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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.

Osaka Travel Guide Video

Where to stay in Osaka

Namba featuring a city

Namba

4.5/5Wonderful!(309 area reviews)

Travellers love Namba for its popular shops, and you can see more of Osaka by jumping on the metro at Namba Station or Nippombashi Station. You might spend time checking out top sights like Shinsaibashi Shopping Arcade and Amerikamura.

Namba
Shinsaibashi which includes street scenes

Shinsaibashi

Namba Parks and Kuromon Ichiba Market are top sights in Shinsaibashi, and you should be sure to explore the popular shops. Hop aboard the metro at Namba Station (Nankai) or Namba Station to see more sights in the area.

Shinsaibashi
Dotonbori which includes central business district and outdoor art as well as a large group of people

Dotonbori

Dotonbori is known for its popular shops, and with sights like Shinsaibashi Shopping Arcade and Amerikamura, you won't get bored spending a day wandering around this part of Osaka.

Dotonbori
Shinsekai featuring a city as well as a small group of people

Shinsekai

Shinsekai is noteworthy for its spas, and you can make a stop at top attractions like Tsutenkaku Tower and Spa World.

Shinsekai

Top hotels in Osaka

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
RIHGA Royal Hotel Osaka
RIHGA Royal Hotel Osaka
4.5 out of 5
The price is SG$100 per night from 7 Oct to 8 Oct

This family-friendly Osaka hotel is located on the riverwalk, within a 10-minute walk of Osaka International Convention Center and Osaka Science Museum. Umeda ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (4,645 reviews)

"The room we had was spacious. Staffs service were good. Free shuttle bus service between hotel and Osaka station was very convenient. Room furniture is dated and the carpet outside the room corridor needs a replacement"…"

Reviewed on 8 Mar,2020

RIHGA Royal Hotel Osaka
Nest Hotel Osaka Umeda
Nest Hotel Osaka Umeda
2.5 out of 5
The price is SG$57 per night from 23 Sep to 24 Sep

Located in Kita, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Umeda Arts Theater, Hankyu Umeda Main Store and Grand Front Osaka Mall. Umeda Sky Building and Osaka ...

4.2/5Excellent! (641 reviews)

"阪急大阪梅田駅(茶屋町側改札)から近く立地が良い。内装もきれい。風呂のヌメリやポットのホコリが気になったが、新御堂筋に面しているにしては静かだったと思う。"…"

Reviewed on 26 Jun,2020

Nest Hotel Osaka Umeda
APA Hotel Namba-Ekihigashi
APA Hotel Namba-Ekihigashi
3 out of 5
4-29 Sennichimae, Namba, Osaka, Osaka
The price is SG$44 per night from 23 Sep to 24 Sep

Located in Namba, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Namba Grand Kagetsu Theater and Kuromon Ichiba Market. Tsutenkaku Tower and Abeno Harukas are also ...

4.2/5Excellent! (2,833 reviews)

"Easy to use Hotel with no hastle, best location for a trip to Osaka especially if you like to drink or like Otaku goods and game shopping."…"

Reviewed on 16 Aug,2020

APA Hotel Namba-Ekihigashi

Popular places to visit 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 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. 

Osaka Castle
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Osaka Castle

4.5/5(216 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. 

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.

Tsutenkaku Tower
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Tsutenkaku Tower

4/5(88 reviews)

Come to marvel at the tower that reaches to heaven and meet Billiken, the god of happiness and good luck.

Kuromon Ichiba Market
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Kuromon Ichiba Market

4.5/5(40 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 things to do in Osaka

Unlimited Prepaid Nano SIM Card for Japan
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Unlimited Prepaid Nano SIM Card for Japan

SG$51
Per adult
Shared Shuttle: Universal Studios Japan®
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Shared Shuttle: Universal Studios Japan®

SG$35
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Small-Group Kyoto Cycling Tour
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Small-Group Kyoto Cycling Tour

SG$121
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend

Reviews of Osaka

4.6

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
323
5 - Excellent 64.47105788423154%
4 - Good
159
4 - Good 31.736526946107784%
3 - Okay
18
3 - Okay 3.592814371257485%
2 - Disappointing
1
2 - Disappointing 0.1996007984031936%
1 - Terrible
0
1 - Terrible 0%

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

16 Feb 2020

Nice food nice weather nice shopping

4/5 - Good

Tora

10 Feb 2020

Good for travel but rush hour bad to walk

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

9 Feb 2020

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

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

6 Feb 2020

good

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

2 Feb 2020

Love, Want to come back again and again

5/5 - Excellent

M

2 Feb 2020

Good hotel

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