Welcome to Conrad Osaka, your 'address in the sky.' With a commanding presence on Nakanoshima between the Dojima and Tosabori rivers, this sleek luxury hotel offers incredible views of the water and Osaka from all guest rooms and public areas. Connect easily with West Japan's largest city - walk to shops and offices in Umeda, and immerse in local food and culture in Namba. Our Conrad team enriches your stay with intuitive, tailored service. Conrad Osaka resides on the highest floors of Nakanoshima Festival West Tower, home to shops, restaurants and an art museum. Festival Hall is next door, easily reached via underground link. The hotel is also connected to Higobashi and Watanabebashi stations for quick access to businesses, attractions, and ITM and KIX airports. Guest rooms start at 50 sq. m. Choose an executive room or suite for private check-in and Executive Lounge access. The hotel has a prime location for exploring Japan's rich history, cuisine and cutting-edge entertainment.
"Everybody believes the so-called ‘Olympic legacy’ will enable Japan to develop and grow further as a popular destination," said Kobori. In fact, the fastest-growing tourism issue is Japan’s tourism imbalance between popular destinations and lesser-known cities and regions. Consider 2017 JNTO statistics on country-wide visitation habits to understand the disparity. Of the more than 28 million visitors who came to Japan in 2017, the Kanto Region (home of Tokyo) saw more than 27 million visitors, while the Kinki Region (home of Kyoto and Osaka) welcomed 17 million. Meanwhile, the country’s lesser-known Shikoku and Tohoku Regions received just 690,000 and 966,000 visits, respectively, during the same period. The challenge of this imbalance is twofold.
Another goal to help mitigate this destination imbalance is encouraging more visits from tourists located so-called "long-haul" markets such as Australia, North America, and Europe. There’s no question that Japan faces a complicated path on its journey to reach 40 million visitors. But based on growing evidence, the public and private tourism sectors are already working to create a new vision, transforming how they promote Japan to the world and how visitors will experience the country once they arrive. On the promotional side, JNTO is working to change perceptions of Japan by means of a combined market research and advertising campaign targeting long-haul visitors.
The first stage involved consumer research to identify seven visitor "passions" around the themes of cuisine, tradition, nature, city, relaxation, art, and the outdoors. "For the first time, we completed an extensive survey in these markets to understand why they don’t come to Japan, even though they like traveling," explained JNTO’s Kobori. As Kobori believes, many of the experiences featured in "Enjoy my Japan," like the country’s national parks and beaches, are not well known among this audience. "We wanted to let people know more about different aspects of Japan as a travel destination," he said. "Many people who have a ‘one-sided’ image of Japan only know about our metropolitan areas. Japan’s transformation of its tourism strategy doesn’t stop there.
Another facet of the country’s plan was the launch of the Private Lodging Business Act in June 2018, which aims to better facilitate and manage the growth of private lodging services (called "minpaku") such as Airbnb throughout the country. ] can cause problems, so that’s why we introduced a new system with better structure to control it," explained JTA’s Takashina. To help further alleviate the growing visitor crunch, Japanese officials are also forming private sector partnerships to help boost hotel capacity, particularly in underserved destinations. A new Ritz Carlton development in Nikko, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and new Hilton properties in Hiroshima and Nagasaki near the cities’ convention facilities, are just a few examples.
In addition, a variety of independent and luxury chains have announced openings in the country. "In the next couple of years, we’ll have two or three dozen new hotel properties in the luxury category opening, not only in Tokyo but in other local areas," said Kobori. These new properties should help stimulate new demand in lesser-known regions of the country. Yet another change involves encouraging collaboration and providing support for local and regional tourism boards. Until a few years ago, marketing and tourism activity was handled individually by each region or city. Tourism leaders at JNTO recognize the need to empower more local tourism leaders to innovate, collaborate, and develop a tailored strategy that works for their own region. "We have to invest," said Kobori. Japan has made a significant bet that tourism can ensure the country’s economy continues to thrive in the years ahead.
Osaka Castle is one of the great landmarks in Osaka. The current castle was first restored in 1931. At that time, it was a state of the art building equipped with an elevator. Then, Osaka Castle was revived again through renovation conducted from 1995 to 1997. In a way, it might disappoint visitors who love original architecture and artifacts. However, that should not discourage people from visiting the castle. The current incarnation of Osaka Castle has many attractions that can’t be found at other original castles. As mentioned before, since the building is equipped with an elevator, those with mobility issues can enjoy every level. This building has a plenty of displays that help visitors learn about the castle. For example, on the third floor, there are miniaturized models of the original. On the fourth floor, visitors can learn the history of the Sengoku period when provincial wars were widespread throughout the country and many warlords tried to rule Japan, including Hideyoshi Toyotomi.
