Japan

Japan - Getting to know Osaka

Twice capital of Japan and inhabited for at least seven thousand years, it’s little wonder that Osaka is Tokyo’s traditional rival, with each city taking great pains to point out the other’s flaws and differences. To the visitor, there are significant parallels, too - Osaka is another lively sprawl of dense urbanity, an almost overwhelming explosion of sensory input. But this historic merchant city, split by the broad Yodo river and centred on a chocolate-box castle, has a deep-rooted character of its own, and deserves more than time-worn comparisons.

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