Hidden Osaka 0

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Osaka contains many hidden gems known only to locals. You can also see many creations of the world-famous architect Tadao Ando here in Osaka. Mr. Ando was born in Osaka and even now remains an active force in the city. Make sure to check out his Church of Light  in Ibaraki and the glass block house; for his recent works, you can go see the greenery walls that cover Marubiru as well as the Sky Building greenification project. For more architecture, Kishiwada Castle may be considered a minor castle nationally, but it is accompanied by Hachijin-no-niwa Garden, a novel rock garden designed by garden architect Mirei Shigemori in 1953. It's a one-of-a-kind spot that will let you get in touch with a deeper layer of the city.

Why not travel back in time to olden-day Osaka and see it from a different perspective? At the Osaka Museum of Housing and Living, Osaka's museum of housing, you can learn about how homes looked and people lived from the 17th to the mid-20th centuries here in "Naniwa," as Osaka was once called.

Also, don't forget to try out Osaka's food, much loved by locals. If you feel a little hungry, try the patisserie Gokan  in Kitahama Honkan. At the British-style tea salon on the second floor, rest your tired feet and restore your spirits with delicious sweets and black tea.

Walk around and get in plenty of sightseeing, then once you're tired out, refresh yourself from your busy day at Spa World  . These gigantic hot spring facilities offer an abundance of water and bath varieties. Time will fly by as you try out all of their different baths.