The App: GuruNavi
Osaka is widely known as Japan’s food capital. With so many restaurants across the city, GuruNavi is an essential app for finding the city’s best eateries. The app features detailed restaurant listings and top recommendations for Osaka and beyond.
Conversation Starter: High Rollers
The city’s government is preparing to open a major casino-resort on Yumeshima, an artificial island in Osaka Bay, by the time it hosts the World Expo in 2025. This will likely spark new development and infrastructure in the bay’s surrounding area.
After Hours: Hana Sake Bar
Hana Sake Bar is a simple, cosy choice to sample Japan’s favourite rice wine. The bar’s English-speaking staff can help select tasting flights or introduce lesser-known craft brands. Drop by for the happy hour, which runs from 5-8pm.
Central business district: Umeda
Airport to CBD: 50 minutes by car
Currency: HK$1 ≈ JPY 0.07
Cathay Pacific flies to Osaka from Hong Kong 42 times a week