Super Nintendo World in Japan’s Universal Studios

Announced in 2015, Japan’s much-anticipated Super Nintendo World is currently under construction. It is estimated that the project will cost between $350 and $550 million USD. The park is set to open in the summer of 2020 as part of Universal Studios Japan (USJ) – the tenth “land” of that theme park. This video game inspired theme park is located in Osaka, and Nintendo fans are hungry for pre-grand opening details.

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Tennoji Station: Osaka travel guide

Tennoji Station, called Tennoji-eki in Japanese, is located in the Tennoji-ku region of southern Osaka. It is an important transportation hub.

In the past, the area around Tennoji Station has had a “seedy” reputation. It’s the setting of many crime mangas and a historic “pleasure district.” However, renovations and tourism have elevated Tennoji, and there’s something there for everyone – from zoos and museums to ancient temples and food stands.

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Tenjin Matsuri 2020: Osaka’s Festival of the Gods

The Tenjin Matsuri Festival in Osaka is considered one of Japan’s top 3 festivals (along with Gion Matsuri, Kyoto and Kanda Matsuri, Tokyo). The festival honors the deity of scholarship, Sugawara Michizane, and includes a range of lively festivities over 2 days.

The festival starts on July 24 and lasts 2 days. It starts with a ceremony inviting the deity out of the shrine and ends with a spectacular display of fireworks over the Okawa River.

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