Osaka

Osaka

Osaka is Japan's third largest city, and this long time capital of commerce is filled with down-to-earth citizens and neon-clad streetscapes. Located in the west of Japan, Osaka is most famous for great food and has also been known as the "nation's kitchen,” due to its fabulous restaurants and nightlife.

Osaka is the paradise for foodies and shopaholics. The phrase ‘kuidaore’ meaning one should eat until he drops, is heard so frequently here that it's almost the city motto. Osaka people take food seriously, and they have fun preparing it and eating it. Local delicacies include savoury pancakes and the ‘conveyor belt’ sushi was invented here. In addition, there are many specialty shops where you can buy both modern and traditional wares in this amazing city.

Osaka has a long history and in the 16th century, Toyotomi Hideyoshi decided Osaka should be the home for his castle. At this time the city nearly became Japan's capital! The castle today is one of the highlights to explore, not to mention the Osaka Aquarium Kaiyūkan, night-time scenery of the Dōtombori area, the retro stores of the Shin-Sekai neighbourhood and the tranquil open-Air Museum of Old Japanese Farmhouses. But Osaka's real treasures are in its bustling street life in its arcades, markets and byways, and after dark Osaka really comes to life, when locals come out for tasty eats and good times.

The best time to visit Osaka is between March to August and especially in the spring, when the cherry blossom is in full bloom. 

Top tours visiting Osaka

14 Days from
11,240pp

Explore the remarkable culture and customs of Japan, a land steeped in mythical traditions and modern wonders. Explore neon-lit Tokyo and stunning Mt Fuji; the beauty of Takayama and spirituality of Kyoto. Spend an evening in a Buddhist temple on Koyasan.

12 Days from
9,780pp

Immerse yourself in the unique and fascinating culture of Japan. Encompassing the essentials with natural wonders, imperial heritage and mystical surprises, this tour incorporates a number of experiences that give your holiday a truly authentic edge.

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At a glance

Time difference: Japan is 3 hours behind New Zealand (4 hours during daylight saving)
Flight Time:  Approx 12 hours
Visa Required: No
Currency: Japanese Yen (JPY)
Tel Code:   +81+66
Population:  8,850,607
Official Language:  Japanese
Main Religion:  Shinto
Airlines: Cathay Pacific

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