Formerly Naniwa-kyo (難 波 京), Osaka (大阪), which was the capital during the reign of Emperor Kotoku (597-654), is the third largest city in Japan after Tokyo and Yokohama
Ideally located in Japan, less than an hour from the historical cities of Kyoto, Nara and Himeji, it is a great place to stay and visit the other major sites nearby.
Osaka the underestimated is nevertheless the capital of Japanese cuisine and a city for gourmets who is proud of its reputation as kuidaore (eat until you drop).
After visiting the Castle, you will discover this long time capital of commerce filled with down-to-earth people and neon-clad streetscapes.
We never get bored in Osaka and its real treasures are in its bustling street life, its arcades, markets and and this is after dark Osaka really comes to life, when locals come out for tasty eats, sake and good times.
Osaka can also be combined with visits in Kyoto, Nara and Himeji.