Where to stay in Osaka

Osaka is the third largest city in Japan so finding where to stay in Osaka could be a little daunting. There are several districts to pick from which are extremely convenient for tourists, first timers or frequent travellers to Osaka. This guide will tell you where to stay in Osaka based on your personal needs and preferences.

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Where to Stay in Osaka: Kita

Kita is the perfect place for tourists or first-time travellers to Osaka. Kita and Umedia Area are the business hub of the city as well as the prime place for transportation purposes. There are lots of restaurants and attractions in the area, as well as plenty of hotels to suit any budget. It is in Umeda you will find the HR Osaka station, which is dotted with department stores. This is a vibrant area, which also features the Nakanoshim-koen Park, a relaxing spot for those in need of zen.

There are lots of things to do in Kita, including the Umeda Sky building, Osaka Museum of Housing and Living the Tenjimbashi-suji Shopping Street and the National Museum of Art, Osaka. 

Why stay in Kita

If you wonder where to stay in Osaka, you might want to consider Kita:

If you want convenient access to the train station, access to plenty of shopping places and are interested in having day trips from Osaka, then Umeda is the place to be.
Expect amazing skyscrapers around, bars and restaurants packed with salarymen and lots of epic department stores. Plenty to see and do in the area. 

Where to stay in Kita

Hotel Kita
Imperial Hotel Osaka

Budget: Hostel Tankai

Hostel Tankai offers nice and basic accommodation in the centre of Kyoto. The front desk at the property offers free luggage storage. Coin-operated laundry machines and a drinks vending machine are available on site. Guests can enjoy the shared TV and lounge area. The hostel has an open-air bath on site as well. Prices start at £38 per night. 

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Mid-range: S.Training Center Hotel

This is a great mid-range hotel with public bath on site. All rooms are equipped with a flat-screen TV. You will find a kettle in the room. All rooms come with a private bathroom equipped with a shower. For your comfort, you will find slippers, free toiletries and a hairdryer

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Luxury: Imperial Hotel Osaka

Situated along the Okawa River renowned for beautiful cherry blossoms, Imperial Hotel Osaka is a prestigious 5-star hotel with elegant guest rooms, a fitness centre and various fine dining options. It is a 5-minute walk from JR Sakuranomiya Station and a 15-minute free shuttle ride from JR Osaka Station. Free WiFi is available throughout the property.

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Where to Stay in Osaka: Minami

Minami is also a great transportation hub in Osaka. It is a huge and vibrant shopping, dining and entertainment district. It is home to the colourful Dotombori, a great place for tourists and street food. Minami encompasses two districts: Shinsaibashi and Namba. It is in Namba where Osakans go for a great night out. For shopping lovers, this is a great place as the district is filled with shopping centres, department stores and fashionable boutiques. 

There are lots of things to do in Minami, including the already mentioned Dotombori, Midosuji for shoppers, Hozenji Yokocho (a traditional alley which is lovely for night photos) and several shopping arcades. It is also home to Amerikamura and Den Den Town. Amerika Mura is the Harajuku of Osaka and Den Den Town shares many things in common with Tokyo's Akihabara. 

Why stay in Minami

If you wonder where to stay in Osaka, you might want to consider Minami:

If you are after an epic night out, you love being in the middle of a vibrant city and enjoy experiencing a large variety of things to do, then Minami is your place.
So if food and nightlife are on your menu then Minami is where you need to stay in Osaka. 

Where to stay in Minami

Hotel Minami
St. Regis Osaka

Budget: 04village Namba

Opened in March 2017, 04village Namba is a guest house in Osaka. The guest house is a 5-minute walk from Ebisucho Station. Free WiFi is provided in public areas on site. The shower and toilet facilities are shared. There are 2 showers per floor and 3 high-tech toilets on site.

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Mid-range: Daiwa Roynet Hotel Osaka-Yotsubash

Daiwa Roynet Hotel Osaka-Yotsubash is an excellent mid-range choice in Minami. It offers double rooms for smokers and non-smokers. It offers modern rooms with an LCD TV, and free Wi-Fi and wired internet in the rooms and the lobby. Guest rooms offer both air conditioning and heating facilities. 

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St. Regis Osaka

Located in the heart of Osaka's Midosuji area, the 5-star St. Regis offers its signature butler service, an exquisite decor with touches of traditional Japanese aesthetics. For those interested in luxury, this is definitely a must. 

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Where to Stay in Osaka: Honmachi

Honmachi is essentially central Osaka. Honmachi is quieter than both Minami or Kita, and it doesn't have as many shopping options but it definitely has plenty of restaurants and bars. You can either walk or take the subway to both Minami or Kita. Hotels in Honmachi are also cheaper than the other two areas and it's much quiet at night time. To me, this is also a big bonus. If you remember, in my previous post, where to stay in Tokyo, I always say that Chiyoda is my favourite place because of its key location, amazing silence and proximity to transportation. Honmachi plays by the same rules. 

