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THEME: Designing Future Society for Our Lives

SCHEDULE :  April 13 – October 13, 2025 

VENUE : Yueshima, Osaka

Japan Adventure Club has launched three Expo packages in 2025 to provide you with a memorable, romantic, and adventurous experience with Japan.  Each package includes a free Expo day pass for each day. 

FREE EXPO PASSES: You'll receive a free Expo 2025 Day Pass or Multi-day Pass for every person in your party when you book your vacation with us.

7-day Expo Package : In one or two days at the World Expo, a 7-day tour will definitely give you a feel for Japanese culture and its quirks. You'll also probably be able to fit in more than you think because Japan is one of the easiest countries to travel around.  

10-day Expo Package : The first-timer will be fine with ten days. This package offers the best of Japan, from its fast-paced cities to its magnificent nature including Mt. Fuji, and ancient temples.

16-day Expo Package : Two weeks is the ideal amount of time to spend in Japan for your first trip. Explore the region from mountains to sea, wander through chaotic neon-lit streets and serene Zen temples, soak in onsens and fill up on sushi and ramen.

Pre or Post-cruise Expo Packages : One-day or two-day packages for cruise visitors to Japan who need extra days to browse the Expo.

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1-day package: country pavallions.

During this one-day tour to Country Pavallions to witness demonstrative experiments to solve problems of future society as you explore hundreds of pavilions .  Japan hopes to welcome 150 countries and 25 international organisations. 

Included in this package:

  • A Single-day Expo Pass.
  • JR subway pass to the Expo site at Yumeshima Island.
  • Cruise ship private transfer to an Osaka hotel. 
  • One-night of Osaka hotel with breakfast.
  • Airport transfer on your Japan departure date. 

2-day Package: cOUNTRY pAVLLIONS AND Gundam Pavilion

DAY 1: Country Pavallions.

DAY 2:   Expo 2025 will be an opportunity to overcome the divisions caused by the pandemic that has impacted people all over the world. It will also be a place where the world’s knowledge on cutting-edge technology will be brought together to create new ideas that can help solve key global issues. The 2025 World Exposition in Osaka will feature eight high-tech pavilions, showcasing a future society that highlights the importance of life.  

  • A Two-day Expo Pass.
  • Two-night of Osaka hotel with breakfast.
  • Airport transfer on your Japan departure date.

From the Expo to the Great Wall: two incredible cultures in One Trip

Discover the hidden gems of osaka, osaka overview, five districts of osaka.

Get to know quickly about what Osaka is famous for, its history, and its culture.

Get to know the five districts of Osaka, so you can know the directions to travel easily and plan your itinerary.

Top Osaka Attractions

Osaka eatery and tasting guide.

We have compiled a shortlist of the most exciting sights in Osaka. Here are our top picks.

Osaka Traditional Ryokan & Onsen (Hotspring Hotel)

Although they are all called Japanese food, Osaka has its own unique cuisine. When you come to this Japanese kitchen, you must try it before you go.

Build Your Osaka Day Tours and Japan Tours

We offer a variety of day tours and experiences so you can customize your package of things to do in Osaka. Besides, which are the most interesting places to visit in Japan?  

Very traditional ryokan complete with natural hot-springs, deep within the countryside of southern Osaka


What is osaka famous for.

Osaka is the most famous "foodie's paradise" in Japan, and the dazzling variety of food that is available in the city adds to the popularity of Osaka, such as okonomiyaki, takoyaki, and blowfish hot pot.

Osaka Castle is a popular place to see cherry blossoms in spring, and is crowded with visitors. In Umeda, the northern gate of Osaka, there are many large underground streets lined with restaurants, specialty stores and grocery stores. The area around Umeda is called "North", while the area around Namba and Dotonbori is called "South". Namba is a busy neighborhood with a civilian atmosphere, and Dotonbori is an area with many restaurants on both sides of the Dotonbori River. Minami is a famous entertainment district with many theaters and movie theaters for recreation and .entertainment culturent.

In addition, the ancient cities of Kyoto and Nara are less than a 40-minute drive from Osaka. The old-fashioned charm of these cities will also give you a unique flavor. 

Osaka Castle was built by Toyotomi Hideyoshi in 1583, and was reduced to ashes in 1615 during the war. Osaka Castle was rebuilt after the Edo Shogunate brought Osaka under its jurisdiction. At the same time, various waterways and canals were built, making Osaka the center of Japan's economy, logistics and transportation. The name "Osaka's kitchen" and "Osaka's water capital, the 888th bridge" have been passed down from this period. After the Meiji Restoration, the Japanese government officially established the Osaka Prefecture. Osaka was transformed from a financial and trade center into a commercial center through a series of reforms, and in 1970, Osaka hosted the World Expo, and the "Tower of the Sun" and other landmarks remain today. Osaka has played a pivotal role in the centuries-old history of Asia. At the same time, its fusion of history and culture has attracted people from all over the world.

Osaka was the first capital of Japan's Kansai region, and has long been an economic and cultural center of Japan. There are many historical "culture above" properties preserved here.

In 2003, Osaka was declared a World Intangible Heritage Site by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), and the language arts, such as Rakugo and Manzai, which are the essence of Osaka's local comedy, are representative of Osaka culture and Japanese culture. They are representative of Osaka culture and Japanese culture. Unlike the "Mandarin" language spoken in Tokyo, Osaka has its own unique Kansai dialect. This is called "Osaka dialect" by the people of Osaka. The language is characterized by many words and phrases with meanings that are only used in the Kansai region. Unlike Tokyo's stereotypes, Osaka is known throughout Japan for its spontaneity, atmosphere, and hilarity.

In addition, the most famous tea ceremony master in history, Sen Rikyu, created the "tea of leisure and silence" here, which is the opposite of glamour and luxury. It is a place where the beauty of the inner workings of the tea is found without the pretense and artifice. It also represents the unparalleled beauty behind the prosperity of Osaka.

Five DISTRICTs of Osaka

North osaka - kita ward (umeda).

Located near Osaka Station, the North District is the busiest area in Osaka. As well as the well-developed transportation network, it is often a place where the latest trends and arts are developed.

GRAND FRONT Osaka, a new commercial building near Osaka Station, has 266 stores and a green plant space for easy shopping.

South Osaka - Namba

 Namba is the center of the southern area, which is a downtown area. There are dining and entertainment options in Dotonbori, and Shinsaibashi is popular among young people. In the southern district, you can also watch traditional Japanese theater performances like Kabuki and comic dialogue (mansai). 

In Osaka, the Bay Area represents the development of the port city. Observatories, ferris wheels, aquariums, shopping malls, and theme parks are all present here.

In the Bay Area, Universal Studios Osaka is also a popular attraction. A place to enjoy the whole day while looking at the sea.

 Osaka is a city with a strong historical flavor. The History Museum is one of the cultural centers in Osaka City. Osaka's historic streets, its history, and its city are all waiting for you to discover. 

Tennoji, Abeno, Shinsekai Ward

There is a strong historical flavor of Osaka. In addition to Osaka City, there are cultural centers such as the History Museum. Experience the historic streets of Kyobashi and other places, experience the history of Osaka, and come to the city of Osaka.

TOP OSAKA Attractions

Osaka castle park.

A large park in the city, a destination for viewing cherry blossoms and plum blossoms, and an overlook of Osaka from the top of the Tenshokaku.


Be a complete shopaholic in Osaka's busiest shopping district, from high-end big brands to inexpensive small items.

Shitennoji Temple

Take a sightseeing boat tour of both sides of the Dotonbori River, with impressive views of the bustling landscape after dark.

Expo ’70 Commemorative Park

Visit one of the oldest Buddhist temples in Japan and head to the west gate of the temple to watch the sun set in the west.

The Main Tower of Osaka

During the cherry blossom and red maple seasons, you can see the old city from the top of Tensokaku and overlook Osaka Castle.

The Sun Tower was the symbolic building of the Expo that year.

Umeda Sky Building

The retro-style Tsutenkaku is a major landmark in Osaka, and the top floor observation deck overlooks the panoramic view of Osaka.

Visit the nostalgic alleys and historical shops, board the Tsutenkaku to overlook Osaka, and taste various famous snacks.

