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Osaka has long been a hub of Japanese economic activity, and at one stage was briefly the nation's capital. Tokyo may have taken this honour, but Osaka remains a key city, forming the heart of the huge metropolitan area of Osaka-Kobe-Kyoto, home to over 19 million people. Osaka itself is Japan's third largest city and is the capital of the Osaka Prefecture. It is also considered the nation's gourmet food capital.



Events and Festivals

Traditional Festivals

Japan has countless traditional festivals and holidays. Then when you add the local festivals that number just grows and grows. Here is a list of the few major national traditional festivals.

  • Japanese New Year (January 1) - the most important holiday in Japan. Although there are lots of customs and traditions most of them are done in the private. This is mainly a family holiday and Japan can feel very empty as almost everyone goes home. Travelling in Japan in during this time is difficult because everything is shut down.
  • Seijin No Hi (2nd Monday of January) - the coming of age holiday for Japanese women which 20. Traditionally families will buy any young woman how turned 20 in the last year a kimono. On this day almost all Japanese women will ear a kimono.
  • Hin Festival (March 3) - Also known as doll festival the Hin Matsuri festival is meant for young women. In early february families with daughters put dolls in order to make the women happy and healthy later in life. On Girls Day, on March 3, the dolls are put away until next year.
  • Shichi Go San Festival (Novermber 5) - Boys who are 3 and 5, and girls 3 and 7 are taken to a shinto shrine in traditional Japanese dress. The children are brought there to pray for good luck, good health and wealth.

National Holidays

  • Golden Week - Is quite often referred to as the "Japanese Spring Break." It is a combination of many state holidays, including Showa Day, Greenery Day, Children's Day, and Constitution Memorial Day in order to give a full week off. It takes place during the first full week of May. Everyone gets this week off in Japan so it is very bad time to travel because everything is crowded, expensive and most hotels will be full. There is also a major festival in the southern city of Fukuoka this week, it is called Hakata Dontaku.




Osaka has a subtropical humid climate with warm, wet summers and drier but mild winters. Summers last from June to September when average highs are mostly between 28 and 34 °C and nights are between 20 and 25 °C. Winters from December to February see highs of 9-13 °C and lows of 2-5 °C. Almost all of the annual rain falls between March and October, while winters are relatively dry and chances of snow are almost zero (unlike Tokyo for example).

Avg Max9.5 °C10.2 °C13.7 °C19.9 °C24.5 °C27.8 °C31.6 °C33.4 °C29.3 °C23.3 °C17.6 °C12.3 °C
Avg Min2.8 °C2.9 °C5.6 °C10.7 °C15.6 °C20 °C24.3 °C25.4 °C21.7 °C15.5 °C9.9 °C5.1 °C
Rainfall45.4 mm61.7 mm104.2 mm103.8 mm145.5 mm184.5 mm157 mm90.9 mm160.7 mm112.3 mm69.3 mm43.8 mm
Rain Days5.



Getting There

By Plane

1. International flights in Osaka arrive at the Kansai International Airport (KIX), about 38 kilometres from Osaka. After Narita Airport it's the busiest airport in Japan regarding international passengers. Airlines flying from Europe to Osaka include KLM (Amsterdam) and Finnair (Helsinki).

To/from Osaka-Kansai Airport

  • Rail: The lower railroad level of the Sky Gate Bridge R leading to Osaka is used by two railroad operators: West Japan Railway (JR West) and Nankai Electric Railway. JR West operates Haruka, the limited express train services for Kansai Airport Station from Tennōji, Shin-Ōsaka and Kyoto Station. JR West also offers "Kansai Airport Rapid" services for Kansai Airport Station from Ōsaka and Kyōbashi Station, as well as several stations on the way. Nankai operates a limited express train service to Namba Station on the southern edge of downtown Osaka.
  • Bus: Kansai Airport Transportation Enterprise and other bus operators offer scheduled express bus services, called "Airport Limousines", for Kansai International Airport.
  • Car: The airport is only accessible from the Sky Gate Bridge R, a part of Kansai Airport Expressway. The expressway immediately connects to Hanshin Expressways Route 5, "Wangan Route", and Hanwa Expressway. Taxis and rental cars are available at the airport and there are thousands of parking places as well.
  • Ferry: A high-speed ferry service operates between Kobe Airport and KIX. The journey takes about thirty minutes.

2. Despite it's name, Osaka International Airport (ITM) serves only domestic destinations, but in total does handle more passengers than Osaka-Kansai!

To/from Osaka International Airport

  • Rail: The only direct rail connection to the airport is the Osaka Monorail, which stops in the northern suburbs of Osaka.
  • Bus: A number of scheduled buses run to and from the airport daily, forming connections to Osaka and Kyoto.

By Train

Osaka can be reached by train from a number of cities, including Tokyo, Kobe, Kyoto, Hiroshima and Fukuoka. Check Hyperdia for schedules and prices.

By Boat

There are weekly ferries crossing the sea between Shanghai and Kobe and Osaka in Japan. The ferry's destination alternates each week between Osaka and Kobe and the journey takes two days. Another line travels weekly as well between Shanghai and Osaka only.
FESCO runs a service from Vostochny Port/Nakhodka in Far Eastern Russia to Osaka.




