Since ancient times, Osaka has been a gathering place. Located at busy river and sea routes, it naturally grew into a flourishing economic center and became the gateway to Japan for travelers and traders from all over Asia.
And nowadays it still remains a very important economic centre in Japan.
Osaka represents approximately 19% of Japan’s gross domestic product, the second largest in Japan.
The scale of Osaka City’s economy alone exceeds that of Hong Kong and Thailand.
Some of Osaka’s famous neighboring cities are Kyoto (the ancient capital); Nara ( with numerous world heritage sites); Kobe (the fashionable, modern port city); Wakayama (a nearby castle town).
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