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Does it snow in Osaka? 2010/1/9 18:56
Osaka City
Hi Uji...planning another visit to Japan again. This time is Osaka. Would like to catch some snow around Osaka, could you recommend a nice onsen resort near to Osaka (probably 2 nights stay over at a ryokan).
by oishii  

... 2010/1/10 08:08
Only very rarely does it snow in Osaka itself.

Kinosaki Onsen often has a little bit of snow in mid winter, but it is not always guaranteed:
http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e3525.html

Snow is almost guaranteed in the Okuhida region, but it is quite a long journey from Osaka:
http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e5940.html

Gero Onsen, along the way to Okuhida, also usually gets some snow in winter:
http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e5990.html

by Uji rate this post as useful

rarely 2010/1/10 11:59
Very rare for snow in Osaka, but family tell us it snowed on NYE!!
by fmj rate this post as useful

Hmm... 2010/1/10 12:11
Even if it snowed in Osaka, it wouldn't stay on the ground. It'd just melt.

I saw snow in Nara and Kyoto... Even then, the snow was gone by midday. If you really want to see it, you'll need to go wherever you want to go early. At least, that's how Kansai's weather was last year...

Big cities like Osaka and Tokyo are always generally poor places to try and see snow. Snow is best enjoyed in rural areas.

by Rabbityama (guest) rate this post as useful

Does it snow in Osaka? 2010/1/10 12:47
Thanks for all the replies. I have few queries on Osaka:
1. How far away is Kansai Airport to the city?
2. Which hotel in the city would be recommended with easy access to the train station? (other than Hotel Granvia Osaka)
by oishii rate this post as useful

... 2010/1/10 13:41
How far away is Kansai Airport to the city?

Here you go:
http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e2033.html

Which hotel in the city would be recommended with easy access to the train station? (other than Hotel Granvia Osaka)

I assume you refer to JR Osaka Station since you mention the Granvia. I recommend the Hilton Osaka and the Ritz-Carlton.

by Uji rate this post as useful

info 2010/1/10 13:47
1
http://www.kansai-airport.or.jp/en/access/index.html

2
Depends on the train station TO WHERE

ShinOsaka station to Tokyo, Nagoya, Himeji, Hiroshima etc.
Osaka Station to Kyoto, Kobe, Wakayama, Nara etc.
Namba Station to Nara, Kobe etc.

I recommend a hotel near a busy station on Midosuji Subway(Red) line, if you use it as a base for downtown Osaka, daytrips and access from the airport.
http://www.osaka-info.jp/en/access/

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Does it snow in Osaka? 2010/1/11 01:02
Hi Uji, I would like to head to Takayama direct from Kansai Airport upon arrival (8pm) - would this be a good suggestion? Will stay for 2 nights before I head on to Osaka.
by oishii rate this post as useful

no possible 2010/1/11 01:14
In order to reach Takayama, you must catch the train at KIX at 17:16 at latest.
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Does it snow in Osaka? 2010/2/6 02:01
Hi Uji....is it convenient to travel around with luggages. I read about Takuhaibin Services but not sure if it works with my itinerary:
11 Feb - CentraAir (Nagoya airport) to Nagoya (intend to take a bus. Does the bus allow luggages?) From Nagoya, will take a train to Takayama (any problem with luggages on the train?)
13 Feb - Takayama - Nagoya - Osaka Universal City (via train)
15 Feb - Osaka Universal City to Osaka (via train)
by oishii rate this post as useful

Does it snow in Osaka? 2010/2/6 02:40
Could you also advise the best mode of transport between these cities/towns:
Nagoya airport --)Nagoya--)Takayama--)Nagoya--)Osaka Universal City--)Osaka
Thanks..
by oishii rate this post as useful

... 2010/2/6 04:26
I recommend:
Nagoya Airport - (Meitetsu train) - Nagoya - (JR Hida limited express) - Takayama - (JR Hida limited express) - Nagoya - (JR Tokaido Shinkansen) - Osaka

Universal City is located in central Osaka, easily accessible by JR train. Details depend on where in Osaka you travel from.

by Uji rate this post as useful

Does it snow in Osaka? 2010/2/6 11:11
Thanks Uji...do I have to make advance reservations?
by oishii rate this post as useful

... 2010/2/6 11:20
No, reservations are not mandatory on any of these trains. But on some they are possible and recommended for your peace of mind. Making them upon arrival is early enough (and probably the only option anyway).
by Uji rate this post as useful

... 2010/2/6 11:52
It snowed around 9:00AM today.
But soon disappeared. It's fine now(11 AM)
by snowman (guest) rate this post as useful

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