Cheap flights to Osaka, Japan
The third-largest city in Japan, Osaka has many reasons that call for a visit. This city is for foodies, shopaholics, culture vultures, and museum-lovers alike. It has a lively music scene and interesting spas to boot! Osaka is also often considered Japan’s best place to eat out, drink, and party. Ready for a visit?
Flights to Osaka Kansai International Airport (KIX)
Osaka Kansai International Airport is tucked on a reclaimed island in the middle of Osaka Bay, 50 kilometres from the heart of the city. It has two terminals. Designed by a top Italian architect Renzo Piano, Terminal 1 stretches 1.7 kilometres in length and is the world’s longest airport terminal. Terminal 2 serves mostly domestic flights and flights operated by low-cost carriers. Some of the airlines that land at Kansai International Airport include Japan Airlines, AirAsia X, Malaysia Airlines and Singapore Airlines.
A 40-minute taxi ride from Kansai International Airport to the city centre will cost around ¥17,000-21,000 (RM630-777). The train is cheaper, with a ride to Osaka Station costing ¥950-1,300 (RM35-48). You can also arrange a private car or a minibus for a great value through Skyscanner Airport Transfer.
Flights to Osaka Itami Airport (ITM)
The other airport in Osaka is Itami Airport. It handles mainly domestic flights in the region. Some of the airlines that fly to this airport include ANA (All Nippon Airways), Japan Airlines and Ibex Airlines.
Travelling to Osaka
Best time to visit Osaka
Osaka has a mild climate; summers are fairly hot, with an average of 29 degrees Celsius, while winters are chilly. If you’d like to witness the majestic cherry blossoms, come in spring around late March to early April, but be prepared for the crowds and high prices. Apart from spring, the autumn months of October and November also make a good time to visit Osaka.
If you are planning to come in mid-June to late July, expect some rainy days but don’t let the weather deter you. Time your visit to coincide with the impressive Tenjin Matsuri festival and soak in the fun.
Things to do in Osaka
When in Osaka, you should definitely explore the Osaka Castle, one of Japan’s well-known landmarks. It features a museum, exhibits, and beautiful gardens. Then, tick Universal Studios Japan off your bucket list. The Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, which is one of the biggest sea-life aquariums in the world, displays sea biota from the Arctics to the tropics and is definitely worth a visit too.
Recommended foods? Some typical Osakan meals that you must try are battera, a block type of sushi, okonomiyaki, a pancake made with fried cabbage, meat and condiments, and takoyaki, which are round-shaped dumplings with octopus fillings. Embark on your food hunt in the famous Dōtonbori area.
Osaka travel budget
Osaka uses the Japanese Yen (JPY/¥) as its currency. As of 24 April 2019, ¥1,000 = RM3.70.
A tasty meal at an affordable restaurant in Osaka costs about ¥850 (RM31). In terms of accommodation, there are affordable hostels to extravagant five-star hotels. A cheap hotel starts from around ¥4,000 (RM148) per night. Browse through the list of hotels in Osaka to find your ideal place to stay.
Osaka, Japan visa information for Malaysians
As a Malaysian, if you are an ICAO-standard passport holder, you do not need a visa to visit Japan for up to 90 days. For your information, all passports released by the Malaysia Government starting from the end of January 2017 are compliant with ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization). Please contact the Malaysia Immigration Office if your passport is not ICAO-compliant yet.
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