Explore Osaka City! Getting to Osaka and What To Look For

by ebazaar 6 January 2011 No Comment

Famous attractions in Osaka City, Japan

Besides being the famous city of trade in Japan as well as having their own dialect, Osaka has a lot more attractions to offer. What to look for while you’re in Osaka? Plenty of things from foodstuff to interesting places.

For those who love historical sites, ancient Japanese landscape and Japanese history related subjects; there is the Osaka-jo or Osaka Castle, Shitennoji Temple, Sumiyoshi Shrine, Museum of Oriental Ceramics, Kamigata Ukiyoe Museum, National Bunraku Theater and there is also the seasonal Sumo Spring Grand Tournament. However, Osaka is more well known for its many commercial and shopping sites like Dotonbori, Shinsaibashi and Tenjinbashi-suji shopping district. There are also other big attractions like Osaka Universal Studio, Spa World and Osaka Aquarium.

However for food lovers, Osaka can be your heaven – it offers great variety of authentic, delicious, both usual and unusual foods like Takoyaki (Don’t miss the great Tako Tako King, a famous Takoyaki restaurant), Osaka style Okonomiyaki and lots of crab (another stomach filling stop – Kani Doraku)! Nightlife in Osaka may not be as extravagant as those in Tokyo but it is more laidback yet lively and most economical. Neon lights from bars and pubs radiates from a narrow pedestrian lane called Dotonbori (or Dotombori).

How to get to Osaka:-

By flight (from other parts of Japan and elsewhere in the world), you will land at Kansai International airport (KIX). From Kansai International Airport to Osaka city, it is relatively expensive for you to get on a taxi (expect to spend around ¥17,000 ($142), so you can opt to take the bus from Kansai Airport Transportation Services, fairly fared at ¥1,300 ($11). Another option is by getting on another bus service , OCAT Shuttle 880 which travels from KIX to Osaka City Air Terminal ( a downtown bus station for shuttle buses going to the airport), next to JR Namba Station, for about ¥880 ($7) and departs every 30 minutes.

If you’re traveling from Tokyo to Osaka, you have 3 choice of transportation: airplane, bullet train or bus. Bullet train ticket is about ¥13,240 ($110) for a reserved seat and takes about 3 hours to reach Osaka from Tokyo.

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