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

RIHGA Royal Hotel Osaka
RIHGA Royal Hotel Osaka
4.5 out of 5
The price is HK$428 per night from 19 Dec to 19 Dec
This family-friendly Osaka hotel is located on the riverwalk, within 1 mi (2 km) of Osaka International Convention Center and Umeda Sky Building. Festival Hall ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (2,919 reviews)
"Amazing staff and beautiful hotel!"

Reviewed on 28 Nov 2021

RIHGA Royal Hotel Osaka
Hotel Nikko Osaka
Hotel Nikko Osaka
4 out of 5
1-3-3 Nishi-shinsaibashi, Chuo-ku, Osaka, Osaka-fu
The price is HK$541 per night from 5 Dec to 5 Dec
Located in Namba, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Dotonbori Glico Sign and Hozenji-Yokocho Alley. Namba Grand Kagetsu Theater and Tempozan Harbor Village ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (1,201 reviews)
"高級感"

Reviewed on 14 Nov 2021

Hotel Nikko Osaka
Liber Hotel At Universal Studios Japan
Liber Hotel At Universal Studios Japan
3.5 out of 5
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is HK$627 per night from 6 Dec to 6 Dec
Located in Konohana, this spa hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Universal CityWalk Osaka, Universal Studios Japan and Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan. Tempozan Ferris ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (435 reviews)
"Clean location, smooth check-in, especially if you will just stay one day at UFJ. Check-in, stay at the park all day, come back, onsen, and check out the next day."

Reviewed on 21 Nov 2021

Liber Hotel At Universal Studios Japan
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.
PG Kuromon
PG Kuromon
3 out of 5
The price is HK$164 per night from 5 Dec to 5 Dec
Located in Namba, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Kuromon Ichiba Market and Nipponbashi. Tsutenkaku Tower and Tennoji Zoo are also within ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (144 reviews)
"Good place"

Reviewed on 2 Aug 2021

PG Kuromon
Universal Bay Condominium
Universal Bay Condominium
3 out of 5
The price is HK$281 per night from 5 Dec to 5 Dec
Located in Minato, this condo is within a 10-minute walk of Osaka Culturarium Tempozan and Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan. Universal Studios Japan and Kyocera Dome ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (104 reviews)
"We loved staying here! The price point was great for everything you get. It was like an apartment and had free parking. There was a washer dryer, full kitchen and multiple rooms."

Reviewed on 11 Nov 2021

Universal Bay Condominium
The Base Sakaihigashi Apartment Hotel
The Base Sakaihigashi Apartment Hotel
3 out of 5
Minamihanadaguchi-cho 1-1-4, Sakai, Osaka
The price is HK$358 per night from 12 Dec to 12 Dec
Located in Sakai Ward, this aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Sakai City Hall and Hochigai Shrine. Emperor Nintoku's Tomb and Daisen Park are also within ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (70 reviews)
"The hotel was two blocks away from the nearest station for public transportation. Their staff was extremely helpful."

Reviewed on 19 Nov 2019

The Base Sakaihigashi Apartment Hotel
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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