Osaka is the second largest city in Japan by daytime population after Tokyo’s 23 wards and the third largest city by nighttime population after Tokyo’s 23 wards and Yokohama, serving as a major economic hub for the country.
Historically a merchant city, Osaka has also been known as the “nation’s kitchen” and served as a center for the rice trade during the Edo period.
As i was doing the Kumano Kodo then Osaka’s Kansai international airport was to be my starting point for this adventure. It gave me the opportunity to experience a large Japanese city. Plenty of shops and a great train system after you worked it out. As for tourist sites i visited Osaka Castle and was impressed by the size of the surrounding park which covers two square kilometers.
The actual castle tower held a small museums and had a great views from the top. After reading up on the history I discovered it was reconstructed in 1931 after a fire in 1868. If you have the time then check out the Castle’s Tower but it can easily be skipped, although the park is well worth a visit.