Saturday, January 30, 2016

Osaka: Tsutenkaku Tower & Biliken in Japan


This is my final journal trip to Osaka in Japan. To me, a trip to Osaka will not be meaningful if you don't make a trip to Tsutenkaku Tower at Osaka Shinsekai. Tsutenkaku Tower is the main landmark symbol of Osaka that has appeared in many movies. Tsutenkaku Tower was built in 1912 which resembled Eifel Tower on a building designed in the image of the Arch of Triumph. Tsutenkaku Tower was built at the amusement park, Luna Park. It was the tallest structure in the East Asia at that time but then, it was destroyed by fire before it was reconstructed at the citizens' request.

How to get to Tsutenkaku Tower?
Address             :  Ebisu-higashi, Naniwa-ku, Osaka, Japan
Opening Hours :  9am to 9pm
Admission Fee :  600 yen (adults) and 300 yen (children)
Subway           :  3 minute walk from Ebisu-cho on the Subway Sakai-suji Line from Shin-Osaka


Tsutenkaku Tower and Osaka Shinsekai town which is popular for eateries, shopping and souvenirs in Osaka, Japan
Tsutenkaku Tower and Osaka Shinsekai town which is popular for eateries, shopping and souvenirs in Osaka, Japan

The famous Biliken statue which brings good luck when you rub his soles at one of the restaurant nearby Tsutenkaku Tower in Osaka Shinsekai
The famous Biliken statue which brings good luck when you rub his soles at one of the restaurant nearby Tsutenkaku Tower in Osaka Shinsekai

An outstanding unique exterior decoration of a restaurant nearby Tsutenkaku Tower in Osaka Shinsekai, Japan
An outstanding unique exterior decoration of a restaurant nearby Tsutenkaku Tower in Osaka Shinsekai, Japan

Japanese Blowfish (Fugu) speciality restaurant nearby Tsutenkaku Tower in Osaka Shinsekai, Japan
Japanese Blowfish (Fugu) speciality restaurant nearby Tsutenkaku Tower in Osaka Shinsekai, Japan

Biliken is a deity statue to bring good luck if you rub the soles of his feet at Tsutenkaku Tower in Osaka Shinsekai in Japan
Biliken is a deity statue to bring good luck if you rub the soles of his feet at Tsutenkaku Tower in Osaka Shinsekai in Japan

Heading to Tsutenkaku Tower while walking along the eateries street of Osaka Shinsekai in Japan
Heading to Tsutenkaku Tower while walking along the eateries street of Osaka Shinsekai in Japan

Standing in front of Tsutenkaku Tower at the height of 64m which resembles Eifel Tower in Osaka Shinsekai, Japan
Standing in front of Tsutenkaku Tower at the height of 64m which resembles Eifel Tower in Osaka Shinsekai, Japan

Waiting for the lift to the observation deck at Tsutenkaku Tower in Osaka Shinsekai, Japan
Waiting for the lift to the observation deck at Tsutenkaku Tower in Osaka Shinsekai, Japan

Hello Kitty at observation deck of Tsutenkaku Tower in Osaka Shinsekai, Japan
Hello Kitty at observation deck of Tsutenkaku Tower in Osaka Shinsekai, Japan

My favourite famous brand, Pocky from Japan at Tsutenkaku Tower in Osaka Shinsekai Japan
My favourite famous brand, Pocky from Japan at Tsutenkaku Tower in Osaka Shinsekai Japan

Lively transformation of Tsutenkaku Tower and the amusement park, Luna Park with its aerial cable car before being destroyed by fire in 1943, Osaka, Japan
Lively transformation of Tsutenkaku Tower and the amusement park, Luna Park with its aerial cable car before being destroyed by fire in 1943, Osaka, Japan

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Osaka: Castle & Museum of History in Japan


Try getting a combination entrance tickets to Osaka Castle Museum and Osaka Museum of History at special rate in Osaka, Japan. The combination special tickets will only be available at the entrance ticket counter at Osaka Castle Museum. It is a worth while to visit both historic museum sites. You will understand more about the history of Osaka Castle and experience the miniature models of Japanese in Then and Now at Osaka Museum of History.

Osaka Museum of History is situated across Osaka Castle. You can get to Osaka Castle by getting down at Tanimachi 4-chome subway Station. Osaka Castle and Osaka Museum of History are open from 9am to 5pm daily. However, they are closed from December 28th to January 1st yearly.
 

Combo tickets to Osaka Castle and Museum of History at special price in Osaka, Japan
Combo tickets to Osaka Castle and Museum of History at special price in Osaka, Japan

Osaka Castle in Japan
Osaka Castle in Japan

Half way to Osaka Castle which is covered with some gold elements in Osaka, Japan
Half way to Osaka Castle which is covered with some gold elements in Osaka, Japan

Osaka downtown view from the top level in Osaka Castle, Japan
Osaka downtown view from the top level in Osaka Castle, Japan

Shachihoko is a combination of Tiger head and fish body which are placed at the end of the main roof ridge to protect the building in Japan
Shachihoko is a combination of Tiger head and fish body which are placed at the end of the main roof ridge to protect the building in Japan

Friendly Japanese cleaner in Samurai costume and he's very proud to take picture in front of Osaka Castle in Osaka, Japan
Friendly Japanese cleaner in Samurai costume and he's very proud to take picture in front of Osaka Castle in Osaka, Japan

We are standing on the reconstructed Daigokuden (Main Audience hall) at Namiwa palace historic site park at Museum of History in Osaka, Japan
We are standing on the reconstructed Daigokuden (Main Audience hall) at Namiwa palace historic site park at Museum of History in Osaka, Japan

It is very impressive historical setting to attract visitors to understand Japanese history better at Museum of History in Osaka, Japan
It is very impressive historical setting to attract visitors to understand Japanese history better at Museum of History in Osaka, Japan

Japanese palace model at Museum of History in Osaka, Japan
Japanese palace model at Museum of History in Osaka, Japan

Looking like real boat and ship at the port in 3D at Museum of History in Osaka, Japan
Looking like real boat and ship at the port in 3D at Museum of History in Osaka, Japan

A jetty bridge connects from the land to the ships and boats at Museum of History in Osaka, Japan
A jetty bridge connects from the land to the ships and boats at Museum of History in Osaka, Japan

Trading business at the port during the early days at Museum of History in Osaka, Japan
Trading business at the port during the early days at Museum of History in Osaka, Japan

Miniature troops are arranged to tell the historical story during the Japanese war at Osaka Castle in Japan
Miniature troops are arranged to tell the historical story during the Japanese war at Osaka Castle in Japan

Japanese stay in straw houses in the early days at Museum of History in Osaka, Japan
Japanese stay in straw houses in the early days at Museum of History in Osaka, Japan

The model of fishing and port village at Museum of History in Osaka, Japan
The model of fishing and port village at Museum of History in Osaka, Japan

Japanese town and business in the early days at Museum of History in Osaka, Japan
Japanese town and business in the early days at Museum of History in Osaka, Japan

Modern lifestyle and homes of Japanese at Museum of History in Osaka, Japan
Modern lifestyle and homes of Japanese at Museum of History in Osaka, Japan

Japanese in their traditional costumes and modern clothing along the shops and cinema in the early days at Museum of History in Osaka, Japan
Japanese in their traditional costumes and modern clothing along the shops and cinema in the early days at Museum of History in Osaka, Japan

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Osaka: Dotonbori Minami Namba in Japan


Dotonbori is the most popular tourist attraction area and it is also a city icon for Osaka in Japan. Dotonbori is also known as Minami Namba as it is located around Namba Station, Minami. Dotonbori is a popular shopping and food district as it draws many tourists to the place especially at night, in order to enjoy hundreds of neon lights and colourful electronic billboards on the buildings. Glico is one of the famous electronic billboards which attracts tourists to Dotonbori for the picture. Apart from that, tourists can enjoy boat ride along the canal at Dotonbori. 

Okonomiyaki (Japanese pancake), Takoyaki, Tetchirin (blowfish stew), Udon, Octopus balls, Oysters, scallops etc. are popular food to try in Osaka.

Dotonbori is located around Namba Station, Minami in Osaka downtown, Japan
Dotonbori is located around Namba Station, Minami in Osaka downtown, Japan

It becomes crowded at night when visitors head to Dotonbori Street for popular okonomiyaki, tetchiri, udon etc. in Osaka, Japan
It becomes crowded at night when visitors head to Dotonbori Street for popular okonomiyaki, tetchiri, udon etc. in Osaka, Japan

Boat ride along the canal at the popular tourist attraction of Dotonbori in Osaka downtown, Japan
Boat ride along the canal at the popular tourist attraction of Dotonbori in Osaka downtown, Japan

The entrance of Dotonbori Street and near to Minami Namba walk in Osaka, Japan
The entrance of Dotonbori Street for food district and near to popular spots for the electronic billboards at Minami Namba walk in Osaka, Japan

Asahi electronic billboard on top of the building at Minami Namba in Osaka downtown, Japan
Asahi electronic billboard on top of the building at Minami Namba in Osaka downtown, Japan


Glico electronic board is one of the most popular attraction at Dotonbori and Minami Namba walk in Osaka downtown, Japan
Glico electronic board is one of the most popular attraction at Dotonbori and Minami Namba walk in Osaka downtown, Japan

Okonomiyaki (Japanese pancake) and Japanese style BBQ are popular food in Osaka, Japan
Okonomiyaki (Japanese pancake) and Japanese style BBQ are popular food in Osaka, Japan

Catchy Osaka food displaying on restaurants' signboards  to grab customers' attention at Dotonbori in Osaka, Japan
Catchy Osaka food displaying on restaurants' signboards  to grab customers' attention at Dotonbori in Osaka, Japan

Standing on the right of escalator in order to give way for people who are on the quick move in Osaka, Japan
Standing on the right of escalator in order to give way for people who are on the quick move in Osaka, Japan
The futuristic concept of the most popular tourist attraction place at Osaka Station City in Osaka downtown, Japan
The futuristic concept of the most popular tourist attraction place at Osaka Station City in Osaka downtown, Japan


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  • JR Shinkansen Shin-Osaka to Hiroshima station & Streetcar(Hiroshima Electrict Railway) in Japan
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  • Mt Fuji & Hakone Lake Ashi Cruise in Japan
  • Odaiba Minato & Gundam Tokyo Bay, Japan
  • Asakusa Sensoji Kannon Buddhist Temple in Tokyo, Japan
  • Tokyo Imperial Palace East Gardens
  • Meiji Jingu Shrine in Harajuku, Tokyo, Japan
  • Sky Bus Tokyo ride in Marunouchi district, Japan
  • Kit Kat, Ikebukuro Tokyo Store
  • Tokyo Station & Tokyo Tower, Japan
  • Akihabara Anime, Manga and Maid Cafe in Tokyo, Japan
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  • Observation Deck: Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building at Shinjuku, Tokyo
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