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Osaka
Travel Guide

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

RIHGA Royal Hotel Osaka
RIHGA Royal Hotel Osaka
4.5 out of 5
5-3-68 Nakanoshima, Kita-ku, Osaka, Osaka-fu
The price is NT$2,606 per night from Mar 24 to Mar 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. Umeda ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (3,913 reviews)

"The room we had was spacious. Staffs service were good. Free shuttle bus service between hotel and Osaka station was very convenient. Room furniture is dated and the carpet outside the room corridor needs a replacement"…"

Reviewed on 2020/3/8

RIHGA Royal Hotel Osaka
HOTEL UNIZO Osaka Umeda
HOTEL UNIZO Osaka Umeda
3 out of 5
1-10-3 Shibata, Kita-ku, Osaka, Osaka
The price is NT$899 per night from Mar 12 to Mar 13

Located in Kita, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Umeda Arts Theater, Grand Front Osaka Mall, and Hankyu Umeda Main Store. Umeda Sky Building and Osaka ...

4.2/5Very Good! (740 reviews)

"Hotel is near subway and JR station and convenient to move around. Also has many restaurants nearby so food is not a problem finding. Typical Japanese sized hotel with all amenities provided."…"

Reviewed on 2020/1/17

HOTEL UNIZO Osaka Umeda
Nest Hotel Osaka Umeda
Nest Hotel Osaka Umeda
2.5 out of 5
2-15 Tsurunocho, Osaka, Osaka
The price is NT$969 per night from Apr 6 to Apr 7

Located in Kita, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Umeda Arts Theater, Hankyu Umeda Main Store, and Grand Front Osaka Mall. Umeda Sky Building and Osaka ...

4.2/5Excellent! (705 reviews)
Great value for the 4200 yen price

"I was wanting to just get out of my apartment after so many months of coronavirus isolation, just a change of scene. I saw the amazing rate and decided it would be nice just to go for it. I bought a lot of Taco Bell, since we do not have one in Nara Prefecture, and pretty much just camped out in ..."…"

Reviewed on 2020/8/7

Nest Hotel Osaka Umeda
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.
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! (102 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
Hotel S-Presso Central
Hotel S-Presso Central
3 out of 5
3-chome-13-18 Nanbanaka Naniwa-ku, Osaka, Osaka
The price is NT$1,499 per night from Mar 7 to Mar 8

Located in Namba, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Osaka Prefectural Gymnasium, Nipponbashi, and Namba Parks. Kuromon Ichiba Market and ...

5/5Exceptional! (4 reviews)

"とても綺麗で使いやすかったです。 テレビではYouTubeやNetflixが見ることができて、友達と深夜まで楽しむことができました! また泊まりに行きたいと思います。"…"

Reviewed on 2020/11/28

Hotel S-Presso Central
PG Kuromon
PG Kuromon
3 out of 5
3-3-22 Kozu, Chuo-ku, Osaka, Osaka
The price is NT$422 per night from Mar 8 to Mar 9

Located in Namba, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Kuromon Ichiba Market and Nipponbashi. Shinsaibashi Shopping Arcade and Amerikamura are ...

3.9/5Good! (103 reviews)
Convenient

"The hotel is in a very convenient location and the rooms where nice a tidy."…"

Reviewed on 2020/3/14

PG Kuromon
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.

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