Osaka, formerly known as the “nation’s kitchen”, is a bustling metropolis in southern Japan and the third largest city in the country. What makes Osaka a fascinating place to visit and shoot films in is its rich history that dates back to the year 250. Archeologists have even found evidence that people have been living in Osaka since 5th century BC! Forming one continuous urban area with Kyoto and Kobe, Osaka is a now a large, vibrant city teeming with culture and it’s also the place to be if you’re a foodie: it’s not known as the nation’s kitchen for nothing. Colorful markets and districts dedicated to the arts, subcultures, and shopping make for a variety of interesting locations to shoot videos in Japan. Osaka’s unique blend of ancient history and ultra-modern architecture and infrastructure make for engaging footage that will captivate any viewer. If you’re looking to do video production in Osaka, here’s five destinations you should consider.
The Namba District is a shrine to neon signs not that dissimilar to Times Square in New York. The American film Black Rain was shot here in the 1980s, and you can still capture the high frenetic energy of the crowds and stunning array of neon lights.
The Sumiyoshi-taisha shrine is one of the oldest shrines in Japan, dating back to the year 211 which makes the style strictly Japanese. Chinese architecture began influencing Japanese temples centuries later. The shrine and vicinity offer lush scenery and large colorful bridges that make for captivating principal photography.
The castle itself is a reproduction of a 17th century Japanese castle with a totally modern interior that includes elevators. Castle Park has a very festive atmosphere on the weekends and is considered one of the best places for hanami (watching the cherry blossoms.)
The ultra-modern shopping and transportation megalith is one of the largest buildings in Japan. With its glass beams and incredibly high ceilings, Station City is the ideal location for video production in Osaka if you need a futuristic setting.
The Dotonbori District was once the pleasure district but is now a popular tourist destination offering many kinds of entertainment. Storefronts have been competing with each other since the 1930s over who can come up with the most outlandish one, which can make for some memorable video production.
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