destinations

To get an idea of where you can go when you visit Japan, please take some time to browse our destinations pages. Click on any of the links below for a short description of the destination's location, history and characteristics.

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:

Kyushu Hot Spring Tour

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

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

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Shikoku Tour

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

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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Cultural Diversity Tour

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Temples and Trails of Shikoku

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Japan's Culinary Heritage

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In the Shadow of Mountains

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Golden Route Japan

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Additional Resources

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

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