Thursday, April 24, 2008

OSAKA

Umeda, Osaka city

Australians taking advantage of Jetstar’s low fares can choose to fly into or out of Kansai airport, the closest big city to which is Osaka.

The areas I’ve stayed in are Namba and Umeda. Both have lots of shopping and hotels, including a Toyoko Inn, and are close to the very handy Midosuji subway line. (One day subway passes are available, though the individual trips are not expensive. See http://www.kotsu.city.osaka.jp/foreign/english/index.html .)Umeda is closer to the JR loop line around Osaka, which is a little fiddly to reach from JR Namba.
Both have good access options (bus/train) from Kansai airport, http://www.kansai-airport.or.jp/en/access/index.html -recently we used the Nankai private railway into Nankai Namba station, and on a previous trip, the airport limousine bus to Umeda. If you are going to the sumo, the stadium is about 200 metres from Nankai Namba station in one direction, and 200 metres from the Toyoko Inn in another direction.


The escalators to the Floating Observatory, suspended between the sides of the Umeda Sky Building

Lots of people advise skipping Osaka and staying in Kyoto instead, it’s less than an hour further away from the airport, and definitely has more to offer tourists. If you have the time, Osaka does have its points though :




*Osaka castle - a reproduction, but has an excellent museum inside. At blossom time the grounds are lovely. Easy to reach by subway or the JR loop line.

*Osaka Aquarium -Buy a Kaiyu Kippu (Y2400 from Osaka), which entitles you to entry into the Kaiyukan (Aquarium), free subway and bus rides all day in Osaka city, and discounts for the Ferris Wheel and other attractions. We purchased our ticket from Namba subway station. Entry to the Aquarium only is Y2000, catch the subway Chuo line to Osakako stop, walk 5 minutes in the direction of the Ferris Wheel.

*Floating Garden Observatory Umeda Sky Building.
*Dotombori for night life, shopping and people watching.
*Sumo tournament in March.
*Easy day trips on the Shinkansen to Hiroshima, Himeji, Kyoto, and on local trains to Kobe or Nara, which is about halfway between Kyoto and Osaka.
*Big city experience (if you can’t make it to Tokyo).




Umeda Sky Building


One of the shopping streets at Dotombori - also good for nightlife and people watching (image Albert Turiel)



5 comments:

Zamankhan said...

your blog is nice

blackchecks said...

you mentioned some of the ways to travel to Japan! How about any holiday packages??

Johanes Brian said...

thanks for info
www.johanesbrian.blogspot.com

Rajendra Khanal said...

Nepal Everest Base Camp Trekking Blog

Nepal Everest Base Camp Trekking can be a good experience as it is one of the best trekking destinations around the world. If you are looking for best Everest Base Camp Trek Season then no doubt it is best in October and November. Since it is one of highest trekking destination one need to manage proper gear for Everest base camp trek like proper jackets, gloves and walking sticks. Some question might arise like how to train for Everest base camp trek then there is some artificial lab with reduced pressure and oxygen rate.

Treks Himalaya said...

Treks Himalaya trekking tours operators takes you that further way to guarantee for Trekking in Nepal that you has an unforgettable Trek in Nepal that you have been dream with Acute trek is part of your choice for Nepal Tours. We have your choose of Nepal Trekking for 3 days to 30 or more days it depending of your timetable, sleep under lodges or tent. We always respect our duty to constantly your Nepal Holidays satisfaction. Whether you are looking for gateway Travel in Nepal, a memorable Hiking in Nepal outing with a family or an exciting nature Tours in Nepal with Acute Trek Pvt. Ltd.. We offer you with the best progressive information during your Nepal Travel and itinerary leading focused and modified as per your requirements of Holidays in Nepal. It is significant Treks Himalaya to memorize, though, it necessitate an enough level of physical homework and must remembers that there is also a psychosomatic assurance walking and Trekking in Himalaya. Acute trek is an attempt to encourage Adventure Trekking in Nepal to the exterior world while striving to defend an aged tradition as well as conserve the surroundings for generation to come Tours Trekking in Nepal. We are specialize in organize Nepal travel activities excursion such as:- Trekking, Helicopter Tour, Peak Climbing, Mountain Flight, Honeymoon Tour, Sightseeing, Rafting, Jungle Safari, Pilgrim’s Tour, Hotel Reservation, Air Ticket, Tibet and Bhutan Tour many more your vacation desire.