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Osaka on a budget

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Osaka on a budget
Historically an immigrant city, Osaka's affordable food and attractions welcome budget travelers, who can visit the city's most beloved shrines for free and enjoy local specialties from vendors on historic streets.
Good for: Families, Groups, Seniors, Individuals
Seasons: Spring, Summer, Fall
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Shitennoji Temple
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Shitennoji Temple

The oldest temple in Japan, built over 1,400 years ago, this temple is famous for its symmetrical design and even has an architectural arrangement named after it,”Shitenno-ji-style temple layout.”

Fee: No      Duration of visit: 1-2 hours
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Osaka Castle Park
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Osaka Castle Park

Formally the home of the wife of 16th-century Japanese ruler Toyotomi Hideyoshi, the 15-acre Nishinomaru Garden is one of Osaka's most beloved cherry blossom viewing spots, with the Osaka Castle Tower enhancing the backdrop.

Fee: Yes      Duration of visit: 2-3 hours
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Sumiyoshi-taisha Shrine
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Sumiyoshi-taisha Shrine

Built prior to the influx of Buddhist architecture, this shrine - one of the oldest in Japan - exemplifies a purely Japanese style design.

Fee: No      Duration of visit: 1-2 hours
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Hozenji Yokocho
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Hozenji Yokocho

Harkening back to the quieter, more intimate Osaka of the 19th century, small food shops and historic souvenir purveyors lie under paper lanterns on each side of the narrow, stone-paved lane.

Fee: No      Duration of visit: 1-2 hours
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Takimikoji
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Takimikoji

In the basement of the Umeda Sky Building, Takimikoji is a recreated 1920s and 1930s village popular for its inexpensive restaurants serving up Osaka's most popular dishes, including okonomiyaki.

Fee: No      Duration of visit: 1-2 hours
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Nishikinohama Beach Park

Named for its two colors--the white beach sand and the deep green pine trees lining the boardwalk--Nishikinohama is the place to swim and dig for clams in the Osakan spring and summer.

Fee: No      Duration of visit: 1-2 hours
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