Should you visit Osaka or Hiroshima?
If you're trying to decide where to visit between Osaka or Hiroshima, this travel cost comparison can help. The overall cost of travel is usually a consideration when deciding where to go next, and the cost comparison below can help you decide based on the average prices from other travelers along with your own travel budget.
The third largest city in Japan, Osaka has a lot to offer travelers. It's at the center of the Kansai region, and is a wonderful place to spend a few days. The city sits at the mouth of the Yodo River on Osaka Bay and is a major commercial hub for the country.
Osaka has a humid subtropical climate with four seasons. The winters are mild with January temperatures having an average high of almost 50 degrees Fahrenheit. Snow is very rare. Springs start cool and become hot and humid. This is also the wettest season with the rainiest time being between May and early July. Summers are hot and humid with July temperatures climbing into the high 90s Fahrenheit. The fall season becomes cooler as winter approaches.
Hiroshima is positioned on the coast of the Seto Inland Sea and is an industrial city made up of many zigzagging rivers and wide boulevard streets. Today Hiroshima is a modern and vibrant city with great food and an energetic nightlife, but the image that remains in most visitor's minds is the Hiroshima of 1945 when it became the horrific sight of the first atomic bomb attack. Hiroshima shares the colorful neon atmosphere of other major Japanese cities and its hard to recognize the city immortalized all those years ago on that fateful day.
Which city is cheaper, Hiroshima or Osaka?
These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.
The average daily cost (per person) in Osaka is $92, while the average daily cost in Hiroshima is $112. These costs include accommodation (assuming double occupancy, so the traveler is sharing the room), food, transportation, and entertainment. While every person is different, these costs are an average of past travelers in each city. Below is a breakdown of travel costs for Osaka and Hiroshima in more detail.
The prices for places to stay in Osaka can vary by date, location, and type. Generally, the average cost for accommodation per person is $46, while a typical double-occupancy hotel room for two people will cost around $92.
Travelers usually pay around $144 for a double occupancy room in Hiroshima If you want to be in a premiere location or have high end amenities, you can expect to pay a bit more.
The average traveler spends about $27 per day in Osaka for food, but obviously this is dependent on the type of restaurant and the amount of food ordered. To save money you can grab a lighter lunch or dinner, or you can try fast food or street food.
In Hiroshima travelers spend around $32 a day on food. You can save money by choosing casual restaurants or food stalls, or you can spend plenty more by dining in nicer restaurants at every meal.
Meals for one day
Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Osaka
For Osaka, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:
Street Food Tour Around Dotonburi Canal:
Takoyaki Cooking Class:
Deep Food Tour ＆ Bar Hopping in Temma, Osaka:
Deep Food Tour & Bar Hopping in Namba, Osaka:
(Online)Popular Japanese pancake and miso soup cooking:
Local Secrets Food Tour in Osaka:
Osaka Okonomiyaki Cooking Experience!:
Walkabout Food Tour in Osaka:
Okonomiyaki Cooking, The Heart of Osaka:
Lunch Box Bento Set Cooking:
Home Cooking Class:
Osaka Food Tour with Dinner:
Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Hiroshima
For Hiroshima, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:
Enjoy a Private Japanese Cooking Class with a Local Hiroshima Family:
Hiroshima No1 food!! 'Okonomiyaki'-cooking class:
Hiroshima No1 food!! 'Okonomiyaki'-cooking class and a guided-tour of the museum:
Hiroshima Bar Hopping Food Tour:
Local Favorites Private Night Food Tour:
Hiroshima ・Night Food Tour Visiting Recommended Bars by Locals & Cycling:
Private Hiking and Country Cooking Experience in Yuki:
Best of Hiroshima Food Tour:
Cooking class: learn from a Washoku chef in Setouch:
Osaka's transportation costs can vary by the type of transport chosen by visitors. Naturally, taxis and private drivers cost much more than public transportation options. On average, visitors spend $16 per person, per day on transportation in Osaka.
To get around in Hiroshima, the average visitor spends $11 per day, per person. This includes the costs of taxi rides and private drivers as well as public transportation, which tends to be much more affordable.
