Few things encapsulate the Japanese cultural experience as much as staying in a ryokan does. These rustic and often luxurious lodgings are reminiscent of the nation’s past, with modern amenities built in, providing both an atmospheric and comfortable stay. Featuring old-fashioned architecture, hot spring baths, and timeless cuisine, these ryokan in Osaka are suitable for travelers in any price bracket looking to indulge themselves.
This stylish, modern ryokan is located right in the center of it all – the vibrant Dotonbori entertainment district. Yet, inside this property, guests are immersed in a quiet, tranquil setting. With traditional amenities like kimono rental and a communal bath, as well as modern ones such as free Wi-Fi and an on-site restaurant, this inn provides one of the most comfortable and convenient stays you could hope for.
Also located on the scenic Dotonbori riverside is Kaneyoshi Ryokan. Delivering all the modern conveniences, such as amenities and easy access to public transportation, the interior is classically Japanese (though there are Western-style rooms with beds instead of futons as well). All rooms come with a yukata (Japanese robe), and many have lovely river views, perfect for people-watching.
Just minutes from Tennoji Station, one of the major Osaka hubs, is this homey ryokan, Hokousou. Immerse yourself in the traditional tatami rooms and courtyard and then mosey across the street to Tennoji Park and Zoo. The bath is open 24 hours, so you can soak at any time, and there are coin laundry machines available, too.
This may look like a typical hotel from the outside, but it’s what on the inside that counts. Hotel Ichiei has gorgeous Japanese-style rooms, each with its unique theme and decorations. Guests stay here for the location as well – perched right across the street from Nankai Namba Station and in front of the airport-bound bus station, it’s not only close to much of the city’s best sightseeing, but it’s a great transportation base as well.
Located in a gorgeous quasi-national park, Minoo Koen, staying at this ryokan is like taking a trip to paradise – only 30 minutes away from Osaka! Complete with the traditional ryokan aesthetic (tatami floors, futon bedding) as well as attractions like a rooftop bath with a view of Osaka, a lounge where you can listen to live jazz, and horses that you can hang out with, this hotel is an escape like none other.
Famed for being absolutely breathtaking in all seasons, Nanten-en is also known for its architecture – it was designed by the same architect behind magnificent Tokyo Station. In fact, it’s nationally listed as a tangible cultural property. Though less than an hour from both Osaka City and Koyasan, Nanten-en’s Japanese garden, healing hot springs, and vegetarian and halal-friendly cuisine will probably keep you from ever wanting to leave.
Situated on the border of Osaka and Nara is Hotel Seiryu, which offers stunning views of Osaka from its perch upon Mount Ikoma. Perfect as a gateway to either city, this ryokan has it all – multiple restaurants, a beer garden, hot spring baths, both Western and Japanese-style rooms and more. Check out nearby Ishikiri and hike up the mountain, one of the best around, if you get the chance.