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Provides information on recommended tourism spots in the Osaka, Kobe, Takarazuka, and Kyoto areas, selected in a variety of ranges from historic structures to large commercial facilities

Osaka

Umeda, one of Japan’s most prominent shopping districts, serves as the gateway to Osaka. Amidst the groups of modern buildings stand the breathtaking, historical remnants of ancient structures. In Umeda, the modern skyline created by the cluster of Hankyu high-rise buildings forms a new landmark for the city.

Osaka Castle

©Osaka Castle

Osaka Castle

Address : 1-1 Osakajo,Chuo-ku,Osaka City

Hours : 9:00-17:00(Last admission 16:30)*Osaka Castle Main Tower

Closed : 28 Dec.-1 Jan.

http://www.osakacastle.net/

Shitennoji

Shitennoji

Address : 1-11-18 Shitennoji, Tennoji-ku, Osaka City

Hours : 8:30 to 16:30 from Apr to Sep and 8:30 to 16:00 from Oct to Mar

Closed : Open 365 days

http://www.shitennoji.or.jp/

Abeno Harukas

Abeno Harukas

Address : 1-1-43 Abenosuji, Abeno-ku, Osaka City

Hours : Vary by facility/store (please see the website)

Closed : Vary by facility/store

http://www.abenoharukas-300.jp/

The Osaka Museum of Housing and Living

The Osaka Museum of Housing and Living

Address : 8th floor, Osaka Municipal Housing Information Center Building, 4-20, Tenjimbashi 6-chome, Kita-ku, Osaka City

Hours : 10:00 am to 5:00 pm (last admission 4:30 pm)

Closed : Tue., 3rd Mon, 29 Dec.-2 Jan, and other irregular center holidays (please see the website)

http://konjyakukan.com/

Tenjinbashisuji Shopping Arcade

Tenjinbashisuji Shopping Arcade

Address : 1 chome-7 chome,Tenjinbashi,
Kitaku,Osaka City

Hours : Varies by stores

Closed : Varies by stores

1 chome-3 chome

http://www.tenjin123.com/

4 chome - 6 chome

http://tenjinbashi.net/

Kuromon Ichiba Market

Kuromon Ichiba Market

Address : 4-1 Nihonbashi 2-chome, Chuo-ku, Osaka City

Hours : Varies by store

Closed : Varies by stores

http://www.kuromon.com/

Osaka City Central Public Hall

Osaka City Central Public Hall

Address : 1-1-27 Nakanoshima,Kita-ku,Osaka City

Hours : 9:30-21:30

Closed : 4th Tue.(Wed.if Tue.is a holiday),end of year and New Year holidays(28 Dec.-4 Jan.)

http://osaka-chuokokaido.jp/

Sennichimae Doguyasuji Shopping Street

Sennichimae Doguyasuji Shopping Street

Address : 5th floor, Kawara Center Building , 5-19 Namba Sennichimae, Chuo-ku, Osaka City

Hours : Varies by stores

Closed : Varies by stores

http://www.doguyasuji.or.jp/

Minami (Namba)

©Osaka Convention & Tourism Bureau

Minami (Namba)

Address : Namba, Chuo-ku, Osaka City

http://www.osaka-info.jp/jp/areas/minami.html

Hankyu Department Store Umeda Main Store

Hankyu Department Store Umeda Main Store

Address: Hankyu Department Store 8-7 Kakuda-cho,Kita-ku,Osaka City

Hours:Sun.-Thu. 10:00-20:00 Fri. and Sat. 10:00-21:00 *Subject to change

Closed:1 Jan.

http://www.hankyu-dept.co.jp/fl/english/index.html

Umeda Sky Building (Kuchu Teien Observatory)

Umeda Sky Building (Kuchu Teien Observatory)

Address : 1-88 Oyodonaka 1-chome, Kita-ku, Shin Umeda City, Osaka City

Hours : 10:00 to 22:30 (last admission 22:00)

Closed : Open 365 days

http://www.kuchu-teien.com/observatory/

Tsutenkaku

Tsutenkaku

Address : 1-18-6 Ebisu-Higashi,Naniwa-ku,Osaka City

Hours : 9:00-21:00(Last admission 20:30)

