Osaka, one of the largest cities in Japan, is located in the Kansai region. It is the capital city of the Osaka Prefecture and serves as the major economic hub of Japan. The city is divided into several wards but it is commonly divided into these eight areas: Kita, Minami, Tennoji, Osaka Castle, North, East, South and the Bay Area.
The Kita area is the newer center of Osaka. It is home to many theaters, department stores and boutiques that surrounds the JR Osaka Station and Umeda Station. The Minami area is the traditional cultural and commercial center of Osaka. Head over to Shinsaibashi and Horie for some fashion shopping and for a good place to eat, Dotonbori is the place to be. Meanwhile, Semba contains the business districts of Yodoyabashi, Doujima, Hommachi and the financial district of Kitahama. Next, the Tennoji area is where you will the historical Shitennoji temple as well as the Tennoji Park and Zoo. The Osaka Castle are, as the name suggests, is home to one of the most visited attractions in Japan, the Osaka Castle. The Bay Area is a huge amusement center and home to many gigantic facilities. Lastly, the North, East and South area are mostly residential and suburban containing various districts.
When traveling to Osaka, most international tourists would pass through Osaka’s main international gateway, the Kansai International Airport. The airport is accessible to the city through two railway connections, JR West’s Kansai Airport Line and the private Nankai Electric Railway. For domestic travelers, most flights would go through the Osaka International Airport, locally known as Itami Airport. Osaka is also accessible from various parts of Japan by train as there are many regional railway lines that connect Osaka to nearby cities.
Osaka has many places of interest from amusement parks to temples, shrines and other historical sites. Here are just a few of the highly recommended tourist destinations:
Osaka Castle – Located in Chūō-ku, the Osaka Castle is one of the country’s most famous historical sites and castles. The castle grounds cover around 60,000 square kilometers of land containing thirteen structures that have been designated by the Japanese government as important cultural assets. The main tower of the Osaka castle only occupies roughly one square kilometer of the castle grounds. The tower was built on two raised platforms supported by walls made of cut rock and overlooking a moat. The central castle building is five stories high from the outside but actually is eight stories high inside. It was built on top of a tall stone foundation in an effort to protect the occupants from attackers. Osaka Castle is open daily from 9 in the morning to 5 in the afternoon. The hours may be extended during holidays and for special exhibitions. The castle is usually closed from the 28th of December to the 1st of January. It is best to refer to their official website for the most up to date information on admission hours and fees.
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan – Located in the Minato ward of Osaka near Osaka Bay, the Osaka Aquarium is one of the largest public aquariums in the world. It is locally known as Kaiyukan. It is home to around 29,000 animals covering 470 kinds of species. The Kaiyukan has a walk-through aquarium that displays marine life in several habitats from the Ring of Fire area in the Pacific Ocean. It has 27 tanks in 16 main exhibitions with its largest tank being 5,400 cubic meters measuring 30 feet deep. The Osaka Aquarium is open daily from 10 in the morning until 8 in the evening. However, opening hours may vary by season and the aquarium may be closed on some days so make sure to check their official website for the latest information and for entrance fees.
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