Riga to Osaka
Riga (RIX) to Osaka (KIX)RIX-KIX
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Riga International Airport is conveniently located just 10 km to the southwest of Riga itself. The Rigas Satiksme bus company operates line 22, which connects the city centre and the airport. Taxis are also available throughout the city to take you to RIX whenever it suits you.
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Like many other Japanese cities, Osaka is a mixture of old and new, where visitors are as likely to find the latest fashion trends as traditional kimonos. Many of the city’s historical monuments were destroyed during World War II, but many have been rebuilt in their original style to offer an attractive contrast to the otherwise industrial landscape. The Japanese lovingly refer to Osaka as “the kitchen of Japan,” as this is a city where the focus is on food, and the culinary delicacies are based on tradition. With superb shopping and eclectic nightlife, Osaka is a city that never sleeps. Start planning your adventure in this vibrant city and book your airline tickets to Osaka (KIX).
SIGHTS IN OSAKA
Whether you are interested in culture, shopping or just enjoying the spectacular views of the city, Osaka offers visitors a host of things to do.
Umeda Sky building – gives you a thrilling experience and a magnificent view over Osaka. This spectacular building contains a rooftop floating garden observatory and a breath-taking escalator that connects the building’s two main towers. A visit is highly recommended.
Osaka Castle – a reproduction of a majestic 16th-century castle surrounded by an abundance of cherry blossoms. The five-storey castle represents the traditional pagoda architecture with arched ceilings. For additional beautiful historical buildings and lush parks in Osaka, you might visit Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine, the island Nakanoshima or the Open-air Museum of Old Japanese Farmhouses.
National Bunraku Theatre – entertainment by traditional Japanese puppets (bunraku).
Spa World – do what the Japanese people do and enjoy a traditional bath in a hot spring (Onsen) – open 24/7. Note that no tattoos allowed, if you have a tattoo (and can’t hide it) you may not be allowed inside.
Tsūtenkaku – a beautifully reconstructed tower in the Shinsekai District. (Visitors should note that this is regarded as a slightly edgier part of the city, however, it is generally safe during the day.) The Tennoji Zoo is also nearby.
Osaka’s Kaiyukan Harbour – find one of the world’s largest aquariums and the world’s biggest Ferris wheel in the harbour.
OSAKA WITH CHILDREN
You’ll find a multitude of things to enjoy if flying to Osaka with children. You can pre-book special children’s meals and your seating preferences ahead of your Osaka flights with Finnair.
Universal Studios Japan – Enter the world of movies and have a fun day out with film-themed rides and attractions for people of all ages.
Big Bang Children’s Museum – Home to numerous hands-on activities that teach curious minds about an array of themes.
NIFREL – A combination of a zoo, an aquarium and a science museum that is perfect for all types of weather.
THINGS TO SEE AND DO NEAR OSAKA
Shirahama – a charming spa town located on the south side of Osaka. In the south, you can find the temple mountain of Mount Kōya.
Kyoto – the former capital of Japan, this city’s well-preserved historical treasures survived World War II. Sights include the Imperial Palace and the wooden Sanjūsangen-dō temple. 15–30 minutes from Osaka by train.
Nara – less than 60 minutes by train from Osaka, the city boasts several beautiful historical cultural treasures, including numerous temples and a gigantic statue of Buddha. Nara is also famous for its tame deer roaming around, especially in Nara Park.
Hiroshima – walk in Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, dedicated to the memory of those who died in the destruction of the city in World War II and learn more about one of the most tragic events in history. Travel time from Osaka is 80 minutes by bullet train and six hours on less expensive local trains.
SHOPPING IN OSAKA
There is no lack of shopping opportunities in Osaka. The city has it all, and here you can find a wonderful mix of the newest fashion trends, the latest technology and traditional handicrafts. Visiting Osaka’s shopping centres alone offers more experiences than many other destinations put together.
Dōtonbori and Shinsaibashi area – the city's number one shopping district. Here you can also find America Mura (American Village) the trendiest shopping spot for the younger generation along with the large Shinsaibashisuji Shopping Center.
