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Facts About Osaka

  • Osaka was once the capital of Japan. Japan's first full-scale palace, Naniwa-no-Miya Palace, was built in 650. The site of the palace is maintained as a park, located south of the current Osaka Castle.
  • The current Osaka Castle is a reconstruction. The original Osaka Castle was destroyed in 1615, and its initial reconstruction was destroyed again by lightening in 1665.
  • Osaka is the third largest city in Japan, with a population of over 2.5 million people in its greater metropolitan area. It is the central metropolitan city of the Kansai region and the largest of the Osaka-Kobe-Kyoto trio.
  • Osaka is known as the “Nation’s Kitchen,” and is well known for delicious foods such as takoyaki and okonomiyaki. The most famous food district in Osaka is Dotonbori.
  • Vending machines are everywhere! It is estimated that about 3% of Japan’s power goes toward powering its 5.5 million vending machines.
  • The first Universal Studios theme park outside of the United States was built in Osaka.
  • The cherry blossom is the national symbol of Japan. In April, the trees flower for two weeks, during a period known as “Hanami.”
  • People from Osaka are said to be the most outgoing in Japan. Many famous Japanese comedians come from Osaka, and many say that Osaka feels more friendly and down to earth than other major Japanese cities.
  • The underground shopping complex in Osaka's central district, Umeda, actually has fossils from the Jurassic to Cretaceous periods! If you want to see them, pay attention to the walls of the shopping complex.
  • Osaka is the birthplace of Kabuki and Bunraku theatre. The National Bunraku Theatre of Japan provides English translations through headphones.
  • The Osaka Kaiyukan Aquarium is the second largest aquarium in the world, and one of Osaka’s most popular tourist destinations.