Located on the island of Honshu, at the mouth of the Yodo River on Osaka Bay about 400km west of Tokyo, Osaka is one of Japan's largest cities and the centre of the second largest metropolitan area in Japan. Although the origins of Osaka can be traced back to the 5th century BC, the city started developing significantly after the construction of the Osaka castle in 1586. The daimyo Toyotomi Hideyoshi encouraged merchants from all over Japan to settle in the area, laying the foundations for the development of Osaka as a the commercial capital of Japan. The city of Osaka has a population of 2.6 million inhabitants. Osaka is famous for its nightlife and its culinary delicacies.

Central Osaka photo gallery  - 20 pictures of Central Osaka
Tennoji park photo gallery  - 7 pictures of Tennoji park
Osaka castle photo gallery  - 10 pictures of Osaka castle
Shitenno-ji temple photo gallery  - 8 pictures of Shitenno-ji temple
Osaka underground photo gallery  - 9 pictures of Osaka underground
20 photos of the central part of Osaka, with modern buildings, skyscrapers and business parks
7 photos of the Tennoji park in southern Osaka
10 photos of the Osaka castle in central Osaka with its ramparts, moat and central tower
8 photos of Shitenno-ji, a Buddhist temple in Osaka
9 photos of the subway system of Osaka, which ranks 8th in the world by annual passenger traffic
Panoramas and views photo gallery  - 7 pictures of Panoramas and views
Kansai international airport photo gallery  - 5 pictures of Kansai international airport
7 panoramic images and skylines of Osaka
5 photos of the Kansai international airport, the main gateway for international travellers to Osaka
Gallery with all images
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