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GO ALL OUT IN OSAKA

Just over 300 miles southwest of Tokyo, Osaka is a fun and vibrant city. Here, you can expect to discover bustling neon-lit streets, picturesque parks and authentic Japanese architecture. But, above all else, Osaka holidays are about food. Get ready to try all sorts of delicious delicacies and embrace the city’s mantra of kuidaore, which literally means 'eat until you drop'.

While Tokyo takes itself rather seriously, Osaka prides itself on its cheeky personality. And the friendly residents share a collective passion for great cuisine. On Dotonbori Street, you can watch in amazement as Osakan specialities are whipped up in front of your eyes, and fresh fish is transformed into picture-perfect sushi. Whether you’re snacking on traditional dumplings from a street food vendor or sipping a cold beer in an izakaya pub, you can look forward to a very warm welcome – and probably a joke or two.

Osaka holidays are ideal for foodies, but you’ll find lots of things to do here, besides eating. Osaka’s excitable attitude is reflected by its family-friendly attractions, which include Universal Studios Japan and the world’s biggest aquarium. Meanwhile, key landmarks like Osaka Castle and the ancient shrine of Sumiyoshi-taisha serve as a reminder of the city’s culture and heritage. You’ll also find a number of beautiful Japanese gardens. Stroll along the tree-lined pathways of Osaka-jo Koen Park – which is particularly impressive during cherry blossom season in April – or visit the ‘floating garden’ at Umeda Sky Building for a bird’s eye-view of Osaka.

If you fancy a change of scene, why not take a daytrip to UNESCO-stamped Kyoto? Japan’s former capital is just a 30-minute train ride away. Or you could even extend your break with a few days in Tokyo, as Japan’s world-famous bullet train will get you there in less than three hours. However you want to spend your time, our experts will help you plan your ideal holiday to Osaka and beyond.

Things to do

Osaka food

Osaka hotels

Best time to go

Things to do in Osaka

Osaka holidays serve up all sorts of things to do, as this lively city is home to some of Japan’s iconic attractions. Osaka Castle should be at the top of your list. Originally built in the 16th century, this much-renovated building is a fine example of Japanese architecture. And it’s in the heart of the Osaka-jo Koen Park so you can go for a relaxing stroll afterwards. Make sure you also tick off the ancient Buddhist temple of Shitenno-ji, as well as Sumiyoshi-taisha – one of Japan’s oldest Shinto shrines, it was built over 1,800 years ago.  

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There are some modern must-sees, too. The quirky Umeda Sky Building is 173 metres tall and boasts a lovely Garden Observatory on the 39th floor. This ‘floating garden’ is filled with native plants and flowers, and has sweeping views to boot. Nature-lovers should also check out Osaka Aquarium – it’s the largest in the world and is filled with a variety of marine life. And no holiday to Osaka would be complete without a trip to Universal Studios Japan. You can spend a day zooming around on the incredible rides at SUPER NINTENDO WORLD™ and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™.

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Osaka food

Osaka is proudly Japan’s foodie capital. Offering everything from casual fare to gourmet dining, this place is famous for its delicious dishes – so you’ll definitely want to sample some local treats during your Osaka holiday.

Make your way to Dotonbori – known as ‘Eat Street’ – by the river and you’ll find dozens of cafés, restaurants and street food stalls. Here, you can snack on traditional octopus dumpling called takoyaki and try tasty Osakan pancakes, okonomiyaki. Literally meaning “whatever you like, cooked”, this fritter-style dish is made with batter, crispy fried cabbage, pork belly and a slightly sweet sauce – but you’ll often see additional toppings like cheese, shrimp and kimchi.

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Tuck into barbecued beef yakiniku or, if you’re feeling brave, try the infamous fugu – a poisonous pufferfish which can only be cooked by a specially-trained chef. Once you’ve had your fill, why not head to a pub-like izakaya and enjoy a glass of chilled sake?

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Osaka Hotels

There are lots of great places to stay in Osaka. Whether you’re looking for a swanky hotel or a traditional Japanese inn – called a ryokan – this city has something for everyone. For a convenient base, consider Hilton Osaka. It’s right in the centre and close to Osaka Station, giving you easy access to Osaka Castle, Universal Studios Japan and the airport.

But if you’re dreaming of a luxurious stay, take a look at The Ritz-Carlton Osaka. Inspired by an 18th-century English manor, this five-star hotel is home to plush suites, a first-class spa and four gourmet restaurants. To top it off, this gorgeous retreat is in a central spot, making it easy for you to explore on your Osaka holiday.

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Conrad Osaka is another one of our favourites. On the upper floors of Nakanoshima Festival West Tower, this luxury hotel boasts sweeping panoramas of the city – and, in true Osaka style, five top-notch restaurants. Tuck into teppanyaki and sushi 180 metres above ground, or sip cocktails in 40 Sky Bar and admire the view.

