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The second part of this series features Bunraku (文楽)which is, strictly speaking, performed not by human beings but puppets! Let's head into this fascinating world of traditional Japanese puppetry and explore the appeal of this art form! How Bunraku came about blog.goo.ne.jp/ Bunraku is a type of Japanese puppet performance which was...

Did you know that some people prefer to go on DIY train tours? They ride one train line and go to attractions near the stations connected to the line. In Osaka, one line that visitors can consider hopping onto is the JR Osaka Loop Line. Operated by JR West,...

If the JR Yamanote line is the most convenient train line in Tokyo, the Osaka Municipal Subway’s Midosuji Line would be its Osaka cousin. Many of Central Osaka’s tourist spots are accessible via the Midosuji Line (colour-coded red) and it is the oldest subway line in Osaka. commons.wikimedia.org/ Many of...

Thanks to the development of low-cost carriers (LCC), the price of air tickets are becoming relatively cheap. However, most LCC airlines only offer tickets at unfavourable time slots, like very early in the morning or very late at night. So it can make booking accommodation downtown quite uneconomical which...

Between March 15 and September 13, 1970, a world's fair was held in Osaka as the Expo '70 and was the first world's fair held in Japan. The theme of the expo was all about "Progress and Harmony for Mankind" and was represented by a symbol called the "Tower...

Universal Cool Japan is an event by Universal Studio Japan (USJ) which aims at themes based on elements of Japanese culture such as manga, anime, pop culture, and games. Thus, they are unlike the other attractions in USJ which are usually based on Hollywood films. The event has five...

In partnership with the government's movement to promote the tourism industry in Japan under the slogan "Cool Japan," Universal Studios Japan (USJ) has also come up with "Universal Cool Japan" to attract more tourists with the hottest pop culture trends in the country. The campaign has been running for...

According to TripAdvisor, the Osaka Aquarium (known as Kaiyukan) is the 4th best aquarium in the country. One of the largest public aquariums in the world, Kaiyukan sees a huge number of tourists flocking to it every year to enjoy the aquatic experiences it has to offer. If you...

Finding a cheap place to stay in a major city is never easy, especially if you want somewhere with a central, convenient location. Osaka is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Japan and as such there are plenty of hotels to choose from. If you want somewhere...

A kofun is an ancient grave constructed by emperors and wealthy elites during the early 3rd century in Japan. They actually resemble the Egyptian Pyramids in size yet they are unknown to many people around the world. One eye-catching feature is the key-hole shape of the burial mounds which...

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