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Osaka
Travel Guide

Experience fast-moving modern entertainment alongside peaceful temple gardens in Osaka, a city whose culture is rich with anime, fashion and comedy shows.

Osaka not only provides access to popular destinations like Kobe, Kyoto, Sakai and Nara, but is a glitzy entertainment powerhouse itself. Shop in the city’s northern Kita area while you explore the business district, see wildlife enclosures to the south or savor a show in the glamorous Namba district.

Start in Kita, where you can learn about Japan’s post-World War II art scene at the subterranean National Museum of Art. Kids will love the Osaka Science Museum across the road. Here they can perform experiments, watch the wonders of physics and delight in daily science shows. Nearby, find the Umeda Sky Building, an iconic silver spire that offers great views from below or from its high observation deck.

Cab downtown to the Tennoji area and enjoy its family-friendly zoos and temples. See fascinating species from Japan and beyond at the city’s animal attraction, the Tennoji Zoo. Walk around the Tennoji Park and find a quiet moment among its artistic monuments. Nearby, the Shitennoji Temple features ruins from the sixth century, while the Tsūtenkaku Tower stands as a symbol of Osaka’s prosperity.

Around the bay, find the gargantuan Osaka Aquarium. With over 29,000 underwater inhabitants, including a whale shark, it is one of the world’s largest aquariums. Afterwards, jump on a 10-minute ferry to Universal Studios Japan. Here you can spot famous movie characters while you hold your stomach on wild amusement rides.

Take a moment for reflection while you admire the pretty Osaka Castle, a construction built in the 16th century. Alternatively, find a Zen moment surrounded by color in the rose garden at Nakanoshima Park.

Shoppers of all tastes will find their prized souvenir in the Minami district. This commercial suburb hosts a range of retailers, from high-end boutiques to local sweet shops. As evening falls, join the excitement at Namba Grand Kagetsu, Osaka’s favorite comedy theatre. After a show, find a bar amongst the glitzy neon lights of the Namba area and reflect on a busy day.

Where to stay in Osaka

RIHGA Royal Hotel Osaka
RIHGA Royal Hotel Osaka
4.5 out of 5
5-3-68 Nakanoshima, Kita-ku, Osaka, Osaka-fu
The price is ¥7,934 per night from Mar 7 to Mar 8

This family-friendly Osaka hotel is located on the riverwalk, within a 10-minute walk of Osaka International Convention Center and Osaka Science Museum. Umeda ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (3,913 reviews)

"The room we had was spacious. Staffs service were good. Free shuttle bus service between hotel and Osaka station was very convenient. Room furniture is dated and the carpet outside the room corridor needs a replacement"…"

Reviewed on Mar 8, 2020

RIHGA Royal Hotel Osaka
HOTEL UNIZO Osaka Umeda
HOTEL UNIZO Osaka Umeda
3 out of 5
1-10-3 Shibata, Kita-ku, Osaka, Osaka
The price is ¥3,491 per night from Mar 7 to Mar 8

Located in Kita, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Umeda Arts Theater, Grand Front Osaka Mall, and Hankyu Umeda Main Store. Umeda Sky Building and Osaka ...

4.2/5Very Good! (740 reviews)

"Hotel is near subway and JR station and convenient to move around. Also has many restaurants nearby so food is not a problem finding. Typical Japanese sized hotel with all amenities provided."…"

Reviewed on Jan 17, 2020

HOTEL UNIZO Osaka Umeda
Nest Hotel Osaka Umeda
Nest Hotel Osaka Umeda
2.5 out of 5
2-15 Tsurunocho, Osaka, Osaka
The price is ¥3,764 per night from Apr 6 to Apr 7

Located in Kita, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Umeda Arts Theater, Hankyu Umeda Main Store, and Grand Front Osaka Mall. Umeda Sky Building and Osaka ...

4.2/5Excellent! (705 reviews)
Great value for the 4200 yen price

"I was wanting to just get out of my apartment after so many months of coronavirus isolation, just a change of scene. I saw the amazing rate and decided it would be nice just to go for it. I bought a lot of Taco Bell, since we do not have one in Nara Prefecture, and pretty much just camped out in ..."…"

Reviewed on Aug 7, 2020

Nest Hotel Osaka Umeda
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
PG Kuromon
PG Kuromon
3 out of 5
3-3-22 Kozu, Chuo-ku, Osaka, Osaka
The price is ¥1,759 per night from Mar 9 to Mar 10

Located in Namba, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Kuromon Ichiba Market and Nipponbashi. Shinsaibashi Shopping Arcade and Amerikamura are ...

3.9/5Good! (103 reviews)
Convenient

"The hotel is in a very convenient location and the rooms where nice a tidy."…"

Reviewed on Mar 14, 2020

PG Kuromon
Minn Umeda-North
Minn Umeda-North
3 out of 5
6-12-19 Fukushima-ku, Osaka, Osaka

Located in Fukushima, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Umeda Sky Building and Grand Front Osaka Mall. Kyocera Dome Osaka and Osaka-jō Hall ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (103 reviews)
Good accomodation

"Although the size of room is small, the room condition and the location of the motel was very good. But, there is no parking lot."…"

Reviewed on Mar 2, 2020

Minn Umeda-North
The Wonder At Stay-Maris Kyobashi ARMS-
The Wonder At Stay-Maris Kyobashi ARMS-
3 out of 5
3-7-5 Higashinodamachi Miyakojima-ku, Osaka, Osaka
The price is ¥4,818 per night from Mar 7 to Mar 8

Located in Kyobashi, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Taiko En and Osaka-jō Hall. Osaka Castle and Osaka Castle Park are also within 2 mi (3 ...

4.2/5Very Good! (56 reviews)

"It’s clean. Everything just perfect. Shops nearby , 200m to train station, perfect stay!"…"

Reviewed on Nov 15, 2018

The Wonder At Stay-Maris Kyobashi ARMS-
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Osaka

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Apr 3, 2020

I enjoyed my time in Osaka very much, the Umeda Sky Building was fantastic, great views of the city and harbour, also the Tempozan Ferris Wheel, Osaka Aquarium was very interesting, and Universal Studios was great fun.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Apr 3, 2020

You should forget about your diet while you are in Osaka. Eat until you drop!

5/5 - Excellent

Erol

Mar 25, 2020

Osaka is famous in Food likes takoyaki, okonomiyaki and etc. and the people are most friendly

5/5 - Excellent

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Mar 24, 2020

Amazing and friendly people. Outstanding food and many shops to go to. Train will take you anywhere you want to go.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 23, 2020

I vastly prefer Osaka to Tokyo, it has a much more casual and laid back atmosphere to it.

4/5 - Good

Kenny

Mar 11, 2020

Food is good and cheap!!

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