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The stylish Swissotel Nankai Osaka hotel sits directly atop Namba Railway Station, which offers direct trains to Kansai International Airport as well as Kyoto, ...
Swissotel Nankai OsakaSG$182Swissotel Nankai OsakaSG$182
Located in Namba, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of National Bunraku Theater and Shinsaibashi Shopping Arcade. Tsutenkaku Tower and Osaka Museum of History ...
Dormy Inn Premium Namba Natural Hot SpringSG$156Dormy Inn Premium Namba Natural Hot SpringSG$156
Located in Umeda, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Osaka National Museum of Art and Osaka Science Museum. Umeda Sky Building and Shinsaibashi Shopping ...
Mitsui Garden Hotel Osaka PremierSG$142Mitsui Garden Hotel Osaka PremierSG$142
Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Rinku Park, Rinku Premium Outlets, and Rinku Pleasure Town Seacle. Izumisato Furusato Machiya ...
Hotel Nikko Kansai AirportSG$163Hotel Nikko Kansai AirportSG$163
This hotel is located in Chuo (Namba), close to Shinsaibashi Shopping Arcade, Osaka Science Museum, and Osaka Castle. Also nearby are Osaka Museum of History ...
Smile Hotel Premium Osaka HommachiSG$85Smile Hotel Premium Osaka HommachiSG$85
Located in Namba, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Hozenji-Yokocho Alley and Shinsaibashi Shopping Arcade. Tsutenkaku Tower and Osaka Museum of History ...
Candeo Hotels Osaka NambaSG$155Candeo Hotels Osaka NambaSG$155
Located in the heart of East Osaka, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Taiko En and Mint Museum. Osaka Castle and Osaka Museum of History are also within ...
Hotel Keihan Kyobashi GRANDESG$82Hotel Keihan Kyobashi GRANDESG$82
Located in Namba, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Namba Hatch and Shinsaibashi Shopping Arcade. Osaka Science Museum and Tsutenkaku Tower are also within ...
Dormy Inn Shinsaibashi Hot SpringSG$111Dormy Inn Shinsaibashi Hot SpringSG$111
Located in Dotonbori, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Shinsaibashi Shopping Arcade, Tsutenkaku Tower, and Shitennoji Temple. Osaka Museum of History and ...
Holiday Inn Osaka NambaSG$153Holiday Inn Osaka NambaSG$153
Sitting on the shores of Osaka Bay, the Japanese metropolis of Osaka has been an important port since at least the 5th Century. Although it has a modern cityscape only surpassed by Tokyo’s, in Osaka lies hidden temples, shrines and parts that provide a pleasant contrast to the hustle and bustle. Osaka is noted for its variety of shopping hotspots and delicious cuisine.
Osaka offers attractions to suit all tastes and even enjoying the main highlights will take more than one week. Osaka Castle, dating from the late 16th century, is one of the country’s most famous monuments. The castle is set in large gardens which are a beautiful sight during the sakura cherry blossom season. Other notable historic sights are Shitenno-ji Buddhist Temple and Sumiyoshi Grand Shrine.
As well as the grounds of Osaka Castle, other lovely parks are Nakanoshima and Tennoji. The latter is home to Tennoji Zoo, Chausuyama Tomb and the main city art museum. The Osaka Museum of History, Osaka Science Museum and Peace Osaka are the city’s main cultural institutions. Peace Osaka remembers Japan’s role in WWII while the Science Museum has lots of exhibits aimed at children.
A great place to visit is the Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan. This large facility houses more than 30,000 marine creatures. The view from the top of the 112-metre-high Tempozan Big-Wheel is amazing. Visited by an average of eight million visitors every year, Osaka’s Universal Studios Japan is a national treasure and gives visitors an authentic experience with attractions such as The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
Restaurants and Bars
Osaka prides itself on its choice of eateries and the local people have a motto that translates as ‘eat until you ruin yourself’. All of the city’s districts have an excellent choice of places to eat out, but Dotonbori is always at the top of the wishlists of those who love food. Specialities including sushi, giant crab and takoyaki squid dumplings await the diner who wants to try everything. Battered mackerel sushi is especially recommended.
Namba is another district famed for its food as well as bars, nightclubs and pachinko game parlours.
Roughly half of Osaka’s 30,000 shops are situated in two districts, Chuo and Kita. They cover the whole range from underground shopping arcades to modern malls. Tenjinbashi-suji is a 2.5km-long arcade lined with boutiques, specialty shops and jewellers plus more than a few dining venues. American Village (Amerikamura) has a good assortment of second-hand clothes and souvenir stores. Nipponbashi (Denden Town) is the place to head for when buying electronic good or collectibles.