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 savour 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 colour 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 favourite 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

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$106 per night from 6 Jan to 7 Jan
S$106
per night
6 Jan - 7 Jan
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! (1,583 reviews)

Reviewed on 6 Dec,2022

RIHGA Royal Hotel Osaka
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$219 per night from 3 Jan to 4 Jan
S$219
per night
3 Jan - 4 Jan
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 ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (1,708 reviews)
"Nice location..."

Reviewed on 6 Dec,2022

Hotel Nikko Osaka
APA Hotel & Resort Midosuji Hommachi Eki Tower
APA Hotel & Resort Midosuji Hommachi Eki Tower
3 out of 5
4-2-9 Minamihon-cho, Chuo, Osaka, Osaka, 541-0054
The price is S$123 per night from 12 Dec to 13 Dec
S$123
per night
12 Dec - 13 Dec
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Osaka. Enjoy free WiFi, an outdoor pool and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the spacious rooms ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (721 reviews)
"Room was a little bit small and there was some dust around, but room seem pretty clean, staff was nice and friendly, Overall experience was good."

Reviewed on 29 Nov,2022

APA Hotel & Resort Midosuji Hommachi Eki Tower
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.
RakutenSTAY×Shamaison Osaka Dekijima Station
RakutenSTAY×Shamaison Osaka Dekijima Station
3 out of 5
1-12-14 Dekijima Nishiyodogawa-ku, Osaka, Osaka fu, 555-0031
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly apartment in Osaka. Enjoy free WiFi, a 24-hour front desk and a flat-screen TV. Our guests praise the comfy rooms and the ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (150 reviews)
"Comfortable and peaceful place to stay, away from city yet convenient to go anywhere like Namba and Usj. There are clinic, convenience stores and restaurants nearby. 2 bedrooms were big and spacious for family of 5. Big and comfortable beds. Toiletries good but bring your shower caps and razors if ..."

Reviewed on 21 Dec,2019

RakutenSTAY×Shamaison Osaka Dekijima Station
BON Condominium Namba Ebisu
BON Condominium Namba Ebisu
3 out of 5
5 - 4 - 6 Nipponbashi, Naniwa, Osaka, Osaka, 556-0005
Stay at this 3-star condo in Osaka. Enjoy free WiFi, a balcony and a flat-screen TV. Popular attractions Universal Studios Japan and Kyocera Dome Osaka are located ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (130 reviews)
"The bed is smaller than it looks, it’s queen size bed. The cleanliness is good, self check in with information provided via email, simply paste the magnet on the door for check out. It’s about 5-10 mins walk to Tsutenkaku Tower, 5 mins walk from K18 Ebisuchu station exit 1B to hotel, 2 station to ..."

Reviewed on 5 Dec,2022

BON Condominium Namba Ebisu
Mimaru Osaka Shinsaibashi East
Mimaru Osaka Shinsaibashi East
3.5 out of 5
1-7-9 Higashishinsaibashi, Chuo, Osaka, Osaka, 5420083
Stay at this 3.5-star aparthotel in Osaka. Enjoy free WiFi, laundry facilities and a separate bath and shower. Popular attractions Universal Studios Japan and ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (11 reviews)
"The staff was helpful and friendly, excellent service with all facilities in good condition, interesting event during my stay with exchanging free token from hotel with snacks, coffee and drinks"

Reviewed on 28 Nov,2022

Mimaru Osaka Shinsaibashi East
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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