Get to know Osaka’s historic side with this one-day itinerary! Osaka Castle-Tenjinbashisuji Shopping Street
We recommend this route because Tenjinbashisuji Shopping Street and Osaka Tenmangu Shrine are easily accessible from Osaka Castle. We’ll delve into details about the charms of these symbolic spots.
Osaka Castle Tenshukaku: One of Japan’s Top 100 Castles
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Osaka Castle Tenshukaku was built by Toyotomi Hideyoshi in the Edo Period (1603-1868) and is one of the symbols of Osaka City. It’s a stunningly beautiful edifice. The original building was unfortunately burnt down with the downfall of the Toyotomi family and it was rebuilt in 1931. Inside the tenshukaku, you will find an exhibition corner with historic articles and other items related to Toyotomi Hideyeshi. It’s a great way to learn more about the history of Osaka Castle. The top floor even offers panoramic views of Osaka City. Strolling around the area inside the moat and tenshukaku at a leisurely pace would take between 2 to 3 hours.
Ticket：Adult：600JPY、Kinds under 15 years old：Free
Tenjinbashisuji Shopping Street: The longest shopping street in Japan!
Stretching 2.6 km with over 600 shops, Tenjinbashisuji Shopping Street is the longest in Japan. The place is dotted with old fashioned cafes, bars, and kimono shops, making it popular among locals. Friendly clerks and rock-bottom prices make this the perfect place to go shopping. With many restaurants offering affordable lunch sets during weekday lunch hours, the area is also frequented by businessmen. Lunch options include sushi, udon noodles, pork cutlets, Chinese, and Italian cuisine.
■Tenjinbashisuji Shopping Street
HP：http://www.tenjin123.com/ (Only in Japanese)
The spectacular Tenjin Festival at Osaka Tenmangu Shrine
Built in dedication to the scholar Sugawara Michizane, the history of the Osaka Tenmangu Shrine stretches back to over 1000 years. Locals love the shrine and affectionately call it “Sir Tenjin.” Every year from the end of June to July 25, the shrine hosts one of Japan’s three biggest festivals, the Tenjin Festival. On July 25, in particular, the place is packed with people adorned in traditional clothes carrying portable shrines. Queues usually form and the area is bustling with activity. Later in the evening, a boat procession and fireworks can be seen at the nearby Okawa River. The lanterns on the boat and over 5000 fireworks illuminating the sky make for a spectacular sight!
■Osaka Tenmangu Shrine
HP：https://www.osakatemmangu.or.jp/ (Only in Japanese)
Enjoy authentic tea at Cafe Osaka Chakai
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Located in Tenjinbashisuji Shopping Street, Cafe Osaka Chakai specializes in tea and pottery. It offers four types of tea: Asamiya Cha from Shiga Prefecture, Tanba Cha from Hyogo Prefecture, and eponymous teas from Wakayama and Kagoshima. The leaves are freshly ground after the order is placed, making it a great way to enjoy the delicate aromas of the tea. The shops stocks over 100 pieces of pottery and visitors can select their own cup to drink from. Besides drinks, desserts made from tea are also popular. Recommended is the “Cafe Chakai Kanmi Grande” which comes with soft cream, panna cotta, and green tea rice cakes. It’s not too sweet and the panna cotta paired with the soft cream make for a delectable combination.
Mon – Thu：11:00～21:30 （Last Order）
Fri：11:00～22:30 （Last Order）
Sat：10:00～22:30 （Last Order)
Sun：10:00～21:30 （Last Order）
Osaka Castle and Tenjinbashisuji Shopping Street are both on the Tanimachi Subway Line. They both have a long history and are great choices for sightseeing!