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Osaka

Travel Guide
Tsutenkaku Tower which includes markets, a city and street scenes

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 ¥6,451 per night from Aug 30 to Aug 30
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! (3,394 reviews)
Fantastic value for money solid WESTERN 4 star htl
"Fantastic Hotel. I have been coming back and forth to Osaka for 20 years regularly (monthly) and this was the first time staying at the Regal Royal Hotel. Happy I found this hotel at a great price but sad I did not find it 20 years ago. One of the best value for money I have found. The 12 floor and ..."

Reviewed on Apr 14, 2021

RIHGA Royal Hotel Osaka
Liber Hotel At Universal Studios Japan
Liber Hotel At Universal Studios Japan
3.5 out of 5
1-1-35, Sakurajima, Konohana-ku, Osaka, Osaka
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥6,909 per night from Aug 27 to Aug 27
Located in Konohana, this spa hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Universal CityWalk Osaka and Universal Studios Japan. Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan and Legoland ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (344 reviews)
"I loved how quiet it was within the hotel and room. I really enjoyed the rain shower head in the shower."

Reviewed on Mar 31, 2021

Liber Hotel At Universal Studios Japan
Hotel Granvia Osaka
Hotel Granvia Osaka
3.5 out of 5
3-1-1 Umeda, Kita-ku, Osaka, Osaka-fu
The price is ¥6,612 per night from Aug 6 to Aug 6
Located in Umeda, this romantic hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Umeda Sky Building and Osaka Science Museum. Shinsaibashi Shopping Arcade and Osaka Museum of ...
4.1/5Very Good! (969 reviews)
"Close to station."

Reviewed on Jun 13, 2021

Hotel Granvia Osaka
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, \N, Osaka, Osaka
The price is ¥2,986 per night from Aug 16 to Aug 16
Located in Namba, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Kuromon Ichiba Market and Nipponbashi. Shinsaibashi Shopping Arcade and Amerikamura are ...
4/5Very Good! (121 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, \N, 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! (112 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
Asobi no Yado
Asobi no Yado
3.5 out of 5
2-13-17 Shikanjima, Konohana-ku, Osaka, Osaka
Located in Konohana, this vacation home is within 2 mi (3 km) of Solaniwa Onsen, Universal Studios Japan, and Universal CityWalk Osaka. Kyocera Dome Osaka and ...
Asobi no Yado
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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