This is a very familiar topic that some children have to go trough and also not many find a way out of the entire drama filled violent mess that they are not responsible for. I share your pain. I was 5 and lived my happy careless life next to my parents enjoying my freedom as a young boy just learning and exploring the world around me. Unfortunately that didn't last for long, it didn't take much for my parents to start arguing over anything let alone serious issues. Part of this had to do that my mother was an unforgiving and sadistic, everything had to be her way and that my father was a non contributing zero of a parent and father that just didn't care.
She tried to convince him that he needs to get serious and start thinking about the family, he got fired the next day and then all hell broke loose. He didn't even care of finding a new job or trying to provide in any other way or even help out with household chores to at least help his wife a little. In conclusion he wanted to get laid and she needed someone to support her, what a match up don't you agree! Because both of them were selfish and inconsiderate they slowly started neglecting me and my soon to be born younger sister. The divorce happened one year after she was born. Did you share the same fate as I did? Yes, it was terrible!
Not long after the court decided that me and my little sister will stay with mom because our father was deemed as completely incompetent and untrustworthy to even take care for him self let alone two kids. This was not a pleasant thing for any of us, not only were we forced to appear in court and give our own testimony it was also very cruel to ask of child to choose what parent it likes better. HOW CAN YOU ASK SUCH A THING OF A KID! Every child regardless of gender loves his parents because they are his guardians and savors and no one else can make that kind of sacrifice when you are just a kid.
And now you are forced to choose, I was unable to do such a thing so the court decided for me based on the parents performance. The trip to hell has just begun. Once I moved to my dads place things didn't really went to the better but if you consider that the shouting and the violent arguing has stopped that was at least one plus in the entire endeavor. As soon as dad didn't have to pay any more more to anyone he just turned into this enormous slob and just pretty much didn't do anything. I remember just going to school every day which was 10 km from my house by foot, while all of the other children had a bus ticket and laughed and made fun of me every day.
Rain, wind snow, raging heat it just didn't mater he didn't care what happened to me. I was completely aware once I leave I will be on my own, but I already was so what's the difference. Here I am finally free and don't have to put up with any of that abuse I was faced with a different challenge once I was left to fend for myself. I was 19 living alone in my uncles flat sharing the expenses with him until I was able to rent a flat of my own. I got my first job washing cars and carpets and as a bonus was chopping wood for some other people to get extra money.
This lasted for 6 months and then I was able to find a job in a wood processing plant making little boxes and palettes. That was a good job and had easier hours than my previous job, but it didn't last long because the company was shut down after about a year. Right after that I was sent with all the employees to cut down wood with chainsaws in the rain and wind. That was a FUN job and I loved doing it, too bad it was closed down like anything else that closes down in this country after 6 months. After 6 years of not even talking with either parent I was able to convince them for a shot at college education.
Long story short it didn't last long and the sacrifice was too great. I took a risk to leave my flat and separate from my girlfriend, which from the start was an incredibly bad move. I lived for 2 years in a city I didn't even visit enough to know about it and went to school with promises of schooling and a brighter future. I lost my flat, I lost my job that I had a chance to come back in case college fails, my parents told me get a job and don't come back. I slept on streets and didn't eat much, the only reason why I didn't commit suicide is that I had good friends that knew what I was going trough and supported my every decision.
All that time that I was struggling not to struggle there was one person who listened to me and gave me words of comfort. During my time of working various jobs and not eating and sleeping on streets, she pretty much listened to my every word and tried to calm me down, telling me that my life was cruel but it wont last forever. I was playing a online game in which I was part of a guild where I met my wife. The game was Dofus an MMORPG in a anime style which I find most appealing. It all started when I asked one of my guild mates to borrow me in game currency so that I can buy something in the game and I will return it tomorrow.
I returned the money and after that we became friends and 3 years later we got married. Mind you she lives in America and I am from Serbia, so you can imagine how much we love eachother and live a happy life together. I am still struggling, hopefully soon it will be better. Did you go trough this pain as well? That's about it, the most important thing that you can do is not give up, whatever you do waiting for someone else to help you next to two living parents is not going to happen. That is the absolute worst thing you can do, don't expect help from others, just do it yourself and trough your trials people you don't expect will notice you and eventually help you in your struggle. Are you a squidoo member? What About the Kids? ] Buy Now Helping Your Kids Cope with Divorce the Sandcastles Way Buy Now What in the World Do You Do When Your Parents Divorce? AdoptionWhose Child Is This?