Why stay in Honmachi:

If you wonder where to stay in Osaka, you might want to consider Honmachi:

If you want a quiet place in-between Minami and Kita, access to cheaper hotels and proximity to subway stations, then Honmachi is for you. Remember that you don't really have what to do around here, the point is to have a quieter base for a good night sleep, which is walking distance from both Minami and Kita. 

Where to stay in Honmachi

Hotel Honmachi
Hilton Osaka Hotel

Budget: Guesthouse Sun

Featuring free WiFi throughout the property, Guesthouse Sun offers accommodation in Osaka. The guesthouse is situated only a minute's walk from Sakuragawa Station of the Subway Sennichimae Line and the Hanshin Namba Line.

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Mid-range: MOXY Osaka Honmachi

MOXY Osaka Honmachi is a part of the Marriot International Group and an excellent mid-range choice for those interested in the Honmachi area. The hotel is just 5 minutes walk from the Honmachi subway station. Rooms at this hotel have a private bathroom with a walk-in rain shower, free toiletries and hairdryer. A flat-screen TV, folding desk and chair are provided.

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Luxury: Hilton Osaka Hotel

Offering great city views, the spacious rooms at the Osaka Hilton are well equipped with extra-long beds and a minibar. Windows have a traditional Fusuma panel and Japanese Yukata robes are provided for all guests. Room service is available 24 hours.

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Where to Stay in Osaka: Shin Osaka

Shin Osaka is the place to be if you want lots of day trips from Osaka to the surrounding areas. It's still just a 10-minute subway ride from other vibrant areas so it's not a bad place to be. There are plenty of shops and restaurants around and you have connections to all major urban hubs in Osaka. You can find reasonably priced hotels in the area. 

Why stay in Shin Osaka 

If you wonder where to stay in Osaka, you might want to consider Shin Osaka:

If you want lots of day trips from Osaka and don't mind taking the subway when you need to go explore the city.
There isn't much to do here apart from the train station, so only position yourself in this area for further travelling purposes. 

Where to stay in Shin Osaka

Hotel shin Osaka
Courtyard by Marriott Shinosaka Station

Mid-range: Remm Shin-Osaka

Offering direct access to JR Shin Osaka Train Station, Remm Shin-Osaka offers modern contemporary rooms with free Wi-Fi and a flat-screen TV with video-on-demand. Guests can also relax on the massage chairs provided in each room.

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Mid-range: Shin-Osaka Station Hotel

This is yet another great mid-range option right next to the train station. Conveniently situated just a 4-minute walk from Shin-Osaka Shinkansen Station, Shin-Osaka Station Hotel offers cosy rooms with a flat-screen TV and satellite channels. Free Wi-Fi is available.

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Luxury: Courtyard by Marriott Shinosaka Station

Courtyard by Marriott Shinosaka Station has amazing rooms with views over the city. The property is just one minute walk away from the train station. Free WiFi and valet parking is available. Prices start at £105.

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Where to Stay in Osaka: Tenoji

Just a short subway ride away from the Namba, you will get the district of Tennoji, a now up and coming shopping place. It is home to the Abeno Harukas, a 300-metre tall tower with an observational deck. There are lots of new restaurants and shops in the area. Don't forget to spend some time around the Shinsekai retro area. 

Why stay in Tenoji

If you wonder where to stay in Osaka, you might want to consider Tenoji:

If you are interested in saving and travelling for cheap, this area is perfect.
Tenoji is not far from other districts but because it is less popular, you can find great hotel rates around here. 

Where to stay in Tenoji

hotel tenoji
Hotel Trusty Osaka Abeno

Budget: Khaosan World Tennoji

Khaosan World Tennoji features Japanese-style rooms and dormitory rooms. Free WiFi is available throughout the property. All rooms have air conditioning, heating and a private bathroom with a shower. Free toiletries including shampoo and body wash are provided.

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Mid-range: Tennoji Miyako Hotel

Tennoji Miyako Hotel offers comfortable rooms with complimentary mineral water. It features a sky lounge and free WiFi. Miyako Hotel Tennoji is 20-minute train ride from Universal Studios Japan. Osaka Castle is about a 15-minute train ride away.

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Luxury: Hotel Trusty Osaka Abeno

Hotel Trusty Osaka Abeno is just a 2-minute walk from Tennojiekimae Station and a 5-minute walk from Tennoji Station. There is free luggage storage and a 24-hour front desk available on site. This is a four-star hotel and all guest rooms include a private bathroom with all toiletries needed. 

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Osaka Castle

Where to Stay in Osaka: Castle Area

This is a great zen space in Osaka, with a large park right by the castle. You can walk, run and relax here. Don't worry, there are still plenty of restaurants and shops around to keep you entertained. The rest of Osaka is just a short subway ride away. Because of its location which is a little less convenient than other more vibrant parts of the city, the Osaka Castle area is also a little cheaper. 

