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Osaka Prefecture

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Osaka Prefecture is a prefecture located in the Kansai region on Honshu, the main island of Japan. The capital is the city of Osaka. It is the center of Osaka-Kobe-Kyoto area. Osaka is one of the two "urban prefectures" of Japan, Kyoto being the other (Tokyo became a "metropolitan prefecture", or to, in 1941).HistoryUntil the Meiji Restoration, the area of Osaka prefecture was known as Kawachi, Izumi, and Settsu provinces.Osaka Prefecture was created on June 21, 1868, at the very beginning of the Meiji era. During the instigation of Fuhanken Sanchisei in 1868, the prefecture received its suffix fu, designating it as an urban prefecture.On September 1, 1956, the city of Osaka was promoted to a city designated by government ordinance and thereby divided into 24 wards.In 2000, Fusae Ota became Japan's first female governor when she replaced Knock Yokoyama, who resigned after prosecution for sexual harassment.
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Places to visit in Osaka Prefecture

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Popular things to do in Osaka Prefecture

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Theme Park
Universal Studios Japan Osaka
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Duration: 6 hours
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Aquarium
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan Osaka
4.1
Duration: 2 hours
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Castle
Osaka Castle Chuo
4.0
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Observation Deck
Kuchu Teien Observatory Osaka
4.1
Duration: 1 hour

Museums in Osaka Prefecture

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Specialty Museum
Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum Osaka
4.3
Duration: 1 hour
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Specialty Museum
Cup Noodle Museum Osaka Ikeda Ikeda
4.4
Duration: 30 minutes
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Specialty Museum
Osaka Museum of Housing and Living Osaka
3.9
Duration: 1 hour
Specialty Museum
Namban Culture Center Osaka
5.0
Duration: 1 hour

Historic Sites in Osaka Prefecture

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Historic Site
Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine Osaka
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Duration: 1h 30 min
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Religious Site
Imamiya Ebisu Shrine Osaka
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Duration: 1 hour
Religious Site
Daimon-ji Temple Ibaraki
5.0
Duration: 30 minutes
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Religious Site
Osaka tenmangu shrine Osaka
3.8
Duration: 1 hour

Hidden gems in Osaka Prefecture

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Park
The Tower of the Sun Suita
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Duration: 1 hour
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Architectural Building
Ishikiri Tsurugiya Shrine Higashiosaka
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Duration: 1h 30 min
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Children’s Museum
Kids Plaza Osaka Osaka
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Duration: 2h 30 min
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Shopping
Hankyu Umeda Honten Osaka
4.3
Duration: 1 hour

Shopping in Osaka Prefecture

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Gift & Specialty Shop
Tenjimbashisuji Shopping Street Osaka
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Duration: 1 hour
Shopping Mall
Imperial Hotel Plaza Osaka Osaka
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Duration: 1 hour
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Shopping
Sennichimae Doguyasuji Shopping Street Chuo
3.9
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Department Store
Osaka Station City Osaka
4.0
Duration: 1 hour

Parks in Osaka Prefecture

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Park
Nakanoshima Park Osaka
4.2
Duration: 1 hour
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Garden
Nagai Park Osaka
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Duration: 1 hour
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Park
Minoo Park Mino
4.4
Duration: 1 hour
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Nightlife
Pinpoint Traveler Osaka
4.7
Duration: 4 hours
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Landmark
Kuromon Market Nippombashi
3.8
Duration: 1 hour
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Neighborhood
Dotombori District Dotombori
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Duration: 1 hour
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Neighborhood
Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street Chuo
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Duration: 2h 30 min