Conference Dates: September 03-04, 2019
Venue: Osaka, Japan
Osaka was evaluated in Research & Development only. Osaka is Japan’s third biggest city and second largest metropolitan area in Japan and serves a major economic hub. Osaka is a port city, and historically the merchant capital of Japan. The traditional greeting among citizens of this friendly, unpretentious “work hard, party hard”. Osaka has long identified itself by kuidaore “ruinous eating” and there are several Osaka-born dishes that you must try, starting with the okonomiyaki savory pancake, if you are to say you have experienced Osaka.
Osaka’s 2017 population is now estimated to be 20,415,000. However, the entire Osaka Prefecture which includes Osaka City along with 42 municipalities has a total land area of 1,905 Square km and a population of over 8 million, accounting for 7% of Japan’s total population. Today, Osaka has a proliferative economy. Osaka is renowned for its varied, abundant and delicious cuisines, and the city has over 100 Michelin star-rated restaurants
Japan is an island nation in the Pacific Ocean with dense cities, imperial palaces, mountainous national parks and thousands of shrines and temples. Shinkansen bullet trains connect the main islands of Kyushu (with Okinawa’s subtropical beaches), Honshu (home to Tokyo and Hiroshima’s atomic-bomb memorial) and Hokkaido (famous for skiing). Tokyo, the capital, is known for skyscrapers, shopping and pop culture.
Best tourist attractions in Osaka:
- Osaka’s best-known sight is the Osaka castle. While it is a reconstruction, it is pretty and has a nice castle park. To learn more about the history of Osaka, you can head to the nearby Osaka Museum of History.
- The Osaka Science Museum on Nakanoshima is an interactive activity center with planetarium and cinema.
- Umeda Sky Building is a weirdly shaped building with an observation deck and an escalator suspended between two buildings mid-air. It is located near the Osaka station.
- The Sumiyoshi Shrine is located south of the city center. It is one of Japan’s oldest Shinto shrines and has a very unusual architecture. It is also famous for a bridge arching over a pond.
- The Tsūtenkaku landmark tower in the Shinsekai area with an observation platform at 91 meters.
- The Shitennōji temple is near the Tennōji station. It is regarded as maybe the first Buddhist temple in Japan dating back to the 6th century. The building of today’s temple however, are a reconstruction.
- The Kamigata Ukiyoe Museum in Namba is dedicated to ukiyoe, Japanese woodblock prints.