Everything you Need to Know about Osaka

Japan’s third largest city, Osaka has a unique identity characterized by a penchant for good food and lively fun.

Ever since Toyotomi Hideyoshi built Osaka Castle in 1586, Osaka has been a prominent merchant city. During the 1920s and 30s it boomed into an industrial powerhouse and in more recent times the city has slowly been transforming into a progressive modern arts hub with a plethora of galleries and post-modernistic architecture and futuristic spaces popping up, most prominently, the towering Umeda Sky Building.

The city is home to a number of interesting museums including the National Museums of Art and Oriental Ceramics and the Japan Folk Art Museum. The Osaka Human Rights Museum is also worth a visit. More Japanese culture is on show at the National Bunraku Theatre where you can watch extraordinary traditional puppet shows.

Osaka is easy to navigate, roughly divided into two centres, north and south. Kita (north) Osaka contains the main business district, accessible by Osaka and Umeda stations. Minami (south) Osaka is home to most of the city’s shopping centres, entertainment and nightlife venues, accessible via Namba and Shinsaibashi stations.

Osaka Attractions Osaka Attractions

Osaka is a large prefecture covering a huge area so to explore all its attractions in a short period of time might not be possible. The key attractions include Osaka Castle, Dotonburi shopping landmark. Read More...

Where to Stay in Osaka Osaka Hotels - Where to Stay in Osaka

Osaka hotels and resorts at the best rates, from Five Stars resorts such as Sheraton Miyako Hotel Osaka, to budget accommodation, you are sure to find the accommodation you are looking for. Read More...

Osaka Restaurants Osaka Restaurants

Fondly known as the ‘kitchen of Japan’ the Kansai region has an abundance of dining options offering everything from traditional kaiseki course meals to the more home-style cooking of okonomiyaki. Read More...

Osaka Nightlife Osaka Nightlife

Osaka is known as being a city of people who love good food and good fun. Appropriately there are countless nightspots to discover from high-class cocktail bars to grungy live houses to tiny hole in the wall whiskey bars. Read More...

Osaka Shopping Osaka Shopping

Historically a merchant city Osaka has a reputation for good quality merchandise for all budgets and a population that loves to shop. From the warrens of underground shopping malls to the quaint high street boutiques, shopping in Osaka presents a wealth of diversity in terms of settings and products. Read More...

Osaka Activities Osaka Activities

There are plenty of activities to discover and enjoy around Osaka for all tastes and budgets. If you’re looking for genuine old-world Japanese charm, try attending a beautiful traditional tea ceremony. Read More...

Osaka Map Osaka Map

Our interactive map (and satellite views) displays all available hotels with photos, facilities and guest comments as well as attractions, landmarks and other items of interest with links to relevant information pages. Read More...


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