Located in the west of Honshu, Osaka offers many sights and is worth a visit. It is the third largest city in Japan, and is known to be a friendly, easygoing city. Though there are relatively few historical sights, the nigthlife is extensive and it is an excellent place for shopping. The variety and quality of restaurants is perhaps the best in the country.

A trip to Osaka can easily be combined with a visit to Kobe, Nara and Kyoto which are nearby. Kobe is an international city with ethnic restaurants and a Chinatown, while Kyoto is the ancient capital full of historical temples, and Osaka is a bustling metropolis. Nara is a smaller, more intimate city, and was the first imperial capital.