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Best time to visit Osaka

To see the city at its best, try to plan your Osaka holiday for spring or autumn. In April, Japan’s iconic cherry blossoms burst into bloom and temperatures hover in the high teens until the end of May. It’s a similar temperature in autumn but, instead of pink, the trees will showcase their vibrant red and orange foliage. With an average temperature of 25°C, September is the warmest autumn month – but you can expect to see a bit of rain, too.  

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It’s best to avoid visiting Osaka in summer, as it gets very hot and humid. July’s also the wettest month of the year, which is not ideal for sightseeing. You could plan your Osaka holiday for winter, but be prepared to wrap up warm – temperatures rarely get above 10°C and are often much colder. On the plus side, though, Osaka will be crowd-free so you can explore at a leisurely pace.

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Things to do

Things to do in Osaka

Osaka holidays serve up all sorts of things to do, as this lively city is home to some of Japan’s iconic attractions. Osaka Castle should be at the top of your list. Originally built in the 16th century, this much-renovated building is a fine example of Japanese architecture. And it’s in the heart of the Osaka-jo Koen Park so you can go for a relaxing stroll afterwards. Make sure you also tick off the ancient Buddhist temple of Shitenno-ji, as well as Sumiyoshi-taisha – one of Japan’s oldest Shinto shrines, it was built over 1,800 years ago.  

Show More
Show Less

There are some modern must-sees, too. The quirky Umeda Sky Building is 173 metres tall and boasts a lovely Garden Observatory on the 39th floor. This ‘floating garden’ is filled with native plants and flowers, and has sweeping views to boot. Nature-lovers should also check out Osaka Aquarium – it’s the largest in the world and is filled with a variety of marine life. And no holiday to Osaka would be complete without a trip to Universal Studios Japan. You can spend a day zooming around on the incredible rides at SUPER NINTENDO WORLD™ and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™.

Show More
Show Less

Osaka food

Osaka food

Osaka is proudly Japan’s foodie capital. Offering everything from casual fare to gourmet dining, this place is famous for its delicious dishes – so you’ll definitely want to sample some local treats during your Osaka holiday.

Make your way to Dotonbori – known as ‘Eat Street’ – by the river and you’ll find dozens of cafés, restaurants and street food stalls. Here, you can snack on traditional octopus dumpling called takoyaki and try tasty Osakan pancakes, okonomiyaki. Literally meaning “whatever you like, cooked”, this fritter-style dish is made with batter, crispy fried cabbage, pork belly and a slightly sweet sauce – but you’ll often see additional toppings like cheese, shrimp and kimchi.

Show More
Show Less

Tuck into barbecued beef yakiniku or, if you’re feeling brave, try the infamous fugu – a poisonous pufferfish which can only be cooked by a specially-trained chef. Once you’ve had your fill, why not head to a pub-like izakaya and enjoy a glass of chilled sake?

Show More
Show Less

Osaka hotels

Osaka Hotels

There are lots of great places to stay in Osaka. Whether you’re looking for a swanky hotel or a traditional Japanese inn – called a ryokan – this city has something for everyone. For a convenient base, consider Hilton Osaka. It’s right in the centre and close to Osaka Station, giving you easy access to Osaka Castle, Universal Studios Japan and the airport.

But if you’re dreaming of a luxurious stay, take a look at The Ritz-Carlton Osaka. Inspired by an 18th-century English manor, this five-star hotel is home to plush suites, a first-class spa and four gourmet restaurants. To top it off, this gorgeous retreat is in a central spot, making it easy for you to explore on your Osaka holiday.

Show More
Show Less

Conrad Osaka is another one of our favourites. On the upper floors of Nakanoshima Festival West Tower, this luxury hotel boasts sweeping panoramas of the city – and, in true Osaka style, five top-notch restaurants. Tuck into teppanyaki and sushi 180 metres above ground, or sip cocktails in 40 Sky Bar and admire the view.

Show More
Show Less

Best time to go

Best time to visit Osaka

To see the city at its best, try to plan your Osaka holiday for spring or autumn. In April, Japan’s iconic cherry blossoms burst into bloom and temperatures hover in the high teens until the end of May. It’s a similar temperature in autumn but, instead of pink, the trees will showcase their vibrant red and orange foliage. With an average temperature of 25°C, September is the warmest autumn month – but you can expect to see a bit of rain, too.  

Show More
Show Less

It’s best to avoid visiting Osaka in summer, as it gets very hot and humid. July’s also the wettest month of the year, which is not ideal for sightseeing. You could plan your Osaka holiday for winter, but be prepared to wrap up warm – temperatures rarely get above 10°C and are often much colder. On the plus side, though, Osaka will be crowd-free so you can explore at a leisurely pace.

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