Osaka Central Public Hall


Built in 1911, this dramatic, red-brick neo-Renaissance building is an important cultural property.

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1. Museum of Oriental Ceramics


This museum has one of the world's finest collections of Chinese and Korean ceramics, with smaller galleries of Japanese ceramics and Chinese snuff…

2. Osaka City Hall

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A mid-1980s building incorporating some elements from the 1921 City Hall.

3. Naka-no-shima-kōen

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Osaka's first public park, created in 1891 at the eastern end of Naka-no-shima, is a good place for an afternoon stroll or picnic lunch.

4. O-hatsu Ten-jin

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Hiding in plain sight amid the skyscrapers of Umeda, this 1300-year-old shrine owes its fame to one of Japan's best-known tragic plays (based on true…

5. Osaka Tenman-gū

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Founded in the 10th century, this shrine is where Osaka students come to pray for success: it's dedicated to Sugawara Michizane, also known as Tenjin-san,…

6. Tenjinbashi-suji Shōtengai

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Japan's largest covered shopping arcade, which began as a wet market during the Edo period (1604–1868), stretches 2.6km over six blocks. The majority of…

7. National Museum of Art, Osaka

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Originally built for Expo '70, this underground construction by architect Cesar Pelli now houses Japan's fourth national museum. The building – like a…

8. Umeda Sky Building

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Osaka's landmark Sky Building (1993) resembles a 40-storey, space-age Arc de Triomphe. Twin towers are connected at the top by a 'floating garden' (really…