Osaka

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Tsutenkaku Tower which includes markets, a city and street scenes
Japan’s third-largest city is rich with traditional and modern culture, from temples to anime, and is famous for its food, fashion and family fun.

Osaka is a Japanese tourism hub providing access to popular destinations Kobe, Kyoto, Sakai and Nara. But there’s much to see in Osaka itself visit the northern Kita area for great shopping within the business district, find colorful attractions in the downtown area, and see a spectacular show in the glitzy Namba district to the south.

Begin at Kita, home to the subterranean National Museum of Art where you’ll see multiple post-World War II Japanese art forms and famous international exhibits. Directly adjacent is the Osaka Science Museum, an attraction designed with children in mind, where science shows are held several times a day. Visit the Umeda Sky Building and see the spectacular business district skyline from its unique observatory deck.

Find more family-friendly attractions in the downtown Tennoji area. Visit Osaka’s only animal attraction, the Tennoji Zoo, or take a quiet moment in the colorful Tennoji Park. Alternatively, get a taste of history at the Shitennoji Temple, which features ruins from the sixth century, or climb the Tsūtenkaku tower, which has been a symbol of Osaka’s prosperity for decades.

In the Bay Area, explore the sprawling Osaka Aquarium, one of the world’s largest. Gaze at the 29,000 underwater inhabitants, including a whale shark. From the aquarium, jump on a ferry for a 10-minute journey to Universal Studios Japan, where you can see your favorite movie personalities and go on thrilling amusement rides.

For some tranquility, take in the beauty of the Osaka Castle, which was originally built in 1585. Otherwise, take a moment to stretch out and relax in the rose garden at Nakanoshima Park.

Serious shoppers will want to spend time in the Minami area. Retailers range from high-end luxury stores to historic local shops. In the evenings catch an entertaining show at theNanba Grand Kagetsu, Osaka’s favorite comedy theatre. After a show, explore the neon-lit, energetic Namba area and reflect on a day with so much achieved.

Where to stay in 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 $57 per night from Jul 10 to Jul 11
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 ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (1,339 reviews)
"Location was excellent, but the room was a bit outdated."

Reviewed on Jul 5, 2022

Hotel Nikko Osaka
Liber Hotel At Universal Studios Japan
Liber Hotel At Universal Studios Japan
3.5 out of 5
1-1-35, Sakurajima, Konohana-ku, Osaka, Osaka, 554-0031
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $77 per night from Jul 7 to Jul 8
Stay at this 3.5-star spa hotel in Osaka. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 restaurants, and a full-service spa. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in our ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (731 reviews)
"Clean and nice staffs! Excellent food quality!"

Reviewed on Jun 5, 2022

Liber Hotel At Universal Studios Japan
The Park Front Hotel at Universal Studios Japan
The Park Front Hotel at Universal Studios Japan
3.5 out of 5
6-2-52 Shimaya Konohana-ku, Osaka, 554-0024
The price is $76 per night from Jul 18 to Jul 19
Stay at this 3.5-star hotel in Osaka. Enjoy free WiFi, 3 restaurants, and breakfast. Our guests praise the clean rooms and the family amenities in our reviews. ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (958 reviews)
"Great stay. 2 min walk to the from gate of Universal Studios."

Reviewed on Jun 26, 2022

The Park Front Hotel at Universal Studios Japan
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Universal Bay Condominium
Universal Bay Condominium
3 out of 5
2-7-33 Chikkou, Minato-ku, Osaka, Osaka, 552-0021
The price is $31 per night from Jul 21 to Jul 22
Stay at this 3-star condo in Osaka. Enjoy free WiFi, laundry facilities, and a balcony. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the convenient parking in our ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (128 reviews)
Very Convenient!
"This was awesome. Check-In instructions were easy to understand no problem what so ever. I picked this location because of the free parking and the easy access to the train station. The train station was just a five minute walk. Laundry machine, kitchen, and free internet made this stay extremely ..."

Reviewed on Apr 3, 2022

Universal Bay Condominium
Minn Umeda-North
Minn Umeda-North
3 out of 5
6-12-19 Fukushima-ku, Osaka, Osaka, 553-0003
The price is $43 per night from Jul 11 to Jul 12
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly apartment in Osaka. Enjoy free WiFi, a flat-screen TV, and a kitchen. Our guests praise the clean rooms and the family ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (146 reviews)
"Unique layout, but great price for the area."

Reviewed on Apr 6, 2022

Minn Umeda-North
Bon Condominium Namba Ebisu
Bon Condominium Namba Ebisu
3 out of 5
5 - 4 - 6 Nipponbashi, Naniwa, Osaka, Osaka, 556-0005
The price is $36 per night from Jul 18 to Jul 19
Stay at this 3-star condo in Osaka. Enjoy free WiFi, a balcony, and a flat-screen TV. Popular attractions Kyocera Dome Osaka and Osaka Castle are located nearby. ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (63 reviews)
"Great, the neighborhood is not that attractive neighborhood, but the property is really lovely place."

Reviewed on Jun 25, 2022

Bon Condominium Namba Ebisu
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Getting around Osaka

Osaka is well connected by public transit, with metro, train and bus networks. The Osaka Metro has nine lines, which connect many of the city’s most famous sights. Lines are color coded and easy to navigate, and ticket machines can be used in English. For journeys outside the center, use the extensive train network. Osaka also has an efficient and wide-reaching bus system, and lots of taxis. Visit the Osaka Municipal Transportation Bureau website.Browse Osaka rental cars.

Best time to visit

As is the case across Japan, Osaka is a beautiful place to visit in spring, when you'll find its parks a riot of pink with blossoming cherry trees. This is also when the city enjoys some of its best weather, along with fall; May and September are particularly good months to visit. Winter in Osaka is quite (though not bitterly) cold, while summer tends to be very hot and humid, especially in August.

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