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Osaka, Japan’s second largest city, is famous for its bustling city life, thriving music and cultural scene, sense of humour and laidback approach. Osaka has always been a vibrant centre of commerce, and therefore also entertainment, as the two often go hand-in-hand in Japan. The area around Dotombori & Ebisu-bashi is a blaze of bright…

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Osaka Castle

One of Japan’s most famous castles, Osaka castle played a major role in the unification of Japan during the sixteenth century under the rule of Toyotomi Hideyoshi. The imposing castle structure towers five stories on the outside and eight stories on the inside, and is built on a tall stone foundation. Equally attractive are the…

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Sakai Knife Museum

The area of Sakai in the outskirts of Osaka has a long tradition and history of knife making. During the Edo Period, following the end of the Samurai wars, blade makers began producing knives for cooking and, following its first import, knives used for cutting tobacco. The tobacco knives produced by the craftsmen of Sakai…

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St. Regis Osaka

The St Regis, which was constructed in 2010, is Osaka’s newest five-star hotel, located on high-end Midosuji Avenue.  Lined with ginkgo trees and the flagships of luxury brands, Midosuji Avenue goes through Osaka’s most lively neighbourhoods: Umeda, Shinsaibashi, Dōtonbori, Amerika-mura, and Namba. A splendid hotel, the lobby is located high up on the 12th floor, and this…

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Swissôtel Nankai Osaka

Swissôtel Nankai Osaka is a luxury hotel ideally located in the heart of Namba, Osaka’s most exciting entertainment, shopping and dining district. Tourist attractions like Dotonbori, Shinsaibashi and DenDen Town are all within easy reach, and the hotel sits above Namba station on Nankai Railway, offering a direct train access to the Kansai International Airport.

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Tenjin Matsuri

Osaka’s Tenjin Festival is ranked as one of Japan’s top three festivals, along with Kyoto’s Gion Matsuri and Tokyo’s Kanda Matsuri. The festival started over 1000 years ago and today takes place on July 24 and 25 every year. The main celebrations are held on the festival’s second day, July 25, including a land procession…

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The Ritz-Carlton Osaka

Located in Osaka’s bustling Nishi-Umeda shopping district, the Ritz Carlton offers a haven of peace at the centre of the city. The hotel boasts Japanese, Chinese, Italian, and French restaurants, and guest rooms have superb views of Osaka city. The fitness facilities feature a swimming pool, fitness room, and saunas, and personal training services are…

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Universal Studios Japan

Opened in March 2001 in Osaka, Universal Studios Japan became the world’s fastest amusement park to have achieved the 10 million milestone the same year and since then, the park has had approximately 8 million visitors every year. USJ has eight sections: Hollywood, New York, San Francisco, Jurassic Park, Waterworld, Amity Village, Universal Wonderland and…

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