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Osaka

Osaka

Osaka

Location of Osaka

Osaka has been a major port and commercial center in Japan. During its early days, Osaka was Japan’s center for trade with overseas countries, a role which it shares today with Kobe and Yokohama. Being a major center for foreign trade, Osaka has always had a large foreign population. In the late 16th century, Osaka rose to prominence as Toyotomi Hideyoshi, having unified all of Japan, chose Osaka as the site for his castle. Merchants set up around the castle and the city quickly grew into a busy economic center.
Although Tokyo has usurped Osaka’s position as economic center of Japan in the modern period, the city, with over 8.8 million of its population, is still a vast economic powerhouse, as all the factories on the outskirts of the city will attest.
Today, Osaka also plays a great role in hosting many international events. The opening of Kansai International Airport and the continuously developing transportation networks have made Osaka even more accessible to visitors.

America-MuraAmerica-Mura
America-Mura, or American village, is a compact enclave of trendy shops and restaurants thr …  more »
Food / Shopping
Aqua-Liner River CruiseAqua-Liner River Cruise
Osaka is sometimes called as a city of waterways. Actually, there are a few rivers and cana …  more »
Entertainment
Cosmo Tower (Osaka Prefectural Goverment Sakishima Building Observatory)Cosmo Tower (Osaka Prefectural Goverment Sakishima Building Observatory)
Cosmotower, 256 meters high, is the tallest tower in western Japan providing a variety of t …  more »
EntertainmentLandmark
Den-Den TownDen-Den Town
Den-Den Town is a shopping area specializing in electrical goods, and is often described as …  more »
Food / Shopping
DotonboriDotonbori
Dotonbori is the most popular and busiest shopping street in Osaka. In this bustling distri …  more »
Food / Shopping
Expo ’70 Commemorative Park (Banpaku Kinen Park)Expo '70 Commemorative Park (Banpaku Kinen Park)
The park in Suita was used to be a venue of the Japan World Exposition ’70. The expo’s symb …  more »
Park / Garden
Hankyu Sanban-gaiHankyu Sanban-gai
Directly connected with Hankyu Umeda Station, Hankyu Sanban-gai is one of the largest shopp …  more »
Food / Shopping
Izumisano Aozora-Ichiba MarketIzumisano Aozora-Ichiba Market
Izumisano Aozora-Ichiba is a 100-meter-long large-scale fish market with more than 30 shops …  more »
Food / Shopping
Keitaku-en GardenKeitaku-en Garden
Keitaku-en Garden is a Japanese garden in Tennoji Park with a landscape combining the quiet …  more »
Park / Garden
Kishiwada CastleKishiwada Castle
Kishiwada Castle was originally constructed by Nigita Takaie, a nephew of Kusunoki Masashig …  more »
HistoryLandmark
Kishiwada Danjiri HallKishiwada Danjiri Hall
Kishiwada Danjiri Hall is an exhibition hall for Danjiri Festival, which is held in many pl …  more »
Museum / Gallery
Kuromon-Ichiba MarketKuromon-Ichiba Market
Kuromon-Ichiba is a 600 meter-long market with 170 stalls which offers fish, fruits, vegeta …  more »
Food / Shopping
Meiji-no-Mori Minoo Quasi-National ParkMeiji-no-Mori Minoo Quasi-National Park
Meiji-no-Mori Minoo Park was designated as a quasi-national park in 1967 to commemorate the …  more »
Park / Garden
Minoo Onsen Hot SpringMinoo Onsen Hot Spring
Located at the entrance of Meiji-no-Mori Minoo Quasi-National Park, Minoo Onsen Hot Spring  …  more »
Spa / Hot spring
National Museum of EthnologyNational Museum of Ethnology
National Museum of Ethnology, or also called “Minpaku” as an abbreviation in Japanese, is l …  more »
Museum / Gallery
Osaka Aquarium KAIYUKANOsaka Aquarium KAIYUKAN
In the Osaka Harbor Village complex, this is one aquarium that is worth a visit. Osaka Aqua …  more »
Entertainment
Osaka Business ParkOsaka Business Park
Osaka Business Park (OBP) includes office buildings, an excellent hotel and concert halls.  …  more »
