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The capital of Kansai and Japanese gastronomy

Some impressions endure time and appeal to generations to come. In Japan, Osaka is always looking to the future. A major hub of innovations, the economic capital of Kansai has a taste for commerce, audacity, and hospitality. Today, Osaka is the third-largest city in Japan after Tokyo and Yokohama. Discover the city of Osaka and the distinctive quality of this cosmopolitan city. Markets, lively streets, warm and passionate shop keepers, a generous serving of dishes: visit the capital of Kansai and let yourself be immersed by its charms.

Osaka: a historic port

The third port on the inland sea from the 4th century and throughout the feudal period, until the 20th century, Osaka built its commercial reputation on manufacturing of textiles, in particular its cotton. Furthermore, Osaka is the origin of the Japanese pharmaceutical industry and the city where major foreign firms are established in Japan. Osaka prides itself as a leading scientific research community on par with London and Paris. 

Traveling to Osaka is an opportunity to experience the beauty of the city, as well as its rich history and heritage. On the Yodogawa Delta, Osaka is nicknamed the "city with its feet in the water", because it is open to the sea waves and converged by canals. It was largely devastated in 1945 by the American bombs, before quickly rising from its ashes. The Universal Exhibition of 1970 revealed to the world its vitality and its centers of expertise dear to investors, as well as its urban assets.

City Guide Osaka

Kitchen of Japan

The city is recognized throughout the archipelago for its relaxed and lively lifestyle. It is, therefore, no coincidence that you will find a rich culinary tradition here and a selection of restaurants and other street-food stands likely to thrill your taste buds.

Okonomiyaki and takoyaki are Osaka's two most famous specialties. Okonomiyaki , a kind of Japanese omelet with cabbage, is served in many restaurants, topped with okonomi sauce.



A freshly served okonomiyaki.


Takoyaki avec de la bonite

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Shabu-shabu au boeuf Wagyu

Wagyu beef shabu-shabu


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