Top architectural sightseeing and landmarks of Osaka - ideas on city exploration routes

from Yoriki-cho, Osaka It’s hard to imagine Osaka, and Japan in general, without its famous architectural landmarks. Umeda Sky Building, Shitenno-ji, Osaka Maritime Museum, Nagai Stadium, and Tempozan Ferris Wheel have shaped the historical and architectural look of Osaka. Let’s take a closer look at these landmarks from an unusual perspective – simply fly over the main sights! The supporting video includes a virtual tour around the above mentioned architectural landmarks of Osaka in HD format. Below, we will add the most exciting historical facts regarding every place of interest. The overview map of all iconic landmarks of Osaka can be found at the bottom of the webpage.

Umeda Sky Building, Osaka

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» Umeda Sky Building is two 40-storied towers linked by bridges, escalators, and a “floating garden”. They are called «Tower East» and «Tower West», which means that these are eastern and western towers.
» There is a corner with a fountain and plantings above the ground, on the floors.
» The glazed lift is on the outer side of the building and rises to the 35th level.
» On the facade, you can see spraying nozzles in the walls. It gives the impression that you see floating sky-blue clouds.
» The building is faced with silver material shining in the sun. Mirror panels of the interior of Umeda Sky Building reflect nearby constructions. The backlight is switched on at nights.
» Escalators in the shape of transparent tubes lead to the garden diagonally. As it moves, you can see a mat with the digit “173” on it, which means the height of the building.
» 173-meter skyscraper was opened in 1993. On the roof, there is a glass and concrete observation platform serving as an outdoor terrace. There is also an observation platform inside.
» The ground floor is occupied by stores, restaurants, and gift shops. There is an altar.

Shitenno-ji, Osaka

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» The temple with a history of 1 400 years suffered from both natural and human disasters.
» Its exterior represents the influence of Chinese architecture.
» When the building was being reconstructed, its original design had been preserved. When it was restored in 1957, reinforces concrete constructions were built instead of wooden ones.
» The treasury of the temple houses pieces of art and sculptures dedicated to household items of Shitenno-ji.
» The five-storied pagoda represents five elements: earth, air, fire, water, and sky.
» The entrance is guarded by a gypsum dragon. The spiral staircase leads to the personal chamber.
» At one time, preachers who manifested Buddhism studied in the temple.
» There is a wooden platform used for speeches in the center of the temple.
» It also has a preserved tradition to celebrate some holidays. On 22 April, the locals perform stage plays, courtier ceremonies (Bugaku), sing and dance.
» Shitenno-ji represents four rulers who worship Buddha.
» The modern temple complex includes several gates, a pagoda, pavilions, and a ritual gate.

Osaka Maritime Museum, Osaka

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» You can reach the Osaka Maritime Museum through the underwater tunnel that is situated 15 km from the shore.
» The building of the shape of the silver dome is 40 meters high (four floors) and has a diameter of 80 m. It is located right on the water. It is upheld by reinforced concrete pillars with steel hoods. The weight of the building is 1 200 tons.
» It has a comfortable temperature regardless of the weather. 15-mm glass withstands the water pressure and gets opaque in the sun. The museum consists of blocks: an entrance pavilion, a tunnel (its length is 60 m and width is 15 m), and a building. The tunnel is not illuminated enough to give the impression that you go under the water.
» The institution has received a special prize for “structural perfection”.
» The museum is proud of the exact life-sized copy of the wooden merchant ship of the 19th century. You can see it from the inside.
» The artifacts dedicated to maritime trade development are also of great value. Exhibits have been chosen based on the maritime theme.
» There is an outdoor observation platform and two halls where you can watch 3D films on maritime issues.
» You can show your skills in sailing on the stimulator yacht.

Nagai Stadium, Osaka

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» The city football and sports stadium was built in 1964 for the Olympic Games in Tokyo.
» Over 30 years after (in 1996), it was reconstructed: the area of the stadium increased and the number of seats grew up to 50.
» The constructed cost 380 million dollars.
» The local football club trains and plays home games at the stadium. Championships in athletics are held here.
» The size of the playground is 107x71 m. In 2002, the Japanese National Sports Festival was held here.
» Osaka took part in international games in 2008. The stadium management offered to hold this event right at the stadium. But Beijing was honored to hold the Olympic Games.
» The official name is “Osaka Nagai Stadium”. It includes an additional sports ground, the so-called Aid Stadium. It accommodates 15 thousand visitors. The sports arena including jogging tracks belongs to the prefecture of Osaka.
» The music band from South Korea Bing Bang gave a concert on the platform of the stadium. When the band performed, the stadium was illuminated with colorful lights.

Tempozan Ferris Wheel, Osaka

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Facts: » You can see the whole city for 15 minutes from the Ferris Wheel that has a diameter of 100 meters and is 112 meters high. The Wheel was opened in 1977.
» Depending on the weather, red and orange lights on the facade represent the sunny weather, the green color represents the cloudiness, and blue lights predict the rain.
» The Tempozan Ferris Giant Wheel is located in Osaka Bay.
» Before taking an air trip, you can have a picture in front of the cloth of plantings and toys. So, you will get commemorative pictures when leaving the venue.
» Then, the worker will take you to a free cabin and close the shutters. 60 cabins accommodate 480 people. The music sounds here. Videos about the sites you can see from the Wheel are broadcast in Japanese and English. In the cabin, there is a hanging toy fish. Perhaps, it is the advertisement of the aquarium.
» In the air, the cabin stops for a few moments but it is part of the program.
» There are separate isolated capsules for VIP visitors.
» The prototype of the big vertical wheel with capsules attached to the rim was the construction built in the 17th century. At that time, it was set in motion by people’s efforts.
» The first Ferris Wheel was constructed by an American engineer in 1893.
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Osaka is a genuine treasury of unique landmarks and sights. Unique samples of architecture of ultimate beauty, religious sanctuaries and ceremonial places, stunning nature areas and original museums - a month will not be enough to explore all the city sights of tourist interest. The southern part of the city hosts the most significant religious landmark in Osaka being the Sumiyoshi taisha shrine which was established in the 3rd century. The shrine is one of the most significant religious objects in the country. The religious landmark enshrines the three Sumiyoshi kami which are considered to be protectors of travelers and sailors. The same impressive and attractive religious landmark is a Buddhist temple Shitenno-ji. Its opening was held in 593. The temple presents a scale architectural complex with numerous buildings of various types. The most impressive sight attracting tourists’ attention is the Golden Pavilion. A majestic garden with a pond is located on the premises of the temple. The pond is home to turtles. This marvelous nook of nature bears a symbolic meaning of Buddhist paradise. The main symbol of the city is the Osaka Castle. This is the largest fortifying construction on the territory of the country. The castle was built in the 16th century. Since that time its building has survived till nowadays and appears to numerous visitors in all its glory and majesty. The Nishinomaru garden is located in close vicinity to the grand historical landmark. The scenic … Read further

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