Typical Local Transportation prices in Osaka
Here are some examples of typical transportation prices from actual travelers in Osaka:
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Osaka
Also for Osaka, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:
Osaka Private Transfer from Osaka central to Kansai International Airport (KIX):
KIX Airport Transfers (to or from OSAKA) by Toyota ALPHARD 2019:
KIX Airport Transfers (to or from OSAKA) by Minivan Toyota HIACE 2019:
KIX Airport Transfers (to or from OSAKA) by Land Rover Discovery Sport 2018:
Osaka Private Transfer from Osaka central to Itami Airport (ITM):
Private One Way Airport Transfer Osaka-Namba:
Osaka ITM Airport to Main Osaka door to door Private Transfer 9 seats Hiace:
Private One Way Airport Transfer Osaka-Umeda:
Departure Private Transfers: Osaka City to Kansai Airport KIX in Business Van:
Osaka Airport Transfers : Osaka City to Kansai Airport KIX in Business Van:
Private Departure Transfer : Osaka City to Kansai International Airport:
Departure Private Transfers: Osaka City to Kansai Airport KIX in Business Car:
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Hiroshima
Also for Hiroshima, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:
Shared Departure Transfer : Hiroshima City to Hiroshima Airport:
Is it cheaper to fly into Osaka or Hiroshima?
Prices for flights to both Hiroshima and Osaka change regularly based on dates and travel demand. We suggest you find the best prices for your next trip on Kayak, because you can compare the cost of flights across multiple airlines for your prefered dates.
Sightseeing, admission tickets, things to do, and other entertainment expenses in Osaka can vary widely by price. On average, visitors spend around $20 per person, per day on entertainment and sightseeing here.
In Hiroshima, the costs for things to do, activities, admission tickets, and other sightseeing expenses are on average $6.00 per person, per day.
Typical Entertainment prices in Osaka
Below are a few sample prices from actual travelers for Osaka's activities, tours, and tickets:
Osaka Aquarium (for 2)
Tours and Activities in Osaka
For Osaka, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:
1 Way Day Tour Osaka - Takayama via Biwako, Kanazawa and Shirakawago:
1-Day Hiroshima & Miyajima Tour (Round-trip from Osaka):
2 Hours Private Guided Walking Tour in Osaka:
A Complete Kimono Experience in Nara:
Amanohashidate,Ine,Miyama Kayabuki no Sato 1-day tour:
Bus Trip from Osaka/Kyoto to Kyoto Meet Maiko in Gion and Kyoto Tour:
Cosplay Photo Experience in Osaka:
Day trip to Nara from Osaka or Kyoto, World Heritage Sites and deer park tour:
Deep Backstreet Osaka Tours:
Deep Osaka All-Inclusive Nighttime Foodie Cultural Experience:
Eat, Drink, Cycle: Osaka Food and Bike Tour:
Evening Street Food Hopping Tour in Downtown Osaka:
Tours and Activities in Hiroshima
Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Hiroshima.
"Shishimai"- Lion Dance Experience:
'Guided Tour' Premium Boat Tour Around Stunning Hiroshima Castle:
1-Day Hiroshima & Miyajima Tour (Round-trip from Hiroshima):
1-Day Hiroshima World Heritage Tour:
2 days 1 night Environment-Friendly Setouchi Cruising Tour (Hiroshima-Omishima):
A Chauffeur Driven Tour: Hiroshima & Miyajima + Landmark Kintaikyo Bridge:
Aikido Experience in Hiroshima. Feel the spirit of the ultimate martial art!:
Comic-learning experience - MANGA illustration workshop! in Hiroshima city:
Countryside Cycling Tour With A Hiroshima Travel Buddy:
Eat, Drink, Cycle: Hiroshima Food and Bike Tour:
Experience Culture and Culinary enjoying Magnificent Japanese Garden, Hiroshima:
Experience Japanese Martial Arts - Iaido (Art of Drawing the Japanese Sword):
Typically, people visiting Osaka spend on average $13 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.
Alcoholic beverages can often be a significant portion of a traveler's budget, and the costs can vary greatly from person to person. In Hiroshima, the average amount that a visitor spends on alcoholic beverages per day is $13.
Sample the Local Flavors in Osaka
Here are a few nightlife and alcohol tours and activities from local tour providers in Osaka:
Osaka Pub Crawl and Nightlife Tour:
Private Tour - Fashionable Pub Crawl at Osaka, Enjoy the Japanese Alcohol!:
When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Osaka and Hiroshima, we can see that Hiroshima is more expensive. And not only is Osaka much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Osaka would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Osaka and be able to afford a more luxurious travel style by staying in nicer hotels, eating at more expensive restaurants, taking tours, and experiencing more activities. The same level of travel in Hiroshima would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Hiroshima than you might in Osaka.
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