Osaka Castle Park and Tsuyunoten Shrine in Winter | Japan Solo Travel 2017

March 08, 2017

Osaka Castle Park (can totally imagine how beautiful the park will be during cherry blossom season!)

Osaka Castle Park

Address
1-1 Osakajo, Chuo Ward, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture 540-0002, Japan

Nearest Subway Station
Tanimachi Yonchome Station (Tanimachi Subway Line and Chuo Subway Line)
Approximately ¥240 without one day pass

Opening Hours
9am to 5pm daily

Fee
Free for Osaka Castle Park
¥600 for Osaka Castle




You can't tell, but I was trembling in the above photos because the platform was raised high up and if I slipped — a high possibility considering how clumsy I am — I would have fallen into a deep river. In winter.

Got over my fear of heights for nice photos #doitforthegram




Was still a little too full from my airplane food, or I would have darted into one ramen shops along Ohatsutenjin Dori Shotengai for a piping hot bowl of ramen.



Tsuyunoten Shrine (Ohatsu Tenjin Shrine)

Tsuyunoten Shrine (Ohatsu Tenjin Shrine) 

Address
〒530-0057 2-5-4 Sonezaki, Kita-ku, Osaka City

Nearest Subway Station
Higashi-Umeda Station (Tanimachi line) (¥240)

Opening Hours
7am to 10pm

Fee
Free


Tsuyunoten Shrine (Ohatsu Tenjin Shrine) is a famous love shrine in Osaka, which tells a story of the forbidden love two lovers — a prostitute and ownder of a soy sauce store — who tragically committed suicide in Tsuyuno Tenjinsha.





The star-crossed lovers, Ohatu and Tokubei



Tourists from around the world flock to Tsuyunoten Shrine (Ohatsu Tenjin Shrine), which has a history of more than 1300 years, to write their wishes on an ema (wooden board). The shrine is known to bless people in relationships/love, businesses and safety.


Purchase charms from the shrine for extra blessings

Draw a omikuji for your fortune for ¥100

Shake the small wooden box till a small bamboo stick falls out, then exchange the bamboo stick for a omikuji


You can't say you've been to Japan, or the most famous love shrine in Osaka, without drawing a omikuji (fortune telling paper lot) so I paid I drew a omikuji, since it's only ¥100 (~SGD $1.25) anyway. When in Rome, do as Romans do.

Lots of bad luck being left behind

Traditionally, if you drew an omikuji that predicts a run of bad fortune in the future, you should leave it behind by tying your omikuji to the branches of a pine tree.




HEP FIVE Ferris Wheel


Typically, I prefer walking to taking trains when I'm overseas because I enjoy looking at a country's sceneries. this time, I passed by HEP FIVE Ferris Wheel while taking a stroll from Higashi-Umeda Station to Umeda Station (about 20 to 30 minutes).

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Japan Solo Travel (January 2017)





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