Osaka for Beginners 0

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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 2.69 million and an area of 225.21 square kilometers. Osaka Prefecture, which includes Osaka City (its capital) and 42 other municipalities, has a population of 8.84 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.

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The Kansai area (Hyogo, Kyoto, Nara, Wakayama, Shiga and Osaka) 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. Kansai represents approx 16% of Japan's gross domestic products. The scale of its economy alone exceeds that of Indonesia.

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Osaka is known as a buzzing urban metropolis, but still rich in nature. No matter how many times you visit, Osaka will always amaze you as the city holds countless fun events and has beautiful scenery no matter the season.

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