With a population of over five million people, Osaka is Japan's second largest city. For centuries, Osaka was Japan's cultural and commercial gateway to Asia -- the point of entry not only for trade goods, but most importantly, cultural influences that shaped Japan. Today, Osaka is a vibrant cultural center known for its shopping and exquisite cuisine.
A lasting monument from the late 16th century when the great feudal lord Toyotomi Hideyoshi made Osaka his capital.
The spiritual heart of Japan, this picturesque city is home to the Golden Pavilion, Heian Shrine, and the Kyoto Handicraft Center with its excellent selection of traditional crafts, art, clothing and souvenirs.
Famed for its deer park, Nara is home to thousands of shrines, including Todaiji Temple, the site of the 53-feet-high bronze Great Buddha.
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