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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 23, 2013
Transportation during New Year's  (2 Answers)

Hi everybody!

I will be moving to Osaka this year and my mother is going to visit me during the winter holidays. I wonder, whether the trains and buses run during New Year's? Is it hard getting from place to place?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 27, 2012
Snowy Day trip from Osaka in February?  (5 Answers)

Anyone knows if there is anywhere i can go in February as a day trip from Osaka. I am hoping to go somewhere with snow..

Thanks in advance!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 25, 2012
Osaka Trip Planner  (4 Answers)

Hi there,
My friend and I plan to visit Japan in Nov. Since we've not been there before, appreciate if you can share with us on some of the tips ^_^

Plan to go: Osaka, Kyoto, Kobe, Tokyo
Days available: 10-12 days

We're wondering if it's a good idea to fly in Osaka and out from Tokyo? Is 12 days insufficient to cover all of these places?

Thanks alot~

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 28, 2011
Ferry service from busan to Osaka  (4 Answers)


I would like to inquiry on the traveling agency which doing a ferry service from busan to osaka and from osaka to busan. I have difficulties on finding traveling agency that have an english website that do the booking through their website.

I am planning of making a booking 2 weeks before my departure sometimes in 6th july and coming back to busan on the 10th of july.

Does anyone know what are the traveling agency that i could contact for purchase the ticket in advance? I am from malaysia and i need to know how to purchase the ticket before i get to korea or to osaka.

i been searching on the website but nothing i could find on the traveling agency which could communicate in english.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 08, 2010
Tenojji area

We are travelling to Osaka, probably now for only one night (planning on having 3 nts in Osaka now). We want to have a look around Osaka Castle, maybe do a cruise on the river and see the big bright lights in the main area of Osaka at night. Would staying in accommodation opposite Tennoji Station be convenient? We will have a JR pass to use, so we could use this to get around the city (JR Osaka loop line).

Or do you think we would be better off staying near Shinsaibashi Stn?

Any insight would be greatly appreciated.

Also is the best light and Neon display in Dotonbori.....or do you recommend we go to Kita as well?

Thanks, appreciate any and all your feedback.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 18, 2010
Dotonburi  (2 Answers)

Ill be arriving in Osaka at about 9pm...are the restos in Dotonburi street that make takoyaki and onomiyaki still open late in the evenings?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 12, 2009
Climbing Mount Fuji  (2 Answers)

I will be in Osaka during Mount Fuji's climbing season (July 1-Aug.31) and was wondering:

1). How much travel time (and what mode: bus, train?) do I need to allocate to get from Osaka to Mount Fuji?

2). How expensive will it be to get from one place to the other?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 30, 2008
Hotel Transfer  (1 Answer)

Hello just wondering if there is any companies that do hotel transfer to and from the kansai airport. I will be staying at Shin-Osaka which is a hassle carrying luggage and a 3 year old child.

Thanx in advance

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 20, 2008
Traveling to Abeno-ku


I will be studying in Osaka for a semester at Kansai University. During this time I will be studying martial arts and the most convenient Dojo that I can find in the area for my art is at the Abeno Sports Center in Abeno-ku.

I'm trying to find the best way to get from Kandai-mae station to the Abeno station and what a round trip fair would cost me and what would be the best way for getting tickets for that trip.

as far as i can tell I would have to take the Hankyu Senri line and then transfer over to the Tanimachi line and then ride that all the way down to Abeno. any tips or suggestions?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 03, 2008
Good Onsen in Osaka  (1 Answer)

any gd Onsen to recommede

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 08, 2007

Has anyone lived in Kishiwada? Is the city safe especially the area around the Tokushukai hospital? In which area of the city would you recommend to rent an appartement?
Thanks much

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 06, 2007
1 night enough in Osaka?  (3 Answers)

Hi there,

I am doing a Tokyo/ Kyoto/ Osaka route from 2 - 12 Jan and would like to do a day trip at Osaka. The maximum is probably 1 night stay in Osaka, if there are loads to cover.

