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Osaka

Osaka

Osaka is the second largest city in Japan and the largest city in the Kansai area. It is one of Japan's major industrial centers and ports, and it has a long history as a trading port and commercial center. In addition, it is the home of such cultural traditions as bunraku (traditional puppet theater) and kabuki (traditional theater).

The city is most famous for its inhabitants and local cuisine. The people of Osaka are widely known for their outgoing spirit and friendliness and the local dialect has been adapted as the standard for stand-up comedians and actors. Osaka’s regional cuisine is thought to be the best in Japan. Dishes include okonomiyaki (a pancake-based dish containing vegetables, meat, and/or seafood), takoyaki (octopus dumplings) and udon (a noodle dish).

Tours that Visit Osaka:

Cultural Diversity Tour - 10 days

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Kyushu Hot Spring Tour - 7 days

Natural hot spring baths, or onsen, are fairly common in Japan but Kyushu island is home of one of the best, Beppu.

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Rural Discovery Tour - 7 days

Sit down with Japanese people, learn how Japanese live, and experience something beyond traditional sightseeing.

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Shikoku Tour - 8 days

A trip to Shikoku offers a more relaxing experience, complete with beautiful natural scenery and impressive sights.

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Land of Fire Tour - 15 days

Visits to grand temples and shrines will be balanced with a visit to Asuka, Japan's first permanent capital.

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Ancient Japan

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Japan's Culinary Heritage - 11 days

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In the Shadow of Mountains - 12 days

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Golden Route Japan - 12 days

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Temples and Trails of Shikoku - 13 days

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Mountains, Food and Culture of Japan - 14 Days

Discover the must-see destinations of Tokyo and Kyoto while also visiting more off the beat destinations like Kamikochi and Matsumoto. Along the way, you will sample some amazing food.

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Additional Resources

Bunraku from Osaka Visitor's Guide
Kabuki from Osaka Visitor's Guide
General Info about Osaka