Commemorative photos are never forgotten when we talk about sightseeing. This time, we will be introducing photogenic sightseeing spots in Osaka that you'd want to visit in order to take a picture of.
The giant signs often come to mind when talking about Dotonbori! The sign of sweets manufacturer "Ezaki Glico" is particularly popular. This is their 6th sign which uses 140,000 LEDs. During daytime, the LEDs are turned off, but starting 30 minutes after sunset until 12:00 am, the sign is switched on, and the background of its character "Glico Man" changes at fixed intervals. The mood of the sign during day and night time are completely different, so you may want to catch both patterns. Wouldn't it be great to have fun restaurant-hopping after taking a picture of Dotonbori during daytime, and during night time, heading for dinner after taking a picture of the sign? We also recommend for you to also take a picture of "Kani Doraku's" sign which is a nearby crab specialty restaurant.
1. "Dotonbori Glico Sign": Osaka's standard photo spot
"Hozenji Yokocho (Alley)," which spreads at the center of Minami's Hozenji, is an area crowded by small restaurants located at both sides of the stone pavement. This alley, which is 3 meters in width and 80 meters in length, stretches from east to west. People who enjoy shrine visits and the sweetness of Hozenji during daytime and those who enjoy drinking liquor at bars or snacks during night time come and go, so please take a picture of the overflowing pleasant atmosphere and nostalgia of the streets, which are filled with the scent of incense. In addition, the "Mizukake Fudoson" in the temple blesses patrons with a prosperous business or fulfillment of love. Tourists and locals splash water on the moss-covered Fudoson (guardian deity statue). Do you want to try splashing water on it while praying, as well?
"Hozenji Yokocho (Alley)": Japanese Nostalgia
"Tower of the Sun" is the symbol of the Japan World Expedition held in 1970. It was designed by Taro Okamoto. Currently, the site has been transformed to "Banpaku Memorial Park," and is generally open for everyone. As per appearance of the Tower of the Sun, the structure of the giant work of art has a height of 70 meters, its base diameter is 20 meters and its arms are 25 meters in length. It symbolized the energy of all creation of the past, present and future, and at the same time life and festivity clearly appear at its center. Although you can't go inside or climb up the structure, the Tower of the Sun rising from green plains exudes as strong presence, so capturing this scenery with a camera is a must.
When you visit Osaka, be sure to take a picture of the Osaka Castle Tower (a castle tower is the part of the building which comes into mind when talking about common castles; people don't usually live in it, but rather it is mainly used as a display of power), which was built through Toyotomi Hideyoshi (a statesman of that period). The current castle tower is 3rd one which was built in 1931. With its elegant and magnificent appearance, it remains picture-perfect from every angle whether you're far or close. Although you can't take pictures since there's an exhibit of important cultural properties on the 3rd and 4th place of the Osaka castle tower, we recommend the viewing platform on the 8th floor overlooking Osaka and the shachihoko (the mythical animal has a head of a tiger and a body of a carp and decorated on the roof of main keep) on the 2nd floor as photo spots.
Shitennoji is a temple built through Prince Shotoku (a statesman of that period) 1,400 years ago. It got destroyed several times but it was restored each time, and up until now its structure continues to be preserved. The famous five-storied pagoda with a height of 39 meters and five roofs which reflects one's outlook on the universe in the perspective of Buddhism. Although fees apply for viewing the "Central Temple (building at the center of the compound)", "Sukhavati Garden (Japanese garden)" and "Treasure Hall," all the other halls and the compound are free of charge. You can also enter during night, and the place lights up at a fixed time.
Main temple and five-storied pagoda
Your trip's memorial photos will continue to be fun no matter how many times you look at them. When you look back on your memories of sightseeing in Osaka, you'd certainly feel happy if you take photos of such picture-perfect spots. Any of which are famous places in Osaka, so please be sure to visit them.