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.

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 AU$94 per night from 31 Jul. to 1 Aug.
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 ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (1,330 reviews)
"Nice service! Everything is so great! Just laundry service is so expensive! Room is super clean!"

Reviewed on 26 Jun. 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
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The price is AU$109 per night from 4 Jul. to 5 Jul.
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 their ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (726 reviews)
"Clean and nice staffs! Excellent food quality!"

Reviewed on 5 Jun. 2022

Liber Hotel At Universal Studios Japan
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 AU$116 per night from 5 Jul. to 6 Jul.
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! (2,107 reviews)
"So comfortable!"

Reviewed on 18 Jun. 2022

RIHGA Royal Hotel Osaka
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Montana Flat Yebisu
Montana Flat Yebisu
3 out of 5
2-3-2 Ebisunishi Naniwa-ku, Osaka, Osaka, 556-0003
The price is AU$80 per night from 4 Jul. to 5 Jul.
Stay at this 3-star apartment in Osaka. Enjoy free WiFi, a terrace and laundry facilities. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the property condition in ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (82 reviews)
Pets welcome
"Great location and spacious rooms. The balcony is large for Japan. Nice accommodations for small pets in room 401. The water pressure is also excellent but we found hair in the tub 😐"

Reviewed on 1 Mar. 2021

Montana Flat Yebisu
Universal Bay Condominium
Universal Bay Condominium
3 out of 5
2-7-33 Chikkou, Minato-ku, Osaka, Osaka, 552-0021
The price is AU$95 per night from 4 Jul. to 5 Jul.
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 their ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (127 reviews)
The best stay ever!!!
"This is the perfect Condo for a weekend getaway and even for USJ trip!!! Overall it was wonderful. It was even better than expected. Spacious, very clean inside and out. And the price was amazing too!!!"

Reviewed on 16 Nov. 2021

Universal Bay Condominium
Mimaru Osaka Shinsaibashi West
Mimaru Osaka Shinsaibashi West
2.5 out of 5
1-chome 24 - 1 Shinmachi, Osaka, Osaka, 550-0013
The price is AU$177 per night from 4 Jul. to 5 Jul.
Stay at this aparthotel in Osaka. Enjoy free WiFi, laundry facilities and a kitchen. Popular attractions Kyocera Dome Osaka and Osaka Castle are located nearby. ...
5/5 Exceptional! (7 reviews)
"The front staffs are friendly and accomodating. The location is nice and we had an easy access to everything. Will definitely come again😊"

Reviewed on 4 Jan. 2022

Mimaru Osaka Shinsaibashi West
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