Osaka

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Tsuruhashi Korea Town
 
 
     
 
Korea Town with abundant international flavor
A symbolic town of international city Osaka. The Tsuruhashi station is surrounded by 6 markets and shopping streets which consist of Korean restaurants, clothing shops, and grocery stores that number more than 800. Above all, the International Market is where you will find shops selling everything from Korean food, tableware and chogori dress, which are now so familiar to Japan. You can find meat, fish and vegetables that are seldom found in other markets.
       
●Open/Vary according to the shop
●Closed/Vary according to the shop 
◆Access/A short walk from JR /Kintetsu /Subway Tsuruhashi Stn.
       
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Expo Park
 
 
     
 
The park where the Tower of the Sun rises
This park was developed to utilize the land after Japan World Exposition held in 1970. With Tower of the Sun as its symbol, the park has a variety of facilities. These include Shizen bunkaen garden and Japanese garden where all kinds of seasonal greenery and flowers can be enjoyed, as well as cultural/sports facilities; National Museum of Ethnology, Japan Folk Crafts Museum, and Expo Memory Stadium respectively.
       
●Open/9:30-17:00
●Closed/Wednesday
Dec. 28 - Jan.1  ●Fare/Shizen bunkaen garden: Adults ¥250, Junior high & elementary school students ¥70 (Accessible to Japanese garden)  ●Tel/06-6877-7387(Expo Park Information Center)
◆Access/A short walk from Osaka Monorail Banpakukinenkoen Stn. or Koen-higashiguchi Stn.
       
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Whiskey Distillery
 
 
     
 
The home of Japanese whiskey
Suntory, which won a prize at the International Spirit Challenge held in Great Britain, the home of Scotch Whiskey, conveys the history of Japanese whiskey as the birthplace of Japanese whiskey. In the distillery tour, you can observe the whiskey making process from preparation to maturing in casks, and enjoy tasting. There is also a beer brewery nearby, which also offers a brewery tour and tasting.
       
●Open/10:00-16:45 (last admission 16:00) Whiskey making tour is until 15:00
●Closed/The beginning and the end of year, and factory holidays.  ●Fare/Free  ●Tel/075-962-1423(Visitors Information)
◆Access/10 min. walk from JR Yamazaki Stn. and 12 min walk from Hankyu Oyamazaki Stn.
       
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Rinku Premium Outlets
 
 
     
 
Located in Rinku Town across the water from Kansai International Airport. Modeled after Charleston, a portown of US and filled with resort atmosphere, the outlets town has 210 well-known international and Japanese brand stores.
Located in Rinku Town across the water from Kansai International Airport. Modeled after Charleston, a portown of US and filled with resort atmosphere, the outlets town has 210 well-known international and Japanese brand stores.
       
●Open/10:00~20:00 (some restaurants are open till 21:00)
●Closed/3rd Thursday in February  ●Tel/072-458-4600
◆Access/About 6 min-walk from “Rinku-Town Station” of Nankai Main Line. / Shuttle bus service is available from from kansai International Airport every day.
       
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Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine
 
 
     
 
Features the beautiful arched-bridge coated in a bright vermilion lacquer and the Main Shrine, which is one of Japan's National Treasures.
Worshippers since early times have visited the Shrine to pray to the God of Sea Voyages, God of Martial Arts, and God of Merchants. There are other cultural assets such as the beautiful arched-bridge lacquered in vermilion and the Main Shrine building which exemplifies the 'Sumiyoshi' style of architecture and is a designated National Treasure.
       
●Closed/Open all-year round  ●Tel/06-6672-0753
◆Access/3 min. walk from Nankai-Honsen Railway Line Sumiyoshi-taisha Station, or a 5 min. walk from Nankai Koya Line Sumiyoshi-higashi Station
       
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Tennoji Zoo
 
 
     
 
Ecological exhibition on the relationship between animals and nature.
Osaka Municipal Tennoji Zoological Garden keeps animals of about 200 species, including lesser pandas and polar bears. The zoological garden aims at 'ecological exhibitions' that demonstrate how animals and nature are interrelated, by recreating actual habitats of animals.

The recently completed I FAR (Invertebrates Fishes Amphibians Reptiles) Live Reptile House is the first facility based on this idea.

Here, crocodiles and turtles live side by side with birds, fish and aquatic insects, forming a near-natural environment.

The new Hippopotamus House (scheduled for completion in the spring of 1997) is designed to create the image of a riverside in Kenya, the habitat of hippopotamuses.

It will be equipped with Japan's first see-through pool, to allow the visitor to closely observe hippopotamus swimming, breast-feeding and so forth.

The zoological garden, located within Tennoji Park, was opened in 1915.
       
●Open/9:30-17:00(last entry at 16:00)
●Closed/Mondays (or, if Monday falls on a National Holiday, the following day); Dec.29-Jan.1  ●Fare/Adults: 500 Yen, Elementary and junior high schoolers:200 Yen  ●Tel/06-6771-8401
◆Access/5 min. walk from JR or Subway Tennoji Station
       
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