When people think of Japan, they instantly think of Tokyo. While Tokyo is undeniably the heart of Japan, people should not forget about Osaka. Kansai region’s Osaka is the capital city of Osaka prefecture and is often regarded as Tokyo’s rival. However, unlike Tokyo’s very busy lifestyle, Osaka is more laid-back and friendlier. Visiting Osaka? Here are some places to stay to help you get the best out of Osaka, regardless of your budget.
In my last vacation to Osaka, I stayed at this gem. Hotel Raizan is a mere 2-minute walk from Dobutsuen-mae Station and is located on a quite street that is not too isolated from the main road. The hotel features two adjacent buildings, Hotel Raizan North and Hotel Raizan South. It served as a great base to explore Osaka. Each Japanese-style tatami room was equipped with futons, a small desk, a small refrigerator and even a small flat screen tv.
Fast wi-fi is also available. Bathrooms are shared and are located on each floor. Showers are also shared and is located in the lobby next to the saunas. This might scare other people, but cleanliness in this hotel, as well as most of the hotels in Japan, is top notch. The best part? For five nights, a double room with shared bathroom only set me back ¥16,000 for two people!
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If you have some extra yen, want your bathroom en-suite and have a western style accommodation, consider staying at the Hotel Brighton City Osaka Kitahama. The hotel is less than 5 minutes walk from Kitahama Subway Station and 10 minutes walk from Yodoyabashi Subway Station. A Western-style double room comes with your own bathroom stocked with complimentary toiletries, an LCD TV, and a refrigerator. History buffs love staying in this hotel because it is very near to one of Osaka’s main attractions, the Osaka Castle. A double room starts at ¥12,000 per night.
Love the finer things in life? If money is not an option, St. Regis in Osaka is the best place to stay. A hotel that is fairly new in Osaka, but famed around the world, 5-star St. Regis is located at the Midosuji area, above Honmachi Subway Station. The hotel is a mere 15-minute walk from Osaka’s famous Dotonbori.
Luxuries awaiting the guests include 42-inch flat screen HD TVs, a minibar with a Nespresso machine and sprawling French marble bathrooms with a bathtub, LCD TV and a rainforest shower. A night in St. Regis starts at ¥50,000.
So whether you’re on a tight budget or splashing out, at least one of these hotels must look interesting to you! Osaka is a great place to visit for its nightlife, interesting people and unique food. Make the most of your stay and have a great time!
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