Osaka – Japan’s key tourist hotspot

Published on : Monday, September 4, 2017

OsakaOf late, regardless of the historic rivalry that co-exists between them, millions of visitors from China, Korea, Taiwan, Indonesia, Malaysia, Hong Kong, the Philippines and Thailand have been coming to Japanese cities to enjoy their holidays. Osaka is one of the hotspots of Japanese tourism.

Osaka is situated on the main island of Honshu. It means “large hill” or “large slope”. Beforehand Osaka was known as Naniwa. Besides, it’s the former capital of Japan and a historical city.

As per JNTO or the Japan National Tourism Organization, over 9.4 million overseas visitors, majorly from China, Korea and Taiwan had visited Osaka last year. In 2016, Osaka alone welcomed over 40 percent of the total number of foreign tourists who visited Japan last year. More than 24.04 million international tourists were welcomed by Japan last year. It was a record high.

However, the main question lies herein is why Osaka?

The Kansai International Airport at Osaka was once built on an artificial island back in the year 1994. After landing here, tourists will feel as if they have already landed in an international tourist hub.

Osaka has become the commercial, cultural and industrial hub of Japan. It’s well-known for its gardens palaces, shrines, and parks, museums, walking paths, arts and shopping centers. It’s a land of the free-spirited and the home of Japanese comedy.

“Almost all foreign tourists who visit Osaka will visit Osaka Castle. It is a magnificent monument. I personal go there during the cherry blossom in April,” Keiko Omata, a resident of Osaka, told The Jakarta Post.

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