OsakaOsaka

4.6/5Top Destination

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.

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Where to stay in Osaka

Namba
Namba which includes a city

Namba

Known for shopping, dining, castle

4.5/5(38 reviews)

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

Shinsaibashi
Shinsaibashi showing street scenes

Shinsaibashi

Known for shopping, friendlyPeople, theater

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.

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

Dotonbori

Known for shopping, dining, friendlyPeople

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

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

Shinsekai

Known for spa, monument, familyFriendly

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

Top hotels in Osaka

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
RIHGA Royal Hotel Osaka
RIHGA Royal Hotel Osaka
4.5 out of 5
P3,745
per night
4 Nov - 5 Nov

This family-friendly Osaka hotel is located on the riverfront, within a 10-minute walk of Osaka International Convention Center and Osaka Science Museum. Umeda ...

4.3/5Excellent! (5,096 reviews)

"Comfortable stay throughout my 9 nights in Osaka! Consistent shuttle bus to Osaka station really helps! This is our second time staying here, so no surprises and really enjoyed our stay throughout."…"

Reviewed on Oct 18, 2019

RIHGA Royal Hotel Osaka
APA Hotel Osaka-Higobashi-Ekimae
APA Hotel Osaka-Higobashi-Ekimae
3 out of 5
P1,934
per night
22 Oct - 23 Oct

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! (2,833 reviews)

"Stylish and welcoming ambiance! Very friendly staff and clean rooms Modern design with very comfortable beds!"…"

Reviewed on Oct 17, 2019

APA Hotel Osaka-Higobashi-Ekimae
APA Hotel Namba-Ekihigashi
APA Hotel Namba-Ekihigashi
3 out of 5
4-29 Sennichimae, Namba, Osaka, Osaka
P2,110
per night
22 Oct - 23 Oct

Located in Namba, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Namba Grand Kagetsu Theater and Kuromon Ichiba Market. Tsutenkaku Tower and Abeno Harukas are also ...

4.2/5Excellent! (2,316 reviews)

"Location, Big screen TV, clean room however breakfast menu is almost same every day. No safe in room. But it is very nice hotel overall. No complain and very satisfied."…"

Reviewed on Oct 16, 2019

APA Hotel Namba-Ekihigashi

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

P6,667

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

P4,089

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

P7,428

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.

Reviews of Osaka

4.6

Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

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18 Sep 2019

The place is so amazing, relaxing and great food.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

16 Sep 2019

Osaka is a nice place to visit! Great food and friendly people. Choose hotel wisely

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

4 Sep 2019

The Universal Studio is amazing specially the minion park and flying dinousaur

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

7 Jul 2019

People are very kind and polite... osaka is clean nice place

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

16 Jun 2019

Osaka is very nice place to visit

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

13 Jun 2019

So many interesting things to see and explore around Osaka. The place is great but everything is expensive.

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