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With a population of 2.5 million, Osaka (大阪, Ōsaka) is Japan's third largest and second most important city. It has been the economic powerhouse of the Kansai region for many centuries.

Osaka was formerly known as Naniwa. Before the Nara Period, when the capital used to be moved with the reign of each new emperor, Naniwa was once Japan's capital city, the first one ever known.

In the 16th century, Toyotomi Hideyoshi chose Osaka as the location for his castle, and the city may have become Japan's capital if Tokugawa Ieyasu had not terminated the Toyotomi lineage after Hideyoshi's death and moved his government to distant Edo (Tokyo).

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Osaka Castle

Reconstruction of the large castle.

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Shinsekai

Nostalgia evoking district around Tsutenkaku.

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Abeno Harukas

Tallest skyscraper in Japan with observation deck.

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Minoo Park

Forested park with waterfall just outside Osaka.

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Bay Area

New districts built on man-made islands.

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Tennoji

District around one of Osaka's busiest stations.

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Side Trips from Osaka

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Kyoto

For over 1000 years the capital of Japan.

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Mount Koya

Atmospheric temple mountain.

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Nara

Japan's first permanent capital.

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Kinosaki

Pleasant, old-fashioned hot spring resort.

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Himeji

Site of Japan's most beautiful feudal castle.

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Kobe

Harbor city, recovered from 1995 earthquake.

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Hotel Nikko Osaka

Deluxe hotel connected to the Subway Shinsaibashi Station. Located across the street from Daimaru department store and the famous shopping and dining center.

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Hotel Ichiei

A comfort modern Japanese hotel located in the center of Osaka. 3 train stations of Namba within a walking distance.

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Kaneyoshi Ryokan

A modern Japanese inn in Dotombori. the center of Osaka. 2 subway stations nearby. Close to many shops and Osaka Castle.

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Hilton Osaka Hotel

Very convenient high-class hotel just across from JR Osaka Station.

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Hotel Granvia Osaka

Very conveniently located inside JR Osaka Station City.

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Hotel Nikko Kansai Airport

Directly connected to the terminal building, this is the most convenient hotel at Kansai Airport.

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InterContinental Hotel Osaka

Beautiful hotel recently opened near JR Osaka Station in the convenient Umekita district.

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J-Hoppers Osaka Guesthouse

Popular and inexpensive hostel about a 15 minute walk from JR Osaka Station.

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Remm Shin-Osaka

Recently opened business hotel conveniently located inside JR Shin-Osaka Station.

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Swissotel Nankai Osaka

Well established, leading hotel conveniently located above Nankai Namba Station.

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The Ritz-Carlton Osaka Hotel

Often considered Osaka's leading luxury hotel, located a short walk from JR Osaka Station.

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