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Cross over for the wonders of Japan

Flight time from London

11 hrs 30 mins

Cheapest return flight

£749

Distance from London

5,909 miles

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The Far East is closer than you think. You can now fly direct to Osaka, Japan from London with British Airways. It’s time to pay a visit to Japan’s second city – a buzzing, extroverted metropolis that gets busier and better every year.

With its neon signs and ancient shrines, Osaka is a city of contrasts. Spend the day strolling around Osaka Castle, strapped into high-tech rides at Universal Studios – or stroking strange creatures in the city’s many oddball animal cafes. At sunset, take your place at the railings of the Umeda Sky Building, where superlative city views await. When night falls, the city lights up as fast as a struck match. Visit the glowing streets of Umeda to make the most of the evening – and try a locally-brewed sake.

It’s easy to reach Osaka with British Airways – and once you’re here it’s even easier to make your way around southern Honshu to visit the nearby cities of Nara and Hiroshima. Osaka is roughly an hour’s train ride from Kyoto and two and a half hours from Tokyo via the Shinkansen bullet train. If you want to swap metropolis for mountains, head to the pleasant hiking trails of the Kumano Kodo region. Book flights to Osaka – and embark on your eastern odyssey now.

London to Osaka: Flight time 11 hours  30 minutes
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Flights to Osaka

You can now fly direct to Osaka with British Airways. Our service departs from London Heathrow (LHR) on Mondays, Wednesday, Fridays and Sundays, arriving into Kansai International Airport (KIX).

Our flights will depart four times a week throughout the year, starting in April 2019. Why not book soon and be one of the first to fly direct? You’ll arrive just in time for hanami – cherry blossom season – in this beautiful city.

Economy class flights to Osaka

From £749return

from London, May 2019

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May

£749

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£749

June

£749

return, from London

£749

October

£749

return, from London

£749

Premium economy flights to Osaka

From £1208return

from London, April 2019

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April

£1208

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£1208

May

£1208

return, from London

£1208

June

£1208

return, from London

£1208

Business class flights to Osaka

From £2679return

from London, May 2019

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May

£2679

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£2679

June

£2679

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£2679

July

£2679

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£2679

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A flyer’s guide: Osaka flight tips

Everything you need to know about flying to Osaka with British Airways

When is the best time to fly to Osaka?

Osaka is a great city to visit all year around, but is most appealing during spring and autumn, when the weather is temperate and pleasant. Arrive in time for cherry blossom season, which typically peaks for one week in April – or arrive in time for the Rugby World Cup in autumn 2019. If you’re planning to leave the city and hike, steer clear of June and July, when the rainy season hits. Summers are very hot and humid, whilst winter sees ice, but rarely snow.

How long does the flight take?

Our direct flights from London take 11 hours and 30 minutes.

How do I get from Kansai International Airport to the city centre?

Kansai International Airport is set on an artificial island in Osaka Bay, 20 miles from the centre of the city. It connects to the mainland via Sky Gate Bridge R. Japan’s fantastic public transport system comes into play as soon as you leave the airport. Choose between two different rail services or the shuttle bus to reach the centre of town. Your journey will take between 40 and 60 minutes, depending on whether or not you take the express train service – otherwise, if you take the bus, your journey will depend on the traffic.

Namba streets at night, Osaka. © German Vidal.

Do I need a visa for Japan?

If you hold a British Citizen or British National (Overseas) passport then you don’t need a visa to visit Japan. You’ll be able to stay up to 90 days in the country as a tourist. If you’re travelling on another passport, check at the IATA travel centre before you travel.

Find out more about visa requirements

How many bags can I take to Osaka?

We have a generous baggage allowance so you can bring everything you need for Osaka. If you're travelling in economy (World Traveller) and premium economy (World Traveller Plus) - you can check in 2 X 23kg bags.

Business (Club World) travellers can take along two pieces of luggage weighing up to 32kg each. That’s plenty of room to pack for all eventualities, whether you’re on a city break in Osaka or a multi-centre tour of Japan. Read our baggage guide to find out more.

Noodle Soup, Osaka. © Lim Eunice / EyeEm.

Which cabins can I book when I fly to Osaka?

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Which cabins can I book when I fly to Osaka?

Our economy (World Traveller) cabins are great value for those looking for cheap flights to Osaka. You can select your seats in advance for an extra fee – the quieter seats are towards the front of the plane, while those directly above the wings reduce the intensity of turbulence. Choose to fly with hand baggage only or pick a price that includes a 23kg checked baggage allowance and free seat selection 24 hours before you fly.

Premium economy (World Traveller Plus) gives you more legroom and a smaller, more private cabin.

Our business (Club World) cabin has fully flat beds for total comfort.

Find out more about our travel classes.

Travelling can be very tiring, but there are a few simple steps you can take to make sure you arrive feeling as well as possible.

  1. Drink plenty of water to keep yourself fully hydrated throughout the flight and beforehand. Limiting your alcohol and caffeine intake before and during the flight will help.
  2. You can beat jet lag by adjusting to your new time zone as soon as you board the plane. Osaka is nine hours ahead of GMT. Use our jet lag calculator to find out more.
  3. Move around regularly during the flight and do some simple stretching exercises to keep up your body's circulation.

Osaka tips

Our Osaka hints and tips will have you feeling like a local in no time

Getting around Osaka

You don’t need a car to navigate Osaka. In fact, you’d be better off without one. The city has a fantastic transport network. Ride the subway network between sights using a ICOCA card pre-loaded with funds. You can also use the same card in Tokyo.

Weather in Osaka

Osaka has a mild climate all year. In winter it tends to be dry, and the average daily high is 11°C, in spring this rises to 19°C, and the city gets busy with visitors. Summer can feel hot and humid, especially in August, and the daily high in summer averages around 31°C. Autumn is another popular time to visit, as temperatures eventually fall to a relieving 23°C.

Free things to do

The cherry blossom festival isn’t the only festival in Osaka. On 25 July, you can catch massive, free-to-watch street parades for the Tenjin Festival. At any other time of year, Osaka’s streets are still festively festooned with lanterns and lights, plus wandering and people-watching in the Dotombori district is always free.

Plan your perfect Osaka trip

Where to stay

The suited and booted Ritz-Carlton Osaka is surprisingly traditional – with top-hatted doormen, and wood panelling and fireplaces in the lounges. It gets its fair share of business travellers who book in to be impressed by the antique and art collection. The hotel’s French restaurant La Baie holds a Michelin star, but if you’re here for authentic dining, you can clamber onto a bar stool at Hanagatami, the Japanese sushi counter.

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What to eat

Osaka is a city built on food and has an insatiable appetite for new restaurants. Regional specialities include takoyaki: light-as-air croquettes of batter and tender little pieces of octopus served, hot and yielding, with sweet, tangy sauce. You could also try okonomiyaki – a pancake disguised as an omelette, with plenty of customisable toppings.

Things to do

Visit Osaka castle. This green and white confection of a building dates from the 16th century. Destroyed and rebuilt over the years – by armies and by an unfortunate incident where lightning struck the gunpowder store – it still lives to tell the tale. The surrounding garden is beautiful in spring, when fistfuls of blossom bloom on the branches of every cherry tree.

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Cherry blossoms and the reflections on Meguro River, Nakameguro, Tokyo, Japan, Spring.
Eloise Barker.

English-speaking staff, free useof a smart phone or familiar menus.Find your little pocket of home.

Eloise Barker,  for British Airways