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If doesn't matter if you are looking for a short trip away or planning a vacation, Osaka is a first-rate destination.

It's an area of Osaka that around 2,600,000 people call home.

The national capital of Tokyo is 250 miles east of Osaka, while Minoh is 11 miles to the north.

Famous sights such as the Osaka Science Museum and Osaka Castle are just a part of what makes this destination so special.

Escape the adult world for a while and be transported into a place of magic and wonder at Universal Studios Japan® and the Tempozan Harbor Village Ferris Wheel. Umeda Joypolis Sega Fun Park and Hirakata Park are also worth stopping by if you're looking for more ways to keep little ones busy.

Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan and Osaka Aquarium offer curious travelers the opportunity to admire some fascinating sea creatures.

Your kids can spend endless hours zipping around and gawking at the exotic creatures at the Tennoji Zoo and the Satsukiyama Zoo.

Strange and unusual herbs, shrubs and vines, sheltering trees and long, winding footpaths await you at the Nagai Botanical Gardens and the Osaka Prefecture Flower Garden. Green thumbs should also check out the Sakuya Konohana Kan and the Honbō Teien.

Bring along some lunch and enjoy the tranquil surroundings of Sumiyoshi Park and Nakanoshima Park. Tennoji Park and Utsubo Park are two more pleasant spots to while away the afternoon over a good book.

If you need some relaxation time, take an invigorating walk along the coast and enjoy the fresh ocean air at Nishikinohama Beach Park.

Turn off your phone and take a break from the modern world at Kongo-Ikoma Quasi-National Park and Mount Tempozan. Nature-loving travelers will also have a wonderful time at Settsukyo Park and Shionoyu Onsen.

The area's exhibition spaces are brimming with fascinating tales and achievements. Enjoy the cool and quiet interior as you admire the displays at the Momofuku Ando Instant Ramen Museum and the Osaka International Peace Center. Also worth considering are the Bicycle Museum and the Sudare Museum.

The science museums here are fantastic for both science nerds and travelers just looking for something stimulating to do. Begin your day of exploration at the Gas Science Museum, and then continue on at the Osaka Science and Technology Museum or Kaizuka Municipal Zembei Land Observatory.

From the instant you walk through the doors, it's apparent that the collections of the Osaka Prefectural Museum of Yayoi Culture and the Museum of Natural History are the product of an obsession. Staring back from behind the protective glass, these fantastic specimens can't help but excite your curiosity. You could also stop by the National Museum of Ethnology and the Imashirotsuka Ancient History Museum.

Love art? You'll discover galleries of all sorts here. Start your tour of this creative hotspot with a visit to the Osaka National Museum of Art and the Osaka Museum of Oriental Ceramics. The Osaka City Museum of Fine Art and the Kuboso Memorial Museum of Arts, Izumi are also worth a browse if your schedule allows.

Take yourself back in time and unveil mysteries of the past at the Osaka Museum of History or the Mint Museum. Like the sound of those? Continue your journey at the Izumisano History Museum or the Sakai City Museum.

The Open Air Museum of Old Farmhouses and the Osaka University are certainly worth taking a look at, even if history isn't your forte. You might also like to pull out the camera for some photos at the Osaka Museum of Housing and Living and Osaka City Hall.

The local castles are ideal for visitors wanting to explore the rich history of the area. Take a tour and stroll along the pathways of Osaka Castle Museum and Kishiwada Castle.

Whether you're a spiritual person or not, you're sure to enjoy a trip to the Shitennoji Temple and Tamatsukuri Inari Shrine. Sanko Shrine and Nakami Shrine are also intriguing holy places.

After you've checked out all the star attractions in Osaka, make time to explore a few of its less well-known sights. Spa World and the Osaka Public Nakanoshima Library are two recommended options. If you can fit it in, also visit Hozenji-Yokocho Alley and the Glico Man Sign.

Accommodation in Osaka

As for securing the perfect hotel rooms in Osaka, Expedia's lodging guide lists 381 places to choose from.

For those splashing out for a special occasion, check out the rates and amenities at the Ritz-Carlton, Osaka, at 2-5-25 Umeda, and the St Regis Osaka, at 3-6-12 Honmachi. If those options don't tickle your fancy, make sure you check out the InterContinental Osaka, 3-60, Ofuka-cho Kita-ku, and the Westin Osaka, 1-1-20 Oyodonaka.

If you are stopping over for just a night or two and only have time to visit the highlights, you might find it more convenient to stay at the Ritz-Carlton, Osaka or the St Regis Osaka, which are both within walking distance from Osaka Science Museum.

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RIHGA Royal Hotel Osaka

RIHGA Royal Hotel Osaka

5-3-68 Nakanoshima, Kita-ku, Osaka
of 5, from 2,207 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

This Osaka hotel is located in the business district and the city center, adjacent to the Grand Cube Osaka convention center and a shuttle or 30-minute walk from the JR Osaka Station.

Guesthouse ENN Nipponbashi

Guesthouse ENN Nipponbashi

2 Chome 18-1 Nipponbashi, Chuoku, Osaka
of 5, from 121 reviews
2.0 out of 5.0

Located in Chuo, this guesthouse is within a 15-minute walk of Kuromon Ichiba Mall and Tsutenkaku Tower. Shitennoji Temple and Shinsaibashi Shopping Arcade are also within 1 mi (2 km).

APA Hotel Osaka-Higobashi-Ekimae

APA Hotel Osaka-Higobashi-Ekimae

1-2-1 Tosabori, Osaka
of 5, from 1,465 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Nishi, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Festival Hall and Osaka Science Museum. Umeda Sky Building and Shinsaibashi Shopping Arcade are also within 2 mi (3 km).

Matsuya House

Matsuya House

Zaimoku-cho 1-3 Chuou-ku, Osaka
of 5, from 10 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

Located in Chuo, this apartment is within 1 mi (2 km) of National Bunraku Theater, Osaka Museum of History, and Shinsaibashi Shopping Arcade. Osaka Castle and Osaka Science Museum are also within 2 mi (3 km).

Hotel Nikko Kansai Airport

Hotel Nikko Kansai Airport

1, Senshu-kuko Kita, Izumisano
of 5, from 2,947 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Rinku Park, Rinku Premium Outlets, and Rinku Pleasure Town Seacle. Izumisato Furusato Machiya House and Tajiri Port Sunday Morning Market are also within 6 mi (10 km).

Hotel Monterey Grasmere Osaka

Hotel Monterey Grasmere Osaka

1-2-3 Minatomachi, Osaka
of 5, from 4,429 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Dotonbori, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Osaka City Air Terminal and Shinsaibashi Shopping Arcade. Tsutenkaku Tower and Shitennoji Temple are also within 2 mi (3 km).

Osaka Teikoku Hotel

Osaka Teikoku Hotel

2-8-17 Nishi-shinsaibashi, Osaka
of 5, from 974 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

Located in Amerikamura, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Osaka Shochikuza and Shinsaibashi Shopping Arcade. Osaka Science Museum and Tsutenkaku Tower are also within 2 mi (3 km).

Shin Osaka Hotel

Shin Osaka Hotel

2-11-21 Nishinakajima, Yodogawa-ku, Osaka
of 5, from 147 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Shin-Osaka, Esaka, Juso, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Grand Front Osaka Mall, Osaka Science Museum, and Umeda Sky Building. Kuchu-Teien Observatory and HEP Five Shopping Mall are also within 3 mi (5 km).

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