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Osaka
Travel Planning
Osaka

Osaka at a Glance

The colorful Japanese city of Osaka is one of the world's best places to eat. The Japanese phrase meaning "eat 'til you drop" was coined to describe the city's love affair with eating. When you aren't feasting, dig in deep to learn about this modern Japanese city.

Osaka has a slew of can't-miss attractions. The Osaka Aquarium is one of the most engaging and expansive aquariums in the world. Osaka-jo is the city's indestructible granite castle built by the emperor Toyotomi Hideyoshi after he successfully united Japan in the 1500s. The Open Air Museum of Old Japanese Farmhouses is a way to learn about Japan's rural side, while the dramatic Umeda Sky Building propels Osaka into the modern era.

When you aren't visiting specific attractions, let yourself wander. Osaka brims with energy day and night and even the most casual of strolls will help you immerse yourself in the city's unbridled enthusiasm.

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High Season
May - September
Low Season
October - April
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      Major Airports
      • Major Airport Osaka-Itami International Airport

      Passport / Visa Requirements

      Most travelers to Japan do not need a visa, especially if leisure is their sole activity and they plan to stay fewer than 90 days. For more information, contact a Japanese Embassy. American citizens can learn more about travel requirements on the U.S State Department website. 

      Need to Know

      Severe Weather and Seismic Events Japan has earthquakes and since it is an island nation, it is important to pay attention for tsunami alerts and seek high ground if necessary. Osaka is hot in the summer and cooler in the winter. October sometimes sees typhoons.

      Safety Concerns: Japan is a safe place to travel, but it is important to use common sense. Keep valuables out of sight and avoid neighborhoods where you feel unsafe. Everyone should keep an eye on their drinks while at bars and clubs to protect themselves from robbery or sexual assault. 

      Health Concerns: Air-pollution and altitude sickness can bother tourists especially those with breathing or heart difficulties.