Cheap Flights to Osaka

Osaka overview

When is the best time to fly to Osaka?

Whether you’re in town to snap some pictures of the blooming cherry blossoms or braving the cold for some New Year’s festivities in the city streets, there’s no wrong time to book your flight to Osaka. 

Peak Season 

Flights to Osaka fill up fast during the spring (March – May), which is one of the more popular times of year to visit Japan’s major destinations. Cherry blossoms, or hanami in Japanese, bloom in the last weeks of April and have visitors in droves to see the breathtaking displays of natural beauty on Osaka’s branches. Golden Week, which consists of several national holidays the first week in May, is also a busy time for visiting the city. 

Off-Peak Season 

Cheap flights to Osaka may be plentiful during the winter (December – February) due to the chilly weather, but don’t fear that the city will keep you out in the cold in the months of January and February. Osaka hosts a plethora of activities to distract locals and visitors alike from the not-so-pleasant conditions outdoors: 15 January is when girls in their kimonos can be spotted in the street for Seijin-no-hi, which is the day when young ladies participate in a coming of age ceremony. For three days in mid-January every year just over a million people pass through the sixth century Imamiya Ebisu Shrine to pray to Ebisu, who is the god of business and wealth. This traditional and magical festival sees crowds appreciate local celebrities and colourful palanquins bear geishas pass through the lantern-lit streets. Don’t be surprised if you see an airborne bean or two on 3 February: Setsubun is a national holiday, and throwing dried beans is a way to chase away bad luck.

Osaka overview

When it comes to the cutting edge in style, cultural attractions and mind-blowing technological wonders, Osaka is one of the premier destinations in the country, second only to the powerhouse capital city of Tokyo. 

Osaka, the capital city of the Kansai region, is a necessary addition to any Japan trip: the city is, historically, the commercial capital of Japan and its economic might is apparent in the impressive office buildings and high rises sprouting up throughout the city. Though the grey, concrete appearance of the city leaves the eye a little sore, the pulsing nightlife of Osaka more than makes up for it and has locals and visitors alike mingling in the streets of Dotombori for late night karaoke sessions. Choruses of “Kampai!” (cheers) ring out into the streets until the wee hours of the morning and have visitors exhausted and fulfilled. 

What makes Osaka an ideal holiday destination is its ability to satisfy the five senses: whether you’re admiring the soft feel of the fine silk kimonos for sale in Namba, enjoying the fragrant aroma wafting from the hanami trees during cherry blossom season, savouring every last bite of your takoyaki (octopus dumpling) dinner, ogling over the colourful creatures on display at the Aquarium or listening to the lively sidewalk chatter of Osaka after dark, your visit to Osaka is guaranteed to transport you to an unforgettable destination that’ll have you scrambling to extend your stay.

Osaka climate

The variation in Osaka’s weather falls under four distinct seasons that differ drastically when it comes to temperature and precipitation. Winters in Osaka are fiercely cold, especially during the months of January and February, while summers experience a six-week rainy period, known as the “tsuyu”, over the course of June and July. When it’s not raining in Osaka during the summertime, the stifling humidity and 26 degrees average temperatures keep visitors and locals alike reaching for paper fans to keep cool in the August heat. Those booking flights to Osaka for a spring or autumn holiday will find themselves in the thick of Osaka’s most pleasant weather, with little rain and temperatures on average resting near 18 degrees on average.

Getting around Osaka

From Kansai International Airport (KIX), you have several options when it comes to reaching the centre of the city. Taxis in Japan are extremely expensive so only snag one from the arrivals gate if you’re looking to splurge the cash.  The most cost-effective ways of reaching the city of Osaka are by way of train or bus: Trains leave from the airport and will take you to the city centre in less than an hour, while coach buses depart regularly from various points throughout the airport.

Osaka insider information

  • Osaka-jo, or Osaka Castle, is one of the first stops you should hit after your flight to Osaka lands. The castle is a reconstruction of the original structure, which was built in 1583, and the majestic white 100-foot walls of the castle are especially breathtaking during cherry blossom season, when the branches of pink flowers frame Osaka-jo. Try visiting the castle on a Sunday: The walkway leading up to the castle from the train station is often speckled with musicians, making the stroll up to the castle a pleasant one. 
  • Head to one of Osaka’s shopping districts for a little retail therapy. Namba is the main shopping district and one where you’ll find plenty of boutiques and restaurants, and Shinsaibashi is where luxury items and department stores can be found for those in search of designer duds. Umeda is ideal if you’re looking to spend an afternoon shopping and people watching. Its high concentration of theatres, shops and department stores near the train station make for an easy transport of travellers and their goodies. 
  • Lovers of all things oceanic should check out the Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, which is famous for the enormous whale shark in residence here. The aquarium is one of the largest in the world, and the colourful habitats of sea turtles, penguins and other Pacific water creatures will keep visitors of every age enthralled and entertained. 
  • Looking to head out of town for a day or two? Take the high-speed train to Kyoto and spend the day traversing the streets spotting kimono-clad geishas. Home to the Golden Temple and the mazes of orange torii made famous by the opening sequence in “Memoirs of a Geisha”, a daytrip to Kyoto will fill up your memory card with photo ops while you explore one of Japan’s most sought after tourist attractions.

Airports for Osaka

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How much do things cost in Osaka?

1 km taxi journey
₦ 1306.01
One-way ticket (local transport)
₦ 736.72
Taxi - fixed fee
₦ 2210.17
Petrol (1 litre)
₦ 413.57
Meal at McDonald's or similar
₦ 2277.14
3 course meal for 2
₦ 10883.41
₦ 1172.06
Large bottle of water
₦ 426.96
Loaf of white bread
₦ 586.03
Bottle of wine
₦ 5860.30
Pack of Marlboro cigarettes
₦ 1640.88
Clothing & Shoes
Pair of Nike shoes
₦ 22604.01
Pair of jeans
₦ 21348.23
How much does a beer cost in Osaka?
Bottle of local beer (0.5 litre)
₦ 837
Imported beer (0.33 litre)
₦ 1507
Local draught beer (0.5 litre)
₦ 1172
Bottle of beer (imported beer)
₦ 1088

International departures to Osaka