Closed : Open 365 days

http://www.tsutenkaku.co.jp/

Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan

Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan

Address : 1-1-10 Kaigandori, Minato-ku, Osaka City

Hours : 10:00-20:00(Last admission 19:00) *Vary by month and day

Hours : Four days in total in Jan. and Feb.

http://www.kaiyukan.com/

GRAND FRONT OSAKA

GRAND FRONT OSAKA

Address:[Umekita Plaza]4-1 Ofukacho, Kita-ku, Osaka City [South Building]4-20 Ofukacho, Kita-ku, Osaka City [North Building]3-1 Ofukacho, Kita-ku, Osaka City

Hours:10:00 to 21:00(Vary by facility/store)

Closed:Open 365 days

http://www.grandfront-osaka.jp/multilingulal/index

Kobe

The beautiful international port city of Kobe, an area long favored by foreign visitors to Japan. Kobe, a city of diverse expressions, offers superb locations for an enjoyable stroll, including the fashionable shopping areas of Sannomiya, the exotic mountainside Ijinkan neighborhood of old Western-style mansions, and Nankinmachi Chinatown.

Hanshin Racecourse

Hanshin Racecourse

Address: 1-1 Komano-machi, Takarazuka City

Hours: 9:00~17:00

Closed: Mon, Tue, holidays, year-end and New Year, and other irregular holidays

http://www.jra.go.jp/

Hanshin Koshien Stadium

Hanshin Koshien Stadium

Address: 1-82 Koshien-cho, Nishinomiya City

Hours: Vary by day

http://www.hanshin.co.jp/koshien/

Rokko Garden Terrace

Rokko Garden Terrace

Address:1877-9,Gofukeyama,
Rokkosan-cho,Nada-ku,Kobe City

Hours:9:00-21:00(Weekends and holidays~21:30)(vary by season,day of week,weather and stores)

Closed:Open 365 days(none scheduled by stores during winter)

http://www.rokkosan.com/gt/

Kobe Harborland

Kobe Harborland

Address:Higashi-Kawasaki-cho,
Chuo-ku,Kobe City

Hours:Vary by facility

Closed:Vary by facility

http://www.harborland.co.jp/en/

Rokkosan

Rokkosan

Address: Rokkosan-cho, Nada-ku, Kobe City

Hours:Vary by facility

Closed:Vary by facility

Rokko Alpine Botanical Garden

Rokko Alpine Botanical Garden

Address:4512-150,Kita Rokko,
Rokkosan-cho,Nada-ku,Kobe City

Hours:10:00-17:00(Admission closed at 16:30)

Closed:Winter holidays (please see the website)

http://www.rokkosan.com/hana/

Kobe Oji Zoo

Kobe Oji Zoo

Address: 3-1 Oji-cho, Nada-ku, Kobe City

Hours: 9:00 to 17:00 from Mar. to Oct.
9:00 to 16:30 from Nov. to Feb. (admission closed 30 minutes before the closing time)

Closed: every Wed. (open when a national holiday falls on Wed.); Dec. 29, 30, and 31; and Jan. 1

http://www.kobe-ojizoo.jp/

Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens & Ropeway

Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens & Ropeway

Address:1-4-3 Kitano-cho, Chuo-ku, Kobe City

Hours:9:30-16:45
*Hours may be extended depending on the season and day of the week.

Closed:Open 365 days
(Operation/service is closed for approx. two weeks in winter for the annual inspection.)

http://www.kobeherb.com/

Kobe City (Kitano) Ijinkan Area

©KOBE CONVENTION & VISITORS ASSOCIATION

Kobe City (Kitano) Ijinkan Area

Address: Around Kitano-cho, Chuo-ku, Kobe City

Hours:Vary by facility

Closed:Vary by facility

http://www.feel-kobe.jp/

Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown)

Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown)

Address: 1 to 2, Motomachidori and Sakaemachidori, Chuo-ku, Kobe City

Hours:Varies by stores

Closed:Varies by stores

http://www.nankinmachi.or.jp/

Meriken Park

Meriken Park

Address:Hatoba-cho, Chuo-ku, Kobe City

Hours:N/A

Closed:Open 365 days (Individual establishments in the park are closed on specific days.)

