Lifting the Spirit through Architecture Nikko Okinawa Osaka
On Journeys in Japan, we've discovered the history and culture of many places through their architecture. On this episode, we revisit Nikko, Okinawa Prefecture and Osaka Prefecture, to take a close look at significant buildings and how they connect with the people.


Founded in 1617. Enshrines Tokugawa Ieyasu, who unified Japan and established the Edo Shogunate government, as its deity. Structures within the precinct such as the Yomeimon Gate and the Five-storied pagoda have been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Nago City Hall

Completed in 1981. The public building features distinctively Okinawan design elements.

Tsutenkaku Tower

An observatory tower at the heart of the Shinsekai entertainment district. The original building, built in 1912, was demolished after a fire. Rebuilt in 1957 it continues to be beloved as a city symbol.


From Tokyo's Asakusa Station, it is 1 hour and 50 minutes by express train to Nikko. About an hour's bus ride from there takes you to Lake Chuzenji.

It takes about 3 hours to fly from Tokyo to Okinawa.

The bullet train takes you from Tokyo to Osaka in about 2.5 hours. Rapid train and highway bus services are available from Kansai International Airport.