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Destination guide

Osaka – culinary delights and neon-soaked night skies

Japan's 3rd-largest city is fast-paced, fun-loving and food-obsessed. It offers a dizzying assault on the senses, with neon-clad towers and garish shopfronts clamouring for your attention, while the heavenly aromas of decadent deep-fried street snacks waft through the air. Shimmering canals and waterways cut through the colourful chaos, offering a touch of natural tranquility. Throw into the mix a thriving arts and culture scene, state-of-the-art family attractions and alluringly hedonistic nightlife, and you've got a compelling option for a Japanese urban adventure. Osaka holiday rentals run the gamut from simple private rooms to spacious family-size apartments, so you're bound to find one that suits your particular needs.

Things to do

Hollywood heroes and astonishing art

You'll find a diverse array of things to see within easy reach of your Osaka holiday rental. Located around 30 minutes by public transport from the city centre, Universal Studios Japan is among the country's best-loved family attractions. Here you can immerse yourself in the worlds of your favourite Hollywood movies, with thrilling rides, augmented 3D experiences and live shows based on everything from Despicable Me to The Terminator. Back in town, culture vultures will be entranced by the National Museum of Art, Osaka. Here you can marvel at a wealth of cutting-edge Japanese modern art, as well as priceless masterpieces by the likes of Cézanne and Picasso. And Osaka Castle is a meticulous modern reconstruction of a resplendent 16th-century imperial residence, which today houses an interactive museum where you can learn all about the structure's turbulent history.

Activities

Eat ‘til you drop or dance ‘til dawn in Osaka

Osaka's unofficial motto is "kuidaore", roughly translated as "eat yourself to bankruptcy". Dining your way towards financial ruin is all too easy here, with restaurants and food stalls on every corner serving local delicacies like takoyaki octopus balls and fluffy okonomiyaki savoury pancakes, alongside sublime fresh sushi and succulent seared meats slathered in tangy barbecue sauce. After feasting like royalty, resist the urge to crash in your cosy Osaka holiday rental, and check out the city's legendary nightlife. You can sink beers with friendly locals in laid-back bars, quaff expertly-mixed cocktails in elegant lounges or burn off some of those calories in a pulsing club.

Weather

Sizzling summers in Osaka

Osaka enjoys a subtropical climate with 4 distinct seasons. Summer can be very hot, with high humidity and a fair amount of rain. Consequently, many prefer the pleasantly warm climes of spring and autumn. Rainfall remains relatively high during these periods, but shouldn't prevent you from enjoying everything the city has to offer. Winter is by far the driest season, with temperatures ranging from mild to chilly.

Natural features

Animal encounters and aquatic adventures in Osaka

If you're visiting in spring, you may be lucky enough to catch the breathtaking, quintessentially Japanese spectacle of the city's cherry trees awash with delicate pink blossom. Osaka Castle's gardens and the Japan Mint's lush grounds are among the most popular places to witness this wonder of nature. For thrilling animal encounters, take the gang to Osaka Tennoji Zoo. Here you can get up close and personal with everything from cuddly koalas to majestic lions. Meanwhile, the Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan is a world of watery wonder, where you can gaze at adorable sea otters, awe-inspiring whale sharks and other-worldly manta rays.

How to get there

Transport options to and around Osaka

Fly into Osaka (ITM-Itami), the closest airport, located 6.9 mi (11.2 km) from the city centre. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you can also fly into Kobe (UKB), which is 15.8 mi (25.4 km) away.

If you're travelling by train, Osaka Umeda Station, Osaka Station and Osaka Nakatsu Station are the main stations that serve the city. It's easy to get around Osaka by catching a ride on the metro at Higashi-Umeda Station, Umeda Station or Nishi-Umieda Station.

How many holiday rentals are available around Osaka?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 1,581 holiday lettings around Osaka. From 1,036 flats & apartments to 252 houses, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends for a long holiday or a weekend break.

What is the best area to stay when travelling to Osaka?

Whether you are travelling solo or with family and friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of holiday accommodations for a long holiday or just a weekend break in Osaka:

  • Ikuno Ward: 110 holiday homes
  • Minami: 923 holiday homes
  • Tennoji: 527 holiday homes
  • Nishinari: 391 holiday homes
  • Nishi: 363 holiday homes

For other neighbourhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near when travelling to Osaka?

HomeAway.co.uk offers a large selection of holiday accommodations near great places in Osaka. From HomeAway.co.uk travellers, the most popular points of interest to stay near are:

  • Sumiyoshi: 292 holiday lettings
  • Osaka Station City: 1,616 holiday lettings
  • Osaka Namba Station: 1,614 holiday lettings
  • Amerika-Mura Triangle Park: 1,614 holiday lettings
  • Osaka Castle Museum: 1,581 holiday lettings

But there are many other points of interest around Osaka listed on HomeAway.co.uk where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Flats in Osaka?

Yes, of course. HomeAway.co.uk offers 1,036 Flats in Osaka. Our other popular types of Osaka holiday rentals include:

  • Houses: 252 self catering accommodations
  • Studios: 1,024 self catering accommodations
  • Guest houses: 9 self catering accommodations

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other holiday rentals including Villas and more.

Can I find a holiday accommodation with internet/wifi in Osaka?

Yes, you can select your preferred holiday accommodation with internet/wifi among our 1,380 holiday homes with internet/wifi available in Osaka. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.

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