Osaka is a city located in the Kansai region of Honshu in Japan. The third most-populated city, this metropolis is considered to be one of the biggest financial centres in Japan, and with a vibrant multicultural atmosphere to boot. An essential visit for your trip to Japan.
Before visiting any town or city make sure you know the basics. General details and important information.
- Emergency Services: 119 (fire and ambulance) 110 police
- Language: Japanese
- Currency: Yen
- Country Code: JPN
- Travel Visa: None required
- Population: 19,110,616
Researching various official sources, we perceive the risk to holiday makers and travellers are as follows;
Top travel advice and interesting tip bits of information from experienced travellers.
For the Emergency services just dial 119 for fire and ambulance services and 110 for police.
Are there any areas I should avoid?
You should be considerable careful if passing through Shinimamiya, Shin-Sekai and the Airin District.
These areas are generally a lot safer in the daytime, however be careful if visiting any at night and shady activity has been known to happen here.
Where can I keep up with local news?
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Knowledge – the more you have the better equipped you are.
Awareness – the more you see the safer you become.
Response – the right reaction can change a situation.
Annual events allow a city come together for some amazing experiences. If visiting at this time, make sure you have your accommodation booked and are always aware of your surroundings when travelling around.
Shogatsu (New Year)
The various shrines scattered around Osaka get very busy during this time of year, with many worshippers coming to pay their respects and receive blessings for the year ahead.
This three-day festival (running from 9-11th February) attractions millions of visitors from around the world and is dedicated to Ebisu, the god of business and prosperity. You can purchase various different items, including small good luck charms to take with you on your travels.
What are some places worth checking out in Osaka?
Osaka Castle was built in 1586, and at one point was the largest castle in Japan. The 5 story main tower offers a great museum showcasing the city and castle’s ancient history. Make sure to book in advance, as the castle can get very busy, especially during peak tourist season.
The aquarium building has a very unique look – some have compared to looking like it was made with Lego bricks! One of the largest aquariums in the world, the attraction is split into various different underwater habitats, including the Pacific Ocean and Antarctica. The aquarium is also open at night, and visitors will be amazed at the beautiful light-up displays