About Osaka / Kobe, Japan
- Population: approx. 2.6 million
- Distance from Tokyo: 250 miles
- Distance from Hiroshima: 175 miles
- Population: approx. 1.5 million
- Distance from Tokyo: 240 miles
- Distance from Hiroshima: 155 miles
Surrounded by the historical cities of Kyoto and Nara to the east and Kobe to the west, Osaka is the center of finance, trade, and cultural exchange in western Japan. The city presents visitors with an eclectic blend of the old, the new, and the totally unique. Osaka’s ports have been the destination point of domestic trade routes as well as sea routes that have linked the city to the world for the past 1,400 years. Osaka functioned as the nation’s capital in ancient times, and its distinctive history has given birth to unique types of traditional art, entertainment, and cuisine.
Kobe is the sixth largest city in Japan and is a prominent port city. It is located in the Kansai region of Japan and is part of the Keihanshin metropolitan area. Located between the sea and the Rokko mountain range, Kobe is considered one of Japan’s most attractive cities.