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

Should you visit Tokyo or Osaka?

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

Should I visit Tokyo or Osaka? This is a common question asked by many travelers. By figuring out which city has activities that align with your interests along with knowing which is more affordable, you'll understand where you can get more bang for your buck. So, let's dive into the details and the data, which all comes from actual travelers.

Where Should I go: Tokyo or Osaka?

Tokyo

Tokyo, the capital of Japan, is by far the most populous city in the world with a staggering 37 million people. As a worldwide hub for technology and business, it hosts millions of visitors annually. But Tokyo is not just a place for business trips. With its incredible mixture of historical temples and shrines, remarkably beautiful parks, endless shopping malls, and genuinely wonderful people, Tokyo is a terrific place to visit and to explore.

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.

Which city is cheaper, Osaka or Tokyo?

These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.

The average daily cost (per person) in Tokyo is $143, while the average daily cost in Osaka is $74. 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 Tokyo and Osaka in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Tokyo $67
    Osaka $38
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Tokyo $134
    Osaka $76
Compare Hotels in Tokyo and Osaka

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Hotels in Tokyo


Hotels in Osaka


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Our Analysis
We've analyzed the average and typical hotel prices based on guest reviews, star ratings, and hotel amenities here: Tokyo Hotel Prices and Osaka Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Tokyo $18
    Osaka $13
Typical Local Transportation prices in Tokyo

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


  • Metro from Airport
    $14

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Tokyo

Also for Tokyo, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:

  • Yokohama Private Arrival Transfer : Tokyo Hotels to Yokohama Port or Hotels: $230
  • Yokohama Port Shared Transfer : from Yokohama Port to Tokyo Hotels: $133
  • Yokohama Port Shared Transfer : from Tokyo Hotels to Yokohama Port: $133
  • Private Transfers from Tokyo City, Yokohama or Port: $211
  • Private Transfer to/from Narita Itl. Airport (NRT): $187
  • Haneda Airport Private Transfer: $114
  • Tokyo to Tokyo Narita Airport (NRT) - Departure Private Car Transfer: $141
  • Tokyo to Tokyo Haneda Airport (HND) - Departure Private Car Transfer: $80
  • Tokyo hotel/address to Tokyo Haneda Airport (HND) - Departure Private Transfer: $80
  • Tokyo Private Transfer from Tokyo central to Narita Airport (NRT): $261
  • Tokyo Private Transfer from Tokyo central to Haneda Airport (HND): $194
  • Tokyo Disneyland Shared Transfer : from Tokyo to Disneyland (One Way): $51

Typical Local Transportation prices in Osaka

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


  • Subway
    $8.63

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

Is it cheaper to fly into Tokyo or Osaka?

Prices for flights to both Osaka and Tokyo 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
    Tokyo $34
    Osaka $22
Typical Food prices in Tokyo

Here are some examples of typical meal expenses from previous travelers to Tokyo:


  • Late Night Noodles
    $5.75
  • Conveyor Belt Sushi Snack
    $5.75
  • Meal at Airport
    $7.50

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Tokyo

For Tokyo, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:

  • 1-Hour Tsukiji Fish Market Food Tour with Local Guide: $26
  • Unique Private Cooking Class with a Tokyo Local Emi: $78
  • Local Food Tour on Sunamachi Ginza Street: $83
  • West-Side Walking & Street Food Tour: $95
  • Private Ramen and Gyoza Cooking Class from Central Tokyo: $108
  • Private Japanese Cooking Class with a Local Chef: $120
  • Tokyo Food Tour: 3-Hour Culinary Adventure: $129
  • Gyoza Cooking Classes in Tokyo: $135
  • Private Dining: Wagyu and sake pairing dinner in Shinjuku: $136
  • Private Market Tour and Traditional Japanese Cooking Class in Asakusa: $142
  • Tokyo Private Food Tour: From Ramen Bars, Vending Machines To Cat Cafes: $174
  • 3-Hour Food Tour of Shinbashi at Night: $182

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

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Tokyo $63
    Osaka $16

Tours and Activities in Tokyo

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

  • Akihabara: Anime & Gaming Adventure Tour: $67
  • Ancient Meets Ultra-Modern - Tokyo History Experience: $83
  • Christmas In Private Experience With A City Host: $83
  • Customize your 8-hours private tour with a local guide Tokyo: $81
  • Discover Japan Tour: 15-day Small Group: $8,972
  • Eat Like A Local - Sushi Experience: $146
  • Explore Japan Tour: 20-day Small Group: $12,049
  • Fuji and Lake Kawaguchi Tour: $993
  • Geisha Encounter: Cultural Experience at Chaya in Tokyo: $78
  • Highlights of Japan Tour: 10-day Small Group: $5,639
  • Intro to Japan Tour: 8-day Small Group: $4,357
  • Introduction To Tokyo & Highlights Private Walking Tour With A Local: $83

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)
    $33

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

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Tokyo $29
    Osaka $10
Typical Alcohol prices in Tokyo

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for alcohol and nightlife costs in Tokyo:


  • Sake
    $4.31

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


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Tokyo and Osaka, we can see that Tokyo 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 Tokyo would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Tokyo than you might in Osaka.