Climb to the top of the building, enjoy the night view of Osaka in all directions, and have a good meal at the Takimi Koji Food Street.

Janjan Yokocho

Heilun, Doteyaki (Lu beef tendon), skewers and other delicacies are all available. Here is a paradise for gluttonous people in Osaka. In the new world.

Abeno Harukas

It is the tallest building in Japan. Climb to the top of the building and enjoy the night view of Osaka in all directions, and have a good meal at the Takimi Koji Food Street.

Osaka’s famous commercial avenue is home to many shops and gourmet food, and the road is paved with ginkgo in autumn.

Nozaki Kannon

This is a temple in Nozaki, Daito City, Osaka Prefecture. It is known as Nozaki Kannon. Going behind the main hall, you can see the endless plain of Osaka.

It is a national park. Covering an area of 83.3 hectares, there are Minoh Waterfall and Minoh Park Insect Museum. Autumn is also a good place to enjoy the maple.

Daisen Park

Tennoji park.

It has been selected as one of the "Top 100 Japanese Historical Parks". The vast land and small ancient tombs rich in nature are pleasing. If you like Japanese gardens, you must go.

Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan

One of the most historic parks in Osaka Park, with many famous historical attractions.

One of the world's largest indoor aquariums, the whale shark in the giant tank is a popular star.

Osaka Temmangu Shrine

One of the famous shrines in Japan, built to comfort the soul of Michizane, and watch the "Tenjin Festival" event.

Osaka Museum of Housing and Living

Imagine the way of life of the people of Osaka in the past through the exhibits, and fully understand the development of Osaka.

Osaka Museum

Introduce various historical periods since ancient times Osaka in the past 1,400 years.

Museum of Oriental Ceramics

The collection has more than 2,700 permanent collections, including some of the most exquisite Chinese and Korean pottery in the world.

Osaka Eatery

章鱼烧 takoyaki, 豚平烧 guppeiyaki.

The combination of flour, toppings, and octopus is just the right snack. The aroma of seafood that melts in the mouth makes people unable to resist one by one. You can also add mayonnaise! Take our Takoyaki class and make your own!

大坂烧 Osakayaki

In addition to flour and cabbage, various ingredients are added and fried on an iron plate. There are several kinds of ingredients such as mountain pork, seafood, pork, rice cake, cheese, etc. You can add your favorite ingredients.

This is the most popular popular food in Osaka after Osaka and Takoyaki. There are pork, cabbage and other ingredients, fried to a certain extent, beat an egg on top, drizzle with sauce, sprinkle with seaweed, and you can start eating!

关西乌龙汤面 Kansai Udon Noodle Soup

The meat, vegetables, seafood and other ingredients are coated with flour and deep-fried, and then eaten hot with sauce.

The elastic taste is the key to popularity. Unlike Tokyo's taste, Osaka's udon noodles or soba noodles are Kansai-flavored light salt soy sauce.

Osaka Specialty

Cookies such as Nakanoshima’s Rusk (ラスク) and moon makeup are the most popular souvenirs in Osaka.

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Tourism EXPO Japan 2023 with a theme of ‘Future’ will be held in Osaka for the first time in the past four years

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Japan Travel and Tourism Association, Japan Association of Travel Agents (JATA) and Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) will co-host ‘Tourism EXPO Japan 2023 Osaka Kansai’ in Intex Osaka for four days from October 26 to 29. It will be the first EXPO in Osaka for the past four years. The organizers aim at 150,000 visitors in total (48,000 visitors for the first two business days, 102,000 visitors for the last two public days).

A main event theme is ‘Travel festival to meet the future,’ showcasing the future vision of the diversified tourism industry. In the venue, special exhibitions of ‘cruise,’ ‘adventure travel,’ ‘sports tourism,’ ‘academy’ and ‘tourism SDGs’ will be launched to create effective touch points with purpose-oriented visitors.

In addition, special spaces for ‘workcation,’ ‘stargazing tourism’ and ‘driving tourism’ as new travel styles will be ensured, and ‘Future for Kansai’ zone will be set up toward Osaka Kansai EXPO 2025.

A variety of forums and seminars will be offered with a theme of ‘rethinking tourism for the future.’ Also, the 6th Ministerial Round Table will be joined by 10 to 15 countries’ tourism ministers, UNWTO, WTTC, PATA or ATTA. 

For symposiums, a variety of contents, such as, revitalization of international exchanges, Osaka Kansai EXPO, or adventure tourism will be discussed. 

On the first day, a welcome reception will be held not only for networking but also as an opportunity to deliver tourism contents in Kansai to the world. 

In parallel, ‘Visit Japan Travel & MICR Mart 2023’ by JNTO and ‘Travel Solution Fair’ by NIkkei will be held as always. 

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Tourism Expo Japan

About Tourism EXPO Japan

About tourism expo japan tourism expo japan 2023 osaka/kansai.

Tourism Expo Japan started in 2014 as a comprehensive travel event.

One of the world's largest annual travel festivals, bringing together countries and regions from all over the world and tourist destinations from all over Japan for the occasion.

In 2023, Tourism Expo Japan will once again be held in Osaka, in response to the high expectations of the people of Osaka and the Kansai region, where the vibrant Osaka-Kansai region is scheduled to host the Japan International Exposition in 2025 (Expo 2025 Osaka/Kansai). The future of travel will gather from all over Japan and the world with projects and themes unique to Kansai.

The latest travel information from around the world that will make you want to set off on a journey right away, colourful folk costumes, local gourmet food and authentic stage performances, so you can dance together and enjoy a round-the-world feeling at this real travel event!

For all those who love travelling, see you in Osaka/Kansai this year

Event Outline 2023



Time To Fly fair is back with discounted flight tickets, travel deals and appearances by Mediacorp artistes


The fair will run from Nov 3 to 5 at Suntec Convention Centre Halls 405 and 406, with multiple deals, including free suitcases and discounted travel packages. Plus, your chance to see celebrities such as Desmond Tan, Pierre Png and Richie Koh.

The fair will be happening at Suntec Singapore Convention and Exhibition Centre’s halls 405 and 406 from Nov 3 to 5. (Photo: iStock)

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With the year-end holidays approaching soon, those who've yet to plan their well-deserved break now have a lifeline in the form of the Time To Fly travel fair. The annual fair is back from Nov 3 to 5 and will be held at Suntec Singapore Convention and Exhibition Centre’s halls 405 and 406 this year.

Aside from  discounted Scoot and Singapore Airlines flight tickets , Time To Fly will also feature travel deals and lucky draws with prizes including business class tickets to Osaka.

Of course, no trip is complete without bringing a suitcase. If yours is in need of a dire upgrade, fret not as a few banks, including DBS and Standard Chartered, will be giving out free luggage for purchases made with their cards.

You can also use the fair as an opportunity to get up close with your favourite Mediacorp stars. Throughout the three days, artistes Desmond Tan, Pierre Png, Richie Koh, He Ying Ying, as well as radio DJs Hazelle Teo, Chen Ning and Yasminne Cheng – will hold meet-and-greet sessions at the Time To Fly fair.

With loads of deals going on, you'll be glad to know that the more you spend, the more chances you have at winning the various attractive prizes at the fair. Every S$500 spent grants you a lucky draw coupon where the grand prize comprises:

  • A pair of Singapore Airlines Business Class tickets to Bali
  • A pair of Singapore Airlines Business Class tickets to Phuket
  • A 3D2N stay at COMO Uma Canggu, Bali
  • A 3D2N stay at COMO Point Yamu, Phuket
  • A 3D2N stay at COMO Metropolitan, Singapore
  • A S$2,000 Pelago experience voucher

For more information, check out our Time To Fly microsite .

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Here is the BEST Time to Visit Osaka

Choosing when to visit Osaka can turn into a difficult moment especially for first-timers due to the big number of events all year round as well as the different kind of seasons and weather that can make or break your trip to the city. We wrote this guide as the definitive resource you’ll need to understand what are your options and what you can expect from the city regarding the weather, the events, the tourists density, and all the little details you’ll have to take into consideration to choose the best time for you to go to Osaka.

With bright neon lights, some of the world’s coolest bars and the best food in Japan, Osaka attracts a huge number of tourists every single year.

