• view of Osaka Castle


The great metropolis of western Japan

Osaka is the 3rd largest city in Japan. A real nerve centre of the Kansai region, it is the culmination point of the mythical Tokaido road, and around it lies the Keihanshin (KyotoKobe-Osaka) conurbation. It is therefore a major city in Japan.

Founded in the 3rd century under the name of Naniwa, Osaka developed thanks to its port and its development later earned it the status of a decision-making centre during the time of Toyotomi Hideyoshi, great lord of feudal Japan. During the Edo era, it played a major role as a “national pantry” through its rice production. Later, it was an important industrial centre, becoming one of the major drivers of the Japanese economy.

Osaka is a very culturally rich city, it is notably where the epic theatre (kabuki) and the Japanese puppet theatre (bunraku) were born.

To reach Osaka, you can take the Tokaido line from Shinkansen. From Tokyo, the Shinkansen make nearly 300 trips a day and bring you to Shin-Osaka station in just under 3 hours.

On the side of major tourist sites, there is first of all Osaka Castle, which dates back to the end of the 16th century and was rebuilt in 1997 after being damaged by bombardments. It is possible to visit the castle gardens free of charge, as well as the museum inside (which traces the history of Japan) for 600 yen.

Dotonbori, the city’s main artery, is the ideal place to shop or eat cheaply. Finally, Tennoji Park and Keitakuen Garden are also worth a visit, especially during the cherry blossom season.

Osaka has many museums, including the National Museum of Art (NMAO), the Osaka History Museum, but also more unusual museums such as the Currency Museum and the Momofuku Ando ramen museum.

For a stay with children, the Kaiyukan aquarium, which is one of the largest in the world, is not to be missed, as well as the Universal Studios Japan amusement park which is located in Osaka.

As for gastronomy, don’t miss a visit to the Kuromon Ichiba Market where you can find many seafood products. Osaka’s culinary specialities include okonomiyaki (a kind of Japanese omelette), kitsune udon (thick udon pasta and fried tofu), local square sushi Osaka zushi, or shabu-shabu.

Osaka in Japan map

General informations

In japanese : 大阪

Region : Kansai

Prefecture : Osaka

Population : 2.7 million inhabitants

Density : 12,000 inhab/km²

Wards : 24

Link : Official website

  • view of Osaka Castle
  • view of Osaka Castle

Where to sleep in Osaka

among the most valued hotels
Osaka Marriott Miyako Hotel

Marriott Miyako Hotel

Opened in March 2014, Marriott Miyako Hotel is on the high floors of Abeno Harukas building featuring direct access to Tennoji Station. Luxurious rooms feature free Wi-Fi, and guests can enjoy 360 degree views of the city from the panoramic view point on the 58th floor.

Mitsui Garden Hotel Osaka Premier

Mitsui Garden Hotel Premier

Opened in March 2014 just a 5-minute walk from Higobashi subway station, Mitsui Garden Hotel Premier features chic guest rooms, free Wi-Fi and large public baths on the top floor. Free pick-up shuttles are available from JR Osaka Station, a 7-minute drive away.

Cross Hotel Osaka

Cross Hotel

The Cross Hotel is just a 5-minute walk from the Dotonbori area and JR Namba Train Station. The stylish rooms include free Wi-Fi internet and private bathrooms.

Richmond Hotel Namba Daikokucho

Richmond Hotel Namba Daikokucho

Opened in December 2013, the Richmond Hotel Namba Daikokucho is conveniently located within a 4-minute walk of Daikokucho subway station and an 11-minute walk of Namba Train Station. It features guest rooms decorated in earth tones and free Wi-Fi throughout the property.


Hotel Ichiei

In central city and directly connected to Midosuji Line Namba subway station (exit 6), Hotel Ichiei offers modern, spacious rooms with free Wi-Fi and a private bath. A Japanese restaurant is on site.

among the most booked hotels
Daiwa Roynet Hotel Osaka-Kitahama

Daiwa Roynet Hotel Osaka-Kitahama

Opening in May 2013, the Daiwa Roynet Hotel Osaka-Kitahama has direct access to the Kitahama subway station and provides modern guest rooms with free Wi-Fi. The popular Umeda and Namba areas are both within a 15-minute subway ride.

Courtyard by Marriott Shinosaka Station

Courtyard by Marriott Shinosaka Station

Open from November 2015, Courtyard by Marriott Shinosaka Station boasts a 19th-floor Teppanyaki restaurant and rooms furnished with modern interior. The property is located just a 1-minute walk away from JR Shin Osaka Station. Free WiFi and valet parking is available.

Swissotel Nankai Osaka

Swissotel Nankai

Swissôtel Nankai has luxurious 5-star accommodations right in the heart of Osaka’s entertainment and shopping district. It features a refreshing indoor pool, a spa, free in-room Wi-Fi and 7 dining options. The hotel is conveniently situated above Nankai Railroad’s Namba Station, which provides direct access to Kansai International Airport in 35 minutes on the Limited Express Train.

Hotel Brighton City Osaka Kitahama

Hotel Brighton City Osaka Kitahama

Conveniently located within a 5-minute walk from Kitahama Station on the Keihan and Sakaisuji lines, Hotel Brighton City Osaka Kitahama offers accommodation with elegant rooms. It offers a Japanese restaurant and free WiFi is available throughout the property.

Namba Oriental Hotel

Namba Oriental Hotel

Only a 5-minute walk from Namba subway station and the lively Dotonbori area, Namba Oriental Hotel features air-conditioned rooms with free wired internet. It includes a terrace, a restaurant and massages.

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Transportation in Osaka

Osaka Railway Network Map

osaka railway map

The city has 9 subway lines

  •     Midosuji Line
  •     Tanimachi Line
  •      Yotsubashi Line
  •     Sennichimae Line
  •     Sakaisuji Line
  •     Imazatosuji Line
  •     Chuo Line
  •     Nagahori Tsurumi-ryokuchi Line
  •     Nanko Port Town Line (New tram)


Airports : 

  • Kansai International Airport
  • Osaka (or Itami) International Airport

Main stations :

  • Osaka Station
  • Shin-Osaka Station – ο served by Shinkansen