Zoom in the timeless architecture and dynamic structures of Osaka
Japan's second largest metropolitan area after Tokyo with high skyscrapers and modern buildings, Osaka still maintains a multitude of ancient cultural and spiritual structures, great for architecture-loving travelers. For the old traditional style, visitors can get a close look at Osaka Castle, the symbol of the city and a reminder of Japan’s samurai past. Though the castle tower is now entirely modern on the inside, it is a stunning sight from afar in the old look and the surrounding park is breathtaking during the cherry blossom season in early April. Another option to admire the timeless architecture in Osaka is the Museum of Housing and Living near Tenjinsujibashi Station. This unique museum consists of recreated houses that visitors can enter and see what Osaka was like in the Edo period. But if you’re lovers of sky-high and panoramic views, Osaka has the Umeda Sky Building, a futurist-look structure offering fantastic cityscape views from the “Floating Garden Observatory” on the 39th floor. All in all, Osaka is a fascinating destination to witness both the ancient and modern in harmony.