From its food to its history, Osaka is one of the most vibrant and culturally distinct places in Japan. You can experience the warmth and charm of the city’s culture in its unique boutique and and designer hotels, as well as in its quaint, traditional ryokans. Here are 10 of the best hotels in Osaka.
One of the best parts of traveling is learning about different cultures, and what better way is there to experience Japanese culture first-hand than staying at a ryokan? With their tatami flooring, roll-up beds on the floor, and sliding doors, these traditional inns can give you a taste of traditional Japanese lifestyle. Kaneyoshi Ryokan is one such inn, located conveniently at Nipponbashi, near the city center, and each room has its own private bathroom, rather than a shared one like most ryokans.
Though not quite as distinct as some of the other hotels on this list, Hotel Crossover is a tasteful, small-scale boutique hotel that combines traditional Japanese elements with modernistic ones. Their twenty rooms are in various styles, including singles, twin rooms, family rooms, and most notably, Japanese styled rooms. The staff can communicate well in English, and are friendly and helpful. The hotel also has a limited number of bicycles you can use to explore Osaka.
Want to stay in a hotel that is truly special? Hotel The Grandee is a gorgeous design hotel, located centrally near vibrant Shinsaibashi. Each of the hotel’s 45 rooms are unique, designed by both local and famous interior designers. They range from practical, almost Spartan single rooms, to lavish glass-and-chrome suites, to minimalistic rooms that combine traditional and modern elements in their design. Whether you are traveling alone or with a partner, Hotel The Grandee can offer you a memorable experience.
Japan is famous for its onsen, or hot springs, which are known for their calming effect and medicinal properties. However, most onsen are found in the countryside, and Osaka, having less volcanic activity than the rest of Japan, has no natural onsen. At Spa World, however, you can experience Japan’s bathhouse culture. They have two floors dedicated to various spa rooms, each themed to a different location. Enjoy the open-air onsen in the Japanese Outdoor Bath, and watch live fish swim under the glass floor of the Atlantis Bath. Rooms are available in Western or Japanese styles, and most don’t have their own bathrooms, so you can explore each of the onsen rooms during your stay.
Sunplay Inn is a fantastic place to experience a capsule hotel, where you spend the night in an individual “capsule” bunk. Originated in Osaka in 1979, capsule hotels are a great choice if you want cheap accommodation without the amenities and services provided by conventional hotels. It is also a fun experience that is unique to Japan and Osaka in particular. Mostly catering to businessmen and women, Sunplay Inn is one of of the most respectable capsule hotels, standing out with its cleanness, good service, and basic amenities in the public bathroom.
The first thing you will notice about Dotonbori Hotel are the four pillars at its entrance. The base of each pillar is carved as a pair of human feet, and huge human faces are sculpted onto the middle of the columns. Each face has features of a different race – East Asian, European, African and Indian. This is to symbolize that all races and cultures are welcomed and treated the same at Dotonbori Hotel. The rooms are clean and cozy, making for a comfortable stay. The staff are all multi-lingual and most of them can speak English well. With the large number of services that can be provided for free at Dotonbori Hotel, including international phone calls, video games, bicycle rentals and more, you can be sure that all your needs will be met.
Arietta Hotel is located near Midosuji street, one of the main shopping boulevards in Osaka that runs between Kita-ku in the north and Minami in the south. However, nestled in a quiet side-street, it is out of the way of the hustle and bustle of the shopping area, allowing you to relax. This boutique hotel does not offer anything lavish or quirky with its rooms, but they do have relatively large rooms for a city-center hotel in Osaka, a range of free facilities, and impeccable service.
This old fashioned ryokan, located near Nipponbashi and Namba, offers a traditional Japanese inn experience at a budget rate. All the rooms are Japanese-styled, with tatami floors, paper screens, and roll-up beds. While many older ryokans only have a communal bathroom, Hotel Kuramoto has small en-suite bathrooms with each room. However, if you want the full ryokan experience – and a more spacious bathing area – you can bath at the public bathrooms, which are separated according to gender. While this is no luxury ryokan, it has a great location near Osaka’s downtown, making it a convenient place to stay when traveling through the city.
Can’t choose between a quiet, peaceful hotel, and one that is located near the city center and tourist attractions? Well, who says you have to choose? Yamatoya Honten is located near Namba and Shinsaibashi, but this ryokan has such a serene atmosphere that you can almost believe yourself to be in a quaint Kyoto inn rather than in the middle of Osaka. With brightly lit rooms, comfortable tatami mats, spacious private bathrooms, and yukata robes, you can fully immerse yourself in the Japanese home experience. Be warned, though –some rooms don’t have an en-suite bathroom and share a communal bathroom, as per the ryokan tradition.
This stylish ryokan has both Japanese and Western style rooms, but whichever one you choose, you will find traces of influence from the other, making each room a distinct fusion of the east and west. The rooms are all very big and spacious, even by Western standards – a rare find in Japan, especially for a hotel located downtown like Hotel Ichiei. This ryokan is a true oasis in the middle of the bustling city, a place where you can unwind after a hectic day of shopping at nearby Shinsaibashi.