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Planning Your Trip

Whether traveling on business or for pleasure (or a bit of both) there is so much to see and do in Osaka. From exploring the vast city and its many restaurants, museums, shops and historic sites to spending a quiet day at the resort enjoying the spa and fine dining, here’s what to pack to make the most of your visit.  

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Exploring the City

The city — Japan’s second largest after Tokyo — has so much to offer any visitor: centuries-old sites, stunning waterfront vistas (it’s known as “the Water Capital” for a reason) and a vibrant culinary scene. Bring a few essentials to be ready for anything.
 

  • Pack a comfortable pair of shoes — even with an extensive railway system, be prepared to do a lot of walking. One of the best ways to experience the city is by foot.
  • Bring along a lightweight backpack and your shopping list if you plan on going to Tenjinbashisuji Shotengai, where you can explore Japan’s longest arcade or visit the popular Kuromon Ichiba Market for a variety of street food. Another popular destination is “Dotonbori” where you can enjoy an abundance of restaurants and shops.
  • Surprisingly, not many areas in Osaka have Wi-Fi. If you plan on conducting business on the go, it is strongly recommended to purchase a SIM card or rent a portable modem at the airport.
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Resort Essentials

While there is so much to do just beyond the walls of the resort, a relaxing day spent enjoying the many in-house amenities can be in order. Pack for comfort and bring one elevated outfit for a special dining experience.

 

 

  • Spend an afternoon at the spa and be sure to pack a comfortable outfit and perhaps a book for relaxing in the tranquil sanctuary-like space after your treatment.
  • Enjoy a special meal at the hotel’s Michelin-starred signature restaurant, La Baie, for traditional French fare. Just be sure to pack elegant attire — more casual attire like shorts and T-shirts are not permitted.
  • Bring a bathing suit for enjoying the indoor heated pool with its views of a tranquil garden or the outdoor whirlpool in a serene courtyard hidden away from the bustle of the city.  
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Day Trips

While you could easily spend a week in Osaka alone, there’s so much to see and do just beyond the city limits, too. Bring along a few essentials to make the most of your travels.

 

 

 

  • Pack comfortable walking shoes for trips to nearby cities like Nara, Kyoto and Hiroshima, which are home to UNESCO World Heritage sites, stunning shrines and elaborate gardens.
  • If visiting in the summer, don’t forget sunscreen — this part of the country can get quite warm.
  • While Osaka is a decidedly stylish city, you’ll want to be comfortable when out exploring, so pack casual options in addition to your more formal attire.
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Don't Forget:

Osaka is home to so many Instagrammable moments, from the unique street food options like takoyaki and okonomiyaki to colorful and vibrant neighborhoods. Bring a selfie stick to capture the best shots.


Osaka, Japan’s second-largest city, is known globally as a center of commerce just as much as it’s known as a culinary destination (it has been touted as the food capital of the world). Centuries-old sites exist amid a gleaming, modern skyline, and many more compelling destinations lie just a short trip beyond its borders. Before your visit, make a few reservations to be sure and experience a bit of everything Osaka has to offer.

Spa Appointments

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Arrange to spend part of your visit at the tranquil spa oasis — a perfect escape from the harried pace of the city. Inspired by samurai lord Toyotomi Hideyoshi’s love of gold, two of the spa’s signature treatments incorporate the precious material. The Goldstone Crystal Facial uses warmed red goldstone to gently stimulate the skin and promote prosperity and rose quartz crystals to soothe the eye area. The Goldstone Crystal Reflexology treatment begins with a foot cleansing and massage and finishes with a final relaxing treatment for feet and legs using a warmed red goldstone.

Dining Reservations

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Known as the “nation’s kitchen,” it’s no surprise that Osaka has many compelling culinary offerings on hand. Arrange for a table at the Michelin-starred La Baie for traditional French fare with a Japanese twist like bouillabaisse consommé with fennel, poached scorpion fish and prawn, and an award-winning wine list. At Hanagatami, a 23-foot cypress sushi counter overlooks a Japanese garden and delicacies from five varieties of Japanese cuisine — sushi, sumibiyaki, teppanyaki, kaiseki and tempura — is on offer and thoughtfully paired with fine sake and other beverages.

Museum Tickets and Cultural Sights

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There are so many fantastic sites within minutes of the hotel, thanks to its prime location near Dotonbori, Namba, Osaka Station and more. Visit Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan — one of the largest in the world with more than 30,000 specimens; arrange a tour of the 400-year-old Osaka Castle and the spectacular 106-hectare Osaka Castle Park with its 3,000 cherry trees; arrange for a water cruise in Dotonbori to take in the vibrant, massive billboards and the bustle of the many small bars and restaurants that line the streets; take the Yamazaki Distillery Tour to learn about the craftsmanship behind these distinctive Japanese whiskies; and much more.  

Day Trips

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There are seemingly endless opportunities for exploration in the area surrounding Osaka. Just a 30-minute train ride away, Kyoto is home to stunning architecture and Japanese gardens, as well as 17 UNESCO World Heritage sites. Japan’s first capital city, Nara, is full of rich history, like the Horyu-ji temple, which is famous for hosting the country’s rarest treasures. High up in the Kii mountains sits Koyasan, a major pilgrimage destination for Buddhists, and a beautiful destination all its own. Hiroshima’s Itsukushima Shrine is a Shinto shrine on the island of Itsukushima that is home to several buildings and landmarks that have been declared national treasures. Be sure to purchase a Shinkansen train and bus ticket to cover as much ground as possible.

Osaka’s mix of old and new — a bustling metropolis mixed with a centuries-old culture — makes it a thoroughly enjoyable destination. In a city known for its food, you’ll want to dine your way through, trying plates of regional dishes like takoyaki and okonomiyaki. But be sure not to miss Osaka’s beautiful sites, which include ancient castles, parks, temples and shrines that give you a peek into the region’s past. And, in between it all, set aside some time for a little relaxation at The Ritz-Carlton, Osaka.


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