Dotonbori Street

Dotonbori Street is the place to go for drinks or food in the evening in Osaka.  It’s full of reasonably priced restaurants and bars, and has a lively character that will force you to get out your camera and take a few pics! Budget travel tips It’s a nice place any time of the day,Continue reading “Dotonbori Street”

Amemura (America Town)

Amemura (アメリカ村) is a lively, youthful area in Osaka. It’s full of Japan’s take on American culture and therefore makes for great people watching and window shopping. Budget travel tips Save money and walk to Shin Saibashi Shopping Arcade or Dotonbori Street after Amemura. Come with an empty stomach, as there is some cheap and tasty JapanesyContinue reading “Amemura (America Town)”

Den Den Electric Town

Den Den Electric Town is Osaka’s answer to Akihabara.  Huge electronic shops selling anything you can imagine, maid cafes, game arcades and lots of other exciting 21st century attractions. Budget travel tips The game arcade machines are often only 100 yen, so probably much cheaper than you would pay at home. Enjoy! Use the mapContinue reading “Den Den Electric Town”

Tempozan Marketplace and Ferris Wheel

Tampozan Marketplace (天保山マーケットプレイス) and the Ferris wheel next to it make for a nice morning or afternoon.  Great if you need a rest from all the shrines and temples in Kyoto!  Walk around the area for a nice view of Osaka’s coast. Budget travel tips The Naniwa Food Theme Park is a little expensive, butContinue reading “Tempozan Marketplace and Ferris Wheel”

Kuromon Market

Kuromon Market is a fascinating market in central Osaka.  There seems to be an endless supply of strange and interesting stalls for tourists to have a look and and maybe purchase something. No chain stores here, just locals selling their goods. Budget travel tips Get here in the morning if you can, it gets very lively! Don’t bring anyContinue reading “Kuromon Market”

How to get to Osaka

By Air Osaka is served by Kansai International Airport (KIX) and Itami Airport (ITM).  Both are close. It’s best to compare prices online, so check our air travel guide Some travel centers, such as the Japan Travel Centre (UK), offer cheap tickets for under 25s, so call your local travel agent specializing in Japan travel and ask for anyContinue reading “How to get to Osaka”

Kansai International Airport (KIX)

How to get into Kyoto From Kansai Airport station, take the Nankai Airport Express to Shinimamiya station.  Then take the JR Yamatoji line or Osaka Loop Line (JR lines) to Osaka station.  From here, take the JR Special Rapid train (JR line) to Kyoto station (1780 yen, 105 minutes) How to get into Osaka From Kansai Airport station, take the NankaiContinue reading “Kansai International Airport (KIX)”

Itami Airport (ITM)

How to get into Kyoto Taking the train is cheapest way.  From Osaka Airport station, take the Monorail to Hotarugaike.  Next take the Hankyu Takarazuka Line (private line) to Juso station.  Then take the Hankyu Kyoto Line to Karasuma Station (650, 1 hour). This is in central Kyoto and quick ride on the Karasuma Line (subway) takes you to KyotoContinue reading “Itami Airport (ITM)”