Osaka, one of Japan’s largest cities, lies on the south coast of western Honshu at the point where the River Yodo flows into the wide sweep of Osaka Bay, which opens out into the Pacific. The city is bounded on one side by the Kii Peninsula and is shut off from the Inland Sea to the west by the island of Awaji. Its location on the Yodo delta with its network of watercourses and canals spanned by more than a thousand bridges has, deservedly, earned Osaka the nickname: the “Venice of the East.” Its world-class status is cemented by its many cultural institutions, from its superb museums and art galleries to its ultra-modern entertainment, theatre, and music venues.


Japan, a place where ancient traditions are fused with modern life as if it were the most natural thing in the world.