http://www.kobe-meriken.or.jp/

Port of Kobe Earthquake Memorial Park

Port of Kobe Earthquake Memorial Park

Address: Meriken Park, 2 Hatoba-cho, Chuo-ku, Kobe City

Hours: 9:00 to 21:00 (video projection)

Closed: Open 365 days

http://www.kobe-maritime-museum.com/

Takarazuka

Takarazuka is a Mecca of leisure activities and sightseeing opportunities in the Kansai area. Takarazuka is home to the Takarazuka Revue Company, a famous musical revue troupe featuring all-woman casts, and the Osamu Tezuka Manga Museum honoring the father of the Japanese manga, who was born and raised in this area. Takarazuka truly offers a wide range of fun and entertainment for young and old alike.

Kiyoshikojin Seichoji Temple

Kiyoshikojin Seichoji Temple

Address: 1 Kiyoshi, Maitani, Takarazuka City

Hours: The premises are free to visit (admission free).
* Requests for charms, prayer services, etc., are accepted 8:00 to 17:00.

Closed:Open 365 days

http://www.kiyoshikojin.or.jp/

Takarazuka Grand Theater

©Takarazuka Revue Company

Takarazuka Grand Theater

Address:1-1-57 Sakae-machi,Takarazuka City

Hours:10:00-17:00

Closed:Wed.

http://kageki.hankyu.co.jp/

Takarazuka Revue Hall of Fame

Takarazuka Revue Hall of Fame

Address:1-1-57 Sakae-machi,Takarazuka City

Hours:One performance 10:00-17:00
Two performances 9:30-17:00

Closed:Wed.

http://kageki.hankyu.co.jp
/theater/takarazuka/fame.html

The Osamu Tezuka Manga Museum

The Osamu Tezuka Manga Museum

Address:7-65 Mukogawa-cho, Takarazuka City

Hours:9:30-17:00(Last admission 16:30)

Closed:Wed.(Open if Wed.is a holiday,and during spring and summer holidays),27-29 Oct. 29-31 Dec. 22 Feb-2 Mar.

http://www.city.takarazuka
.hyogo.jp/tezuka/

Kyoto

This international sightseeing city, rich in historical and cultural atmosphere, is a city representative of traditional Japan. Kiyomizudera Temple, situated harmoniously in the lush, deep green of Higashiyama Mountain, and Ryoanji Temple, known for its karesansui gardens, are famous Buddhist temples that have been designated as World Heritages. Kyoto offers countless opportunities for one to fully experience the true essence of Japanese culture.

Arashiyama is famous for its cherry blossoms and autumn foliage, and the Togetsukyo Bridge over Katsuragawa has become a symbol of the area. Nearby, one can enjoy many shrines, temples, and gardens, including the Tenryuji Temple of Zen Buddhism as well as Nonomiya-jinja Shrine, and Okouchi-sanso. Going a bit further, one finds even more sight-seeing opportunities, including Seiryo-ji, Daikaku-ji, Kozan-ji, and Jingo-ji temples.

Eikando Temple

Eikando Temple

Address: 48 Eikando-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto City

Hours: 9:00 to 17:00 (admission closes at 16:00)

Closed:Open 365 days

http://www.eikando.or.jp/

Nanzenji Temple

Nanzenji Temple

Address: Nanzenji Fukuchi-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto City

Hours: 8:40 to 16:30 from 1 Dec. to 28 Feb., and 8:40 to 17:00 from 1 Mar. to 30 Nov.
*Admission closes 20 minutes before the end of business hours.
*Normal visitors are not admitted at the year-end (Dec.28-31).
* The temple is open on New Year days.

