Japan’s second-largest metropolitan area after Tokyo, Osaka has historically been considered the nation’s economic powerhouse – as well as its kitchen! Strategically located at the crossroads of Japan, Osaka ballooned in size in the 1600-1800s, becoming Japan’s primary economic and industrial centre.

But it would be a grave mistake to write Osaka off as little more than an overgrown industrial port; it has made many significant cultural – not to mention gastronomic – contributions to Japan. It is the birthplace of many forms of Japanese popular culture, from ukiyo (woodblock prints), bunraku (puppet theatre) and kabuki in the 1600-1800s to forms of manga and theatre more recently.

Why visit Osaka ?

  • Visit the the iconic Osaka castle, originally built in the 16th century
  • Take in a show at a traditional puppet theatre
  • Taste tantalizing local cuisine – Osaka is a diners paradise!




A visa is not required for UK passport holders.

Health Requirements

No mandatory vaccinations are required. Yellow Fever required if arriving from an endemic area.

Time Difference

GMT +9 hours

Flight Time

12 hours Direct


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