In Osaka, you can see many interesting monuments of modern architecture, and the Umeda Sky Building is a great example. This 173-meter skyscraper complex consists of two connected 40-story towers. Despite the fact that the Umeda is far from being the highest in Osaka, it has many other amazing features. The elevator of this skyscraper can lift visitors up to the 35th floor, and the last five floors can be only … Open
Another family-friendly facility is Tennoji Zoo. The huge area of the zoo is adorned by lots of living plants, among which one can find spacious animal enclosures. The diversity of zoo inhabitants is really amazing: giraffes, bears, a special penguin enclosure with a swimming pool, and so on. The zoo is adjoined by a large and well-maintained park featuring special picnic areas and several sports grounds. Those … Open
In Osaka, one should pay attention to jewelry, which is also attractively priced here. You can find it both in large shopping centers and small jewelry workshops that can offer their customers truly exclusive products. Natural pearl jewelry and accessories are especially popular. If gold and silver are outside of the budget, you can always choose jewelry made of high-quality steel, which is also sold everywhere. … Open
The best place to profitable exchange any currency is an airport. Cash machines charge a rather high transaction fees meanwhile banks feature a rather formal procedure which will take much time. Many hotels have currency exchange offices on their premises which commonly process a sum of 300USD or equal to it in a day. 5.
All restaurant and cafes without exception as well as at beauty salons and … Open
Besides cat and owl cafes (the best ones are Save Cat Cafe and Sunset Owl Cafe), which have long become common for Japan and some other countries, you can also find truly unique cafes in the city. For example, Tempozan Anipa, whose inhabitants are kangaroos, alpacas, capybaras, dogs, turtles, and Japanese favorites - cats. This is a real zoo, a visit to which brings only pleasant memories. You can dine in the … Open
After strolling through Osaka's interesting places, it's time to enjoy the favorite entertainment of most tourists - to go explore local shopping arcades. The city also has quite unusual shopping destinations like Doguya-suji Street (Dogu-Suji) located between the districts of Namba (Namba) and Nippon Basi (Nippon Basi). The name of the street can be literally translated as "Kitchen Street". Here you can buy the … Open
Japan - moving around the country
A taxi can be an alternative to renting a car. Billing here is not per kilometer, but per every 280 meters. The minimum cost of this lap is 82 cents. Furthermore, for every additional 2 minutes and 15 seconds of the journey, you will need to pay another 80 cents. If you need to get from one region of the country to another in the shortest possible time, you can take advantage of domestic air travel, represented by airplanes, as well as helicopters. Sea transport is used to travel between the islands of Japan, which are located in the southern part of the country. You can also get to the neighboring states on ferries and on cruise liners to undertake an unforgettable adventure.
Overview of festivals and celebrations in Japan
Most of the Japanese islands are located in a temperate climate zone, characterized by a clear division of seasons. This feature gives residents and guests of Japan an excellent opportunity to observe the change of seasons in the conditions of original landscapes and enjoy the changes occurring in nature. Many festivals organized in the country are devoted to natural phenomena. They are held throughout the year in different parts of Japan. Among the official festivals, one can single out the Emperor’s birthday. During the festivity, the Emperor, Empress and Crown Prince appear on the veranda of the Palace to meet with the people. At the end of the solemn part, everyone can come to the Palace and leave congratulatory messages for the emperor in a special book.