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Where to stay in Osaka

There are 4,437 vacation homes available in Osaka in Japan, and we’re confident you’ll find a property that meets your needs and your budget. Affordable short term rentals in Osaka start at a nightly rate of $39, with 20% of properties priced under $34 per night. Whether you’re on the hunt for a traditional Japanese house near Shinsaibashi-Suji Shopping Street, a family home close to Osaka Temmangu, or a place that also gives you close access to Osaka — our goal is to help you find exactly what you need. Our website lists a wide selection of vacation homes from top travel companies like Vrbo, HomeAway,, and many more. It doesn’t matter if you’re on a solo trip to Osaka, planning a romantic Japan honeymoon, or going on a family vacation for 9, we can match you with a rental accommodation that sleeps everyone comfortably. Time to make that Osaka vacation you’ve been dreaming about a reality.

Where Is Osaka in Japan?

Perfectly positioned on the south coast of the western Japanese island of Honshu, the city of Osaka stands as the capital of the Kansai Region.

What Is Osaka, Japan Known For?

The third-largest city in Japan, Osaka is awash in color and adorned in neon. Brash and in-your-face, Osaka is famous for its concrete jungle that emanates developing modernity, hearty street food culture, and vibrant nightlife. Mix with the locals and gulp down a glass of sake or two in an izakaya, chow down on local delicacies, or take in the retina-burning sights of the city. Osaka also gently introduces the quintessential Japanese traits of pretty cherry blossom trees, elegant Shinto shrines and a placid river that bisects the city in two. With its world-famous culinary scene, Osaka guaranteed to offer a good meal and bound to give a good time.

Popular Attractions in Osaka, Japan

  • Universal Studios Japan: The most visited theme park in Japan along with Tokyo Disney Resort — which includes Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea — Universal Studio Japan offers numerous themed attractions including Jurassic Park, Waterworld, Universal Wonderland, Minion Park, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and more. Besides attractions, Universal Studios Japan merchandise collections are hugely popular among visitors. You can find limited products of popular characters like Minions, Sesame Street, and Hello Kitty. No matter who you are or where you come from, Universal Studios Japan has something for you.
  • Abeno Harukas: The tallest building in Osaka, Abeno Harukas offers spectacular views from the top that don’t just overlook Osaka, but also Kobe, the Inland Sea, and parts of Nara. As stunning as they are during the day, these skyline vistas are even more awe-inspiring as you see the glittering and shimmering lights of the Osakan cityscape at night.
  • Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan: Say hello to some underwater friends at the Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan. With an expansive choice of aquariums displaying several diverse marine ecosystems, visitors can get up close and personal with exotic fish, sharks, stingrays, and turtles. The aquarium also holds several informative exhibits and educational opportunities ensuring that your day is not only fun and entertaining, but also a chance to learn something new!

Popular Destinations Near Osaka

  • Kyoto: Once the historical capital of Japan, Kyoto is a standing monument to the bygone eras. The atmospheric spirit of Old Japan weaves itself throughout every imposing temple, impeccable garden, and traditional tea houses that populate this scenic city. Amongst the Shinto shrines and scurrying geishas, visitors can also find the typical hallmarks of international tourist activity within chic cocktail bars, quaint cafes, and Michelin-star eateries. However, despite the rest of Japan shaping its cities in the ways of progressive modernity with reckless abandon, Kyoto pays homage to the times gone by. The cultural capital of the country, Kyoto is the perfect place to witness the old ways of the Japanese writ large.
  • Hiroshima: An hour and a half train ride from Osaka, Hiroshima’s rich history and phoenix-like spirit has established the city as an absolute must-see when in Osaka. With its name forever printed in the history books, Hiroshima will be forever known as the first victim of the atomic bomb during World War II. Known as the world’s “peace capital,” Hiroshima is a city that has literally risen from the ashes. Several attractions are centered on the devastating historical event that forever shaped the city from informative museums, to the stunning Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park which attracts more than a million visitors every year.

Best Neighborhoods in Osaka

  • Ura-Namba: Ura-Namba, literally meaning “back” or “secret” Namba, is a corner of Osaka’s Minami district that, until recently, has remained shrouded in mystery. The entertainment hub of Osaka, this southern district is home to the Dotonbori Canal, where street food is plentiful, cultural performances like bunraku and kabuki are regularly held, and the nightlife delivers. On top of that, bars that dot the narrow passages have multiplied in recent years, as the older generation gave way to a new, audacious group of youngsters eager to gentrify the neighborhood into an epicurean paradise. And they succeeded, because a jaunt into Ura-Namba these days means a walk on the wild side, deep into a morass that tantalizes not only the taste buds but the receptors of all the other senses as well.
  • Osaka Bay Area: The Osaka Bay Area is a collection of young city districts on man-made waterfront islands and peninsulas, built to accommodate Osaka's sprawling growth. This bayside neighborhood is home to breathtaking waterfront views, one of the best aquariums in Japan, and what was once the tallest Ferris wheel in the world. A quirky fact – this neighborhood is the most popular Pokemon-GO-playing spot in Osaka. So as you explore the several museums, theme parks, and observatories, you can catch Pikachu on your way.

Home-types in Osaka

Osaka has a variety of property types for you to consider when booking a trip. Here are the most popular property types in Osaka:

Points of interests in Osaka

Osaka has several popular points of interest for you to check out when visiting the area. Here are the most popular points of interest in Osaka: