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Osaka Castle

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Osaka Castle is a famous landmark, a popular sightseeing spot, and the symbol of Osaka. It was a beautiful short walk from the train station. I’m glad we went during fall when all the trees were beautifully colored to compliment the castle. But I’m sure it will still be beautiful all year round. 

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Osaka’s new world – Shinsekai

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If there’s another place as alive as Dotonbori at night, it is Shinsekai. Paris was chosen as the model for Shinsekai’s northern half, while the southern portion was built to imitate Coney Island in New York. There’s a notable tower in Shinsekai called Tsutenkaku Tower, which was constructed in 1912 after Paris’ Eiffel Tower.We literally spent a long time strolling around Shinsekai looking for a place to eat. Kushikatsu is one of Osaka’s best known specialties. It is a dish, composed of various skewered, battered and deep fried foods. Many of Shinsekai’s kushikatsu…read more

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Japan food adventures

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  And now, on to my favorite topic – FOOD! I can say without hesitation that Japan is one of my foodie heavens. The xx lbs that I gained during our trip around Asia can be attributed to Japan alone. But what can one do when everything is just so good!?   📍Fushimi Inari These foods alone can be seen on the street just outside the temple. We kid you not, but I don’t remember how much we spent trying out everything our stomach could hold. I can’t even honestly…read more

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OSAKA: Umeda Sky Building ( The Floating Garden)

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  Other than cool walls, you probably noticed by now that I also like going to highest points/buildings and taking photos of the cities that we go to. I just think it’s more breathtaking.   The observation platform of this observatory is a bridge connecting the two towers of the Umeda Sky Building, whose roof features a doughnut shape that provides an unobstructed 360-degree view   And, we found locks on the building’s observation deck too! I see locks of love materializing in the near future.

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UNESCO World Heritage Site – Kiyomizu-dera Temple

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Kiyomizudera, literally “Pure Water Temple”, is one of the most celebrated temples of Japan. It is an independent Buddhist temple in eastern Kyoto. It is a very nice temple but be prepared with some walking to do, on upslopes. The streets leading to the temple were lined with shops selling souvenirs and kyoto’s special sweets and foods. FUN FACT: Not a single nail was used for the construction of the verandah at the Main Hall! How amazing is that?