Jun 17, 2019 - Jun 18, 2019
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Where to Stay in Osaka
As Japan’s second city and a fast developing tourist hub, Osaka is home to a wide variety of accommodation choices to suit every budget with five-star luxury hotels, budget hostels and traditional Japanese ryokans being just some of the options available.
From the stunning 16th-century Osaka Castle to the modern marvels, themed rides and live entertainment of Universal Studios Japan, the city has plenty to offer the near ten million visitors who arrive each year. As well as its historical landmarks and a wealth of traditional Japanese attractions, Osaka also has plenty of shopping and dining options particularly around the extravagant and dazzling neon lights and store fronts of Dotonbori.
With unlimited travel cards available, the subway is the most convenient way to get around the city. The subway boasts eight lines with the Midosuji Line, which runs from north to south and stops at many of the city’s major areas, including Shinsaibashi, Namba, Shin-Osaka and Tennoji, being the most useful for tourists. Osaka also has a bus system but it can be difficult to navigate.
Hotels in Osaka
One of the city’s many luxury hotels, the top-end Intercontinental Osaka can be found at the Grand Front Osaka, just a ten-minute drive from Osaka Castle and 20 minutes from Universal Studios Japan. The hotel offers complimentary Wi-Fi, five dining options, a fully-equipped fitness center, spa services and an indoor swimming pool.
A slightly less expensive choice but still a luxurious option in the city, the City Plaza Osaka is located alongside a wealth of shopping and dining venues, lush green parks and many of the city’s popular tourist attractions such as Osaka Castle and the Museum of History. The hotel is also close to rail links, while guests can enjoy a host of facilities including a fitness center, an indoor swimming pool and an open-air spa.
As a budget choice, the Rihga Nakanoshima Inn is ideally placed for those looking for a place to stay for business or pleasure. Located in the center of the business district and just one minute from Higobashi railway station, the hotel offers simple yet well-designed rooms with a wealth of modern amenities.
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Further reading on Japan
If you're also visiting the Japanese capital, read our guide to the best things to see and do in Tokyo.
Very nice place to cisit, not as busy as Tokyo, but better in a very good way..
landed at osaka but we went to kyoto and nara as well.you can always add kobe or even tokyo to ur itinerary if you habe time like more than 7 daus.had tje best n most time enjoying japan.Will sure be coming back again.
Anyone you talk to in Japan will tell you to go to Osaka if you want to be in gastro-heaven. Naturally, I zipped out of crowded Tokyo and took the 4-hour train ride to Osaka. The train requires a few transfers, but Osaka can also be reached by either domestic or international air travel. The trip is worth it for the best sushi in Japan, octopus balls (Takoyaki), and the vintage-retro vibe that fills the streets of Osaka. I visited in August 2017 when the humidity was at an all-time high; I recommend visiting in the early summer months or spring to avoid the heat.
Osaka should not be left out of the itinerary if you are nearby. We stopped in for a day trip from Kyoto with the Japan Rail Pass. It's fairly easy to get around, and we made our way through the city with no problems. Osaka Castle was a highlight. Though I did not care so much for the bustle inside the castle, the surrounding area was very pleasant for a stroll.