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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.
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 Max||9.5 °C||10.2 °C||13.7 °C||19.9 °C||24.5 °C||27.8 °C||31.6 °C||33.4 °C||29.3 °C||23.3 °C||17.6 °C||12.3 °C|
|Avg Min||2.8 °C||2.9 °C||5.6 °C||10.7 °C||15.6 °C||20 °C||24.3 °C||25.4 °C||21.7 °C||15.5 °C||9.9 °C||5.1 °C|
|Rainfall||45.4 mm||61.7 mm||104.2 mm||103.8 mm||145.5 mm||184.5 mm||157 mm||90.9 mm||160.7 mm||112.3 mm||69.3 mm||43.8 mm|
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
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
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 Selene||1-1-11 Taishi, Nishinari-Ku||Hostel||77|
|Capsule Hotel Asahi Plaza Shinsaibashi||2-12-22,Nishihinsaibashi,Chuouku,Osakashi||Hostel||84|
|Flexstay Shinsaibashi Inn||1-9-30 Nishi Shinsaibashi Chuo-ku||Hotel||75|
|For Leaves Inn||2-6-21 Nishitanabe-cho Abeno-ku||Guesthouse||80|
|Fushio-kaku at Fushio Onsen||128-1 Fushio-Cho Ikeda Osaka||Hostel||-|
|Hotel Chuo||1-1-12 Taishi Nishinari-ku Osaka-shi||Hostel||78|
|Hotel CHUO OASIS||9-15, 1-Chome, Taishi Nishinari-ku||Hostel||85|
|Hotel Mikado||1-2-11, Taishi Nishinari-ku||Hostel||81|
|Hotel Raizan South||3-3-1 Taishi Nisinari ku||Hostel||64|
|Hotel Sun Plaza||1-2-22 Haginochaya Nishinariku||Hostel||71|
|Hotel Sunrise Inn||925 Naka Pref 597-0003 Kaizuka||Hotel||59|
|Hotel Sun`Plaza 2||1-2-20, Taishi, Nishinari-ku||Hostel||-|
|Hotel Taiyo||1-2-23, Taishi||Hostel||78|
|Backpackers Hotel Toyo Osaka||1-3-5, Taishi, Nishinari||HOSTEL||85|
|J-Hoppers Osaka Guesthouse||4-22, Fukushima 7-chome, Fukushima-ku, Osaka-City||HOSTEL||89|
|Kaneyoshi Ryokan, Namba Dotombori||3-12, Soemoncho Chuo-ku||Hostel||86|
|Hotel MyStays Sakaisuji-Honmachi||1- 4-8, Awaji-machi Chuo-ku||HOTEL||83|
|Osaka GuestHouse KOMA||2-3-12 Saiwai-Cho Naniwa-ku||Hostel||83|
|Osaka International Youth Hostel||Hagoromokoen-Cho Takaishi-City, Osaka||Hostel||-|
|Osaka Municipal Nagai Youth Hostel||1-1 Nagai Koen Higashisumisyoshi-ku||Hostel||82|
|Peace House Showa||2-8-4 Sanno Nishinari-ku||Hostel||81|
|The LEE Osaka downtown||2-5-11, Kita-Ku Tenjinbashi||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Hostel Raizan Kita, Nishinari Shin-imamiya||1-1-3 Taishi, Nishinari-ku||Hostel||82|
|Shin-Osaka Youth Hostel||1-13-13 KOKO Plaza10F Higashi-Nakajima Higashi-yodogawa-ku||Hostel||-|
|Sumo Backpackers||1-11-28, Nakatsu Kita-ku||Hostel||-|
|Sunplay Inn Nagahori||1-10-3,Higashishinsaibashi Chuou-ku||Hostel||82|
|Hotel MyStays Otemae||1-3-2 Tokui-cho Chuo-ku||HOTEL||87|
|Yamatoya Honten, Namba Dotombori||2-17-4, Shimanouchi Chuo-ku||Hostel||77|
|Family Inn Fifty's Osaka||2-6-18, Edobori Nishu-ku||Hostel||-|
|Ryokan Ishihashi||Simanouchi 2-17-22 Chuo-ku Osaka Japan||Hostel||-|
