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Osaka - Kansai travel tips

Osaka travel guide

Kansai International Airport serves the Osaka region of Japan. The region of Kansai is especially rich in natural beauty and is the location of four of Japan’s national parks. Kansai is also Japan’s spiritual and cultural cradle.

Although summers tend to be hot and humid, Osaka tends to be a year round destination. Late March/early April is the cherry blossom season and is a very popular travel time.

US citizens do not need a visa to visit Japan. Passports must be valid and you need an onward or return ticket for tourist/business stays of up to 90 days.

Osaka: getting there and around

Kansai International Airport (KIX) is south of Osaka on an island and is served by many international airlines. From the airport into Osaka, use Japan Rail (JR) services. Journeys will take between 50 and 70 minutes. Alternatively there are bus services to many large cities in the region.

The best way of getting around Osaka is by subway or train, with the prepaid Icoca card being the best and easiest ticket to use.

Visitors should plan to spend around ¥10,000 ($95) per day in Osaka. The average price for accommodation is around ¥6,500. An meal out will cost around ¥1,200 per person. In general, prices in Osaka are lower than in Tokyo.