Shojin ryori is the traditional dining style of Buddhist monks in Japan, and grew widespread in popularity with the spread of Zen Buddhism in the 13th century. As the cuisine is made without meat, fish or other animal products, it can be enjoyed by vegans, vegetarians and meat-eaters alike.
Tokyo Tower is one of the most famous silhouettes on the Tokyo skyline. Modeled after the Eiffel Tower in Paris, the iconic structure—which functions as a communications and observation tower—stands approximately 333 meters (about 1,090 feet) tall. Although Tokyo Tower has been superseded as a broadcasting tower by the taller Tokyo Skytree, which opened in 2012, it is still a favorite landmark for travelers to add to their list.
Osaka Station is the busiest train station in the western Kansai region of Japan, serving over two million passengers a day. The station building, called “Osaka Station City,” was newly remodeled in 2011 and offers various shopping, entertainment, and dining establishments in close proximity to the station area. With Osaka’s reputation as the culinary capital of Japan, it should come as no surprise that the area around Osaka Station boasts some truly excellent dining. Read on for 12 Osaka Station restaurants that highlight the epicurean genius of Japan’s top gourmet city.
At 634 meters (over 2,000 feet), the Tokyo Skytree is the tallest structure in Japan, and the second-tallest in the world. The Tokyo Skytree is distinct in its neo-futuristic design, which provides a unique contrast to the traditional architecture of shrines and temples in the surrounding area. Visitors can enjoy a fantastic view of Tokyo city from the two observation decks located 300 meters and 450 meters up, and on a clear day one can see all the way to Mount Fuji in the distance. At the base of Tokyo Skytree is the Solamachi shopping center with over 300 shops, providing plenty of opportunities for souvenir shopping, and once you’ve worked up an appetite, there’s many restaurants near Tokyo Skytree to satisfy all tastes.