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Where to stay in Osaka: Best areas for travelers

  • Minami: Be within a stone's throw of some of the leading attractions in Osaka when you stay on this side of town. Tsutenkaku Tower is definitely one of them! The Hotel IL Cuore Namba is a terrific place to rest your head here. The Hotel Ichiei and the Swissotel Nankai Osaka are other great options.

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Osaka Vacations

Osaka, Japan, is known as the "nation's kitchen," and you'll certainly not go hungry in this city! Whether it's food, history, or culture you crave, there are so many ways to indulge yourself with a package to Osaka. Japan's third largest city is packed with museums, castles, restaurants, parks, and much more.

Major Attractions

Osaka's most famous, and most-visited, attraction is Osaka Castle, a reconstruction of a historic tower castle that now functions as a museum. The surrounding park is a great place to relax and escape the hustle and bustle of the city for a while. One of the city's landmarks in the Umeda Sky Building, twin towers connected at the top by an observatory bridge known as the Floating Garden, where you'll have panoramic city views. Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan is one of the largest in the world, holding thousands of fish and other marine animals. Osaka vacations are as much about eating the sea life as seeing it, so head to the Dotonbori area to sample the best sushi in town.

Festivals and Events

The biggest festival of the year, Tenjin Matsuri, takes place on July 24 and 25, and honors the deity of scholarship. The entire city celebrates, with people dressing in traditional costumes and taking part in parades through the streets and along the river in boats. Another huge festival, Gion Matsuri, takes place in July in the nearby city of Kyoto, so have a look into Osaka car rentals if you're visiting at this time of year, and make the 40-mile drive between the cities. While you have the wheels, take a trip to Kobe, 20 miles west of Osaka, to sample some world-famous Kobe beef.

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Tours and Activities in Osaka

Whether you're alone or taking a break with your loved ones, traveling's all about being open to one-of-a-kind experiences, plunging into amazing new adventures and accumulating memories along the way. Are you ready to go?

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Frequently asked questions

How much are vacation packages to Osaka?
You might be surprised — you can find yourself in Osaka for a mere $902. At Travelocity, we save you money and hassle with our vacation packages. With flights, hotels and experiences all ready to go at our one-stop shop, why put it off?
How long should my Osaka vacation be?
Most sightseers vacation in Osaka for roughly 3 nights. That said, travel is all about uncovering hidden gems and making cherished memories — why not stay a couple of additional nights to do just that?
Where can I get the best vacation package deals for Osaka?
There are excellent Osaka package deals to be scored with Travelocity. Did you know we partner with as many as 400 airlines and 665,000 worldwide properties? Remember this when you’re ready to tick another place off your travel bucket list.
Why should I book my Osaka vacation package via Travelocity?
Savings, support and a stress-free booking are just the tip of the iceberg. Enjoy a fulfilling travel experience knowing you have access to round-the-clock support. With the Travelocity Price Match Guarantee, you can relax knowing you’ll always get the best deal available.
Can I save money on my Osaka car rental if I bundle it with hotels and flights?
You most certainly can — combine your flight, car and hotel into an Osaka vacation package and you’ll save a handsome sum. With so many things to do in Osaka, having your own wheels will make exploring a breeze. Once you’ve buckled yourself in, turn up the stereo and find your way to Nagoya Castle, a famous attraction around 87 mi from Osaka.
What is the best time of year to go to Osaka?
June, July, April is the most popular time to visit, while December, November, October are usually quieter. If you’re traveling on a limited budget, you’re better off visiting during January. April is generally regarded as the costliest time to stop by.
Which airport is best for Osaka?
Many visitors fly into Osaka (ITM-Itami), 7 mi northwest of downtown Osaka. Others prefer Osaka (KIX-Kansai Intl.) (25 mi away from central Osaka) or Kobe (UKB) (16 mi away from central Osaka).
What is there to do in Osaka?
You’ll feel a certain magic as you wander the streets of Osaka. Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan and Osaka Castle are just a couple of famous attractions that lure visitors to this fantastic city, so put them at the top of your to-do list.
Where should I stay when visiting Osaka?
Many people book rooms in Namba. Top places to stay in this area of Osaka include the Swissotel Nankai Osaka (4.0 stars) and the Cross Hotel Osaka (4.0 stars). Another superb neighborhood to consider is Umeda. Here, we recommend the Hotel Monterey Le Frere Osaka (3.0 stars) and the Hotel Granvia Osaka (3.5 stars).

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