Osaka is the largest city in Japan and the capital of Kansai Region. Osaka is a dynamic city with many shops, sightseeing spots, and restaurants to explore.
Osaka has a diverse population that includes corporations, universities, and local residents. This population plays a large role in creating the vibrant cityscape you see throughout Osaka.
Osaka is well-known for its love of travel. This has led to an increasing number of visitors and residents who enjoy exploring cities around Japan. This has created an increased demand for hotels as visitors stay longer!
This article will talk about some important things to know about travelling in Osaka. Although there are many things to do in Osaka, there are also lots of hotels to stay in as visitors increase their visits. This can lead to oversupply of hotel rooms which may cause long waits for hotel rooms!
When travelling abroad, always be aware of your surroundings and your language skills should be up to date for international communication.
Make a budget
When you start to plan your trip, the most important step is todefine your budget. On what you spend and how much you spend it on will help you determine your trip length and quality.
Most people have a limited amount of money that they spending on fun things, so it is important to know how much money you have left for other things.
It would be wise to save up between ¥500 and ¥1500 per day, around the amount of daytrips and activities that you plan in your itinerary. This can help lower overspending on souvenirs and transportation costs.
Planning a long trip can be expensive, depending on what areas of Japan you go to. It is best to make sure there are no expenses when planning a short trip, though.
Plan your trip
When you have a destination in mind, it is time to start looking for ways to get there. There are many ways to travel in Japan, and most require no changes to your plan. You just have to find them!
Trains and buses are the quickest and surest ways to get around cities and large towns. There are many bus and train stations located everywhere, so it is not difficult to find a trip.
If you want to walk or take an aircraft transport, then you must first determine where you want to go. Then you can look up transportation methods!
Taxis aren’t too expensive in big cities, but they are usually hard-to-find in smaller towns.
Get subway cards
Subways are everywhere in Osaka. Their cards are called titans in Japan and credit and debit card swipers in America.
The titans can be purchased in any store that sells credit or debit cards. Most small businesses have them as well as large stores likeTarget and Amazon.
If you do not have a titan, you can purchase an Identification Card for about $10 that will allow you access to underground trains, buses, and shops inside cities.
These identification cards are not required but it saves you having to explain yourself every time you want to enter a shop, entrance a train, or get on an elevator.
Know the lines you take
NTT DoCoMo is the largest mobile-phone carrier in Japan and also the largest Wi-Fi network. Both companies offer their services via their own websites, making it easy to learn how to use them.
When you purchase a mobile phone or a plan with DoCoMo, you can use it anywhere in Japan. The same goes for your laptop and internet connection.
Known askin termi-, these are lines that require special permission to use. These include train stations, airports, and major tourist attractions like Yaehara-san’s temple.
Although it may seem intimidating at first, trying to understand which lines you need to take with you can be helpful when away. There are also apps that help you do this for you!
When traveling in Osaka, try using some of these lines of communication.
Eat local food
Not only is Osaka home to many beautiful traditional buildings, you’re also close to rivers and lakes where you can have a water-based meal.
Many rivers and lakes are near city centers, so you can go for a leisurely lunch or dinner beside a waterway or in the company of trees.
As an avid outdoorsman, outdoor gear lover, and adventure seeker, this is an ideal way to spend your time!
While most people associate rice with Japanese cuisine, there are many varieties of rice around the world. In fact, there are over 20 types of rice worldwide!
There are several regions where rice is considered special and/or expensive, like Sôseu Shin in Taiwan with its high quality long grain rice. There are also festivals dedicated to changing grains into different colors to celebrate this event.
Local people will often ask if I have any special foods they should try while visiting Osaka.
Try unique attractions
If you want to see some of the most interesting places in Osaka, try one of the following attractions.
Wakusei Park is a huge green space in the center of Osaka. There are several beautiful lakes, relaxing ponds, and scenic paths that connect them.
Next to the park is Wakuseidol, an iconic wooden water tower that serves as a tourist attraction and symbol for Osaka. You can go inside and take a guided tour if you get enough stamps on your ticket.
At night, there are many parties and events going on at the water tower so users bring lots of clothes because it is going to be hot all day. If you are short enough, climb up inside the wooden water tower!
Another must-see attraction is Kumano Kazanoyumi National Historical Site. This place has temples from around 1000-1600 that were designed by Buddhist monks to bring peace and order to their communities.
Shop local stores
Many small towns and cities have a big shopping center or big stores just like Osaka has department stores. Many of them are run by local businesses or companies that cater to the local community.
These stores are a great way to find unique and affordable products! Many of them also have branch locations all over the country so you can go online and find one in your city.
If you are not familiar with these shops, they are very tight-knit and usually have a fair amount of professionalism. However, they are very honest about their products so if you do not like it, you can get your money back!
While checking out the store, ask around about places to shop next time which I think adds another level of satisfaction.
Take photos for memories
You can take a photo at almost any point in an Osaka sightseeing trip. There are so many places to see in Osaka that you will never run out of photos to take!
Many sights in central Osaka have photographic opportunities, including traditional rice fields, temples, shopping streets, and waterfronts. Plus, port cities like Yokohama and Kobe have some stunning photos.
Osaka is also very photogenic! Many street scenes and neighborhoods have beautiful photos. Traditional Japanese houses are also popular photo subjects so take them seriously if you want a great shot.
You can buy photography books at tourist centers and bookstore chains which give detailed tips on taking photographs in Japan. Also, look for video recording devices at tourist centers which offer extra help capturing those iconic shots.