OsakaJapan

4.5/5Top Destination

Osaka awaits: its castle, food, theater, 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.

Known for

Shopping, Dining and Historical Buildings

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Where to stay in Osaka

Namba
Namba featuring a city

Namba

Known for Shopping, Dining, Castles

4.5/5(721 reviews)

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

Shinsaibashi
Shinsaibashi featuring street scenes

Shinsaibashi

Known for Shopping, Friendly People, Theaters

4/5(1 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.

Umeda
Nakanoshima Park featuring a city and a river or creek

Umeda

Known for Shopping, Castles, Sightseeing

4.5/5(88 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.

Shin-Osaka
Shinkansen
trover photo by Rob Gilbert

Shin-Osaka

Known for Swimming, Budget, Friendly People

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.

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

Dotonbori

Known for Shopping, Dining, Friendly People

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

Minami
Spa World showing rides, interior views and a pool

Minami

Known for Shopping, Dining, Castles

4.5/5(46 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 or Nippombashi Station.

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$2,300
per night
Nov 10 - Nov 11
4.3/5Excellent! (5,064 reviews)

"Hotel was nice and clean and comfy but if I have to be critical about one thing I have to point out location is perhaps not the best - which is forgivable after considering what the hotel has to offer."…"

Reviewed on 2019/10/14

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$1,280
per night
Oct 20 - Oct 21
3.8/5Good! (2,810 reviews)

"Good location for business sicne it is downtown area, but I was there for vacation. Close to a few subway stations. price was good. room is small, and having one electrical plug could be better. Refrigerator wasn't plug in. Has a hot spa for either men or women. Staffs were really nice and one of ..."…"

Reviewed on 2019/9/30

APA Hotel Osaka-Higobashi-Ekimae
APA Hotel Namba-Ekihigashi
APA Hotel Namba-Ekihigashi
3 out of 5
4-29 Sennichimae, Namba, Osaka, Osaka
NT$1,513
per night
Nov 4 - Nov 5
4.2/5Excellent! (2,295 reviews)

"Location, transportation, shopping and safe etc. Breakfast is good."…"

Reviewed on 2019/10/11

APA Hotel Namba-Ekihigashi

Popular things to do in Osaka

Osaka Castle
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Osaka Castle

4.5/5(844 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(240 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(51 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(261 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(210 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(235 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

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
771
5 - Excellent 58.1447963800905%
4 - Good
477
4 - Good 35.97285067873303%
3 - Okay
63
3 - Okay 4.751131221719457%
2 - Disappointing
10
2 - Disappointing 0.7541478129713424%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 0.3770739064856712%

5/5 - Excellent

Hibiscus

Oct 15, 2019

Osaka is great! I've traveled to Osaka numerous times for business and pleasure; always outstanding. The food there on every occasion is excellent!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Oct 15, 2019

Osaka is amazing had a blast

5/5 - Excellent

Gigg

Oct 13, 2019

Amazing food scene

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Oct 12, 2019

Very busy city and very nice. You can walk around any hour of the day and find food, drinks, and entertainment. Very clean city, beautiful night skyline, humid but nice weather. I love Osaka

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Oct 11, 2019

You have relatively easy access to other cities from Osaka, like Kyoto or Nara or Kobe, and I recommend making Osaka a home base for a few nights and making day trips out to other cities to minimize switching hotels.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Oct 10, 2019

Come to Osaka if you like eating, drinking and shopping. Osaka is a big city and subway system is covered most places. But it is complicated for visitors and the subway signs above ground were not enough.

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