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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!(906 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
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
Shin-Osaka

Shin-Osaka

Shin-Osaka is a destination travelers like for its coffeehouses, and you might hop aboard the metro at Kanzakigawa Station or Nishinakajima-Minamigata Station to explore sights like Juso-Ekimae Shopping Street.

Shin-Osaka
Kuromon Ichiba featuring interior views and a city as well as a large group of people

Minami

4.5/5Wonderful!(59 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
Free Cancellation
The price is ¥9,082 per night

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! (6,062 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
Swissotel Nankai Osaka
Swissotel Nankai Osaka
5 out of 5
5-1-60 Namba Chuo-ku, Osaka, Osaka-fu
The price is ¥16,895 per night

Located in Namba, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Namba Grand Kagetsu Theater and Osaka Prefectural Gymnasium. Kuromon Ichiba Market and Nipponbashi ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (5,103 reviews)
Four day mini-vacation in Osaka

"Great location, great service, in the center of a transit hub. Highly recommended."…"

Reviewed on Feb 23, 2020

Swissotel Nankai Osaka
Nest Hotel Osaka Umeda
Nest Hotel Osaka Umeda
2.5 out of 5
2-15 Tsurunocho, Osaka, Osaka
The price is ¥5,545 per night

Located in Kita, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Umeda Arts Theater and Grand Front Osaka Mall. Osaka Station City and Umeda Sky Building are also within ...

4.2/5Excellent! (556 reviews)

"Good place to stay"…"

Reviewed on Apr 26, 2020

Nest Hotel Osaka Umeda

Popular places to visit in Osaka

Universal Studios Japan™
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Universal Studios Japan™

4.5/5(307 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(975 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(280 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(152 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(261 reviews)

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

Top things to do in Osaka

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 and Nara 1 Day Bus Tour
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Kyoto and Nara 1 Day Bus Tour

88% of travellers recommend
¥8,580
Per adult
Unlimited Prepaid Nano SIM Card for Japan
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Unlimited Prepaid Nano SIM Card for Japan

¥3,918
Per adult

Reviews of Osaka

4.5

Top Destination

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3 - Okay 4.896755162241888%
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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

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

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!!

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