Apr 05, 2014 - Apr 27, 2014
Head to Nakanoshima – an island in the heart of downtown that’s home to the National Museum of Art (www.nmao.go.jp/en/), the Osaka Science Museum (www.sci-museum.jp/files/pdf/english.pdf), and the Museum of Oriental Ceramics (www.moco.or.jp/en/index.php) which boasts a collection of 2,700 treasures. With the Aquabus pier right there, you could even take a river cruise to see Osaka at its most picturesque. Museum tickets cost between ¥400-500 and ¥1,700 will get you a ride on the Aquabus.
Later, grab a coffee in the old bank vault-turned coffee shop, Mole (http://mole-and-hosoicoffees.com), in the basement of the stunning Shibakawa Building. This 1927 structure – now home to uber cool shops and boutiques – exudes Art Deco glamour.
Mar 09, 2014 - Mar 23, 2014
Every year in March, the world’s top sumo wrestlers battle it out over 15 days to claim the title of Grand Champion. Expect salt throwing, thigh slapping and plenty of grunt as the colossal athletes – some weighing 180kg – reenact a 2,000-year-old tradition.
., - Feb 16, 2014
Osaka’s ancient castle will come alive as graphics are projected onto its venerable facade in a dazzling sound and light extravaganza. Using the latest in 3D mapping technology, the 10-minute show will feature mystical creatures in fantastical colours dancing across the castle. There’ll also be illumination installations, a butterfly garden and food stalls.