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Outside Exterior Suntory Museu. Osaka, Japan
Outside Exterior Suntory Museum. Osaka, Japan
Dotonbori Night Shopping, Osaka. Photo JTK
Dotonbori Night Shopping, Osaka. Photo JTK
Hotarumachi in Osaka. Photo by Inoue Hiro
Hotarumachi in Osaka. Photo by Inoue Hiro
Hotarumachi in Osaka. Photo by Inoue Hiro
Hotarumachi in Osaka. Photo by Inoue Hiro
Night View of Osaka City. Photo by JTK
Night View of Osaka City. Photo by JTK
Osaka Science Museum in Osaka, Japan
Osaka Science Museum in Osaka, Japan
Namba Pachinko. Photo by Stéfan Le Dû
Namba Pachinko. Photo by Stéfan Le Dû
Osaka Kaiyukan Aquarium. Teddy Yoshida
Osaka Kaiyukan Aquarium. Teddy Yoshida

Osaka Information

Osaka is a major city in the Kansai region of Japan with a population of about 3 million people. Osaka is nicknamed the “Nations Kitchen” as throughout history it was the centre for trading rice and Osaka was the first city in the world to create the futures market on the stock exchange.

The city is broken down into 24 different wards with the administrative centre being the Kita-ku ward. Osaka is a classic modern Japanese city with plenty of high-rise buildings and activity sprawling everywhere. The city comes to life at night with vibrant colours of Neon lights lining every corner and crevice of the city.

Shopping in Osaka is extremely popular amongst tourists and visitors. The hot spot for technology and electronic equipment is in Den Den Town in particular Yodobashi Camera, Japan’s largest electronics appliance store. Other great shopping areas include the American Village for fashion and Shinsaibashi for other luxury goods.

A fantastic entertainment attraction is the National Bunraku Theatre with traditional puppet plays known as the Bunraku. Puppetry in the Japanese culture dates back to 1684 and the skilful puppeteers are known as the Ningyõtsukai.

Other great attractions in Osaka include the National Museum of Art, The Science Museum and the Osaka Maritime Museum with its dome shape surrounded by water is only accessible via a tunnel. The Oriental Ceramics Museum is also very popular with over 2,000 pieces of ceramics to see.

Tempozan Harbor Village is the place to be for fun and amusement. The Tempozan Ferris Wheel is the largest Ferris wheel in the world. Right next door to the big wheel is the Osaka Aquarium known as the Kaiyukan. The aquarium is also the biggest in the world with 27 tanks in 16 main exhibits. Inside the largest tank you can also see the world’s largest fish species, the whale shark.

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Den Den Town Electric Street. Osaka, Japan. Photo Stéfan Le Dû
Den Den Town Electric Street. Osaka, Japan. Photo Stéfan Le Dû
Dotomborigawa River in Osaka, Japan. Photo Taken by Stéfan Le Dû
Dotomborigawa River in Osaka, Japan. Photo Taken by Stéfan Le Dû