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Osaka, Osaka-fu, Japan

How much does it cost to travel to Osaka?

You should plan to spend around $87 (¥13,043) per day on your vacation in Osaka. This is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors.

Past travelers have spent, on average for one day:

  • $26 (¥3,839) on meals
  • $14 (¥2,077) on local transportation
  • $88 (¥13,113) on hotels

A one week trip to Osaka for two people costs, on average, $1,221 (¥182,600). This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

All of these average travel prices have been collected from other travelers to help you plan your own travel budget.

  • Average Daily Cost Per person, per day
  • One Week Per person
  • 2 Weeks Per person
  • One Month Per person
  • One Week For a couple
  • 2 Weeks For a couple
  • One Month For a couple
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How much does a one week, two week, or one month trip to Osaka cost?

A one week trip to Osaka usually costs around $611 (¥91,300) for one person and $1,221 (¥182,600) for two people. This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

A two week trip to Osaka on average costs around $1,221 (¥182,600) for one person and $2,442 (¥365,200) for two people. This cost includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

Please note, prices can vary based on your travel style, speed, and other variables. If you're traveling as a family of three or four people, the price per person often goes down because kid's tickets are cheaper and hotel rooms can be shared. If you travel slower over a longer period of time then your daily budget will also go down. Two people traveling together for one month in Osaka will often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

A one month trip to Osaka on average costs around $2,617 (¥391,285) for one person and $5,233 (¥782,571) for two people. The more places you visit, the higher the daily price will become due to increased transportation costs.

Independent Travel

Traveling Independently to Osaka has many benefits including affordabilty, freedom, flexibility, and the opportunity to control your own experiences.

All of the travel costs below are based on the experiences of other independent travelers.

Is Osaka expensive to visit?

Osaka is a reasonably affordable place to visit. Located in Japan, which is a moderately priced country, visitors will appreciate the relatively low cost of this destination. It falls in the average range in the country for its prices. If you're traveling on a budget, then this is a good destination with affordable accommodation, food, and transportation.

Within Asia, Osaka is a moderately priced destination compared to other places. The overall cost of travel here is fair for the region and comparable to Wuhu or Atami.

For more details, and to find out if it's within your travel budget, see Is Osaka Expensive?

How much money do I need for a trip to Osaka?

The average Osaka trip cost is broken down by category here for independent travelers. All of these Osaka travel prices are calculated from the budgets of real travelers.

Category Cost
Accommodation 1 (Double Occupancy) ¥13,113 ($88)
Local Transportation 1 ¥2,077 ($14)
Food 2 ¥3,839 ($26)
Entertainment 1 ¥3,099 ($21)
Alcohol 2 ¥882 - 2,646 ($6 - 18)
Accommodation Budget in Osaka
Average Daily Costs

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The average price paid for one person for accommodation in Osaka is $44 (¥6,556). For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price paid for a hotel room in Osaka is $88 (¥13,113). This cost is from the reported spending of actual travelers.

  • Accommodation1 Hotel or hostel for one person
  • Accommodation1 Typical double-occupancy room

Hotel Prices in Osaka

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Actual Hotel Prices
The average hotel room price in Osaka based on data provided by Kayak for actual hotel rooms is $37. (Prices in U.S. Dollars, before taxes & fees.)

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Transportation Budget in Osaka
Average Daily Costs

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  • The cost of a taxi ride in Osaka is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $14 (¥2,077) per person, per day, on local transportation in Osaka.

  • Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.

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What did other people spend on Transportation in Osaka?

Typical prices for Transportation in Osaka are listed below. These actual costs are from real travelers and can give you an idea of the prices in Osaka, but your costs will vary based on your travel style.

  • Subway

Food Budget in Osaka
Average Daily Costs

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  • While meal prices in Osaka can vary, the average cost of food in Osaka is $26 (¥3,839) per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Osaka should cost around $10 (¥1,536) per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Osaka is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

  • Food2 Meals for one day


Entertainment Budget in Osaka
Average Daily Costs

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  • Entertainment and activities in Osaka typically cost an average of $21 (¥3,099) per person, per day based on the spending of previous travelers. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.

  • Entertainment1 Entrance tickets, shows, etc.

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What did other people spend on Entertainment in Osaka?

Typical prices for Entertainment in Osaka are listed below. These actual costs are from real travelers and can give you an idea of the prices in Osaka, but your costs will vary based on your travel style.

  • Osaka Aquarium (for 2)

Alcohol Budget in Osaka
Average Daily Costs

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  • The average person spends about $12 (¥1,764) on alcoholic beverages in Osaka per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day


Water Budget in Osaka
Average Daily Costs

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  • On average, people spend $1.61 (¥240) on bottled water in Osaka per day. The public water in Osaka is considered safe to drink.

