Osaka

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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.

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Where to stay in Osaka

Hotel Monterey Grasmere Osaka
Hotel Monterey Grasmere Osaka
4 out of 5
1-2-3 Minatomachi, Naniwa-ku, Osaka, Osaka-fu
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is S$67 per night from 29 Sep to 29 Sep
Excludes taxes & fees
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! (1,598 reviews)
"Awesome luxury property for the same price as an APA hotel!! Stayed on the 31st floor with an amazing view and the staff were really accommodating even with our odd schedule. The interiors are really tasteful and elegant. Not your typical Japanese hotel chain!! Room was large, bathroom was large ..."

Reviewed on 29 Aug,2021

Hotel Monterey Grasmere 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
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is S$86 per night from 29 Sep to 29 Sep
Excludes taxes & fees
Situated in Osaka, this spa hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Mount Tempozan and Universal CityWalk Osaka. Sanja Shrine and Osaka Maishima Lily Garden are also ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (370 reviews)
"朝食のビュッフェがバラエティー豊富でした。"

Reviewed on 4 Sep,2021

Liber Hotel At Universal Studios Japan
Hotel Granvia Osaka
Hotel Granvia Osaka
3.5 out of 5
3-1-1 Umeda, Kita-ku, Osaka, Osaka-fu
The price is S$89 per night from 26 Oct to 26 Oct
Excludes taxes & fees
Located in Umeda, this romantic hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Umeda Sky Building and Osaka Science Museum. Shinsaibashi Shopping Arcade and Osaka Museum of ...
4.1/5Very Good! (941 reviews)
"location is great. Right at the station"

Reviewed on 21 Sep,2021

Hotel Granvia Osaka
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PG Kuromon
PG Kuromon
3 out of 5
3-3-22 Kozu, Chuo-ku, \N, Osaka, Osaka
The price is S$56 per night from 17 Oct to 17 Oct
Excludes taxes & fees
Located in Namba, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Tombori River Walk and Amerikamura. Abeno Harukas and Osaka International Convention ...
4/5Very Good! (130 reviews)
"Good place"

Reviewed on 2 Aug,2021

PG Kuromon
Yagara Terrace House A
Yagara Terrace House A
2.5 out of 5
Tatsumihigashi, Osaka, Osaka
Located in Ikuno, this holiday home is within 3 miles (5 km) of Korea Town, Shitennoji Temple and Osaka Shinkabukiza Theater. Osaka International House Foundation ...
5/5Exceptional! (2 reviews)
"とても綺麗で静かです。"

Reviewed on 11 Sep,2021

Yagara Terrace House A
Universal Bay Condominium
Universal Bay Condominium
3 out of 5
2-7-33 Chikkou, Minato-ku, Osaka, Osaka
The price is S$98 per night from 26 Oct to 26 Oct
Excludes taxes & fees
Located in Minato, this condo is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from Mount Tempozan and 1.9 mi (3.1 km) from Universal CityWalk Osaka. Sanja Shrine and Solaniwa Onsen are also ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (99 reviews)
"If you like to stay somewhere quiet but not far away from the center of Osaka, then this is the place! I booked it online, identification confirmation is done through email, contactless check-in very very easy and smooth, just enter password to the mailbox and get the key. There is a seven eleven ..."

Reviewed on 29 Jun,2021

Universal Bay Condominium
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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