Closed:Open 365 days

http://www.nanzen.net/

Chion-in Temple

Chion-in Temple

Address: 400 Rinka-cho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto City

Hours: The premises are free to visit.
*Visit to the temple hall: 9:00 to 16:30 (admission closes at 16:00)

Closed:N/A

http://www.chion-in.or.jp/

Shoren-in Temple

Shoren-in Temple

Address: 69-1 Awataguchi Sanjobo-cho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto City

Hours: 9:00 to 17:30 (admission closes at 16:30)

Closed:Open 365 days

http://www.shorenin.com/

Ninenzaka・Sannenzaka

Ninenzaka・Sannenzaka

Address:[Ninenzaka] Kodaiji Masuya-cho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto City
[Sannenzaka] Kiyomizu, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto City

Kodai-ji Temple

Kodai-ji Temple

Address:526,Shimogawa-cho,
Higashiyama-ku,Kyoto City

Hours:9:00-17:30(Last admission 17:00)

Closed:Open 365 days

http://www.kodaiji.com/

Kenninji Temple

Kenninji Temple

Address:584 Yamato Oji-dori Shijo Sagaru Komatsu-cho,Higashiyama-ku,Kyoto City

Hours:Mar.-Oct.10:00-16:30(gates close 17:00),
Nov.-Feb.10:00-16:00(gates close 16:30)

Closed:Dec.28-31

http://www.kenninji.jp/

Tofukuji Temple

Tofukuji Temple

Address: 1-4 Honjiyama-cho, Fukakusa, Fushimi-ku, Kyoto City

Hours: [Apr. to 31 Oct.] Admission 9:00 to 16:00 (admission closes at 16:00 [gate closed at 16:30]) [Nov. to early Dec.]
Admission: 08:30 to 16:00 (admission closes at 16:00 [gate closed at 16:30]) [Early Dec. to 31 Mar.]
Admission: 9:00 to 15:30 (admission closes at 15:30 [gate closed at 16:00])

Closed:Open 365 days

http://www.tofukuji.jp/

Sanjusangendo Temple

Sponsored by: Myohoin Temple

Sanjusangendo Temple

Address: 657 Sanjusangendo Mawari-cho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto City

Hours: 8:00 to 17:00 (9:00 to 16:00 from 16 Nov. to Mar.)
* Admission closes 30 minutes before the end of business hours.

Closed:Open 365 days

http://www.sanjusangendo.jp

Kyoto International Manga Museum

Kyoto International Manga Museum

Address:Karasuma-dori Oike Agaru, Nakagyo-ku,Kyoto City

Hours:10:00-18:00(Last admission 17:30) *Subject to change without notice

Closed:Wed.(Thu.If Wed. is a holiday),end of year and New Year holidays,during maintenance

http://kyotomm.jp/

Kyoto Aquarium

Kyoto Aquarium

Address:35-1,Kankiji-cho,Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto City(within Umekoji Park)

Hours:10:00-20:00(Last admission 19:00)
*May vary depending on weather conditions, etc.

Closed:Open 365 days
*May irregularly close for facility inspection, weather conditions, etc.

http://www.kyoto-aquarium.com/

Site of the Daikakuji Temple gate at the former Saga Imperial Palace

Site of the Daikakuji Temple gate at the former Saga Imperial Palace

Address:4,Saga Osawa-cho,Ukyo-ku,Kyoto City

Hours:9:00-17:00(Last admission 16:30)

Closed:Open 365 days

http://www.daikakuji.or.jp/

Arashiyama Station Hannari Hokkori Square

Arashiyama Station Hannari Hokkori Square

Address: 20-2 Saga Tenryuji Tsukurimichi-cho, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto City

Hours: 1st floor: 9:00 to 20:00, 2nd floor: 11:00 to 20:00 (last call)
(In winter, 1st floor: 10:00 to 18:00, 2nd floor: 11:00 to 18:00 [last call])

Closed:Open 365 days

http://www.kyotoarashiyama.jp/

Tenryuji Temple

Tenryuji Temple

Address :68 Saga Tenryuji Susuki-no-baba-cho, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto City

Hours :8:30-17:30 (Gates close at 17:00 ,21 Oct.-20 Mar.)

Closed:Open 365 days

http://www.tenryuji.com/

Chikurin-no-Michi (Path of Bamboo)

Chikurin-no-Michi (Path of Bamboo)

Address:Saga Tenryuji, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto City