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OsakaJapan

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

Top hotels in Osaka

Agora Place Osaka Namba
Agora Place Osaka Namba
3.5 out of 5
1-9-7 Sennichi-mae, Chuo-ku, Osaka, Osaka-fu
The price is SG$62 per night from 27 Nov to 28 Nov
Excludes taxes & fees

Located in Namba, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Kuromon Ichiba Market and Dotonbori Glico Sign. Tsutenkaku Tower and Shitennoji Temple are also within ...

4.4/5Excellent! (1,557 reviews)

"Well firstly! Location is amazing!!! Coming into the hotel the entrance is amazing and the rooms are very well set up. Spent 3 nights here and they were great. Bathroom is very nice and strong showerhead for those long days! Right near Dotonbori so food is available at your doorstep!"…"

Reviewed on 21 Mar,2020

Agora Place Osaka Namba
The Wall Hotel
The Wall Hotel
3.5 out of 5
2-17-9 Nishishinsaibashi Chuo-ku, Osaka, Osaka-fu
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is SG$54 per night from 2 Dec to 3 Dec
Excludes taxes & fees

Located in Namba, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Amerikamura and Shinsaibashi Shopping Arcade. Ebisu Bridge and Dotonbori Glico Sign are also within ...

4.1/5Very Good! (333 reviews)
Good place to stay in namba next to ghost

"I stayed in this location because I was in town for night life and it was pretty much next door to the club I goto. It was perfect for that. Nice size shower is big bathroom is separate. Comfortable stay"…"

Reviewed on 1 Aug,2020

The Wall Hotel
Smile Hotel Premium Osaka Hommachi
Smile Hotel Premium Osaka Hommachi
3.5 out of 5
The price is SG$51 per night from 29 Nov to 30 Nov
Excludes taxes & fees

Located in Namba, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Shinsaibashi Shopping Arcade, Dotonbori Glico Sign and Namba Grand Kagetsu Theater. Osaka Castle and Tempozan ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (881 reviews)
Great little staycation

"Was looking for an inexpensive last minute stay while in downtown Osaka, and found this gem. Front desk service was friendly and nice, even with my lack of Japanese. The A/C made the entire stay comfortable, from the moment we walked in, the 7th floor room had easy access to the ice and vending machine ..."…"

Reviewed on 17 Aug,2020

Smile Hotel Premium Osaka Hommachi
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.

Holiday Rentals in Osaka

Minn Umeda-North
Minn Umeda-North
3 out of 5
6-12-19 Fukushima-ku, Osaka, Osaka

Located in Fukushima, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Umeda Sky Building and Grand Front Osaka Mall. Kyocera Dome Osaka and Osaka-jō Hall ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (96 reviews)
Good accomodation

"Although the size of room is small, the room condition and the location of the motel was very good. But, there is no parking lot."…"

Reviewed on 2 Mar,2020

Minn Umeda-North
Grandi Nipponbashi Park Hotel
Grandi Nipponbashi Park Hotel
3 out of 5
2-20-12 Nipponbashi Chuo-ku, Osaka, Osaka
The price is SG$123 per night from 28 Nov to 29 Nov
Excludes taxes & fees

Located in Namba, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Nipponbashi and Kuromon Ichiba Market. Namba Parks and Tsutenkaku Tower are also within ...

4.2/5Very Good! (326 reviews)

"The property is a bit out of the way. However, it is still conveniently located and a easy walk to the train station."…"

Reviewed on 23 May,2020

Grandi Nipponbashi Park Hotel
Citadines Namba Osaka
Citadines Namba Osaka
4 out of 5
The price is SG$112 per night from 27 Nov to 28 Nov
Excludes taxes & fees

Located in Namba, this aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Kuromon Ichiba Market, Shinsaibashi Shopping Arcade and Tsutenkaku Tower. Shitennoji Temple and ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (54 reviews)

"Good location, very new"…"

Reviewed on 30 Mar,2020

Citadines Namba 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.

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Reviews of Osaka

4.6

Top Destination

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4 - Good
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4 - Good 31.736526946107784%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 3.592814371257485%
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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