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Located in the center of the Kinki region in southwestern Japan, Osaka Prefecture is the smallest land in Japan with the largest population and the second highest population density after Tokyo. This cosmopolitan city offers a unique tourist experience, ranging from culinary, historical, cultural, to sparkling cities. So don't be surprised by the fact that Osaka is a destination in Japan that is always included in the travel package of every travel agent.
Osaka has been the center of economic power for the Kansai region for centuries. In the past, this area was known as Naniwa. When the capital was still driven by the government of each emperor, Naniwa had been the capital of Japan. In Osaka city, in a park that stretches about 60,000 square meters to be precise, stands the Osaka Castle with five layers of donjon - a tower of defense built in the castle - as its core. If you choose a tour package to Japan, make sure to visit this city.
During the spring when cherry blossoms begin to bloom, Japanese people and tourists can enjoy the beauty of the cherry blossom festival, called hanami. You can also visit Umeda, Osaka Main Gate, Minami, and Dotonbori which are shopping centers in Osaka.
Make sure the tour package you choose has access to Osaka from Kansai or Itami Airport. From Kansai, you can go to Osaka’s downtown by riding the JR Haruka Express Train for 1,300 - 2,850 yen. Besides, you can use the airport fast train for 70 minutes by paying 1,030 yen - 1,190 yen. There is also another option, which is by riding the Nankai train for 35 minutes at a rate of ¥ 920 - 1,430.
If you take a bus, you will arrive in Osaka within 45 - 60 minutes at a rate of ¥ 1,000 - 1,550. From Itami, you can go to Osaka for ¥ 500 - 640 if you take the bus or pay for ¥ 200 - 250 if you take the monorail.
Osaka’s thick culture and history attract many tourists to come. Moreover, you can also enjoy water tours, shopping, and feel the delicious variety of Japanese specialties. Not to mention the view of Osaka’s downtown and cherry blossom treats. When visiting Osaka, make sure your tour package includes the following exciting destinations:
This is one of the most historic places in Osaka that you must visit. Only take about 10-minutes by JR train ride from Osaka Station to Osakajokoen Station, you will find a temple dedicated to Toyotomi Hideyoshi. Park in Osaka Castle is the most popular hanami location for viewing cherry blossoms.
Osaka Kaiyukan Aquarium
Another place that cannot be missed on your trip to Osaka is Kaiyukan, one of the most spectacular Japanese aquariums. This aquarium presents various life forms on the Pacific Rim in a fantastic way. The Osaka Aquarium is located on the Osakako station, and the entry ticket’s price is 2,300 yen per person.
Minami is the most famous entertainment area in Osaka which serves a variety of dining and shopping options. In this region, you can find Dotonbori, one of the most famous culinary centers, and Shinsaibashi, Amerikamura, Den Den Town and Namba Parks - a favorite place to shop. Furthermore, there is also the National Bunraku Theater, Shochikuza Theater, and the Kamigata Ukiyoe Museum in this place.
This is the tallest skyscraper in Japan. Standing above Abenobashi Kintetsu Osaka Station, this building has an observation deck known as Harukas 300, art museums, hotels, and department stores. The distance is only 15 minutes from JR Osaka Station or 5 minutes from Namba Station. Abeno is also one of the most-visited places in tour package to Osaka.
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