Osaka, the cultural city where passion and food come together
Historically, Osaka used to be Japan's political and economic. Today, it is the second largest harbor city in Japan and the economic and cultural center of the Kansai region. The diversity of Osaka is manifested in food, architecture, and culture. It exudes an endless stream of enthusiasm and energy in the bustling alleys, attracting tourists from all over the world to explore it every year.
Osaka is a city with rich historical background. The majestic Osaka Castle is one of the top three castles in Japan. It was established by the famous general of Japan, Toyotomi Hideyoshi, which is a local spiritual symbol. Today, the Tenshu tower is rebuilt as a museum displaying Japan's turbulent times and glory of the past, and the vast parkland around Osaka Castle has become an ideal place to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
With the progress of history, over the past century Osaka has developed into a paradise of gourmets and shopping. Starting from Namba, Dotonbori and all the way to Shinsaibashi, where the top battle zone of shopping locates, you can enjoy shopping among drug stores, fashion stores, gift shops, and shopping centers. Then you can visit Ichiran Ramen, New World Kushikatsu Daruma, and Kani Doraku for a great feast, and don't forget, the Glico Running Man sign is the iconic classic landmark not to be missed. The American Village on the west side is a hub for fashion and trends that sell antiques, accessories, and imported clothing that is popular among young people. Kuromon Market is known as "Osaka's Kitchen", with fresh fish shops, butcher shops, and Yaoya shops selling Japanese snacks such as takoyaki, fried skewers, and Okonomiyaki which can be tasted while walking to fully enjoy daily life in Osaka. Tsutenkaku Tower is a landmark in the "New World" entertainment district where you can climb to the top of the tower to overlook the city of Osaka on a bright and clear sunny day.
When the night falls, Osaka presents a different dazzling style. Abeno Harukas, Umeda Sky Building, and Tsutenkaku Tower are popular sites to experience the dazzling city light in a panorama view. You can also take a ride on the Tempozan Ferris Wheel and HEP FIVE Ferris Wheel to enjoy the romantic atmosphere as the pod slowly ascends.
The best travel season
The peak tourist season in Osaka falls in spring and autumn, where the mild weather attracts tourists to enjoy cherry blossoms and maple leaves. In spring, hundreds of cherry trees bloom in Nishinomaru Garden, Japan Mint, Expo '70 Commemorative Park, and Maoma Sakuranomiya Park. In autumn, Osaka Castle Park, Minoh Park, and Midosuji will put on a blanket of romantic maple red as the season comes.
When traveling in Osaka, the most convenient transportation is the subway. The dense transportation network connects various destinations among the city. You can take unlimited rides by purchasing the Osaka Travel Pass. JR and private railways can not only arrive at the major attractions in Osaka, but also Kyoto, Nara, and Kobe, which allows you to have a more flexible traveling plan.
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Are there any current entry restrictions in Osaka?
During the pandemic, the entry restrictions of various countries have been adjusted on a rolling basis. Kindly remind you that please be sure to check the entry restrictions of your destination and prepare relevant documents before your departure. For details, please refer to the latest travel restrictions.
When can I fly to Osaka with a lower fare?
You can plan your trip by taking the reference of the lowest fares found by travelers within the latest 48 hours. Log in as a COSMILE member at the time of ticket purchase to earn mileage upon completing your flight.
How many flights are there to Osaka every week?
STARLUX Airlines offers daily flights from Taipei and Los Angeles to Osaka. You can check the detailed flight dates and information via timetable.
How many international airports are there in Osaka?
Osaka's international airport is Kansai International Airport (KIX), which is located on Osaka Bay in the southwest of Osaka and connects major cities in Kansai such as Kyoto, Kobe, Wakayama, and Nara. Kansai International Airport operates 24 hours a day and is also the first airport in the world built entirely from land reclamation.
How far is Osaka International Airport from downtown?
Kansai International Airport (KIX) is approximately 50 kilometers from city center. Kindly remind you to plan your transportation to the city before departure.
How to get from the airport to downtown?
After arriving at Kansai International Airport (KIX), you have different transportation options according to your destination. If you want to go to Namba, the Nankai Railway is the most convenient and comfortable option. The Kanku Express HARUKA is mainly for going to Tennoji and Shin-Osaka, while JR Kanku Express goes to Umeda and Nishikujo. In addition, the Limousine bus can reach several well-known hotels, which is a great way to get to your destination without getting lost in the vast subway stations.