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Osaka
Travel Guide

Tsutenkaku Tower which includes markets, a city and street scenes

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

Nest Hotel Osaka Umeda
Nest Hotel Osaka Umeda
3 out of 5
2-15 Tsurunocho, Osaka, Osaka
The price is NT$817 per night from Jun 20 to Jun 20
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! (729 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

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Candeo Hotels Osaka Namba
Candeo Hotels Osaka Namba
3.5 out of 5
2-2-5 Higashishinsaibashi, Chuo, Osaka
The price is NT$1,360 per night from Jun 22 to Jun 22
Located in Namba, this hotel is 0.6 mi (0.9 km) from Nipponbashi and within 3 mi (5 km) of Tsutenkaku Tower and Kyocera Dome Osaka. Osaka Castle and Osaka-jō ...
4.4/5Excellent! (1,279 reviews)
Great hotel with a fantastic spa and service!
"My stay at the Candeo hotel was exceptional. The hotel is very clean and the staff are very helpful and professional. The spa was fantastic, very clean and everything worked. My room on the 16th floor had a great view with a comfortable lounge seat next to the window to enjoy the view and sun.The ..."

Reviewed on 2020/3/31

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Hotel Monterey Grasmere Osaka
Hotel Monterey Grasmere Osaka
4 out of 5
1-2-3 Minatomachi, Naniwa-ku, Osaka, Osaka-fu
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is NT$1,602 per night from Jun 15 to Jun 15
Located in Namba, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Osaka City Air Terminal, Tsutenkaku Tower, and Shitennoji Temple. Osaka Museum of History and Umeda Sky ...
4.3/5Excellent! (1,758 reviews)
"Customer service during check-in and breakfast service including staff were extremely helpful and accommodating during our stay."

Reviewed on 2020/11/30

Hotel Monterey Grasmere Osaka
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