EntertainmentFood / Shopping
Osaka CastleOsaka Castle
Osaka Castle was originally built by Toyotomi Hideyoshi after he achieved his goal of unify …  more »
HistoryLandmark
Osaka City Museum of Fine ArtsOsaka City Museum of Fine Arts
Located in Tennoji Park, Osaka City Museum of Fine Arts opened in 1936. The place was origi …  more »
Museum / Gallery
Osaka Dome (Kyocera Dome Osaka)Osaka Dome (Kyocera Dome Osaka)
The big dome with futuristic look is used for baseball games and concerts. There are shops, …  more »
Entertainment
Osaka International Peace Center (Peace Osaka)Osaka International Peace Center (Peace Osaka)
Osaka International Peace Center is a facility for teaching future generations about war tr …  more »
Museum / Gallery
Osaka Museum of HistoryOsaka Museum of History
Osaka Museum of History is designed to let visitors experience the 1,500 year history of Os …  more »
Museum / Gallery
Osaka Shochikuza TheaterOsaka Shochikuza Theater
Osaka Shochikuza Theater was originally built in 1923 as the first western-style theater in …  more »
Entertainment
Osaka Tenmangu ShrineOsaka Tenmangu Shrine
Osaka Tenmangu Shrine was founded in 949 in honor of Michizane Sugawara, a noted scholar of …  more »
History
Sennichimae Doguyasuji Shopping ArcadeSennichimae Doguyasuji Shopping Arcade
Located between Namba Grand Kagetsu and Nansan-dori Street, 160 meters long arcade with abo …  more »
Food / Shopping
Shitenno-ji TempleShitenno-ji Temple
Shitenno-ji Temple was founded in 593 by Prince Shotoku Taishi. The first non-sectarian Bud …  more »
HistoryPark / Garden
Spa WorldSpa World
Spa World is a spa facility where you can enjoy 16 types of baths from 11 countries all ove …  more »
EntertainmentSpa / Hot spring
Sumiyoshi Taisha ShrineSumiyoshi Taisha Shrine
Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine is dedicated to Shinto deities associated with the sea and sea trav …  more »
History
Tempo-zan Market PlaceTempo-zan Market Place
Tempo-zan Market Place is a building featuring a variety of shops and restaurants. Also the …  more »
EntertainmentFood / Shopping
The Museum of Oriental Ceramics, OsakaThe Museum of Oriental Ceramics, Osaka
The Museum of Oriental Ceramics was founded in Osaka in 1982. The museum is known for its e …  more »
Museum / Gallery
The National Bunraku TheatreThe National Bunraku Theatre
The National Bunraku Theatre is a national theater where traditional Bunraku plays are perf …  more »
Entertainment
The National Museum of Art, Osaka (NMAO)The National Museum of Art, Osaka (NMAO)
The museum displays Japanese and foreign collection of modern art. The museum, which was or …  more »
Museum / Gallery
Tsutenkaku TowerTsutenkaku Tower
Tsutenkaku Tower was originally built in 1912. The original tower was 64 meters high, and i …  more »
EntertainmentLandmark
Tsuyunoten Shrine (Ohatsu Tenjin)Tsuyunoten Shrine (Ohatsu Tenjin)
Tsuyunoten Shrine (or also called Ohatsu Tenjin) was established around 700. It enshrines S …  more »
History
Umeda JOYPOLISUmeda JOYPOLIS
Umeda JOYPOLIS is an indoor amusement park operated by the major video game developer SEGA. …  more »
Entertainment
Umeda Sky Building (Floating Garden Observatory)Umeda Sky Building (Floating Garden Observatory)
Umeda Sky Building is a twin-tower complex with the two towers jointed at the top. The doub …  more »
EntertainmentLandmark
Universal Citywalk OsakaUniversal Citywalk Osaka
Universal Citywalk Osaka is a commercial complex located between JR Universal City Station  …  more »
EntertainmentFood / Shopping
Universal Studios Japan (USJ)Universal Studios Japan (USJ)
America’s movie theme park Universal Studios, which has achieved considerable success in Ho …  more »
Entertainment
Whity UmedaWhity Umeda
Whity Umeda (originally named “Umeda Chika Center” when it opened in 1963) is a large under …  more »
Food / Shopping

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