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Best of Osaka Guide

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Osaka
Home to nearly nine million and powering an economy that exceeds both Hong Kong's and Thailand's, Osaka packs quite a punch. The confident, stylish city is a shopping hub, with fabulous restaurants and nightlife. It's an ideal base for exploring the Kansai region: Kyoto's World Heritage Sites, Nara's temple and Koya-san's eerie graves are within 90 minutes by train. Top city attractions include the aquarium, Osaka Castle, Universal Studios Japan and the futuristic Floating Garden Observatory.

All things to do » Things to do

Dotonbori
Dotonbori
The heart of Osaka nightlife, this area is filled with theaters, restaurants, cafes, bars, arcades and nightclubs.
Attraction type: Neighbourhoods; Points of Interest & Landmarks
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Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
Owner description: See the wide range of habitats that make up the Pacific Rim on a tour of this fascinating aquarium, which takes you from one environment to another and lets you feel as though... more Owner description: See the wide range of habitats that make up the Pacific Rim on a tour of this fascinating aquarium, which takes you from one environment to another and lets you feel as though you’re underwater. less
Attraction type: Aquariums
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Universal Studios Japan
Universal Studios Japan
Owner description: This extremely popular theme park is equivalent to the Universal Studios in Hollywood and Orlando, and features shows, rides and restaurants based on famous movie themes, like... more Owner description: This extremely popular theme park is equivalent to the Universal Studios in Hollywood and Orlando, and features shows, rides and restaurants based on famous movie themes, like Jaws, Back to the Future and Terminator. less
Attraction type: Theme Parks
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Osaka Castle Park
Osaka Castle Park
Owner description: Formally the home of the wife of 16th-century Japanese ruler Toyotomi Hideyoshi, the 15-acre Nishinomaru Garden is one of Osaka's most beloved cherry blossom viewing spots, with... more Owner description: Formally the home of the wife of 16th-century Japanese ruler Toyotomi Hideyoshi, the 15-acre Nishinomaru Garden is one of Osaka's most beloved cherry blossom viewing spots, with the Osaka Castle Tower enhancing the backdrop. less
Attraction type: Castles
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Shinsaibashi
Shinsaibashi
Attraction type: Neighbourhoods
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All places to eat » Places to eat

Kuma Kafe
Kuma Kafe
Ranked #1 of 27,539 Restaurants in Osaka
Cuisines: American, Bar, Pizza, Australian, Cafe
Good for: Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Dining options: Brunch, Dinner, Lunch, Cash Only, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Okonomiyaki Chitose
Okonomiyaki Chitose
Ranked #2 of 27,539 Restaurants in Osaka
Cuisines: Japanese, Asian
Good for: Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout
Kiji Umeda Sky Bldg.
Kiji Umeda Sky Bldg.
Ranked #3 of 27,539 Restaurants in Osaka
Cuisines: Japanese, Asian
Good for: Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Dining options: Brunch, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Matsuzakagyu Yakiniku M, Hozenji Yokocho
Matsuzakagyu Yakiniku M, Hozenji Yokocho
Ranked #4 of 27,539 Restaurants in Osaka
Price: US$ 55 - US$ 65
Cuisines: Japanese, Steakhouse, Barbecue, Asian
Good for: Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Lunch, Free Wifi, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Ichiran, Dotombori
Ichiran, Dotombori
Ranked #5 of 27,539 Restaurants in Osaka
Cuisines: Japanese, Asian
Good for: Local cuisine, Cheap Eats
Dining options: Brunch, Dinner, After-hours, Lunch, Breakfast, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff

All accommodation » Where to stay - Budget

Osaka Hana Hostel
2.0 of 5
Osaka Hana Hostel
US$ 28 - US$ 152 (JP¥ 2,816 - JP¥ 15,286)
Ranked #1 of 133 Speciality lodging in Osaka
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Tani9 Backpackers Osaka
Tani9 Backpackers Osaka
US$ 25 - US$ 67
Ranked #2 of 133 Speciality lodging in Osaka
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Drop Inn Osaka
1.5 of 5
Drop Inn Osaka
US$ 31 - US$ 183
Ranked #3 of 133 Speciality lodging in Osaka
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All accommodation » Where to stay - Midrange

Dotonbori Hotel
3.0 of 5
Dotonbori Hotel
US$ 108 - US$ 408 (JP¥ 10,861 - JP¥ 41,030)
Ranked #10 of 274 Hotels / Ryokan in Osaka
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Richmond Hotel Namba Daikokucho
3.0 of 5
Richmond Hotel Namba Daikokucho
US$ 111 - US$ 210
Ranked #13 of 274 Hotels / Ryokan in Osaka
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Daiwa Roynet Hotel Osaka Kitahama
3.5 of 5
Daiwa Roynet Hotel Osaka Kitahama
US$ 101 - US$ 233 (JP¥ 10,157 - JP¥ 23,431)
Ranked #15 of 274 Hotels / Ryokan in Osaka
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All accommodation » Where to stay - Luxury

Intercontinental Hotel Osaka
5.0 of 5
Intercontinental Hotel Osaka
US$ 283 - US$ 1,053
Ranked #1 of 274 Hotels / Ryokan in Osaka
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Osaka Marriott Miyako Hotel
4.5 of 5
Osaka Marriott Miyako Hotel
US$ 231 - US$ 497 (JP¥ 23,230 - JP¥ 49,980)
Ranked #2 of 274 Hotels / Ryokan in Osaka
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The St. Regis Osaka
5.0 of 5
The St. Regis Osaka
US$ 314 - US$ 922 (JP¥ 31,577 - JP¥ 92,719)
Ranked #3 of 274 Hotels / Ryokan in Osaka
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