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Kyoto Culture G'Day Japan!

Maiko Maiko are the apprentice geisha of Kyoto, which remains a bastion of this antique entertainment culture in Japan today. Although they may come from any part of Japan to study the geisha arts, once they become maiko, all speak in the Kyoto dialect. Maiko live, study and work in the Gion… Read More

Welcome to Osaka

Osaka Basics G'Day Japan!

Osaka is Japan’s western capital, and the underdog of Japanese travel destinations. Pioneers and built Osaka on innovative ideas; they were the ones who brought us instant noodles, and sushi train. An air of nostalgia complement the city’s modern, trail-blazing energy, which is just what makes… Read More

Quirky and nostalgic by day…

Osaka Discover G'Day Japan!

Osaka’s mecca of street food Kuromon Ichib Known as one of Osaka’s largest food markets, Kuromon Ichiba is a must-visit spot for a tasty feed. Locals come to this 114 year-old market for their daily shop, some socialising, and of course delicious street food. The market spreads out in all f… Read More

Bright and innovative by night…

Osaka Discover G'Day Japan!

Loud and proud nightlife hub Dotonbori Dotonbori prides itself as the most popular entertainment district in Osaka; Encompassing both sides of the Dotonbori canal, the area is home to many of Osaka’s signature nightlife destinations. The best way to begin your adventure there is with a walk… Read More

The Takarazuka Revue

Hyogo Culture Alison Muir Alison Muir

In the Takarazuka Revue, all the women are beautiful – and so are the men. The motto of the Takarazuka Revue is "kiyoku, tadashiku, utsukushiku" – a reminder to live with purity, integrity, and beauty. These are three qualities that the founder of this all-female musical theatre troupe, Ichizo K… Read More

Just one day at Universal Studios Japan…

Osaka Entertainment Ayla Yuile Ayla Yuile

For most visitors, a day at Universal Studios Japan begins at Osaka station hopping aboard a train on the JR Sakurajima (also known as Yumesaki) line. Even at 10am on a weekday, you can expect the carriages to be packed to the roof with excited families, school kids, groups of young women and men, … Read More

FOUR AMAZING DAYS IN OSAKA

Osaka Discover G'Day Japan!

Welcome to Osaka The birthplace of the sushi train, spiritual home of the okonomiyaki pancake, and a mecca for comedians, Osaka is a city that is always up for fun times. Its beautifully restored feudal masterpiece, Osaka Castle, along with Japan's tallest building, Abeno Harukas, represent the… Read More

FAMILY FUN / DAY 1

Osaka Discover G'Day Japan!

Osaka Castle, Osaka Aquarium & Tempozan Ferris Wheel   This route covers the traditional heart of Osaka, and the city's bay area. It's especially nice during early spring, when you'll want to linger in Osaka Castle Park and enjoy the sea of cherry blossoms. The park is perfect for a run,… Read More

INNOVATIVE OSAKA / DAY 4

Osaka Discover G'Day Japan!

Osaka Science Museum, Floating Garden Observatory & Abeno Harukas As well as a food mecca, Osaka is a famous source of innovation and new ideas in Japan. It's the city where Panasonic was founded, as well as Nissin Foods - the company that blessed the world with instant ramen noodles. This ro… Read More

RELAXATION AND ROMANCE / DAY 2

Osaka Discover G'Day Japan!

Naniwa-no-Yu, Santa Maria & Hep Five Just when you thought you'd seen it all, you discover that there's a natural hot spring walking distance from Tenjinbashisuji 6-chome (T18) on the Tanimachi Line, just two stops from Higashi-Umeda (T20) in the heart of downtown Osaka. It's called Naniwa-no-… Read More

OSAKA RETRO / DAY 3

Osaka Discover G'Day Japan!

Osaka Museum of Housing and Living, Tsutenkaku Tower & Hozenji Yokocho Discover the traditional atmosphere of Osaka on this route, starting among merchants houses and other classic pieces of architecture that portray the city circa 1830 - 1844. They are featured in the Edo period streetscape a… Read More