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Closed/Opened on New Year in Osaka

To complete my previous article about New Year in Osaka I thought useful to look for what will be opened or closed during this National Holidays. Indeed on the 1st of January (or around) most of shops and attractions have a break. Tourists who plan to do something else than going to the temples and shrines to see the crowd of Japanese doing Hatsumode (the first prayer of the year) may be disappointed as "everything" else seem to be closed.

* The Aquarium of Osaka stay opened.
* The Castle is closed from the 28th to the 2nd.
* Universal Studio Japan stay opened.
* Tennoji zoo is closed from the 29th to the 1st.
* The Tourist Information Centers stay opened.
* The Umeda Sky Building is closed on the 1st.
* Namba Parks is closed on the 1st.
* National Museum of Art is closed from the 28th to the 5th
* Municipal Museum of Art is closed from the 28th to the 5th
* The Tsutenkaku Tower stays opened.
* Most of the restaurants are closed. It's better going to chains like (near J-Hoppers Osaka) Machikadouya, Yoshinoya, Cocoichiban, ... (Traditionnally Japanese eat at home a dish called Osechi, cooked or ordered in advance)
* Convenient stores stay opened.
* Department stores around Osaka Station : HEP Five is closed from the 31st to the 1st, Hankyu Dept Store is closed on the 1st, Hanshin Dept Store is closed on the 1st, Yodobashi Camera stay opened, ...
* Transportations keep running, but with lower frequency.

It's off course not exhaustive but I hope it will be helpful !

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