Though famous for its shrines, temples and castles, Osaka has lot more to offer. For visitors wanting a break from castle tours and visits to historical sites, you may want to check these places out.
Sitting at the mouth of the Osaka Bay is the gigantic Tempozan Giant Ferris Wheel. Before the completion of the London Eye, Osaka’s Tempozan Ferris Wheel was the biggest, tallest and most technologically advanced observation wheel in the world. Despite surrendering the title to the London Eye, the Tempozan Ferris Wheel is still an impressive structure to behold. Located at Tempozan Harbor Village, the Wheel is a staggering 112.5 meters tall and has a diameter of 100 meters. That’s not all though, the Tempozan Ferris Wheel isn’t just your ordinary run of the mill wheel. It has 60 eight-passenger cars capable of holding up to a maximum capacity of 480 people. In addition it has the world’s first ”skyrocket fireworks” lighting pattern with illuminations of 100 meters in diameter. The Wheel also boasts the world’s first transmission of weather information by 100-meter-diameter illumination. This means the wheel has colored lights that provide a weather forecast for the next day, orange lights indicate a sunny day, green lights a cloudy day and blue lights indicate rain. From high up in the air during the 15 minutes journey one can enjoy an unforgettable panoramic view of the sea, the mountains, and the entire city of Osaka. Towards the sea is the Akashi Straits Bridge in the distance; on the landward side downtown Osaka and Mt. Rokko. At night, the illuminated wheel is so beautiful that it is romantic hence this Ferris Wheel is popularly famous with the locals as a date spot.
Osaka’s Spa World is a treat for you and your tired aching body to an entire day of pampering. Possibly one of the world’s most luxurious and perhaps also most ambitious bathhouses, this spa-polis can accommodate up to 5,000 people and it draws upon hot springs 890m (2,970 ft.) below the earth’s surface.There is a covered swimming complex on the roof that has a pool, various water slides, a kids’ pool with aquatic activities, and a stunning terrace with its own Jacuzzi. The rest of this enormous place is divided into themed, geographical bathing zones, which are rotated between the males and females.
At the Asian Zone, for example, Middle Eastern music and tiled mosaics set the tone for the Turkish bath, while in the China zone guests soak themselves in a medicinal bath. Different massages, sauna facilities, rejuvenating mud baths, and hot stone and moxibustion treatments are available for those who want to pamper themselves even further.
Interesting fact: People who have tattoos/markings whether temporary or permanent are not allowed into the spa.
Momofuku Ando Instant Ramen Museum – As its name suggests, this museum is dedicated to instant noodles and Cup Noodles. Hardly bizarre considering that nowadays there’s museums for everything under the sun. The museum is located in Ikeda in Osaka, and is located within walking distance of Ikeda Station on the Hankyu-Takarazuka Line. The museum’s exhibits include those showing the circumstances and history of the development of chicken ramen, the world’s first instant ramen, and chronicling the changes in the many ramen products over the years. There are other locations where visitors can enjoy cooking on their own. One is the My Cup Noodle Factory (admission fee required), where visitors can select the broth and ingredients to create their own original instant ramen. Your imagination is the limit here! Another is the Hands-on Chicken Ramen Kitchen (reservations and admission fee required), where visitors get to make their own instant ramen from scratch, starting with the flour. For a country obsessed with ramen, that’s pretty cool.
Located in the ward of Minato in Osaka, Japan, near Osaka Bay is the Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan. It is one of the largest aquariums in the world and one of Japan’s most spectacular aquariums, particularly famous for its gigantic whale sharks. Marine life is displayed in 15 tanks, each representing a specific region of the Pacific Rim. The central tank, representing the Pacifc Ocean, is nine meters deep, 34 meters long filled with 5,400 tons of water and is home to a whale shark, the aquarium’s main attraction. Visitors start their tour of the aquarium on the 8th floor (Japan forest) and slowly walk down floor by floor. Some of the tanks stretch over several floors, making it possible to observe the animals from different depths and perspectives. After the tour, one can go to the aquarium’s restaurant to catch an amazing view of the sunset over Osaka Port while having dinner.
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In-house leisure facilities include a steam sauna, fitness centre and a café – perfect for breakfast and light meals. There’s also a fully equipped business centre that offers a full range of services, including a meeting space, as well as a 24-hour reception, concierge and security services. Kyoto and its surrounding prefectures are easy to reach, and commercial complexes, including Namba Parks, are close at hand. Bustling Dōtonbori Street, home to a variety of gourmet restaurants, international shopping and theatres, is only minutes away.
An express train can whisk you from Kansai Airport to Namba in a mere 37 minutes. Whether you are in this exciting gateway city for work or leisure, Fraser Residence Nankai Osaka offers the ideal blend of comfort and convenience that will guarantee a memorable stay.