The cool capital of Japan, as some people call it, is one of the country’s most exciting destinations. In fact it’s the second most visited city in Japan after Tokyo ( source ) , and one of the most visited cities in the world !

But your Osaka experience can vary a lot depending on when you visit. With four distinct seasons, and a big program of annual events, it’s important to choose the right time of year for your trip.

If you’re planning a trip to Osaka but you’re not sure when you want to visit, this guide is exactly what you need.

In this guide, we’ve assembled details and facts about weather, events, and popular periods to help you decide on the best time for you!

Keep reading !

When is the Best Time to Visit Osaka? Quick Answer:

The best time to go to Osaka is in April . Though Osaka has a huge number of tourists in April, it’s an incredible month to visit the city. With picnicking families, beautiful weather and the unparalleled pink of countless cherry blossoms, April is the perfect time to take a trip and discover Osaka at its most iconic period.

During April, Osaka also has around 13 hours of sunlight per day, giving you plenty of time for sightseeing. Unless you particularly want to avoid large crowds of other tourists or you want to see a particular event/activity in another month, this is the time to go.

when is the best time to visit osaka, japan

When to Visit Osaka: the Weather

Osaka has four very distinct seasons, which all offer different weather, events and atmospheres. Here’s what you can expect:

Summer: June to August

Summer is Osaka’s hottest period, with temperatures ranging from around 28ºC to 36ºC. If you’re not a fan of high temperatures, it’s best to avoid this month. August in particular is very hot, you don’t want to stay outside especially at noon in Osaka during August, trust me!

Nights are typically a little cooler though, so summer sleeping isn’t too uncomfortable in Osaka, even in the hottest months. Despite the hot temperatures, summer still brings some rain, especially in June, making it a poor month to visit.

If you want to visit Osaka in the summer, July is the best choice – it offers a good compromise between manageable temperatures and bearable amounts of rain.

In summer, Osaka plays host to Summer Sonic Festival , one of Japan’s best music festivals. It’s also the season of Tenjin Matsuri , a huge cultural extravaganza with boats, parades and lots of exciting insights into Japanese heritage and history.

View on the stage Summer Sonic Festival in Osaka

Fall: September to November

Fall is a fantastic time to visit Osaka. There aren’t too many tourists, and the weather is pretty good. Temperatures range hugely from around 9ºC to 29ºC.

October brings some rain, making it the worst of the fall months, but September and November are excellent months for an Osaka adventure. Osaka has many beautiful parks – and at this time of year, they burn with beauty, offering vivid and vibrant hues of autumnal orange and red.

If you like cooler temperatures and fewer tourists, fall is a great time to visit Osaka.

tourists near waterfall in Osaka

Winter: December to February

Winter can be a great time to visit Osaka. While many other Japanese cities are painfully cold in the winter months, Osaka’s temperatures are very tolerable, typically ranging from 2ºC to 14ºC. Winter is also a pretty dry period in Osaka.

The coldest month is January, which also has the shortest days.

If you’re hoping for snow, you probably won’t get it – some parts of Japan have lots of snowfall in winter, but that’s not the case in Osaka.

Famously, Osaka is one of Japan’s most illuminated cities. In winter, the city shines even brighter, with lots of beautiful winter illuminations to celebrate the time of year. If you like winter lights and cosy illuminations, this is a great time to visit Osaka. It’s also an excellent choice if you want to witness Japanese New Year celebrations on 1st January.

Winter illumination on street in Osaka

Spring: March to May

Cherry blossom season! If you want to visit Osaka for cherry blossoms, this is the time. The blossoms typically hit full bloom at the beginning of April, so time your trip accordingly! Because of Osaka’s countless parks and green spaces, it’s one of the best Japanese cities for enjoying these beautiful blossoms.

Spring is when Osaka is at its busiest, as endless tourists flock to the city for good temperatures and their fix of flora.

Temperatures range from 5ºC to 24ºC, and there’s little rain, especially in March and April, but nothing to be scared of.

spring cherry blossom in Osaka

Climate Charts for Osaka

Average Temperatures in Osaka, Japan (Chart in °Celcius)

Data source: weatherbase.com

Travel Seasons in Osaka

High travel season in osaka.

The high season in Osaka is spring, from March to May, when tourists from all over the world travel to the city to enjoy good temperatures and beautiful blossoms.

Here are the best things to do in Osaka in spring:

  • Cherry blossoms: one of Japan’s archetypal attractions, you haven’t fully experienced Japan until you’ve indulged in the sights of this iconic season. While the cherry blossoms peak at the very beginning of April, March sees the equally-attractive plum blossoms bloom.
  • March Sumo Tournament: if you want to see sumo while you’re in Japan, this is one of the best tournaments to attend. One of only three of its size held outside of Tokyo every year, it’s a traditional extravaganza of grappling and gasping.
  • Golden Week: with four national holidays in the space of seven days, this is a great time to get a sample of Japanese tradition. These four holidays are Constitution Day, Greenery Day, Children’s Day and Showa Day, which celebrates the birthday of a former Emperor.

tourists crowds in Dotonbori, Osaka, Japan.

Low Travel Season in Osaka

Osaka’s low season is typically in summer, from June to August. During this period, temperatures can be very high and the rain can be very disruptive. That said, summer also means less travelers, less crowds and better prices, so it can still be a good time to visit if you don’t mind the perils and pitfalls of Osaka’s worst weather.

Though Osaka is less busy in the summer, the city plays host to many interesting and exciting events during this season:

  • Tenjin Matsuri : one of Japan’s greatest annual festivals, this offers a fantastic insight into Japanese history and heritage. The highlights are the processions, which take place both on land and on sea. Other exciting attractions include fireworks, street food and traditional clothes and dances.
  • Obon: an annual event in honor of ancestral celebration, Obon involves lanterns, costumes, dances, special foods and even haunted houses!
  • Yodogawa Fireworks Festival : for over 20 years, this festival has been bringing some of Japan’s best fireworks displays right to the banks of Osaka’s Yodo River. For a combination of sumptuous skylines and explosive light displays, it doesn’t get much better than this. Check out this video to get a taste of the show.

Shoulder Season in Osaka

Osaka has a very long shoulder season from September to February. During these six months, Osaka has less tourists than the busy spring period, but more tolerable weather than the summer. Because the weather in Osaka is never very cold, any of these months can make for a good time to visit if you want to avoid spring’s crowds.

Some highlights during these six months include:

  • Koyo: though cherry blossoms are Japan’s most famous foliage, koyo is the season’s polar opposite. Koyo refers to Japan’s autumnal period, which is almost as beautiful as its blossoming one. Every year, November and December’s koyo enshrouds Osaka in beautiful tones of red and yellow (look at the picture below) .
  • Illuminations: every winter, Japanese people embrace the magic of the season by draping countless lights throughout the entire country. Osaka is home to many of the best displays, which are a wonderfully cozy way to enjoy the season.
  • Oshogatsu: the Japanese new year, Oshogatsu is one of the country’s best insights into Japanese tradition. Rich with custom, this period consists of shrine visits, family events and traditional decorations. It’s a very interesting time to visit Osaka, as the ultra-modern city becomes atypically traditional.

The autumn is actually very beautiful in Osaka

When to Visit Osaka – Depending on the Type of Traveler You Are

The best time to go shopping in osaka.

Though shopping in Osaka can always be fun, the best time is in winter.

During winter, temperatures are low, making shopping a pleasantly sweat-free experience. The streets are also adorned with endless illuminations, so it’s a beautiful time to stroll and explore the city’s stores.

And because winter is home to Christmas and New Year, you can find lots of interesting oddities to purchase on your shopping trips!

E Street shopping in Osaka

The Best Time to Spend Your Honeymoon in Osaka

There are two types of honeymoon to enjoy in Osaka – and they’re both flower-filled.

The first of these periods is early April, when the cherry blossoms are in full bloom. Yes, it’s busy and there may be too many crowds, but there aren’t many experiences as romantic as strolling through the blossom-lined parks of Osaka.

If you want a less busy (but equally leaf-heavy) honeymoon experience, autumn is fantastic. Osaka’s autumnal hues are bold and beautiful – and because this season offers great temperatures and few crowds, it’s a great time to enjoy time with your brand-new spouse.

