Located roughly at the heart of Honshu, the Japan's central island, and facing the Inland Sea, Osaka has been flourishing as a leading center of transportation and commerce. Osaka was sometimes the capital of the ancient Japan, and its leading position in economy was established in the feudal period, after Hideyoshi, the then feudal lord, built the Osaka castle to reign from there. Nowadays Osaka is the third largest metropolitan city and a great economic center of Japan. Though it is near to three touring spots of Kyoto, Nara, and Kobe, Osaka is no less worth visiting not only for many interesting spots of its own but also for its vital and unique culture different from that of Tokyo. Osaka is the place where you can find something new about Japan.

Osaka International Convention Center
Provided by the Osaka Convention Bureau