Osaka

Travel Guide
Osaka

Tradition and contemporary culture are seen in the food, fashion, anime and temples of the third-largest city in Japan.

One of Japan’s most popular destinations for tourists, Osaka is a great springboard to see nearby Kobe, Sakai, Kyoto and Nara. But Osaka is an attraction in its own right, particularly for its central business district, known for its excellent shopping, and the glamorous neighbourhood of Namba in the south.

Start your exploration of Osaka at Kita in the north, where you’ll find the National Museum of Art descending three levels beneath the ground. See important works from the post-World War II movements within Japan, alongside international exhibitions. Venture next door to see the Osaka Science Museum, where younger audiences will love the live science shows. Climb the Umeda Sky Building for panoramic views across the city from the observatory deck.

Close to the centre of the city you’ll find plenty of activities the whole family can enjoy. Visit the Tennoji Zoo or surround yourself with colourful blooms at Tennoji Park. You’ll love exploring the Shitennoji Temple, which dates back to the sixth century. Climb to the peak of Tsūtenkaku Tower, a symbol of Osaka’s success, offering more great views across the city.

The jewel in Osaka’s waterfront precinct is the Osaka Aquarium, one of the largest of its kind in the world. Watch nearly 30,000 creatures swim alongside an enormous whale shark. From the aquarium you’re just a 10-minute ferry ride from Universal Studios Japan® where you can ride roller coasters and meet movie personalities.

Relax as you walk around the picturesque Osaka Castle, first built in 1585. Visit Nakanoshima Park to admire the many colours of the rose garden.

If you’re looking for some retail therapy, make a beeline for Minami, where you’ll find luxury fashion boutiques and historic stores side-by-side. Stop by the Nanba Grand Kagetsu after sunset for a laugh at the comedy theatre. As you emerge onto the neon-lit streets of Nanba you’ll be ready to reflect on a day well spent.

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Where to stay in 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
The price is AU$88 per night from 20 Sep. to 20 Sep.
Situated in Osaka, this spa hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Mount Tempozan and Universal CityWalk Osaka. Sanja Shrine and Osaka Maishima Lily Garden are also ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (366 reviews)
"朝食のビュッフェがバラエティー豊富でした。"

Reviewed on 4 Sep. 2021

Liber Hotel At Universal Studios Japan
Hotel Hankyu RESPIRE OSAKA
Hotel Hankyu RESPIRE OSAKA
4 out of 5
1-1 Ofukacho, Kita, Osaka, Osaka
The price is AU$234 per night from 20 Sep. to 20 Sep.
Located in Umeda, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Grand Front Osaka Mall and Umeda Sky Building. Osaka Science Museum and Shinsaibashi Shopping Arcade ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (384 reviews)
"特にありません"

Reviewed on 10 Sep. 2021

Hotel Hankyu RESPIRE OSAKA
Hotel Granvia Osaka
Hotel Granvia Osaka
3.5 out of 5
3-1-1 Umeda, Kita-ku, Osaka, Osaka-fu
The price is AU$92 per night from 17 Oct. to 17 Oct.
Located in Umeda, this romantic hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Umeda Sky Building and Osaka Science Museum. Shinsaibashi Shopping Arcade and Osaka Museum of ...
4.1/5Very Good! (951 reviews)
"Close to station."

Reviewed on 13 Jun. 2021

Hotel Granvia 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.
PG Kuromon
PG Kuromon
3 out of 5
3-3-22 Kozu, Chuo-ku, \N, Osaka, Osaka
The price is AU$46 per night from 22 Sep. to 22 Sep.
Located in Namba, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Tombori River Walk and Amerikamura. Abeno Harukas and Osaka International Convention ...
4/5Very Good! (129 reviews)
"Good place"

Reviewed on 2 Aug. 2021

PG Kuromon
Yukinoyado
Yukinoyado
3 out of 5
1-4-12 Shiokusa, Naniwa, Osaka, Osaka
Located in Namba, this holiday home is within 1 mi (2 km) of Namba Yasaka Shrine and Amerikamura. Abeno Harukas and Osaka International Convention Center are ...
3/5 (1 review)
"建物は広く、内装や小物にこだわったようでおしゃれなイメージでしたが、、、、。 前の使用者がリビングで焼肉でもしたのか、きつい焼肉のようなにおい。フローリングも油でべたべた。 管理人に連絡したところ、「清掃担当者はにおいを感じなかった」と回答。このにおい感じないとかあり得ない。 滞在期間が長かったので自費で消臭剤を買い、フローリングも清掃した。 それでもカーテンや壁に染み付いたにおいはまだ少し残っています。 テーブルの奥のほう、椅子の下を触ると手がべたべたする。 何かが付着しているようです。 ここまでは気持ちが悪いので清掃していません。 風呂場も清掃が行き届いていなく、カビが多かったのでこれまた自費でカビハイターを買って清掃しました。 ..."

Reviewed on 13 May 2020

Yukinoyado
Universal Bay Condominium
Universal Bay Condominium
3 out of 5
2-7-33 Chikkou, Minato-ku, Osaka, Osaka
The price is AU$100 per night from 17 Oct. to 17 Oct.
Located in Minato, this condo is within a 10-minute walk of Osaka Culturarium Tempozan, Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan and Legoland Discovery Center. Universal Studios ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (99 reviews)
"If you like to stay somewhere quiet but not far away from the center of Osaka, then this is the place! I booked it online, identification confirmation is done through email, contactless check-in very very easy and smooth, just enter password to the mailbox and get the key. There is a seven eleven ..."

Reviewed on 29 Jun. 2021

Universal Bay Condominium
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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