What to Expect
Osaka Castle was built by Toyotomi HIDEYOSHI in 1585. Oh, it's my residence, isn't it !! The observatory with a height of 50 meters above the ground commands a panoramic view of Osaka city. Can you guess how many stones were used to build the castle? I'll tell you the answer on my tour. Osaka Castle Park is also known for its beautiful cherry blossoms.
If you want to experience feeling like a samurai when visiting the castle, you can wear a samurai warrior helmet like me !!
From Osaka Castle Pier to Yodoyabashi you can enjoy Nakanoshima on Okawa River by an Aqua Liner for 20 minutes. In 1600s Nakanoshima was developed on the river sandbar and it became the center of Japanese economy.
Dotombori is a popular street with a lot of flashy signboards. Osaka is widely known as a "Kuidaore-no-machi", or literally "drinking and eating luxuriously to death." Popular foods are "Konamon" such as Okonomiyaki. or Japanese-style pancake grilled on an iron plate, and Takoyaki, or a grilled dumpling with a piece of octopus in it. I'll introduce some delicious stores to you.
Shin-Sekai is a downtown area with a strange mix of nostalgic atmosphere and contemporary energy.
Tsutenkaku is the symbol tower of this area. In the daytime you won't be able to see the illuminations but in the evening or at night the tower is beautifully lit up. The color of the illuminations has a certain meaning. Do you know what it is ?
You can try the local foods (kushikatsu, sushi, tempura) at a reasonable price. Kushikatsu is a typical local deep fried food that goes great with beer. A wide variety of skewered ingredients such as beef, prawns, and vegetables are dipped in batter and deep fried in cooking oil. There is a local rule when eating kushikatsu; No dipping twice !!
Billiken (the famous statue of a spirit of luck) will be waiting for you!! By the way, this area was designed after a certain city. Do you know which city it is ?
If you want to know the answers to my questions, why don't you come and join my tour ?
I guarantee you'll have a great day.
( We'll go around the city on the subways)