Visit the “Nation’s Kitchen” and Japan’s third largest city during an exciting Osaka tour! When doing a little Osaka sightseeing, you’ll experience a large, modern Japanese city at a much more reasonable price! There are lots of things to do in Osaka, like visiting the Osaka Castle or checking out the Kita and Minami districts. If you are wondering what to do in Osaka to get an authentic experience of the city, wander down any street and sit down for a drink. Let the feel of the city wash over you. You will appreciate the city’s friendly and easy going citizens during your Osaka trip. So, if you are coming to Japan make sure an Osaka daytrip is on your itinerary. You’ll be glad you did!
Your guide to discovering the hidden bars and restaurants in central Osaka
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 5.00pm
Leave the city behind with a rejuvenating day spent in the mountains and hot springs near Kobe.When:
7 hoursfrom USD US$ 137.18 per person Details
Explore Japan’s fascinating history and culture on this tour of two spectacular shrines as well as the historic Edo castle and the charming deer park.When:
9.5 Hours - 10.5 Hours (depending on your point of departure)from USD US$ 145.27 per person Details
Admire the most awesome attractions of Osaka on this private full-day tour with a guideWhen:
8 hoursfrom USD US$ 145.27 per person Details
Visit one of the world's largest aquarium, a local favourite food market and a relaxing cruise along the Osaka Bay.
1 Mar - 29 Nov: Monday, Wednesday and FridayLength:
Enjoy a day long trip from Osaka to the top sites of western Japan.When:
Departure from Umeda: 13 hours(approx.)
Departure from Namba: 13 hours (approx.)
Departure from Niponbashi: 12.5 hours (approx.)
See the key attractions of Osaka as well as the less touristy areas on a 4-hour walking tour.When:
4 hoursfrom USD US$ 65.10 per person Details
See Japanese architecture at its best with a visit to the historic Himeji Castle and the world's longest suspension bridge.
7 Jan - 27 Dec: Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Mind your manners. Etiquette and manners will play an important role during your Osaka tour. The bow is the standard form of greeting in Japan. You do not necessarily need to know the nuances of bowing; but, a simple nod will go a long way!
Seek refuge. If you’re not sure where to go you during your Osaka vacation, you can always head to a konbini - a Japanese convenience store. 7-elevens will also do. You can find everything there, including inexpensive, hot food.
Pocket Wi-Fi. Picking up a pocket Wi-Fi is a good idea. It can be a hassle trying to get a prepaid SIM card and makes little sense for a short visit. You can find little wireless routers which provide unlimited data and connects to multiple devices at the same time. Smart!
You can book your Osaka trip for any time of year. Although the city has some of the warmest temperatures on Honshu Island, it still enjoys a temperate climate. Spring and fall are perhaps the best times to visit. The weather is very pleasant with generally sunny skies. Japan’s famous cherry blossoms are in full bloom during April and May and Osaka is no exception. But, these are also the busiest months and hotels can be full if you have not pre-booked in advance. Winters are not as harsh as Tokyo and you can take advantage of off-season rates.
The subway and trains are the best option as they take you to the heart of the city center and connect to all districts. They also run throughout the day. Get yourself a prepaid ICOCA, which is a travel card that makes your commute a lot easier.
You can also use PASMO or Suica cards during your Osaka trip. Keep in mind that the bus routes and times can be difficult to understand for short-term visitors.
Taxis are an excellent way of getting around, but they are also very expensive! Some hotels provide shuttle services for their guests; so, it might be a good idea to check if your hotel offers the same service, as well.
Although the risk is very low, tourists sometimes get touched inappropriately while riding the subway. You can lessen the chances of this happening by avoiding rush hour or using the women-only subway car.
Hostess bars are not the most reputable businesses. You can read reports about hostesses spiking the drinks of customers and running up the bill with fake charges. If you go to a hostess bar, use cash only.
The police can stop you and request to see your documents at any time. Make sure you have your passport on your person whenever you leave your hotel.
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