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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 featuring a city

Namba

4.5/5Wonderful!(309 area reviews)

Namba
Shinsaibashi which includes street scenes

Shinsaibashi

Shinsaibashi
Dotonbori showing outdoor art and city views as well as a large group of people

Dotonbori

Dotonbori

Top hotels in Osaka

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
RIHGA Royal Hotel Osaka
RIHGA Royal Hotel Osaka
4.5 out of 5
5-3-68 Nakanoshima, Kita-ku, Osaka, Osaka-fu
RM328
per night
2 Apr-3 Apr

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

4.3/5Excellent! (5,895 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 8 Mar 2020

RIHGA Royal Hotel Osaka
Hotel Monterey Grasmere Osaka
Hotel Monterey Grasmere Osaka
4 out of 5
1-2-3 Minatomachi, Naniwa-ku, Osaka, Osaka-fu
RM224
per night
2 Apr-3 Apr

Located in Namba, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Osaka City Air Terminal, Tsutenkaku Tower and Shitennoji Temple. Osaka Museum of History and Umeda Sky ...

4.3/5Excellent! (6,487 reviews)

"Great location to JR line and great view from rooms."…"

Reviewed on 11 Mar 2020

Hotel Monterey Grasmere Osaka
Sotetsu Fresa Inn Osaka-Shinsaibashi
Sotetsu Fresa Inn Osaka-Shinsaibashi
3 out of 5
1-12-23 Higashishinsaibashi, Osaka, Osaka
RM227
per night
2 Apr-3 Apr

Located in Namba, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Shinsaibashi Shopping Arcade and Dotonbori Glico Sign. Tsutenkaku Tower and Kyocera Dome Osaka are ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (371 reviews)

"Great location, 4 mins walk to Shinsaibashi station, 3 mins walk to Shinsaibashi shopping street. Room was clean & bright. What I loved most about this hotel was the personal amenities located in the lobby. Cleansers, toner, moisturiser, bath soak, coffee & tea. My favourite was the face mask. Just ..."…"

Reviewed on 10 Mar 2020

Sotetsu Fresa Inn Osaka-Shinsaibashi

Popular things to do in Osaka

Universal Studios Japan™
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Universal Studios Japan™

4.5/5(88 reviews)

Watch theatrical shows, meet lovable mascots and go on exhilarating rides at this extensive movie-focused theme park.

Osaka Castle
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Osaka Castle

4.5/5(216 reviews)

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

4.5/5(77 reviews)

Experience the diverse marine ecosystems of the Pacific in this comprehensive aquarium, which hosts otters, penguins, seals and even whale sharks. 

Tsutenkaku Tower
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Tsutenkaku Tower

4/5(88 reviews)

Come to marvel at the tower that reaches to heaven and meet Billiken, the god of happiness and good luck.

Spa World
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Spa World

3.5/5(7 reviews)

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

Kuromon Ichiba Market
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Kuromon Ichiba Market

4.5/5(40 reviews)

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 activities in Osaka

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

96% of travellers recommend
RM528
Per adult
Kyoto & Nara 1-Day Tour
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Kyoto & Nara 1-Day Tour

96% of travellers recommend
RM588
Per adult
Full-Day Bus Tour to Kyoto, Nara & Kobe
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Full-Day Bus Tour to Kyoto, Nara & Kobe

82% of travellers recommend
RM280
Per adult

Reviews of Osaka

4.6

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
323
5 - Excellent 64.47105788423154%
4 - Good
159
4 - Good 31.736526946107784%
3 - Okay
18
3 - Okay 3.592814371257485%
2 - Disappointing
1
2 - Disappointing 0.1996007984031936%
1 - Terrible
0
1 - Terrible 0%

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

16 Feb 2020

Nice food nice weather nice shopping

4/5 - Good

Tora

10 Feb 2020

Good for travel but rush hour bad to walk

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

9 Feb 2020

I’m really happy to be there. Everything is good.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

6 Feb 2020

good

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

2 Feb 2020

Love, Want to come back again and again

5/5 - Excellent

M

2 Feb 2020

Good hotel

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