Osaka is a major city in Japan and a jumping off point to the temple city of Kyoto.
Where You're Docked
Cruise ships dock at Tempozan Passenger Terminal conveniently located near the Osaka Aquarium and beside the Tempozan Marketplace Mall and Ferris Wheel. Osakako subway station (C11) is a couple of blocks to the south.
Osaka Port Info - http://www.mlit.go.jp/kankocho/cruise/detail/029/index.html
Money and Tipping
Like most major Japanese cities, Osaka's subway system is fast and efficient. Fares are zone based and can be bought at ticket machines at the station. Fares start at 200 Yen. Hold on to your ticket since you will need it to exit. The eco card, a one day pass is available for ¥800 (¥600 on weekends and holidays, Jan 2014) and includes discounts at some attractions. http://www.kotsu.city.osaka.lg.jp/foreign/english/
To/From the Airport
Kansai International Airport (KIX) is the main airport in the region approximiately 50km south of Osaka. There is regular train service to Osaka Station where you can connect with the subway.
Airport bus services also run to Osaka and Tempozan Passenger Terminal. http://www.kate.co.jp/en/
Search hotels in Osaka here
Shopping & Restaurants
Osaka's main covered arcade is in the Shinsaibashi area (N15/M19). Cross the river to Dotonbori to find restaurants, some with wacky statues at the entrance including a giant crab. Be sure to get a bowl of noodles at Kinryu Ramen with the giant dragon outside. Pay and order at the vending machine and then give your receipt to the staff. Also look for the giant running man sign (more impressive at night).
100 Yen stores have great bargains and unique products. Daiso is the largest chain.
Try okonomiyaki, a savoury pancake prepared in specialty restaurants on a grill in front of you. The Osaka style is the predominant version within Japan. Tempozan Marketplace has a food theme park inside where you can try this dish.
Osakachikko post office is a couple blocks north of Osakako subway station by the cruise terminal.
Cafes and restaurants may provide free wifi for customers. There is free wifi available in train stations and major centers. http://www.osaka-info.jp/en/wifi/
PDF map and guide here http://www.jnto.go.jp/eng/location/rtg/pdf/pg-505.pdf
PDF subway map http://www.jrpass.com/images/map/map_osaka_metro.pdf
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