Down to earth and delightfully inviting, get ready to be immersed in the charming culture and life of Osaka, especially the food! Rated as the world’s greatest food city by The Guardian UK, Osaka certainly packs a good punch when it comes to delicacies that will satisfy the tummy.
So much so that one may even commit Kuidaore – local lingo for ‘eat till you drop’ – as the delightful smells of takoyaki (octopus balls), okonomiyaki (pan-fried batter cake), udon (Japanese noodles) and other traditional Japanese culinary linger along the streets of this city. Shopping is a great pull with the many shopping districts to explore!
Top Must Do’s
Explore the intricate beauty of, Osaka Castle, one of Japan’s most famous castles that was built in 1583. This symbol of Osaka is especially beautiful during spring when the cherry blossoms bloom.
Be amazed by sheer size of the Kaiyukan aquarium that houses marine animals including sea otters, dolphins, turtles, penguins and its star attraction – the majestic whale shark named Yu-chan.
Tempozan Giant Ferris Wheel
Hop on the giant Ferris wheel and take in the magnificent view of Osaka which is especially beautiful at night as the city lights come to life!
Shinsaibashi Shopping Street
Shinsaibashi Shopping Street is the city’s main shopping area covers everything from famous brands to boutique designers! Visit the famous Dotonbori where you’ll spot the Glico man amongst the many eateries.
Osaka Takoyaki Museum
Satisfy takoyaki cravings at this unique Osaka Takoyaki museum, built to commemorate Osaka as the birthplace of this delicious delicacy.
Quick Facts about Osaka
|Train (Kansai Airport line)||Every half hour||1,160 Yen|
|Bus (SBS Transit No.36)||All day||1,500 Yen|
|Taxi||All day||From 20,000 Yen|
|Time zone||GMT +9 hours|
DEC – FEB
Winter, 9°C – 12°C
Don’t forget your winter coat – it’s going to be freezing!
MAR – MAY
Spring, 13°C – 24°C
Great time for sightseeing as cherry blossoms bloom beautifully around the city
JUN – AUG
Summer, 27°C – 33°C
Bring sunglasses and a hat and make sure to drink lots of water
SEP – NOV
Autumn, 17°C – 29°C
Expect plenty of rain so bring an umbrella or a raincoat
Requirements for Visa for Malaysia Nationals
From 1st July 2013, the Government of Japan has decided to abolish the requirement of short-term visa for Malaysian Nationals who hold ordinary biometric passports with embedded microchip that is compliant with ICAO standards (issued since February 2010) who wish to enter Japan for short-term stay.
However, this visa exemption only apply to Malaysian Nationals holding ordinary biometric passport with embedded microchip that is compliant with ICAO standards. Malaysian Nationals who do not hold ordinary biometric passport with embedded microchip that is compliant with ICAO standards remain advised to obtain a visa to enter into Japan.
Need more visa information on visiting Japan? Check out Embassy of Japan in Malaysia official website.