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This area of Osaka is inhabited by about 2,600,000 people.
It is about 250 miles west of the national capital of Tokyo. It's also 11 miles south of Minoh.
Known throughout the world, Osaka is renowned for the Osaka Science Museum and Osaka Takoyaki Museum. Osaka Castle and Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan are also known throughout the world.
Reconnect with your inner-child at Universal Studios Japan® and the Tempozan Harbor Village Ferris Wheel. Want more? Umeda Joypolis Sega Fun Park and Hirakata Park are also highly recommended by parents.
Osaka Aquarium is an enlightening place where your entire family can admire aquatic creatures and learn about the importance of marine conservation.
Whether you're a fan of colorful birds or unassuming reptiles, the Tennoji Zoo and the Satsukiyama Zoo have something for all tastes.
Bright and colorful flowers, leafy trees and long, winding footpaths await you at the Nagai Botanical Gardens and the Osaka Prefecture Flower Garden. Many visitors also enjoy strolling around Daisen Park and the Sakuya Konohana Kan.
Pack a picnic basket and relax for while in the leafy surroundings of Sumiyoshi Park and Nakanoshima Park. You'll also find plenty of room to relax at Tennoji Park and Utsubo Park.
Gaze out over the still water, do some bird-watching and check for water-based activities at Takihata Dam and Yamadaike Park.
If you want to find a nice place to sit down and enjoy the fresh ocean air, head down to Nishikinohama Beach Park. You'll come across tourists and locals taking advantage of the cool refreshing water and picturesque views.
Want to escape the bustle of the city? Make your way over to Kongo-Ikoma Quasi-National Park and Mount Tempozan. Nature-loving tourists will also have an excellent time at Settsukyo Park and Shionoyu Onsen.
See the world from a different perspective with some time at one of the area's fascinating exhibition spaces. Osaka Maritime Museum and the Osaka Museum of History offer a range of collections that are sure to capture your interest. The Open Air Museum of Old Farmhouses and the Mint Museum are also worth looking at.
Broaden your knowledge with a trip to the Gas Science Museum, the Osaka Science and Technology Museum or Kaizuka Municipal Zembei Land Observatory. These stimulating institutions present visitors with the most recent innovations and discoveries in the field of science.
From the instant you walk through the doors, it's plain to see that the collections at the Osaka Prefectural Museum of Yayoi Culture and the Museum of Natural History are the product of obsession. Looking back from behind the protective glass, these fantastic specimens can't help but spark your curiosity. You should also visit the National Museum of Ethnology and the Imashirotsuka Ancient History Museum.
A haven for art connoisseurs, this area boasts a nice range of gallery spaces in which amateur and professional artists exhibit their work. Start off your tour of this creative paradise with a stop at the Osaka National Museum of Art and the Osaka Museum of Oriental Ceramics. If you want to see more, wind up the day at the Osaka City Museum of Fine Art and the Kuboso Memorial Museum of Arts, Izumi.
History buffs can explore the past at the Izumisano History Museum and the Sakai City Museum. Like the sound of those? Continue your explorations at the Shiroato History Museum or the Hirakata-Shuku Kagiya Museum.
The Shitennoji Temple and the Osaka University are certainly worth taking a look at, even if you're not that into history. You might also like to snap a few photos at the Osaka Museum of Housing and Living and Osaka City Hall.
Many travelers make a point of having a look at the area's historic castles. You may have to scamper across a drawbridge or pass beneath the turrets at Osaka Castle Museum or Kishiwada Castle.
Whether you're a spiritual person or not, you'll be sure to have a pleasant time at Tamatsukuri Inari Shrine and Sanko Shrine. You could also take a walk around Nakami Shrine and Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine.
After you've experienced all of the major points of interest in Osaka, be sure to visit some of its lesser-known sights. A couple of worthwhile places to start off with are the Osaka Public Nakanoshima Library and Hozenji-Yokocho Alley. Also, contemplate seeing Osaka Prefectural Government Sakishima Building and the Glico Man Sign if you can squeeze it in.
The Expedia Osaka hotels page features as many as 290 luxurious and affordable hotel options, so it should be easy finding somewhere comfortable in this popular destination.
Discerning travelers who delight in life's finer things will be sure to enjoy The Ritz-Carlton, Osaka, at 2-5-25 Umeda, and the InterContinental Osaka, at 3-60, Ofuka-cho Kita-ku. Alternatively, in the lower price bracket, you can also check out the Hotel Kansai and the Boarding House. The Hotel Kansai is housed at 9-15 Togano-cho, while the Boarding House is situated at 10-16 Minamikawahori.
Another good option is to stay near Osaka Science Museum by booking in at the ANA Crowne Plaza Osaka, which is just 0.5 miles away. Another popular choice is the RIHGA Royal Hotel Osaka, which is 0.2 miles from Osaka Science Museum.
A vacation is a terrific time to relax and unwind. It's also the perfect time to open yourself to new experiences!
Kick off your getaway in Osaka by trying a few of these activities:
For a complete list of activities, take a look at our Osaka things to do page.
This Osaka hotel is located in the business district and the city center, adjacent to the Grand Cube Osaka convention center and a shuttle or 30-minute walk from the JR Osaka Station.
Located in Namba, this hotel is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) from Tsutenkaku Tower and within 3 mi (5 km) of Shitennoji Temple and Osaka Science Museum. Osaka Castle and Mint Museum are also within 3 mi (5 km). Nippombashi Station and Osaka Kitntetsu-Nipponbashi Station are within a 5-minute walk.
The stylish Swissotel Nankai Osaka hotel sits directly atop Namba Railway Station, which offers direct trains to Kansai International Airport as well as Kyoto, Kobe, and Nara. Namba is one of Osaka's most vibrant entertainment areas, with canalside dining in Dotonbori only a 10-minute walk away.
Located in Namba, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Doton Plaza and Shinsaibashi Shopping Arcade. Osaka Science Museum and Osaka Castle are also within 3 mi (5 km). Nippombashi Station and Osaka Kitntetsu-Nipponbashi Station are within a 2-minute walk.