Flights to Osaka, Kyoto
per person one way from Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch
Terms and conditions: Advertised fares are based on travel originating in New Zealand. For airfare only bookings paid with credit, debit or charge card, $17.50 per person per one way long-haul journey applies. Advertised Economy fares to Japan apply to Monday-Thursday departures only. For airfare only bookings made through our Contact Centre a non-refundable service fee of $60 per person, per one way long-haul journey applies. Taxes on return sector will vary from those on the outbound journey. Flight and routing restrictions may apply. Travel is via Air New Zealand operated non-stop services ex Auckland to Narita and Osaka Airport. Travel ex Wellington or Christchurch is via Auckland on Air New Zealand domestic flights. Travel from provincial points in New Zealand to international flights ex Auckland on the Air New Zealand network available with additional costs. Connections from provincial New Zealand points requiring an overnight break in the journey will be at the passenger’s own expense. Prices correct as 8 August 2018. New deals may be released at any time. The baggage limit is 1 piece for Economy fares not exceeding a maximum weight of 23kg (50lbs) per piece. See further baggage information. Airpoints™ Terms & Conditions, General Terms and Conditions, and Global Saver. terms and conditions apply. TTY assistance is available for deaf and hearing impaired via NZ Relay on 0800 4 711 711.
Japan’s third largest city Osaka was dubbed the 'nation's kitchen' due to its historical role as a rice trading hub.
It's now a major commercial centre that blends towering skyscrapers and contemporary consumerism with attractive eco-friendly spaces, historic shrines, temples, castles and tantalising dining options.
Boasting a warm climate, Osaka is a comfortable winter destination and you’ll certainly need t-shirts for a summer visit. At its peak Osaka reaches an average of 31.6 degrees (August) and at its coolest (January) it averages 9.5°C.
Osaka citizens pride themselves on having a more down-to-earth attitude than those from the capital and their pragmatic approach to life is reflected in the heavily commercial vibe of their city.
And while Osaka may not be the most aesthetically pleasing of Japan’s cities, it doesn’t lack for entertainment options. Check out the numerous outstanding food stalls, the serenity of Castle Park, the towering 40 level Umeda Sky Building, and lengthy Tenjimbashisuji Shopping Street for a dose of retail bingeing.
If you're seeking entertainment for the entire family, stop in at Universal Studios Japan or the renowned Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan. Often regarded as the best in Asia, you’ll be wowed by an exotic array of sea life such as the Oriental small-clawed otter, Japanese giant salamander, dolphins and much more.
There's also a host of excellent day trip options; a visit to the eight storey Osaka castle is widely considered a ‘must do.’ There you’ll find a masterpiece of traditional Japanese architecture with a dedicated museum and spectacular views. Or for a sombre cultural experience, take the bullet train to Hiroshima and then boat to Miyajima Island to see the Peace Memorial Park and Itsukushima Shrine.
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