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The City in the Japanese Imaginary: Osaka, Japan

This is the last post for Japan Tour which covers the Metropolitan Osaka. Osaka is the capital city of Osaka Prefecture and the largest component of the Keihanshin Metropolitan Area, the second largest metropolitan area in Japan with over 19 million population. This historical merchant city located at the mouth of the Yodo River on Osaka Bay. Osaka has also been known as the "nation's kitchen" and during the Edo period served as a center for the rice trade.

To save some budgets, I bought the Osaka Amazing Pass (Y2500 for 1-day; Y3300 for 2-day) which comes with a complete guide and map. This pass covers all metro and bus connectivities within the city and fees for major attractions such as Dotonbori River Cruise, HEP FIVE Ferris Wheel, Osaka Museum of Housing and Living, Osaka Science Museum, Tsutenkaku Tower, Osaka Tennoji Zoo, Osaka Castle Museum, Tempozan Giant Ferris Wheel, Santa Maria Ship Day Cruise and any more.

Central of the city is divided into downtown and up…
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The Forest Within the Gate: Kyoto, Japan

This post covers my second day in Japan, lets visit Kyoto. A city located in the central part of the island of Honshu, Japan. Kyoto was formerly known as the Imperial capital of Japan for more than one thousand years and now serve as the capital city of Kyoto Prefecture. The dialect spoken in Kyoto is known as Kyo-kotoba or Kyoto-ben. When Kyoto was the capital of Japan, the Kyoto dialect was the de facto standard Japanese and influenced the development of Tokyo dialect, the modern standard Japanese. 

I started my adventure in Kyoto by visiting Arashiyama. It is the second-most important sightseeing district in Kyoto. It’s filled with temples and shrines, but the star attraction is the famed Arashiyama Bamboo Grove. The main street of Arashiyama, along with the famed Togetsukyo Bridge is the major tourist path. 

For the bridge towards the bamboo grove, on the left side of the road is the Tenryu-ji, the most important temple in Arashiyama district. It was ranked first among the city&#…