Japan Holiday: Osaka City Part 1
The 2nd largest city after Tokyo, with a population of over 2.7 million, it is the industrial and economic centre of the Kansai region, which includes Kyoto. It also has one of the largest numbers of foreign residents in the country. The massive Umeda and Namba underground complexes that house the subway and intercity rail network and hundreds of shops at several levels beneath the roads, including huge department stores like Takashimaya and Hanshin are impressive. For shoppers, Shinsaibashi-dori and Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Arcade would pacify you.
In the 16th century, the shogun Toyotomi Hideyoshi unified Japan and chose Osaka (it was then called Naniwa) as his capital, building his castle as his seat of power. However, after his death, the new shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu destroyed it, and moved his capital to Edo or Tokyo. The present Castle’s main structure was rebuilt in 1931.
Photo Credit: Zheluo Cai