Osaka Images Gallery 14 images Created 31 Oct 2009
If Tokyo is Japan's capital, one might call Osaka its anti capital. Whatever you call it however, Osaka is an adventure left to be explored. Commonly considered Japan's "commercial" center with its population devoted to business, Osaka is also known for its salty, in-your-face frankness not common elsewhere in Japan. Osaka dates back to the Asuka and Nara period. Under the name Naniwa it was the capital of Japan from 683 to 745 long before the upstarts at Kyoto took over. Even after the capital was moved elsewhere, Osaka continues to play an important role as a hub for land, sea and river transportation.