Introduction

As the second largest city in Japan, Osaka is often compared to the capital city Tokyo—both popular travelling destinations in Japan. Despite some similarities, Osaka possesses a unique urban atmosphere, and only by being there can you explore and experience the uniqueness of Kansai.

Osaka is diverse, and people from all walks of life can enjoy in many different ways. If you are visiting Osaka for the first time, you can enjoy fashion in the Umeda business district, visit Osaka Castle Park to see the variations of Shogunate, and have the best time in USJ Universal Studios!

On your second trip to Osaka, visit Abeno Harukas for stunning views of the city, relax in Minoh Hot Spring to lift your spirits, or spend a day wandering around Tsutenkaku and taking in the old town culture. All these scenic spots make up the exclusive charm of a dynamic and colorful Osaka.

Of course, as the second largest city in Japan, local delicacies and shopping are the mainstays of an Osaka tour. Almost all Japanese dishes can be found in Dotonbori, and there are numerous Japanese delicacies and special Kansai snacks to try. Shoppers can go to Umeda where one can find the three known department stores: Hankyu, Hanshin and Daimaru. You can also visit Shinsaibashi, where you can find cosmeceuticals and countless specialties and souvenirs. You can never stop shopping in Osaka!

The scenery in Osaka is worth exploring in the changing of seasons. In spring, Osaka Castle, Nishinomaru Garden and Osaka Mint are some of the best choices for viewing sakura. In summer, Tenmangu and Yodogawa Riverside Park are bustling with summer festivities and fireworks. In autumn, Kyuanji and Osaka Expo’70 Commemorative Park are beautifully dressed in red leaves. In winter, Sumiyoshi taisha and Katsuouji are crowded with joyful people for hatsumoude—or the very first shrine visit of the New Year. Indeed, the beauty and fun that Osaka offers throughout the year is best enjoyed in person.


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Umeda is a bustling shopping district located in the north of Osaka. There are large stores and restaurants everywhere. There are many convenient transport options in the area. The main JR, Hankyu and Hanshin lines connect here, at the large integrated station ‘Osaka Station’. There are plenty ...
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Namba is a bustling civilian district. There is easy access with the terminus of many railways including NANKAI Railway and Kintetsu Namba Line. There are also great shopping malls, restaurants and accomodation options here. Namba Station is a convenient shopping area, with department stores li...
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If you love shopping, be sure to stay near Shinsaibashi. It is the one-stop to satisfy your shopping and dining needs. There are large department stores, specialty shops and a variety of small shops. The stone pavements are always crowded with people. Even if you are not a fan of shopping, this...
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Osaka Bay is a waterfront area, with shopping malls and gourmet restaurants everywhere. It is an area that has become increasingly popular with young people. The seaside promenade is lined with palm trees. It is the location for the ATC (Asian Trade Center), which owns a wide range of shops, re...
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Kyobashi is in the east of the Umeda area of Osaka. It connects Miyakojima Ward with Chuo Ward and is an area with high passenger volumes. JR Railways, Keihan Railways and the subway all go through Kyobashi Station, providing connections to other corners of Japan. With so many passengers, areas s...
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Located to the north of Osaka Station, Shin-Osaka Station is another bustling station with convenient access and multiple railway lines. It is both the terminal station of Tokaido Shinkansen and is the departure station of Sanyo Shinkansen and Kyushu Shinkansen to the west. In addition, JR Tokaid...
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Tennoji refers to the area which hosts Tennoji Station and Tennoji Park at its center. It harbors Osaka-kanjo Line, Hanwa Line, Kaisai Main Line, Kintetsu Minami-Osaka Line and the municipal subways, forming a convenient transport hub. Shitennoji to the north of Tennoji Station was built in the f...

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