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Osaka’s Most Famous Clown Mascot : The History of Kuidaore Taro

Dōtonbori (道頓堀), Osaka (大阪) is home to some of the region’s most famous symbols and landmarks. Most of these landmarks are tied to restaurants, such as Kani Dōraku’s (かに道楽) giant moving crab that hangs above the restaurant door, seemingly waving to customers going inside. One of Dōtonbori’s – and perhaps Osaka’s – most famous landmarks…

Top 8 Cherry Blossom Viewing Spots in Osaka for Spring 2018

The air is getting warmer, and what seemed like shy little green buds are starting to give color to the once-naked and leafless trees as flowers start to bloom – signs that spring is just around the corner. It is one of the most beloved times of the year, especially in the land of sakura…

8 Things To Do in The Fun Packed District of Umeda, Osaka in 2018!

Osaka has many interesting areas to explore, and is popular among both foreign and Japanese visitors for its history, food, culture, and laid back people. However, your trip won’t be complete unless you visit the major downtown hub of “Umeda’, also referred to as ‘Kita-ku’. The district itself is like a mini-city with everything from…

Find Out Why This Osaka Museum Closed in 2013 and What Remains of it in 2017

Besides being known as the “Nation’s Kitchen,” Osaka has quite a history when it comes to its maritime culture. It has also been a popular place for the trading of goods. In line with this, the Mayor of the city opened the Osaka Maritime Museum in 2000 in order to reflect the importance of the…

Enjoy Drinks, Snacks, and Awesome Views on Japan’s Tallest Ferris Wheel in Osaka!

Do you know that the tallest Ferris wheel in Japan has been operating since July 2016? This popular and entertaining ride was established in Lalaport EXPOCITY, an entertainment complex in Osaka City consisting of many shops and restaurants. The ride, called Redhorse Osaka Wheel, has transparent gondolas which take you up to a 123-meter height!…

Bathe in These 14 Japanese Onsen Baths From Around the World at SpaWorld in Osaka

Japan is undeniably famous for its hot spring baths, or more commonly known as “onsen.” Did you know that in Osaka, there is a famous place that offers various onsen inspired by different countries from all around the world? This tourist attraction, known as SpaWorld, not only offers onsen; they also offer other facilities like…

Find Out About Osaka’s Glico Running Man and His History

When I first visited Osaka (大阪) in 2014, I admit that I wasn’t aware of the famous landmark located in Dotonbori-Ebisubashi (道頓堀戎橋) in Osaka’s south district. When I went there the first time and saw the crowd taking pictures with the huge Running Man signboard, I was amazed how popular the landmark seemed, particularly to…

Will There Be a Real-Life Mario Kart at the Upcoming SUPER NINTENDO WORLD in Osaka?

You must have already heard of the upcoming collaboration between Universal Studios and SUPER NINTENDO WORLD. Although there’s no actual date when it will be opened, Universal Studios Japan (ユニバーサル・スタジオ・ジャパン) wants the plan to materialize before the opening of the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo (東京). Part of the plan is the rumored opening of…

Which Rides at Universal Studios Japan Are Fun for Non-Japanese Speakers?

Not speaking the language of a country where you visit a theme park is normally not a major issue because the attractions largely involve visuals and physical experiences. But with Universal Studios (ユニバーサル・スタジオ) parks, things are a little different. The attractions attempt to create a whole world for us to live in for a brief…

Admire Japanese Cherry Blossoms in Full Bloom at These 3 Spots in Osaka

This is the time of the year when cherry blossoms are in full bloom in Japan. Many people have probably already planned the places they will be having their drinking parties at for the coming weeks. If you haven’t experienced this kind of culture in your country, then dream no more. Pack your things and…
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