OsakaJapan

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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

Namba featuring a city

Namba

4.5/5Wonderful!(895 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 featuring street scenes

Shinsaibashi

4/5Very Good!(1 area review)

Shinsaibashi is highly notable for its popular shops, and you might want to visit top sights like Kuromon Ichiba Market and Nipponbashi. See more of Osaka by jumping on the metro at Namba Station (Nankai) or Namba Station.

Shinsaibashi
Shin-Osaka

Shin-Osaka

Travelers enjoy Shin-Osaka for its coffeehouses, and if you want to see some more of the area, you can jump on the metro at Kanzakigawa Station.

Shin-Osaka
Nakanoshima Park featuring a city

Umeda

4.5/5Wonderful!(103 area reviews)

Umeda is highly notable for its popular shops, and you might want to visit top sights like Herbis Plaza and Osaka Station City. See more of Osaka by jumping on the metro at Nishi-Umieda Station or Umeda Station (Hanshin).

Umeda
Tennoji Park which includes a pond and a park

Tennoji

4.5/5Wonderful!(78 area reviews)

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

Tennoji
Kuromon Ichiba featuring interior views and a city as well as a large group of people

Minami

4.5/5Wonderful!(57 area reviews)

Minami is highly notable for its popular shops, and you might want to visit top sights like Kuromon Ichiba Market and Nipponbashi. See more of Osaka by jumping on the metro at Namba Station (Nankai) or Namba Station.

Minami

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$1,783
per night
Feb 24 - Feb 25

This family-friendly Osaka hotel is located on the riverwalk, within a 10-minute walk of Osaka International Convention Center and Osaka Science Museum. Festival ...

4.3/5Excellent! (5,727 reviews)

"The room was adequate for what it was. The room could have been cleaner. The staff /concierge made the trip worth it. They help setup our return trip, due to the early departure time. The shuttle was super convenient..."…"

Reviewed on 2020/2/17

RIHGA Royal Hotel Osaka
 Sotetsu Grand Fresa Osaka-Namba
Sotetsu Grand Fresa Osaka-Namba
3.5 out of 5
1-1-13 Nipponbashi, Chuo-ku, Osaka, Osaka-fu
NT$1,179
per night
Feb 27 - Feb 28

Located in Namba, this hotel is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) from Tsutenkaku Tower and within 3 mi (5 km) of Osaka Museum of History and Osaka Science Museum. Osaka Castle ...

4.2/5Excellent! (4,347 reviews)

"Great location nearby Dotonbori. 10-15 minutes walking distance from Namba train station."…"

Reviewed on 2020/2/16

Sotetsu Grand Fresa Osaka-Namba
APA Hotel Osaka-Higobashi-Ekimae
APA Hotel Osaka-Higobashi-Ekimae
3 out of 5
1-2-1 Tosabori, Nishi-ku, Osaka, Osaka-fu
NT$1,362
per night
Feb 25 - Feb 26

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! (3,204 reviews)

"Easy to check-in, check out. Close to many supermarket and local restaurant. And the subway station is in front of the hotel very convenient !"…"

Reviewed on 2020/2/4

APA Hotel Osaka-Higobashi-Ekimae

Popular things to do in Osaka

Universal Studios Japan™
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Universal Studios Japan™

4.5/5(299 reviews)

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

Kyocera Dome Osaka
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Kyocera Dome Osaka

4.5/5(34 reviews)

Catch an event at Kyocera Dome Osaka during your trip to Osaka. Check out the shops and top-notch restaurants in this walkable area.

Osaka Castle
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Osaka Castle

4.5/5(957 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(275 reviews)

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

Nipponbashi
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Nipponbashi

4.5/5(147 reviews)

You can browse for souvenirs when you visit Nipponbashi, a favorite shopping spot in Osaka. While in this walkable area, you can savor the restaurants and coffeehouses.

Tsutenkaku Tower
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Tsutenkaku Tower

4/5(255 reviews)

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

Reviews of Osaka

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4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Feb 18, 2020

I did have to do quite a bit more walking than I had wanted. The train stations were rather confusing to use and were quite far from the hotel. It did also seem like the City is a bit dirtier than I remember when I was last there.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Feb 9, 2020

Would highly recommend shopping through all the duty free stores and for shinsaibashi, eating ramen and gyoza combo at Zundo-ya and grabbing a milk tea from Ding Tea/Tiger Sugar.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Feb 9, 2020

Trains are very easy to use. Take the 7 hour walking tour as it’s amazing. Shimbashi market, Kumoro market, Dontobori area, the museum, Osaka castle and the plum tree park near Osaka castle are areas you must visit.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Feb 8, 2020

I walked around Umeda station for shopping. Many malls and stores looked new or renewed and attractive for young shoppers and I loved the vibe pf it.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Feb 3, 2020

Osaka was a fun city. Lots to see and do. So much different foods to try and shopping to do if that's your thing. The city is easy to get around and the locals are friendly. A trip not to forget.

4/5 - Good

Mike

Feb 2, 2020

Great food, nice people, and tons of Chinese tourists

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