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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 $24 per night

This weekend

From $83 per night

Next weekend

From $111 per night

Most popular time to visit October-December
Cheapest time to visit January-March
Local currency ¥1,000 = $6.92
Language Japanese
Average weekend price $117 per night
Average weekday price $109 per night
Average stay 1 night

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I'd definitely recommend the Dotonbori, the surrounding...

December 5, 2023

I'd definitely recommend the Dotonbori, the surrounding areas, the shopping street, and if you are into Anime and topics surrounding it, then you should head to Nipponbashi near Namba station. Getting around Osaka is extremely easy with the underground Metro and the local train services. If you have the Suica card in your phone, i.e, Apple Wallet you can use that to travel around the city effortlessly. Just charge up the card via Apple pay and you are good to go. When it comes to food, there is so much to choose from that I am sure there are plenty of fantastic choices. You can't really go wrong with the local dishes. Though, what I can really recommend from the sweet side is the Taiyaki. Red bean or custard filled greatness.

Mika Finland

Great city that serves as a good base for exploring the...

December 4, 2023

Great city that serves as a good base for exploring the region. Osaka itself is a very big city that isn't as overwhelming as Tokyo but offers the same, if not better, experience. It has at least a few major tourist attractions and is abundant in stores, restaurants and such.

Tomasz Poland

Go to the Osaka Kaiyukan Aquarium.

December 4, 2023

Go to the Osaka Kaiyukan Aquarium. It is fabulous. Osaka is best for people who like to shop, party in nightclubs and bars, and foodies. Personally, I only go to a shop to find items I know I need or want to have. Unlucky me, I went to Namba to go ta a specific shop for a specific item to find that store had vacated the space. I wanted to go to Brooklyn Parlour in Dontonbori to hear some jazz and didn't go. It was either that I was too tired or that other than jazz musicians were booked for my available nights. This is the saddest comment of all and does not reflect on Osaka itself, I had two kaiseki dinners while in Japan and discovered that apart from Miso Soup and Tempura I pretty much have a very different palate. Although I didn't eat this in Osaka, I repeatedly enjoyed Beef Curry over Rice in Central Honshu and Amanohashidate. Could have had it every day.

Lark Australia

Osaka is a great alternative city area to be in for tokyo.

December 2, 2023

Osaka is a great alternative city area to be in for tokyo. There is vibrant city lives in the dontonburi area. Food is delicious and cheaper compared to tokyo. And its where USJ is and a must visit if you are in Osaka.

Jia Jun
Jia Jun

The KIX airport is a bit outdated.

November 27, 2023

The KIX airport is a bit outdated. The security and immigration clearance could preferably be streamlined in particular for outbound flights. The cleanliness in the Dotonbori area could well be uplifted in par to Japan major tourist spots.


Amazing City.

November 24, 2023

Amazing City. Excellent transportation. You can also walk to everywhere. It is clean and there are no trash cans in the streets, you need to keep the trash with you until you arrive your hotel. People is always willing to help you, even though they don't speak a word of your language. You can make your trip only in the train stations, it looks like a City under the city.

Mirna United States of America

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