Sitting in the heart of the Kansai region of central Japan, Osaka is its third largest city. It could be the closeness to Korea, China and the coast that has made it to become known as the “Kitchen of Japan”. Osaka’s people have a true zest for life, they promote a casual air and ease and are slightly, unconventionally boisterous. Osaka is regenerating, now recognising its past beauty and is working hard to re-establish it. This stimulating city that works to live, is now more than ever a must-see.

Facts

Population

2,666,371

Currency

Japanese Yen, 1 ¥ = 100 sen

Opening hours

General business hours are from 7.30 am to 4.30 pm and it is generally closed on Sundays. Banks are open from Monday to Friday between 9 am and 3 pm. Times may vary depending on store and bank.

Newspapers

Osaka Globe Daily Yomiuri

Tourist information

Visitors' Info Centre 〒532-0011 3F JR Shin-Osaka Sta. 5-16-1 Nishinakajima, Yodogawa-ku, Osaka Open: 9 am-6 pm  +81 6 6305 3311

Travel to Osaka

Reserve your flights to Osaka with Etihad Airways in order to experience a trip of a lifetime. Osaka is sure to entice your taste buds with their gratifyingly delectable cuisine and its humble and charming citizens are bound to warm your heart. You will be entranced by the beautiful castles and ports that this Kansai region of Japan has to offer.

Top 5 Things To Do in Osaka

  • A visual treat is promised to those who visit the Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, a destination unlike anything you’ve seen before
  • Enter Minami, located to the south of Osaka and known as “The Nation’s Kitchen”. You will tantalize your olfactory senses and you can eat to your heart’s content
  • Immerse yourself in a shopping spree by visiting Shinsaibashi, the shopping hub that offers local and international brands and products
  • Discover the great nightlife activities on offer at Nanba Grand Kagetsu
  • Enter the rich past of the city when you enter the gates of Osaka Castle Park, the park that has swept the Travellers’ Choice Winner attraction award

Plan Your Osaka Holiday

The most popular months for summer tourists are from July to September. During this time you will witness the biggest summer festival of Japan, held in Tenjin Matsuri, which includes various traditional Japanese art forms being performed. Sightseeing spots become less crowded in the month of January with a very pleasing climate.

Finding the best flight deals to Osaka is easy with Etihad’s popular deals. If you plan to visit Osaka during the summer festival, we highly recommend that you book your hotel and tickets to Osaka well in advance. If you visit the city during the off-season of January to March, you can find cheap hotels in Osaka.