Couple in Osaka park

The Best Time to Visit Osaka for Culture and Museums

Here, you have two options.

The first is to visit during New Year, when you’ll see local people visiting temples, cleaning their homes, and making traditional decorations. Though Osaka is a modern city – even by Japanese standards – this period sees its citizens embrace the simplicity of tradition for a while.

For a traditional Japanese festival, visit during July’s Tenjin Matsuri. There aren’t many festivals with processions of countless boats. But this is one of them. The festival also includes dancing, music, portable shrines and a real insight into Japanese traditions. One of the best and biggest festivals in the whole of Japan, many visit Osaka just to witness the festivities.

Dondoko Boat on Okawa River during Tenjin Festival

The Best Time for Sightseeing and Outdoor Activities in Osaka

If you really want to enjoy Osaka’s outdoors to their full potential, early April is the only time. You’ve only really enjoyed Osaka at its best when you’ve seen it covered in cherry blossoms.

If you’re more interested in sightseeing, fall is your best time. Osaka still looks great in the fall, but it also brings fewer crowds, making it a relaxing time to see all the sights.

Osaka Castle

The Best Time to Go to Osaka on a Budget

Between September and February.

During other months, there are lots of other tourists – both local and international – which make the city very busy and very expensive. Japan can be an expensive destination any time of year, but it’s particularly pricey from March to August.

But if you visit during the quieter period between September and February, you’ll get better deals on hotels, hostels, attractions and even food and drink.

The Best Time to Visit Osaka with Family and Kids

The best period to visit with your kids is early fall. During this period, the temperatures are good and the crowds are low. This means you can enjoy all of the excellent kid-friendly attractions without huge queues or weather complaints. At this time of year, queues for Osaka Aquarium and Universal Studios are relatively pretty small.

You should also consider visiting in May, when Japan celebrates the annual holiday of Children’s Day. With events, attractions, decorations and special food, it can be a really fun time to visit with kids.

Decorations for Children's Day in Osaka

The Best Time for Beaches in Osaka

Though few people visit Osaka for a beach vacation, there are some great beaches within an hour of the city. If your plan is to enjoy some sun and sand on a day trip from Osaka, your best time is August.

August is both the warmest and driest summer month, so it offers the perfect weather for lapping up the sun. July is pretty good too, but June’s heavy rainfall makes it a bad time for beach adventures.

That said, if you simply want to stroll along the beach without bathing in its bask, all months can be good – except the rainy periods of September and June.

View on the Miyakojima beach in Osaka

The Best Time for Surfing

Though very few tourists in Osaka ever visit the city to surf, it’s still an option for those who want to catch some waves. The best waves – though pretty far from Osaka – can be found in Wakayama. The beaches are usually pretty secluded, making them a great spot for some solitary surfing.

The best waves are found in the summer, making June, July and August your best options for surfing near Osaka.

People surfing in Osaka

The Best Time for Hiking Near Osaka

Osaka has some incredible nearby hikes, including Minoo Park, Mount Rokko, and Mount Ikoma. All can be tackled within a few hours, making them great day-trip options from Osaka. The best months for these hikes are March, April, October and November, when temperatures aren’t too hot and rainfall is pretty low.

These months also bring the best flora and foliage. While March and April are full of blossoms and bloom, October and November offer the crisp hues of fall leaves.

If you hike outside of these months, the weather can be unpleasant.

Hiking at Yatsubushi waterfalls Osaka

Osaka Events and Weather by Month

Osaka in january.

This is Osaka at its coldest. Often Osaka’s chilliest month, January has low (but very tolerable!) temperatures. Sometimes frosty, but rarely snowy, January can be a great time to visit Osaka if you’re okay with low temperatures. There’s not much rain in January.

You’ll experience around 10 hours of daylight per day.

Make sure you pack lots of warm layers, including a very warm coat. Though you should pack a waterproof, you might not need it.

January is one of the best times to visit Osaka if you’re interested in tradition – Japanese New Year is a fantastic insight into Japanese culture, heritage and family life.

  • Average Temperature: 6ºC / 43ºF
  • Low Temperature (Average): 3ºC / 37ºF
  • High Temperature (Average): 9ºC / 48ºF
  • Average Rainfall: 50mm / 16 days

Dotonbori Street in Osaka, Japan

Osaka in February

February is pretty similar to January, but the rainfall is a little heavier. In February, you’re very unlikely to experience any snow at all. The last month of winter, the end of February offers very small glimpses of the blooming flowers set to arrive March.

Again, you should pack very warm clothes. And you should definitely bring a waterproof, as there’s some chance of slightly heavy rain.

February offers around 11 hours of rain a day.

There aren’t many events in Osaka in February, though Valentine’s Day is a pretty big deal.

This lack of events – combined with relatively cold temperatures – makes Osaka pretty quiet, so it’s a great time to visit if you’re keen to avoid crowds of other tourists.

  • Average Rainfall: 70mm / 15 days

Rain at night February, Osaka

Osaka in March

In March, Osaka waves goodbye to winter with warmer temperatures, blooming flowers and the beginnings of picnic season. After a long winter, lots of local people start enjoying Osaka’s outdoors again, making it a great time to visit the city’s countless parks.

By March, there’s an average of around 12 hours of daylight per day.

You should still pack warm clothes, but you won’t need too many layers. That said, you’ll definitely need that waterproof coat, as rain starts to pick up in March.

March is an exciting time in Osaka. It heralds the start of the cherry blossom season, and marks the best part of the plum blossom period. It’s also the beginning of the sumo season, which is marked by a huge must-visit tournament at the end of the month.

  • Average Temperature: 10ºC / 49ºF
  • Low Temperature (Average): 6ºC / 43ºF
  • High Temperature (Average): 13ºC / 55ºF
  • Average Rainfall: 110mm / 17 days

Osaka cherry blossom in April

Osaka in April

April is Osaka’s busiest period: the cherry blossom season , or as they call it here, the Sakura season . During this period, Osaka is crammed with crowds, all keen to get their fix of Japan’s most famous flowers. If you want to see Osaka covered in cherry blossoms, this is the only time to visit.

But if you don’t like the chaos of countless crowds, you’ll find this period intolerable.

Temperatures in April are excellent, they’re warm and enjoyable without being too hot. Rainfall does start to increase in April, but it’s pretty manageable. For comfortable weather, this is one of the best times of the year to enjoy Osaka. You also get around 13 hours of daylight per day, which offers plenty of time for exploration.

You should pack warm-weather clothes along with a light waterproof layer.

  • Average Temperature: 15ºC / 59ºF
  • Low Temperature (Average): 11ºC / 52ºF
  • High Temperature (Average): 19ºC / 66ºF
  • Average Rainfall: 130mm / 14 days

Sakura Cherry Blossom at Osaka Castle in Japan

Osaka in May

For weather, May is one of Osaka’s best months. It’s warm without being overbearing, and it’s much drier than the coming June, which is Osaka’s wettest month by far. If you want to enjoy spring without crowds, this is the perfect time to visit the city.

Though a little rainy and a little humid, May’s weather is very rarely disruptive in any way. Temperatures average around 24ºC, making for excellent climes.

Make sure you pack light clothes. With around 14 hours of daylight per day, along with the hot temperatures, it’s very unlikely you’ll need warm clothes.

In May, locals celebrate three national holidays – Constitution Day, Greenery Day, and Children’s Day. This can create many crowds of local vacationers, which isn’t great for those who like quiet vacations. But it also means that it’s a great time to watch Japanese culture and tradition in action.

  • Average Temperature: 20ºC / 68ºF
  • Low Temperature (Average): 16ºC / 61ºF
  • High Temperature (Average): 24ºC / 75ºF
  • Average Rainfall: 150mm / 14 days

Girls in Osaka at night

Osaka in June

As summer arrives in Osaka, temperatures rise and the rainfall becomes very heavy. If you don’t like rain, June absolutely isn’t a good time to visit. Bring an umbrella along with waterproof clothes!

When it’s not raining, the temperatures are pretty high, so whether it rains or not, June is not the best time to walk around the city. That said, the days are long – you should expect around 14 hours of daylight per day.