When is the best time to visit Tokyo or Osaka?

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 Tokyo or Osaka in the Summer?

The summer attracts plenty of travelers to both Tokyo and Osaka. Many travelers come to Tokyo for the city activities, the music scene, and the family-friendly experiences.

Tokyo is around the same temperature as Osaka in the summer. The temperature in Tokyo is usually 26°C (78°F) in July, and Osaka stays around 28°C (82°F).

Tokyo usually receives less sunshine than Osaka during summer. Tokyo gets 137 hours of sunny skies, while Osaka receives 183 hours of full sun in the summer.

Osaka receives a lot of rain in the summer. Tokyo gets a good bit of rain this time of year. In July, Tokyo usually receives less rain than Osaka. Tokyo gets 127 mm (5 in) of rain, while Osaka receives 157 mm (6.2 in) of rain each month for the summer.


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Tokyo 26°C (78°F) 
    Osaka 28°C (82°F)

Should I visit Tokyo or Osaka in the Autumn?

The autumn brings many poeple to Tokyo as well as Osaka. Many visitors come to Tokyo in the autumn for the city's sights and attractions, the shopping scene, the music scene, and the natural beauty of the area.

In the autumn, Tokyo is around the same temperature as Osaka. Typically, the autumn temperatures in Tokyo in October are around 18°C (64°F), and Osaka is about 19°C (66°F).

In the autumn, Tokyo often gets less sunshine than Osaka. Tokyo gets 129 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Osaka receives 159 hours of full sun.

It's quite rainy in Osaka. Tokyo receives a lot of rain in the autumn. Tokyo usually gets more rain in October than Osaka. Tokyo gets 165 mm (6.5 in) of rain, while Osaka receives 108 mm (4.3 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Tokyo 18°C (64°F) 
    Osaka 19°C (66°F)

Should I visit Tokyo or Osaka in the Winter?

Both Osaka and Tokyo are popular destinations to visit in the winter with plenty of activities. Most visitors come to Tokyo for the museums, the shopping scene, and the cuisine during these months.

In January, Tokyo is generally around the same temperature as Osaka. Temperatures in Tokyo average around 5°C (42°F), and Osaka stays around 6°C (42°F).

Tokyo usually receives more sunshine than Osaka during winter. Tokyo gets 175 hours of sunny skies, while Osaka receives 140 hours of full sun in the winter.

In January, Tokyo usually receives around the same amount of rain as Osaka. Tokyo gets 45 mm (1.8 in) of rain, while Osaka receives 46 mm (1.8 in) of rain each month for the winter.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Tokyo 5°C (42°F) 
    Osaka 6°C (42°F)

Should I visit Tokyo or Osaka in the Spring?

Both Osaka and Tokyo during the spring are popular places to visit. The spring months attract visitors to Tokyo because of the activities around the city and the natural beauty.

Tokyo is around the same temperature as Osaka in the spring. The temperature in Tokyo is usually 14°C (58°F) in April, and Osaka stays around 15°C (59°F).

In the spring, Tokyo often gets less sunshine than Osaka. Tokyo gets 161 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Osaka receives 176 hours of full sun.

Osaka gets a good bit of rain this time of year. It rains a lot this time of the year in Tokyo. Tokyo usually gets less rain in April than Osaka. Tokyo gets 125 mm (4.9 in) of rain, while Osaka receives 137 mm (5.4 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Tokyo 14°C (58°F) 
    Osaka 15°C (59°F)

Typical Weather for Osaka and Tokyo

Tokyo Osaka
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 5°C (42°F) 45 mm (1.8 in) 6°C (42°F) 46 mm (1.8 in)
Feb 6°C (42°F) 60 mm (2.4 in) 6°C (43°F) 61 mm (2.4 in)
Mar 9°C (47°F) 100 mm (3.9 in) 9°C (48°F) 99 mm (3.9 in)
Apr 14°C (58°F) 125 mm (4.9 in) 15°C (59°F) 137 mm (5.4 in)
May 19°C (66°F) 138 mm (5.4 in) 20°C (67°F) 140 mm (5.5 in)
Jun 22°C (71°F) 186 mm (7.3 in) 24°C (74°F) 204 mm (8 in)
Jul 26°C (78°F) 127 mm (5 in) 28°C (82°F) 157 mm (6.2 in)
Aug 27°C (81°F) 148 mm (5.8 in) 29°C (84°F) 95 mm (3.7 in)
Sep 23°C (74°F) 180 mm (7.1 in) 25°C (77°F) 170 mm (6.7 in)
Oct 18°C (64°F) 165 mm (6.5 in) 19°C (66°F) 108 mm (4.3 in)
Nov 13°C (55°F) 90 mm (3.5 in) 13°C (56°F) 65 mm (2.6 in)
Dec 8°C (46°F) 46 mm (1.8 in) 8°C (47°F) 35 mm (1.4 in)


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