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Osaka is the second largest urban area in Japan and the hub of the Kansai region. It is vibrant, crowded, busy, down-to-earth, a little rough around the edges, and more than a little ugly. And yet, it is a great place to visit.

The city is ancient. The mausoleum of Emperor Nintoku was built in the 5th century and is one of the world's most extensive tombs. There are many important shrines such as Sumiyoshi Taisha, and temples including Shitennoji which is arguably the oldest in Japan, built by Prince Shotoku from AD593. In 2001 the city opened a fascinating new museum of history across from Osaka Castle that shows Osaka's heritage right back into the Yayoi period and beyond. However almost all of what you can see these days is ultra-modern. Very little of the physical aspects of Osaka's history survived the firebombings of 1945, and to really make the most of what Osaka has to offer you need to focus less on what you can see, and more on what you can experience.

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