With a population just shy of 3 million, Osaka is the third largest city in Japan (behind Yokohama and Tokyo, respectively). I had an opportunity to visit Osaka in mid-December, and I was dazzled by the Christmas-themed lights and decorations. I’ve written previously about food and transportation in Osaka. Prior to that post, I wrote about the Ritz Carlton Osaka and their Strawberry Buffet. This time I was fortunate to capture some video footage of Christmas in Osaka. Enjoy!
While there’s so much to do in Osaka, here are a few of the things you might not want to miss:
Take a stroll through Namba, Dotonburi, and Shinsaibashi.
Go to the top of the Umeda Sky Building.
Go to Tsutenkaku Tower. The tower itself is not spectacular, but I hope you’ll agree that its underbelly is stunning.
Eat Okonomiyaki (it’s in the video). And try Kushikatsu (pictured below).
If the cost of travel to Osaka is what’s keeping you from going, know this: my hotel was $55/night (the APA Osaka-Higobashi-Ekimae). (It may be easier for Americans to book it via Hotels.com). And food in Osaka is, in my experience, less than it costs to buy food in California. You can get egg-salad/pork-tonkatsu sandwiches at Family Mart (an omnipresent convenience store) that’ll blow your mind! (And they cost about $2.) Or you can get a bowl of udon, ramen, or soba for $5-7. If you want sushi, trust me: you’ll pay about 1/2 to 1/3 of what you pay in the USA.
And finally, if you get hung up on the flight, perhaps because of the price, or perhaps because of how taxing it can be to fly 12 hours in small, cramped, sub-optimal seats, consider flying Business Class or First Class on ANA. Each seat turns into a bed. If you play your cards right, you can fly on points. That’s what I did.
Pictured below is the ANA representative who met me when I deplaned from my LAX-HND (Tokyo Haneda Airport) flight.
This is the awaiting Lexus that whisked me away to the Domestic Terminal.
And the made-to-order wagyu that was served in the ANA First Class Lounge at Tokyo Haneda Airport was . . . delicious.
Traveling to Japan is a dream come true, a dream I try to realize 7-8 times per year. And while not all of my flights are free, I’m happy to help if you have any questions about how to fly for free. Just contact me, or post your question in the comments below.