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: 85/100 (119 votes)
Visited by: 267 users
One of Japan's most impressive aquariums.
User rating: 86/100 (673 votes)
Visited by: 1249 users
Southern downtown of Osaka.
User rating: 83/100 (1053 votes)
Visited by: 2009 users
Reconstruction of the large castle.
User rating: 81/100 (1307 votes)
Visited by: 2425 users
Head shrine of all Sumiyoshi Shrines.
User rating: 80/100 (139 votes)
Visited by: 309 users
Well done museum about the city's history.
User rating: 79/100 (101 votes)
Visited by: 217 users
One of the oldest temples in Japan.
User rating: 79/100 (228 votes)
Visited by: 475 users
Nostalgia evoking district around Tsutenkaku.
User rating: 78/100 (270 votes)
Visited by: 568 users
Northern downtown of Osaka.
User rating: 77/100 (880 votes)
Visited by: 1748 users
Attractive complex around Osaka Station.
User rating: 71/100 (288 votes)
Visited by: 627 users
Venue for Japanese puppet theater plays.
User rating: 82/100 (106 votes)
Visited by: 234 users
Art exhibitions from Japan and overseas.
User rating: 81/100 (67 votes)
Visited by: 184 users
Forested park with waterfall just outside Osaka.
User rating: 81/100 (77 votes)
Visited by: 179 users
Skyscraper with observation deck.
User rating: 80/100 (674 votes)
Visited by: 1269 users
Shrine with a very long, adjacent shopping arcade.
User rating: 77/100 (31 votes)
Visited by: 81 users
Museum about the horrors of World War II.
User rating: 77/100 (117 votes)
Visited by: 259 users
New districts built on man-made islands.
User rating: 75/100 (393 votes)
Visited by: 825 users
Interactive museum about science.
User rating: 74/100 (64 votes)
Visited by: 154 users
Popular summer festival with fireworks.
User rating: 80/100 (27 votes)
Visited by: 75 users
For over 1000 years the capital of Japan.
User rating: 97/100 (3178 votes)
Visited by: 6228 users
Atmospheric temple mountain.
User rating: 94/100 (327 votes)
Visited by: 594 users
Japan's first permanent capital.
User rating: 91/100 (1912 votes)
Visited by: 3833 users
Site of Japan's most beautiful feudal castle.
User rating: 85/100 (961 votes)
Visited by: 1932 users
Pleasant, old-fashioned hot spring resort.
User rating: 85/100 (128 votes)
Visited by: 275 users
Harbor city, recovered from 1995 earthquake.
User rating: 81/100 (1103 votes)
Visited by: 2388 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.
Hotel Ichiei A comfort modern Japanese hotel located in the center of Osaka. 3 train stations of Namba within a walking distance.
Kaneyoshi Ryokan A modern Japanese inn in Dotombori. the center of Osaka. 2 subway stations nearby. Close to many shops and Osaka Castle.
Osaka Yamatoya Honten Japanese style budget ryokan. From 5,775yen. Right next to Dotonbori in Osaka.
Japan Osaka Ryokan Association For business or pleasure, search by area for the perfect traditional Japanese ryokan to match your Osaka accommodation needs.
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Kogetsu Kogetsu is a large, illustrious Japanese food restaurant in the east part of the Shinsaibashi area of Osaka's...
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Sauna & Spa New Japan This large scale spa and sauna complex is located in Osaka's popular Doutonbori district. Each building houses...
Various tours and travel packages for Osaka and surroundings.
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