Osaka, Japan
ZipTipz Osaka Travel Guide

Osaka, site of the 1970 World Expo and host of the 2002 World Cup is a bustling, vibrant city that works and plays hard. Enjoy the fabulous nightlife, great shopping, world-class sports and the city's reputable cuisine.

District Guide

The idiosyncratic mood of this metropolis is perhaps best reflected in its nationally televised manzai teams: comic duos whose bawdy motor-mouthed, physical irreverence rocks the rest of more straitlaced Japan. The flip side is the city's reputation for argument, even aggression, although Osaka...

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Historical Background

Fifteen hundred years ago when known as Naniwa, Osaka developed as Japan's most significant gateway to China and Korea, which were then the cultural and political motors of East Asia. Many of the arts that typify Japanese culture and, in their refinement are perhaps more readily associated with...

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Where To Stay

There are so many hotels in Osaka that you would need several months to spend a night in each one of them. But this is what you would expect of West Japan's largest city. What may come as a surprise, though, is the ease of choosing a hotel. While the city seems to sprawl endlessly, the hotels...

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Dining and Drinking

The Japanese have a special term, kuidaore (eat till you drop), that sums up the people of Osaka. And this is good news for visitors to the city. Whatever tickles your fancy is available here, whether it be a local specialty or something from one of the far off corners of the glob...

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There is no bigger entertainment attraction in Osaka than Universal Studios Japan, which opened in the spring of 2001 to much fanfare. As far as attractions go, this theme park is exceeded only by Tokyo Disneyland in terms of popularity and prestige. The expansive complex comprises several square...

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Recommended Tours

Osaka's location in central Japan makes it an excellent point of origin for day trips or over-night excursions. Owing to fate and history, Osaka also happens to be very close to some of the country's most important cities and tourist destinations, foremost among these being Kyot...

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Osaka is the capital of Osaka Prefecture and the third-largest city in Japan, with a population of 2.7 million. It is located in the Kansai region of the main island of Honshū, at the mouth of the Yodo River on Osaka Bay.

Osaka is the historical commercial capital of Japan and is still one of Japan's major industrial centers and ports, the heart of the Osaka-Kobe-Kyoto metropolitan area, which has a population of 18,644,000 . The city's daytime (9 a.m. – 5 p.m.) population is second in Japan after Tokyo.

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