Osaka

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Osaka

Old meets new in Japan’s third-largest city that features peaceful gardens, ancient temples, towering high-rises, cutting-edge fashion and family fun.

Osaka is a colourful hub of traditional and contemporary Japanese culture that sits in the centre of a ring of popular tourism destinations: Kobe, Kyoto, Sakai and Nara. After a short time in the city it won’t take long to discover Osaka has more to offer than just its location. Go north of the centre to Kita and its central business district for shopping. Head south to see shows in the upscale Namba district.

Kita makes for a great starting point on any visit to Osaka. The area is home to the underground National Museum of Art, which features post-World War II Japanese art and travelling exhibitions from prominent international galleries. The National Museum of Art neighbours the Osaka Science Museum, an interactive attraction with a busy program of shows and a focus on children’s education. The Umeda Sky Building and its 40-storey-high observation deck offer an unparalleled panorama of the Kita skyline.

Tennoji, located in the centre of the city, is full of family-friendly destinations. The Tennoji Zoo can be found here and is the only major attraction with animals in Osaka. The beautiful blooms in Tennoji Park offer some respite from the busy city. See sixth-century ruins at the historic Shitennoji Temple and climb up the city’s emblem of prosperity, Tsūtenkaku Tower.

Head to Osaka’s Bay Area and find one of the world’s largest aquariums. Osaka Aquarium has more than 29,000 sea and freshwater creatures, including a whale shark. Universal Studios Japan® is just a 10-minute ferry ride from the aquarium and features Hollywood blockbuster-inspired theme park rides and entertainment.

Take a break from the city in the peaceful Osaka Castle, built in 1585. Walk around the fragrant rose gardens in Nakanoshima Park.

Splash out on a luxury purchase or window shop in the Minami shopping district with upscale stores as well as traditional local retailers. Entertaining performances are staged at the Nanba Grand Kagetsu, the city’s major comedy theatre. Cap off your day in Osaka strolling under the neon lights of the bright and busy Namba district.

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Where to stay in Osaka

Hotel Monterey Grasmere Osaka
Hotel Monterey Grasmere Osaka
4 out of 5
1-2-3 Minatomachi, Naniwa-ku, Osaka, Osaka-fu
The price is NZ$71 per night from 29 Sep. to 29 Sep.
Located in Namba, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Osaka City Air Terminal, Tsutenkaku Tower and Shitennoji Temple. Osaka Museum of History and Umeda Sky ...
4.3/5Excellent! (1,597 reviews)
"Awesome luxury property for the same price as an APA hotel!! Stayed on the 31st floor with an amazing view and the staff were really accommodating even with our odd schedule. The interiors are really tasteful and elegant. Not your typical Japanese hotel chain!! Room was large, bathroom was large ..."

Reviewed on 29 Aug. 2021

Hotel Monterey Grasmere Osaka
Liber Hotel At Universal Studios Japan
Liber Hotel At Universal Studios Japan
3.5 out of 5
1-1-35, Sakurajima, Konohana-ku, Osaka, Osaka
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is NZ$90 per night from 28 Sep. to 28 Sep.
Situated in Osaka, this spa hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Mount Tempozan and Universal CityWalk Osaka. Sanja Shrine and Osaka Maishima Lily Garden are also ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (369 reviews)
"朝食のビュッフェがバラエティー豊富でした。"

Reviewed on 4 Sep. 2021

Liber Hotel At Universal Studios Japan
Hotel Granvia Osaka
Hotel Granvia Osaka
3.5 out of 5
3-1-1 Umeda, Kita-ku, Osaka, Osaka-fu
The price is NZ$94 per night from 4 Oct. to 4 Oct.
Located in Umeda, this romantic hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Umeda Sky Building and Osaka Science Museum. Shinsaibashi Shopping Arcade and Osaka Museum of ...
4.1/5Very Good! (939 reviews)
"location is great. Right at the station"

Reviewed on 21 Sep. 2021

Hotel Granvia Osaka
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PG Kuromon
PG Kuromon
3 out of 5
3-3-22 Kozu, Chuo-ku, \N, Osaka, Osaka
The price is NZ$58 per night from 29 Sep. to 29 Sep.
Located in Namba, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Tombori River Walk and Amerikamura. Abeno Harukas and Osaka International Convention ...
4/5Very Good! (129 reviews)
"Good place"

Reviewed on 2 Aug. 2021

PG Kuromon
Bon Condominium Umeda
Bon Condominium Umeda
3.5 out of 5
3-1-4 Nakazaki Nishi, Kita-ku, \N, Osaka, Osaka
The price is NZ$151 per night from 29 Sep. to 29 Sep.
Located in Kita, this condo is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from Tempozan Harbor Village Ferris Wheel and within 3 miles (5 km) of Amerikamura and Osaka International Convention ...
4.3/5Excellent! (37 reviews)
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"The condominium is quite a bit far from the train station. It took the four of us for a while to find a way to the building. Even though it is far from the main station (The Centre of Osaka), I still enjoy their security when entering the building. The room is big enough for the four of us. The facility ..."

Reviewed on 8 Mar. 2020

Bon Condominium Umeda
Yagara Terrace House A
Yagara Terrace House A
2.5 out of 5
Tatsumihigashi, Osaka, Osaka
Located in Ikuno, this holiday home is within 3 miles (5 km) of Korea Town, Shitennoji Temple and Osaka Shinkabukiza Theater. Osaka International House Foundation ...
5/5Exceptional! (2 reviews)
"とても綺麗で静かです。"

Reviewed on 11 Sep. 2021

Yagara Terrace House A
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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