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

Namba
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Namba

Known for shopping, dining, castle

With thrilling amusement arcades, underground bars, neon billboards and second-hand shopping, this dynamic district never ceases to surprise. 

Shinsaibashi
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Shinsaibashi

Known for shopping, friendlyPeople, theater

Experience a shopper’s paradise and symbol of downtown Osaka as you explore the bustling arcade where brightly colored storefronts display the latest fashion trends.

Dotonbori
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Dotonbori

Known for shopping, dining, friendlyPeople

Experience the colorful neon heart of Osaka along this canal, where travelers, couples and entertainment seekers throng the streets.

Shinsekai
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Shinsekai

Known for spa, monument, familyFriendly

This Osaka neighborhood, with a name that translates to New World, is a historic entertainment district with cultural, shopping and gastronomic attractions. 

Top hotels in Osaka

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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RIHGA Royal Hotel Osaka
4.5 out of 5
5-3-68 Nakanoshima, Kita-ku, Osaka, Osaka-fu
SG$97
per night
14 Oct-15 Oct
4.3/5Excellent! (4,959 reviews)

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

4.3/5Excellent! (4,959 reviews)

"Your hospitality is very good. Thank you for offering me comfortable time."…"

Reviewed on 17 Sep,2019

RIHGA Royal Hotel Osaka
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APA Hotel Namba-Ekihigashi
3 out of 5
4-29 Sennichimae, Namba, Osaka, Osaka
SG$64
per night
20 Sep-21 Sep
4.2/5Excellent! (2,192 reviews)

Located in Namba, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Namba Grand Kagetsu Theater, Kuromon Ichiba Market and Nipponbashi. Shinsaibashi Shopping Arcade and ...

4.2/5Excellent! (2,192 reviews)

"The pillows took some time getting used to as they were quite flat and hard in comparison to other hotels we had stayed at. I don't know if the hotel had other pillow options available that we were not aware of but we would have preferred softer pillows. Nonetheless, we slept restfully with no neck ..."…"

Reviewed on 17 Sep,2019

APA Hotel Namba-Ekihigashi
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Sotetsu Grand Fresa Osaka-Namba
3 out of 5
1-1-13 Nipponbashi, Chuo-ku, Osaka, Osaka-fu
SG$56
per night
1 Oct-2 Oct
4.3/5Excellent! (3,837 reviews)

Located in Namba, this hotel is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) from Tsutenkaku Tower, and within 3 mi (5 km) of Osaka Museum of History and Osaka Science Museum. Osaka Castle ...

4.3/5Excellent! (3,837 reviews)

"Excellent location. Can’t get better than this. Close to subway n next to Dontonburi"…"

Reviewed on 15 Sep,2019

Sotetsu Grand Fresa Osaka-Namba

Popular things to do in Osaka

Osaka Castle
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Osaka Castle

Engage with Japan's rich history at this 16th-century site, where dramatic battlegrounds have made way for a peaceful park with cherry trees. 

Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
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Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan

Experience the diverse marine ecosystems of the Pacific in this comprehensive aquarium, which hosts otters, penguins, seals and even whale sharks. 

Universal Studios Japan™
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Universal Studios Japan™

Watch theatrical shows, meet lovable mascots and go on exhilarating rides at this extensive movie-focused theme park.

Tsutenkaku Tower
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Tsutenkaku Tower

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

Umeda Sky Building
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Umeda Sky Building

Visit the jewel of Shin Umeda City to see one of the world’s most special engineering feats and observe the illuminated city from its observation deck.

Shitennoji Temple
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Shitennoji Temple

Find a moments peace in Japan’s first Buddhist temple and explore its turtle-filled gardens and towering pagodas.

Top activities in Osaka

Kyoto Perfect Tour: 1day bus tour
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Kyoto Perfect Tour: 1day bus tour

SG$179

Discover the 3 World Heritage listed sites (Kiyomizu temple, Tenrryuji temple and Kinkakuji Temple) in Kyoto. Besides, we will visit 2 popular spots: Fushimi Inari Shrine and bamboo forest in Sagano. Please be intoxicated magnificent Japanese historical places.

Full-Day Bus Tour to Kyoto, Nara & Kobe
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Full-Day Bus Tour to Kyoto, Nara & Kobe

SG$137

Take a journey through the wonders of ancient and modern Japan with a day trip that shows you the historic cities of Kyoto, Nara, and Kobe. With destinations from the peaceful bamboo forest of Arashiyama to the lively Kobe Mosaic, you get a look at centuries' worth of culture.

Kyoto & Nara 1-Day Tour
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Kyoto & Nara 1-Day Tour

SG$199

Explore the must-see sights of history-rich Kyoto, including the spectacular Nijo Castle, eminent Kinkaku-ji, and grand Kyoto Imperial Palace. In the afternoon, embark for Nara, home of pacific Nara Park and the famous temple of Todai-ji.

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Rugby World Cup Japan: Things to Do Between Matches

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Osaka Food Guide: What to Eat in Japan’s Kitchen
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Osaka Food Guide: What to Eat in Japan’s Kitchen

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