Real nerve center in Kansai region, Osaka is the 3rd biggest city in Japan and the end point of Tokaido – the legendary road linking Tokyo to Osaka. Located at Yodo River’s estuary, this city was once a decision-making center, when Ancient Japan’s great daimyoToyotomi Hideyoshi lived. As an industrial and business-making city, Osaka used to have a major role in rice trade. Its port – one of the biggest ones in the world – made the city particularly successful. Today, as one of the main driving forces of Japan’s economy, Osaka is kind of considered as the country’s second capital, although being very different from Tokyo.