City Name: Osaka
Where is it located?: Osaka is central Japan on the Yodo-gawa and the Tasbori-gawa rivers.
Why do people go there?: Travelers describe Osaka as a place that makes you feel as though you’re stuck inside a pinball machine.
How do travelers get there?: Not only does Osaka have an international airport, but also the main train through Japan. Many travelers arrive this way.
City Code: 81
Languages: Japanese 99%, others 1%
Neighborhoods: Umeda, Minami
Attractions: Dotombori, Amerika-Mura
Accommodations: Osaka Hostels
Tourist Office: Japan Tourist_Office
Health Issues: No major Health_Issues for Japan.
Tips for Visiting
When to go: Go to Japan when you’re rich! Kidding aside, you can visit most of the year, althought the summer can be hot.
Common Phrases: Hello=Konnichiwa; Goodbye=Sayonara; Yes=Hai; No=Iie; Please=Onegai shimasu; Thank You=Arigatoo gozaimasu; Do you speak English?=Eigo o hanashimasuka?
City Specific Events: Hanami: March/April, Osaka’s Tenjin Matsuri: July, Kishiwada Danjiri Matsuri, September
How to get around?: Subways are the best way to get around Osaka.
Good to know: Although it doesn’t look like much in the day, the vibrancy of Osaka comes to life at night.
Cheapest airport to fly into: The cheapest airports to fly into Osaka are Kansai International Airport and Osaka International Airport. Choose the airport that is near your trip destination to obtain a cheaper fight.
Need more information?: Check out the Osaka travel guide for more on what to see, where to stay, and how to get there.