Osaka is a hustle and bustle city just like Tokyo, Shanghai, or New York. There are lots of mega shopping malls, and citizens or visitors around the city every day. However, Osaka is also a very traditional and localized town with some great ancients heritages, like Shi-Tennoji Temple and Osaka Castle, in which the scenery is so amazing during the Sakura season. Some people said Osaka is the history of Japan, that’s maybe true. For feeling the old and traditional atmosphere of Japan, let’s visit Osaka together!hepfive-1

1)Hep Five – Ferris Wheel
The big red Ferris wheel on top makes it one of the city’s most unique integrated spaces. Shop, dine and have fun all in the one space. Try the Ferris wheel after shopping for a spectacular view of Osaka from 106 meters up.

Address: Kakuta-chou 5-15, Kita-ku, Osaka-city, Osaka, Japan 〒530-0017
Phone: 06-6313-0501 (1100-2100)
Open: 1100-2245 (last trip)
Fee: 500Yen/person (free for before primary school students )
Access: 1. “Umeda Station” walk 5mins ; 2.  “JR Osaka Station” walk 4mins
Official Website: http://www.hepfive.jp/language/

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2)大阪水族館(Osaka Aquarium)

Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan is one of Japan’s most spectacular aquariums, world-renowned for its innovative presentation. Kaiyukan shows the aquatic animals of the Pacific Rim at their most vibrant and dynamic, by recreating the natural environment of their habitats.

Address: 1-1-10 Kaigandori, Minato-ku, Osaka City 552-0022 Japan
Phone: +81-6-6576-5501
Open: 1000 – 2000, last admission is one hour before the closing time.
The opening hours vary by seasons. Please check the website before visiting.
Fee: Aged over 16->2300YEN; Aged over 60->2000YEN; Aged 7-15->1200;
Aged 4-6-> 600yen, Children under aged 3 free
**group discount for foreigners and students. Please check the official website. **

Access: By Train:
1. Approx. 35 min. from Shinkansen bullet train Shin-Osaka Station (changing railway lines)
2. Approx. 30 min. from Osaka (Umeda) Station
3. Approx. 30 min. from Namba (Shinsaibashi) Station
4. Approx. 5 min. on foot from Osakako Station of Osaka City Subway Chuo Line

Official Website: http://www.kaiyukan.com/language/eng/hours.html

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3)Osaka Castle (Osaka-jō)
Osaka Castle is the most popular spot in Osaka which is located at the center of the city, and that make it as the most symbolic sight here. If you come to Osaka, it is a must-visit spot. There are 13 parts of the Osaka Castle are recognized as the most important heritage by the Japanese govenment.

Address: 〒540-0002 1-1, Osakajo, Chuo-ku, Osaka City
Open: 09:00-17:00 (last admission 1630), Sakura season till 1900; Golden Week till 1800; Summer till 1900; ** Please check the website for open hour before visiting. **
Closed: December 28th through 1st
Fee: 600Yen; 15 years old or younger is free; discount for group visiting
Official Website: http://www.osakacastle.net/english/


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