Given my tight schedule, what can I cover in 1 day at Osaka? I am not too keen on the Osaka Castle as I would be going to Himeiji Castle. I will cover Shisabashi and aquarium (is this a must-see?). What else should I cover?

Alternatively, if 1 day is way too little, then we would stay for a night in Osaka. Are there cheap ryokans in Osaka that are near to the JR station?

Pls share all your tips, recommendations etc.

Thanks lots :)

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 03, 2007
rail pass in Osaka - Fukuoka (Hakata)

Hi all,

I'm planning to travel to Osaka early September 2007 for 3 days and work my way down to Fukuoka. I'll be arriving via Kansai International airport and staying around Shin Osaka station. In the 3 days I want to see Kyoto and sight seeing around Osaka. I will be in Fukuoka for further 4 days.I was wandering whether:

1. A JR rail pass is worth it. I want to travel by Shinkansen to Fukuoka. i don't mind travelling using the Hikari train. But if the rail pass not worth it, I'll travel Nozoki style.

2. If a rail pass is worth it, shall I get the Kansai rail pass and get a separate ticket to Hakata or Sanyo area rail pass that will get me to Hakata directly.

3. Shall I get the 4 days rail pass from Osaka to Hakata and then go solo the rest of the days.

I would appreciate any suggestions you all may have. Thank you for your comments

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 17, 2007
Osaka One-Day Pass  (3 Answers)

Dear friends,

May I know if the Osaka One-Day Pass can be used on the Nanko Port Town Line?

Thanks in advance!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 17, 2006
Need advice on plan  (4 Answers)

Will be going to Osaka/Kyoto/Kobe from dec 24 - 31, please give some advice to my plan below:

Dec 24 - arriving in Osaka --> check in Swissotel approx 11 p.m.

Dec 25 - Osaka Castle History Museum --> Osaka Castle --> ***ennoji Temple --> Tsutenkaku Tower ---> Festive Gate ---> Spa World ---> Swissotel [ Is this too ambitious?]

Dec 26 - Kiyomizu Temple --> Kodaiji Temple --> Yasaka Shrine --> Gion for lunch --> Heian Temple-->Ginkakuji Temple --> Kinkakuji Temple ---> Kawaramachi for dinner and shopping --> Osaka, Swissotel

Dec 27 - Swissotel --> Kitano --> Sannomiya for lunch --> Arima

Dec 28 - Arima Onsen --> Harborland /Mosaic Garden --> Osaka Aquarium --> Osaka (Swissotel)

Dec 29 - USJ --> Dotomburi (dinner)

Dec 30 - Umeda, Shinsaibashi, Namba (Rinku Premium Outlet), Den Den Town & Dotomburi (dinner)

Dec 31 -- Morning flight

Is the above plan doable? If it is ok, should I buy the Kansai Thru Pass/ Kansai Passport? Or I would save more by just buying Osaka City Day pass/kyoto city day pass etc.???

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 15, 2006
Where to buy Osaka Unlimited Pass?

Hi All,

I would like to buy Osaka Unlimited Pass (2000 Yen). Can I buy it from Kansai Airport?

Please help. Thanks.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 02, 2006
Any VT Meeting in Osaka?  (4 Answers)


I'm Jun from Seoul Korea and stay in Osaka untill end of this year.

Any VT Meeting in Osaka?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 04, 2006
Wholesale market Street in Osaka  (3 Answers)

Where can I find wholesale market streets in Osaka? I am looking for items like clothes, shoes, bags, gifts, etc.

By the way, I am visting during mid oct.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 27, 2006
From Kansai Airport to Shinsaibashi, Osaka  (4 Answers)


I'm planning a trip with my wife to Osaka. I need your advice for the following questions:

1. Any hotels nearby Shinsaibashi?

1. How to get to Shinsaibashi from Kansai Airport by railway or subway? Is it non-stop? What is the timetable? What is the cost?

