1. Osaka - A city of water and greenery
Osaka is filled with recreation spaces with water and greenery, including the Osaka Castle Park, Utsubo Park, Expo Commemoration Park and Nakanoshima Park and its riversides.
2. The largest shopping area in Western Japan
The “Osaka Station City” had its grand opening in May 2011. Also, “Grand Front Osaka” was opened in April 2013 immediately to the north of these at the former site of the JR Umeda freight terminal in the “Umekita” (north area of Osaka Station) area of redevelopment. The area around the JR Osaka Station has been recreated as a representative shopping area of Western Japan. Furthermore, there is a concentration of youth fashion and eating houses in the area around Midosuji, which is the main street in Osaka City, and the popular and famous tourist spot of Dotonbori, with its lines of bright neon signs.
3. Go on day trips to see world heritage sites in Kyoto, Nara and Wakayama
Day trips are also possible from Osaka to the premier Kansai tourist sites of Kyoto, Nara and Wakayama, so there is a wide variety of possible ways to spend days off.