June doesn’t have many big, exciting or interesting events. Overall, June really isn’t a great time to experience all the best things that Osaka has to offer, but you should consider it if you want to avoid the crowd while having some sunny weather from time to time.

  • Average Temperature: 24ºC / 75ºF
  • Low Temperature (Average): 20ºC / 68ºF
  • High Temperature (Average): 28ºC / 82ºF
  • Average Rainfall: 230mm / 17 days

Rain in Osaka, Japan

Osaka in July

In July, Osaka’s rain begins to die down a little – but the wetness doesn’t, as July is very humid and hot. If you’re accustomed to high humidity, this is an okay time to visit. But if you’re not accustomed to such weather, you won’t enjoy Osaka in July.

Osaka in July feels like a tropical month, so you should dress accordingly. You’ll get around 14 hour of sunlight per day.

Though the weather isn’t great for exploring the city, Osaka in July plays host to Tenjin Matsuri , one of Japan’s most exciting and interesting festivals. With parades both on land and on water, it’s an excellent insight into many parts of Japanese culture. If you can handle the heat, it’s one of the greatest events that Osaka has to offer, and absolutely worth the trip.

  • Average Temperature: 28ºC / 82ºF
  • Low Temperature (Average): 24ºC / 75ºF
  • High Temperature (Average): 31ºC / 88ºF
  • Average Rainfall: 140mm / 15 days

Dondoko Boat on Okawa River during Tenjin Festival in Osaka

Osaka in August

Osaka’s hottest month, temperatures are high and the air is humid, making for another tropical month. But if you can tolerate the heat, it’s not a bad time to visit, since rain is low.

Though a limited number of foreign tourists visit Osaka in August, there are many crowds of local people, as the country celebrates Obon, a period in which the Japanese celebrate their ancestry and heritage. Amongst other things, Japanese people use this period to mark the passing of loved ones.

This can be a very interesting time to visit Japan. Though busy, it’s a great time to experience the fascinating traditional period of Obon – and join the hordes as they enjoy riverside picnics.

If you visit in August, you should wear cool clothes. Though you should take a waterproof, you’re unlikely to need it. Small amounts of rain might even be a welcome respite from the searing heat. August has around 13 hour of daylight per day.

  • Average Temperature: 29ºC / 84ºF
  • Low Temperature (Average): 25ºC / 77ºF
  • High Temperature (Average): 33ºC / 91ºF
  • Average Rainfall: 90mm / 13 days

Osaka weather in August can become pretty hot, stay in the shades whenever you can

Osaka in September

In September, Osaka begins to cool down a little, but the city still retains much of summer’s warmth for now. As the seasons change, there’s a lot of rain, so September is a very wet month in Osaka.

You won’t need heavy clothes but you’ll definitely need something waterproof!

There aren’t many events in September, so it can be an uninteresting time to visit Osaka. That said, similarly to month of June the lack of events makes the city fairly quiet, so if you’re interested in exploring without the chaos of many crowds, this can be a good time.

Before the days begin to get short, September offers around 12 hours of daylight per day, so you get plenty of time for sightseeing.

  • Average Temperature: 25ºC / 77ºF
  • Low Temperature (Average): 21ºC / 70ºF
  • High Temperature (Average): 29ºC / 84ºF
  • Average Rainfall: 170mm / 16 days

Osaka in October

In October, temperatures and rainfall both drop. Even so, it’s still fairly warm, so October – as far as weather is concerned – can be a great time to visit Osaka.

In October, you can enjoy around 11 hour of daylight per day.

There aren’t too many tourists in Osaka in October, so if you want to explore the city without too many crowds, this can be a great time.

The lack of crowds is partially due to the lack of big events. While there’s nothing major happening in Osaka during October, Halloween is a big deal.

If you like the season of ghosts and ghouls, you’ll love Japan’s interpretation of the spooky spectacular. There are many Halloween-themed parties and events across Osaka in October, which offer a fantastic insight into Japan’s fascination with kooky costumes.

  • Average Temperature: 19ºC / 66ºF
  • Low Temperature (Average): 15ºC / 59ºF
  • High Temperature (Average): 23ºC / 73ºF
  • Average Rainfall: 110mm / 14 days

Fall park in Osaka

Osaka in November

Temperatures and rainfall drop again in November. If you like cool weather, November can be a great time to visit Osaka. It’s also a great time to visit if you like outdoor adventure. During this time of year, fall dominates Osaka, leaving the city draped in fiery tones of red and orange.

If you’re planning to do some hiking in Osaka’s beautiful November colors, you’ll have more than ten hours per day to do it.

Bring a waterproof, though you may not need it. And though the days are fairly temperate, nights can bring some chills, so pack a couple of layers.

For those who like nature, November is second only to the period of March and April. Fall in Osaka is almost as beautiful as cherry-blossomed spring. And because it’s pretty quiet, it can be an ideal time for outdoor exploration.

  • Average Temperature: 14ºC / 56ºF
  • Low Temperature (Average): 10ºC / 50ºF
  • High Temperature (Average): 17ºC / 63ºF
  • Average Rainfall: 70mm / 12 days

Orange leafed trees during autum in Minoo Parak in Osaka, Japan

Osaka in December

Fairly cold and very dry, December is a fantastic time to visit Osaka if you don’t mind low temperatures.

You’ll need warm clothes but you’re very unlikely to need any waterproof stuff, which is excellent news for exploring the city and its parks.

Christmas time in Osaka is very exciting. Full of winter illuminations, the city looks even more magical during December than it usually does. If you like cozy winter nights and bright Christmas illuminations, this is a fantastic time to visit the city – especially given the comfortable weather.

  • Average Temperature: 9ºC / 47ºF
  • Low Temperature (Average): 5ºC / 41ºF
  • High Temperature (Average): 12ºC / 54ºF
  • Average Rainfall: 30mm / 14 days

Night Scene of Dotonbori Japan with busy shoppers walking around

The Best Time to Go to Osaka – Final Thoughts

Osaka is incredible. One of Japan’s most fascinating cities, its neon-soaked streets are full of great food, friendly people and cool venues. With some of Japan’s best meals, morsels, bars and parks, it has something for everyone.

But your experience can vary depending on when you visit. And these experiences vary wildly and widely, from winter illuminations to boat-filled parades to a traditional festival to honor the dead.

Our top pick is April, Osaka’s busiest period. The beginning of April is the cherry blossom season, Japan’s most iconic flower. Osaka is one of the best places to experience the hot-pink hues of the season. If you don’t mind big crowds, you should absolutely visit Osaka in early April.

But whenever you choose to go, you’ll fall in love with the city. For many, it’s the best city in Japan. If you visit, you’ll see exactly why that is. But before traveling to Osaka, make sure to learn some common phrases in the Japanese language that will help you communicate with locals and enjoy your stay even mire.

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Being a Digital Nomad: Tips, Tricks and Places

Do you want to be a digital nomad?

If you do, maybe you don’t know where you might want to live. Or how to live there. Or whether you need a visa. Or how to make friends in the scary sprawl of a brand-new city. Or how to stay productive while you travel. Or how to find an apartment. Or whether this lifestyle really is for you. Or… I’m sure you get the idea.

But with some insight and experience, it’s not as difficult as you think. So in this book, I’ve gathered my 6 years of digital-nomadding experience … and I’ve used it to answer all your questions, soothe all your fears, and get you on your way. After reading this, you’ll realise being a digital nomad is much easier (and much more possible!) than you think.

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Osaka, analogue adventures and sleep tourism among top UAE travel trends in 2024

Posted: 6 November 2023 | Last updated: 6 November 2023

More than half of UAE residents plan to spend more on travel in 2024 when compared to this year, with up to 90 per cent saying they will take at least the same number of trips.

That is according to a new report by Skyscanner, Travel Trends: Redefining value through experience in 2024 , which was released on Monday.

The data, which was taken in August with a sample of 1,000 UAE respondents, reveals the most popular destinations, travel trends and emerging traveller types.

Budget is a key factor

Value for money is a key factor for UAE travellers, with the cost of the hotel (16 per cent) and flight (32 per cent) being the biggest elements that determine destination choice.

A total of 56 per cent are budgeting to spend more on travel next year than this year, while 31 per cent will spend the same.