However, this area is just one kilometre away from the other Osaka's two downtowns (Kita or Minami). The area is built area the beautiful Osaka Castle, which really looks stunning. Apart from the Osaka Castle and the Osaka Castle Park, you can also enjoy a stroll around the Osaka Museum of History. 

Why stay in Osaka Castle Area

If you wonder where to stay in Osaka, you might want to consider Osaka Castle:

If you fancy peace and quiet, want a large space for walks where you can also do your daily exercise, then Osaka Castle area is the place to be.
It's also relatively quiet, not far from the vibrant districts, has plenty of restaurants around and of course, it's cheaper due to its location.

Where to stay in Osaka Castle area

Hotel Osaka Castle
Hotel the Lutheran

Mid-range: Hotel the Lutheran

Guest rooms offer both air conditioning and heating facilities. Each room has a humidifying air cleaner, a fridge and a flat-screen TV. The en suite bathroom comes with toiletries and a bathtub. The property is just 15 minute walk from the beautiful Osaka Castle. 

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Luxury: Hotel New Otani Osaka

This beautiful and luxurious hotel is located right in front of the Osaka Castle. You will enjoy spacious rooms and 13 dining options. You can book your room with Osaka Castle views. 

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Where to Stay in Osaka: Universal Studios

Universal Studio sure is a great reason to visit Osaka. You usually get bigger and cheaper rooms around the Universal Studios. As with most parts in Osaka, the area has great infrastructure and great links to other districts around the city. This is definitely the place to be if you are travelling with children. You are just walking distance from the Universal Studios, you have 20 minutes access to Namba and you have convenient airport transfer. 

Why stay close to the Universal Studios

If you wonder where to stay in Osaka, you might want to consider Universal Studios:

If you are travelling with kids and only visiting Osaka for Universal Studios, then this is the right place for you. There are several restaurants in the area so you will have plenty of places to sample epic Japanese food. As it is quite far from the centre itself, hotels are a little cheaper and the rooms are definitely bigger. 

Where to stay in Universal Studio area

Hotel Universal Studio
Hotel Keihan Universal Tower

Mid-range: Hotel Keihan Universal Tower

Featuring the 31st-floor S-PARK Spa with a sauna, jet bath and hot-spring baths with city views, Hotel Keihan Universal Tower is 300 m from Universal Studios Japan®. Free Wi-Fi is available at the entire property. Rooms at Hotel Keihan Universal Tower have a large window, neutral tones and wood highlights.

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Mid-range: Hotel Universal Port

Hotel Universal Port is located just 5 minute walk from Universal Studios Japan. Each room is equipped with a fridge, an electric kettle and a flat-screen TV with cable channels. The en suite bathroom comes with toiletries and a bathtub. Hairdryers, slippers and bath amenities including a toothbrush set are provided.

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Mid-range: The Park Front Hotel

The hotel opened in 2015 and it is the newest official Universal Studios Japan hotel. The property is located just minutes walk away from the theme park. Thr rooms offer fantastic views of Osaka city. Prices start at £139 per night. 

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Where to Stay in Osaka: Bay Area

When we first visited Osaka, we stayed in the Bay Area, close to Cosmo Square. This is because we found a well priced 4* hotel which promised really large room and epic breakfast. It didn't disappoint. I think Hotel Le Raison, was the best hotel I've ever stayed in Japan.  However, as comfortable as it was, the hotel is located quite far from the central areas of Osaka. Nothing is walking distance away and there aren't many shopping or restaurant options. 

You do have the Aquarium, the Ferris Wheel and the Universal Studios nearby, but in reality, you have to rely on the subway to be able to get to the centre. It is about 20-30 minutes on the subway and you will probably have to change at least once. But all in all, it was worth it since we got such amazing hotel. We liked the Bay Area because the place is incredibly quiet and it looks pretty cool with the office skyscrapers. 

Why stay in the Bay Area in Osaka

If you wonder where to stay in Osaka, you might want to consider the Bay Area:

If you want fancy hotel rooms for a much cheaper price than anywhere else in the city, then the Osaka Bay Area is the place to be. You will get a nice and quiet sleep, but you will be relatively far from the fun and vibrant areas of the city. 

Where to stay in the Osaka Bay area

Hotel Osaka Bay
Hotel La Raison Osaka

Mid-range: Hotel La Raison Osaka

The smoke-free rooms come with a flat-screen TV, fridge and an electric kettle with tea bags. The en suite bathroom comes with free toiletries, slippers, toothbrush sets and a hairdryer. Guests will receive a lovely complimentary drink upon arrival. The breakfast in this hotel is simply exceptional. 

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Luxury:Hyatt Regency Osaka

The spacious air-conditioned rooms feature a flat-screen satellite TV and a safety deposit box. Each comes with city or bay views and an electric kettle with green tea bags. The en suite bathrooms come with a hairdryer and free toiletries. he hotel is a 3-minute walk from Nakafuto Subway Station. 

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Have you decided where to stay in Osaka? Which area will you pick and why? Tell us about your travel plans in the comments section below. 

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