Osaka

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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

The Singulari Hotel & Skyspa at Universal Studios Japan
The Singulari Hotel & Skyspa at Universal Studios Japan
4 out of 5
6-2-25 Shimaya, Konohana-ku, Osaka
The price is ¥7,000 per night from Nov 24 to Nov 24
Situated in Osaka, this hotel is steps from Universal CityWalk Osaka and Osaka Takoyaki Museum. Universal Studios Japan and Tempozan Ferris Wheel are also within ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (935 reviews)
"Very nice to have a nice spa at the end of an eventful day"

Reviewed on Oct 17, 2021

The Singulari Hotel & Skyspa at Universal Studios Japan
Hotel Hankyu RESPIRE OSAKA
Hotel Hankyu RESPIRE OSAKA
4 out of 5
1-1 Ofukacho, Kita, Osaka, Osaka
The price is ¥8,295 per night from Nov 3 to Nov 3
Located in Umeda, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Grand Front Osaka Mall and Umeda Sky Building. Osaka Science Museum and Shinsaibashi Shopping Arcade ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (421 reviews)
"特にありません"

Reviewed on Sep 10, 2021

Hotel Hankyu RESPIRE OSAKA
Hotel Keihan Universal Tower
Hotel Keihan Universal Tower
3.5 out of 5
6-2-45, Shimaya, Konohana-ku, Osaka, Osaka-fu
The price is ¥7,091 per night from Nov 9 to Nov 9
Situated in the entertainment district, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Universal CityWalk Osaka and Universal Studios Japan. Tempozan Park is 1.4 mi ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,887 reviews)
"Convenient location. Short walk to the Universal park entrance. Lots of restaurant around too."

Reviewed on May 23, 2020

Hotel Keihan Universal Tower
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 Oct 31 to Oct 31
Located in Namba, this apartment building is steps from Kuromon Ichiba Market and National Bunraku Theater. Nipponbashi and Namba Grand Kagetsu Theater are also ...
4/5 Very Good! (133 reviews)
"Good place"

Reviewed on Aug 2, 2021

PG Kuromon
Universal Bay Condominium
Universal Bay Condominium
3 out of 5
2-7-33 Chikkou, Minato-ku, Osaka, Osaka
The price is ¥3,659 per night from Nov 25 to Nov 25
Located in Minato, this condo building is within a 10-minute walk of Legoland Discovery Center, Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and Tempozan Ferris Wheel. Mount Tempozan ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (100 reviews)
"If you like to stay somewhere quiet but not far away from the center of Osaka, then this is the place! I booked it online, identification confirmation is done through email, contactless check-in very very easy and smooth, just enter password to the mailbox and get the key. There is a seven eleven ..."

Reviewed on Jun 29, 2021

Universal Bay Condominium
The Base Sakaihigashi Apartment Hotel
The Base Sakaihigashi Apartment Hotel
3 out of 5
Minamihanadaguchi-cho 1-1-4, Sakai, Osaka
The price is ¥5,091 per night from Oct 28 to Oct 28
Located in Sakai Ward, this aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Sakai City Hall and Hochigai Shrine. Emperor Nintoku's Tomb and Daisen Park are also within ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (69 reviews)
"The hotel was two blocks away from the nearest station for public transportation. Their staff was extremely helpful."

Reviewed on Nov 19, 2019

The Base Sakaihigashi Apartment Hotel
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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