Places to visit in
Osaka and Kansai

Through the doors and into the arrivals lobby… your journey begins.
Kansai International Airport offers direct access to top attractions in Osaka, Kyoto, Kobe, Nara, and Wakayama.

OSAKA

Sightseeing in Osaka

Osaka is a bustling, down-to-earth city and visitors love its classic must-see tourist attractions as much as its off-the-beaten-path discoveries.

Must-see destinations like riverside Dotonbori, Tsutenkaku tower, and local symbol
Osaka Castle are just a few examples of the many places to see, shop, and eat in Osaka.

Umeda, the shopper’s paradise

Whatever you want to buy, you’ll find it in Umeda.

The area around Osaka Station and Umeda Station is packed with shopping options, from upscale department stores to street fashion stores.

Eat ‘til you drop in Dotonbori

Popular photo spots

Popular Dotonbori is considered the most typically “Osaka-esque” neighborhood.

Tsuruhashi Fugetsu Dotonbori Ebisubashi Store
Based in Osaka’s Tsuruhashi district, Fugetsu is a popular chain of restaurants specializing in Osaka’s famous soul food: okonomiyaki savory pancakes. The Dotonbori Ebisubashi branch offers eat-in and take-out.
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Eating takoyaki (octopus dumplings) on the go is the Osaka way.

Tsutenkaku tower and Osaka’s retro charm

An authentic Osaka experience.

Tsutenkaku tower is a local landmark of old, recently overshadowed by bigger, newer edifices but still the centerpiece of a neighborhood redolent of Osaka’s retro charms.

Kushikatsu: Daruma, Tsutenkaku branch
The area around Tsutenkaku tower is known for its kushikatsu restaurants.Locals love the crispy deep-fried delicacies served on skewers.
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Smart Ball
New Star
New Star is Osaka’s only smartball venue.
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Historical Osaka Castle

Get a feel for Osaka's history

Famous for its imposing bailey and its extensive stone walls, Osaka Castle speaks of this area’s eventful history of war and peace.

Osaka Castle Park
The park’s spacious gardens are designed to be enjoyed in all seasons, and the Nishinomaru Japanese garden is a popular tourist attraction.
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Main Street, Osaka: Midosuji Ave.

The heart of this fascinating city

Lined with ginkgo trees, Midosuji Ave. is Osaka’s main street, spanning multiple shopping and business districts. Every year, the street is lit up in a wonderful winter scene.

The streets of Osaka reward the wandering visitor with views of historical buildings and stores with a lovely air of nostalgia, as well as many cafes and eateries to rest your weary feet.

Retro charm and modern style Nakazaki-cho

A unique neighborhood with retro charm.

A short walk from Umeda is Nakazaki-cho, where many old homes have been refurbished as cafes, restaurants, and shops. It is a popular area for shopping or simply taking a stroll.

Impeccably spiced curry

How hot? You choose!

Osaka is full of curry restaurants, each offering their own blends of herbs and spices to bring out the best in the ingredients.

Botani Curry
Delectable, beautifully presented curries that unleash wave after wave of flavor.
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Yodoyabashi and Kitahama: Home to many historical buildings

The lovely Shibakawa Building (1927).

Home to many early 20th century buildings, this precinct is a must for those interested in retro-chic architecture.

Mount – Kitahama
Mount is a riverside café housed in a lovely old building with views of the picturesque Nakanoshima precinct.
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Venerable cafes redolent of a bygone era

A vintage café loved by generations of Osakans.

Osaka has many old-style cafes that showcase the styles of Japan’s Showa Era (1926–1989). In an age of uber-trendy modern cafes, these are popular among young and old alike.

Marufuku Coffee, Sennichimae branch
Painstakingly brewed coffee, delectable hotcakes, and antique furniture… time moves slowly at this venerable coffee shop.
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Hankai Tramway: Symbol of Osaka

Don't go home without riding the tram

For over a century, the Hankai Tramway has been a mainstay of transport between Osaka and Sakai City. Even the view from the window is tinged in nostalgic hues.

