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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: Neighborhoods
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Kimono Tea Ceremony Maikoya Osaka
Kimono Tea Ceremony Maikoya Osaka
Owner description: Welcome to Kimono Tea Ceremony Maikoya, a 6-floor building that used to be a geisha house (okiya) until the mid 1980s. Osaka is the birthplace of tea ceremony and we have the best... more Owner description: Welcome to Kimono Tea Ceremony Maikoya, a 6-floor building that used to be a geisha house (okiya) until the mid 1980s. Osaka is the birthplace of tea ceremony and we have the best selection of kimonos in addition to antique calligraphy tools and historical artifacts on the display. We offer unique experiences where visitors can engage in Japanese pastimes. Daily workshops provide a fun introduction to the culture such as the traditional tea ceremony, kimono wearing, sushi experience, Japanese calligraphy, furoshiki, origami, and much more. All of these classes are taught by professionals in their field and all at one convenient location of Maikoya Osaka. Each workshop is in English and the masters are waiting to show you the meaning, symbolism and subtle aesthetics involved in every aspect of Japanese culture. Once you step into Maikoya, you travel back in time and perform cultural activities in exactly the same way the locals performed 400 years ago in an exactly the same ambiance. less
Attraction type: Points of Interest & Landmarks; Gear Rentals; Cooking Classes; Lessons & Workshops; Game & Entertainment Centers
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Tokaido Shinkansen
Tokaido Shinkansen
Attraction type: Mass Transportation Systems; Railways
Kids Plaza Osaka
Kids Plaza Osaka
Owner description: This is a very interesting museum for children and it is the best way for travelers with children in Osaka. There are many educational and playful exhibits and activities for... more Owner description: This is a very interesting museum for children and it is the best way for travelers with children in Osaka. There are many educational and playful exhibits and activities for children. The Kids Town designed by Friedensreich Hundertwasser,an Austrian architect, is through the 4th floor and the 5th floor. less
Attraction type: Specialty Museums
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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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All places to eat » Places to eat

Kuma Kafe
Kuma Kafe
Ranked #1 of 33,175 Restaurants in Osaka
Price: $5 - $26
Cuisines: Bar, Pizza, Cafe, Australian
Good for: Bar scene, Special occasions, Families with children, Kids
Dining options: Lunch, Brunch, Dinner, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Maidreamin Osaka Nipponbashi OTA Road
Maidreamin Osaka Nipponbashi OTA Road
Ranked #2 of 33,175 Restaurants in Osaka
Price: $9 - $45
Cuisines: Japanese, Cafe
Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Drinks, Lunch, Brunch, Dinner, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Alto Tritone
Alto Tritone
Ranked #3 of 33,175 Restaurants in Osaka
Price: $27 - $63
Cuisines: Italian, European
Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Credit Cards, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Okonomiyaki Chitose
Okonomiyaki Chitose
Ranked #4 of 33,175 Restaurants in Osaka
Cuisines: Japanese, Asian
Good for: Local cuisine, Families with children, Kids
Dining options: Lunch, Brunch, Dinner, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff
GYOZAOH! Dotonbori Store
GYOZAOH! Dotonbori Store
Ranked #5 of 33,175 Restaurants in Osaka
Price: $9 - $23
Cuisines: Japanese, Pub, Asian
Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Accepts Credit Cards, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer

All accommodations » Where to stay - Budget

Minn your second home
3.0 of 5
Minn your second home
$47 - $162 (¥5,199 - ¥17,920)
Ranked #14 of 381 Hotels / Ryokan in Osaka
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Hotel Chuo Oasis
2.0 of 5
Hotel Chuo Oasis
$34 - $80
Ranked #38 of 381 Hotels / Ryokan in Osaka
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Super Hotel City Osaka & Natural Hot Springs
3.0 of 5
Super Hotel City Osaka & Natural Hot Springs
$47 - $131 (¥5,199 - ¥14,491)
Ranked #50 of 381 Hotels / Ryokan in Osaka
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Midrange

Hotel Brighton City Osaka Kitahama
3.0 of 5
Hotel Brighton City Osaka Kitahama
$91 - $204
Ranked #16 of 381 Hotels / Ryokan in Osaka
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Richmond Hotel Namba Daikokucho
3.0 of 5
Richmond Hotel Namba Daikokucho
$87 - $197
Ranked #18 of 381 Hotels / Ryokan in Osaka
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Arietta Hotel Osaka
3.0 of 5
Arietta Hotel Osaka
$76 - $166
Ranked #23 of 381 Hotels / Ryokan in Osaka
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Luxury

Intercontinental Hotel Osaka
5.0 of 5
Intercontinental Hotel Osaka
$295 - $1,374
Ranked #1 of 381 Hotels / Ryokan in Osaka
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Osaka Marriott Miyako Hotel
4.5 of 5
Osaka Marriott Miyako Hotel
$238 - $537 (¥26,327 - ¥59,403)
Ranked #2 of 381 Hotels / Ryokan in Osaka
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The St. Regis Osaka
5.0 of 5
The St. Regis Osaka
$300 - $890 (¥33,186 - ¥98,451)
Ranked #3 of 381 Hotels / Ryokan in Osaka
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