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

Visitors planning to see multiple museums should consider the Kansai Grutto Pass. For 1100 yen, the pass provides free or discounted admission to around 50 museums and galleries in the Kansai Region. It is available annually from early April through January of the following year and is valid for one entry to each participating museum. The pass expires four months from its first use or on March 31, whichever occurs first.

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: Tuesdays (except national holidays) 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 fee for planetarium)
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.


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: 2400 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.

Food and Drink

Cup Noodles Museum Osaka Ikeda

5 minute walk from Ikeda Station on the Hankyu Takarazuka Line
Hours: 9:30 to 16:30 (entry until 15:30)
Closed: Tuesdays (or next day if Tuesday is a national holiday), New Year holidays
Admission: Free (making your own cup noodles costs 400 yen)
This museum showcases the history of cup noodles with display panels about the process that goes into making instant noodles and a collection of instant noodle products by Nissin Food over the decades. Making a personalized cup of instant noodles is a popular and quick activity at the museum that does not require advance reservations. The museum is located north of central Osaka in Ikeda City where the Nissin company was originally founded by Ando Momofuku.

Getting there and around

Hotels around Osaka

Recommended Hotels
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 in the convenient Umekita district near JR Osaka Station.
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J-Hoppers Osaka Guesthouse
Popular and inexpensive hostel about a 15 minute walk from JR Osaka Station.
Osaka Marriott Miyako Hotel
Located on the upper floors of Japan's tallest building, this hotel offer fabulous views over the city.
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.