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Osaka is a cosmopolitan city near the ancient capital, Kyoto which is renowned for its dining, drinking and easyt-going, fun-loving people. It is the capital of Osaka Prefecture and the second largest metropolitan area in Japan. It is the third largest city in Japan and is often referred to “Manchester of Japan”. The city also has been an economic powerhouse of the Kahsai Region for many centuries and is formerly known as Naniwa. It is Soul of Japan and is a great place to experience a large and modern Japanese city in all its glory but still have a laid-back and down to earth in its attitude. It is a perfect dining and shopping destination for visitors which is packed with easy-going citizens with a great array of fun-filled activities and attractions. So plan your visit now by booking flights to Osaka and rest assured it is going to be a memorable trip for you.
If you are with your family and friends then visit Universal Studios Japan, the first theme park under the Universal Studios brand built in Asia. Opened in March 2001 at Osaka Bay Area it is one of the major attractions in the city. You surely love to visit the Osaka Castle which is the prime attraction as well as the major landmarks of the city. The magnificent castle was modelled after Azuchi Castle and is unparalleled in the country. If you want to experience the great dining and shopping experience then you just can’t afford to miss a visit to Dotonbori which is a large scale downtown which is filled with an unbelievable number of shopping and dining facilities and is often selected as a scene in movies as the symbol of Osaka. Do visit the best-known temple Shitenno-ji which has its roots back to AD 59 and was Japan’s first Buddhist temple. You are amazed by a visit to Kuromon Ichiba Market which houses more than 150 stalls dedicated to the variety of food. It is the main place where chefs source their ingredients. Other attractions of Osaka include Hozenji Temple, Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, Umeda Sky Building, Sumiyoshi Taisha and the Tempozan Ferries Wheel and Harbour Village etc.
You can visit Osaka at any time of the year due to its pleasant weather and moderate temperature. The summers are hot and humid and winters over here are cold but not too harsh for travelling. But the best time to visit is during the fall in the months of October and November and in Spring from April to May when you can enjoy maximum over here.
There are numerous airlines connecting Osaka with the United Kingdom. The prominent among them are British Airways, JAL, China Eastern, KLM, Lufthansa, Thai, Alitalia, Emirates, Cathy Pacific, Singapore Airline, Qatar Airways, Emirates, Asiana Airlines etc are few of them. There are no direct flights on this route. From London to Osaka Tuesday is the cheapest day to fly whereas Monday is the most expensive day. London Gatwick, Heathrow, Stansted, London Luton and Osaka Kobe, Osaka Kansai International Airport are the major airports connecting both the destinations.
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