Osaka is a huge city with a lot of places see and explore. So how on earth are you supposed to get around? Here are some quick tips on how to navigate this large city.
Cabs – Cabs are one of the easiest ways to get around the city, but also cost the most compared to other options. Ride sharing like Uber is still not huge in Japan, so cabs are the best way to get around fast. Always remember, if the cab has a red light on, it will likely stop for you (or use a cab stand) and always have cash on you (most do not take credit cards). It’s just like Tokyo, so keep those rules in mind.
Subways – An easier (and cheaper) way to get around is to use the subways in Osaka. There are 9 major subway lines (less than Tokyo) that can get you all around the city. The biggest lines are the Midosuji Line that runs North/South and the Chuo Line that runs East/West. Your IC card from Tokyo (Pasmo or Suica) will work on these train lines, so there is no need to get a new IC card when you arrive in Osaka, just head to the nearest metro station and get going. It is an easy way to explore the city on a budget.
Walk – The best way to get around Osaka (and most Japanese cities) is to walk (or rent a bike). Japan has some of the best, pedestrian friendly sidewalks in the world, making it easy to walk to a lot of places. For example, if you are staying in the Namba area, you can easily walk to a lot of great places around the city. Combine that with the subways, you should be able to see a lot of the city on your feet and save some money along the way. However, always remember that Japan is a country of mountains, so you may be walking up and down hills a lot of the time, so be prepared for some sore legs at the end of the day if you are not prepared for it.