With a history of about 1,400 years and long flourishing as a commercial center, Osaka is never boring, with its mix of traditional and contemporary attractions.

Among them are Osaka Castle, Tsutenkaku Tower and the 300-meter-tall Abeno Harukas, the country's tallest building. These and other landmarks frame the unique food culture of the vibrant metropolis that is also known for its hospitality and friendly locals.

The venue of the June 28 and 29 G20 Summit Meeting is also known as an aqua metropolis. The city's waterways are among its more prominent features, including the Yodo River that flows from Lake Biwa into Osaka Bay. They have historically bolstered the city's prosperity and development into a commercial hub.