Hip Apartments in Osaka You’ll Want to Call Home

The skyline at Osaka Castle Park
The skyline at Osaka Castle Park | © Sean Pavone / Alamy Stock Photo

This homespun selection of places to stay in Japan’s food-loving city come kitted out with designer egg chairs, children’s toys and traditional tatami touches.

Neon-lit Osaka blazes brightly with izakaya (pub restaurants) and a kuidaore (eat until you drop) motto, offering hungry visitors one of the most diverse travel experiences in Japan. From the lively bars of Dōtombori and comedy clubs to historic castles, Osaka has something for everyone. That also includes apartments that cater to every kind of visitor, making Osaka a perfect home away from home.

1. Guest house Laule'a Tennoji

Guesthouse

Two double beds, a small sofa, wooden table and flat-screen TV in room at Guest House Laulea Tennoji
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Found in the quiet Tennoji ward, a suburb of Osaka, Guest House Laule’a has fully furnished rooms that provide the complete home-comforts experience. Everything from cool pastel-toned decor to keen kitchen appliances can be found here; everything guests need to feel comfortable and self-sufficient. That comfort extends to a TV and a selection of sleeping options, from twin beds to a pair of doubles.

2. TOMARO Osaka Bay

Hotel, Apartment

Room with bunk bed, table, sofa, stool, fridge-freezer and sink at Tomaro Osaka Bay
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Located in Osaka Bay, Tomaro is an aparthotel that’s perfect for small groups or families. Cosy rooms offer sleeping facilities that include bunk beds, as well as separate lounge and dining areas, which feature a wall-mounted TV and traditional tatami flooring. The kitchens are equipped with burners, pots, pans and a kettle for home cooking and making tea while you relax after a day exploring Japan’s most electric city.

3. Montana Flat Yebisu

Serviced Apartment

Montana Flat Yebisu, Osaka
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Featuring private balconies with views of Shinsekai District’s Tsutenkaku tower, and well-equipped kitchens for home cooking, Montana Flat Yebisu provides guests with everything they need for a cosy, private, soothing home-away-from-home experience. For guests looking to work during their trip, an office space is available for use every day.

4. Nedoco Osaka West

Serviced Apartment

Nedoco Osaka West, Osaka
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With a variety of rooms – including doubles, twins and dorms for groups – Nedoco Osaka West folds guests into place like an artful origami master. Each room, regardless of its sleeping arrangements, comes with a well-stocked kitchen that includes a hob, a sink, a fridge and freezer, microwave and kettle. To top it off, cups, plates, bowls, pots and pans are provided.

5. Juso AFP Luxury Apartment

Serviced Apartment

Juso AFP Luxury Apartment, Osaka
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Proudly branding itself a luxury apartment, Juso AFP lives up to its name. With a balcony attached to the bedroom, as well as a TV and kitchen, this is a truly home experience. A huge selection of rooms are available, from basic one-bedroom apartments to deluxe additions with balconies and garden views. Whatever you decide, you’ll feel happily ensconced amid the airy, modern interiors, graphic wall murals and zesty textiles.

6. Ota-road Apartment

Serviced Apartment

Ota-road Apartment, Osaka
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The excellent use of space at Ookini Hotels’ Ota-road Apartment sets it apart. These rooms are spacious and designed with minimalist calm in mind. Guests can choose from traditional ryokan-inspired rooms, as well as more modern apartments. Both provide guests with a kitchen for cooking, as well as lounge areas with sofas for relaxing after a day of exploring the city.

7. Shinsaibashi Nagahori Apartment

Serviced Apartment

Shinsaibashi Nagahori Apartment, Osaka
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The Shinsaibashi Nagahori Apartment, also from Ookini Hotels, provides guests with a private bedroom as well as a spacious lounge and kitchen area. A breakfast bar provides a homely place for eating, and the surrounding area has plenty of dining options if you’d prefer to eat out. The choice is yours. Despite its convenient location, this is still a quiet and private space for living like a local and relaxing.

8. Higobashi AFP Luxury Apartment

Serviced Apartment

Higobashi AFP Luxury Apartment, Osaka
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Higobashi AFP Luxury Apartment provides guests with a wide-open space filled with comfortable seating and relaxation options, including an egg swing and a huge U-shaped sofa. It’s perfect for families to spread out on. There’s a consistent family focus throughout the apartment, from the roomy dining table to kids’ toys and spacious kitchen. The modern decor, including sleek artworks and vibrant textiles, raise the bar further.

Looking for a unique stay? Check out our guide to where to stay in Osaka for a local experience, bookable on Culture Trip.

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