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HEADS UP! Japan Consumer Tax is going up by 10% by 1st October 2019. As a result, JR Pass prices are going up then. We recommend buying your Japan Rail Pass before then to make use of the old cheaper prices. 

CLICK HERE TO BUY YOUR JAPAN RAIL PASS FROM THE OFFICIAL VENDOR

We are currently undergoing a few updates and housekeeping bits on the website until Sunday the 29th of Sept, so parts of the website will look odd/may not function as normal. We do apologise for the inconvenience. 

Kansai Local are doing private tours and adventures to places that tourists don't know about. If this sounds awesome, get in touch with us and we will get back to you! 

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Osaka

Things to do in Osaka

Ah, Osaka. Honestly one of my favourite cities in Japan! Osaka has the nickname of “tenka no daidokoro” - which means “nation's kitchen” or more worldly renowned as “The Kitchen of Japan”. Osaka is also renowned as the kitchen of the world by some people. If you're a foodie, you're in the right place!

Osaka is not just about food, however. In comparison, it is similar to Tokyo but has a much more of a local, friendly atmosphere. It is considered the second capital of Japan, due to its size, culture and population. It’s also very close to Kyoto and Kobe. 

Osaka has a fantastic atmosphere and in my opinion, is one of the greatest cities in Japan! 

Depending on where you are coming from, to get to Osaka you may be using JR lines (from areas in Kansai and further afield). It's wise to buy a Japan Rail Pass as it will save you money, hassle, and it helps to support this website! Thank you! Click on the ads on this page to buy one, or click here.

 

Explore below for the best things to do in Osaka, from food to fun... Happy travels! 

 

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Things to do...

The locals guide on what to do in Osaka

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Where to eat in Osaka

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Take a day trip to Kobe!

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Take a day trip to Himeji

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Best Cafes in Osaka

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Awaji volunteer trash pick up

Monday 01 July 2019

Single use plastic in Japan is a massive issue. A few friends and I organised a volunteer trash pick up with on the pretty island of Awaji.

A weekend in Tokyo

Wednesday 28 November 2018

Tokyo might as well be the capital of Asia. On of the busiest cities in the world with so much energy, bright lights and buzz, it can be both awesome but intimidating. Take my hand, let me guide you through Tokyo for a weekend!

Haunted places in Kyoto

Wednesday 12 September 2018

I love an adventure. I love to explore. And most of all, I love to explore haunted or creepy places. Here's my blog post on the spooky stuff to explore in Japan. Keep the lights on for this one!

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A weekend in Tokyo - The best things to do

A weekend in Tokyo - The best things to do

Best temples and shrines to visit in Kyoto

Best temples and shrines to visit in Kyoto

Explore Himeji and the most impressive castle in Japan

Explore Himeji and the most impressive castle in Japan

Explore the famous Geisha district of Gion!

Explore the famous Geisha district of Gion!

The Kansai Local guide to Fushimi Inari - The Famous red gates in Kyoto

The Kansai Local guide to Fushimi Inari - The Famous red gates in Kyoto

The polite and Sacred Deer in Nara Park

The polite and Sacred Deer in Nara Park

Things to do in Kyoto

Things to do in Kyoto

Visit Kobe for the day

Visit Kobe for the day