Osaka (Umeda)

Approx. 1 hr. 05 min. on the JR Kansai Airport Rapid Service
Approx. 1 hr. 10 min. by limousine bus

Namba

Approx. 34 min. on the Nankai Rwy. Rapit α
Approx. 39 min. on the Nankai Rwy. Rapit β
Approx. 43 min. on the Nankai Rwy. Airport Express

Tennoji

Approx 30 min. on the JR Kansai Airport Express “Haruka”
Approx. 45 min. on the JR Kansai Airport Rapid Service

Kyoto , Kobe , Nara , Wakayama

Sightseeing in
Kyoto, Kobe, Nara, Wakayama

Kansai International Airport has convenient transport options to destinations throughout the Kansai region—not just Osaka.
Here are a few of the major attractions in the local area.

Kansai International Airport has convenient transport options to destinations throughout the Kansai region—not just Osaka. Here are a few of the major attractions in the local area.

KYOTO

Sightseeing in Kyoto

You haven’t seen Japan until you’ve seen its cultural home.

Kyoto is a genuine tourist mecca, packed with historical buildings, traditional cuisine, and imbued through-and-through with Japanese culture.

You haven’t seen Japan until you’ve seen its cultural home.

Kyoto is a genuine tourist mecca, packed with historical buildings, traditional cuisine, and imbued through-and-through with Japanese culture.

  • 01. Gion

    Perhaps Kyoto’s most famous district, known for its geisha.

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  • 02. Fushimi Inari Shrine

    The head shrine of all Inari shrines throughout Japan, Fushimi Inari is famous for its torii gate “tunnel.”

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Approx. 1 hr. 15 min. on the JR Kansai Airport Express “Haruka”
Approx. 1 hr. 40 min. by limousine bus

KOBE

Sightseeing in Kobe

A truly international blend of native and exotic

Kobe was one of Japan’s first ports opened to the outside world. Today, its well preserved old Western-style buildings draw visitors from all around the world.

A truly international blend of native and exotic

Kobe was one of Japan’s first ports opened to the outside world. Today, its well preserved old Western-style buildings draw visitors from all around the world.

  • 01. Kobe Port Tower

    Not only is the view from this landmark tower spectacular, the view of the tower lit up at night is beautiful.

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  • 02. Kitano Historical District

    A lovely neighborhood of 19th and early 20th century Western-style mansions. The view from the top of the hill is magnificent.

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Approx. 1 hr. 30 min. on the JR railway
Approx. 1 hr. 20 min. by limousine bus
Approx. 30 min. on the Sky Shuttle (bound for Kobe Airport)

NARA

Sightseeing in Nara

Home of Japanese Buddhism and many World Heritage sites

Nara is where Buddhism first blossomed in Japan, and today it is still home to innumerable priceless temples, not to mention many cultural assets.

Home of Japanese Buddhism and many World Heritage sites

Nara is where Buddhism first blossomed in Japan, and today it is still home to innumerable priceless temples, not to mention many cultural assets.

  • 01. Nara Park

    Famous for its deer and the giant statue of the Buddha that keeps a gentle watch, lush and verdant Nara Park is the city’s focal point.

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  • 02. Todaiji Temple

    One of Japan’s foremost UNESCO World Heritage sites, Todaiji is best known for the giant statue of the Buddha—15 meters tall!

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Approx. 1 hr. 30 min. on the JR railway
Approx. 1 hr. 40 min. by limousine bus

WAKAYAMA

Sightseeing in Wakayama

Blessed by mountains and sea, Wakayama rewards the curious traveler

Just a stone’s throw from Kansai International Airport, Wakayama is full of historical and cultural sites, culinary options, hot springs, and an unspoiled environment.

Blessed by mountains and sea, Wakayama rewards the curious traveler

Just a stone’s throw from Kansai International Airport, Wakayama is full of historical and cultural sites, culinary options, hot springs, and an unspoiled environment.

  • 01. Mt. Koya

    Mt. Koya is like no other. As home to Shingon Buddhism, it is sacred land with historical and cultural assets matched only for magnificence by the pristine natural environment.

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  • 02. Kuroshio Market (Wakayama Marina City)

    The freshest seafood from Wakayama’s pristine waters and other areas throughout Japan.

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Approx. 35 min. on the (combined) JR Kansai Airport Rapid Service & Kishuji Rapid Service
Approx. 37 min. on the Nankai Rwy. Southern Limited Express
Approx. 1 hr. 40 min. by limousine bus