For anyone looking for budget-friendly destination, the Skyscanner report also includes the biggest airfare price drops for next year, including Orlando, Florida (a 72 per cent drop), Male in the Maldives (58 per cent drop) and Rome (52 per cent).

Munich, Brussels, New York , Bangkok, Antalya, Istanbul and Los Angeles have all had price drops, too.

Cultural experiences on top

Almost half (42 per cent) of UAE respondents say they now rate the overall “vibe” of a destination as the most important factor when choosing where to go on holiday – even more so than budget friendliness.

The experience factor is powering four trends right now, the report states, including sleep retreats, destinations seen in films and on TV, culinary experiences and catching a music concert.

Sleep retreats are becoming increasingly popular, the Skyscanner reports. Nearly half of UAE travellers (46 per cent) say they’re not getting the recommended seven to eight hours of sleep a night, and say getting a good night's sleep is high on their holiday agendas.

About 38 per cent of fans say they would fly short haul to watch their favourite musician live, while 19 per cent would commit to long haul. Thirty-eight per cent of those aged 25 to 34 plan to attend a gig in India next year.

Emily in Paris is providing UAE travellers with the most destination inspiration, with 40 per cent saying they want to experience the French capital like protagonist Emily Cooper, while more than a quarter want to head to Venice Beach like Barbie.

That said, while 92 per cent of UAE travellers say they have been inspired to take a trip based on what they've seen on the big or small screen, only 59 per cent go on to book.

As for restaurants, 46 per cent of UAE travellers say they've visited a destination to go to a specific restaurant, while 46 per cent more say it's something they want to do.

Emerging traveller types

Analogue adventurers is one of the emerging traveller types reported for 2024, which means Gen Z travellers are ditching digital devices in favour of analogue techniques. For example, 26 per cent of 18 to 24 year olds in the UAE are taking Polaroid cameras on holiday with them, 22 per cent take vinyl records and 15 per cent pack a 35mm film camera.

Many passengers from the UAE are also celebrating big milestones on holiday, with 72 per cent having taken a group trip to mark a birthday or anniversary. A further 23 per cent say it's something they would love to do. Saudi Arabia, Thailand and Turkey are the most popular places in the report for friends and families planning to celebrate.

A third type is called “luxe-for-less seekers”, as 37 per cent of travellers are planning to upgrade their flight to business or first class. Forty-two per cent plan to buy airport lounge access.

Osaka is the most favoured destination

While European capitals are trending next year, the list of top 10 destinations UAE travellers are planning to go to starts with Osaka , in Japan, which has had a 305 per cent spike on year-on-year searches.

This is followed by Antalya in Turkey (273 per cent), Tokyo (250 per cent), Rome (154 per cent) and Berlin (96 per cent). Amsterdam, New York, London, Athens and Paris round out the top 10.

Food, attractions and the weather are the three biggest factors for UAE travellers when deciding where to go. Historical tours, heading to the beach and trying local food are the favourite cultural activities.

Other activities being favoured next year include snow sports (21 per cent), sporting events (20 per cent) and heading to a gallery (19 per cent).

“Skyscanner’s 2024 Travel Trends report highlights a growing emphasis on cultural exploration among travellers for the coming year,” said Naomi Hahn, vice president of strategy at Skyscanner. “We're witnessing a diverse range of cultural interests in travel, from music enthusiasts embarking on journeys to see their favourite artists to budget-conscious food enthusiasts seeking the finest culinary experiences without breaking the bank.”

Travel searches in the UAE for Osaka have spiked by 305 per cent year-on-year on Skyscanner. Unsplash / Jeremy Santana

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Osaka ponders ride-sharing in drive to alleviate expo congestion

By YUICHI NOBIRA/ Staff Writer

October 30, 2023 at 18:27 JST


OSAKA--Prefectural and city governments here are considering introducing ride-sharing services for the 2025 Osaka Kansai Expo to help ease the expected transportation crunch during the world's fair.

“Taxis are a crucial means of transportation, but there is concern about a driver shortage,” Osaka Governor Hirofumi Yoshimura said at a meeting of senior officials from prefectural and city governments on Oct. 19. “We need to show alternatives in this Osaka metropolis.”

He expressed his intention to roll out ride-sharing services across the prefecture for only a year starting from next autumn that is six months ahead of the expo’s opening.

A joint project team of the prefectural and city governments will be set up in November to compile a draft by the end of this year.

Yoshimura first announced his intention to adopt ride-sharing at a prefectural assembly meeting on Oct. 17.

The governor regards the adoption for the limited period as Step 1, with plans to consider permanent implementation as Step 2 after closely examining areas for improvement.

A crucial labor shortage in the taxi industry lies behind the push.

Over 15 years through 2021, the number of taxi drivers nationwide has dropped by around 40 percent to 221,849 as of that year, according to the Osaka prefectural government.

The same trend is being seen in the prefecture.

The workforce is also aging, with the average age of male drivers in the prefecture increasing from 56 years old in 2004 to 62.2 years old in 2022.

Prime Minister Fumio Kishida touched upon introducing ride-sharing in his policy speech on Oct. 23.

The Kanagawa prefectural government is also considering adopting a Kanagawa version of ride-sharing in the city of Miura, in which taxi companies would manage the operation.

Prompted by the upcoming expo, the Osaka prefectural and city governments are fast-tracking their ride-sharing.


Roughly 28 million people are expected to visit the event during the period from April to October 2025, further driving up the demand for taxis.

In response, Yoshimura proposed an Osaka version of ride-sharing in a top-down approach, according to a senior prefectural official.

Visitors cannot directly access the expo site on the artificial island of Yumeshima in Osaka Bay using private cars or taxis.

But the prefectural and city governments hope that ride-sharing could help alleviate the shortage of taxis when visitors travel in the prefecture or conduct business activities during the expo.

However, introducing the services within about a year poses significant challenges.

Under the Road Transport Law, the use of private vehicles for passenger transport is prohibited, in principle, as part of the so-called “unlicensed taxi” act.

While ride-sharing is widely used abroad, Japan faces issues such as ensuring safety and protecting users. Taxi industry groups have also opposed such services.

Therefore, the prefectural and city governments are focusing on transportation for “public welfare” in their push for its implementation.

Article 78, Clause 3 of the law stipulates that the use of private vehicles for passenger transport is exceptionally allowed with permission from the transport ministry provided the areas or hours are limited to when it’s necessary to ensure public welfare.

According to the ministry, there have been precedents based on the article, including cargo transportation during peak times such as the year-end and New Year’s holidays, as well as the use of taxis for delivery services during the state of emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

However, there are no specific requirements to determine whether the expo falls under public welfare. Decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis.

“If a national project such as the expo brings numerous visitors to Osaka, securing transportation could become an extremely important public need,” Yoshimura said on Oct. 26.

On the other hand, a senior prefectural official was concerned, saying, “The concept of public welfare is extremely vague and it is largely left to the discretion of the transport minister.”

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World Expos provide a unique opportunity for governments, companies, international organizations, and citizens to share ideas, innovate, collaborate, and celebrate ingenuity.

October 30 - Osaka, Japan - Global Affairs Canada

Today on the margins of the Team Canada Trade Mission to Japan, the Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of Export Promotion, International Trade and Economic Development, participated in the concept unveiling for the Canada Pavilion at Expo 2025 Osaka.

The Canada Pavilion will embrace the natural cycles of Canada’s seasons, including the thaw of frozen riverways at the onset of spring. The pavilion’s exterior architecture is inspired by these spring-time ice formations, while inside, a dynamic public presentation will invite visitors to follow a river’s journey across the country.

Canada’s participation at Expo 2025 Osaka is an opportunity to celebrate the longstanding close ties between Canada and Japan and deliver on our Indo-Pacific Strategy.

The Expo will deepen commercial ties between Canada and Japan, while promoting Canadian innovation and its attractiveness as a destination for business and investment.

