Osaka is one of the largest cities in Japan, and also one of the most accessible; offering guests extremely reduced transportation passes, and entrance fees to its major attractions. Located in the Kansai region, it's known as the best place in the country to eat, drink and party. Visiting Dotonbori Street is a must for anyone heading to Osaka. A former entertainment district, it is now a popular shopping street, featuring famous restaurants, hotels, local fare, shops with elaborate storefronts and Japan's iconic neon lights. Osaka is home to Universal Studios Japan, which is easily accessible by subway.
The majority of visitors to Osaka arrive via Kansai International Airport (KIX), Osaka International Airport (ITM) or the Shinkansen bullet train. There are also cruises to Osaka from Busan, in South Korea. The city offers varied transportation, ranging from modern taxis with white-gloved drivers, to a vast subway system that can quickly get you anywhere you want to go. Visitors to the city can also take advantage of the Osaka Unlimited Pass, an inexpensive pass which allows unlimited use of the train and bus system.
Osaka has four distinct seasons; Winter weather hovers around 50 degrees Farenheit while the summer peaks around 95 degrees. Spring and fall feature the most moderate climes, though October is typhoon season.
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