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Overview

Osaka is Japan's third largest city and the vibrant heart of the Kansai region. Known as the "after-dark" capital of Japan, Osaka is a bustling metropolis where the the economic dynamism is matched by a lively and unique cultural scene. The people of Osaka are famed for their "work hard, play hard" mentality, which permeates every aspect of life! 

 

The residents of Osaka are not just industrious, they are also interesting and independent, characterised by their distinctive dialect, Kansai Ben. This unique culture and independence have developed over thousands of years, contributing to Osaka's rich cultural tapestry. The city is also renowned for its passionate approach to Japanese cuisine, making it a paradise for food lovers. 

 

As the sun sets, Osaka transforms into a sensory wonderland. The city erupts into a spectacle of lights, sounds, and aromas that invigorate the senses. Wander through the city streets and you'll find an array of restaurants, massive department stores, bars, karaoke lounges and video arcades stacked high around you. The nightlife in Osaka is second to none, offering endless entertainment options. 

 

For those who love to shop, Osaka's famous shopping districts; Nama and Umeda are must visit destinations. Here, you'll find everything from the latest fashion trends to cutting-edge electronic gadgets. These districts are bustling hubs where you can experience the latest in Japanese retail culture. 

 

History enthusiasts will appreciate the grandeur of Osaka Castle, a symbol of the city's rich heritage, while the futuristic Umeda Sky Building offers panoramic views of the sprawling metropolis. For family fun, Universal Studios Japan provides thrilling rides and entertainment. Food lovers can indulge in local delicacies at Dotonbori, a bustling district known for its vibrant street food scene. Additionally, the serene Sumiyoshi Taisha shrine offers a peaceful retreat from the urban hustle.

 

Osaka is also a launching pad for exploring some of Japan's most remarkable highlights; the endearing wonders of Nara, the historical Himeji Castle to the poignant  Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park. Additionally, the spiritual home of Japan, Kyoto with its timeless temples and serene gardens is just a short journey away. 

 

Facilities & Attractions

Tourist attractions and the latest trendy spots.

Dotonbori
Dotonbori

Dōtonbori or Dōtombori (道頓堀, pronounced [doːtomboɾi]) is one of the principal tourist destinations in Osaka, Japan, running along the Dōtonbori canal f

Universal Studio Japan
Universal Studio Japan

Universal Studios Japan, located in Osaka, is one of six Universal Studios theme parks, owned and operated by USJ LLC, which is wholly owned by NBCUniv

Shinsekai
Shinsekai

Shinsekai is an old neighbourhood located next to south Osaka City's downtown "Minami" area. At the district's center stands Tsutenkaku Tower, the nost

Hozenji Yokocho
Hozenji Yokocho

An area located in the busy district of Minami, but still retaining the tranquil Naniwa atmosphere. Within Yokocho are long-standing Japanese restauran

Osaka Castle
Osaka Castle

Osaka Castle is a Japanese castle in Chūō-ku, Osaka, Japan. The castle is one of Japan's most famous landmarks and it played a major role in the unific

Umeda Sky Building
Umeda Sky Building

The Umeda Sky Building is the nineteenth-tallest building in Osaka Prefecture, Japan, and one of the city's most recognizable landmarks. It consists of

Umeda Sky Building
American Village

Amerikamura is a sizable retail and entertainment area near Shinsaibashi in the Chūō-ku district of Osaka, Japan. It is usually referred to by locals a

Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan

 Its aquarium exhibits living things, including fish, plants, invertebrate animals, batrachians, reptiles, birds, and mammals. Osaka Aquarium Kaiy

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By Air

Osaka is served by two main airports: Kansai International Airport (KIX) and Osaka International Airport (better known as Itami; ITM). KIX is Osaka's international airport. Itami is Osaka's domestic airport.

By Train

The fastest way to travel between Tokyo and Osaka is via the Nozomi trains on the Tokaido Shinkansen Line. In just 2 hours and 30 minutes.

The fastest way to travel from Osaka to Kyoto is by rail. Using your JR pass you can catch a Shinkansen bullet train which only takes around 15 minutes to travel

By Car

When traveling through the country by car, it's easiest to reach Osaka by highway. You can take one of the highways such as the Meishin Expressway, the Chugoku Expressway, or the Nishi-Meihan Expressway to connect up with the Hanshin Expressway, which runs through the city.

By Bus

You can save a lot of money by taking a Willer Express bus between Tokyo and Osaka. These buses take around 8 hours

By Private Transfer

It's important to book airport transportation so that you can ensure you get directly to and from your destination and Osaka Kansai Airport KIX at a fare and convenience that suits you.

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