A Travel Price Comparison for Japan Osaka vs. Hiroshima for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Osaka or Hiroshima?

Which is cheaper to visit? Which is more expensive for vacation?

If you're trying to decide where to visit between Osaka or Hiroshima, this travel comparison, which includes costs, can help. The overall cost of travel is usually a consideration when deciding where to go next, and the cost comparison down below can help you decide based on the average prices from other travelers along with your own travel budget.

Where Should I go: Osaka or Hiroshima?

Osaka

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

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 $71, while the average daily cost in Hiroshima is $86. 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. What follows is a categorical breakdown of travel costs for Osaka and Hiroshima in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Osaka $35
    Hiroshima $55
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Osaka $70
    Hiroshima $110
Compare Hotels in Osaka and Hiroshima

Looking for a hotel in Osaka or Hiroshima? Prices vary by location, date, season, and the level of luxury. See below for options and compare which is best for your budget and travel style.

Hotels in Osaka


Hotels in Hiroshima


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Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Osaka $12
    Hiroshima $8.31
Typical Local Transportation prices in Osaka

Here are some examples of typical transportation prices from actual travelers in Osaka:


  • Subway
    $8.37

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): $539
  • KIX Airport Transfers (to or from OSAKA) by Minivan Toyota HIACE 2019: $398
  • KIX Airport Transfers (to or from OSAKA) by Toyota ALPHARD 2019: $398
  • Kyoto: Private Transfer to or from Kansai Airport: $337
  • KIX Airport Transfers (to or from OSAKA) by Land Rover Discovery Sport 2018: $323
  • Osaka Private Transfer from Osaka central to Itami Airport (ITM): $314
  • Osaka ITM Airport to Main Osaka door to door Private Transfer 9 seats Hiace: $289
  • Departure Private Transfers: Osaka City to Kansai Airport KIX in Business Van: $269
  • Osaka Airport Transfers : Osaka City to Kansai Airport KIX in Business Van: $256
  • Private Departure Transfer : Osaka City to Kansai International Airport: $242
  • Departure Private Transfers: Osaka City to Kansai Airport KIX in Business Car: $218
  • Osaka Airport Transfers : Osaka City to Kansai Airport KIX in Business Car: $218

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: $86
  • Private Transfer to/from Hiroshima Airport: $197
  • Hiroshima Airport to/from Hiroshima City: Shared Transfer: $78

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.





Food
  • Food Meals for one day
    Osaka $21
    Hiroshima $25

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: $9.84
  • Takoyaki Cooking Class: $13
  • Deep Food Tour & Bar Hopping in Namba, Osaka: $30
  • Deep Food Tour & Bar Hopping in Temma, Osaka: $30
  • (Online)Popular Japanese pancake and miso soup cooking: $31
  • 2-Hour Kuromon Market Walking Street Food Tour: $36
  • Local Secrets Food Tour in Osaka: $37
  • Osaka Okonomiyaki Cooking Experience!: $40
  • Walkabout Food Tour in Osaka: $43
  • Okonomiyaki Cooking, The Heart of Osaka: $57
  • Lunch Box Bento Set Cooking: $74
  • Home Cooking Class: $76

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: $43
  • Hiroshima No1 food!! 'Okonomiyaki'-cooking class: $61
  • Hiroshima No1 food!! 'Okonomiyaki'-cooking class and a guided-tour of the museum: $77
  • Hiroshima Bar Hopping Food Tour: $79
  • Hiroshima Bay Sightseeing and Dinner Cruise: $83
  • Local Favorites Private Night Food Tour: $101
  • Hiroshima ・Night Food Tour Visiting Recommended Bars by Locals & Cycling: $118
  • Private Hiking and Country Cooking Experience in Yuki: $126
  • Best of Hiroshima Food Tour: $191
  • Best of Hiroshima Food Tour: $193
  • Cooking class: learn from a Washoku chef in Setouch: $431

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Osaka $16
    Hiroshima $4.61
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)
    $32

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: $159
  • 1-Day Hiroshima & Miyajima Tour (Round-trip from Osaka): $379
  • 2 Hours Private Guided Walking Tour in Osaka: $39
  • A Complete Kimono Experience in Nara: $62
  • Amanohashidate,Ine,Miyama Kayabuki no Sato 1-day tour: $933
  • Arashiyama: Bamboo Grove and Temple Tour: $144
  • Bus Trip from Osaka/Kyoto to Kyoto Meet Maiko in Gion and Kyoto Tour: $135
  • Cosplay Photo Experience in Osaka: $48
  • Day trip to Nara from Osaka or Kyoto, World Heritage Sites and deer park tour: $419
  • Deep Backstreet Osaka Tours: $64
  • Deep Osaka All-Inclusive Nighttime Foodie Cultural Experience: $109
  • Eat, Drink, Cycle: Osaka Food and Bike Tour: $96

Tours and Activities in Hiroshima

Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Hiroshima.

