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Osaka is a Japanese tourism hub providing access to popular destinations Kobe, Kyoto, Sakai and Nara. But there’s much to see in Osaka itself; visit the northern Kita area for great shopping within the business district, find colorful attractions in the downtown area, and see a spectacular show in the glitzy Namba district to the south.
Begin at Kita, home to the subterranean National Museum of Art where you’ll see multiple post-World War II Japanese art forms and famous international exhibits. Directly adjacent is the Osaka Science Museum, an attraction designed with children in mind, where science shows are held several times a day. Visit the Umeda Sky Building and see the spectacular business district skyline from its unique observatory deck.
Find more family-friendly attractions in the downtown Tennoji area. Visit Osaka’s only animal attraction, the Tennoji Zoo, or take a quiet moment in the colorful Tennoji Park. Alternatively, get a taste of history at the Shitennoji Temple, which features ruins from the sixth century, or climb the Tsūtenkaku tower, which has been a symbol of Osaka’s prosperity for decades.
In the Bay Area, explore the sprawling Osaka Aquarium, one of the world’s largest. Gaze at the 29,000 underwater inhabitants, including a whale shark. From the aquarium, jump on a ferry for a 10-minute journey to Universal Studios Japan, where you can see your favorite movie personalities and go on thrilling amusement rides.
For some tranquility, take in the beauty of the Osaka Castle, which was originally built in 1585. Otherwise, take a moment to stretch out and relax in the rose garden at Nakanoshima Park.
Serious shoppers will want to spend time in the Minami area. Retailers range from high-end luxury stores to historic local shops. In the evenings catch an entertaining show at the Nanba Grand Kagetsu, Osaka’s favorite comedy theatre. After a show, explore the neon-lit, energetic Namba area and reflect on a day with so much achieved.
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.
Located in Chuo, this apartment is within 1 mi (2 km) of Hope Chapel Osaka, Osaka Museum of History, and Shinsaibashi Shopping Arcade. Osaka Castle and Osaka Science Museum are also within 2 mi (3 km).
Located in Chuo, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Hope Chapel Osaka and Shinsaibashi Shopping Arcade. Tsutenkaku Tower and Osaka Museum of History are also within 2 mi (3 km).
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).
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.
Located in Tennoji, this hostel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Osaka International House Foundation and Shitennoji Temple. Osaka Museum of History and Tsutenkaku Tower are also within 2 mi (3 km).
Located in Nishinari, this guesthouse is within a 15-minute walk of Spa World and Tsutenkaku Tower. Shitennoji Temple and Shinsaibashi Shopping Arcade are also within 3 mi (5 km).
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).