South of the main island of the Japanese archipelago, it is the third largest city in Japan, renowned for its street food and lively nightlife. Ōsaka is modern Japan, the one of business, but also of epicureanism. A dynamic commercial port and a Japanese city with bold buildings, Ōsaka occupies a magnificent bay. Bathed in canals, it is both a modern city and a city that enhances its historical monuments and keeps its traditions alive, proud to have seen the birth of the Bunraku puppet theatre, it houses the Universal Studios JapanTM, a theme park reproducing Hollywood fever. If you were to visit only one monument, it would be the château d’Ōsakaonce most important in Japan, built in 1586. We visit the exact copy of the original building which houses, on 5 floors, a magnificent collection of documents and art objects related to the local nobility and history of Ōsaka. Also worth seeing are the Shinto Sumiyoshi Taisha sanctuary and the Shi Buddhist temple Tennō-ji, which dates back to 593. Between two arms of the Yodo River, Nakanoshima is the city's administrative centre. There is the Temmangu sanctuary, near the main shopping street Tenjinbashi. The most visited entertainment and shopping areas are Umeda and Namba. It is also necessary to walk in the Tennōji park, green lung of the city centre where the Keitakuen garden will be particularly appreciated. Finally, the visit of the Kaiyukan aquarium, the largest in the world, is a must. A destination to discover with your tour guide in hand

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When to go to Japan? Spring and autumn are the high tourist seasons in Japan, so it is at this time that hotel rates are highest and since accommodation is the most important budgetary expenditure in Japan so it can be interesting to travel out of season to save money. To avoid the highest crowds and pay less, the best time to travel to Japan is late November-early December, late February-early March, or late May and June, i.e. during the low tourist season. If you go to Japan in the spring you can attend Hanami, the festival of flowering sakura cherry trees. A national event. May 5th is the children's day. In autumn, the flamboyance of maples and ginkgo bilobas is celebrated. It's Momiji. In any season, know that you can find an old apartment, not very popular with the Japanese, for rent at a reduced cost. Western tourists will appreciate its retro charm. Avoid winter, however, as heating in older homes is limited. At the end of July, one of Japan's biggest festivals, Tenjin matsuri, is held at Ōsaka And it is a parade of boats on the great river of Ōsaka, carrying miniature temples and sanctuaries and large spectacular fires. Occasionally the city is decorated with a multitude of torches and lanterns. It is a very popular, festive and family event.

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For Japan, the offer is very wide. You will be offered the cumulative discovery of Kyōto and Ōsaka, for example. Contrary to popular belief, small budgets can find a formula for a stay at Ōsaka, free, at the right price, with accommodation in a small room. Large budgets have the choice of luxury ryokan stays.

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Ōsaka is 3 hours from Tōkyō by Shinkansen, the high-speed train, and 1 hour by plane. In addition, its international airport hosts daily direct flights from Europe. Travelling alone is no problem, Japan is a very safe country and the Japanese are always ready to help you. The only problem is the language. The Japanese rarely speak English. Plan a glossary or Google translation. Book a few nights in an inn before you leave. On site you will make contacts and find accommodation at attractive prices.

At Ōsaka you have the choice of transport: taxi, metro or train. For taxis, write the address of your destination in Japanese on a piece of paper in advance, as not all drivers know English. Public transport is efficient. If you travel much better, it is better to buy passes. The city is served by 9 metro lines, 6 main train lines and 10 regional lines that connect the city to its suburbs.

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When to travel?

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Budget

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Formalities

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Health

In summer, pollution and heat must be taken into account for vulnerable people. There is no malaria in Japan, and no...
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How to travel by yourself?

Ōsaka is 3 hours from Tōkyō by Shinkansen, the high-speed train, and 1 hour by plane. In addition, its internatio...
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How to get organized?

For Japan, the offer is very wide. You will be offered the cumulative discovery of Kyōto and Ōsaka, for example. C...
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Getting around

At Ōsaka you have the choice of transport: taxi, metro or train. For taxis, write the address of your destination in...
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