?saka is the third largest city in Japan, with a population of over 2.5 million people in its greater metropolitan area. It is the central metropolis of the Kansai region and the largest of the Osaka-Kobe-Kyoto trio.
Osaka dates back to the Asuka and Nara periods. Under the name Naniwa, it was briefly the capital of Japan. Even after the capital was moved elsewhere, Osaka continued to play an important role as a hub for land, sea and river-canal transportation. During the Tokugawa era, while Edo (now Tokyo) served as the austere seat of military power and Kyoto was the home of the Imperial court and its courtiers, Osaka served as "the Nation's Kitchen", the collection and distribution point for rice, the most important measure of wealth. Hence it was also the city where merchants made and lost fortunes and cheerfully ignored repeated warnings from the shogun ate to reduce their conspicuous consumption.
Popular Vacation Hotspots in Osaka (KIX), Japan
In the Osaka City is the Osaka Castle with a five-layer donjon as its core, on a lawn park that stretches for about 60,000 square meters. During the cherry blossom season in the spring, this park is especially crowded with hanami (cherry blossom viewing) crowd.
Osakaâ€™s highlights include Osaka-j? and its surrounding park, Osaka Aquarium with its enormous whale shark, the Blade Runner nightscapes of the D?tombori area and the wonderful Open Air Museum of Old Japanese Farmhouses.
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Most Popular Attractions in Osaka (KIX), Japan
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
Umeda Sky Building
Festival Hall, Osaka
National Museum of Art, Osaka
Osaka Science Museum
Tempozan Ferris Wheel
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