Osaka travel guide

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You're Going to Love Osaka

With a population of 2,59 million, Osaka is the largest city in Osaka Prefecture, Japan by the number of inhabitants. It is one of the most popular cities to visit in the country. We recommend you stay at least 4 days in order to fully appreciate everything Osaka has to offer.

Where to Eat in Osaka

Kita is the neighbourhood with the most restaurants in Osaka. These include popular favourites such as リストランテ クイントカント (大阪府大阪市北区中之島3丁目6−32 ダイビル本館 1f), ブルガリ イル・カフェ 大阪 (角田町8-7 阪急うめだ本店5階) and トラジ ルクア大阪店 (梅田3-1-3 ルクア大阪 B2f). If you’re looking for affordable options, ロウリーズ・ザ・プライムリブ 大阪 (梅田 2-2-22 ハービスplaza エント 5f) and バルバッコア 心斎橋店 (心斎橋筋 1-1-10 キュープラザ 心斎橋 8f) are great picks.

When to visit Osaka

Osaka in October
Estimated hotel price
$189
1 night at 3-star hotel
Osaka in October
Estimated hotel price
$189
1 night at 3-star hotel

Looking for warm weather? Then head to Osaka in August, when the average temperature is 29 °C, and the highest can go up to 33 °C. The coldest month, on the other hand, is January, when it can get as cold as 3 °C, with an average temperature of 6 °C. You’re likely to see more rain in June, when precipitation is around 200 mm. In contrast, January is usually the driest month of the year in Osaka, with an average rainfall of 40 mm.

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How to Get to Osaka

Plane

Osaka is served by 2 airports: Osaka Itami (ITM) and Osaka Kansai Intl (KIX). The closest to the city centre of Osaka is Osaka Itami, which is located 14 km from the city centre. Further away is Osaka Kansai Intl, 36 km from the centre of Osaka. The shortest flight to Osaka from Australia departs from Perth and takes around 15h 40m.

Train

The train station in Osaka is called Shin-Ōsaka, and is located 7 km from the city centre.

Car

Another option to get to Osaka is to pick up a car hire from Kyoto, which is about 45 km from Osaka. You’ll find branches of Europcar and Times, among others, in Kyoto.

Bus

Osaka’s bus station is located 4 km from the city centre.

Plane

Osaka is served by 2 airports: Osaka Itami (ITM) and Osaka Kansai Intl (KIX). The closest to the city centre of Osaka is Osaka Itami, which is located 14 km from the city centre. Further away is Osaka Kansai Intl, 36 km from the centre of Osaka. The shortest flight to Osaka from Australia departs from Perth and takes around 15h 40m.

Train

The train station in Osaka is called Shin-Ōsaka, and is located 7 km from the city centre.

Car

Another option to get to Osaka is to pick up a car hire from Kyoto, which is about 45 km from Osaka. You’ll find branches of Europcar and Times, among others, in Kyoto.

Bus

Osaka’s bus station is located 4 km from the city centre.

Airports near Osaka

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Airlines serving Osaka

Lufthansa
Good (4,689 reviews)
KLM
Good (839 reviews)
SWISS
Good (962 reviews)
British Airways
Good (4,674 reviews)
Delta
Good (4,557 reviews)
Turkish Airlines
Good (2,236 reviews)
Austrian Airlines
Good (481 reviews)
Iberia
Good (1,603 reviews)
Air France
Good (982 reviews)
Emirates
Excellent (2,114 reviews)
United Airlines
Good (4,990 reviews)
Qatar Airways
Good (2,405 reviews)
Air Canada
Good (6,064 reviews)
Finnair
Good (840 reviews)
Singapore Airlines
Excellent (933 reviews)
Scandinavian Airlines
Good (792 reviews)
Alaska Airlines
Excellent (5,805 reviews)
Etihad Airways
Good (839 reviews)
Ethiopian Air
Good (413 reviews)
Cathay Pacific
Good (536 reviews)
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Where to stay in Osaka

From 5-star hotels such as the Conrad Osaka to great affordable options like the Hotel IL Cuore Namba, Osaka offers a range of accommodations for every taste. Average rates range from around $91 per night for a double room in a 3-star hotel to $233 and up for a 5-star experience. If you’re on a budget, well-reviewed accommodations include Hotel Sun Plaza 2 Annex and Peace house Abeno. There are also lots of holiday rental options in Osaka, with prices from $24 to $467 per night. Chūō is the neighbourhood with the highest amount of rentals to choose from. On average, holiday rentals in Osaka are about 26% cheaper than a hotel room in the city.

Yodogawa - In Osaka’s most popular neighbourhood to stay, recommended hotels include Holiday Inn & Suites Shin Osaka, Hotel Claiton Shin-Osaka and Hotel Fine Garden Juso.

Tennōji - Here you’ll find travellers’ favourites such as Hotel International House Osaka, Sheraton Miyako Hotel Osaka and Ave Tennoji Hotel. The average nightly price for a double room in Tennōji is $52.

Konohana - Hotel Universal Port, The Park Front Hotel at Universal Studios Japan and J-Hoppers Osaka Universal have some of the best reviews among hotels in this area. A 3-star room in Konohana will cost you about $56 per night.

Yodogawa - In Osaka’s most popular neighbourhood to stay, recommended hotels include Holiday Inn & Suites Shin Osaka, Hotel Claiton Shin-Osaka and Hotel Fine Garden Juso.
Tennōji - Here you’ll find travellers’ favourites such as Hotel International House Osaka, Sheraton Miyako Hotel Osaka and Ave Tennoji Hotel. The average nightly price for a double room in Tennōji is $52.
Konohana - Hotel Universal Port, The Park Front Hotel at Universal Studios Japan and J-Hoppers Osaka Universal have some of the best reviews among hotels in this area. A 3-star room in Konohana will cost you about $56 per night.
Most popular hotel in Osaka by neighbourhood

Where to stay in popular areas of Osaka

Most booked hotels in Osaka

Hotel Nikko Kansai Airport
4 stars
Excellent (8.9, Excellent reviews)
$112+
Kansai Airport Washington Hotel
3 stars
Excellent (8.7, Excellent reviews)
$77+
Fudoguchikan
4 stars
Excellent (9.1, Excellent reviews)
$395+
Candeo Hotels Osaka Namba
4 stars
Excellent (8.6, Excellent reviews)
$132+
Shinsaibashi Grand Hotel Osaka
3 stars
Excellent (8.6, Excellent reviews)
$82+
Sotetsu Grand Fresa Osaka-Namba
3 stars
Excellent (8.4, Excellent reviews)
$80+

Hiring a car in Osaka

Hiring a car in Osaka costs $77 per day, on average, or $310 if you want to hire it for 4 days.

Expect to pay $1.69 per litre in Osaka (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your car hire, filling up the tank will cost between $20.27 and $27.02. The most frequently booked car type in Osaka is Economy (Class Economy Car or similar). If you’re looking to save money, though, keep in mind that Mini car hire (Daihatsu Move or similar) is, on average, 62% cheaper than other car hire types in the city.

Hiring a car in Osaka costs $77 per day, on average, or $310 if you want to hire it for 4 days.

Expect to pay $1.69 per litre in Osaka (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your car hire, filling up the tank will cost between $20.27 and $27.02. The most frequently booked car type in Osaka is Economy (Class Economy Car or similar). If you’re looking to save money, though, keep in mind that Mini car hire (Daihatsu Move or similar) is, on average, 62% cheaper than other car hire types in the city.