About Osaka

Osaka (大阪, Ōsaka) is Japan's second largest metropolitan area after Tokyo. 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 political capital if Tokugawa Ieyasu had not terminated the Toyotomi lineage after Hideyoshi's death and moved his government to distant Edo (Tokyo).

 

Getting in Osaka

 

Kansai International Airport (関西空港, Kansai Kūkō, KIX)

 

How to travel between Kansai Airport and Central Osaka


Itami Airport (ITM)

 

How to travel between Itami Airport and Central Osaka

 

Access and Orientation

 

Osaka has two major city centers and four major train stations. The two city centers are nicknamed Kita ("North") around Osaka/Umeda Station and Minami ("South") around Namba Station. While Kita is a large shopping and business area, Minami is Osaka's most famous entertainment district.

JR Osaka Station is located in the center of the Kita district. Two other railway companies and three subway lines have their own stations in the vicinity of JR Osaka Station, however, these stations are named Umeda Station rather than Osaka Station. The shinkansen trains stop not at Osaka Station, but at Shin-Osaka Station, one station north of Osaka Station by JR train.

In the Namba area (Minami), three railway companies (JR, Nankai and Kintetsu) and three subway lines have their separate stations, all named Namba Station. The fourth of Osaka's major railway stations is Tennoji Station in the southeast of central Osaka. It is served by JR, Kintetsu Railways, the Hankai Tramway and two subway lines.

 

The city of Osaka is served by over seven different railway and subway companies. Most relevant to foreign visitors of Osaka are the subway lines and the lines operated by JR West. The lines operated by the other private railway companies are useful for accessing neighboring cities and regions.

 

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Top Attractions 

Universal Studios
Popular theme park at Osaka's waterfront.

Osaka Aquarium
One of Japan's most impressive aquariums.

Minami (Namba)
Southern downtown of Osaka.

Tenjin Matsuri
Popular summer festival with fireworks.

Osaka Castle
Reconstruction of the large castle


Sumiyoshi Taisha
Head shrine of all Sumiyoshi Shrines.

Museum of History
Well done museum about the city's history.

Shitennoji Temple
One of the oldest temples in Japan.

Shinsekai
Nostalgia evoking district around Tsutenkaku.


All Information above are from Japan-guide.com