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Osaka off the beaten path

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Osaka off the beaten path
Osaka itself is a bit off the beaten path for travelers, generally skipped over in favor of nearby Kyoto, so it's easy to find unique attractions, from a museum dedicated to instant noodles to a building transformed into a vertical garden.
Good for: Families, Groups, Seniors, Individuals
Seasons: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
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The Instant Ramen Museum
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The Instant Ramen Museum

Dedicated to ramen noodle cups, the museum showcases the mind-boggling number of instant ramen flavor variations that have come out over the years and a reproduction of the hut where Momofuku Ando first created them.

Fee: Yes      Duration of visit: <1 hour
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Osaka Organic Building
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Osaka Organic Building

Covered on the outside with a vertical garden showcasing indigenous Osakan plants, the inside of the Osaka Organic Building is even wilder, with fabric painted with forest scenes transformed into armchairs and other indoor/outdoor juxtapositions.

Fee: No      Duration of visit: <1 hour
Osaka Nohgaku Hall
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Osaka Nohgaku Hall

Check the schedule outside the building to catch a Noh performance, a type of stylized musical drama with masked characters and short comical Kyogen plays in between dramatic pieces.

Fee: Yes      Duration of visit: 2-3 hours
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Japan Mint
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Japan Mint

Tour the facility that produces Japanese coins and medals of honor and visit the historic coinage museum year-round. If you visit during the spring, you might catch the cherry blossoms on the Mint's 400 cherry trees.

Fee: No      Duration of visit: 1-2 hours
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Kamigata Ukiyoe Museum
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Kamigata Ukiyoe Museum

This museum showcases Osakan woodblocks from the Edo period, distinct from those in Tokyo due to their realistic expression of their subjects. Many feature famous Kabuki actors of the period.

Fee: Yes      Duration of visit: <1 hour
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