Osaka is a city in the Kansai region of Japan. It is the capital city of Osaka Prefecture and the largest component of the Keihanshin Metropolitan Area, the second largest metropolitan area in Japan and among the largest in the world with over 19 million inhabitants. Osaka is packed with friendly and easygoing citizens who are at ease with foreign visitors. In many ways it’s the soul of Japan. While Tokyo is polished and pricey, Osaka is laid back and down-to-earth. It’s known for its modern architecture, nightlife and hearty street food. Osaka will host Expo 2025 which is being planned with disability access in mind. Osaka wheelchair access is as good as anywhere in Japan and approaching European standards. Osaka is known for its fine sake, which is made with fresh water from the prefecture’s mountains. Osaka’s culinary prevalence is the result of a location that has provided access to high quality ingredients, a high population of merchants, and proximity to the ocean and waterway trade. In recent years, Osaka has started to garner more attention from foreigners with the increased popularity of cooking and dining in popular culture.
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