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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 Namba Parks and Kuromon Ichiba Market. 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
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 Namba Parks and Kuromon Ichiba Market. See more of Osaka by jumping on the metro at Namba Station (Nankai) or Namba Station.

Minami
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
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

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 ¥7,054 per night from Oct 4 to Oct 5

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! (4,610 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
Nest Hotel Osaka Umeda
Nest Hotel Osaka Umeda
2.5 out of 5
2-15 Tsurunocho, Osaka, Osaka
The price is ¥4,682 per night from Oct 18 to Oct 19

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! (647 reviews)

"阪急大阪梅田駅(茶屋町側改札)から近く立地が良い。内装もきれい。風呂のヌメリやポットのホコリが気になったが、新御堂筋に面しているにしては静かだったと思う。"…"

Reviewed on Jun 26, 2020

Nest Hotel Osaka Umeda
APA Hotel Namba-Ekihigashi
APA Hotel Namba-Ekihigashi
3 out of 5
4-29 Sennichimae, Namba, Osaka, Osaka
The price is ¥3,388 per night from Oct 1 to Oct 2

Located in Namba, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Namba Grand Kagetsu Theater and Kuromon Ichiba Market. Tsutenkaku Tower and Abeno Harukas are also ...

4.2/5Excellent! (2,826 reviews)

"Easy to use Hotel with no hastle, best location for a trip to Osaka especially if you like to drink or like Otaku goods and game shopping."…"

Reviewed on Aug 16, 2020

APA Hotel Namba-Ekihigashi
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.

Vacation Rentals in Osaka

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! (90 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
Residential Hotel Hare Shin-Osaka
Residential Hotel Hare Shin-Osaka
3 out of 5
1-21-29 Higashinakajima, Higashiyodogawa-ku, Osaka, Osaka

Located in Higashiyodogawa, this aparthotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Tenjimbashi-Suji Shopping Street, Umeda Sky Building, and Umeda Arts Theater. Grand Front ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (305 reviews)
A MUST Home Away from Home

"We arrived later than expected and communication with the desk staff was great! The walk from the train station was less than 10 minutes. There are robes for you to use in your room right by the elevator. They were the nicest robes ever! Wish I could have found some like them for sale somewhere. ..."…"

Reviewed on Jun 5, 2020

Residential Hotel Hare Shin-Osaka
Nico Hotel
Nico Hotel
3 out of 5
2-16-11 Kawarayamachi, Osaka, Osaka

Located in Namba, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Doton Plaza and Kuromon Ichiba Market. Nipponbashi and Shinsaibashi Shopping Arcade are ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (92 reviews)
Pleasant stay.

"Pretty nice place to stay. Very clean and modern."…"

Reviewed on Mar 7, 2020

Nico 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.

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 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. 

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. 

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.

Spa World
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Spa World

4.5/5(30 reviews)

Relax in world culture-themed spas, recharge with medicinal saunas and play around in a water park at this comprehensive health retreat.

Top things to do in Osaka

Private Full-Day Osaka Walking Tour
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Private Full-Day Osaka Walking Tour

¥20,000
Per adult
92% of travellers recommend
Unlimited Prepaid Nano SIM Card for Japan
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Unlimited Prepaid Nano SIM Card for Japan

¥3,918
Per adult
Half-Day Biking Tour of Osaka
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Half-Day Biking Tour of Osaka

¥6,000
Per adult
92% of travellers recommend
Kyoto and Nara 1 Day Bus Tour
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Kyoto and Nara 1 Day Bus Tour

¥8,580
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend
Airport Meet & Greet Service & Wi-Fi Router Rental
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Airport Meet & Greet Service & Wi-Fi Router Rental

¥12,980
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
Private arrival Transfer from Kansai airport to Osaka city
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Private arrival Transfer from Kansai airport to Osaka city

¥14,155
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend

Reviews of Osaka

4.5

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
1019
5 - Excellent 60.117994100294986%
4 - Good
576
4 - Good 33.982300884955755%
3 - Okay
83
3 - Okay 4.896755162241888%
2 - Disappointing
10
2 - Disappointing 0.5899705014749262%
1 - Terrible
7
1 - Terrible 0.41297935103244837%

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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