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OsakaJapan

Japan’s third-largest city is rich with traditional and modern culture, from temples to anime, and is famous for its food, fashion and family fun.

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.

Where to stay in Osaka

Namba which includes a city

Namba

4.5/5Wonderful!(251 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 showing street scenes

Shinsaibashi

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
Dotonbori which includes cbd 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
Shinsekai which includes a city as well as a small group of people

Shinsekai

Shinsekai is noteworthy for its spas, and you can make a stop at top attractions like Tsutenkaku Tower and Spa World.

Shinsekai

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 CA $111 per night from Nov 9 to Nov 10

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! (4,519 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 CA $55 per night from Oct 26 to Oct 27

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! (657 reviews)
快適に過ごせました。

" 古い口コミでは清掃状態が良くない旨書かれているものもありましたが、全くそんな事はありませんでした。3泊して毎日ベッドメイキングをお願いしましたが、綺麗にしていただきました。  チェックイン前に荷物を預かってもらいましたが、対応もスムーズでした。  セミダブルは最大定員2人との事でしたが、広さ的には1人向けかと思われます。2人の方はツインを利用された方がよろしいかと思われます。  2020年7月から朝食サービスが復活してます。1階で袋詰めのパンを自由に取っていくスタイルでした。そばにコーヒーのポットも置いてありました。  大阪訪問の際にはまた利用したいホテルです。"…"

Reviewed on Jul. 12, 2020

Nest Hotel Osaka Umeda
APA Hotel Namba-Ekihigashi
APA Hotel Namba-Ekihigashi
3 out of 5
4-29 Sennichimae, Namba, Osaka, Osaka
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $42 per night from Nov 15 to Nov 16

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 ...

4.2/5Very Good! (2,793 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! (93 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 miles (5 km) of Tenjimbashi-Suji Shopping Street, Umeda Sky Building and Umeda Arts Theater. Grand Front ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (306 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! (93 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(52 reviews)

Watch theatrical shows, meet lovable mascots and go on exhilarating rides at this extensive movie-focused theme park.

Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
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Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan

4.5/5(76 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(290 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. 

Spa World
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Spa World

5/5(4 reviews)

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

Tsutenkaku Tower
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Tsutenkaku Tower

4/5(81 reviews)

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

Kuromon Ichiba Market
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Kuromon Ichiba Market

4.5/5(62 reviews)

Follow scents of spices and smoked goods into the covered alleyway of this bustling food market. Its popularity with chefs has earned it the nickname Osaka’s Kitchen. 

Top things to do in Osaka

Airport Meet & Greet with Japan Rail Pass Exchange Assist
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Airport Meet & Greet with Japan Rail Pass Exchange Assist

CA $96
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
Private Full-Day Osaka Walking Tour
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Private Full-Day Osaka Walking Tour

CA $249
Per adult
92% of travellers recommend
Unlimited Prepaid Nano SIM Card for Japan
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Unlimited Prepaid Nano SIM Card for Japan

CA $49
Per adult
Full-Day Biking Tour of Osaka with Lunch
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Full-Day Biking Tour of Osaka with Lunch

CA $124
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Half-Day Biking Tour of Osaka
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Half-Day Biking Tour of Osaka

CA $75
Per adult
92% of travellers recommend
Private arrival transfer from Kansai International airport to Kyoto City
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Private arrival transfer from Kansai International airport to Kyoto City

CA $374
Per adult

Reviews of Osaka

4.5

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
247
5 - Excellent 58.80952380952381%
4 - Good
158
4 - Good 37.61904761904762%
3 - Okay
13
3 - Okay 3.0952380952380953%
2 - Disappointing
2
2 - Disappointing 0.47619047619047616%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 0%

5/5 - Excellent

Carlos

Apr 8, 2020

Great city, great people, great food

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Mar 14, 2020

A lot of places were closed when we were there but overall, great place to visit

5/5 - Excellent

Franz

Feb 26, 2020

If only not of pandemic scare of corona virus we would be more than happy to maximize our time in Osaka.

5/5 - Excellent

Po

Feb 8, 2020

A great city to visit in Japan! Lot of attractions, shopping and eateries! Definitely will be back!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Feb 1, 2020

Great food and nice people .

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Jan 30, 2020

Food was great and it is not too crowded. it is comparable to Tokyo with less crowd. Osaka is under rated.

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