After Tokyo, the Japanese city of Osaka is the next largest metropolitan area in the country with endless things to see and do. This is an ideal destination for foodies, art lovers, and anyone who enjoys a fun culture and nightlife scene. Although it is connected to so many other exciting areas by train, it’s easy to spend your entire vacation right here in the city and never feel the urge to leave. Here are some of the best places to stay in Osaka as you plan your next vacation to Japan.
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One thing that’s great about the Daiwa Roynet Hotel Osaka Kitahama is its location in the center of Osaka, which makes it a perfect home base for sightseeing. You can get here from Exit 6 of the Kitahama Station of the Sakaisai Line. This exit is also easily accessible to the train that connects Osaka and Kyoto. The hotel offers coin-operated laundry machines, vending machines, microwaves, and an onsite restaurant for guests. Breakfast is served at the hotel between 7am and 10am for an adult service charge of 1,200 JPY. Rental computers and a public computer are also available here. Attractions to check out nearby include Nakanoshima Park, the Osaka Aquarium, the Kyocera Dome, and Koshien Stadium.
The Fraser Residence Nankai Osaka is located near the Namba business district and offers great access to the cultural and historic center of Kansai. The Franser offers 24/7 reception and security, dining and kitchen areas, and is popular with both families and business travelers. Guests here will also enjoy complimentary Wi-Fi access, a washer and dryer, café, fully-equipped gym, and steam room and sauna facilities. Breakfast is served daily from 7am to 10am or 11am, and property restaurants are Nankai Parlor on the 2nd floor and Massa on the first floor. In total, there are 114 fully furnished studios and apartments here to give you a little more space and flexibility when you travel in Osaka.
Ryokans are wonderful accommodations in Japan because these are traditional Japanese inns that really immerse you in the local culture. Situated on the riverside of Dotombori, the Kaneyoshi Ryokan is an urban-style ryokan that’s great for sightseeing and exploring the city. You’ll be in walking distance of Dotombori, Soemon-cho, Shinsaibashi, Namba, and Amerika-mura when you stay here and also just 30 minutes by train from Universal Studios. There are English language signs throughout the facility, Wi-Fi is available in all rooms, and all rooms have a bath and toilet. In-room amenities include yuakatas to wear, towels, toiletries, television, alarm clock, tea set, and hairdryer. For a large, traditional-style Japanese bath, head to the sixth floor. Overall, there are 15 guest rooms here, and breakfast served in the banquet hall.
We also love Hotel the Grandee in Osaka because it’s a chic oasis that blends in the beautiful elements of nature. There are 45 rooms here with unique designs and different themes to make you feel comfortable and at home after days of sightseeing. The hotel offers breakfast with lots of seasonal vegetables and locally produced ingredients. Breakfast is served from 6:30am to 11:00 am and costs 1,500 yen per person. Other hotel perks include free Wi-Fi throughout the building, a sound bar with comfortable music, about 700 videos on-demand for viewing, and TVs for your entertainment, some as large as 65-inches. You’ll also enjoy BVLGARI bath amenities when you stay in one of 3 suites, or 3 artist rooms.
This is another hotel with a great central Osaka location and one that is sophisticated and luxurious too. Guests here enjoy easy access to all the main transportation lines, as well as spa treatments and Japanese-style baths. The lobby is sleek and lovely with fine artwork and contemporary décor, and there are 272 elegant guest rooms to suit your needs. The hotel offers breakfast each morning, including the chef’s signature egg-salmon specialty, pastries, soups, fruits, and freshly carved meats. Other onsite dining options include the Pierre for French cuisine, Noka Roast & Grill for food with awesome views, Adee for tempting gin cocktails, 3-60 for afternoon tea, and Stressed for homemade breads and sweets. The fully equipped spa here is open 24/7 and has an adjoining lap pool. There’s a Japanese bathhouse on the fourth floor and massage treatments offered at the spa.
You’ll find the Hotel Granvia Osaka located above the JR Osaka Station in Umeda, making it a very convenient place to stay for both business and leisure. This hotel has casual and fine dining restaurants that serve Japanese, Italian, and French cuisines, as well as a chic hotel bar, café, and two lounges. Free Wi-Fi is available in the hotel, which is easy to get to from the train or limo bus from the airport. Choose to stay in a standard or Granvia floor guestroom and take advantage of the up to 18 separate meeting and event venues if you’re traveling for business.
Osaka also offers numerous hostel options for visitors on a budget or who are simply interested in meeting other interesting travelers on their journeys. You can get here on a four-minute walk from the JR Osaka Tenmangu station and choose between a men’s only, women’s only, or mixed dormitory room. Private dorm rooms are available too for groups. Use the open-air bath for 1,000 yen, which can be reserved at the front desk. English-speaking staff is at the hotel during the day, and all rooms have free Wi-Fi.
Another hostel option is J-Hoppers Osaka Universal, which is near Universal Studios Japan. Families and groups enjoy staying here because it’s just a five-minute walk from the Ajikawaguchi station, which is next to the Universal City station. The staff speaks both English and Japanese, and large dormitory rooms can be used as private rooms. There are also other J-Hoppers hostels in the area that you can stay at if you want to be in a different region for sightseeing.