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The city of Osaka, on the western shore of the Honshu Island, is at the center of the second most populated metro area of the country with around 19 million people and it also belongs to the more expensive cities in terms of the cost of living. Throughout the centuries it has been key spot for trade, food and politics. Today, the economy is driven by financial services, stock exchange, manufacturing and commerce. Major companies such as Sanyo, Panasonic and Sharp have headquarters here. The city is known as the culinary and shopping paradise with high concentration of gourmet eateries, markets, shopping arcades and underground shopping malls.
For art and culture enthusiasts, Osaka offers numerous museums, galleries, performing arts venues and points of interest with Osaka Castle, Sumiyoshi-Taisha Shrine and Osaka Museum of History being the most popular ones. Osaka Aquarium and the Universal Studios of Japan are also worth seeing as they belong to the most visited city attractions. For the best views of the skyline from different points, one has to take a ride up the Umeda Sky Building or Tempozan Ferris Wheel.
Businesswise, Osaka is easily accessible and a very attractive MICE destination with countless large exhibition halls, multipurpose centers, theme party venues and convention hotels. The largest facilities include Intex Osaka, Festival Hall, Congress Convention Center, ATC Hall, Kyocera Dome or Grand Cube Osaka. Many of them are top-notch all-in-one facilities with accommodation and catering in addition to conference rooms, halls and spaces suitable for seminars, symposiums and concerts.
Osaka is serviced by two airports. The Kansai International Airport (IATA code: KIX) is built off-shore on an artificial island and is used primarily for international traffic. It is 48 km from the downtown and is the main seat for All Nippon Airways, Japan Airlines and Jetstar Japan. Taxis are expensive. A ride to the city centre costs approx. 15 000 JPY and takes over 50 minutes. Osaka International Airport (IATA code: ITM) can be found 10 km north of Osaka in Itami and targets domestic traffic. All Nippon Airways and Japan Airlines use it as their key hub. It takes approx. half an hour to travel to the city centre and a taxi fare will cost around at least 1 800 JPY.