Osaka has many museums, art galleries and a world-class aquarium.

Visitors planning to see multiple museums should consider the Kansai Grutto Pass. For 1000 yen, the pass provides free or discounted admission to more than 50 museums and galleries in the Kansai Region. It is available annually from April through February of the following year and is valid for one entry to each participating museum. The pass expires three months from its first use or on March 31, whichever occurs first. A 6-month version is available for 1800 yen and also expires on March 31 at the latest.

History Museums

Osaka Museum of History

Tanimachi 4-chome Station across Osaka Castle
Hours: 9:30 to 17:00 (until 20:00 on Fridays)
Admission ends 30 minutes before closing
Admission: 600 yen
Located adjacent to Osaka Castle Park, the Osaka Museum of History educates visitors about the history of Osaka. The museum's displays are equipped with multilingual explanations.

Peace Osaka

Directly south of Osaka Castle Park
Hours: 9:30 to 17:00 (entrance until 16:30)
Closed: Mondays and the day following holidays (except Tuesdays and weekends)
The last day of each month and December 28 to January 4
Admission: 250 yen
Peace Osaka explores Japan's experiences during World War II with an emphasis on Osaka. Unfortunately, English language information is rather limited.

Osaka Museum of Housing and Living

At the northern end of the Tenjinbashi-suji Shopping Street
Hours: 10:00 to 17:00 (entry until 16:30)
Closed: Mondays and New Year holidays
Admission: 600 yen
The unique Osaka Museum of Housing and Living presents a glimpse of the streets of Osaka during the Edo Period (1603-1867) through recreated houses which visitors can enter.

Science Museums

Osaka Science Museum

Higobashi Station on the Yotsubashi Subway Line
Hours: 9:30 to 17:00 (entry until 16:30)
Admission: 400 yen (separate fees for planetarium and Omnimax)
The child-friendly Osaka Science Museum is a fun, four story building filled with interactive displays about the universe, chemistry, electricity and energy. The museum is located on Nakanoshima Island.

Art Museums

National Museum of Art, Osaka

Higobashi Station on the Yotsubashi Subway Line
Hours: 10:00 to 17:00 (until 20:00 on Fridays and Saturdays)
Admission: 430 yen (collection), fees vary for special exhibitions
Osaka's National Museum of Art was moved to its new location on Nakanoshima Island in 2007. The museum displays Japanese and foreign contemporary art on a rotating schedule.

Aquariums

Osaka Aquarium (Kaiyukan)

Osakako Station on the Chuo Subway Line
Hours: 10:00 to 20:00 (from 9:30 in May, Oct, mid Jul to Aug)
Admission ends at 19:00
Admission: 2300 yen
Osaka Aquarium is a world class facility located at Tempozan Harbor Village. The aquarium's main attraction is its massive tank with 5,400 tons of water representing the Pacific Ocean ecosystem.

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Hotels around Osaka

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Hilton Osaka Hotel
Very convenient high-class hotel just across from JR Osaka Station.
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Hotel Granvia Osaka
Very conveniently located inside JR Osaka Station City.
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Hotel Nikko Kansai Airport
Directly connected to the terminal building, this is the most convenient hotel at Kansai Airport.
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InterContinental Hotel Osaka
Beautiful hotel recently opened near JR Osaka Station in the convenient Umekita district.
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J-Hoppers Osaka Guesthouse
Popular and inexpensive hostel about a 15 minute walk from JR Osaka Station.
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Osaka Marriott Miyako Hotel
Located on the upper floors of Japan's tallest building, this hotel offer fabulous views over the city.
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Remm Shin-Osaka
Recently opened business hotel conveniently located inside JR Shin-Osaka Station.
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Swissotel Nankai Osaka
Well established, leading hotel conveniently located above Nankai Namba Station.
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The Ritz-Carlton Osaka Hotel
Often considered Osaka's leading luxury hotel, located a short walk from JR Osaka Station.
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