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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 £23 per night

This weekend

From £40 per night

Next weekend

From £35 per night

Most popular time to visit October–December
Cheapest time to visit April–June
Local currency ¥1,000 = £6.66
Language Japanese
Average weekend price £46 per night
Average weekday price £40 per night
Typical stay 1 night

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Osaka reviews

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8.0

Loved the area and ease to get around with the...

25 June 2021

Loved the area and ease to get around with the transportation. All the food was great. Do to precautions some things were closed but could not be helped. Only issues was that you need to pay attention when going to certain stores or attractions because with some of them require reservations and it is not publicized very well. For example just to get into the Apple store you needed a reservation. Another is that at Universal you needed to pay extra and book to go to the new Super Nintendo attraction but finding where to do that before going to the park was difficult and was already booked up when you arrive.

Houseknecht
Houseknecht United States
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

Osaka is a great central location to set up base camp, for...

31 March 2020

Osaka is a great central location to set up base camp, for day trips to Kyoto, Nara, Kobe, Himeji and more. The food is amazing, it is easy to get around the city, and there is something for everyone.

I. AM Traveler
I. AM Traveler United States
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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