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About Osaka

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A city celebrated for its lively nightlife, top restaurants and delicious street food, Osaka combines dynamic development and longstanding traditions.

When cherry blossom season starts in spring, the city blooms with vivid pink. Take a walk along the Okawa River or through the extensive grounds of Osaka Castle for the best views. This 16th-century citadel overlooks scenic surroundings, and features an ancient collection of art, armour and everyday objects inside. Its eighth-floor observation deck boasts wonderful 360-degree views.

For more sweeping vistas amid lush scenery, head to the top of the 173-metre-tall Umeda Sky Building, whose two towers are linked at their summits by a beautiful ‘floating garden’.

Filling, tasty and affordable – street food is another of Osaka’s biggest attractions. Try Okonomiyaki, a local favourite that’s like a cross between a pancake and a pizza, or Takoyaki – grilled balls of batter with octopus chunks inside.

Osaka and Umeda train stations are linked by underground shopping centres, while the edgier enterprises of Shinsaibashi’s America Village appeal to a younger crowd. Down by the river, Dotonbori’s neon lights promote more shops and eateries considered to be among the best in the city.

Those wanting to travel from Osaka to Tokyo can do so by taking the bullet train from Shin-Osaka station, which also has a direct line from Osaka to Kyoto. The city airport serves only as a domestic terminal, although international flights depart from the regional Kansai Airport.

Tonight

From £18 per night

This weekend

From £36 per night

Next weekend

From £29 per night

Most popular time to visit October–December
Cheapest time to visit May–July
Local currency ¥1,000 = £7.14
Language Japanese
Average weekend price £60 per night
Average weekday price £55 per night
Typical stay 1 night

Points of interest in Osaka

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Osaka reviews

What other travellers say about Osaka

10

Osaka is such a vibrant city full of character with amazing...

9 July 2020

Osaka is such a vibrant city full of character with amazing food. Food hunting in the Dotonbori area is just such a treat. Good base to explore the Kansai region, Kyoto and Nara are only a short train ride away!

Anonymous United Kingdom
8.0

Less hectic city compared to Tokyo and the tourist site is...

7 April 2020

Less hectic city compared to Tokyo and the tourist site is more to historical and cultural places. Although, the location of these spots are scattered throughout Osaka so plan your trip to minimize unnecessary travel time. Some areas are only accessible by bus or taxi so beware.

AriefJezza
AriefJezza Malaysia
10

I've visited a lot of cities in Japan, but this was my...

2 April 2020

I've visited a lot of cities in Japan, but this was my first time in Osaka. I wasn't sure what to expect (perhaps a variation of Tokyo or Nagoya, I'd thought), but it was a delight, and for a big city, very friendly. The nightlife and restaurant districts were vibrant and entertaining (despite the initial effects of the virus-related tourist downturn being apparent), the cultural and historical places were more impressive and less expensive than I'd anticipated, and there was a surprising number of architecturally interesting buildings around (ancient, early 20th century and modern). An easy city to get around, even into the outer suburbs, and there was a satisfying variety of cuisine available (okonomiyaki by the Dotonbori canal, for example). In addition to the obvious places like Osaka Castle, Minami (Namba) and Den-Den Town I'd recommend making the journey to Sumiyoshi Taisha.

David
David Australia
10

The food, shops and sightseeing spots are great, I don't...

31 March 2020

The food, shops and sightseeing spots are great, I don't have any bad points so far! Osaka castle and grounds are very beautiful. It's easy to get around by subway, train or bus (and they also use English announcements if you don't understand Japanese) It's also very close to visit places like Kyoto or Nara which I would definitely recommend. The food is delicious and I was surprised by how cheap it is for a big city.

Anonymous Japan
8.0

It would have been far better if the tourist attractions...

31 March 2020

It would have been far better if the tourist attractions were open.Still had a great time but missed out on a few things that I traveled there for. I understand the virus changed things so I'm not at all disappointed with what i did get to do.

Robert
Robert Canada
10

Osaka is a very vibrant city with lots to see locally, and...

22 March 2020

Osaka is a very vibrant city with lots to see locally, and the public transport system makes it very easy to travel around. There is a vast choice of restaurants to suit all tastes, art is well worth a visit.

Andrew
Andrew United Kingdom

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