“Canada has been working hard back home and here in Japan to advance Canada Pavilion plans. The Canada Pavilion will showcase Canada as an excellent place to invest, do business, generate new opportunities for economic growth and empower future generations.” - Mary Ng, Minister of Export Promotion, International Trade and Economic Development
“Canada is pleased to partner with Japan for Expo 2025 Osaka, Kansai and build on longstanding cultural, economic and people-to-people ties between Japan and Canada.” - Mélanie Joly, Minister of Foreign Affairs
“I’m delighted to have members of the Canada Pavilion creative team here in Osaka, along with friends of Canada in Japan, to join in presenting this first glimpse of the concept for the Canada Pavilion on the road to Expo 2025 Osaka.” - Laurie Peters, Commissioner General for Canada at Expo 2025 Osaka

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Expo 2025 Osaka, Kansai will take place in Osaka, Japan from April 13, 2025 to October 13, 2025. The theme is "Designing Future Society for Our Lives". A focus for Expo 2025 Osaka, Kansai is global collaboration and progress in the context of fulfilling the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Over 150 countries and international organizations are expected to participate and up to 28 million visits are anticipated over the six-month event.

Released in November 2022, Canada’s Indo-Pacific Strategy sets out the importance of Canada’s bilateral relationship with Japan, Canada’s only G7 partner in the Indo-Pacific. The strategy identifies Expo 2025 Osaka, Kansai as a key initiative to showcase Canadian innovation, resources, investment and education to Japan and the broader Indo-Pacific region.

Previously, Canada participated in the International Exhibition in Dubai, UAE from October 1, 2021 to March 31, 2022. It was the first world fair in both the Middle East and the Arabic-speaking world and recorded over 24 million visits

In May 2021, Canada and Japan agreed on six areas of bilateral cooperation that will advance common interests in the Indo-Pacific region. These six areas are the rule of law; peacekeeping operations, peacebuilding and humanitarian assistance and disaster relief; energy security; health security and responding to COVID-19; free trade promotion and trade agreement implementation; and the environment and climate change.

With a gross domestic product of $5.5 trillion in 2022, Japan is the world’s third-largest national economy, and one of Canada’s most important economic and commercial partners. Japan is also Canada’s largest source of foreign direct investment (FDI) in the Indo-Pacific, with stock valued at $40.7 billion in 2022.

Canadian investment in Japan is also significant and diverse. There are Canadian companies operating in the country, across a variety of sectors, including in the automotive, information and communications technologies, financial services, and forestry sectors.

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With the approval of the Japanese government, the Japan Association for the 2025 World Exposition (hereinafter referred to as “the Association”) announces that the ticket types and prices for admission to Expo 2025 Osaka, Kansai, Japan (hereinafter referred to as “the Expo”) have been decided as follows. In order to attract more people, including children who will lead the next generation, to the Expo, the Association has set up many variations of admission tickets for the Expo, including affordable advance tickets such as opening tickets, first-half period tickets, and super early bird tickets, as well as multiple-entry passes such as summer passes and season passes, group tickets, and more. Advance tickets are expected to be available by the end of 2023. Details on the release date, purchase method, and other details will be announced on the Association’s official Web site around the autumn of 2023. Toward the opening of the Expo in 2025, various new information on Expo, including visit reservations, venue access, and events, will be posted on the official website of the Association and on the official social media.

Admission ticket types and prices

Many varieties have been set up so that more people can come to the Expo ・Opening and first-half period tickets to ease congestion in the second half of the Expo period ・Summer Pass for multiple admissions for children and families during the summer vacation period ・Season pass that allows you to visit the Expo as many times as you like during the Expo ・Night ticket that makes it easy to visit the Expo after work as the Expo is held in an urban area ・One-day ticket that allows you one admission at any time during the Expo available with super early bird and early bird discount purchases ・Special discount group ticket for school and general groups as well as a special discount ticket for people with disabilities are available

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※ Tax included ※ Age is an individual’s full age(completed years since birth) as of April 1, 2025. Children 3 years old or younger are free of charge. ※ Sale of limited advance tickets: until April 12, 2025 Sale of super early bird tickets (one-day ticket): until October 6, 2024 Sale of early bird tickets (one-day ticket): from October 7, 2024, to April 12, 2025 ※ Admission tickets will be electronic tickets. You can purchase them from your smartphone or computer. For those who have difficulty purchasing tickets via smartphone, tickets can also be purchased through travel agencies and various play guides. ※ Reservations that can be made up to 6 months before visiting, are required for admission. Details will be announced around the Summer of 2024.

For reference

※ ① Estimate for a family visit: a family of four, two parents and two elementary school children who visit on Saturday or Sunday, one week after the opening of the Expo @4,000 yen (opening ticket for adults) × 2 = 8,000 yen @1,000 yen (opening ticket for children) × 2 = 2,000 yen Total: 10,000 yen ② Estimate for a family visit: a family of four, two parents and two elementary school children who visit on a holiday in May one month after the opening of the Expo @5,000 yen (first-half period ticket for adults) × 2 = 10,000 yen @1,200 yen (first-half period ticket for children) × 2 = 2,400 yen Total: 12,400 yen

What are the attractions of Expo 2025 Osaka, Kansai, Japan?

The World Exposition is an international event held every five years in only one place in the world. In Expo 2025 Osaka, Kansai, Japan, for 184 days from Sunday, April 13, 2025, more than 150 Official Participants will participate under the theme “Designing Future Society for Our Lives” and, exhibitions, events and various exchanges will be held. The Expo site on Yumeshima, Osaka, is surrounded by the sea on all sides. The approximately 155-hectare site will include pavilions for Official Participants, signature pavilions created by the eight thematic project Producers, 13 pavilions for private sectors, Japan Pavilion, Osaka Healthcare Pavilion, Kansai Pavilion, Women’s Pavilion, Future Life Experience, restaurants and sales facilities, and more. Each facility can be visited using one of the world’s largest wooden structures, the “Grand Roof (Ring),” which symbolizes the philosophy of “Unity in Diversity”. Visitors can experience the future society of flying cars, automated translation, and automated electric buses, as well as enjoy a full day of events held at the Water Plaza, the Forest of Tranquility, and other locations throughout the venue. In addition to aiming to achieve sustainability through the preparation and operation of the Expo, the Association is also considering inclusive venue operations that incorporate universal design and other features.

Overview of the Expo

・Period: 184 days, from Sunday, April 13 to Monday, October 13, 2025 ・Venue: Yumeshima Island, Osaka ・Theme: Designing Future Society for Our Lives ・Concept: People’s Living lab

Access to the site (planned)

※As a general rule, please use public transportation such as trains and buses. ・By train: The Osaka Metro Chuo Line will be extended to Yumeshima, allowing visitors to come directly to the site by train. ・By bus: Shuttle buses will run to the site from major stations and airports in Osaka and the Kansai region. ・By privately-owned car: You will use the off-site parking lots in Maishima, Amagasaki, and Sakai, and transfer to a bus from there to the site. (Private cars are not allowed to come directly to the site.)

Starting period of admission tickets sales

・TBA (Within 2023, under consideration)

Information on Expo 2025 Osaka, Kansai, Japan

・Official website: https://www.expo2025.or.jp/ ・Official social media: Twitter  https://twitter.com/expo2025_japan Facebook  https://www.facebook.com/expo2025japan Instagram  https://www.instagram.com/expo2025japan/ YouTube   https://www.youtube.com/@Expo2025Japan

For individuals: Please refer to the official website (Individual questions and inquiries are not being handled at present.)

For ticket sales operators: Admission Tickets Department, Japan Association for the 2025 World Exposition ※ A briefing session on consignment sales contracts will be held separately. The date and time of the briefing will be announced on the Association official website as soon as it is determined. Please note that we will refrain from providing prior explanations of the content of the briefing.

For media: Public Relations Department, Japan Association for the 2025 World Exposition E-mail: [email protected]

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  •  What kind of exhibitions are held in Osaka every year? Many well known exhibitions are held in Osaka, including New Environment Exposition(N-EXPO), Mechanical Components & Materials Technology Expo (M-Tech), INTERMOLD, etc. Please check the list on our page of "Trade fair in Osaka".
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Osaka to Tokyo: The Fastest and Cheapest Ways to Get There

Traveling from Osaka to  Tokyo  is quick and easy, as it’s one of the most popular routes in Japan. 

The two cities are separated by a distance of approximately 500km, which can be covered by bullet train, highway bus, and a few other ways — it all depends on how much time and money you have. Read on for a comprehensive breakdown of all your travel options.

