Osaka is the working heart of the Kansai region, famous for its down-to-earth citizens and hearty cuisine. The city combines historical and cultural attractions with all the delights of a Japanese urban phenomenon. In fact, the city is surpassed only by Tokyo as a showcase of Japanese city life.
At night Osaka's streets and alleys come alive with flashing neon, beckoning residents and travelers alike with promises of tasty food and good times. Meanwhile, waterfront developments are restoring Osaka's image as a port town and creating new attractions for visitors.