Osaka Travel Guide

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Osaka Things to Do

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  • Universal studio

    4 out of 5 stars

    in japanese that ture but still loads for fun for those who have never been to universal stuido of usa. just access the site of universal sutio and you will understand everthing , it is a very elaborative site. go exatcly 9, when it starts opening and run for the famous rides to finish it early. i loved spider man , back to the future , jurasic...

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  • Dotombori

    The Dotonbori area centres around the Dotonbori-gawa Canal. This area is famous for food and restaurants. It is an interesting area to wander around after dark as many of the restaurants have huge flashing or moving neon signs. The Hozen-ji Temple which dates from the 17th century can also be found in this area.

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  • Umeda Sky Building

    4 out of 5 stars

    While many of Japan's cities have some sort of building where you can view the surrounding city, not all of them are really worth the money. The Umeda Sky Building is one however that is worth it, especially at night! The city is beautiful and with it all lit up with the bridges over the river, it's a great way to end a day of...

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Osaka Restaurants

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  • Dotonbori Street

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    I could give you a long list of recommended places to eat but I'm afraid they would be useless to you. The action at the street level is so thick that a tourist has little chance of being able to locate one specific location, unless they can read Japanese and have a GPS. I don't think it's to your benefit to spend a lot of time hunting down...

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  • Okonomiyaki

    4 out of 5 stars

    Another Osaka speciality is okonomiyaki. These are often described as Japan’s answer to pizza, but we found them to be more like omelette. The base for the dish is a batter made with flour, eggs, grated yam and shredded cabbage. Various ingredients are added to this to give the different flavours, just as you add toppings to a pizza or fillings to...

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  • Takoyaki

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    Takomaki Takomasa is a great takoyaki restaurant in central Osaka's Dotonburi district. Takoyaki is a famous Japanese snack of octopus, ginger, and onions cooked into a golf ball sized orb on a unique metal grill. After they are cooked, the takoyaki are brushed with takoyaki sauce and sprinkled with dried seaweed before being served. Takoyaki is...

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Osaka Nightlife

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  • Dotombori

    Osaka generally is known for its nightlife, and in Osaka one of the best places to spend an evening is Dōtonbori. This single street draws both locals and tourists in their thousands to eat, drink and play, and has done so for centuries. First built in 1612 as part of a development programme in this part of the city that also saw the...

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  • nightviews

    I've never been out in Osaka as I prefer to go home and sleep... and if you go out in Osaka you have to spend the night there... no night trains to Kyoto. But everyone says there are plenty of great clubs. ...but here is night view, I took from my old workplace!! :) There is now a guy organizing pub crawls around Osaka: See the link below.

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  • The place to be

    Osaka generally is known for its nightlife, and in Osaka one of the best places to spend an evening is Dōtonbori. This single street draws both locals and tourists in their thousands to eat, drink and play, and has done so for centuries. First built in 1612 as part of a development programme in this part of the city that also saw the...

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Osaka Transportation

  • subway & busses

    These vending mashines let you select you ticket only after you put your money in, subway allows you to switch to english, Train only in japanese, but you need only to put in the fare price (somewhere on the Wall is usualy a map witch showes fares from that station). Single tickets from 200 Yen, One Day Pass 850 Yen (600 on fridays).

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  • train

    Kansai Thru Pass (Suruttu Kansai magnetic card) is a exzellent Pass if you travel between Osaka, Kyoto, Nara, Koyasan, Kobe, Himeji... 2 or 3 day's (don't have to Be consecutive), 4000 and 5200 Yen, private trainlines, subway's, buses and cablecars (not Japan Rail). Get it at the airport (next to Information Center) and at information and transport...

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  • airport to city

    From the international arrival in ground floor, change money from Forex or withdraw cash from an ATM. Head to second floor and buy a JR ticket (Haruka return with 1500 Icoca card) for 4,000 Yen. Platforms 4-8 are unreserved seats and will stop over several stations including Osaka and will arrive in Kyoto after 75 minutes.

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Osaka Shopping

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  • department stores

    Not much different from other Takashimaya but i always find interesting deals when I go there. This one is particularly big and has good food on the first floor. One thing special to note is that the building it is in is one of the rare one that survived the bombings of the war alongside the nearby train station.

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  • Shinsaibashi

    The area has many shops and restaurants. Some cheap, some expensive, some just downright weird. A good place to go to when the weather is nasty, as everything is covered for blocks. Great place to buy souvenirs if you need to buy something for people at home.

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  • Den Den town

    Technology, DVD and Anime, that's what Den Den Town is all about. The place is loaded with technology stores and anime shops, and naturally the Pachinko stores are not far away as well. Look properly for some proper bargains but it's not the cheapest place on the planet.

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Osaka Local Customs

  • culture & history

    One way of immersing yourself in Japanese culture is to take a public bath. For the uninitiated and often inhibited Westerner this may be challenging, but it is well worth the experience! Follow these steps to stay in sync with Japanese cultural practices when visiting a public bath: 1. Disrobing. Enter the public bath and locate a locker for...

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  • food & specialities

    One of the local delicacies in Osaka is takoyaki, or octopus balls. These round dumplings are sold by street vendors and stalls in Dōtonbori and elsewhere. The octopus is chopped and mixed with other ingredients such as spring onion, covered in the batter and cooked in special takoyaki pans. A sauce is added (typically a brown sauce similar...

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  • etiquettes / behaviors

    In the streets you will at some places see trees that are lighted at night, that looks quite funny and romantic. It has nothing to do with christmas, because we had been there in March. We had 3 nights in Osaka and each night I made some stroll through the city and always felt perfectely safe.

