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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

Agora Place Osaka Namba
Agora Place Osaka Namba
3.5 out of 5
1-9-7 Sennichi-mae, Chuo-ku, Osaka, Osaka-fu
The price is NT$1,095 per night from Dec 11 to Dec 12

Located in Namba, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Kuromon Ichiba Market and Dotonbori Glico Sign. Tsutenkaku Tower and Shitennoji Temple are also within ...

4.4/5Excellent! (1,541 reviews)

"Well firstly! Location is amazing!!! Coming into the hotel the entrance is amazing and the rooms are very well set up. Spent 3 nights here and they were great. Bathroom is very nice and strong showerhead for those long days! Right near Dotonbori so food is available at your doorstep!"…"

Reviewed on 2020/3/21

Agora Place Osaka Namba
Smile Hotel Premium Osaka Hommachi
Smile Hotel Premium Osaka Hommachi
3.5 out of 5
2-8-6 Minamisenba, Chuo-ku, Osaka, Osaka
The price is NT$1,045 per night from Dec 11 to Dec 12

Located in Namba, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Shinsaibashi Shopping Arcade, Dotonbori Glico Sign, and Namba Grand Kagetsu Theater. Osaka Castle and Tempozan ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (882 reviews)
Great little staycation

"Was looking for an inexpensive last minute stay while in downtown Osaka, and found this gem. Front desk service was friendly and nice, even with my lack of Japanese. The A/C made the entire stay comfortable, from the moment we walked in, the 7th floor room had easy access to the ice and vending machine ..."…"

Reviewed on 2020/8/17

Smile Hotel Premium Osaka Hommachi
The Wall Hotel
The Wall Hotel
3.5 out of 5
2-17-9 Nishishinsaibashi Chuo-ku, Osaka, Osaka-fu
The price is NT$792 per night from Dec 3 to Dec 4

Located in Namba, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Amerikamura and Shinsaibashi Shopping Arcade. Ebisu Bridge and Dotonbori Glico Sign are also within ...

4.1/5Very Good! (336 reviews)
Good place to stay in namba next to ghost

"I stayed in this location because I was in town for night life and it was pretty much next door to the club I goto. It was perfect for that. Nice size shower is big bathroom is separate. Comfortable stay"…"

Reviewed on 2020/8/1

The Wall 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.

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! (97 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 2020/3/2

Minn Umeda-North
Citadines Namba Osaka
Citadines Namba Osaka
4 out of 5
3-5-25 Nippombashi, Naniwa-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka
The price is NT$1,971 per night from Dec 3 to Dec 4

Located in Namba, this aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Kuromon Ichiba Market, Shinsaibashi Shopping Arcade, and Tsutenkaku Tower. Shitennoji Temple ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (55 reviews)

"Good location, very new"…"

Reviewed on 2020/3/30

Citadines Namba Osaka
Hotel MyStays Otemae
Hotel MyStays Otemae
3 out of 5
1-3-2 Tokui-cho, Chuo-ku, Osaka, Osaka-fu
The price is NT$1,040 per night from Dec 20 to Dec 21

Located in Chuo, this apartment building is 1 mi (1.7 km) from Osaka Castle and within 3 mi (5 km) of Osaka-jō Hall and Nipponbashi. Tsutenkaku Tower and Kyocera ...

3.9/5Very Good! (1,447 reviews)

"I liked the facilities, it has kitchen, several basic utensiles, separate rooms, air conditioning. The bathroom and shower could improve, it was unconfortable to take a shower, but the price is fare. You get what you pay. The metro and train station is a bit away, but still acceptable."…"

Reviewed on 2020/1/9

Hotel MyStays Otemae
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

Reviews of Osaka


Top Destination

5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent 60.117994100294986%
4 - Good
4 - Good 33.982300884955755%
3 - Okay
3 - Okay 4.896755162241888%
2 - Disappointing
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1 - Terrible
1 - Terrible 0.41297935103244837%

5/5 - Excellent

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


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


Mar 11, 2020

Food is good and cheap!!

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