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About Osaka

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Osaka combines innovative developments and timeless traditions, all culminating in its top restaurants, tasty street food, and vibrant nightlife.

When cherry blossom season starts in spring, a cotton-candy pink blooms across the entire city. Walk along the Okawa River or through the grounds of Osaka Castle for the best views. This 16th-century citadel overlooks beautiful surroundings and features an ancient collection of art, armor, and artifacts. Its 8th-floor observation deck offers great 360º views.

For more panoramic views and lush scenery, head to the top of the 570-foot-tall Umeda Sky Building, whose two towers are connected at the top by a beautiful floating garden.

Delicious yet affordable street food is another of Osaka’s biggest attractions. Try local favorites like Okonomiyaki—a cross between a pancake and a pizza—or Takoyaki, a grilled ball of batter with octopus chunks inside.

Osaka and Umeda train stations are linked by underground shopping centers, and the Shinsaibashi’s America Village draws in a younger, edgier crowd. Down by the river, Dotonbori’s neon lights signal all the shops and eateries considered to be some of the best in the city.

If you want to visit Tokyo, you can hop the bullet train from Shin-Osaka station, which also has a direct line from Osaka to Kyoto. The city airport is only a domestic terminal, but international flights depart from the regional Kansai Airport.


From $9 per night

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From $19 per night

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From $19 per night

Most popular time to visit October-December
Cheapest time to visit April-June
Local currency ¥1,000 = $9.30
Language Japanese
Average weekend price $92 per night
Average weekday price $84 per night
Average stay 1 night

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

March 31, 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 of America

The food, the various sights and the expansive rail way...

March 27, 2020

The food, the various sights and the expansive rail way system. Osaka is great for exploring a metropolis besides Tokyo. Try the fugu, I witnessed great quality dishes being consumed with a gusto! Go to Zuboraya for the best prepared fugu dishes. Kinryu has great roast pork ramen. Osaka castle is a wonderful piece of history built on it's own little island. Its beauty is well lit at night for a perfect evening stroll. For funky 90s clothes, vintage bags and old school style, definitely go to America-mura. Go visit Osaka, its amazing!

Anonymous United States of America

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

March 21, 2020

Osaka is a colourful and vibrant city, with lots to see and do. Take in some of Osaka's history at Osaka Castle, or enjoy some shopping, entertainment and fantastic food in Dotonbori (try the Okonomiyaki!) Getting around Osaka is cheap and easy by train and the subway, and you may want to invest in an IC card for even more convenience (available at vendors and usable in other cities.) I found Osaka to be a convenient hub to stay in in order to visit other local cities such as Kyoto, Himeji and Hiroshima. You can easily reach all of these cities and more with the Shinkansen. Highly recommend visiting this wonderful city, even if just for a day!

David United Kingdom

What strikes me about Osaka is its cleanliness.

March 6, 2020

What strikes me about Osaka is its cleanliness. This is the most clean city I have been so far. I really plan to go back here sometime if given the chance. Japan is well-known for their culture, food, people, temples, everything and they really deserve it.

Manman20 Philippines

Thumbs up for Shopping in Osaka - there are many shopping...

March 3, 2020

Thumbs up for Shopping in Osaka - there are many shopping arcades. Infinite thumbs down for my stay in Osaka (Ostay Shin-Osaka Hotel Apartment) - the host did not clean the toilet at all before our arrival. So you can imagine that there are human wastes around and over the toilet bowl. The paper towel became dark green/black once I wiped the toilet floor. I understand that toilet floor is never clean and once you wiped it, you should see light black on your paper. However, this place is dark green and deep black. I don't understand why people gave excellent reviews on this apartment. Very likely they haven't tested the sanity of this place or they are fake reviews. I have pictures as prove and I have advised the host and he only said very sorry about this. Did not offer to clean it again.

Anonymous Canada

There’s a lot of nice place to visit.

February 28, 2020

There’s a lot of nice place to visit..but you have to be physical ready with a long walk and the train station signs are bit confusing.. but over all I Love Japan and all the people are warm and polite.

Jhoane Philippines

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