Located on the main island of Honshu, roughly in the centre of Japan, Osaka City is spread across an area of 221 square kilometres. The city was incorporated in the year 1889 and presently has a population of 2.6 million. During World War II, air raids and bombings had levelled almost one third of Osaka! But, dynamic city planning and hopeful and dedicated citizens restored the city to economic prosperity. Today, Osaka is the economic heart of western Japan and one of the cities that beams with tourist attractions. Top of the list include the Kaiyukan Osaka Aquarium, which is one of the biggest in the world. The Universal Studios Japan and Tokyo Disney Resort are located out in the eastern Osaka Bay area and are top draws. More traditional choices include the Museum of Oriental Ceramics in Naka-no-shima Park or the city's prized Osaka-jo castle/museum which is on most visitors' itineraries. For something unusual and fun, try the Instant Ramen Museum in Ikeda.
The city was formerly known as Naniwa. During a time when country capital used to be changed as per the reign of new emperors, Naniwa was once Japan's capital city, the first one ever known! Now this is something your Osaka tour guide might not tell you! In the 16th century, Toyotomi Hideyoshi chose Osaka as the location for his castle, and the city may have become Japan's capital if Tokugawa Ieyasu had not terminated the Toyotomi lineage after Hideyoshi's death and moved his government to distant Edo (Tokyo). With so much of history, culture and contemporary happening scene, the city has come to represent the best of Oriental World. Each one of you should visit Osaka at least once and experience all that it has to offer considering the best time to visit Osaka.
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