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Discover a whole different side to Japan on a city break in Osaka. This lively and laid back metropolis in the middle of Honshu island is perfect for a getaway whether it’s a flying visit while you’re touring the country or you’d like to stay longer to really get to know the place. Osaka is best known for its fabulous food and entertainment. Add to that a rich history, some out-there architecture and an enthusiasm for all the good things in life, and Osaka makes a great place for a holiday with a difference.

What Makes Osaka Great?With a population of 2.5 million, Osaka is the third largest city in Japan and the economic hub of the region of Kansai. It’s also an important player on the international stage, with its economy measured by GDP putting it inside the top 20 biggest cities in the world.

Osaka developed over the centuries thanks to its enviable position on the coast, at the meeting point between important river and sea routes. As far back as the fifth century, Osaka was welcoming visitors from all over Asia, and it was a gateway to the rest of Japan. Shitennoji Temple, the first Buddhist temple in the country, was established in Osaka in 593 AD, and you can still visit a temple on the same site to this day. When it was known as Naniwa, Osaka was also Japan’s first ever recorded capital.

Visit Japan’s Capital of FoodIf you were to ask someone in Japan what Osaka is known for, they’d probably refer to its enormous appetite for food. It is said that Osakans spend more on eating out than on anything else, and the city’s fabulous food culture draws visitors from all over the world. If fine dining is your thing, you can feast in Michelin-starred restaurants and sample cuisine prepared in new and innovative ways. But what’s great about some of the best food to be found in Osaka is that it’s suitable for all budgets, often having started life as street food for the masses.

To get a taste of delicious dishes such as okonomiyaki, takoyaki and kushikatsu, many visitors head for the non-stop food fest that is the Dotonbori district close to Namba station to the south of Osaka city. As well as filling your stomach, you can also feast your eyes on the mesmerising neon-light displays for a true Osaka experience.

Sightseeing Hotspots in OsakaFor a fun-packed day, Osaka’s Bay Area is hard to beat. Here you’ll find one of the country’s most popular tourist attractions at Universal Studios Japan, plus a whole host of great places to enjoy with your friends and family. Say hello to the giant whale sharks at Osaka Aquarium and ride the Ferris wheel at Tempozan Harbour Village.

To see sights you’ll only see in Osaka on your holiday, head for the open-air observation deck at the top of the Umeda Sky Building, enjoy some of Japan’s zaniest fashion trends in Amerikamura and take time out at Osaka Castle.

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Where to stay in Osaka

Namba featuring a city


4.5/5Wonderful!(309 area reviews)

Travellers love Namba for its popular shops, and you can see more of Osaka by jumping on the metro at Namba Station or Nippombashi Station. You might spend time checking out top sights like Shinsaibashi Shopping Arcade and Amerikamura.

Shinsaibashi which includes street scenes


Namba Parks and Kuromon Ichiba Market are top sights in Shinsaibashi, and you should be sure to explore the popular shops. Hop aboard the metro at Namba Station (Nankai) or Namba Station to see more sights in the area.

Nakanoshima Park featuring a city


4.5/5Wonderful!(12 area reviews)

Umeda is highly notable for its popular shops, and you might want to visit top sights like Herbis Plaza and Osaka Station City. See more of Osaka by jumping on the metro at Nishi-Umieda Station or Umeda Station (Hanshin).

Kuromon Ichiba which includes a city and interior views as well as a large group of people


4.5/5Wonderful!(27 area reviews)

Enjoy the popular shops in Minami. Namba Parks is a worthwhile stop, and you can jump on the metro at Namba Station (Nankai) or Namba Station to see more of Osaka.

Shin-Osaka, Osaka, Osaka, Japan


Shin-Osaka is a destination travellers like for its coffee shops, and you might hop aboard the metro at Kanzakigawa Station or Nishinakajima-Minamigata Station to explore sights like Juso-Ekimae Shopping Street.

Dotonbori showing outdoor art and central business district as well as a large group of people


Dotonbori is known for its popular shops, and with sights like Shinsaibashi Shopping Arcade and Amerikamura, you won't get bored spending a day wandering around this part of Osaka.