Hotel Chuo Selene1-1-11 Taishi, Nishinari-KuHostel77
Capsule Hotel Asahi Plaza Shinsaibashi2-12-22,Nishihinsaibashi,Chuouku,OsakashiHostel84
Flexstay Shinsaibashi Inn1-9-30 Nishi Shinsaibashi Chuo-kuHotel75
For Leaves Inn2-6-21 Nishitanabe-cho Abeno-kuGuesthouse80
Fushio-kaku at Fushio Onsen128-1 Fushio-Cho Ikeda OsakaHostel-
Hotel Chuo1-1-12 Taishi Nishinari-ku Osaka-shiHostel78
Hotel CHUO OASIS9-15, 1-Chome, Taishi Nishinari-kuHostel85
Hotel Mikado1-2-11, Taishi Nishinari-kuHostel81
Hotel Raizan South3-3-1 Taishi Nisinari kuHostel64
Hotel Sun Plaza1-2-22 Haginochaya NishinarikuHostel71
Hotel Sunrise Inn925 Naka Pref 597-0003 KaizukaHotel59
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Hotel Taiyo1-2-23, TaishiHostel78
Backpackers Hotel Toyo Osaka1-3-5, Taishi, NishinariHOSTEL85
J-Hoppers Osaka Guesthouse4-22, Fukushima 7-chome, Fukushima-ku, Osaka-CityHOSTEL89
Kaneyoshi Ryokan, Namba Dotombori3-12, Soemoncho Chuo-kuHostel86
Hotel MyStays Sakaisuji-Honmachi1- 4-8, Awaji-machi Chuo-kuHOTEL83
Osaka GuestHouse KOMA2-3-12 Saiwai-Cho Naniwa-kuHostel83
Osaka International Youth HostelHagoromokoen-Cho Takaishi-City, OsakaHostel-
Osaka Municipal Nagai Youth Hostel1-1 Nagai Koen Higashisumisyoshi-kuHostel82
Peace House Showa2-8-4 Sanno Nishinari-kuHostel81
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Sumo Backpackers1-11-28, Nakatsu Kita-kuHostel-
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Yamatoya Honten, Namba Dotombori2-17-4, Shimanouchi Chuo-kuHostel77
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Osaka Mayflower House2-1-15 Izumimachi, Chuo-KUGuesthouse-
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Keep Connected


Manga cafes are dotted along the streets of almost every city in Japan. For a very reasonable price (about ¥100 per 15 minutes), you receive a private cubicle with a PC with internet access at blistering Japanese internet speeds. The chairs are incredibly comfortable (making them an excellent place to sleep for the cash-deprived), and you can even order snacks and drinks from the staff.

A number of business hotels have Internet access available if you have your own device, sometimes for free. It is also possible to find Wi-Fi "hot spots" around many large cities in Japan, especially near tech-related businesses and large corporate buildings with unsecured wireless networks. 3G Wireless Data and Pocket Wifi are other options.


See also: International Telephone Calls

Payphones (公衆電話 kōshū denwa) are easily found, particularly near train stations, although with the popularity of mobile phones, public pay phones are not quite as numerous as they once were. Gray and green pay phones accept ¥10 and ¥100 coins and prepaid cards. Be aware that not all places with public telephones have phones that accept coins, so it may be worthwhile to buy a phone card for emergency use. Some of the gray phones, as indicated on the display, can make international calls. Pre-paid cards can be purchased at convenience stores, train station kiosk stores and sometimes in vending machines next to the phone.

Modern Japanese mobile phones (携帯電話 keitai denwa or just keitai) tend to operate on unique cellular standards not always compatible with the rest of the world. 3G phones using the UMTS/WCDMA2100 standard and equipped with a 3G SIM card will most likely work. If your phone is up to spec, double-check with your carrier if they have a roaming agreement with either SoftBank or NTT DoCoMo. Coverage is generally excellent, unless you are heading to some remote mountainous areas. If you have no 3G phone but still have a 3G-compatible SIM card, you can rent a 3G phone in Japan and slot in your card, allowing you to keep your home phone number in Japan. For a longer trip, you can also purchase a phone, but doing this legally requires an Alien Registration Card (or an obliging Japanese friend willing to front for you).

The easier way is to get a prepaid phone. Prepaid phones are sold in most SoftBank and AU stores. If you already have a 3G phone, go with Softbank as it can sell SIMs as opposed to au whose prepaid service is phone-based like most CDMA carriers. Prepaid phones use a "card" with a pass key to "charge" a phone with minutes. These prepaid calling cards, unlike the phone itself, can be found in most convenience stores. A prepaid cell phone is available for as little as ¥5000 plus ¥3000 for a 60-90 day call time package, which will get drained at a rate of ¥100 per minute (¥10 per 6 seconds for AU's prepaid service). Both SoftBank and AU offer prepaid phones.


The Japanese postal service is excellent! Domestic and international mail service is very quick and reliable. The prices for sending letters, postcards and parcels vary depending on where you send if from and to which country you send it too, and of course depends on weight as well, so check this calculation page of Japan Post for more details. Post offices generally are open from 9:00am to 5:00pm on weekdays, closing at weekends and also on national holidays, though a few open on Saturdays from 9:00am to 3:00pm. Central post offices are sometimes open until 7:00pm, open on Saturdays from 9:00am to 5:00pm and on Sundays and holidays from 9:00am to 12:30pm. There are post offices in every major city and minor town. Another thing to remember is that the post office is one of the few places in Japan that is guaranteed to have ATMs that take international cards.

Quick Facts


  • Latitude: 34.677471
  • Longitude: 135.50325

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