|Above, Osaka Castle, site of the final battle between Godzilla and Anguirus in Godzilla Raids Again. Photo by Armand Vaquer.|
Osaka, Japan is seeing a big influx in foreign tourism this year. The number of tourists visiting the city may exceed 5 million for the year.
According to the Japan Times:
OSAKA – Thanks to a favorable exchange rate, relaxed visa restrictions, more discount airlines flying into Kansai airport and an increase in the number of duty-free shops downtown, the number of foreign visitors to Osaka this year is expected to top 5 million for perhaps the first time.
From the luxury hotels and tony brand-name shops of the city’s northern Umeda district to bars and restaurants of the southern Shinsaibashi and Namba districts, as well as in Tsuruhashi’s Koreatown, the Osaka Castle area and the working-class Nishinari district, foreign visitors are arriving in droves. And they are spending money and injecting much-needed revenue into a city that until fairly recently was rarely if ever on the itinerary of most foreign tourists.I will be doing my part in helping Osaka achieve its 5 million as it is on the itinerary during my October Japan trip.
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