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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

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$1,540 per night from May 8 to May 9
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! (3,704 reviews)
"The property was clean. However, had to call front desk as air conditioner wasn’t working well. Staff tried to fix it to no avail. They offered another room, but I was too tired to repack. I was given a fan. The room was uncomfortably warm all night. VIP access benefits is a crock of crap 💩 in japan. ..."

Reviewed on 2020/6/24

RIHGA Royal Hotel Osaka
Liber Hotel At Universal Studios Japan
Liber Hotel At Universal Studios Japan
3.5 out of 5
1-1-35, Sakurajima, Konohana-ku, Osaka, Osaka
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is NT$1,891 per night from Apr 22 to Apr 23
Located in Konohana, this spa hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Universal CityWalk Osaka and Universal Studios Japan. Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan and Legoland ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (287 reviews)
"I loved how quiet it was within the hotel and room. I really enjoyed the rain shower head in the shower."

Reviewed on 2021/3/31

Liber Hotel At Universal Studios Japan
Hotel Nikko Osaka
Hotel Nikko Osaka
4 out of 5
1-3-3 Nishi-shinsaibashi, Chuo-ku, Osaka, Osaka-fu
Free Cancellation
The price is NT$2,655 per night from Apr 22 to Apr 23
Located in Namba, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Shinsaibashi Shopping Arcade and Dotonbori Glico Sign. Namba Grand Kagetsu Theater and Tempozan Harbor ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (1,422 reviews)
"Very convenient location. Nama entertainment district is about 15 minutes away by walking, 5 minutes by vehicle. On-site parking with unlimited, easy in/out access is very reasonably priced for the area. Finally, I'd like to publicly commend Mr. Kan at reception and also Mr. Satoshi Kibayashi (Assistant ..."

Reviewed on 2021/4/7

Hotel Nikko Osaka
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.
PG Kuromon
PG Kuromon
3 out of 5
3-3-22 Kozu, Chuo-ku, \N, Osaka, Osaka
The price is NT$840 per night from May 8 to May 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 ...
3.9/5Very Good! (108 reviews)
"The hotel is in a very convenient location and the rooms where nice a tidy."

Reviewed on 2020/3/14

PG Kuromon
Universal Bay Condominium
Universal Bay Condominium
3 out of 5
2-7-33 Chikkou, Minato-ku, Osaka, Osaka
The price is NT$1,030 per night from May 15 to May 16
Located in Minato, this condo building is within a 10-minute walk of Osaka Culturarium Tempozan, Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and Legoland Discovery Center. Universal ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (95 reviews)
Clean, bright and spacious
"The apartment is exactly like the photos. The only drawback is that the front desk is closed under the circumstances therefore the services such as free rental (kitchenware etc.), printing, airport transfer are not available. Also they requested guests to upload photo ID in advance in place of the ..."

Reviewed on 2020/9/8

Universal Bay Condominium
Residential Hotel Hare Shin-Osaka
Residential Hotel Hare Shin-Osaka
3 out of 5
1-21-29 Higashinakajima, Higashiyodogawa-ku, Osaka, Osaka
Located in Higashiyodogawa, this aparthotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Tenjimbashi-Suji Shopping Street, Umeda Sky Building, and Umeda Arts Theater. Grand Front ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (313 reviews)
"Spacious, clean and got a heater in the shower room"

Reviewed on 2021/3/13

Residential Hotel Hare Shin-Osaka
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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