Osaka prides itself on being a city of innovation. That includes keeping up with the latest ideas on sustainable living and development, as well as protecting and increasing the city’s green spaces. There’s a small but growing list of green hotels in Osaka where you’ll find eco-friendly accommodation, and there’s plenty to see and do around Osaka if you’re looking for an environmentally-friendly getaway.
Go Green on Your Osaka Trip
Osaka is a great choice for eco-conscious travellers as the public transport system makes getting to and from your green hotel and around all the top sights easy, efficient and environmentally friendly. You can even make sure it’s kind to the pocket as well as the planet, as there is a range of discount travel tickets available. Call in to one of the Tourist Information Centres at Namba or Umeda stations or Kansai International Airport to get advice on the best options to suit your stay in Osaka.
If you travel through Osaka station, be sure to keep an eye out for the sustainable design features that were part of the huge redevelopment of the transport hub completed in 2011, including solar panels, rainwater collection, natural light designs and rooftop gardens.
Enjoy Osaka’s Great Outdoors
There are lots of ways you can keep in touch with nature while staying at your sustainable hotel in Osaka. The city’s green spaces attract locals and visitors alike throughout the year, but are particularly popular in spring when the famous cherry and plum blossoms are at their finest. Head to Osaka Castle Park, Tennoji Park and Kema Sakuranomiya Park alongside the river, and if you’re visiting in June, you can see the stunning natural displays of fireflies at organised eco-events at Sugawara-jinja Shrine or Namba Parks.
Take a trip to the Bay Area to see the Nanko Bird Sanctuary where wild shore birds stopover in this important wetland environment on their way between breeding grounds in the Arctic and winter habitats in South East Asia and Australia.