Osaka is the concrete beating heart of the Kansai region - Japan's second biggest industrial area with an output rivalling that of Australia. This is modern Japan writ large - massive crowds, huge department stores, karaoke boxes, bars, restaurants and clubs one on top of another

Osaka Map

“Osaka isn't like other Japanese cities. It is a little dirty, a bit smelly in summer and people can be a bit rude! That said, you won't have more fun anywhere in Japan!”

Alastair Donnelly, Director

As a large city Osaka has all the galleries and museums you'd expect. But the real Osaka is found on the street, in the entertainment quarters and on the faces of its inhabitants. Osaka has a reputation for a work-hard-play-hard mentality and at 6pm the streets are alive with businessmen, shop workers and students all out to relax and have a good time. And of course, youth culture is everywhere you turn, with video game parlours and karaoke centres lining the covered arcades.

Best of all for the visitor, Osaka is the place to try Japanese food - be it octopus balls from a street-side stand, some of best sushi in the world or the finest traditional noodles.

Subtle it's not. Osaka is the home of Kansai-ben (Japan's very own version of London cockney) and thus the training and proving ground of Japan's comedians and entertainers.

Osaka rivals Tokyo as a centre of Japanese fashion - wander down to American village (America-mura) and you'll find fashion photographers snapping shots of sassy young things hanging out at the concrete park. And as you would expect for such a city, Osaka is a clothes shopping paradise. So get out your cash and credit cards and hit the shops. For those more interested in cameras and the latest electronic gadgets and wizardry the recently opened Yodabashi department store in Umeda has the lot.

Osaka is the distillation of modern Japan; a vast, sprawling urban mess and one of the most exciting cities in the world.

Recommended Accommodation in Osaka

The following are our favourites from among the western-style hotels and Japanese-style inns of Osaka.

Experiences in Osaka

Osaka offers a wealth of exciting experiences that will help you get beneath the surface of Japan's fascinating culture. See below for a few of our favourites

Weather in Osaka

The Climate Guide for Osaka, Japan is perfect for planning your holiday. Monthly weather averages give the best indication of what the weather is usually like for every month of the year including figures for temperature, rainfall and sunshine.

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Max Daytime Temperature (°C) 8 8 12 18 23 26 30 31 27 21 16 11
Min Night-time Temperature (°C) 1 1 3 8 13 18 22 23 19 13 8 3
Hours of Sunshine (Daily) 4 4 5 6 6 5 6 6 5 5 5 4
Hours of Daylight (Daily) 10 11 12 13 14 14 14 13 12 11 10 10
Heat and Humidity Discomfort None None None None None Low High High Moderate None None None
Days with some Rainfall 19 19 20 16 15 18 17 15 17 14 14 16
Monthly Rainfall (mm) 45 59 98 127 142 207 171 98 186 107 68 35
UV Index (Maximum) 3 4 6 8 9 10 11 10 8 6 3 2