Osaka

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Visit Osaka

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

Namba which includes a city

Namba

4.5/5Wonderful!(54 area reviews)

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

Namba
Shinsaibashi showing street scenes

Shinsaibashi

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.

Shinsaibashi
Dotonbori featuring central business district and outdoor art as well as a large group of people

Dotonbori

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

Dotonbori
Shinsekai showing a city as well as a small group of people

Shinsekai

This Osaka neighborhood, with a name that translates to New World, is a historic entertainment district with cultural, shopping and gastronomic attractions. 

Shinsekai

Top hotels in Osaka

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
RIHGA Royal Hotel Osaka
RIHGA Royal Hotel Osaka
4.5 out of 5
P3,467
per night
Jan 20 - Jan 21

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 ...

4.3/5Excellent! (5,564 reviews)

"I like because if Cosy & have shuttle bus"…"

Reviewed on Jan 13, 2020

RIHGA Royal Hotel Osaka
APA Hotel Osaka-Higobashi-Ekimae
APA Hotel Osaka-Higobashi-Ekimae
3 out of 5
P1,892
per night
Feb 2 - Feb 3

Located in Nishi, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Osaka Science Museum, Osaka International Convention Center and Umeda Sky Building. Osaka Museum of History ...

3.8/5Good! (3,087 reviews)

"Close to the subway and very cheap price for a room for 2 people."…"

Reviewed on Jan 9, 2020

APA Hotel Osaka-Higobashi-Ekimae
Swissotel Nankai Osaka
Swissotel Nankai Osaka
5 out of 5
5-1-60 Namba Chuo-ku, Osaka, Osaka-fu
P9,174
per night
Feb 9 - Feb 10

Located in Namba, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Namba Grand Kagetsu Theater and Osaka Prefectural Gymnasium. Nipponbashi and Shinsaibashi Shopping ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (4,954 reviews)

"Great hotel,very convient location to everywhere and shopping"…"

Reviewed on Jan 9, 2020

Swissotel Nankai Osaka

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. 

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.

Shitennoji Temple
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Shitennoji Temple

Find a moments peace in Japan’s first Buddhist temple and explore its turtle-filled gardens and towering pagodas.

Top activities in Osaka

Kyoto Perfect Tour: 1day bus tour
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Kyoto Perfect Tour: 1day bus tour

P6,595

Discover the 3 World Heritage listed sites (Kiyomizu temple, Tenrryuji temple and Kinkakuji Temple) in Kyoto. Besides, we will visit 2 popular spots: Fushimi Inari Shrine and bamboo forest in Sagano. Please be intoxicated magnificent Japanese historical places.

Full-Day Bus Tour to Kyoto, Nara & Kobe
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Full-Day Bus Tour to Kyoto, Nara & Kobe

P4,988

Take a journey through the wonders of ancient and modern Japan with a day trip that shows you the historic cities of Kyoto, Nara, and Kobe. With destinations from the peaceful bamboo forest of Arashiyama to the lively Kobe Mosaic, you get a look at centuries' worth of culture.

Kyoto & Nara 1-Day Tour
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Kyoto & Nara 1-Day Tour

P7,365

Explore the must-see sights of history-rich Kyoto, including the spectacular Nijo Castle, eminent Kinkaku-ji, and grand Kyoto Imperial Palace. In the afternoon, embark for Nara, home of pacific Nara Park and the famous temple of Todai-ji.

Private Full-Day Osaka Walking Tour
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Private Full-Day Osaka Walking Tour

P6,519

Discover the rich history of Osaka on a private tour of the 1,500-year old city. Learn why the city is known as the “nation's kitchen” as you visit Osaka Castle, Kuromon Market, and vibrant Dotonbori. During the day, also have the option to enjoy a delicious lunch of Halal beef sukiyaki.

Kyoto Full-Day Tour
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Kyoto Full-Day Tour

P6,490

Spend a full day discovering the best sights Kyoto has to offer, including grand castles and sacred temples. These spectacular attractions make your time in Kyoto an unforgettable experience.

Osaka Castle Photography
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Osaka Castle Photography

P4,775

Itinerary We will go to Osaka Castle in the morning. It is beautiful to see Osaka Castle in the morning and take a fresh breath air! Most of our beautiful pictures are taken in the morning. First I will pick you up at the Morinomiya station near Osaka Castle.

Reviews of Osaka

4.6

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 71.08433734939759%
4 - Good
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4 - Good 24.096385542168676%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 2.4096385542168677%
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4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jan 6, 2020

We love almost everything in Osaka!❤️ Though we’ve experienced how to get lost and be left by the train, still we end up finding our destination! Definitely, we’ll be back!

4/5 - Good

MaribelMallari

Jan 2, 2020

free airport shuttle please...

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Dec 18, 2019

Osaka is great

5/5 - Excellent

KLM

Dec 16, 2019

Osaka is such a delight. It's possible to explore it with a tight budget as long as you have an idea where you want to go to and how to get there. When booking for a hotel, check which train stations are nearby. Wear comfy shoes when you walk around.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Dec 8, 2019

It gives you Japan at its best.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Nov 18, 2019

Osaka’s people are very warm. Would want to come back

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