8 REASONS TO LOVE OSAKA: The ideal starting-point to explore the vast cultural heritage present in the Kansai region, Osaka has a splendid colorful side of its own and the most delicious gastronomy in Japan.
Shinsekai (Osaka) is where the famous Tsutenkaku Tower is also located.
Osaka Castle: The landmark fortress of the city and one of the main reasons to visit Osaka.
Sumiyoshi Taisha Temple, Osaka.
Shinsekai in OSAKA was once modeled after the streets of New York and Paris, only to be neglected and left under a questionable promise, after the war.
The best place to see Osaka’s splendid colorful side, to enjoy a night out or to get the best bites in the city, Dotonbori is the famous area in where restaurant use gigantic 3D mechanical (or otherwise) cartoons to announce their menu.
Namba Area, Osaka
Endo Sushi is THE place to have the freshest and best sushi if you visit Osaka. Check out the blog to know where to head in the city.
Osaka, view from above.
Osaka Sky Garden, the floating garden observatory is undoubtedly the most extraordinary place to see Osaka from above.
Shaka Trinity, Asuka Era, Horyu-ji, Nara. Remarkable example of early T'ang style. It is in the Tachibana Shrine at Nara, named for an aristocratic lady who gave it to Horyu-ji in the late 7th or early 8th century.
Tamamushi Shrine: A bodhisattva hangs his robe upon a tree before offering his life to feed a tigress and her cubs.Paintings on Buddhist themes cover all four sides of both building and plinth. While both pigmented and incised images are known from a number of tombs of a similar date, the shrine is the only example of Buddhist painting from early seventh-century Japan
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Toshodaiji Temple, Nara, Japan.
Asuka-dera: The main object of worship at Asuka-dera is the bronze Great Buddha, which said to be made by Kuratsukuri no Tori in the early seventh century. The statue is a designated an Important Cultural Property.
The Haniwa are terracotta clay figures which were made for ritual use and buried with the dead as funerary objects during the Kofun period (3rd to 6th century AD) of the history of Japan.