Welcome to Osaka, Japan!

A short history of Osaka

Osaka, located in the Kansai region of Japan, has a rich history dating back over 1,500 years. Originally a small fishing village, it grew into a bustling port city and became a political and economic center during the Edo period. Osaka played a significant role in Japan's industrialization and modernization, contributing to its reputation as the "Nation's Kitchen" due to its thriving food culture.

FAQ for Osaka

What is the best way to get there?

  • Osaka is easily accessible by air, with Kansai International Airport being the main gateway.
  • Alternatively, you can also reach Osaka by train or bus from other major cities in Japan.

What is Osaka famous for?

  • Osaka is famous for its delicious street food, vibrant nightlife, and historical landmarks such as Osaka Castle.
  • The city is also known for its lively entertainment district, Dotonbori, and Universal Studios Japan.

What are five interesting facts about Osaka?

  • Osaka is home to the oldest Buddhist temple in Japan, Shitennoji Temple, founded in 593 AD.
  • The city hosted the World Expo in 1970, showcasing innovative architecture and technology.
  • Osaka is known for its unique dialect, Osaka-ben, which differs from standard Japanese.
  • The iconic dish of Osaka is okonomiyaki, a savory pancake filled with various ingredients.
  • Osaka is home to one of the world's largest aquariums, the Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

How did Osaka get its name?

  • The name "Osaka" translates to "large hill" in Japanese, referring to the city's geographical location.

What are some travel tips for Osaka?

  • Try local street food at Dotonbori and explore the vibrant nightlife in the area.
  • Visit Osaka Castle and enjoy the beautiful cherry blossoms during spring.
  • Take a day trip to nearby cities like Kyoto and Nara, known for their historical sites.

Do I need a visa?

  • Visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. Please check with the Japanese embassy or consulate in your country.

When is the best time to visit Osaka?

  • The best time to visit Osaka is during spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) when the weather is pleasant and cherry blossoms or fall foliage can be enjoyed.

Are there local customs I should know for i.e. Drinking, Greetings, Public transit?

  • When drinking with others, it is customary to pour drinks for each other rather than pouring your own.
  • Bowing is a common form of greeting in Japan. A slight bow is appropriate in most situations.
  • When using public transit, be mindful of others and avoid talking loudly or eating on trains.

What is the time zone for Osaka?

  • Osaka follows Japan Standard Time (JST), which is UTC+9.

What are the voltage/plug types?

  • The voltage in Osaka is 100 volts, and the plug type is type A, with two flat pins.

What is the currency?

  • The currency used in Osaka, as well as the rest of Japan, is the Japanese Yen (JPY).

Are ATMs readily accessible?

  • ATMs are readily available in Osaka, and major credit cards are accepted at most ATMs.

Are credit cards widely accepted in Osaka?

  • Credit cards are widely accepted in hotels, department stores, and larger establishments. However, it's always a good idea to carry some cash for smaller shops and street vendors.

Can you use ApplePay and Google Pay?

  • ApplePay and Google Pay are becoming more widely accepted in Osaka, especially in larger stores and restaurants.

How much do I tip in Restaurants/bars, Hotels, Taxis, Tour guides, etc.?

  • Tipping is not customary in Japan. Service charges are usually included in the bill, and tipping may be seen as rude or confusing.

Accommodation in Osaka

City Information for Osaka

Founded Population Elevation
5th century AD 2.7 million 3 meters (9.8 feet)

Average temperatures for Osaka

Season/Month Temperature (Celsius) Temperature (Fahrenheit)
Spring (March - May) 13°C - 22°C 55°F - 72°F
Summer (June - August) 23°C - 31°C 73°F - 88°F
Autumn (September - November) 17°C - 26°C 63°F - 79°F
Winter (December - February) 5°C - 11°C 41°F - 52°F
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