The metropolitan heart of Kansai
Japan's second smallest prefecture is the economic and commercial hub of the Kansai region, driven by it's kaleidoscopic capital city Osaka.
Osaka Prefecture lies at the center of the Kansai region and has one of Japan’s highest population densities, despite being its second smallest prefecture. It’s dominated by the futuristic neon spectacle of its capital city Osaka, and functions as the main gateway to the surrounding region via the Kansai International Airport.
Most will have their itineraries filled to the brim with the more significant sights and activities in Kansai—hitting Osaka city, Kyoto, Kobe, Nara and Mt. Koya, all contained within a one-hour radius of one another.
A trip outside the capital city will reveal fabulous hiking spots, a ton of instant ramen, and historical sites.
But if you’re staying in the prefecture for a while there are a few things to discover elsewhere, particularly among its mountainous borders. A trip outside the capital city will reveal fabulous hiking spots, a ton of instant ramen, and historical sites.
Did you know Osaka was the birthplace of Cup Noodles?
These burial sites became a World Heritage site in 2019 for their historical significance and unique keyhole shape. Sakai is also a center of Japanese sword and knife making—pick up a better value blade here than in the capital.