Osaka Prefecture

Osaka Prefecture

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Osaka | Statistics



Region: Kinki/Kansai
Capital: Osaka
Population (approx.): 8.863 million (2012)
Area: 733 sq miles
Area Rank: 46

Osaka | Major Cities

Osaka

Osaka

Central city of West Japan; Dotonbori and Shinsaibashii districts are among the most popular spots of Osaka

Osaka | Destinations

Osaka | Destinations

Osaka Prefecture is located in the Kansai region and its capital Osaka City is the central city of West Japan with a population of 2.6 million. In the Edo Period (1603-1867), it was the distribution center for products from around the country and from Meiji (1868-1913) onward, it developed as the center of the Japanese economy with the wholesale trade. Shinsaibashi is one of the best downtown areas in the city, possessing a wide array of shops. Osaka's north gate, Umeda, has an enormous stretch of underground mall that houses many restaurants, fashion and sundry goods stores. In contrast to Kita with Umeda as its core, Minami is an area with core cities Namba, a popular business and shopping district, and Dotonbori with many restaurants on both sides of Dotonbori-gawa River. Minami is known as a town of public entertainment and has many theaters, shopping, and dining. Osaka's unique open culture can be experienced here. Osaka's Castle, constructed in 1583, is one of Osaka's representative sightseeing spots. The Osaka Castle has a five-layer donjon as its core, on a lawn park that stretches for about 60,000 square meters. The castle tower is surrounded by secondary citadels, gates, turrets, impressive stone walls and moats. The Nishinomaru Garden, encompassing the former "western citadel", is a lawn garden with 600 cherry trees, a tea house, the former Osaka Guest House and nice views of the castle tower from below. During the cherry blossom season in the spring, this park is especially crowded with hanami (cherry blossom viewing).

Universal Studios Japan

Universal Studios Japan

First Universal Studios park in Asia; features the Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Shinsaibashi

Shinsaibashi

Osaka's largest shopping district and delicious street food

Shin-sekai

Shin-sekai

Known to be a more dangerous area of Osaka with higher homeless rates but great food

Dotonbori

Dotonbori

Popular nightlife and entertainment area; iconic Glico display

Osaka Castle

Osaka Castle

Reconstructed after it was burned down by lightening; now modified into a museum

Nipponbashi

Nipponbashi

Large shopping mall specializing in anime and character goods

Kaiyukan

Kaiyukan

Considered one of the best aquariums in Asia

Osaka Int'l Airport (ITM) - Itami Airport

Osaka Int'l Airport (ITM) - Itami Airport

Formally known as Osaka International Airport

Mt. Showa

Mt. Showa

Man-made mountain, at the time of construction was the tallest mountain in Osaka

Video Game Bar Space Station

Video Game Bar Space Station

Have a drink while you play games on classic and new game consoles

Sumiyoshi Grand Shrine

Sumiyoshi Grand Shrine

One of Japan's oldest shrines; main shrine of over 2,000 Sumiyoshi shrines in Japan

Umeda Sky Building

Umeda Sky Building

Tower with The Floating Garden Observatory offering a great view of Osaka

Expo '70 Commemorative Park

Expo '70 Commemorative Park

Location of Expo '70 with its symbolic landmark

Shitenno-ji Temple

Shitenno-ji Temple

Japan's oldest temple; first temple built by the state

Kansai Int'l Airport (KIX)

Kansai Int'l Airport (KIX)

Japan's second most important international airport on a man-made island

Spa World

Spa World

24 horus open theme park features natural hot springs from around the world

Osaka | Local Food and Produce

Osaka | Local Food and Produce

Osaka is famous for being a food-town and it sure has a good share of local cuisines. Okonomiyaki is a staple of the Osaka people. Okonomiyaki is a savory Japanese pancake consisting of batter made from flour and eggs, cabbage, and other ingredients depending on the okonomiyaki. Common okonomiyaki ingredients are octopus, shrimp, pork belly, cheese, etc.

Another equally representative dish of Osaka is takoyaki, small ball shaped savory snacks made with octopus, flour and egg based batter, green onions, pickled ginger, and tempura flakes. The taste of takoyaki may remind you of a ball form of okonomiyaki. Some people in Japan even have their own takoyaki sets and have takoyaki parties with friends at home.

Cup Noodles Museum

Cup Noodles Museum

Interactive Museum on Cup Noodles Where You Can Make Your Original Cup Noodle

Okonomiyaki

Okonomiyaki

Savory Japanese pancake consisting of batter made from flour, eggs, cabbage

Takoyaki

Takoyaki

Small ball shaped snacks made with flour, egg, and octopus

Osaka | Arts and Crafts

Osaka | Arts and Crafts

Osaka is famous for its unique yukata, Naniwa Honzome Yukata. The Naniwa Honzome Yukata features a different dyeing method than the traditional method. A mold is placed on the yukata cloth and dye is poured into the mold, printing the design by seeping through the kimono. Naniwa Honzome Yukatas are popular for its bright colors and fine designs.

Osaka | Festivals and Events

Osaka | Festivals and Events

Tenjin Matsuri is an annual festival that takes place during the month of July in Osaka. It is Osaka's largest festival and considered the world's greatest boat festival. Tenjin Matsuri is dedicated to Sugawara-no-Michizane, a scholar who spread learning and art. To honor him, traditional music fills the festival as well as other Japanese performing art events. Tenjin Matsuri features a land procession and a unique boat procession. The land procession includes about 3,000 people dressed in costumes who march with the portable shrines. These people then sail on a boat with the shrines and parade in the river. The boat procession continues until fireworks light up the night sky and then head back to the shrines, ending the exciting festival.

Osaka | Movie - Tenjin Festival

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