Located just beside the Shinimamiya Station of the Osaka Kanjo Line of the Nishinihon Japan Railway and the Nankai Railway, stands the Osaka Festival Gate in the imposing grandeur that befits a postmodern construct. The structure was inaugurated in the latter years of the 1990s and today the management is jointly undertaken by the metropolitan authorities as well as a private company.
However, one aspect that is a matter of concern to the future of the place as a premiere tourism hub is the investiture of the Universal Studios Japan in March 2001. It was officially given out by the respective authorities of Osaka city in January 2004 that the Festival Gate amusement park would be formally closed in the month of March that year.
Summers in Japan are hot and sultry, thereby making it a hard time for travelers. The winter snow is a rare occurrence, but it does get cold and the average tourist will require plenty of woolens. The best time, by far, to pay a visit to Osaka is the period between April and May and if you want to feast your eyes to the contrast of the seasonal foliage, the time is October through to November. You will also see the hanami in action that is the annual cherry blossom in spring. In both of the tourist seasons, the temperature varies between 15 and 22degrees Celsius and there is not too much of rainfall.
Most of the time, however, Japan is busy with sightseers flocking in round the year. The Festival Gate offers exciting rides such as roller coasters, snow boarding options, cycling and all the interesting picnic spots to cater to the tastes of all kinds of vacationers.