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An enormous key-hole shaped tomb, the Daisenryo Kofun or Emperor Nintoku's Tomb is believed to be the final abode of this ancient king.The tomb is enormous in size, measuring around 1500 feet (457.2 meters) in length and 1000 feet (304.8 meters) in breadth. The sides are lined with burial mounds of the king's family as well. The peculiar shape represents royalty. There is a moat around it. The tombs are worshiped and held sacred by the people.
Sumiyoshi Taisha is one of the most famous shrines in Japan—so much so that shrines with similar names can be found all over the country. This shrine has a very long history and is widely venerated as the home of the guardian deity of sailors. Passing under the enormous archway gate, you come to the taiko bashi, or "drum bridge," for which the shrine is especially renowned. The bridge gets packed with masses of people on New Year's Day and other celebrations. Events are staged at the shrine all year round; New Year's and summer festivals are the most important ones.
This sprawling exercise park is one of the best sports facilities in the city. Within the park proper - which boasts over 61,000 trees and shrubs - you will find a track stadium and another smaller track and field area, tennis courts, a baseball field, a swimming pool, numerous walking and jogging courses, a handicapped sports area, general-use fields, and more than a few romantic areas for relaxing or strolling. Visitors can enter the park anytime, though hours for facilities vary. Admission is free.
At 256 meters tall, the WTC Cosmo Tower is the second tallest building in Japan. While it is filled with offices, the 55th floor provides a 360 degree, unbridled view of the city and its surroundings--easily the best view in the city, and worth the JPY800 charge to most people. Visitors may also wish to dine in the Sky Restaurant, or browse through the selections at the souvenir store. Even if you choose not to visit the sky lounge, the building from the outside is also impressive.
Festivalgate makes for a fabulous day out for the whole family. It is principally a large amusement park, but it also houses restaurants, shops and a movie theater. The star attraction is a super-fast roller coaster that travels at almost 100-kilometers an hour. It is not for the faint-hearted, but children love it. There are so many attractions that you could easily spend the whole day here without doing them all. There is also an unusual theme park based on famous spas. If the excitement of the attractions brings out a sweat, step into one of the hot springs.
A park this exquisite tends to bring tourists and visitors rather than citizens looking for a place to lounge around and relax - though they do come as well. There are of course plenty of open areas with flowers and greenery but none attract as many people as the Japanese gardens. Within the park, you will also find the Osaka Municipal Art Museum. Besides these two main attractions, there is also a greenhouse and a huge-screen, multi-media theater. The Tennoji Zoo is located not far away.
Conveniently located in Tennoji Park, just five minutes from Tennoji Station on the Midosuji subway line, the Osaka Municipal Museum of Art shows regular exhibitions of fine examples of traditional Chinese art such as paintings, calligraphic works and stone images of the Buddha. Japanese artworks, both old and new, are also on display (the basement may be rented as a gallery by contemporary artists). The museum also serves as a repository of a wide-ranging variety of Korean art pieces.
Ask Osakans what more than anything else symbolizes their city and the majority will tell you with pride that it is the Tsutenkaku Tower. Although the original tower, which was built in 1912, was destroyed in 1943, it was rebuilt in its present form in 1956. At 103 meters tall, the present tower offers a superb view of the whole of the city from the observation platform. The tower is actually located in the old downtown area and is surrounded by 'stand-and-eat' stalls and inexpensive clothing stores.
The natural environments of the Pacific "Ring of Fire," the volcanic perimeter which surrounds the Pacific Ocean, have been recreated in 14 separate exhibits and populated with over 35,000 specimens representing 380 species in the Osaka Aquarium. Located in the harbor area of the city, the aquarium is centered on a huge nine-meter deep-water tank, which represents the Pacific Ocean. The prime exhibit is a huge "vegetarian" whale-shark.
Imamiya Ebisu-jinja Shrine is a religious site that was built by Prince Shotoku to ward off evil spirits and souls if any. This shrine is visited by many people who pray for their prosperity and success in their business or commercial ventures. Tourists offer holy bamboo branches; these bunches of bamboos also have few trinkets/items stringed to them that are symbols of good luck. In January, the shrine hosts the Toka Ebisu festival, it is believed that all those who participate in these celebrations is blessed with prosperity and good luck.
Tempozan is one of the more attractive and popular waterside areas of Osaka, and this park occupies a small corner of the district. It is a quiet, relaxing place in an otherwise bustling area, but is also somewhat nondescript. It does, however, have some history. In 1831, a four-and-a-half-meter man-made mound was created in the shape of a mountain after a nearby river was dredged. 'Tempo' was the name of the era in which it was constructed, while 'zan' indicates 'mountain', hence the name of the area. All that remains now is a small plaque and old artistic renderings of the hill.
If you are looking for a place to take the family, Osaka Dome is a good choice. It is a popular tourist spot representing the newer side of Osaka. Opened in March 1997, Osaka Dome is a multipurpose indoor arena. It can be adapted for sports, concerts and other events by customizing into different shapes and sizes. Inside the arena there are restaurants and shops, which operate all year, even on no-event days. In the Simland Q Park you can experience life in space and what life would be like in a city of the future.