A PERFECT DAY – OSAKA

Take the Subway Midosuji Line one stop from Umeda Station to Yodoyabashi Station to reach the Nakanoshima area. Enjoy a stroll in the fresh morning air along the river to a beautiful rose garden. Inside Osaka City Center Public Hall, a building with a rich history built in a traditional European style, is the Nakanoshima Club restaurant. Try a morning sandwich to start the day off right. The area is also perfect for a morning jog.

Try the Osaka River Cruise that takes you to Osaka Castle, where inside the Main Tower is a museum full of precious exhibits documenting Osaka's history. You will also get a panoramic view of the city. Or, ride the subway to Shinsaibashi Station, where a plethora of luxury brand stores are located. You might also enjoy a stroll along Orange Street to window-shop for small items or interior goods. When you reach the Namba area you will find lots of reataurants on Dotombori street where you can always find a tasty meal. A takeout plate of takoyaki (octopus dumplings) for your walk might be just the call. If you want to buy some fresh seafood or vegetables, the place to go is the Kuromon Ichiba Market in Nippombashi. It boasts alively atmosphere with shopkeepers calling out in high-spirited voices.

Visitors interested in the traditional performing arts should make their way to the National Bunraku Theatre. The puppets, with their lifelike movements, are a great treasure both to Osaka and the world. Return to the Kita area and ride the HEP Five Ferris Wheel for a special night view across Osaka that you will never forget. If you get hungry, you can easily find great food here, too. There is everything from popular, local shops selling kushikatsu (skewers dipped in breadcrumbs and deep-fried) to lavish restaurants on the top floors of skyscrapers. The nightlife of Kitashinchi is close by to round out an exciting night.

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