|Above, Osaka Castle. Photo by Armand Vaquer.|
Godzilla paid Osaka a couple of visits over the years. Most notably, the visits were made in Godzilla Raids Again (1955) and in Godzilla vs. Biollante (1989).
Travel + Leisure recommends booking a visit to Osaka "before everyone else."
On Tuesday, MasterCard revealed the results of its annual Destination Cities Index. The survey not only provides insight into the spending of international travelers but also predicts where they’ll visit next year.
According to MasterCard, Osaka is the fastest-growing destination in the world — and has been since 2009. Over the past seven years, overnight stays from international visitors have grown 24 percent.
MasterCard interprets that Osaka’s rapid tourism growth is indicative of the growing importance of Asia and the Middle East. The index’s fastest growing cities for tourism include Chengdu, Colombo, Abu Dhabi, Jakarta, Tokyo, Hanoi, Riyadh, Lima and Taipei.To read more, go here.