  • Water2 Bottled water for one day

Last Updated: Oct 16, 2023
Osaka On a Budget
Osaka Osaka, Japan
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.
Osaka is a large city with many sights of interest to visitors. While many visitors don't come here, opting insead for larger destinations such as Tokyo and Kyoto, they are missing out on a great city. Osaka should absolutely be on your Japan itinerary.

Museums in the city include Kamigata Ukiyoe Museum, the Maritime Museum, the Osaka Museum of History, and Peace Osaka. Religious sights in the city include Shitennoji Temple, which was originally built by Emperor Suiko in 593 AD but was reconstructed following World War II, and Sumiyoshi Shrine, which is one of the country's oldest Shinto shrines with a history dating back 1800 years.

Osaka Castle is the city's most famous sight. It's a reconstructed castle that holds a museum. It's particularly beautiful during the cherry blossom season when locals come to the castle park to picnic. Visiting the castle and viewing the cherry blossoms are definitely on the list of things to do in Osaka, so don't miss them.

There are plenty of off the beaten path places to explore and discover in Osaka as well, so be sure and allow yourself enough time to get lost in the city.
The city has a good number of districts and neighborhoods worth exploring, not least of which is Kita, which is the more modern section of the city center. It has plenty of shopping, theaters, restaurants, and much more. Minami is at the traditional and cultural heart of the city and is a great place to eat or shop, among other things. Tennoji has some amusement park areas as well as Tennoji Park and Zoo. Osaka Castle is a neighborhood in and of itself, and is the most popular attraction in the city.

As a large city, Osaka has many activities that you can enjoy. The National Bunraku Theater is one of the last places where you can see a form of puppet theater from the Edo period. Osaka Shiki Musical Theater is the home of the Shiki Theatre Company. The Sumo Spring Grand Tournament is held in mid-March at Osaka Prefectural Gymnasium and Kaiyukan is one of the world's largest aquariums.

There are also many shopping districts in Osaka. Some of the largest include Shinsaibashi, Nipponbashi, and Tenjinbashi-suji. Shinsaibashi is the most famous shopping area with western style department stores. Nipponbashi is the place to go for electronics and Tenjinbashi-suji is supposed to be the longest straight and covered shopping arcade in Japan.

A popular day trip from Osaka is to visit the beautiful Nachi Falls which is located in Nachikatsuura. The nearby Seigantoji temple adds to the stunning landscape as well. Don't miss it!
Food and Dining
Most of Osaka's restaurants are found in the entertainment districts, particularly in the Umeda and Dotonbori areas. Typical Osakan dishes include battera, which is a type of sushi made with mackerel, Okonomiyaki, which is a pancake made from fried cabbage, Takoyaki, which are octopus fried dumplings, and Kushikatsu, or skewered, deep-fried, meats.

In Japan, trains are one of the fastest and lowest cost means of transportation. Getting a Japan Rail Pass can save you money if you plan to stay for several days or more. Regional and nation-wide passes are available, usually for the number of days of your choice.

Japan is an expensive country to visit, and if you're planning to spend any significant time in Osaka and the nearby areas, it is worth picking up a transit or entertainment pass at a discounted price. You actually have several options to choose from. ICOCA smart cards are useful on all rail, subway, and bus systems in the Kansai area. They carry a balance which you can refill at any time. For 3500 yen you can pick up the Unlimited Kintetsu Rail Pass. This will give you five consecutive days of unlimited travel within the Kansai Region. An upgraded version of that pass is the Wide Kintetsu Rail Pass for 6800 yen. It adds on round trip access to Kansai Airport among other things. The Osaka Unlimited Pass comes in a handful of entertainment and rail options for either one or two days. The Osaka One-day Pass is a one day travel pass for 850 yen.

Osaka's Subway is the obvious way to travel around the city. It is very comprehensive with the Midosuji Line being the main artery that connects to the city's main train stations as well as several large shopping areas.

Cycling is also a great way to get around the city. It's possible to rent or purchase a used bike. The city is flat and you are allowed to ride on the sidewalks, some of which even have bike lanes.


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1 Categories averaged on a per-item basis.
2 Categories averaged on a per-day basis.
For example, the Food2 daily average is for all meals for an entire day, while Entertainment1 is for each individual purchase. Thus, the overall daily average cost is not a summation of the individual categories.

Budget Your Trip is all about finding out how much everything costs so that you can travel cheaper and longer. Created by avid travelers Laurie and Bryan, our goal is to help you plan your next trip on the right budget. With average daily travel costs that are calculated from the budgets of real travelers, plus an analysis of hotel and tour prices, you can find out how much money you need to plan your next adventure. We also have plenty of travel advice, accommodation reviews, and activity suggestions.

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