Osaka is located in western Japan with an area of 213 square kilometers. It is a population of 8.8 million. Although it is the smallest prefectures in the country, the population and population density ranks second among all the Japanese Cities. At the same time, Osaka is Japan's second largest port city in the Kansai region. It is surrounded by mountains on three sides and west facing arched Osaka Bay. Osaka is Japan’s transport hub because it is near to Japan's ancient capital of Kyoto and Nara. Thus, the land and water transportation of the city was developed rapidly together with the economy. On the other hand, Osaka has been an important tourist city. Shinsaibashi , Umeda , Namba and Tennoji are the major tourist areas.
Climate and weather
Osaka has an inland sea climate. It is one of the hottest areas in Japan, thus, in summer; it can be very hot and has an average temperature up to 28.8 degrees in August. Osaka has a relatively warm winter with little snowfall, but in case of strong cold front, temperature can drop to below zero.
Nowadays, Osaka is the transportation center of western Japanese while Shinkansen is used as the prime transport mode linking up Osaka with the other parts of Japan. West Japan Railway (JR West Japan) is the largest railway company in Osaka and it’s headquarter is located in Osaka. JR West Japan operates Osaka Loop Line, JR Kyoto Line, JR Kobe Line and etc. In addition, JR West Japan Railway is providing inner city transport as well, for example Sakurajima line which greatly facilitate the passengers to go to Osaka Universal Studios. For inner city travel, tourists can take advantage of the city's bus tour in Osaka since Osaka Municipal bus is one of the largest bus systems in Japan.
With more than 190 years of history and tradition, Kuromon Ichiba Market is a very popular area known by locals. Eat-in shops for sushi, grilled fish, shellfish, meat and other food give off mouth-watering aromas to an increasingly local and international crowd. Furthermore, Shabu Shabu, takoyaki, okonomiyaki rank high in the must-try list among tourists. Even though it is easy to create homemade okonomiyaki, Osaka residents still line up frequently to dine in okonomiyaki shop in order to enjoy its unique taste. The famous Ippudo Ramen, Ichiran Ramen and box sushi are also travelers’ must-try.
Tsūtenkaku is a tower and well-known landmark of Osaka. It is located in the Shinsekai district of Naniwa-ku. Shinsekai district is famous for the nostalgic atmosphere and local snacks. Emerging popularity of Theaters and performing arts makes this region one of the most well-known cultural area in the country. Another landmark in Osaka is Osaka Castle in Chūō-ku. Castle tower was built in the sixteenth century by Toyotomi Hideyoshi. The castle is one of Japan's most famous and it played a major role in the unification of Japan during the sixteenth century of the Azuchi-Momoyama period. For family traveler, Osaka Aquarium is definitely the most attractive spot to the kids. It is the largest aquarium in the world and the whole museum has a total of 8 floors with a total storage capacity of 10,941 tons. It is divided into 16 main exhibition areas and 27 giant tanks where most adult whale sharks are displayed.
In Umeda and Namba areas, you can find the major department stores while you can see lots of small shops and brand flagship stores in Shinsaibashi. Shinsaibashi shopping street has over 380 years of history. In the shopping street with the curved ceiling, it is overwhelmed with a variety of department stores, footwear, jewelry, fashion clothing and food outlets which can cater to the needs of different travelers.
Osaka celebrates all the time and they have numerous festivals. Tenjin Festival is the most notably one and also known as one of the three major summer festivals in Osaka. You can see a grand scale firework during the celebration period.
Cheap hotel recommendations
It is walking distance between railway stations and Osaka Fujiya Hotel, the transport network allows you visit all the spots in Osaka. Dotonbori Hotel Namba, which near JR Namba Station, is a hotel where you can experience the culture and hospitality of Japan!
Hearton Hotel Shinsaibashi provides you comfortable environment to rest. The harmonious and relaxing atmosphere in Via Inn Shinsaibashi Hotel makes it a good choice for you trip in Osaka.
Swissotel Nankai Osaka Hotel is located in the heart of Namba, which is the most exciting entertainment, shopping and dining district in Osaka, you can also get to famous spots like Nankaidori shopping street, Shinsaibashi, Dōtonbori and etc.