Osaka, a designated city in the Kansai region is the second largest city in Japan. It is the capital city of Osaka Prefecture and the largest component of the Keihanshin Metropolitan Area.
Osaka is a merchant city and is known as the "nation's kitchen." It served as a center for the rice trade during the Edo period.
Osaka's sprawling cityscape has been described as "only surpassed by Tokyo as a showcase of the Japanese urban phenomenon."
Central Osaka is roughly divided into downtown and uptown areas known as Kita (north) and Minami (south). Kita is home to major business and retail hub and a large subterranean network of shopping arcades. Minami, on the other hand, contain a prominent portion of the city's skyscrapers and are often featured in photographs of Osaka's skyline.
Osaka contains numerous urban canals and bridge. Osaka numbered roughly 200 bridges by the Edo period and 1629 bridges by 1925. As many of the city's canals were gradually filled in, the number dropped to 872, of which 760 are currently managed by Osaka City.
The city is flourishing with a huge variety of restaurants, from Michelin starred luxury dining to budget Takoyaki and Okonomiyaki restaurants. Cafes, local eateries, ramen parlors, sushi bars, exquisite dining in aristocratic ryoteis – Osaka, the Kitchen of Japan has it.