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OsakaJapan

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

Namba featuring a city

Namba

4.5/5Wonderful!(903 area reviews)

Enjoy the popular shops in Namba. Shinsaibashi Shopping Arcade is a worthwhile stop, and you can jump on the metro at Namba Station or Nippombashi Station to see more of Osaka.

Namba
Shinsaibashi featuring street scenes

Shinsaibashi

4/5Very Good!(1 area review)

Shinsaibashi is highly notable for its popular shops, and you might want to visit top sights like Kuromon Ichiba Market and Nipponbashi. See more of Osaka by jumping on the metro at Namba Station (Nankai) or Namba Station.

Shinsaibashi
Shin-Osaka

Shin-Osaka

Travelers enjoy Shin-Osaka for its coffeehouses, and if you want to see some more of the area, you can jump on the metro at Kanzakigawa Station.

Shin-Osaka
Nakanoshima Park featuring a city

Umeda

4.5/5Wonderful!(103 area reviews)

Umeda is highly notable for its popular shops, and you might want to visit top sights like Herbis Plaza and Osaka Station City. See more of Osaka by jumping on the metro at Nishi-Umieda Station or Umeda Station (Hanshin).

Umeda
Kuromon Ichiba featuring interior views and a city as well as a large group of people

Minami

4.5/5Wonderful!(58 area reviews)

Minami is highly notable for its popular shops, and you might want to visit top sights like Kuromon Ichiba Market and Nipponbashi. See more of Osaka by jumping on the metro at Namba Station (Nankai) or Namba Station.

Minami
Dotonbori featuring city views and outdoor art as well as a large group of people

Dotonbori

A noteworthy feature of Dotonbori is its popular shops. While you're in town, be sure to stop and check out Shinsaibashi Shopping Arcade and Amerikamura.

Dotonbori

Top Hotels in Osaka

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
RIHGA Royal Hotel Osaka
RIHGA Royal Hotel Osaka
4.5 out of 5
5-3-68 Nakanoshima, Kita-ku, Osaka, Osaka-fu
¥8,182
per night
Apr 1 - Apr 2

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

4.3/5Excellent! (5,879 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 Monterey Grasmere Osaka
Hotel Monterey Grasmere Osaka
4 out of 5
1-2-3 Minatomachi, Naniwa-ku, Osaka, Osaka-fu
¥5,595
per night
Mar 30 - Mar 31

Located in Namba, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Osaka City Air Terminal, Tsutenkaku Tower, and Shitennoji Temple. Osaka Museum of History and Umeda Sky ...

4.3/5Excellent! (6,479 reviews)

"Great location to JR line and great view from rooms."…"

Reviewed on Mar 11, 2020

Hotel Monterey Grasmere Osaka
Sotetsu Fresa Inn Osaka-Shinsaibashi
Sotetsu Fresa Inn Osaka-Shinsaibashi
3 out of 5
1-12-23 Higashishinsaibashi, Osaka, Osaka
¥5,673
per night
Apr 1 - Apr 2

Located in Namba, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Shinsaibashi Shopping Arcade and Dotonbori Glico Sign. Tsutenkaku Tower and Kyocera Dome Osaka are ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (370 reviews)

"Great location, 4 mins walk to Shinsaibashi station, 3 mins walk to Shinsaibashi shopping street. Room was clean & bright. What I loved most about this hotel was the personal amenities located in the lobby. Cleansers, toner, moisturiser, bath soak, coffee & tea. My favourite was the face mask. Just ..."…"

Reviewed on Mar 10, 2020

Sotetsu Fresa Inn Osaka-Shinsaibashi

Popular things to do in Osaka

Universal Studios Japan™
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Universal Studios Japan™

4.5/5(304 reviews)

Watch theatrical shows, meet lovable mascots and go on exhilarating rides at this extensive movie-focused theme park.

Kyocera Dome Osaka
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Kyocera Dome Osaka

4.5/5(34 reviews)

Catch an event at Kyocera Dome Osaka during your trip to Osaka. Check out the shops and top-notch restaurants in this walkable area.

Osaka Castle
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Osaka Castle

4.5/5(973 reviews)

Engage with Japan's rich history at this 16th-century site, where dramatic battlegrounds have made way for a peaceful park with cherry trees. 

Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
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Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan

4.5/5(278 reviews)

Experience the diverse marine ecosystems of the Pacific in this comprehensive aquarium, which hosts otters, penguins, seals and even whale sharks. 

Nipponbashi
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Nipponbashi

4.5/5(150 reviews)

You can browse for souvenirs when you visit Nipponbashi, a favorite shopping spot in Osaka. While in this walkable area, you can savor the restaurants and coffeehouses.

Tsutenkaku Tower
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Tsutenkaku Tower

4/5(260 reviews)

Come to marvel at the tower that reaches to heaven and meet Billiken, the god of happiness and good luck.

Top activities in Osaka

Kyoto Perfect Tour: 1day bus tour
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Kyoto Perfect Tour: 1day bus tour

96% of travellers recommend
¥14,000
Per adult
Full-Day Bus Tour to Kyoto, Nara & Kobe
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Full-Day Bus Tour to Kyoto, Nara & Kobe

82% of travellers recommend
¥10,588
Per adult
Kyoto & Nara 1-Day Tour
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Kyoto & Nara 1-Day Tour

96% of travellers recommend
¥15,600
Per adult
Private Full-Day Osaka Walking Tour
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Private Full-Day Osaka Walking Tour

92% of travellers recommend
¥20,000
Per adult
Kyoto Full-Day Tour
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Kyoto Full-Day Tour

86% of travellers recommend
¥14,000
Per adult
Private arrival Transfer from Osaka Itami Airport(ITM) to central Osaka city
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Private arrival Transfer from Osaka Itami Airport(ITM) to central Osaka city

¥2,846
Per adult

Reviews of Osaka

4.5

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
1013
5 - Excellent 60.118694362017806%
4 - Good
573
4 - Good 34.00593471810089%
3 - Okay
82
3 - Okay 4.8664688427299705%
2 - Disappointing
10
2 - Disappointing 0.5934718100890207%
1 - Terrible
7
1 - Terrible 0.41543026706231456%

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

Verified traveler

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!!

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Mar 10, 2020

Had lots of fun eating & drinking with locals. Plenty of good food & drinks.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 9, 2020

Dontombori is a must for foodies!

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