|Hotel Green Plaza Osaka||2-5-12 Nakazakinishi Kita-Ku||Hotel||-|
|Hostel 64 Osaka||3-11-20 Shinmachi Nishi-ku||Hostel||88|
|Guesthouse U-en||1-5-8 Uemachi Chuo-ku||Guesthouse||-|
|Osaka Mayflower House||2-1-15 Izumimachi, Chuo-KU||Guesthouse||-|
|Awaza House||osaka nishi-ku enokojima 1-5- 12-202 (大阪市西区江之子島 1-5-12-202)||Guesthouse||-|
|Garden House||2-8-18 Shimanouchi Chuo-ku||Guesthouse||-|
|Tsurumibashi Downtown Hostel||3-8-16 Tsurumibashi Nishnari-Ku Osaka City||Hostel||-|
|Naniwa Minami Downtown Hostel||Tengachayakita2-2-17 Nishinari-ku Osaka City||Hostel||-|
|Bainan Downtown hostel||Bainan3-8-1 Nishinari-Ku Osaka City||Hostel||-|
|Hanazono downtown Hostel||Tsurumibashi 3-8-16 Nishnari-Ku Osaka City||Hostel||-|
|Namba Plaza Hotel||1-20 Namba Sennichimae Chuo-ku||Hotel||-|
|Umeda Dormitory||531-0076 Aoyagi building, 1-6-13 Oyodonaka||Hostel||-|
|Bonsai Guest House||1-4-13 Momodani Ikuno-ku||Hostel||86|
|Takeyaso Ryokan||2-85, Miyauchi-cho amagasaki city Hyogo||HOSTEL||-|
|Namba Weekly||2-3-1 Namba Chuoku 5F Azami Namba building||Apartment||-|
|UK OSAKA||Kitahorie 1-12-9, Nishi-ku||Hostel||-|
|Guesthouse Caminoro||2F 3F 2-6-7 Nishimikuni,Yodogawa-ku||Hostel||89|
|Osaka Namba Guest House||Naniwa-ku Motomachi 2-9-1-101||Guesthouse||-|
|TEN Backpackers Osaka||4-5 kobaicho Kita Ku||Hostel||-|
|Imazato Guest House||1-11-15 Ohimazatonishi Higashinariku||Hostel||81|
|Guest House la Kongo||1 Higashi - 5-11 Doutonbori Chuuou ku||HOSTEL||-|
|Apollo Weekly/Monthly Apt. at Namba Sta.||Osaka Shi Naniwa Ku Namba Naka 3-18-1 AP bld. 1st floor||Apartment||-|
|Osaka English House||11-4 Okayamate-cho Hirakata City||Hostel||-|
|Momodani House||2-7-2 Kiatsuyama-kita Ikunoku||Guesthouse||-|
|Guesthouse Tennoji||Adress9-18,kitakawahorimachi, Tennoji-ku||HOSTEL||85|
|IM Guest House||2-7-2 Katsuyamakita, Ikuno-ku||Hostel||80|
|Casa Bianca||1-17-8 Tsurumibashi Nishinari-ku, Osaka city||Guesthouse||-|
|Osaka Castle Guesthouse||japan osaka chuo-ku uchihonmachi 2-2-14-1208 Chuo Ward||Guesthouse||-|
|Guest House ODORI||3-6-6bisyoen, abeno-ku, osaka-shi,||HOSTEL||83|
|Sakai GH||1-3-3,Sumiyoshibashicho, Sakai-ku, Sakai-shi||HOSTEL||-|
|Osaka Hana Hostel||1-8-4, Nishi-Shinsaibashi, Chuo-ku||HOSTEL||91|
|Hostel Base Point Osaka||2-11-17 Sennichimae Chuo ku||HOSTEL||82|
|Hotel Wing International Shin-Osaka||2-32-9 Higashi-Mikuni Yodogawa-Ku||HOTEL||-|
|A La Maison||uchikyuhoji 4-3-10 chuo ku||Hostel||-|
|Hotel Kaga||1-12-21 Haginochaya, Nishinari Ward||HOTEL||-|
|Peace House Sachi||1-3-2 Taishi Nishinari-ku||Guesthouse||78|
|Boarding House Osaka||10-16 Minamikawahori Tennnouji||HOSTEL||82|
|B&S Eco Cube Shinsaibashi||9-4.2-Chome, Nishi Shinsaibashi||HOSTEL||-|
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.
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