Pro tip: Compare the JR Pass and one-way Shinkansen tickets to see which is cheaper for your trip.

How to get from Osaka to Tokyo

Hands down the  fastest, easiest, and most convenient way of traveling between Osaka and Tokyo is the Shinkansen , particularly if you have a  All Japan Rail Pass . The most budget option is usually the Seishun 18 pass (if you time it right and are traveling with a partner or friends) — but it’s also the most time-consuming and least comfortable. Highway buses and cheap flights are your best bet.

Since Osaka is just a short train ride from Kyoto , the options for getting from Kyoto to Tokyo are largely the same. And if you’re doing the reverse route, our Tokyo to Osaka transport guide has you covered.

Osaka to Tokyo: Transport options

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Shinkansen (bullet train) from Osaka to Tokyo

From ¥ 13,870 2 hours and 22 minutes (fastest service) Buy a single Shinkansen ticket , or a JR Pass in advance

The Shinkansen , or bullet train, is definitely the fastest and most convenient way of getting from Osaka to Tokyo, and it’s well worth experiencing a ride on one of the world’s top railways. While the Shinkansen is not always the cheapest option, if you are looking to reach Tokyo within a couple of hours, without the hassle of transfers, this is your best choice.

Note: The bullet train departs from Shin-Osaka Station, not Osaka Station, which is a couple of stops away.

How long does the Shinkansen take?

The ride from Osaka to Tokyo typically takes 2.5 to 3 hours, depending on which Shinkansen service you choose. The fastest option is the Nozomi, which is the one that takes 2 hours and 22 minutes. If you have a  Japan Rail Pass , you’ll need to catch the Hikari, which takes closer to 3 hours to make the journey.

The slowest service, the Kodama, will get you there in around 4 hours. Because the Kodama is rather sluggish, it’s best avoided. A Shinkansen departs Shin-Osaka Station roughly every 5–15 minutes, so you can leave whenever you’re ready.

Cost of taking the Shinkansen from Osaka to Tokyo

Buying a regular one-way ticket from Osaka to Tokyo will cost you ¥ 13,870 for a non-reserved seat. For a reserved seat, the cost is ¥ 14,200 – ¥ 15,120 , depending on the service (Nozomi or Hikari/Kodama) and the season (off-peak, peak, super-peak, etc.).

For more information on seasonal price fluctuations, see our breakdown of how Shinkansen fares are calculated . But the gist of it is that traveling is more expensive during times like Golden Week and New Year .

Should you reserve a seat on the Shinkansen?

To save some money, you can risk non-reserved seating, but you might end up with nowhere to sit and have to stand all the way — which can be uncomfortable. If you are traveling with children, don’t like standing for long periods of time, or have large bags, our advice is to go for a reserved seat . You can reserve your seats in advance at a JR ticket office, at any major JR station in Japan.

Remember: New Shinkansen luggage rules mean for bags over a certain size you need a special seat reservation.

Pro tip: If you have a lot of luggage, or even one huge bag, consider sending it on ahead with a luggage delivery service .

The All Japan Rail Pass and the Hokuriku Arch Pass

Taking the bullet train can be costly, but there are ways to make it a bit more affordable. The famous  All Japan Rail Pass covers Shinkansen travel between Tokyo and Osaka (just not on the Nozomi service). Unfortunately, prices increased in 2023 and now a 7-day pass costs ¥ 50,000 , so you’ll need to plan your journey carefully to work out if the pass is right for you.

If you don’t mind taking the scenic route, we recommend getting a Hokuriku Arch Pass instead. It’s a regional rail pass that takes you between Osaka/Kyoto and Tokyo, along an arching route that includes Kanazawa and Nagano . Prices started at ¥ 24,500 .

Using low-cost airlines to fly from Osaka to Tokyo

From ¥ 4,000 (one-way) + travel cost to/from the airport 90 minutes (flight time) + travel time to/from the airport Itami or KIX to Narita or Haneda

Various  low-cost carriers  offer discount airfares between Kansai International Airport and Tokyo.

Prices usually range between  ¥ 4,000 and  ¥ 8,000 one-way. During sales, tickets can be even cheaper. The flight from Osaka to Tokyo takes about 1 hour and 30 minutes. Most LCCs land at Narita, while legacy carriers like JAL and ANA fly to Haneda. 

In the lead-up to your trip, it’s a good idea to check the websites of budget airlines like Jetstar and Peach directly for promos.

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Flights from Kansai Airport to Tokyo

Flights from itami airport to tokyo.

Before booking anything, though, bear in mind that you’ll have to cough up for airport transfers on both ends — which can sometimes negate the savings you think you’re getting. Read about the options for getting from  Narita to Tokyo  and Haneda to Tokyo  so you know how much to budget.

Taking the bus from Osaka to Tokyo

From ¥ 2,600 8 hours or more

If you’re okay on long-ish bus trips, taking an overnight highway bus from Osaka to Tokyo is a good budget option. Buses typically depart from Umeda, Namba, or Shin-Osaka Station between 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. and arrive in Tokyo around 6 a.m. or 7 a.m. the next morning. You can scoop a one-way ticket for as little as ¥ 2,600 , with prices going up depending on the level of comfort you’re after and the dates you’re booking. 

Highway Bus Shinjuku Station

Check Willer Express and Kosoku Bus  to see what’s available. Note that female-only buses are sometimes available, which is handy for solo female travelers in Japan .

Local trains and Seishun 18: A dirt-cheap alternative

¥ 2,410 (using the Seishun 18 Pass) 9 hours or more

If you find yourself traveling during Seishun 18 ticket season, you could take a (very) slow ride from Osaka to Tokyo using nothing but local and rapid JR trains. This may take a full day (or even 2), but if you’re a hardcore cheapo, it’s a viable alternative.

The  Seishun 18 Pass  is sold three times a year (in summer, winter and spring) and allows 5 consecutive or non-consecutive days of unlimited travel on local and rapid JR trains (nothing faster) for ¥ 12,050 .

The cool thing is that you can split one ticket five ways. For example, a group of five travelers can have one full day of travel for ¥ 2,410 each. Since trips using the Seishun 18 tend to be rather complex, it’s a good idea to plan your route on sites like Jorudan before jumping on the train.

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Driving between Osaka and Tokyo

Around ¥ 11,000 in tolls 6 hours or so

When taking into account the cost of tolls and fuel along with the 6- to 7-hour travel time, driving doesn’t make a lot of sense. For a standard vehicle using ETC (the automatic toll collection system) the tolls alone from central Osaka to Shinjuku in Tokyo would be ¥ 13,140 .

Unlike some other express routes, there are no weekend discounts. On top of the tolls, the 500km (310 mile) journey should also empty your gas tank. Of course, if you are traveling with multiple passengers, pets, or large items of luggage, driving makes a lot more sense.

For more on driving in Japan, see our article on Japan’s network of toll highways . If you don’t have your own wheels, consult our guide to renting a car .

Osaka to Tokyo travel FAQs

When is the best time to book travel between osaka and tokyo.

Tokyo is a major destination in Japan, and the usual peak travel season cautions apply. Travel in Japan is always more hectic, crowded, and expensive during peak periods, which include: year-end/New Year’s, cherry blossom season (late March to early April), Golden Week , and summer break (late July through August).

Shinkansen tickets fluctuate only slightly — a few hundred yen — but flights and buses, with dynamic pricing, can cost as much as twice the price of an off-peak ticket. There are no black out dates on the discount fares for international tourists offered by JAL and ANA, though flights may very well sell out during busy periods.

Generally speaking, weekdays are better than weekends (though beware of getting on city trains during rush hour with luggage).

Is it possible to do a day trip to Tokyo from Osaka?

Yes, it is. The Shinkansen starts running around 6 a.m. and the last return train from Tokyo to Shin-Osaka is around 9 p.m. A night bus gives you slightly more time, departing around 11 p.m. This gives you a whole day in Tokyo; however, given how big Tokyo is, one day isn’t nearly enough to see the whole city.

Kyoto is much more doable as a day trip from Osaka, as it’s only a 30-minute train ride away.

While we do our best to ensure it’s correct, information is subject to change. This post was first published in October 2017. Last updated in October 2023 by Maria Danuco.

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