Monday, July 30, 2012

A hundred and Juan things to do in Osaka

Even with just two days in Osaka, there are countless things to do -- especially if you know exactly where to look.

Among the liveliest tourist spots, Osaka is a historical yet trendsetting city that doesn’t sleep. It's easily a welcoming, scenic haven for tourists who wish to unwind, have fun and explore.


Also a thriving entertainment and arts hub, Osaka is an ideal destination for arts and culture aficionados, foodies, and adventure-seekers who want exciting, round-the-clock options. For Filipino travelers, it’s easy enough to get there with Cebu Pacific offering direct flights from Manila to Osaka for as low as PhP 5,999.

You can take the Cebu Pacific afternoon flight to Osaka, and head straight to the city’s most happening night spots directly from the airport. Hop from one izakaya or pub to another and indulge in smooth-tasting Japanese beer.

Establishments like Club Karma and Grand Café—both excellent places for dancing—plus the neon-colorful Dotonbori area, can be enjoyed until the wee hours of the morning. Karaoke bars, spas and game arcades also beckon at night, a perfect way to jumpstart an unforgettable Osaka trip.

 During the day, you can go to Universal Studios Japan and enjoy its awesome attractions. The theme park offers pure fun for children-at-heart with famed movie-inspired attractions like the Jaws, Space Fantasy and Terminator 2 3D rides.


Osaka’s limitless dining options will surely thrill the palate. There are basement food halls, street stalls and also popular restaurants; as well as reasonably-priced sushi, udon noodles and nabe dishes that can be enjoyed with various tea brews.

For fun, deep-fry your meal yourselves at the Osaka branch of Kushiya Monogatari, a popular chain of restaurants where diners choose among meat and vegetable skewers and cook them at their own tables.


Come sundown, cool off at Osaka Bay where one of the world’s largest ferris wheels, the Tempozan Giant Ferris Wheel, can be found. The 112-meter high attraction offers magnificent views of Kobe, Osaka and Osaka Bay from 10 AM to 10 PM for 700 yen (roughly P370) per person.

(Photo courtesy of the Osaka Convention and Tourism Bureau) 

There are also plenty of shopping, dining and sightseeing activities to be enjoyed by just hanging around the bay. Next day, drop by the Osaka Maritime Museum or Bird Sanctuary or one of Osaka’s highlights, the Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan in Tempozan Harbor Village, before heading to the Osaka International Airport for your flight home.

(Photo courtesy of the Osaka Convention and Tourism Bureau) 

Known as the biggest aquarium in the world, this marine attraction is home to whale sharks, penguins, manta rays and dolphins, among others. For 2,000 yen (P1,050) for adults and 900 yen (P475) for children, you can catch a glimpse of underwater life -- and you can even see creatures living in the lower depths of the ocean.

Much fun is to be had and these are just some of Osaka’s many interesting attractions.

 (Photo courtesy of the Osaka Convention and Tourism Bureau) 


With Cebu Pacific’s affordable airfare and timely thrice weekly schedule, Filipino travelers can include fantastic Osaka in their top places to visit. The Philippines’ leading low-cost carrier, Cebu Pacific flies to 16 international destinations: Bangkok, Beijing, Brunei, Busan, Guangzhou, Ho Chi Minh, Hong Kong, Jakarta, Kota Kinabalu, Kuala Lumpur, Macau, Osaka, Seoul (Incheon), Shanghai, Singapore and Taipei.

Cebu Pacific also flies to 33 domestic destinations.


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