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Ever so fascinating and endlessly mesmerising, Osaka is an ideal destination to experience modernity in Japan. It bursts with diverse street culture, enormous shopping malls and ultramodern architectural wonders. Culture lovers, epicureans and even leisure travellers have taken to the city like moths to flame. They board Osaka bound flights time and again to wallow in the grandeur of its attractions like Osaka Castle, Floating Garden Observatory, Shitenno-ji Temple, Sumiyoshi Taisha Grand Shrine and others. Apart from this, they also sing praises of Osaka's rich culinary scene that rivals the best in the world and intoxicating consumerist culture that leaves them longing for more.
Osaka Kansai International Airport (IATA: KIX) is the prominent international gateway that connects Osaka to worldwide destinations. It is one of the largest airports in Japan served by host of airlines. Located on a man-made island about 31 miles southwest of Osaka, the airport is linked by various means of public transportations including rail, buses, taxis, shuttle and ferry. It is one of the cutting edge airports in the world with state of the art terminal featuring outstanding range of passenger-friendly amenities and services. The terminal is dotted with cafes, bars and restaurants in addition to wide collection of shops including duty free outlets.
With emergence of Osaka as premier business and tourist destination, a good number of airlines have started operating direct/indirect flights to Osaka from all over the world. The city is hugely popular among British travellers and enjoys wide connectivity to UK's key airports including London Heathrow, London Gatwick and Manchester. To cater to the demand, many British and other carriers run flights from these airports of UK to Osaka. British Airways and Japan Airlines are the flag carriers of both the nations-UK and Japan, respectively that offer tickets on scheduled flights between the destinations. Besides, there are numerous international airlines of note that operate flights via their worldwide hubs. Some of the popular ones are Air France, Turkish Airlines, Emirates and Singapore Airlines.
Accommodation scene in Osaka is somewhat cheaper than Tokyo. It boasts spectacular range of high end hotels in addition to affordable lodges and conveniently located business hotels, meeting the expectations of budget friendly as well as wealthy travellers seeking an apt accommodation after booking their tickets to Osaka. Namba, Shin-Osaka and Kyobashi abound with utterly eclectic range of high end and moderately priced hotels. While, JR Shin-Imamiya and subway Midosuji Line Dōbutsuen-mae in Tennoji area feature diverse budget options. Besides, travellers may also find hotels in close proximity to airport.
Osaka experiences moderate climate. However, the spring period from March to mid April makes for the best time to behold the glory of Osaka. This is the time when city's verdant parks are draped in a spectacular mist of cherry blossoms and enchanting weather breathes new life. It features Cherry Blossom Festival, followed by Golden Week held in end April and early May. This is the festive time in Osaka when tourists will have immense opportunities to immerse into jamborees and relish the eclectic cuisines. However, tourists are advised to book their air tickets and hotels well in advance.
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