About the Bay Area

The Osaka bay area has been an important trading place in Japan for more than 1300 years and has also been a major diplomatic and cultural gateway to the country lying pretty much in the centre of Japan.

Osaka Bay Bridge

Today the bay area has been rejuvenated into a home to a diverse range of technological and research industries as well as a huge leisure, sport and residential precinct.

The Bay Area has some of the city’s biggest attractions including Universal Studios which has set up a movie theme park and city walk based on the American parks. The Osaka Aquarium is one of the world?s best with a huge whale shark as its star attraction. The Osaka Culturarium is home to some amazing art, an Imax and a huge ferris wheel. While the Osaka Cosmos Tower offers a 55th floor observation deck with stunning views of the city and surrounds. The Intex Osaka is a one of the world’s largest exhibition centres with shows and exhibitions all year round.

For a more sedate experience the Tempozan Park is one of Osaka’s more beautiful especially during the cherry blossom season in Spring. There are several tea houses and a marketplace inside the park and the Tempozan Shotengai or shopping street links the subway and is a favorite for locals and shoppers.

The bay area is a fast 18 minute subway ride from the centre of Osaka on the Chuo Line.

Only in Japan

In this shop in Tokyo’s Odaiba you can pay to spend some time in a room full of cats.