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 savour 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 colour 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 favourite 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, 542-0086
The price is S$96 per night from 2 Sep to 3 Sep
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Osaka. Enjoy free WiFi, 5 restaurants and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (1,611 reviews)
接客が素晴らしいホテルです
"小学生の息子と2人で4泊5日でステイしましたが、チェックインからチェックアウトまでとても快適に過ごせました。特筆すべき点は、外国人のホテル従業員の方の接客が素晴らしく、ホスピタリティに溢れる接客だった事です。一階のカフェでの温かいおもてなしや、2階のロビーの女性や男性のホテル従業員の方の接客は少し感動するほどでした。また機会が有りましたら、こちらのホテルにぜひ滞在したいと思います。"

Reviewed on 3 Aug,2022

Hotel Nikko Osaka
Liber Hotel At Universal Studios Japan
Liber Hotel At Universal Studios Japan
3.5 out of 5
1-1-35, Sakurajima, Konohana-ku, Osaka, Osaka, 554-0031
The price is S$98 per night from 31 Aug to 1 Sep
Stay at this 3.5-star spa hotel in Osaka. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 restaurants and a full-service spa. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in their ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (864 reviews)
"Excellent expirence"

Reviewed on 5 Jul,2022

Liber Hotel At Universal Studios Japan
RIHGA Royal Hotel Osaka
RIHGA Royal Hotel Osaka
4.5 out of 5
5-3-68 Nakanoshima, Kita-ku, Osaka, Osaka-fu, 530-0005
The price is S$112 per night from 28 Aug to 29 Aug
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in Osaka. Enjoy free WiFi, 20 restaurants and 3 bars/lounges. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in their ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (2,027 reviews)
"clean"

Reviewed on 30 Jul,2022

RIHGA Royal Hotel Osaka
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
RakutenSTAY×Shamaison Osaka Dekijima Station
RakutenSTAY×Shamaison Osaka Dekijima Station
3 out of 5
1-12-14 Dekijima Nishiyodogawa-ku, Osaka, Osaka fu, 555-0031
The price is S$56 per night from 28 Aug to 29 Aug
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly apartment in Osaka. Enjoy free WiFi, a 24-hour front desk and a flat-screen TV. Our guests praise the comfy rooms and the ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (113 reviews)
"Comfortable and peaceful place to stay, away from city yet convenient to go anywhere like Namba and Usj. There are clinic, convenience stores and restaurants nearby. 2 bedrooms were big and spacious for family of 5. Big and comfortable beds. Toiletries good but bring your shower caps and razors if ..."

Reviewed on 21 Dec,2019

RakutenSTAY×Shamaison Osaka Dekijima Station
BON Condominium Namba Ebisu
BON Condominium Namba Ebisu
3 out of 5
5 - 4 - 6 Nipponbashi, Naniwa, Osaka, Osaka, 556-0005
The price is S$62 per night from 16 Aug to 17 Aug
Stay at this 3-star condo in Osaka. Enjoy free WiFi, a balcony and a flat-screen TV. Popular attractions Kyocera Dome Osaka and Osaka Castle are located nearby. ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (79 reviews)
"Great, the neighborhood is not that attractive neighborhood, but the property is really lovely place."

Reviewed on 25 Jun,2022

BON Condominium Namba Ebisu
Mimaru Osaka Shinsaibashi West
Mimaru Osaka Shinsaibashi West
2.5 out of 5
1-chome 24 - 1 Shinmachi, Osaka, Osaka, 550-0013
The price is S$139 per night from 2 Sep to 3 Sep
Stay at this aparthotel in Osaka. Enjoy free WiFi, laundry facilities and a kitchen. Popular attractions Kyocera Dome Osaka and Osaka Castle are located nearby. ...
5/5 Exceptional! (9 reviews)
"The front staffs are friendly and accomodating. The location is nice and we had an easy access to everything. Will definitely come again😊"

Reviewed on 4 Jan,2022

Mimaru Osaka Shinsaibashi West
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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