Getting to Osaka, Japan

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If you would like to come and stay in Japan, it is necessary to get a visa that is most appropriate for your intended activities in Japan.

There are 27 types of visa in Japan and the requirements as well as the authorized activities are different for each of them.

It is therefore necessary to first determine one type of visa that will allow you what you would like to pursue in Japan and for which you can satisfy the requirements.

It is not possible to get a visa to do the activities that are not listed in the following table. For example, you can't get a working visa for a simple labour work such as construction worker or a waiter/waitress.

It is also required in most cases to have a hosting organization or inviting person (commonly known as a "visa sponsor") to be able to get a visa in Japan, such as a school in case of a student visa or an employer in case of a working visa.

There are also requirements to meet as to obtain a visa. So even if you find a Japanese employer, you will not be able to come to work in Japan if you don't meet these requirements.

These 27 Japanese visas can be devided into 3 main groups:

1. Working visa: those which allow you to work

2. Non-working visa: those which don't allow you to work

3. Family related visa: those granted according to the family status

One person can get only one type of visa at a time, so if you are eligible for more than one (engineer visa and spouse visa for example), you will need to choose one among them.


  • 1

    530-0001 Ōsaka-fu, Ōsaka-shi, Umeda, Kita-ku, Osaka city.

    There is a long-distance highway bus service between Osaka and cities all across Honshū, Shikoku and some cities in Kyūshū. Destinations include Tokyo (from ¥4300, eight hours), Nagasaki (¥11, 000, 10 hours) and Kagoshima (¥12, 000, 11 hours 54 minutes). Most buses depart from JR Osaka station; check with the tourist information offices for more details.


    The fastest way between Kōbe and Osaka is a JR shinkaisoku that runs between JR Osaka station and Kōbe’s Sannomiya and Kōbe stations (¥390, 31 minutes).

    There is also the private Hankyū line, which takes a little more time but is cheaper. It runs from Osaka’s Hankyū Umeda station to Kōbe’s Sannomiya station (tokkyū, ¥310, 27 minutes).


    The fastest way to travel by train between Kyoto and Osaka, other than shinkansen, is a JR shinkaisoku that runs between JR Kyoto station and JR Osaka station.

    Another choice is the cheaper private Hankyū line that runs between Hankyū Umeda station in Osaka and Hankyū Kawaramachi, Karasuma and Ōmiya stations in Kyoto (tokkyū to Kawaramachi ¥390, 44 minutes).

    Alternatively, you can take the Keihan main line between Sanjō, Shijō or Shichijō stations in Kyoto and Keihan Yodoyabashi station in Osaka (tokkyū to Sanjō ¥400, 51 minutes). Yodoyabashi is on the Midō-suji subway line.


    The JR Kansai line links Osaka (Namba and Tennō-ji stations) and Nara (JR Nara station) via Hōryū-ji (kaisoku, ¥540, 42 minutes).

    The private Kintetsu Nara line also connects Osaka (Kintetsu Namba station) with Nara (Kintetsu Nara station). Kyūkō (express) and futsū services take about 39 minutes and cost ¥540. Tokkyū trains do the journey in five minutes less time but at almost double the cost, making them a poor option.


    Osaka is on the Tōkaidō–San-yō shinkansen line that runs between Tokyo and Hakata (Kyūshū) : Hikari shinkansen to/from Tokyo (¥13, 750, three hours) and Hikari shinkansen to/from Hakata (¥14, 590, 2¾ hours). Other cities on this line include Hiroshima, Kyoto, Kōbe and Okayama.


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    3-5 Hotarugaike Nishimachi Toyonaka, Osaka Prefecture

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    Osaka International Airport or Osaka-Itami International Airport is the primary domestic airport for the Kansai region of Japan, including the major cities of Osaka, Kyoto, and Kobe. It is classified as a first class airport.

    The airport is often called Itami Airport because most of its land is located in Itami, Hyōgo Prefecture. The terminal complex is located in Toyonaka, Osaka Prefecture, and the only access from the Itami side is via a long tunnel that passes below the runway and apron. A portion of the airport property is in Ikeda, Osaka.

    Despite its "international" designation, the airport's scheduled passenger air traffic is entirely domestic.

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    Kansai International Airport is an international airport located on an artificial island in the middle of Osaka Bay, 38 km (24 mi) southwest of Ōsaka Station, located within three municipalities, including Izumisano (north), Sennan (south), and Tajiri (central), in Osaka Prefecture, Japan. The airport is off the Honshu shore and was designed by Italian architect Renzo Piano. The airport serves as an international hub for All Nippon Airways, Japan Airlines, and Nippon Cargo Airlines, and also serves as a hub for Peach, the first international low-cost carrier in Japan.

    It is colloquially known as Kankū in Japanese.

    Kansai opened 4 September 1994 to relieve overcrowding at Osaka International Airport, which is closer to the city of Osaka and now handles only domestic flights.

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