Japan’s second-largest metropolitan area
Osaka is located between the two former capitals of Kyoto and Nara and is situated almost exactly in the center of Honshu, the main island of Japan. The city is known as the economic capital of Western Japan and its residents are famous throughout the country for their warmness and open-mindedness about business. Humor is also an important part of the city as many comedians and celebrities are proud to call Osaka their home. The city is also host to a number of important historic institutions, including Osaka Castle and the Sumiyoshi Shrine.