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Osaka Castle 大阪城


A symbol of Osaka and one of Japan's largest reconstructed castles. Originally built by Toyotomi Hideyoshi in 1583. The castle tower was reconstructed in 1931 and underwent major renovation during 1995-97 and serves as a very modern history museum.

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Dotonbori 道頓堀


Osaka most famous neon lights and evening entertainment district with shops, restaurants, riverside walkways, boat rides, and big-city hustle and bustle.

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Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine on New Year's Day 住吉大社初詣


Sumiyoshi Taisha is one of Japan's three most popular shrines during New Year's seeing over 2 million worshippers. The main shrines are National Treasures since they are built in the unique Sumiyoshi-zukuri style. Sumiyoshi Taisha is the headquarters shrine of all Sumiyoshi shrines in Japan, about 600 of them. Most are in central and western Japan. It even has a "Cat Shrine." These photos were taken on New Year's Day, Jan. 1, 2019, Year of the Boar. The shrine is a short walk from Sumiyoshi Taisha Station on the Nankai Line.

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Imamiya Ebisu Shrine Toka Ebisu 今宮戎神社 十日夷


Imamiya Ebisu Shrine is dedicated to Ebisu, one of the Seven Gods of Good Fortune, representing business prosperity. On Jan. 9-11 (centering on the 10th), the shrine holds one of Japan's largest Toka Ebisu festivals to pray for good business. The festival is perhaps Japan's most commercial festival where souvenirs and trinkets for business prosperity are sold.

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Tenjin Matsuri Festival 天神祭


One of Japan's Big Three Festivals (besides Kyoto's Gion Matsuri and Tokyo's Kanda Matsuri) is also Osaka's biggest summer festival held on July 24-25. These photos were taken on July 25, 2004. The festival has a procession starting from Tenmangu Shrine in the afternoon and a water procession on the river in the evening. The festival climaxes with fireworks.

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Other Osaka sights


Other sights in Osaka city including the new Osaka Station, Bunraku Theater, and taiko shops near Ashiharabashi Station.

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