Osaka is a large port city and commercial center on the Japanese island of Honshu. It’s known for its modern architecture, nightlife and hearty street food. The 16th-century shogunate Osaka Castle, which has undergone several restorations, is its main historical landmark. It’s surrounded by a moat and park with plum, peach and cherry-blossom trees. Sumiyoshi-taisha is among Japan’s oldest Shinto shrines. Home to nearly nine million and powering an economy that exceeds both Hong Kong’s and Thailand’s, Osaka packs quite a punch. The confident, stylish city is a shopping hub, with fabulous restaurants and nightlife. It’s an ideal base for exploring the Kansai region: Kyoto’s World Heritage Sites, Nara’s temple and Koya-san’s eerie graves are within 90 minutes by train. Top city attractions include the aquarium, Osaka Castle, Universal Studios Japan and the futuristic Floating Garden Observatory. Osaka is the hub of the Kansai region which also includes Kyoto, Nara, Hyogo, Wakayama, and Mie prefectures. All of these areas can be reached within a one-hour drive or by public transport. The Kansai region centered on Osaka is a treasure trove of historic sites and buildings. Osaka and the Kansai region are engaging not only for history lovers but also for people who love entertainment! The entertainment includes one of the world’s largest aquariums and the internationally acclaimed Universal Studios Japan. Osaka also has an excellent reputation for food. As the nucleus of economic activities, Osaka has a variety of foods from all over Japan. And it is known as the “nation’s kitchen.” Visitors are guaranteed outstanding food and exciting activities in Osaka and throughout the Kansai region.