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Tezukayama Gallery

Tezukayama Gallery was established in the year 1992 by Ryochi Matsuo. It is a contemporary art gallery that is located in the heart of the city. The gallery has been giving opportunities to various artists to display their talent. Young budding artists or professionals both are invited and given recognition to their works. Presently, their focus is on Japanese artists, and their aim is to introduce them to the world, and make them famous at a global level.

National Museum of Ethnology

The National Museum of Ethnology, or "Minpaku," was established in 1974 to provide the general public with in-depth information on people, societies and cultures throughout of the world. The museum also serves as a research institute for ethnological studies, drawing scholars from universities and academic institutions in Japan and other countries. In addition to its permanent displays, the museum regularly mounts special exhibits on various themes or topics. The museum's collection of ethnological artifacts presently numbers more than 220,000 and is increasing annually.

Osaka Aquarium

One of the most visited attractions in the city, the Osaka Aquarium is a must on the city itinerary. The natural environments of the Pacific "Ring of Fire," the volcanic perimeter which surrounds the Pacific Ocean, have been recreated in 14 separate exhibits and populated with over 35,000 specimens representing over 380 species in the aquarium. Located in the harbor area of the city, the aquarium is centered on a huge nine-meter (27 feet) deep-water tank, which represents the Pacific Ocean. A range of animals from otters, seals, and sea lions among others are also a part of different exhibits here. The opening hours are seasonal so it is advised to check them well in advance.


Located in Osaka's Chuo ward, Dōtonbori draws a large amount of locals in search of local food and drink. The district is filled with dazzling lights, entertainment venues, nightclubs, shops and loads of restaurants. The area is also known for its mini bridges which cross the Dōtonbori canal, the billboard of local runner Glico Man, and one of Osaka's famous restaurants, Hariju. This restaurant only serves Japanese beef and has been around here since 1924. Colorfully lit LED building facades of the Dōtonbori capture the modern, vibrant essence of Osaka. With so much to offer, this thrumming neighborhood has lots of options for a happening evening in the city.

Billboard Live

Considered one of Osaka's top performance venues, Billboard Live hosts some of the best names in the music industry in a lively setting. Offering both lounge seats for BBL club members and standing room for additional guests, this is an excellent spot to enjoy quality entertainment. The venue features a bar for drinks as well as a store where you can purchase merchandise. On weekdays curtains open at 18:30 p for the first stage and 20:30p for the second stage. Weekends curtains open at 16:30 and 18:30 respectively. Exclusive BBL membership is available for private and corporate guests. For an exclusive evening featuring the best in international musical entertainment, Billboard Live is a stellar venue.

Universal Studios Japan

Riddled with an array of rides and attractions, Universal Studios Japan brings the world of movies to life. The theme park is the third in the Universal Studios' family and the first opened outside of the United States. Here, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter recreates J.K. Rowling's fictional world, inviting visitors to cast their own spells and sip on butter beer. Other timeless attractions include a ride though Jurassic Park, virtual roller-coasters and movie sets that offer a glimpse into what goes into the making of onscreen magic. Spread across its gargantuan expanse is a troupe of themed attractions inspired by the cities of New York, San Francisco and much-favored characters like Hello Kitty and Minions. Complete with a range of movie-themed restaurants, Universal Studios Japan appeals to adults and children alike.

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