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Otaue Rice Planting Festival 2024

Otaue Rice Planting Festival 2024

Friday - Jun 14th

Japan reaffirms its deep connections with its staple crop at the annual Sumiyoshi Shrine rice-planting festival in Osaka on June..

Motor Camp Expo 2024

Motor Camp Expo 2024

Jun 15th - Jun 16th

The Motor Camp Expo started in 2019 as a way to promote road trips and the myriad of outdoor activities associated with them, so..

Good Coffee Fest @ Hanshin 2024

Good Coffee Fest @ Hanshin 2024

Mid Jun

The Good Coffee Fest is an event that introduces some of Japan's best coffee shops in person, with a variety of brews on offer...


Where to eat in Osaka

Bear Paw Cafe

Bear Paw Cafe


On first glances, Osaka's newly-opened Bear Paw Cafe may seem like a cute gimmick, but it's much more than that.


Places to stay in Osaka

Amami Onsen Nanten-en

Amami Onsen Nanten-en

Gary Luscombe

Amami Onsen Nanten-en is a traditional ryokan inn hidden deep within the Osaka countryside. Immersed in history and culture, boasting..


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About Osaka

Okinawa Nagasaki Fukuoka Saga Kumamoto Kagoshima Miyazaki Oita Ehime Kochi Tokushima Kagawa Yamaguchi Hiroshima Okayama Tottori Shimane Hyogo Kyoto Osaka Wakayama Nara Shiga Mie Fukui Ishikawa Toyama Gifu Aichi Nagano Shizuoka Niigata Yamanashi Kanagawa Tokyo Saitama Gunma Tochigi Chiba Ibaraki Fukushima Miyagi Yamagata Iwate Akita Aomori Hokkaido
Region Kansai
Island Honshu
Population 8,865,245
Area 1904.99 km²

The center of western Japan and the home of Japanese comedy, Osaka Prefecture (大阪府, Ōsaka-fu) is lively at all times, as the business district in Umeda, the shopping area of Shinsaibashi, and the neon-lit nightlife district of Dotonbori reflect the upbeat and friendly nature of the local people.

But if you’re tired of the urbanity, Osaka Castle and the Expo Commemoration Park (which contains the National Museum of Ethnology and the iconic Tower of the Sun) ensure that you won’t run out of things to do. And that’s without even mentioning Universal Studios Japan.

Walking around the streets of Osaka can be a gastronomical experience, with many food stalls selling takoyaki, okonomiyaki, and other delicious fast foods and snacks. And if you have the luxury to splurge, have dinner at Kitcho, one of the most high class Japanese restaurants.