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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 £23 per night

Next weekend

From £28 per night

Most popular time to visit October–December
Cheapest time to visit January–March
Local currency ¥1,000 = £6.27
Language Japanese
Average weekend price £54 per night
Average weekday price £46 per night
Typical stay 1 night

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Osaka reviews

What other travellers say about Osaka

10

Nikko Hotel room is bad they shut down the cooling system.

3 December 2017

Nikko Hotel room is bad they shut down the cooling system. Not every one can stand that. I was very disappointed with Nikko hotel, most of the International chain hotel would have their own system in their room depends on each individual needs. I was in Osaka in March 2017 stayed st Hilton and Hyatt Regency, I did not have any issues at all

Francis
Francis Canada
10

This was our first trip to Japan and we spent 4 days in...

15 July 2017

This was our first trip to Japan and we spent 4 days in Osaka. We stayed at the Fudouguchikan Hot Springs resort our first night. It was so relaxing and a great way to unwind after Tokyo. We really enjoyed the food in Osaka and visiting Osaka Castle. There is much history here. We also spent a day sightseeing in Kyoto which is really close by bullet train. The hotel rooms in Osaka (for the same type of room) are more spacious than Tokyo and a better value. We could definitely spend more time in Osaka and visit a few more places in this area!

Jenny
Jenny
10

The hotel is near from exit subway so is very nice for us...

28 February 2018

The hotel is near from exit subway so is very nice for us and hotel service is very good but the room is not large but is good for backpaker but not for family.for the end is very good hotel for sèvice and for location is strategic

Rusmala Dewi
Rusmala Dewi Indonesia
10

So many sights to see, barely scratched the surface in our 3...

1 April 2022

So many sights to see, barely scratched the surface in our 3 days there. Busy but clean city area, with lots of waterways. Would absolutely recommend it if traveling to/around Japan. Osaka Castle and park is a must see! Try a train station Bento, so much better than I imagined a bento could be! Lots of public transit to get your around the huge city prefecture.

Mike
Mike United States
10

We like most the Dotonbori walking around and enjoyed eating...

19 February 2022

We like most the Dotonbori walking around and enjoyed eating takoyaki. It`s very easy to going around in osaka because by train you can go anywhere to explore the osaka. Were definitely back there specially in USJ 1 day is not enough to enjoy all the rides.

LEONORA
LEONORA Japan
10

It is a great place to go in Japan, especially if you love...

28 December 2021

It is a great place to go in Japan, especially if you love to shop and eat! I would definitely recommend it for people who love to walk around and try new things along the way! The subway systems are vast and you can get easily lost, so be careful!

Alexis
Alexis Japan

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