2 days 1 night
Osaka time trip.

It used to be called “the biggest commercial city in the East”, and
it is still an energetic place as a central city in western Japan.
The retro buildings make us feel the history of this commercial city and the modern high-rise buildings blend together with nature in brilliant harmony.
The 2 days and 1 night excursion to the neighborhoods of Osaka where present and past are wonderfully blended.

01. [DAY.1] 12:00
A representative building among Osaka retro buildings which also has a role of spreading art and culture.

A landmark located in the center of Nakanoshima, where the Dojima River flows on the north, and Tosabori River is on the south. A building completed in 1918, which was designated as a national important cultural property later, has a beautiful Neo-Renaissance style which stand out against the green of the surrounding trees. Even a century after its construction, it still has a role as a place to spread culture and art in Osaka such as holding operas and concerts by top artists from around the world.

Osaka City Central Public Hall
Osaka City Central Public Hall
1-1-27, Nakanoshima, Kita-ku, Osaka
TEL: 06-6208-2002, 06-6233-9660 (Nakanoshima Social Eat Awake)
Open: 9:30 - 21:30
Closed: The 4th Tuesdays of the month

02. [DAY.1] 15:00
Fully enjoy a genuine afternoon tea prepared by staff trained in England in the historic building.

A tea salon in Kitahama, where there are many historic buildings. The large golden tea pot at the entrance is how to find it. The Western-style brick building was built in a U.K. style in 1912. When you open the door, there is a shop where original tea blends, British-style tableware, and sundry goods are displayed, and the second floor is the cafe which is filled with the atmosphere of the U.K. All elements are British-style including the interior’s design which sticks to antique items and Wedgwood tea service sets. Spend an extraordinary time while tasting the afternoon tea set just like those served in its original British setting.

Kitahama Retro
Kitahama Retro Building, 1-1-26, Kitahama, Chuo-ku, Osaka
TEL: 06-6223-5858
Open: 11:00 - 21:00, - 19:00 (Sat., Sun, Holidays)
Closed: Open throughout the year

03. [DAY.1] 17:00
A stylish hotel at the center of Osaka where various people come and go.

The outstanding location on Midosuji street, which runs through Minami, one of the biggest downtowns in Japan, and the center of Osaka, is an appealing feature of this hotel. As the name of the hotel shows, its concept is a crossroads where people come and go, and it is expressed with the cafe built on the 1st floor and other little touches. Among the rooms, The Cross Sweet Jr., where there is a view of the Glico neon sign, is popular because guests can enjoy the famous sights of Osaka.

Cross Hotel Osaka
2-5-15, Shinsaibashisuji, Chuo-ku, Osaka
TEL: 06-6213-8281
229 rooms, Junior Sweet Room 54,000 yen~/ night (Capacity: 2 people)

04. [DAY.1] 19:00
A talked-about gourmet spot in Osaka where talented stores are gathered together.

Ura-namba, which draws attention as the hottest gourmet spot in Osaka. This area is between Sennichimae Street on the north and Nansan Street on the south. Unique stores, such as stand-up drinking bars and other bars, have clustered together in this area over the last few years. First, go to the popular bistro, Stand Ajito. A wide range of dishes of real continental cuisine are served at casual prices for stand-up drinking bars.

Stand Ajito
15-4, Namba Sen-nichimae, Chuo-ku, Osaka
TEL: None
Open: 16:00 - 23:30, 14:00 - (Sat., Sun, Holidays)
Closed: Open throughout the year

05. [DAY.2] 12:00
Architecture symbolic of contemporary art. The avant-garde building catches people’s eyes.

This art museum opened for collecting, storing, and exhibiting pieces of artwork of contemporary art from Japan and overseas, and moved to the current location in Nakanoshima in 2004. It has become one of the top art museums which stores 7000 or more pieces of artwork. The facade designed by César Pelli, an architect from Argentina, is also a must-see. It is an impressive design expressing both the life force of bamboo and the development of contemporary art, and it might just steal your breath away.

National Museum of Art, Osaka
4-2-55, Nakanoshima, Kita-ku, Osaka
TEL: 06-6447-4680
Open: 10:00 - 17:00 (Entry by 16:30)/ -19:00 (Friday, Entry by 18:30)
Closed: Monday (The next day if Monday is a holiday.)

06. [DAY.2] 16:00
A book store which mixes stationery and sundry goods, and even functions as a place to spread culture.

This book store is known by its catch phrase “We are a book store, but we do not have best-selling books”. There are various unique contents on offer among the books such as practical stationery and well-designed sundry goods, and events are held regularly. An attractive feature is that you can browse the books at the cafe in the store.

Standard book store Shinsaibashi
B1F Crysta Grand Building, 2-2-12, Nishi-shinsaibashi, Chuo-ku, Osaka
TEL: 06-6484-2239
Open: 11:00 - 22:30
Closed: Open throughout the year