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    Sumiyoshi Taisha shrine

Japan’s third biggest city, what Osaka lacks in sightseeing draw cards it makes up for with its flamboyance, fun loving people, and  amazing food. With your local guide, you will explore this vast city and discover yourself why Osaka is a must-see city.

Start the day with a visit to Sumiyoshi Taisha, one of Japan’s oldest shinto-shrines, originally founded in the 3rd century. It offers an unique glimpse on the original shinto architecture and is a must see for anyone interested in the Japanese indigenous religion. From the shrine, head back north and visit Osaka Castle, arguably Osaka’s most famous landmark. While the castle is a concrete rebuilt from 1931, the views from the top floor of the surrounding gardens and city are not to be missed.

Amerika-Mura, Osaka’s variant of Tokyo’s Harajuku. Besides checking out the numerous funky shops, this is the perfect place for watching the young and trendy Osaka crowd. Afterwards, head back south to visit the Doguyasuji shopping arcade, a unique market where you can find anything related to the food industry, including the plastic food models you find outside Japanese restaurants.

End your day with a visit to the Umeda Sky Building, a twin-tower complex with amazing night views, located just near Osaka Station.