Fly To Osaka, Japan
Osaka may be the essence of a bustling, modern metropolis, but this fascinating place has been staking its claim in history since the 5th-6th centuries BC. While you’ll find plenty of tourist attractions and historic sites scattered amongst the sky-scrapers, this massive city is worth exploring on its own merits alone. Its home to some of Japan’s best cuisine and most unique fashion sense and its residents are known for their fierce independence and unusual style.
Osaka is perfectly situated as a base from which to explore the Kansai region – the cultural and historic heart of Japan. Nearly every major historic area is within day-trip reach of the city, and with a public transport system as efficient as theirs, there’ll be nothing to stop you making the most of the location.
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Visa Requirements & SA Embassy Details
- South African Passport holders do require a Visa to visit Osaka, Japan. Make sure you leave enough time for Visa processing, and check that your passport is valid for 6 months after your return date, and that you have 2 blank pages available for entry stamps.
- The South African Embassy to Japan is located in Tokyo. 4th Floor, Hanzomon First Building, 1-4 Kojimachi - CHIYODA-KU, Tokyo, 102-0083. Phone: + 81 3 3265 3366 / + 81 3 3265 3369.
See and do
You’ll find temples and shrines scattered throughout most Japanese cities, and Osaka is no exception. Shitennoji Temple and Sumiyoshi Shrine are two of the better-known examples, with Sumiyoshi being one of the oldest shrines in the country. The tranquil atmosphere inside, and park-like surroundings, are a breath of fresh air in the hubbub of the city.
Of course, the hubbub is part of the appeal, and the pace and energy of Osaka, while not quite a match to Tokyo, is still remarkable to experience from a Western point of view. Take a stroll through Den Den Town for an education in anime, gaming and technology subcultures, or visit the neon-bright Dotombori-dori for its crazy street artists, mind-boggling fashion-choices and plethora of shops and restaurants. You’ll find no-end of “kawaii” souvenirs to buy here, but keep an eye out for the unintentionally hilarious t-shirts. The garbled phrases may be in English, but they’ll forever remind you of your trip to Japan.
If you’re tempted to overlook the Osaka Aquarium, think again. It’s one of the largest in the world, and utterly awe-inspiring to say the least. The fact that it’s in a multi-story building is fascinating enough, but add 11 000 tons of water, and more incredible creatures than you can imagine, and you’ll be well glad you put it back on the must-see list.
Osaka is huge, and you’ll need transport to get around, so it’s a good thing the public transport system is great. The subway is the most common form of transport, but buses come a close second. Cycling is also popular as transport isn’t always cheap. Taxis are another option, but they are definitely pricey, so you might want to stick to the trains unless you’re feeling flush.
Osaka Kansai International Airport – KIX
Food and beverage: Il Bar, Azeria, Café Prego, Café & Bar Pronto, Saint Marc Café, Starbucks, Tully’s Coffee, Ciao, and Douter Coffee Shop.
Currency Exchange: The Bank of Tokyo is the only bank in the airport, and does offer currency exchange services. In the Terminal 1 building, there are five exchange bureaus on the first floor, 6 on the fourth floor and five after immigration. There is also a World Currency Shop on the second floor, and one currency desk at the ticket gate of the airport’s railway station. Terminal 2 has 3 currency exchange desks.
Lost Luggage: Lost hold luggage should be handled by your individual airline’s help desk. Items lost or found within the airport can be reported to the nearest Information Counter, or call +81 072 455 2500 for general lost property enquiries.
Airport Hotels: Hotel Nikko Kansai is located in the Aeroplaza, a three minute walk from the Passenger Terminal Building and airport station.
Car Hire: Nippon, Nissan, Toyota, Orix and Times Car Rental.
Airport Hub: Kansai International Airport (code KIX) is a hub for All Nippon Airways, Japan Airlines, Jetstar Japan, Nippon Cargo Airlines and Peach.