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Osaka Castle Park
Northern Uemachi Daichi
Minami
Kita
Osaka Castle Park map

Osaka Castle, located in Osaka Castle Park (270ac), is a symbol of Osaka.   The history of this castle is undoubtedly very dramatic.   A lot of stories related to this castle are still being told and written about today.

We offer a full guide to the history and story of our Osaka for your satisfaction.

Otemon Entrance Course
Recommended Course (approx. 60 minutes)
Ote Dobashi (earthen bridge) - Otemon Gate - Tamon- yagura Turret - Sengan-yagura Turret - Rokuban-yagura Turret - Hokoku-jinja Shrine - Takoishi Huge Stone - Kinzo Treasure House - Main Tower of Osaka Castle

Aoya-guchi Entrance Course
(Approx. 60 minutes)
Aoya-guchi Entrance - Stone Wall - Gokuraku-bashi Bridge - Engraved Mark Stone Square - Japanese Garden - Main Tower of Osaka Castle - Takoishi Huge Stone

Tamatsukuri Entrance Course
(approx. 60 minutes)
Jochu Shobo Maikotsufun (Memorial of bones in the castle) - Sanyo-guruwa Bailey - Tamatsukuri Entrance - Ichiban-yagura Turret - Osaka Castle Plum Orchard - Stone Wall - Karahori (dry moat) - Hokoku-jinja Shrine - Takoishi Huge Stone - Kinzo Treasure House - Main Tower of Osaka Castle

Remains of Naniwa-no-Miya Palace Course
Naniwa-no-Miya Palace in Osaka functioned as the nation’s governmental seat from the 7th to 8th century, before the capital was established in Nara, then later in Kyoto. The city appeared in records, however, for a long time its exact location was not known at all. We invite you to come close to the mystery of this ancient city, which has been becoming clearer thanks to recent excavation.
Daigokuden (Council Hall) Remains
Hakkakudo (Octagonal Building) Remains
Northern Uemachi Daichi
Continuing history has been preserved since ancient times especially in Uemachi Daichi in Osaka. A guide to historical and cultural remains around Osaka Castle area.

Places Connected to Osaka Castle Course
Tour of dramatic places around Osaka Castle such as the residence of Sennno Rikyu, a master of tea ceremony who captivated numerous warriors including Hideyoshi Toyotomi, and the secret passage of Yukimura Sanada, a famous valiant general of the Toyotomi army, etc.

Bakumatsu (end of Tokugawa era) Remains Course
Tour of remains in Uemachi Daichi, Osaka, which played a prominent role in the turbulent times of Japan which came after a long period of national isolation from the outside world, known as sakoku.

Tour of Literary History Course
Tour of great literary masters who left their mark on Japanese literature including Sakunosuke Oda, a famous writer of Osaka, Monzaemon Chikamatsu who is called the Shakespeare of Japan, and Saikaku Ihara who composed 23,500 haiku poems in a single day and night in a competition.
Minami
Make a tour of the Minami district, feel its deep affinity with entertainment in Osaka, according to your request.

Dotonbori Course
A busy district representative of Osaka.   After enjoying its unique signboards and lively streets, we will take you to Hozenji Yokocho, a totally different place full of tranquil Japanese flavor.   The Mizukake Jizo statue covered with moss and the wet stone pavement convey the good old Osaka charm.

Shinsaibashi Strolling Course
Walk along the popular shopping street lined with establishments of long standing, trendy shops, brand-name goods shops and department stores with a guide, following the history of Shinsaibashi.

Literary Monument and Historic Spot Search Course
This area has a great many spots associated with literature; the literary monument to Chikamatsu Monzaemon, called Japan’s Shakespeare; Hozenji Yokocho, the setting of “Meoto Zenzai”, a novel penned by an Osaka native, Oda Sakunosuke.   If you are interested in Japanese literature, this course is ideal for you.
You can also enjoy Bunraku dolls and outfit displays at the National Bunraku Theatre whereNingyo Joruri (designated as a World Intangible Cultural Heritage) performance is available.
Kita
Osaka scenery, fit for Aqua Metropolis Osaka, as well as sites and historic spots associated with literature will be shown to you, according to your request.

Chikamatsu Literature Course
Tour the spots used as the setting of a ningyo joruri “Sonezaki Shinju”, said to be based on a true story, written by the playwright Chikamatsu Monzaemon, the Shakespeare of Japan.

Aqua Metropolis Nakanoshima Course
In the Edo era, the streets of Nakanoshima were lined with the storehouses of various feudal clans, being a lively town attracting people, wealth and information in equal measure.  As a result Nakanoshima still has numerous historic spots and buildings, though today it is a central business district of Osaka.   Take a walk along the shore, and follow the changes of time in Osaka together.

Tenmano Tenjinsan Course
This course tours around Osaka Temmangu, held in high regard by the local residents as being the abode of a deity of learning, and site of the Tenjin Festival.   July 24th is Yomiya, or eve, and the 25th is Honmiya, the main festival, the most famous festival in Osaka.   Tenjinbashisuji Shotengai, 2.6km-long from north to south, the longest shopping street in Japan, is nearby.   Please enjoy the traditional town atmosphere in Osaka while walking around.

Culture of townspeople, modern architecture, etc.
The townspeople opened learning centers using their own money in Osaka, a town founded by mainly townspeople and merchants.   Famous examples include Kaitokudo in the Edo era and Tekijuku opened by Ogata Koan in the closing days of the Tokugawa shogunate, producing those stalwarts who led Japan into modern times, people such as Fukuzawa Yukichi.  Also available for your tour are various examples of historical architecture; Aishu Kindergarten, the former Konishi residence, Central Public Hall, Ikoma Bldg, Koraibashi Bldg, and so on.
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