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Sitting at the mouth of the Yodo River on Osaka Bay in Japan, Osaka is place seeped in history. As you sail in to port you are greeted to a magnificent skyline and a friendly atmosphere. For a glimpse into Osaka's past, head to the superb ‘Osaka Castle' or the ‘Shitennoji Temple', the oldest Buddhist temple in Japan. Alternatively, you can enjoy panoramic views from the ‘Floating Garden Observatory' or visit the impressive ‘Kaiyukan Aquarium'; one of the largest aquariums in the world. ‘Rinku Minamihama' (Southern Beach) is the place to go for beautiful white sand, windsurfing and other water sports. Whatever you choose to do, you are sure to love your time in Osaka Bay.
Osaka has several shopping districts and stretches of shopping arcades, malls and streets. –it's a shopaholic's paradise. From brand name and designer goods to discount and souvenir shops, Osaka has it all. Popular with tourists and locals alike are the shops along ‘Matsuyamachi-suji' street. This is where you'll find plenty of souvenir and gift ideas, including Japanese dolls, toys, Japanese paper and traditional sweets.
The local currency is the Japanese Yen (JPY). Osaka is 8 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT +8).
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