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Osaka In Japan- Not Just a Destination but a Unique Experience

Touted as the commercial capital of Japan, Osaka is situated at banks of the Yodo River on Osaka Bay. A well laid out city, Osaka virtually sprang up from the rubble of the WWII bombings to become an upbeat city famous for culture, cuisine and pinball parlours among others. It has many tourist attractions like the Buddhist temples, floating gardens, exciting shopping options and a thumping night life.=

Accommodation   Options
Osaka takes credit to a number of hotels which are suited for both family vacationers and business travellers alike. From plush hotels to guest houses, B & B, self catering apartments and cheap hostels and guest houses there is something for everyone. The budget travellers would find the easy priced hostels a big bet. Most of the hostels are located close to the night clubs and other attractions. These have private bath and toilet and tastefully done up rooms in Japanese themes. Some hostels also have cooking facilities for the guests.

History
The traces of the earliest civilization of Osaka were found at the Morinomiya remains that date back to the 5th century. During the Yayoi period, rice farming became popular and the population in the plains increased. The modern Osaka municipality came into being in 1889 by government ordinance. The present day city took shape after three major expansions over a period of time.

Popular Places
Osaka castle is one of the main attractions of this city, though it has been thoroughly refurbished, you can see some of the best original artefacts  inside that dates back to thousands of years. Shitennoji Temple, the oldest officially administered temple in Japan, is another interesting stopover. Built by Prince Shotoku (574-622 A.D.), Shitennoji is one of the most revered shrines in Japan and is often regarded as the Buddhist altar of Osaka.

Getting Around
Getting around in this expansive and bustling city is not a problem thanks to its well developed transportation network. The city travel guide would list taxis, trains and buses. There are subways and airport limos as well to cater to the diverse needs of the travellers.

Places of Entertainment
There is no dearth of entertainment options in this lively city. Osaka is famous for its many night clubs, bars and theatres in this city to enliven your sun set hours. The universal Studios Japan is one of the three Universal Studios theme parks around the world and has many exciting rides, which draws tourists from far and wide.

Currency
Osaka’s currency is Yen (JPY), which is one of the strongest currencies in the world.. You can avail money exchange facilities in banks and foreign exchange counters. The exchange rates can be accessed from internet or financial news services.

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