31. Mino ParkMino Park is a good place to escape the bright lights of Osaka. Only 30 minutes from the city, it's a forested quasi-national park with hiking trails and a waterfall. It's a good place to see autumn colors in the second half of November.
The 45 minute hike (one-way) to the waterfall passes several small temples.
32. Doguyasuji Shopping StreetIn the old days, Osaka was often referred to as the "kitchen of Japan". It's famous for its food products.
The Doguyasuji shopping street is a 150 meter (500 foot) stretch of shops that sell nothing but kitchen goods. Its main customers are restaurants and professional chefs — but it's an interesting place to walk around.
33. Isshinji TempleIsshinji (1185) isn't a typical Japanese Buddhist temple.
Its mausoleum houses an unusual thing — 12 Buddha statues made of human bones. The practice started in 1887 when the first statue was made from the bones of 50,000 corpses. Bones are donated by families and collected. A new statue is made every 10 years or so.
The grounds of Isshinji feature several other statues that are also atypical of a Japanese temple.
34. Hozenji LaneA ancient stone-paved lane next to Dotonbori Street lined with street food vendors. At the end of the street is a famous moss covered Buddha.
This tiny laneway makes frequent appearances in Japanese literature and popular culture.
35. Kitashinchi Nightlife AreaKitashinchi is a former pleasure district that features a variety of small upscale bars, clubs and restaurants. It's where local business men take their clients for an expensive night on the town.
36. Osaka Science MuseumOsaka Science Museum is a functioning science facility and museum. It's where Hideki Yukawa developed his theory of mesons that won the Nobel Prize in Physics (1949).
The museum features four floors of interactive science exhibits including the 5th largest planetarium in the World.
37. Kuromon MarketA food market that's over half a kilometer (a third of a mile) long.
38. Nagai ParkA large forested park with numerous sports facilities and a botanical garden.
39. Peace OsakaA museum that that documents the horrors of World War II including the atomic bombings of Nagasaki and Hiroshima.
40. Eat Takoyaki / OkonomiyakiNo trip to Osaka is complete without tasting the local fare.
Takoyaki are savory ball-shaped pancakes with a octopus chunk in the middle. Optionally, they're topped with a sweet sauce, mayonnaise, fish flakes (katsuobushi) and seaweed flakes (nori). They're better than they sound.
Okonomiyaki is a Japanese pancake that evolved as a way to use up leftovers. The ingredients are flexible. Popular ingredients include pork, seafood, cheese and vegetables. They are topped with the same toppings as Takoyaki.
Both Takoyaki and Okonomiyaki restaurants are easy to find in Osaka. Takoyaki can also be purchased from street vendors.