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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.

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Where to stay in Osaka

Top hotels in Osaka

Hotel Granvia Osaka
Hotel Granvia Osaka
3.5 out of 5
3-1-1 Umeda, Kita-ku, Osaka, Osaka-fu
The price is P4,197 per night from 16 Feb to 17 Feb

Located in Umeda, this romantic hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Umeda Sky Building and Osaka Science Museum. Shinsaibashi Shopping Arcade and Osaka Museum of ...

4.1/5Very Good! (1,003 reviews)

"Although the staff was helpful, it was surprising that no hand sanitizer was present in the common areas- especially since Osaka had the third highest COVID19 infections in Japan. All the other hotels I had visited in Chiba, Nara & Kyoto had sanitizer at all entrances & in the lobby"…"

Reviewed on Mar 18, 2020

Hotel Granvia Osaka
Nest Hotel Osaka Umeda
Nest Hotel Osaka Umeda
2.5 out of 5
2-15 Tsurunocho, Osaka, Osaka
The price is P1,624 per night from 28 Feb to 1 Mar

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! (696 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 Aug 7, 2020

Nest Hotel Osaka Umeda
Agora Place Osaka Namba
Agora Place Osaka Namba
3.5 out of 5
1-9-7 Sennichi-mae, Chuo-ku, Osaka, Osaka-fu
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Located in Namba, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Kuromon Ichiba Market and Dotonbori Glico Sign. Tsutenkaku Tower and Shitennoji Temple are also within ...

4.4/5Excellent! (1,533 reviews)

"Well firstly! Location is amazing!!! Coming into the hotel the entrance is amazing and the rooms are very well set up. Spent 3 nights here and they were great. Bathroom is very nice and strong showerhead for those long days! Right near Dotonbori so food is available at your doorstep!"…"

Reviewed on Mar 21, 2020

Agora Place Osaka Namba
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.

Vacation Rentals in Osaka

The Wonder At Stay-Maris Kyobashi ARMS-
The Wonder At Stay-Maris Kyobashi ARMS-
3 out of 5
3-7-5 Higashinodamachi Miyakojima-ku, Osaka, Osaka
The price is P2,109 per night from 31 Jan to 1 Feb

Located in Kyobashi, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Taiko En and Osaka-jō Hall. Osaka Castle and Osaka Castle Park are also within 2 mi (3 ...

4.2/5Very Good! (56 reviews)

"It’s clean. Everything just perfect. Shops nearby , 200m to train station, perfect stay!"…"

Reviewed on Nov 15, 2018

The Wonder At Stay-Maris Kyobashi ARMS-
The Base Sakaihigashi Apartment Hotel
The Base Sakaihigashi Apartment Hotel
3 out of 5
Minamihanadaguchi-cho 1-1-4, Sakai, Osaka
The price is P3,437 per night from 4 Feb to 5 Feb

Located in Sakai Ward, this aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Sakai City Hall and Hochigai Shrine. Emperor Nintoku's Tomb and Daisen Park are also within ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (64 reviews)

"The hotel was two blocks away from the nearest station for public transportation. Their staff was extremely helpful."…"

Reviewed on Nov 19, 2019

The Base Sakaihigashi Apartment Hotel
Residential Hotel Hare Shin-Osaka
Residential Hotel Hare Shin-Osaka
3 out of 5
1-21-29 Higashinakajima, Higashiyodogawa-ku, Osaka, Osaka
The price is P3,389 per night from 1 Feb to 2 Feb

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! (309 reviews)
A MUST Home Away from Home

"We arrived later than expected and communication with the desk staff was great! The walk from the train station was less than 10 minutes. There are robes for you to use in your room right by the elevator. They were the nicest robes ever! Wish I could have found some like them for sale somewhere. ..."…"

Reviewed on Jun 5, 2020

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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Reviews of Osaka

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

25 Feb 2020

The hotel is so clean, sumptous breakfast, love the place, recommendable to travellers

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

17 Feb 2020

We love osaka

5/5 - Excellent

Virginia

6 Feb 2020

Many places to see that you would need more days of stay.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

6 Jan 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

2 Jan 2020

free airport shuttle please...

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

18 Dec 2019

Osaka is great