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Located on the southern reaches of the main island of Honshu, Osaka is an economic heavyweight with a dash of culture. Home to a thriving nightlife, restaurant scene, and a series of historical monuments and museums, Osaka has much to offer visitors. Particular highlights include viewing cherry blossoms (sakura) in spring, relaxing treatments at Spa World, and the looming, historic Osaka Castle, built in 1586 by warlord Toyotomi Hideyoshi.
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Osaka’s National Bunraku Theater is the foremost venue in the country of bunraku, Japan’s traditional puppet theater. Carved from wood, the elaborate puppets are often accompanied in performances by instruments such as taiko drums, lute-like shamisen, and a chorus of chanters.
The Symphony Hall in Umeda hosts to both classical and contemporary music performances. Other halls include the Festival Hall in Nakanoshima, the Umeda Koma and the Shin-Kabukiza, making Osaka one of the foremost cities for music lovers in Japan.
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
With 27 tanks in 16 exhibits, all of which simulate habitats in the Pacific Ocean, Osaka Aquarium hosts a varied assortment of marine animal and plant life, ranging from manta rays and whale sharks to kelp and jellyfish. Visitors with children will be particularly delighted by the walk-through displays.
Built in 1583 by warlord Toyotomi Hideyoshi, Osaka Castle was originally intended as a symbol of the unification of Japan. Over the centuries, it was destroyed twice; the building that stands today is a modern construction built in 1931, and little remains from the original structure, aside from a gate and a tower. Nonetheless, Osaka Castle offers beautiful views of the city; the best time to visit is in spring, during the cherry blossom season.
Museum of Oriental Ceramics
Explore the Museum of Oriental Ceramics, one of the best collections of ceramics not only in Asia but in the entire world. More than 1,000 pieces of Japanese, Chinese and Korean ceramics are housed here, including several National Treasures of Japan.
Osaka's Spa World is a huge 24-hour, state-of-the-art facility offering an abundance of spa treatments, massages, sauna and hot-spring bath choices. Facilities are separated by gender, and there are restaurants, bars and even live entertainment.
Museum of Old Farmhouses
The open air Museum of Old Farmhouses is a wonderful reconstruction of how ordinary Japanese lived during the Edo period. The farmhouses have been shipped here from all over Japan and painstakingly reconstructed.
National Museum of Art
Osaka’s National Museum of Art is one of Japan’s five principal government museums. Though most of the museum is subterranean, its above-ground entrance is a landmark piece of architecture, with curved steel rods designed to evoke the strength and suppleness of bamboo reeds waving in the wind. The Museum’s collection includes works by Cézanne, Picasso, Miró, Ernst, and modern Japanese artists like Tsuguharu Foujita and Yasuo Kuniyoshi.
If you visit Osaka in mid-April, chances are good that you’ll be there during its peak hanami (cherry blossom viewing) days. Stroll along the hana-no-mawari-michi, or corridor of flowers, on the grounds of the Japan Mint to take in the pink and white blossoms (sakura) of a wide variety of cherry tree species.
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St. Regis Osaka
In the heart of Osakaâ€™s Midosuji area lies the St. Regis Osaka, a classically-elegant five-star hotel on the â€śChamps Elysee of the Orient.â€ť With stunning and extensive views of the city, the spacious rooms offer guests luxury comforts ranging from 300-thread-count sheets, to Nespresso machines, to 42-inch HD flat screen TVs. Enter the bathroom, and find a whole new world of luxury, where plush bathrobes hang above marble floors leading to an exotic rainforest shower, a roomy soaking bathtub, and even a built-in LCD TV. Whatâ€™s more, the vibrant Dotonburi area is only a 15-minute jaunt away, while culture enthusiasts will enjoy Osaka Castle, at only a 10-minute drive. Enjoy first-class dining at La Veduta, where sophisticated Italian cuisine is served to discerning diners.
The Ritz-Carlton, Osaka
This luxury hotel is an oasis in the vibrant and bustling city that is Osaka. The Ritz-Carlton Osaka is a business hotel that aims to provide its guests with a soothing and serene atmosphere in the heart of OsakaĂŻÂżÂ˝s business and shopping district. With nearly 300 rooms, including a selection of Executive Suites, Club rooms, and more, each providing stunning views of the city below, as well as exclusive amenities, the options for comfort are bountiful. Egyptian cotton linens, down comforters, designer tea, a bathroom flat screen TV, fully-stocked refreshment cabinets, and complimentary newspaper and overnight shoe-shine are just a few of the exceptional surprises that await guests at this top-end hotel. Furthermore, two of its fine dining restaurants, La Baie, and Xiang Tao, are recipients of Michelin stars.