Top hotels in Osaka

RIHGA Royal Hotel Osaka
RIHGA Royal Hotel Osaka
4.5 out of 5
5-3-68 Nakanoshima, Kita-ku, Osaka, Osaka-fu
The price is £102 per night from 20 Nov to 21 Nov

This family-friendly Osaka hotel is located on the riverwalk, within a 10-minute walk of Osaka International Convention Center and Osaka Science Museum. Umeda ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (4,496 reviews)

"The room we had was spacious. Staffs service were good. Free shuttle bus service between hotel and Osaka station was very convenient. Room furniture is dated and the carpet outside the room corridor needs a replacement"…"

Reviewed on 8 Mar 2020

RIHGA Royal Hotel Osaka
Nest Hotel Osaka Umeda
Nest Hotel Osaka Umeda
2.5 out of 5
2-15 Tsurunocho, Osaka, Osaka
The price is £44 per night from 29 Nov to 30 Nov

Located in Kita, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Umeda Arts Theater, Hankyu Umeda Main Store and Grand Front Osaka Mall. Umeda Sky Building and Osaka ...

4.2/5Excellent! (661 reviews)

" 古い口コミでは清掃状態が良くない旨書かれているものもありましたが、全くそんな事はありませんでした。3泊して毎日ベッドメイキングをお願いしましたが、綺麗にしていただきました。  チェックイン前に荷物を預かってもらいましたが、対応もスムーズでした。  セミダブルは最大定員2人との事でしたが、広さ的には1人向けかと思われます。2人の方はツインを利用された方がよろしいかと思われます。  2020年7月から朝食サービスが復活してます。1階で袋詰めのパンを自由に取っていくスタイルでした。そばにコーヒーのポットも置いてありました。  大阪訪問の際にはまた利用したいホテルです。"…"

Reviewed on 12 Jul 2020

Nest Hotel Osaka Umeda
APA Hotel Namba-Ekihigashi
APA Hotel Namba-Ekihigashi
3 out of 5
4-29 Sennichimae, Namba, Osaka, Osaka
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £42 per night from 1 Nov to 2 Nov

Located in Namba, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Namba Grand Kagetsu Theater and Kuromon Ichiba Market. Tsutenkaku Tower and Abeno Harukas are also ...

4.2/5Very Good! (2,784 reviews)

"Easy to use Hotel with no hastle, best location for a trip to Osaka especially if you like to drink or like Otaku goods and game shopping."…"

Reviewed on 16 Aug 2020

APA Hotel Namba-Ekihigashi
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Top Holiday Rentals in Osaka

Minn Umeda-North
Minn Umeda-North
3 out of 5
6-12-19 Fukushima-ku, Osaka, Osaka

Located in Fukushima, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Umeda Sky Building and Grand Front Osaka Mall. Kyocera Dome Osaka and Osaka-jō Hall ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (94 reviews)
Good accomodation

"Although the size of room is small, the room condition and the location of the motel was very good. But, there is no parking lot."…"

Reviewed on 2 Mar 2020

Minn Umeda-North
Residential Hotel Hare Shin-Osaka
Residential Hotel Hare Shin-Osaka
3 out of 5
1-21-29 Higashinakajima, Higashiyodogawa-ku, Osaka, Osaka

Located in Higashiyodogawa, this aparthotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Tenjimbashi-Suji Shopping Street, Umeda Sky Building and Umeda Arts Theater. Grand Front ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (306 reviews)
A MUST Home Away from Home

"We arrived later than expected and communication with the desk staff was great! The walk from the train station was less than 10 minutes. There are robes for you to use in your room right by the elevator. They were the nicest robes ever! Wish I could have found some like them for sale somewhere. ..."…"

Reviewed on 5 Jun 2020

Residential Hotel Hare Shin-Osaka
Nico Hotel
Nico Hotel
3 out of 5
2-16-11 Kawarayamachi, Osaka, Osaka

Located in Namba, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Doton Plaza and Kuromon Ichiba Market. Nipponbashi and Shinsaibashi Shopping Arcade are ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (93 reviews)
Pleasant stay.

"Pretty nice place to stay. Very clean and modern."…"

Reviewed on 7 Mar 2020

Nico Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Osaka


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5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent 64.47105788423154%
4 - Good
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5/5 - Excellent

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16 Feb 2020

Nice food nice weather nice shopping

4/5 - Good


10 Feb 2020

Good for travel but rush hour bad to walk

5/5 - Excellent

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9 Feb 2020

I’m really happy to be there. Everything is good.

5/5 - Excellent

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6 Feb 2020


5/5 - Excellent

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2 Feb 2020

Love, Want to come back again and again

5/5 - Excellent


2 Feb 2020

Good hotel

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