Osaka

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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!(300 area reviews)

Namba
Shinsaibashi which includes street scenes

Shinsaibashi

Shinsaibashi
Dotonbori which includes central business district and outdoor art 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
SG$97
per night
Feb 25 - Feb 26

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! (5,710 reviews)

"The room was adequate for what it was. The room could have been cleaner. The staff /concierge made the trip worth it. They help setup our return trip, due to the early departure time. The shuttle was super convenient..."…"

Reviewed on 17 Feb,2020

RIHGA Royal Hotel Osaka
 Sotetsu Grand Fresa Osaka-Namba
Sotetsu Grand Fresa Osaka-Namba
3.5 out of 5
1-1-13 Nipponbashi, Chuo-ku, Osaka, Osaka-fu
SG$53
per night
Feb 25 - Feb 26

Located in Namba, this hotel is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) from Tsutenkaku Tower, and within 3 mi (5 km) of Osaka Museum of History and Osaka Science Museum. Osaka Castle ...

4.2/5Excellent! (4,340 reviews)

"Great location nearby Dotonbori. 10-15 minutes walking distance from Namba train station."…"

Reviewed on 16 Feb,2020

Sotetsu Grand Fresa Osaka-Namba
APA Hotel Osaka-Higobashi-Ekimae
APA Hotel Osaka-Higobashi-Ekimae
3 out of 5
1-2-1 Tosabori, Nishi-ku, Osaka, Osaka-fu
SG$63
per night
Feb 25 - Feb 26

Located in Nishi, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Osaka Science Museum, Osaka International Convention Center and Umeda Sky Building. Osaka Museum of History ...

3.8/5Good! (3,195 reviews)

"Easy to check-in, check out. Close to many supermarket and local restaurant. And the subway station is in front of the hotel very convenient !"…"

Reviewed on 4 Feb,2020

APA Hotel Osaka-Higobashi-Ekimae

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(214 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(87 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(38 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

SG$172

Discover the 3 World Heritage listed sites (Kiyomizu temple, Tenrryuji temple and Kinkakuji Temple) in Kyoto. Besides, we will visit 2 popular spots: Fushimi Inari Shrine and bamboo forest in Sagano. Please be intoxicated magnificent Japanese historical places.

Full-Day Bus Tour to Kyoto, Nara & Kobe
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Full-Day Bus Tour to Kyoto, Nara & Kobe

SG$130

Take a journey through the wonders of ancient and modern Japan with a day trip that shows you the historic cities of Kyoto, Nara, and Kobe. With destinations from the peaceful bamboo forest of Arashiyama to the lively Kobe Mosaic, you get a look at centuries' worth of culture.

Kyoto & Nara 1-Day Tour
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Kyoto & Nara 1-Day Tour

SG$192

Explore the must-see sights of history-rich Kyoto, including the spectacular Nijo Castle, eminent Kinkaku-ji, and grand Kyoto Imperial Palace. In the afternoon, embark for Nara, home of pacific Nara Park and the famous temple of Todai-ji.

Private Full-Day Osaka Walking Tour
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Private Full-Day Osaka Walking Tour

SG$170

Discover the rich history of Osaka on a private tour of the 1,500-year old city. Learn why the city is known as the “nation's kitchen” as you visit Osaka Castle, Kuromon Market, and vibrant Dotonbori. During the day, also have the option to enjoy a delicious lunch of Halal beef sukiyaki.

Kyoto Full-Day Tour
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Kyoto Full-Day Tour

SG$172

Spend a full day discovering the best sights Kyoto has to offer, including grand castles and sacred temples. These spectacular attractions make your time in Kyoto an unforgettable experience.

Osaka Gourmet Walk
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Osaka Gourmet Walk

SG$50

Itinerary This is a typical itinerary for this product Stop At: Dotonbori, Dotombori, Chuo-ku, Osaka 542-0076 Osaka Prefecture Enjoy the food shops participating in the self-guided Osaka Gourmet Walk. Duration: 2 hours Stop At: Shinsekai, 1 Ebisuhiga

Reviews of Osaka

4.6

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
315
5 - Excellent 64.41717791411043%
4 - Good
155
4 - Good 31.697341513292432%
3 - Okay
18
3 - Okay 3.6809815950920246%
2 - Disappointing
1
2 - Disappointing 0.20449897750511248%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 0%

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Feb 16, 2020

Nice food nice weather nice shopping

4/5 - Good

Tora

Feb 10, 2020

Good for travel but rush hour bad to walk

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Feb 9, 2020

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

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Feb 6, 2020

good

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Feb 2, 2020

Love, Want to come back again and again

5/5 - Excellent

M

Feb 2, 2020

Good hotel

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