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!(62 area reviews)

Enjoy the popular shops in Namba. Shinsaibashi Shopping Arcade is a worthwhile stop, and you can jump on the metro at Namba Station or Nippombashi Station to see more of Osaka.

Namba
Shinsaibashi showing street scenes

Shinsaibashi

Shinsaibashi is highly notable for its popular shops, and you might want to visit top sights like Namba Parks and Kuromon Ichiba Market. See more of Osaka by jumping on the metro at Namba Station (Nankai) or Namba Station.

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

Dotonbori

A noteworthy feature of Dotonbori is its popular shops. While you're in town, be sure to stop and check out Shinsaibashi Shopping Arcade and Amerikamura.

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

Shinsekai

Shinsekai is noteworthy for its spas, and you can make a stop at top attractions like Tsutenkaku Tower and Spa World.

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
The price is P4,285 per night

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! (4,819 reviews)

"The room we had was spacious. Staffs service were good. Free shuttle bus service between hotel and Osaka station was very convenient. Room furniture is dated and the carpet outside the room corridor needs a replacement"…"

Reviewed on Mar 8, 2020

RIHGA Royal Hotel Osaka
Nest Hotel Osaka Umeda
Nest Hotel Osaka Umeda
2.5 out of 5
The price is P1,739 per night

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! (599 reviews)

"阪急大阪梅田駅(茶屋町側改札)から近く立地が良い。内装もきれい。風呂のヌメリやポットのホコリが気になったが、新御堂筋に面しているにしては静かだったと思う。"…"

Reviewed on Jun 26, 2020

Nest Hotel Osaka Umeda
APA Hotel Namba-Ekihigashi
APA Hotel Namba-Ekihigashi
3 out of 5
4-29 Sennichimae, Namba, Osaka, Osaka
The price is P1,712 per night

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! (2,904 reviews)
eel so good

"Everything clean and location is very convenient."…"

Reviewed on Mar 17, 2020

APA Hotel Namba-Ekihigashi

Popular places to visit in Osaka

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.

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. 

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. 

Spa World
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Spa World

Relax in world culture-themed spas, recharge with medicinal saunas and play around in a water park at this comprehensive health retreat.

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.

Kuromon Ichiba Market
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Kuromon Ichiba Market

Follow scents of spices and smoked goods into the covered alleyway of this bustling food market. Its popularity with chefs has earned it the nickname Osaka’s Kitchen. 

Top things to do in Osaka

Kyoto and Nara 1 Day Bus Tour
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Kyoto and Nara 1 Day Bus Tour

P4,045
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend
Airport Meet & Greet with Japan Rail Pass Exchange Assist
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Airport Meet & Greet with Japan Rail Pass Exchange Assist

P3,602
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
Universal Studios Japan® Theme Park Admission with Transportation
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Universal Studios Japan® Theme Park Admission with Transportation

P9,261
Per adult
Unlimited Prepaid Nano SIM Card for Japan
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Unlimited Prepaid Nano SIM Card for Japan

P1,833
Per adult
Airport Meet & Greet Service & Wi-Fi Router Rental
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Airport Meet & Greet Service & Wi-Fi Router Rental

P6,071
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
Osaka Gourmet Walk
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Osaka Gourmet Walk

P1,941
Per adult

Reviews of Osaka

4.7

Top Destination

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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

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