During my visit, I was able to explore the must-see Japanese landmarks, both magnificent religious and historical landmarks.
Osaka traces its history to the 4th century as a vibrant port city, to an imperial capital in the 7th century, to the cultural center in the 17th century, and today as the nation’s kitchen.
Glico, a confectionary company, is a well-known brand throughout Japan, especially for its flagship product, Pocky (try some, it’s delicious). This Osaka-based company has been using the same logo of a “running man” for close to 100 years. A towering, brilliant neon sign of the “running man” hovers over the Dōtonbori canal. A famous landmark to visit to Osaka.
But, when most people think of Osaka, they think of the Osaka Castle. The Osaka Castle is a stunning, multi-level structure located in a leafy green park in the middle of a dense city. The castle played a role in the unification of Japan in the 16th century. Throughout its history, the Osaka Castle, has been subject to fires, attacks, and bombings. It has been rebuilt several times over the centuries. In 1997, the castle was restored a final time, in a concrete reproduction. Regardless, to the viewer, it is an amazing landmark that follows Japanese history.
The name Hiroshima evokes the horror of the first atomic bomb ever used on mankind. A solemn visit to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park should be a mandatory stop to learn about this tragedy.
Hiroshima also has a prominent monument, the Hiroshima Castle. The original castle dates to the 16th century but was unfortunately destroyed in the atomic blast of 1945. A beautiful replica sits in a park encircled by a moat.