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This area of Osaka contains nearly 2,600,000 people.
The national capital, Tokyo, is 250 miles east of Osaka, while Minoh lies 11 miles to the north.
If you want to get stuck straight into the city's most iconic sights, the Osaka Science Museum and Osaka Castle should be right at the very top of your schedule.
Escape the adult world and be transported into a realm of magic at Universal Studios Japan® and the Tempozan Harbour Village Ferris Wheel. Want more? Umeda Joypolis Sega Fun Park and Hirakata Park will ensure that the good times keep rolling.
You might like to take the time to discover the diverse range of aquatic animals and plants housed at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan and Osaka Aquarium.
Housed in exhibits along the pathways of the Tennoji Zoo and the Satsukiyama Zoo, a wide variety of critters will keep the family occupied for hours on end.
Marvel at the range of plants on display when you and your friends stop by the Nagai Botanical Gardens and the Osaka Prefecture Flower Garden. Many also enjoy walking around the Sakuya Konohana Kan and the Honbō Teien.
When it's time for a break, grab a bite to eat and find a shady corner at one of the area's scenic urban parks, such as Sumiyoshi Park or Nakanoshima Park. Tennoji Park and Utsubo Park are two more excellent places to while away the afternoon with a good book.
To enjoy impressive views of wild landscapes and cascading water, take the trip out to Minoh Waterfall.
Looking for a place to take the family for the day? You should head over to Nishikinohama Beach Park, a favored local spot to get some rest and relaxation. Listen to the soothing rhythm of the waves and the seabirds wheeling overhead as the kids play along the water's edge.
Lock your phone in the car and have a rest from the modern world at Kongo-Ikoma Quasi-National Park and Meijinomori Minoh Quasi-National Park. Takihata Dam and Mount Tempozan are also highly recommended by nature-loving locals.
Broaden your horizons with a trip to one of the area's fascinating cultural institutions. Savour the contemplative atmosphere as you check out the displays at Osaka Maritime Museum and the Momofuku Ando Instant Ramen Museum. Another two to consider are Osaka Culturarium Tempozan and the Osaka International Peace Centre.
The science museums here are great destinations for both science history buffs and travellers just looking for something a bit more engaging to do. Experiment first with the Gas Science Museum, and then press on at the Osaka Science and Technology Museum or Kaizuka Municipal Zembei Land Observatory.
Some travellers think of natural museums as the domain of children, but the curious specimens of the Osaka Prefectural Museum of Yayoi Culture and the Museum of Natural History prove that there's enough to keep the adults entertained too. You could also visit the National Museum of Ethnology and the Imashirotsuka Ancient History Museum.
Do you love art? There are galleries of all sorts here. Soak up the cool atmosphere at the Osaka National Museum of Art and the Osaka Museum of Oriental Ceramics. The Osaka City Museum of Fine Art and the Kuboso Memorial Museum of Arts, Izumi are also well worth your time if you can fit them in before dinner.
History comes alive at the Osaka Museum of History and the Mint Museum thanks to their wide range of fascinating displays. Do you like the sound of those? There's even more to be seen at the Izumisano History Museum and the Sakai City Museum.
Step back through the ages with a trip to the Open Air Museum of Old Farmhouses or the Osaka University, just two of the historical sites here. More stories from the days of old are waiting for you at the Osaka Museum of Housing and Living and Osaka City Hall.
Take a step back in time and get a glimpse of how hard life was centuries ago in an actual castle from the Middle Ages. The tales written within the walls of Osaka Castle Museum and Kishiwada Castle can still be heard today.
Whether you consider yourself a spiritual person or not, you're sure to enjoy a trip to the Shitennoji Temple and Tamatsukuri Inari Shrine. You might also like to take a walk around Sanko Shrine and Nakami Shrine.
Think you've seen everything worth seeing in Osaka? Don't forget the Osaka Public Nakanoshima Library, the Glico Man Sign and Video Game Bar Space Station.
The Expedia Osaka hotels page features as many as 290 luxurious and more affordable accommodation listings, so you should have no trouble finding a great place in this well-liked destination.
Discerning travellers searching for accommodations at the luxury end of the scale will be delighted, Osaka features a number of great places, including the The Ritz-Carlton, Osaka, at 2-5-25 Umeda, and the InterContinental Osaka, at 3-60, Ofuka-cho Kita-ku. If those two don't suit your taste and budget, the Guest House Social House or the Hostel Zoo are two more budget-friendly places that might tick all the right boxes.
This family-friendly Osaka hotel is located on the riverfront, within a 10-minute walk of Osaka International Convention Center and Osaka Science Museum. Osaka Castle and Umeda Sky Building are also within 3 miles (5 km).
Located in Namba, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Osaka City Air Terminal and Shinsaibashi Shopping Arcade. Osaka Science Museum and Osaka Castle are also within 3 miles (5 km).
Situated near the airport, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Osaka Bay and within 6 miles (10 km) of Rinku Premium Outlets and Rinku Park. Rinku Pleasure Town Seacle and Tajiri Port Sunday Morning Market are also within 6 miles (10 km).
Situated in Osaka, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Universal CityWalk® Osaka and Universal Studios Japan®. Tempozan Park is 3 mi (4.9 km) away.
Located in Namba, this hotel is steps away from Amerikamura and Shinsaibashi Shopping Arcade. Tsutenkaku Tower and Shitennoji Temple are also within 2 miles (3 km).
Situated in Osaka, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Universal CityWalk® Osaka and Universal Studios Japan®. Tempozan Ferris Wheel is 3.1 mi (5.1 km) away.
Located in Namba, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Hozenji-Yokocho Alley and Shinsaibashi Shopping Arcade. Tsutenkaku Tower and Osaka Museum of History are also within 2 miles (3 km).
Located in Namba, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of National Bunraku Theater and Shinsaibashi Shopping Arcade. Tsutenkaku Tower and Osaka Museum of History are also within 2 miles (3 km).