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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

Top Hotels in Osaka

Hotel Granvia Osaka
Hotel Granvia Osaka
3.5 out of 5
3-1-1 Umeda, Kita-ku, Osaka, Osaka-fu
The price is ¥7,438 per night from Jan 31 to Feb 1

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! (1,003 reviews)

"Although the staff was helpful, it was surprising that no hand sanitizer was present in the common areas- especially since Osaka had the third highest COVID19 infections in Japan. All the other hotels I had visited in Chiba, Nara & Kyoto had sanitizer at all entrances & in the lobby"…"

Reviewed on Mar 18, 2020

Hotel Granvia Osaka
Nest Hotel Osaka Umeda
Nest Hotel Osaka Umeda
2.5 out of 5
2-15 Tsurunocho, Osaka, Osaka
The price is ¥3,713 per night from Feb 14 to Feb 15

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 ...

4.3/5Excellent! (695 reviews)
Great value for the 4200 yen price

"I was wanting to just get out of my apartment after so many months of coronavirus isolation, just a change of scene. I saw the amazing rate and decided it would be nice just to go for it. I bought a lot of Taco Bell, since we do not have one in Nara Prefecture, and pretty much just camped out in ..."…"

Reviewed on Aug 7, 2020

Nest Hotel Osaka Umeda
The OneFive Osaka Midosuji
The OneFive Osaka Midosuji
3 out of 5
3-2-6 Azuchi-machi, Chuo-ku, Osaka, Osaka-fu
The price is ¥1,983 per night from Feb 3 to Feb 4

Located in Chuo, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Osaka Science and Technology Museum and Shinsaibashi Shopping Arcade. Amerikamura and Orix Theater ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (751 reviews)

"Very cute and quiet little hotel. Staff is very friendly and helpful! Only complaint was the beds are very hard but if you prefer that then it won’t bother you."…"

Reviewed on Mar 9, 2020

The OneFive Osaka Midosuji
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

Yukinoyado
Yukinoyado
3 out of 5
1-4-12 Shiokusa, Naniwa, Osaka, Osaka

Located in Namba, this vacation home is within a 15-minute walk of Namba Yasaka Shrine, Nipponbashi, and Namba Parks. Amerikamura and Shinsaibashi Shopping Arcade ...

3/5 (1 review)

"建物は広く、内装や小物にこだわったようでおしゃれなイメージでしたが、、、、。 前の使用者がリビングで焼肉でもしたのか、きつい焼肉のようなにおい。フローリングも油でべたべた。 管理人に連絡したところ、「清掃担当者はにおいを感じなかった」と回答。このにおい感じないとかあり得ない。 滞在期間が長かったので自費で消臭剤を買い、フローリングも清掃した。 それでもカーテンや壁に染み付いたにおいはまだ少し残っています。 テーブルの奥のほう、椅子の下を触ると手がべたべたする。 何かが付着しているようです。 ここまでは気持ちが悪いので清掃していません。 風呂場も清掃が行き届いていなく、カビが多かったのでこれまた自費でカビハイターを買って清掃しました。 ..."…"

Reviewed on May 13, 2020

Yukinoyado
The Wonder At Stay-Maris Kyobashi ARMS-
The Wonder At Stay-Maris Kyobashi ARMS-
3 out of 5
3-7-5 Higashinodamachi Miyakojima-ku, Osaka, Osaka
The price is ¥4,546 per night from Jan 31 to Feb 1

Located in Kyobashi, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Taiko En and Osaka-jō Hall. Osaka Castle and Osaka Castle Park are also within 2 mi (3 ...

4.2/5Very Good! (56 reviews)

"It’s clean. Everything just perfect. Shops nearby , 200m to train station, perfect stay!"…"

Reviewed on Nov 15, 2018

The Wonder At Stay-Maris Kyobashi ARMS-
The Base Sakaihigashi Apartment Hotel
The Base Sakaihigashi Apartment Hotel
3 out of 5
Minamihanadaguchi-cho 1-1-4, Sakai, Osaka
The price is ¥7,859 per night from Feb 26 to Feb 27

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 ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (64 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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Reviews of Osaka

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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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