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When people think of Japan they often picture flashy neon lights, large crowds of people and delicious restaurants lining the streets—and that’s exactly what you’ll get at Dotonbori. Even when it is getting close to the last train of the night, Dotonburi is still filled with people taking in the nightlife. Bars, nomihoudai [all you can drink for a fixed time limit and price], clubs, karaoke—everything you could ever want for an...

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Osaka Castle is one of the most famous castles in Japan, and has played a large role in Japanese history. It was built as a display of power by Toyotomi Hideyoshi, who was known as the second great unifier of Japan. At the time of its construction, it was the largest castle in Japan. Originally built in the 1583, the castle’s main tower was struck by lightning and burnt down in the late 1600s. After the main tower was rebuilt,...

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(Day 1 & 2) Honolulu – Fukuoka Despite the typhoon approaching on its way to Japan, we didn’t have much turbulence also no rain in Fukuoka. Yay!! First meal in Fukuoka – tonkotsu ramen (pork base soup).   (Day 3) Fukuoka – Imari – Arita – Nagasaki We are in Saga pref. today and visit Imari and Arita town where it’s known for porcelain. As I get older I find myself admire and...

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Osaka Aquarium or “Kaiyukan” (海遊館) is one of the most famous tourist attractions in Osaka. Located in Osaka Bay in the Tempozan Harbor Village, this is one of the most well-known aquariums in all of Japan– and rightfully so. The Kaiyukan once boasted the title of the world’s largest aquarium, and while that doesn’t hold true anymore, it is still ranked one of the best for how it presents its various...

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Many people tend to skip Osaka in favor of visiting Tokyo or Kyoto, but as Japan’s third largest city, Osaka has plenty to offer its visitors. Known as the “heart of Kansai”, Osaka is filled with a mix of both traditional and modern culture, and is a city that shouldn’t be missed. Here are some of my favorite things to do in Osaka. Eat in Dotonbori Filled with restaurants, bars and shops, this area is bustling...

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Shinsekai (新世界), meaning “new world”, is a neighborhood with an interesting history. Located in the southern part of Osaka, Shinsekai was originally modeled after Paris, complete with a large, Eiffel Tower-like structure. It used to be home to Luna Park, an amusement park, although that shut down in the late 1920s. Since the shutdown of Luna Park, Shinsekai became a desolate and rather poor area. For a point in time, it...

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