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This suggested itinerary connects Osaka's most important historical sites, including its oldest temple and shrine, and famous castle, as well as some outstanding museums. This is the perfect itinerary to soak up the history of Osaka, using a mixture of walking and subways to get between spots.

Start
Start at Tenjinbashi Rokuchome Station on the Tanimachi subway line
Walk a few steps to the Osaka Museum of Housing and Living
1 minute
Osaka Museum of Housing and Living
History museum focused on housing 60 minutes
The Osaka Museum of Housing and Living offers visitors a unique glimpse of the streets of Osaka during the Edo Period (1603-1867) through a small recreated town street which visitors can enter.
Tenjinbashi-suji Shopping Street
One of Japan's longest shopping streets 20 minutes
From the Osaka Museum of Housing and Living, walk south along the covered Tenjinbashi-suji Shopping Street which claims to be Japan's longest shopping arcade with a length of 2.6 kilometers.
Tenma Station
Take the JR Loop Line from Tenma Station to Osakajokoen Station
5 minutes
Osaka Castle
Reconstruction of the large feudal castle 90 minutes
The vast park around Osaka Castle contains lots of green space and impressive fortifications and moats. The castle keep is a reconstruction from the 1930s and contains a museum and observation deck.
Walk across the road from the castle's southwest corner to the Osaka Museum of History
5 minutes
Osaka Museum of History
Good museum about Osaka's history 45 minutes
The Osaka Museum of History museum boasts various impressive exhibits that chronicle Osaka's history, from ancient times up to the modern era. Great views can be had of the nearby castle from the museum's top floors.
Take the Tanimachi Subway Line from Tanimachi Yonchome Station to Shitennoji-mae-Yuhigaoka Station
5 minutes
Shitennoji Temple
One of the oldest temples in Japan 60 minutes
Established in 593, Shitennoji Temple is free to enter but contains multiple areas for which admission must be paid, including an inner precinct with the main hall and a five-storied pagoda, a traditional garden and a treasure house showcasing various important artifacts.
Take Tanimachi Subway Line from Shitennoji-mae-Yuhigaoka to Tennoji
5 minutes
Tennoji Station
Take the Hankai Tramway to Sumiyoshitorii-mae Station
15 minutes
Sumiyoshi Taisha
Head shrine of all Sumiyoshi shrines 50 minutes
Founded in the 3rd century before the introduction of Buddhism to Japan, Sumiyoshi Taisha displays one of the oldest styles of shrine architecture, called Sumiyoshi-zukuri, that shows little influence from the Asian mainland.
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Osaka Tenmangu Shrine

Founded in the 10th century, this is one of the most important of hundreds of shrines across Japan devoted to the Shinto deity of scholarship. Destroyed and rebuilt many times throughout history, the current main hall and main gate date back to 1845.

Abeno Harukas

Japan's tallest skyscraper boasts the Harukas 300 observation deck on floors 58 to 60. From here visitors are afforded great views of the city and many of its historical sites.

Hotels around Osaka

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Hilton Osaka Hotel
Very convenient high-class hotel just across from JR Osaka Station.
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Hotel Granvia Osaka
Very conveniently located inside JR Osaka Station City.
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Hotel Nikko Kansai Airport
Directly connected to the terminal building, this is the most convenient hotel at Kansai Airport.
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InterContinental Hotel Osaka
Beautiful hotel in the convenient Umekita district near JR Osaka Station.
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J-Hoppers Osaka Guesthouse
Popular and inexpensive hostel about a 15 minute walk from JR Osaka Station.
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Osaka Marriott Miyako Hotel
Located on the upper floors of Japan's tallest building, this hotel offer fabulous views over the city.
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Remm Shin-Osaka
Recently opened business hotel conveniently located inside JR Shin-Osaka Station.
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Swissotel Nankai Osaka
Well established, leading hotel conveniently located above Nankai Namba Station.
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The Ritz-Carlton Osaka Hotel
Often considered Osaka's leading luxury hotel, located a short walk from JR Osaka Station.
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