Osaka port city known as "Venice of Japan" or "East Manchester site. It is situated in southern Honshu island in Osaka Bay, the Yodo River. Metropolis is a specialist in textile industries (cotton), ferrous industry, machine building industry, electronic equipment and cement.
Osaka was the commercial capital of Japan and continues to be strong business center. During the day, the city population increases by 2.6 to 3.7 million inhabitants, due to the large number of commuters who work in town. Located at the mouth of Yodo River in Osaka Bay, the city has excellent connections by sea, air and land.
The city is known for its modern architecture and industry than for its history. With modern skyscrapers and vast shopping area, Osaka is a city crowded, commercial, creative, energetic and friendly. The city has two main centers: Kita north (business district) and minimum in the south (shopping, food and entertainment).
The city's nightlife is legendary, with thousands of bars, restaurants and entertainment venues. The most famous place is the Dotonbori, a luminous jungle along Dotonbori canal lined by restaurants and bars, a giant mobile billboard in the form of crab - symbol of the city. Osaka is Japan's gourmet center, where you should go There you are an excellent "kaiseki" or "okonomiyaki", a local specialty.
Osaka is a developed city in terms of tourism on the cultural side. Most important sights are the temples: Tammangu - X century, Shitennoji - and Temmangu sixth century, a city with hot springs, near Osaka. The city is intersected by several canals crossed by several bridges and parks. The largest park, botanical garden contains Tennoji.
It is also "home" dramatic theaters in Japan, especially Bunraku - puppet theater. It is famous for the large number of restaurants, Osaka Castle and the tradition of Kabuki and Bunraku cultures. The city also has an impressive museum, namely Oriental Ceramics Museum, and Namba and Umeda districts are known for bustling nightlife. The best known and loved theme park in the region, Universal Studios Japan.
By Maria Morari
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