Sunday, December 19, 2010

Japan - Day 10: Osaka-Jo (大阪城) & Fushimi Inari Taisha (伏見稲荷大社)

We had been travelling mostly in Nara and Kyoto for more than a week. Having seen countless world heritage sites in the ancient cities of Kyoto and Nara, we began to get bored over the same sceneries and same structures of buildings. Owing to that, we knew that it's time for us to switch our focus to a more urban looking city in Japan. We had no idea of what to see and where to go, so we flipped through the Lonely Planet guidebook and looked for some worth-visiting sites in Osaka.

Osaka - a city in the Kansai region of Japan, is the capital city of Osaka Prefecture. It is also the biggest part of the Keihanshin (京 阪神) metropolitan area along with Kyoto and Kobe.

Kinryu Ramen (金龍ラーメン) - A famous ramen stall in Osaka

The Giant Puffer Fish Sign
This restaurant serves the most poisonous fish (fugu) in Osaka. Try it if you dare to.
Dotonbori Street (道頓堀)is a virtual heaven for foodies
The Kani Doraku Giant Crab
Shinsaibashi (心斎橋) is the city's main shopping area
Osaka Jo (大阪城) is a Japanese Castle in the Osaka Prefecture. Toyotomi Hideyoshi intended the castle to become the center of a new, unified Japan under Toyotomi rule. It was the largest castle at the time. (sources:
Osaka Castle

Fushimi Inari Shrine (伏見稲荷大社) is the head shrine of Inari, located in Fushimi-ku. It is the most famous of several thousands of shrines dedicated to Inari across Japan. Inari is the Shinto god of rice, and foxes are thought to be his messengers. Hence, many fox statues can be found at Inari shrines. Fushimi Inari Shrine is famous for the countless torii gates, offerings by worshippers, that cover the hiking trails of Inarisan, the wodden mountain behind the shrine's main buildings. (sources:

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