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Osaka
Travel Guide

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.

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Where to stay in Osaka

Hotel Nikko Osaka
Hotel Nikko Osaka
4 out of 5
1-3-3 Nishi-shinsaibashi, Chuo-ku, Osaka, Osaka-fu
The price is P6,756 per night from 24 May to 24 May
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! (1,419 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 Apr 7, 2021

Hotel Nikko 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 P2,624 per night from 17 May to 17 May
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! (3,665 reviews)
Big space but have smoking smell in the room
"Still have the smoking smell in the room."

Reviewed on Feb 8, 2021

RIHGA Royal Hotel Osaka
Nest Hotel Osaka Umeda
Nest Hotel Osaka Umeda
2.5 out of 5
2-15 Tsurunocho, Osaka, Osaka
The price is P1,282 per night from 11 May to 11 May
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! (723 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
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Reviews of Osaka

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5/5 - Excellent

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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