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Osaka Loop Line

19 stations linked by a circle line covered by the Japan Rail Pass

osaka metropolitan area

The Osaka Loop Line is one of the many convenient train lines that runs through the metropolitan Osaka area. Although it does not comprehensively cover all the big attractions of Western Japan 's largest city, this line provides fast and easy access to Osaka Station, Osaka Castle, Korean Town (Tsuruhashi) and Tennoji. There are two tracks for the Loop : the inner track runs counterclockwise and the outer runs clockwise (Platform 1 and 2 in Osaka Station).
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Travelling in Osaka with your Japan Rail Pass
0 KM - OSAKA STATION - counterclockwise This station is a few stations away from Yokohama 's famous Chinatown with some of the best Chinese food in japan.
3,6 KM - 0H05 - NISHIKUJO STATIONTake the JR Yumesaki here if you plan to visit the Universal Studios Japan (USJ). Universal Stuido Japan was the first theme park under the universal studios brand to be built in Asia. Opened in 2001 in March 2001 in the Osaka Bay Area, it occupies an area of 39 hectares and is the most visited amusement park in Japan after Tokyo Disney Resort.
5,2 KM - 0H08 - BENTENCHO STATIONGateway to Osaka Aquarium, one of the world's finest aquariums.7 km - 0H11 - TAISHO STATIONA 7-minutes walk from the station will lead to osaka Dome, the city's gigantic baseball stadium, home field of the famous Orix Buffaloes team.
Travelling in Osaka with your Japan Rail Pass
10 KM - 0H14 - SHIN-IMAMIYA STATIONShinsekai's nostalgic atmosphere makes it a must-see district in Osaka. Its Tsutenkaku Tower was built in 1912, inspired by Eiffel Tower. These old-fashioned streets are the best place to ty one of Osaka 's best known specialities composed of various skewered and deep fried food, the kushikatsu. Choose night time to get a true feeling of the Shinsekai spirit.

11 km - 0H16 - tennoji stationShitennoji can be reached by a 10-minutes walk north of Tennoji Station. The temple is one of Japan's oldest and the admission to its outer grounds is free. Nearby you can stroll down the beautiful Gokuraku-jodo alleys. This ancient garden was designed based on descriptions of the Western Paradise of the Amida Buddha.
Travelling in Osaka with your Japan Rail Pass
0 km - OSAKA STATION - clockwise
4,2 KM - 0H09 - kyobashi STATIONChange here to JR Tozai Line

5km - 0h10- OSAKAJO-KOEN STATIONOsaka is mostly famous for its vast parks covering about two square kilometers, where locals and visitors can find everything they need for their leisure time : plenty of grass areas, sport facilities and a shrine. The park is also one of Osaka's most popular hanami spots during the cherry blossom season. If you are visiting during this period, do not miss the Nishinimaru Garden (¥200 ), a lawn garden planted with more than 600 cherry trees. A tea house and the former Osaka Guest House provide beautiful views of the castle.
7,7 KM - 0H16 -  tsuruhashi STATIONHave a taste of Korea in the bustling dowtown Tsuruhashi. The unique atmosphere of this place comes from the close connection that still exists between the district and Korea, as it can be seen while shopping in the international market or walking amid the legions of Korean food stands. Next to Tsuruhashi is also Uehommachi, a historical area, which is now one of the main transportation hubs for Iseshima and Nara.
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What to see ? 
NAMBA  - Considered the southern center of Osaka, Namba is where everything happens and the liveliest place of the whole city. As the terminus of the Yamatoji Line, Namba station is actually a group of different stations all located at the same place.

DOTOBORI is a district that never sleeps. You can pop into one of its numerous 24-hour restaurants whenever you wish. Also known as a food destination, this popular shopping and entertainment district is lit by thousands of neon lights. You can see the famous "Glico" Running Man light sign and watch the giant Kani Doraku crab shining in the distance.

NATIONAL BUNRAKU THEATER - To attend one of the famous Bunraku performance usually held in this theatre, choose to visit the city during one of the three-week runs that take place in January, April, June, July/August and November. Ticket prices vary by performance, but usually range from ¥2000-6000.

DEN DEN TOWN - This electronic district located in the Nipponbashi area is in many ways comparable to Tokyo’s Akihabara, with the advantage that here you can get a much be er price. Den Den Town’s stores are typically open around 10-11 a.m. and close around 7-8 p.m. and count numerous manga stores and cosplay cafes.

KITASHINCHI -Those who are missing an authentic and lively atmosphere in Osaka will be pleased to visit the Kitashinchi entertainment district. Located just a few minutes south of the Kitashinchi Station on the JR Tozai Line, its streets filled with restaurants, bars and clubs will be a perfect break from the city’s ultramodern environment.

OSAKA TENMANGU -  Very popular in Japan for its festival, the Tenmangu Shrine (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) is located just a short walk away from the Osaka Tenmangu Station on the JR Tozai Line. On July 24th and 25th, the shrine’s divinity is presented on a mikoshi (palanquin) through the city, amid reworks and laughter.

TENJINBASHISUJI SHOTENGAI - A small distance away from the Shrine is the Tenjinbashi-suji Shopping Street, a two-kilometer, long covered shopping alley. You can buy almost everything there, from groceries to clothes and medicine. It reaches the Tenjinbashi Bridge in the south and starts from Tenjinbashi-suji Rokuchome Subway Station

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Where to stay in Nagoya

Where to stay ? 
HOTEL ICHIEI
A 3-minute walk from Namba Subway Station. The rooms are spacious, Japanese tatami rooms. Great for its charm and location. 
1-6-8 Nambanaka, Naniwa-ku, Shinsaibashi, Osaka, 556-0011 �
Tel : 06-6641-3135 / www.hotel-ichiei.com/english

HOTEL MONTEREY GRASMERE
One minute on foot from JR Namba Station, convenient for direct access to the airport.
1-2-3 Minatomachi, Naniwa-ku, Osaka, 556-0017 
Tel : 06-6645-7111 / https://www.hotelmonterey.co.jp/en/grasmere_osaka/

CROSS HOTEL OSAKA クロスホテル大阪
A quiet and modern hotel located only ve minutes away by foot from Dotonbori area and JR Station Namba.
2-5-15 Shinsaibashisuji, Chuo Ward, Osaka, 542-0085
Tel : 06-6213-8281 /www.crosshotel.com/eng_osaka
Where to eat in Nagoya ?

Where to eat ?

BOTEJU ぼてじゅう
Just a short walk from the riverside Dotonbori shopping district, Boteju is well-known among the locals for its great okonomiyaki, Osaka’s famous vegetable- filled pancake. From Namba Station exit 11, head north and turn right at the first street. Boteju’s big red sign is on the second building on the right, just a after a bank. Open daily, 11:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.
Tel : 06-6211-3641 / www.botejyu.com/botejyu/shop/osaka_souhonten.html

SHABU-TEI しゃぶ亭
Just around the corner from the giant, ashy Osaka Station is a small shabu shabu restaurant that’s been around for ages, and it shows — the waitresses are in old-style apron uniforms and the walls are covered with signatures of celebrities who have passed through. Great shabu shabu dining with their delicious ‘secret recipe’ sauce. From Osaka Station, cross the street and continue west, turning le at Yotsuhashi-suji Street. Take the first right down a small side street, past a ashy big-name store. It’s on the left  down that alleyway. Open daily, 11 a.m. to 5 a.m., closes at 11 p.m. on Sundays
Tel :06-6346-5138 / www.shabutei.co.jp/en

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