  • "Shishimai"- Lion Dance Experience: $133
  • 'Guided Tour' Premium Boat Tour Around Stunning Hiroshima Castle: $16
  • 1-Day Hiroshima & Miyajima Tour (Round-trip from Hiroshima): $162
  • 1-Day Hiroshima World Heritage Tour: $165
  • 2 days 1 night Environment-Friendly Setouchi Cruising Tour (Hiroshima-Omishima): $6,316
  • A Chauffeur Driven Tour: Hiroshima & Miyajima + Landmark Kintaikyo Bridge: $639
  • Aikido Experience in Hiroshima. Feel the spirit of the ultimate martial art!: $66
  • Comic-learning experience - MANGA illustration workshop! in Hiroshima city: $129
  • Countryside Cycling Tour With A Hiroshima Travel Buddy: $246
  • Eat, Drink, Cycle: Hiroshima Food and Bike Tour: $86
  • Experience Culture and Culinary enjoying Magnificent Japanese Garden, Hiroshima: $140
  • Experience Japanese Martial Arts - Iaido (Art of Drawing the Japanese Sword): $67

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Osaka $9.84
    Hiroshima $10

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: $20
  • Private Tour - Fashionable Pub Crawl at Osaka, Enjoy the Japanese Alcohol!: $98

Sample the Local Flavors in Hiroshima

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Hiroshima:

  • Sake Brewery Visit with Sake Hotpot Lunch: $44


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.


When is the best time to visit Osaka or Hiroshima?

Both destinations experience a temperate climate with four distinct seasons. And since both cities are in the northern hemisphere, summer is in July and winter is in January.

Should I visit Osaka or Hiroshima in the Summer?

The summer attracts plenty of travelers to both Osaka and Hiroshima.

In the summer, Osaka is around the same temperature as Hiroshima. Typically, the summer temperatures in Osaka in July are around 28°C (82°F), and Hiroshima is about 26°C (79°F).

Osaka usually receives around the same amount of sunshine as Hiroshima during summer. At this time of the year, Osaka gets 183 hours of sunny skies, while Hiroshima receives 194 hours of full sun.

Hiroshima receives a lot of rain in the summer. Osaka gets a good bit of rain this time of year. In July, Osaka usually receives less rain than Hiroshima. At this time of the year, Osaka gets 157 mm (6.2 in) of rain, while Hiroshima receives 238 mm (9.4 in) of rain.


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Osaka 28°C (82°F) 
    Hiroshima 26°C (79°F)

Should I visit Osaka or Hiroshima in the Autumn?

The autumn brings many poeple to Osaka as well as Hiroshima.

In October, Osaka is generally around the same temperature as Hiroshima. Temperatures in Osaka average around 19°C (66°F), and Hiroshima stays around 17°C (63°F).

In the autumn, Osaka often gets less sunshine than Hiroshima. Osaka gets 159 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Hiroshima receives 193 hours of full sun.

It's quite rainy in Hiroshima. Osaka receives a lot of rain in the autumn. Osaka usually gets around the same amount of rain in October as Hiroshima. Osaka gets 108 mm (4.3 in) of rain, while Hiroshima receives 102 mm (4 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Osaka 19°C (66°F) 
    Hiroshima 17°C (63°F)

Should I visit Osaka or Hiroshima in the Winter?

Both Hiroshima and Osaka are popular destinations to visit in the winter with plenty of activities.

Hiroshima can be very cold during winter. Osaka is a little warmer than Hiroshima in the winter. The temperature in Osaka is usually 6°C (42°F) in January, and Hiroshima stays around 4°C (40°F).

Osaka usually receives less sunshine than Hiroshima during winter. At this time of the year, Osaka gets 140 hours of sunny skies, while Hiroshima receives 153 hours of full sun.

In January, Osaka usually receives around the same amount of rain as Hiroshima. At this time of the year, Osaka gets 46 mm (1.8 in) of rain, while Hiroshima receives 49 mm (1.9 in) of rain.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Osaka 6°C (42°F) 
    Hiroshima 4°C (40°F)

Should I visit Osaka or Hiroshima in the Spring?

Both Hiroshima and Osaka during the spring are popular places to visit.

In the spring, Osaka is around the same temperature as Hiroshima. Typically, the spring temperatures in Osaka in April are around 15°C (59°F), and Hiroshima is about 14°C (56°F).

In the spring, Osaka often gets less sunshine than Hiroshima. Osaka gets 176 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Hiroshima receives 193 hours of full sun.

Hiroshima gets a good bit of rain this time of year. It rains a lot this time of the year in Osaka. Osaka usually gets less rain in April than Hiroshima. Osaka gets 137 mm (5.4 in) of rain, while Hiroshima receives 168 mm (6.6 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Osaka 15°C (59°F) 
    Hiroshima 14°C (56°F)

Typical Weather for Hiroshima and Osaka

Osaka Hiroshima
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 6°C (42°F) 46 mm (1.8 in) 4°C (40°F) 49 mm (1.9 in)
Feb 6°C (43°F) 61 mm (2.4 in) 5°C (41°F) 63 mm (2.5 in)
Mar 9°C (48°F) 99 mm (3.9 in) 8°C (46°F) 108 mm (4.3 in)
Apr 15°C (59°F) 137 mm (5.4 in) 14°C (56°F) 168 mm (6.6 in)
May 20°C (67°F) 140 mm (5.5 in) 18°C (64°F) 157 mm (6.2 in)
Jun 24°C (74°F) 204 mm (8 in) 22°C (71°F) 260 mm (10.2 in)
Jul 28°C (82°F) 157 mm (6.2 in) 26°C (79°F) 238 mm (9.4 in)
Aug 29°C (84°F) 95 mm (3.7 in) 27°C (81°F) 117 mm (4.6 in)
Sep 25°C (77°F) 170 mm (6.7 in) 23°C (74°F) 185 mm (7.3 in)
Oct 19°C (66°F) 108 mm (4.3 in) 17°C (63°F) 102 mm (4 in)
Nov 13°C (56°F) 65 mm (2.6 in) 12°C (53°F) 67 mm (2.6 in)
Dec 8°C (47°F) 35 mm (1.4 in) 7°C (44°F) 37 mm (1.5 in)


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