Osaka is a cosmopolitan city near the ancient capital, Kyoto, best known for its dynamic food and drinking culture, and famously outgoing people. It was once the capital of Japan. Japan's first full-scale palace, Naniwa-no-Miya Palace, was built in 650. The site of the palace is maintained as a park, located south of the current Osaka Castle.
The current Osaka Castle is a reconstruction. The original Osaka Castle was destroyed in 1615, and its initial reconstruction was destroyed again by lightening in 1665. Osaka is the third largest city in Japan, with a population of over 2.5 million people in its greater metropolitan area. It is the central metropolitan city of the Kansai region and the largest of the Osaka-Kobe-Kyoto trio. It is also known as the “Nation’s Kitchen,” and is well known for delicious foods such as takoyaki and okonomiyaki. The most famous food district in Osaka is Dotonbori.
Beautiful attractions of Osaka are Osaka Castle, Shitennōji Temple, Science Museum and Museum of History