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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.

Tonight

From $25 per night

This weekend

From $58 per night

Next weekend

From $47 per night

Most popular time to visit October-December
Cheapest time to visit January-March
Local currency ¥1,000 = $7.40
Language Japanese
Average weekend price $55 per night
Average weekday price $47 per night
Average stay 1 night

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10

Use Osaka for a real skyscraper feel of Japan .

August 15, 2022

Use Osaka for a real skyscraper feel of Japan .. visit Kyoto for a scenic breakout .. this combination is awesome. It's a good idea to have a base in Osaka (stay near Shin-Osaka to make the commute convenient). Then break out to Kobe and Kyoto .. try Shrines at Kyoto .. or Suma Beach near Kobe .. then if you come back early, enjoy night Osaka in one of the highrises such as Umeda sky tower

Aniruddha_Chandra
Aniruddha_Chandra India
10

Dynamic bustling 2nd city of Japan.

August 1, 2022

Dynamic bustling 2nd city of Japan. There is pretty much everything here, food, character, soul, archtiecture, coffee, bars, music, culture, museums, riverscapes et al Nakanoshima is great for views and culture Umeda for food and shopping and transport Namba for shopping and liveliness Amemura for people watxhing coffee and bars Semba for architecture and city feel Shinsekai for retro feel and food Tennoji for museum parks temple

Dan Rumack
Dan Rumack Japan
8.0

Osaka is a great place to visit for a few days.

July 11, 2022

Osaka is a great place to visit for a few days. It is different from Tokyo – it has a more casual vibe. The city centre – the bars and clubs – are bustling with vibe during the evenings but I was surprised to see that shops close pretty early. I was also positively surprised that every person I spoke to knew English – this has definitely not been the case in Tokyo

Beniamin
Beniamin Poland
10

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

April 1, 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 of America
10

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

February 19, 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...

December 28, 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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