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 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

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
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is S$75 per night from 7 Jun to 8 Jun
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! (664 reviews)
"Friendly staff and wonderful spa experience. Would love to return."

Reviewed on 30 Apr,2022

Liber Hotel At Universal Studios Japan
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$78 per night from 29 May to 30 May
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! (1,273 reviews)
"部屋のレイアウトがゆったりしていて、かつ機能的で働きやすかった。また、アーリーチェックインやレイトチェックアウトなど柔軟に対応してもらい、仕事がはかどりました。スタッフの皆さんの対応もよく、期待以上の滞在となりました。"

Reviewed on 3 May,2022

Hotel Nikko Osaka
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$91 per night from 17 May to 18 May
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! (2,268 reviews)
"good experience but no upgrade for VIP membership."

Reviewed on 16 Mar,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.
Minn Juso
Minn Juso
3 out of 5
Jusohon-machi 1-17-20, Yodogawa-ku, Osaka, Osaka, 532-0024
The price is S$49 per night from 20 May to 21 May
Stay at this 3-star apartment in Osaka. Enjoy free WiFi, a 24-hour front desk and concierge services. Our guests praise the comfy rooms and the overall value ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (439 reviews)
"Easy check in / check out. Good value. Convenient location. Not enough amenities (towels, dish rack, clothes rack, laundry detergent)."

Reviewed on 31 Mar,2022

Minn Juso
Minn Umeda-North
Minn Umeda-North
3 out of 5
6-12-19 Fukushima-ku, Osaka, Osaka, 553-0003
The price is S$69 per night from 1 Jun to 2 Jun
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly apartment in Osaka. Enjoy free WiFi, a flat-screen TV and a kitchen. Our guests praise the clean rooms and the family amenities ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (142 reviews)
"Unique layout, but great price for the area."

Reviewed on 6 Apr,2022

Minn Umeda-North
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$58 per night from 17 May to 18 May
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! (55 reviews)
最高!!
"設備も充実していて良かったです! 部屋も綺麗でした!!"

Reviewed on 25 Aug,2021

Bon Condominium Namba Ebisu
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.

Popular places to visit in Osaka

Top things to do in Osaka