Osaka awaits: its castle, food, parks, and more!

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.

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Shopping, Dining and Historical Buildings

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Where to stay in Osaka

Namba
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Namba

Shopping, Dining, Castles

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

Umeda
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Umeda

Shopping, Castles, Sightseeing

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.

Shinsaibashi
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Shinsaibashi

Shopping, Friendly People, Theaters

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.

Dotonbori
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Dotonbori

Shopping, Dining, Friendly People

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

Tennoji
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Tennoji

Shopping, Skyscrapers, Dining

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.

Kita
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Kita

Shopping, Castles, Dining

Kita is highly notable for its popular shops, and you might want to visit top sights like Umeda Sky Building and Osaka Science Museum. See more of Osaka by jumping on the metro at Umeda Station or Nakazakicho Station.

Top Hotels in Osaka

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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RIHGA Royal Hotel Osaka
4.5 out of 5
5-3-68 Nakanoshima, Kita-ku, Osaka, Osaka-fu
NT$2,286/night
Aug 25 - Aug 26
4.3/5Excellent! (4,816 reviews)

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! (4,816 reviews)

"Frequent shuttle bus, but if it can be extended to cover more frquent before 10am, it will be better"…"

Reviewed on 2019/8/21

RIHGA Royal Hotel Osaka
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Sotetsu Grand Fresa Osaka-Namba
3 out of 5
1-1-13 Nipponbashi, Chuo-ku, Osaka, Osaka-fu
NT$1,563/night
Sep 16 - Sep 17
4.2/5Excellent! (3,705 reviews)

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! (3,705 reviews)

"New and clean. Close to Dotombori & a subway station, but it takes more than 15 minutes to get to Namba Station."…"

Reviewed on 2019/8/20

Sotetsu Grand Fresa Osaka-Namba
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APA Hotel Namba-Ekihigashi
3 out of 5
4-29 Sennichimae, Namba, Osaka, Osaka
NT$1,488/night
Aug 25 - Aug 26
4.2/5Excellent! (2,103 reviews)

Located in Namba, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Namba Grand Kagetsu Theater, Kuromon Ichiba Market, and Nipponbashi. Shinsaibashi Shopping Arcade and ...

4.2/5Excellent! (2,103 reviews)

"The room and facility are normal to Japanese standard, which means very clean and nice. Checking in process can be done on automatic machines so it is very quick and convenient. Also the staffs provide good service and help. The most important thing is that this hotel has excellent location. It is ..."…"

Reviewed on 2019/8/22

APA Hotel Namba-Ekihigashi

Popular things to do in Osaka

Osaka Castle
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Osaka Castle

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

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

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™

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

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

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.

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