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Holiday In Osaka

If you spend your days searching for images of temples, cherry blossoms and neon-lit streets, you need a Japanese getaway, and you needed it yesterday. With Osaka holidays, you’re in the food and party capital, and there’s only one rule: Osakans just want to have fun.

Things to Do in Osaka

Sure, you might have a 9-to-5 and a pet cat like a real adult, but you’re still kid at heart. Ride the 112-m Ferris wheel (hope you’re not afraid of heights!) at Tempozan Harbour Village, then visit Osaka Aquarium, one of the world’s largest. Count the spots on whale sharks, spotted manta rays, leopard sharks and more. Looking to get flashed? The jellyfish exhibit can take care of that for you.

Puppets may seem child-like, but Japan’s bunraku tradition is seriously grown-up. Osaka is the birthplace of this hundred-year-old tradition, so get your butt in a seat at the National Bunraku Theatre and let the ningyotsukai drop some knowledge on your Osaka holiday. These aren’t your babysitter’s finger puppets—it can take 30 years to master pulling the strings on the 1.2-m marionettes.

Shopping, Dining & Nightlife

Japan holidays are renowned for being a shopper’s paradise, and Osaka lives up to the hype. Start at Shinsaibashi Suji, a covered pedestrian mall with many (and we mean many) luxury brands. Just south, Amerikamura has hip boutiques, vintage finds and some T-shirts you probably wouldn’t take home to mom. Your shopping adventure ends further south in “Den-Den Town”, the main drag for electronics and gadgets. We bet you didn’t even know you needed a football-playing robot. With awesome Osaka car hire options on lastminute.com.au, you’ll have plenty of trunk space for all those bags.

If you try just one strange food on your holiday in Osaka, it should be takoyaki, aka “octopus balls”. It’s probably not what you’re thinking: Battered and diced octopus are just rolled up and fried. This popular street food can be found, well, anywhere, but Namba is a good start. You can also find Japanese barbecue (short rib, lamb chops and ox tongue are all on the menu), and the town of Kobe and its famous beef are right next door. Osaka isn’t called “The Nation’s Kitchen” for nothing.

If you’ve got your blowout moussed and you’re bringing your A game, the upscale clubs of Kitashinchi await your presence. Prefer to get a little action tonight? Dotonbori calls with bowling alleys, pachinko parlours and even rock climbing. If you partied a little too hard last night, holidays to Osaka still got you covered. Hozenji-Yokocho Street is a quiet slice of Old Japan, softly lit by lanterns and lined with tea houses where you can sip away your hangover without feeling like you need your sunnies.

What’s Next?

There’s no better way to discover the true meaning of “Land of the Rising Sun” than to see that sun rise for yourself. Find Osaka holiday packages on lastminute.com.au, where you can mix and match airfares and accommodation for the best deals. Spend that extra cash on some sake and toast your brilliance with a hearty “kanpai!”

Hotels in Osaka

There are more than 290 Osaka hotels listed on lastminute.com.au. With such a fabulous range to select from, getting your hands on the perfect place will be easy!

If you're hunting for a cosy room without all the added extras, the Guest House Social House , located at 2-10-22 Sanno, is your safest bet. Another accommodation that offers quality service at a low price is the Hostel Zoo, which you'll find at 1-2-25 Taishi Nishinariku. Or maybe you'd rather treat yourself in more luxurious surrounds? Then let the experienced staff at The Ritz-Carlton, Osaka and the InterContinental Osaka take care of you.

The Osaka Science Museum is a not-to-be-missed sight for those visiting Osaka, and staying within walking distance can be a great way to truly make the most of it. The ANA Crowne Plaza Osaka is located just 0.8 kilometres away. Another close option is the Mitsui Garden Hotel Osaka Premier.


Guide to Exploring Osaka


Top Hotels for your Osaka Holiday

Hotel Monterey Grasmere Osaka
Hotel Monterey Grasmere Osaka
4.0 out of 5.0 1-2-3 Minatomachi, Naniwa-ku, Osaka, Osaka-fu
Free Cancellation
AU$88
4.0/5 (1 reviews)

High-rise hotel in Namba district of Osaka, very close to Japan Rail Namba station and mall with great food shops.

Reviewed on 8 Jun. 2018
With a stay at Hotel Monterey Grasmere Osaka in Osaka (Namba), you'll be a 1-minute drive from Osaka City Air Terminal and 9 minutes from Tsutenkaku Tower.
Swissotel Nankai Osaka
Swissotel Nankai Osaka
5.0 out of 5.0 5-1-60 Namba Chuo-ku, Osaka, Osaka-fu
Free Cancellation
AU$267
3.0/5 (1 reviews)

To Old it Strong smell smoking at level no smoking

Reviewed on 16 Dec. 2017
With a stay at Swissotel Nankai Osaka, you'll be centrally located in Osaka, within a 5-minute walk of Namba Grand Kagetsu Theater and Osaka Prefectural ...
RIHGA Royal Hotel Osaka
RIHGA Royal Hotel Osaka
4.5 out of 5.0 5-3-68 Nakanoshima, Kita-ku, Osaka, Osaka-fu
AU$135
With a stay at RIHGA Royal Hotel Osaka, you'll be centrally located in Osaka, just a 3-minute walk from Osaka International Convention Center and 7 minutes by ...
Nest Hotel Osaka Umeda
Nest Hotel Osaka Umeda
2.5 out of 5.0 2-15 Tsurunocho, Osaka, Osaka
Free Cancellation
AU$55
With a stay at Nest Hotel Osaka Umeda, you'll be centrally located in Osaka, just a 5-minute walk from Umeda Arts Theater and 14 minutes by foot from Umeda Sky ...
APA Hotel Namba-Ekihigashi
APA Hotel Namba-Ekihigashi
3.0 out of 5.0 4-29 Sennichimae, Namba, Osaka, Osaka
Free Cancellation
AU$59
With a stay at APA Hotel Namba-Ekihigashi, you'll be centrally located in Osaka, steps from Namba Grand Kagetsu Theater and within a 5-minute walk of Kuromon ...
ibis Osaka Umeda
ibis Osaka Umeda
3.0 out of 5.0 1-5 Komatsubara, Kita, Osaka, Osaka
Free Cancellation
AU$87
With a stay at ibis Osaka Umeda, you'll be centrally located in Osaka, just a 4-minute walk from Hankyu Umeda Main Store and 15 minutes by foot from Umeda Sky ...
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