire and was damaged beyond immediate repair. And so it stayed for many years. After World War II, The Tsutenkaku Kanko Co. Ltd. was put in charge of rebuilding ...
This post-modern stadium is the home of the Orix Buffaloes baseball team. IT has seating for over 36000. The venue is also frequently used for concerts. The main feature of the stadium is the dome, which looks like a giant, silver UFO. The facilities - sound, seating, lights and screens - are all state of the art. There are four restaurants on site, and a lounge too.
This shrine is old, 13 centuries old. Established around the year 700, it did not become popular until 1000 years later. In 1703, it was the location of a double suicide - a merchant named Tokubei and a courtesan named Ohatsu. Their star crossed love was made the subject of a Bunraku play, which instantly made the shrine famous. Today, it's said to...
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2-1-8 Tenjinbashi, Kitaku, Osaka 530-0041
09:00 am - 05:00 pm
The Osaka Tenman-gu Shrine was founded in the 10th century. It is one of the most important shrines in Japan that is devoted to the Shinto deity Sugawara Michizane. The shrine is well known for hosting the festival of Tenjin Matsuri. During the festival, the shrine's deity is paraded in a palanquin through the streets of the city. It...
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2 Chome-9-19 Motomachi, Naniwa Ward, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture 556-0016, Japan
This shrine used to be much more prominent, both in reputation and in size, than it is today. It used to be part of a complex of 12 buildings. But wars and Meiji era edicts dictating the separation of Shinto and Buddhism saw the shrine's other buildings demolished. Today the shrine is famous for its gigantic lion's head building. All good shrine ha...
It's said this shrine was founded in the 12th century by Honen. Several key figures in Japanese history have been associated to this shrine. Tokugawa Ieyasu was its patron. 19th century Kabuki actor Ichikawa Danjuro VIII was buried here. The temple is famous for the statues it make of its deities, and how it makes them. When it began running out sp...
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4-2-55 Nakanoshima, kita-ku, Osaka, 530-0005, Japan
10:00 am - 07:00 pm
Situated in an architecturally stunning building, the National Museum of Art, Osaka is situated on Nakanoshima Island. The museum building was designed in such a way that it represents the growth and shape of a bamboo plant. The museum houses Japanese and foreign contemporary art, with exhibitions from the museum collection and special exhibitions.
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1 Chome-3-24 Osaka, Tennoji Ward, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture 543-0062, Japan
07:00 am - 05:00 pm
The origin of this shrine, set atop a steep set of stairs, is ambiguous. It's said to have been built between the 6th and 10th centuries. It is dedicated to two monks, Sukuna-hikona-no-kami and Sugawara-no-Michizane. It also honors a warrior named Sanada Yukimura, whose likeness is sculpted in stone here. He died in the fighting during the Siege of...
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1 Chome-6-10 Ebisunishi, Naniwa Ward, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture 556-0003, Japan
09:00 am - 05:00 pm
If you are a merchant in Osaka then there is no way you do not know this shrine. It was founded in 645AD and at that time it was thought to bring luck to fishermen. As times evolved this began to extend to merchants around the city. These days it is visited annually by millions of people,making it one of the most popular shrines in the city. The To...
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1 Chome-2-10 Nakanoshima, Kita Ward, Osaka Prefecture 530-0005, Japan
09:00 am - 07:00 pm
Back in 1904, this neo-Baroque library is probably most famous for its architecture. Check out the massive portico supported by large columns at the entrance. Also check the copper roof. Most of the documents inside are related to Osaka including some ancient texts. Therefore, even though there are business and academic books here, the library func...
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Japan, 〒540-0002 Osaka Prefecture, Osaka, Chuo Ward, Osakajo, ２−１
09:00 am - 05:00 pm
This Shinto shrine located inside of Osaka Castle Park is dedicated to Toyotomi Hideyoshi, the man who unified Japan under a single rule some time before the` Edo period. The shrine, built on the orders of emperor Meiji, was moved several times, and only ended up in this location in the 1960s. Check out the bronze statue of the man. Pray for succes...
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2 Chome-1-45 Nakanoshima, Kita Ward, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture 530-0005, Japan
10:00 am - 02:50 pm
This neo-Renaissance building was built in 1903. Though it no longer functions as the main bank building, it has been noted as a Important Cultural Property of Japan. Check out the blue-green dome roof. Inside, the bank has what is probably Japan's second oldest elevator. Those wishing to view the building from the inside must book a tour with the ...