IOsaka is the hub of the Kansai region which also includes Kyoto, Nara, Hyogo, Wakayama, and Mie prefectures. All of these areas can be reached within a one-hour drive or by public transport. The Kansai region centered on Osaka is a treasure trove of historical sites and buildings. Osaka and the Kansai region are engaging not only for history lovers but also for people who love entertainment! The entertainment includes one of the world's largest aquariums and the internationally acclaimed Universal Studios Japan. Osaka also has an excellent reputation for food. As the nucleus of economic activities, Osaka has a variety of foods from all over Japan. Visitors are guaranteed outstanding food and exciting activities in Osaka and throughout the Kansai region.
Osaka Castle, which is a famous landmark, a popular sightseeing spot, and the symbol of Osaka, contains thirteen structures which have been designated as Important Cultural Assets by the Japanese government. Of special note are the grand gates and turrets along the outer moat. The steep walls that rise close to 30 meters high are made of huge blocks of stone that were transported to Osaka from quarries over 100 kilometers away. The sheer height of the walls and the wide moats they rise above make for a grand sight that can be matched by no other castle in Japan. Also of interest are the tower's eight roof dolphins and the ornamental roof tiles and reliefs carved in the shape of tigers, all of which are gilded with gold.
The castle tower underwent a major renovation in 1997. The outer walls were replastered, the ornamental fixtures were restored, and gold leaf was re-applied throughout. These repairs have brought back the structure's stunning appearance of old?with pure white walls and striking accents of glittering gold. The re-engineered and refurbished Main Tower is illuminated both inside and out, highlighting the castle's brilliance as the symbol of Osaka.
A bustling commercial street that is representative of the Minami area of Osaka, always busy with playhouses and food shops from the Edo Period to today.
A marketplace that fills the stomachs of Naniwa people. 180 wholesale and retail shops.
Kaiyukan Be surprised by the huge whale shark. Smile at the drifting jellyfish. Various wonders of the sea are displayed in the tanks.
UNIVERSAL STUDIOS JAPAN
A theme park filled with world-class family entertainment for all ages. Each area is uniquely themed and offers extraordinary experiences that impress and inspire the guests' emotions. Enjoy a wide variety of entertainment offerings from the exciting ride attractions themed after blockbuster Hollywood movies to the shows performed by popular characters.