Thanks so much for your help.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 13, 2006
Visit in October  (3 Answers)

Hi, my name is Felicia from Singapore. I am planning to visit Japan with few friends. We are looking for budget stay liked dormitory and host-family stay in Osaka, Kyoto and Tokyo. Just a neat and tidy place in good environment for us to overnight and easy access to other areas.
This is my 1st trip to Japan and don't know much of the places there. But one thing I wanted to experience myself is the onsen, I heard that Hakone is famous place for onsen.
If you know of good deals, kindly drop me message.
Thank you.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 26, 2006
Coldplay concert tickets!  (4 Answers)

I would like to know if there is a website/phone number I can use from the UK to buy tickets for this event? I have tried online and my japanese isn't good enough to do it. I have tried callling ticket PIA and its not recognised (I used the correct codes so thats not the problem).
I would really like to see this concert in July, I would also like to take my host family as a surprise (I know that they are huge fans) so it is really important to me. Any help is greatly appreciated.
Thanks in advance, mikan-

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 22, 2006
Kashikiri onsen in or near Osaka

Are there any affordable kashikiri onsen in Osaka, Kyoto or the surrounding area, for couples to enjoy?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 31, 2005
RYOKAN in Kansai

I am looking for a ryokan in Kansai area (Osaka, Kobe, Nara, Kyoto). I want it to be trully Japanese - a house in a quiet place with meals and a garden.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 28, 2005
Staying in Kansai pref/Osaka  (9 Answers)


I am planning on travling to Osaka/Kansai sometime along the winter.I have mainly been around Tokyo the previous trips.Now i am planning on staying around a month this time.I am looking for something like a hotel appartment etc.Can anyone suggest/know any companies that would offer something like this in Osaka?



Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 07, 2005
Kansai Airport to Kadoma-shi  (2 Answers)


Can someone advise how can I get to Kadoma-shi from Kansai beside taking the bus no. 10 to moriguchi station as the last bus leave at 10pm while I will only reach the aiport at 9pm..a bit risky. I'm afraid I may miss the bus due to delay thus i need a contingency planning to get to kadoma-shi.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 25, 2005
Which way to the beach  (6 Answers)

I'm traveling through Osaka on my way to Bali for a surf trip. I’m only there for about 20 hours. I would like to wake up at 6:00 or 7:00am and check out a nearby beach preferably where I could surf for an hour or two. I do need to catch my flight out at 2:25pm that day.
Any suggestion on which beach to go to and how. Not sure what hotel yet, but I'm sure it will be a cheap one near the airport. I’ll be there June 17 & 18.
Oh, and maybe a cool little singles bar too.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 16, 2005
ferry from oita  (2 Answers)

Could anyone please advise on timings and price of a ferry from Oita to Kobe or Osaka. We are a family visiting Japan for the first time in July /August 2005. we are visiting our son who is working in Oita, and all plan to visit Kyoto via this ferry. possibly returning to Oita by train. Any advice would be very welcome. Thanks Ellen

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 11, 2005
Osaka Kansai Airport to KOBE  (3 Answers)

Hi Vters... Can anyone tell me how far is Osaka to KOBE? and how to get to KOBE...(by car? by train????) My friend plan to be arrived in Osaka Airport at 16:00... Thanks!!.. Happy travelling... arini

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 14, 2004
Cheap Accomodation near Station/Weather?  (1 Answer)

Hello, Is there any cheap accomodation near the Osaka Station area? What is the weather like for Nov/Dec and what sort of clothing is required for this time of year? I ask ,as I was in Houston thid time of year and it was baking hot ! Were in uk we have our woolly caps,gloves and coats on. Regards Dmanx

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 24, 2004
Osaka to Tokyo  (2 Answers)

Will be arriving in Osaka and flying out of Tokyo. We will be staying japan for a total of 10 days. Any recommendations in terms of staying in Osaka (Where/length of stay) os should we just go to Kyoto to stay a few days? From Osaka to (Kyoto) Tokyo would the preferable mode of transportation be by train? Hope the questions aren't too broad. First time to Japan so we really don't have a clue. Thanks!!!!

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