|Explore the distinctive charm of lively, bustling downtown Osaka
and you will not only discover the showy, eye-popping neon signs,
but also discover a side of Osaka that is off the beaten path.
Introduction to Osaka
| Osaka city is the third largest city in Japan with a population of over
It has a long history. In ancient times, Osaka was called Naniwa or Namba
and a capital of Japan twice at one time in the 7th and the 8th century.
In 710, the capital was moved to Nara then to Kyoto in 794.
Kyoto was the capital for more than 1000 years, but the political center was
transfered several times, every time reigning function changed.
In the late 16th century, Toyotomi Hideyoshi unified Japan and built Osaka castle.
Osaka became the center of politics, commerce, and finance.
Tokugawa Ieyasu, however, took over power from Osaka and moved the political
center to Edo,or Tokyo.
However, Osaka remained a hub of finance and commerce.
You can discover real Osaka if you walk around two downtowns:
Kita, or northern downtown ( Umeda area )
Minami, or southern downtown (Namba area)
Osaka-tours offers popular trips to help you walk around Osaka.