Osaka Station City in the Umeda area – the main railway station and shopping, all in one, with fashion boutiques as well as second-hand shops.
Tenjimbashi-suji Shopping Street – 2.6 km of shopping and food under one roof – a famous shopping street.
Nipponbashi (Den Town) in Namba is all about electronic devices at reasonable prices. Bargaining is permitted here.
Note that many shops are closed on Mondays and Tuesdays whereas Sunday is the most popular shopping day.
JAPANESE FOOD & DRINK IN OSAKA
You can expect a lot from the food in Osaka – and the city delivers. Everything under the sun is served in the food capital of Japan, but when visiting Osaka it would be a sin not to try some of the local specialities found both at street stalls and in fancy restaurants. Kuidaore (to eat oneself bankrupt) – might be the simplest way to describe Osaka's people and their obsession with food. At the Osaka food theme park, you'll get to experience everything Japanese cuisine has to offer. Try these top dishes after your flight to Osaka:
Takoyaki – small ball-shaped dumplings filled with scrumptious pieces of octopus (tako) and topped with takoyaki sauce and mayonnaise.
Okonomiyaki – a type of Japanese cabbage pancake with a variety of fillings usually containing seafood, vegetables and pork or cheese and then topped with takoyaki sauce.
Kushikatsu – skewered meat, seafood or vegetables dipped in egg and panko and then deep-fried. Serve with tonkatsu sauce and enjoy.
Yakiniku – Japanese barbecue that you grill at your own table.
Onigiri – rice balls filled with various stuffing. Excellent small snacks.
Sake – traditional rice wine.
Tea – especially green.
TRANSPORT IN OSAKA
Osaka subway and trains – the best way to get around Osaka. With an extensive train network, visitors can easily venture all the way out to the city limits.
Taxi – for short journeys, taxis are an affordable and comfortable way to move around. In Japan, the metre starts running faster and faster as time goes by, so long distances and getting stuck in traffic may cause a slight surprise when it’s time to pay.
PRACTICAL INFORMATION ABOUT OSAKA
Currency in Japan – Yen (¥)
Cash – it is a good idea to bring cash. Cards are not universally accepted, and not all ATMs accept foreign cards.
Electricity in Japan – flat-pin plugs and 100 volts are used.
Time zone – Osaka (Japan) UTC/GMT + 9 hours (-1 hour during summertime in countries that use summertime/wintertime).
Don’t tip – it is considered bad manners and may be seen as an insult.
Behaviour – always be polite and remember that small presents are appreciated in Japanese culture.
Water – tap water in Japan is clean and safe to drink.
BEST TIME TO VISIT OSAKA
Osaka is a year-round destination. Weather-wise, spring and autumn are generally thought of as the best times to visit Osaka because of the moderate temperatures.
Summers can be hot and humid, and the rainiest months are June and July. The vibrant spiritual festival of Himeji Yukata Matsuri takes place in June and the traditional celebration is one of the biggest and oldest festivals of its type in Japan. Be sure to check the airfare to Osaka in plenty of time if you plan to visit any of the city’s festivals.
Winters are cold, but generally not unbearably so. This is often the best time to find cheap flights to Osaka and avoid the crowds.
FLIGHTS TO OSAKA
As the first airline to operate direct flights between Europe and Japan, Finnair is also proud to offer the most direct route to Asia.
Finnair’s direct flights to Osaka from Helsinki take around 09h 35min. We also have popular routes from various European cities, including Paris, Frankfurt, Riga, Tallinn, Gothenburg and Copenhagen. Many flights connect through Helsinki, where you will find various facilities to pass the short time while you wait for your connection. Flights from London to Osaka are also in demand, taking around just 14 to 16 hours, including the stopover time.
Finnair serves Kansai International Airport, Osaka (KIX). The airport is connected to the city by train, bus and taxi.
You will likely fly to Osaka aboard the spacious and modern A350 aircraft. The excellent in-flight entertainment system, large windows, calming LED lighting and advanced technology are just a few things that make this plane so comfortable.
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