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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Popular theme park at Osaka's waterfront.
User rating: 86/100 (84 votes)
Visited by: 179 users
One of Japan's most impressive aquariums.
User rating: 85/100 (622 votes)
Visited by: 1154 users
Southern downtown of Osaka.
User rating: 83/100 (986 votes)
Visited by: 1851 users
Reconstruction of the large castle.
User rating: 81/100 (1219 votes)
Visited by: 2229 users
Head shrine of all Sumiyoshi Shrines.
User rating: 80/100 (129 votes)
Visited by: 284 users
One of the oldest temples in Japan.
User rating: 78/100 (216 votes)
Visited by: 437 users
Well done museum about the city's history.
User rating: 78/100 (96 votes)
Visited by: 199 users
Nostalgia evoking district around Tsutenkaku.
User rating: 77/100 (242 votes)
Visited by: 490 users
Northern downtown of Osaka.
User rating: 77/100 (831 votes)
Visited by: 1619 users
Attractive complex around Osaka Station.
User rating: 70/100 (234 votes)
Visited by: 491 users
Venue for Japanese puppet theater plays.
User rating: 82/100 (101 votes)
Visited by: 221 users
Skyscraper with observation deck.
User rating: 80/100 (632 votes)
Visited by: 1179 users
Art exhibitions from Japan and overseas.
User rating: 80/100 (62 votes)
Visited by: 169 users
Forested park with waterfall just outside Osaka.
User rating: 80/100 (69 votes)
Visited by: 156 users
Museum about the horrors of World War II.
User rating: 77/100 (112 votes)
Visited by: 244 users
New districts built on man-made islands.
User rating: 74/100 (363 votes)
Visited by: 751 users
Shrine with a very long, adjacent shopping arcade.
User rating: 74/100 (24 votes)
Visited by: 52 users
Interactive museum about science.
User rating: 72/100 (58 votes)
Visited by: 137 users
Popular summer festival with fireworks.
User rating: 76/100 (16 votes)
Visited by: 44 users
For over 1000 years the capital of Japan.
User rating: 97/100 (2946 votes)
Visited by: 5737 users
Atmospheric temple mountain.
User rating: 93/100 (303 votes)
Visited by: 549 users
Japan's first permanent capital.
User rating: 90/100 (1782 votes)
Visited by: 3535 users
Site of Japan's most beautiful feudal castle.
User rating: 85/100 (913 votes)
Visited by: 1826 users
Pleasant, old-fashioned hot spring resort.
User rating: 85/100 (116 votes)
Visited by: 249 users
Harbor city, recovered from 1995 earthquake.
User rating: 81/100 (1027 votes)
Visited by: 2195 users
Osaka offers a wide range of accommodation for all budgets. The most convenient base for exploring the city and its surroundings is the Umeda district around JR Osaka Station. Also convenient is the Namba district, the city's prime nightlife area. The Shin-Osaka Station area does not offer much entertainment and dining options, but is most convenient for travelers using the shinkansen.
Japan Osaka Ryokan Association For business or pleasure, search by area for the perfect traditional Japanese ryokan to match your Osaka accommodation needs.
Amami Onsen Ryokan Nanten-en A traditional Japanese ryokan. Experience traditional Japanese culture and natural beauty.
Kaneyoshi Ryokan A modern Japanese inn in Dotombori. the center of Osaka. 2 subway stations nearby. Close to many shops and Osaka Castle.
Hotel Ichiei A comfort modern Japanese hotel located in the center of Osaka. 3 train stations of Namba within a walking distance.
Osaka Yamatoya Honten Japanese style budget ryokan. From 5,775yen. Right next to Dotonbori in Osaka.
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