About Osaka


Osaka is located on the main island of Honshu, roughly in the center of Japan. Osaka City, which was incorporated in 1889, has a population of 2.5 million and an area of 221 square kilometers. Osaka Prefecture, which includes Osaka City (its capital) and 42 other municipalities, has a population of 8.7 million and a total land mass of about 1,905 square kilometers. Although Osaka is Japan's second smallest prefecture by size, its population represents 7% of the entire nation, making it the second most populous prefecture after Tokyo. Furthermore, 10% of all non-Japanese residents live in Osaka.

Kansai(Hyogo, Kyoto, Nara, Wakayama, Shiga and Osaka) area covers a total of 27,350 square kilometers within a radius of 100 km from the center of Osaka. The population exceeds 20 million, making it one of the biggest metropolitan areas in the world.

Basics of Osaka

TIME
Despite the country's east-west span, all of Japan is on the same time zone (9 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time, 9 hours ahead of London, 14 hours ahead of New York and 17 hours ahead of Los Angeles). The only major cities in the world ahead of Japan are Sydney (1 hour) and Wellington (3 hours).
Japan does not have daylight savings time. Therefore, you must subtract one hour when calculating the time difference between Japan and places that use daylight savings time.

CURRENCY
Japan's currency is the yen. Banknotes can be found in denominations of 1,000, 5,000 and 10,000, although 2,000 yen banknotes do exist (but are seen only rarely). Coins in circulation are 1, 5, 10, 50, 100 and 500 yen. The 5 and 50 yen coins have a hole in the middle.


Cash is still the most common way to pay for goods and services in Osaka, although credit cards are becoming more common. Most shops and restaurants will not accept travelers checks. Carry sufficient cash at all times, because you may not always be able to use your credit card.

ELECTRICITY
Please note that the Japanese electrical current is 100V AC, a voltage that is pretty much unique in the world. However, the country is split in half when it comes to cycles. Osaka and the western part of Japan are on 60 Hz, while Tokyo and the eastern part of the country are on 50 Hz. Plugs are identical to the two-pin type in North America. Appliances with three-pin plugs will require an adapter.

Attractions

Osaka Castle

Osaka Castle, which is a famous landmark, a popular sightseeing spot, and the symbol of Osaka, contains thirteen structures which have been designated as Important Cultural Assets by the Japanese government. 

Osaka Museum of History

The Osaka Museum of History lies just outside Osaka Castle Park. The top floor of this museum is a full-size re-creation of the inside of the Naniwanomiya Palace. Each of the other floors introduces a different Period in Osaka's past, using exhibit models and going from ancient days to more recent times as you move down.

Shinsekai

To the west of Tennoji Park is Shin-Sekai, one of Osaka's most interesting neighborhoods. This area has remained largely untouched over the years. At the beginning of the 20th Century the area flourished, and pulsed with amusement attractions and restaurants that drew enormous crowds. Today, little of the bustle remains, but many old eating and drinking establishments can still be found. 


(Reference:http://www.osaka-info.jp/en/)


Tourist Information Osaka

Located Central concourse of JR Osaka Station providing information on Osaka.

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Central concourse at Osaka Station on the JR Osaka Loop Line
Short walk from Umeda Station on the Subway Midosuji Line

 


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