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Osaka Warnings and Dangers

  • traffic / getting lost

    Umeda Station's underground maze is extremely confusing. It took me a few visits before I could navigate without running in circles. The trick is to follow the signs very carefully, and try to draw a map in your head with some unique landmarks (e.g. station exits, which are numbered). When meeting people, plan ahead and give yourself some buffer...

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  • money

    Japan is expensive- bring enough money! The cheapest accomodation you will likely find will be about \4000 pp as there are not many youth hostels and when there are they are not often close, convenient or friendly! Eating out at cheap restaurants such as noodle houses or okonomiyaki is usually as cheap as trying to buy food to cook. The rice,...

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  • Love Hotels...

    Just a quick tip....not the place to spend the night if you want quietness...they exist to bring a hide out for some unknown activities.But when you check the pricing at the entrance...there is no mistake...So if you find a good deal at a hotel, be careful !!!

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Osaka Tourist Traps

  • castle

    u will see travel books introducing this place ** but there is really nothing to see here besides sakura ** ** there are so many such kind of similar castles in japan ** during spring time this place will attracts crowds to come for the sakura there are lots of them around the big garden and beautiful ** go during spring time.... to see...

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  • America Mura

    I always have a tough time with the "American" quarters that you can find in the major city of Asia. It can be interesting if you're not a "Westerner" but otherwise, why would i be amazed to see McDonalds, US street wear and some clothes shops all over...not for me Bring your teenage kids, have a drink (or many) and read your local newspaper while...

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  • Shi tennoji

    The Shi tennoji is founded in 593 and one of the oldest temples in Japan. But none of the buildings are original. Most are concrete replicas. And the grounds are all gravel. It was just not what one would like to see. Yet this temple is one of the most famous ones in Osaka. But we would recommend to drop it from the list and visit the Isshinji (see...

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Osaka What to Pack

  • Things you'll miss.....

    Women: All clothes. My wife complains about this all the time. She has given up trying to buy clothes here because the sizes are too small.Men: Footwear if you have large feet, i.e. larger than 10, 26 or 42 (depending on which size scale you use. 1. Anti-perspirant deodorant and toothpaste. Deodorant here is weak and doesn't last long. The...

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  • WHAT TO BRING?

    If you plan on doing a lot of train travel when you are in Japan then I suggest that you decline from bringing large, heavy suitcases. Most train stations in Japan have huge staircases (often no lift) so lugging a big suitcase is not an easy task. I suggest a good backpack would be a good choice. Rainy Season is around June/July and rain weather...

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  • Packing List

    If your shoe size is 8 (EUR 39) or larger then you should take as many pairs of shoes as you need. You probably won't have trouble buying sneakers, but women who take larger sizes will find it hard to buy casual or dress shoes. The situation is getting a bit better but the Japanese do not sell large shoe sizes and even at the few places they do,...

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Osaka Off The Beaten Path

  • Sightseeing outside Osaka

    Osaka is just two hours from Hiroshima by bullet train, making this a practical option for a day trip – especially if you have a JR Pass as we did and can travel “for free”. So on our second day here that is what we opted to do, and had an excellent day out. There are some that consider a visit to Hiroshima to be a bit macabre, but we didn’t feel...

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  • temples & shrines

    We came accidentally to this small garden with a shrine and a cemetery inside and had a look around: Shinko-in Temple A ceremony had started shortly after we came and we were invited to participate. We took off our shoes and sat on small chairs and listened to the singing and praying, before we finally left after some 10 minutes or so. We had a...

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  • shopping

    This almost went in as a "warning" tip, but I think seeing things like this are essential if you want to get a good sense of a foreign country. On Sundays there is a flea market west of the pedestrian overpass by Tennoji Station called the "Thieves' Market." They will have a lot of strange things for sale: replica pistols, toys, Japanese...

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Osaka Sports & Outdoors

  • Fifa World Cup 2002

    Osaka was on of the host cities for the World Cup in 2002. 3 games took place in the Nagai Stadium: 12 June 2002: Nigeria 0:0 England14 June 2002: Tunisia 0:2 Japan22 June 2002: 1/4-Final - Senegal 0:1 Turkey47'000 Fans can enjoy the athmosphere in that rather old stadium (built in 1964). To make the stadium ready for the games, it had some major...

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  • Great Aikido and other martial arts in...

    If you like martial arts, go to Imabari, on the island of Shokaku. There you can study traditional Japanese martial arts from some of the best instructors in the world. In addition, Imabari is generally cheaper than Osaka, and has better scenery (it's right on the coast of the Seto Inland Sea). Bring a judo gi or whatever you usually use for your...

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  • Go to a Hanshin Tigers game

    Osaka has two major league baseball teams, the Hanshin Tigers and the Kinetsu Buffalos, but by far the most popular team is the Tigers. From what their devoted fans told me, the Tigers have a long history of being lovable losers, making them the equivalent of the Boston Red Sox or Chicago Cubs in the United States. But, fortunately for me, when I...

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  • temples & shrines

    This is one of the wooden statues found on either side of the main entrance into Shiittenoji Temple. These statues are at the entrances to all temples in Japan. They are guards placed to ward away evil spirits. Pilgrims will often place a pair of straw sandles on the gates for good luck on their travels.

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  • Umeda Skybuilding

    After a walk up at the observatory, we came down and found this little resting place just beside the building. The little "park" was bloom with some flowers and thought they were nice & pretty so took some photos of it. After seeing lots of cherry blossoms of white & pink flowers, this mix of yellow & purple flowers were definately a welcome treat...

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  • walking

    OSAKA often seems like it has no main centre and is an overwhelming maze of small streets and alleys. Although this is true - do not be shy about walking around Osaka, to where-ever the road takes you. You will always find your way back, and as safe a place as you can expect for a big city. My wife, Wendy, taking me down some backstreets to the...

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