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Visit Osaka

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!(830 area reviews)

With thrilling amusement arcades, underground bars, neon billboards and second-hand shopping, this dynamic district never ceases to surprise. 

Namba
Shinsaibashi featuring street scenes

Shinsaibashi

4/5Very Good!(1 area review)

Experience a shopper’s paradise and symbol of downtown Osaka as you explore the bustling arcade where brightly colored storefronts display the latest fashion trends.

Shinsaibashi
Shin-Osaka showing railway items and a city

Shin-Osaka

If you're passing through Shin-Osaka, you may want to check out its coffeehouses. From there, jump on the metro at Kanzakigawa Station to see more of the area.

Shin-Osaka
Nakanoshima Park featuring a city

Umeda

4.5/5Wonderful!(99 area reviews)

Visitors to Umeda love its popular shops, and you can check out Herbis Plaza and Osaka Station City. If you want to see more in the area, you can get around town on the metro at Nishi-Umieda Station.

Umeda
Tennoji Park which includes interior views and a garden

Tennoji

4.5/5Wonderful!(76 area reviews)

You might take some time to check out the abundant dining options in Tennoji. Spend some time visiting top spots like Shitennoji Temple, and catch the metro at Osaka Uehonmachi Station or Shitennoji-mae Yuhigaoka Station to see more of the area.

Tennoji
Dotonbori featuring city views and outdoor art as well as a large group of people

Dotonbori

Experience the colorful neon heart of Osaka along this canal, where travelers, couples and entertainment seekers throng the streets.

Dotonbori

Top Hotels in Osaka

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
RIHGA Royal Hotel Osaka
RIHGA Royal Hotel Osaka
4.5 out of 5
5-3-68 Nakanoshima, Kita-ku, Osaka, Osaka-fu
NT$2,194
per night
Dec 19 - Dec 20

This family-friendly Osaka hotel is located on a river, within a 10-minute walk of Osaka International Convention Center and Osaka Science Museum. Umeda Sky ...

4.3/5Excellent! (5,393 reviews)

"Excellent hotel with free shuttle bus to Osaka station! :) the bedrooms are large and very clean!"…"

Reviewed on 2019/12/13

RIHGA Royal Hotel Osaka
APA Hotel Osaka-Higobashi-Ekimae
APA Hotel Osaka-Higobashi-Ekimae
3 out of 5
1-2-1 Tosabori, Nishi-ku, Osaka, Osaka-fu
NT$1,236
per night
Dec 17 - Dec 18

Located in Nishi, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Osaka Science Museum, Osaka International Convention Center, and Umeda Sky Building. Osaka Museum of History ...

3.8/5Good! (2,984 reviews)

"Nice stay. Clean with normal amenities. Would have liked to use the Japanese Spa, alas, no tattoos."…"

Reviewed on 2019/11/27

APA Hotel Osaka-Higobashi-Ekimae
APA Hotel Namba-Ekihigashi
APA Hotel Namba-Ekihigashi
3 out of 5
4-29 Sennichimae, Namba, Osaka, Osaka
NT$1,236
per night
Jan 5 - Jan 6

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! (2,525 reviews)

"Location is great and the staff is excellent. The room is a bit small but it is Japanese hotel standard. Breakfast was great. However, their cleaning staff need to be more detailed in cleaning and room arrangement."…"

Reviewed on 2019/12/16

APA Hotel Namba-Ekihigashi

Popular things to do in Osaka

Osaka Castle
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Osaka Castle

4.5/5(914 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. 

Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
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Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan

4.5/5(258 reviews)

Experience the diverse marine ecosystems of the Pacific in this comprehensive aquarium, which hosts otters, penguins, seals and even whale sharks. 

Osaka Science Museum
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Osaka Science Museum

4/5(58 reviews)

Osaka Science Museum is a popular museum in Osaka with a rich history. Discover the top-notch restaurants and entertainment choices in this walkable area.

Universal Studios Japan™
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Universal Studios Japan™

4.5/5(278 reviews)

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

Tsutenkaku Tower
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Tsutenkaku Tower

4/5(239 reviews)

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

Umeda Sky Building
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Umeda Sky Building

4.5/5(275 reviews)

Visit the jewel of Shin Umeda City to see one of the world’s most special engineering feats and observe the illuminated city from its observation deck.

Reviews of Osaka

4.5

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Dec 14, 2019

Osaka is a beautiful and a must see city. So much to do and see as a visitor, and the Japanese people are totally friendly and fashionable. Will definitely visit soon with our children. We didn’t want to leave. ❣️

4/5 - Good

LAURA

Dec 14, 2019

I am impressed with how clean and orderly their transportation system is. There are restrooms practically everywhere. There was only one establishment of all the times I've been to Japan where we just couldn't communicate and get our messages across.

5/5 - Excellent

JK

Dec 10, 2019

Osaka is funny city and very romantic.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Dec 8, 2019

Weather was very nice.

5/5 - Excellent

Mike

Dec 7, 2019

Wonderful !!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Dec 7, 2019

Walking around it when we could really appreciate Osaka,otherwise it might seem boring. Very modern buildings. Walk around and you will know how besutiful it really is.

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