Osaka may not be as large or tourist-filled as Tokyo, but it still offers plenty of interesting things to see, do and learn.
Japan’s second largest metropolitan area got its start back in the 1500s—so you know it’s a city full of history and exciting old stories to tell. It’s also one that embrace’s today’s modern world without forgetting its traditional side.
Learn about Osaka’s rich, and somewhat turbulent, history at Osaka Castle. This historic landmark is a famous symbol of old Japan, and provides some of the most amazing views from the top of the castle. Don’t leave before having a picnic in Osaka Castle Park. It’s one of the city’s most iconic nature spaces—full of color and the most beautiful cherry blossoms in all of Japan. And you have the locals’ stamp of approval, as you’ll always find locals relaxing here year-round.
Another Osaka gem is the National Museum of Art. Filled with mostly post-war modern works of art, you can still find some well-known and loved classical art on the walls, like from Picasso, along with a mixture of Japanese art and alternating international exhibits. The museum’s structure itself, built in the shape of a bamboo plant, is an extraordinary work of art. Any art and history enthusiast will be in awe throughout their visit—and if you aren’t one, Osaka’s National Museum of Art might turn you into one.
When the need for some retail therapy hits, or just don’t want to go home empty handed, head to Umeda. Osaka’s commercial district is also one of the city’s two most prominent shopping districts. You’ll have no problem getting your shop on; just make sure you have enough time to browse through its department stores and underground malls. Also, make time for a stop at the Umeda Sky Building. Seeing the building from the ground level is magnificent—but its breathtaking bird’s-eye views of the entire city from the floating garden observatory is the real reason to visit.
And if you’re young, or want to feel young again, Dotonbori is calling your name. It’s a bustling nightlife spot, filled with bright lights, Japanese food and fashion and typically lots of tourists.
Osaka is also the perfect central location for travelers wanting to visit other Japanese cities. Kyoto, Kobe and Otsu are less than an hour’s travel time away. Find hotels in Osaka as it’s the ideal place to stay for history, fun and easy day trips.
Whether traveling with your family, your significant other or on a business trip, Osaka has something unique for every kind of traveler. And maybe best of all, it’s also a wallet-friendly vacation. And for the best deals in town, look no further than Your Rate by IHG Rewards Club. Book direct with us, and we’ll enrich your stay by giving you the lowest prices on the best Osaka hotel rooms.