When to go
While Osaka can be enjoyed year-round, the mild temperatures of spring (March–May) and fall (October–November) combined with the natural beauty of cherry blossoms and autumn foliage make a visit during these times particularly worthwhile.
How to get around
Serviced by an extensive network of Japan Rail (JR), subway and private train lines, Osaka is easy to navigate. There are also buses and the historic Hankai tram line for further-flung explorations. The easiest way for visitors to get around is by using a rechargeable transport card called Icoca, available at JR stations and accepted on most public transport. There is also a version targeted at tourists called the Kansai One Pass that offers additional discounts at popular attractions.