Osaka

Osaka, Japan’s second largest city, is famous for its bustling city life, thriving music and cultural scene, sense of humour and laidback approach. Osaka has always been a vibrant centre of commerce, and therefore also entertainment, as the two often go hand-in-hand in Japan. The area around Dotombori & Ebisu-bashi is a blaze of bright lights and nightlife, enjoyed not only by businessmen but all Osakans. Delicious and simple local cuisine includes okonomiyaki (savoury pancakes) and takoyaki (octopus dumplings), which you can find in many of the local downtown restaurants and street stalls.

Experiences in Osaka

Tenjin Matsuri

Osaka's Tenjin Festival is ranked as one of Japan's top three festivals, along with Kyoto's Gion Matsuri and Tokyo's Kanda Matsuri. The festival started over 1000 years ago and today takes place on July 24 and 25 every year. The...

Universal Studios Japan

Opened in March 2001 in Osaka, Universal Studios Japan became the world's fastest amusement park to have achieved the 10 million milestone the same year and since then, the park has had approximately 8 million visitors every year. USJ has...

Sumo Wrestling

The most Japanese of the national sports, the ancient art of sumo wrestling is part ritual, part ceremony, and all pure excitement. The short bouts make sumo a surprisingly accessible sport, and the rules of the game are essentially simple:...

Accommodation in Osaka

Swissôtel Nankai Osaka

Swissôtel Nankai Osaka is a luxury hotel ideally located in the heart of Namba, Osaka’s most exciting entertainment, shopping and dining district. Tourist attractions like Dotonbori, Shinsaibashi and DenDen Town are all within easy reach, and the hotel sits above...

St. Regis Osaka

The St. Regis is Osaka’s newest five-star hotel, located on high-end Midosuji Avenue. Lined with ginkgo trees and the flagships of luxury brands, Midosuji Avenue goes through Osaka’s most lively neighbourhoods: Umeda, Shinsaibashi, Dōtonbori, Amerika-mura, and Namba. The St. Regis...

The Ritz-Carlton Osaka

Located in Osaka’s bustling Nishi-Umeda shopping district, the Ritz Carlton offers a haven of peace at the centre of the city. The hotel boasts Japanese, Chinese, Italian, and French restaurants, and guest rooms have superb views of Osaka city. The...