Since ancient times, Osaka has been a gathering place.
The city serves as the gateway to Japan for travelers and traders from all over Asia. It was here that Japan first met the world.
Located where river and sea routes meet, Osaka is a flourishing economic center in the Kansai region and the second largest metropolis in Japan. It is second only to Tokyo as a showcase of Japanese urbanism.
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The ratio between daytime and night time population is 141 percent, the highest in Japan, highlighting its status as an economic center. Its night-time population is 2.6 million, by day that surges to 3.7 million.
Almost leveled by bombing in World War II, the city is modern and functional, and can be described as an endless expanse of concrete. However at night it is a different story. The flashes of neon lights and a vibrant nightlife bring Osaka to life.
Famed for its shopping, any traveler looking to indulge in retail therapy is spoilt for choice in Osaka.
Historical sites include;
- Osaka Castle
- Sanko Shrine
- Sumiyoshi Taisha - one of the oldest Sinto shrines dating from 211AD
- The oldest buddhist temple in Japan the 593AD Shitenno-ji
An ancient capital of Japan serving based on it being a major hub and a rice distributor, it later lost to out to Tokyo. And the cities are distinctly different, with Osaka often called "Japan's anti-capital". The differences are notable even in cuisine, dialect and the sides to ride the escalators.
Osaka is made up of a variety of districts, so at Booked.net we classify hotels in Osaka accordingly. Business travelers will appreciate Osaka accommodation in Minami area. If you want Osaka hotels near traffic links then Umeda district will suit you. Otherwise, find accommodation near popular Osaka castle or the Umeda Sky building.