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Where to stay in Osaka [A Guide 2019 To The Best neighbourhoods]

A comprehensive guide on finding the best accommodation in Osaka

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Osaka is the third-largest city in Japan so finding where to stay in Osaka could be a little challenging. There are several districts to pick from which are extremely convenient for tourists, first-timers or frequent travellers to Osaka.

Osaka is a lovely port city with stunning modern architecture, delicious street food and incredible things to do. Check our Osaka itinerary to find the best things to do in Osaka.

So where should you stay during your visit to Osaka? We put together a comprehensive guide to the best neighbourhoods for visitors and gathered hotel recommendations for all budgets. While Kita and Minami tend to be the prefered locations for first-time visitors, there are several other options for those who want to pay less and get bigger rooms. When we stayed in Osaka during our first visit, we went for the Osaka Bay Area. Since it's Japan we are talking about, rest assured that public transport is fast affordable and reliable, so locating yourself a little further away from the main centre won't be an issue. In exchange, you will get a really big room in a luxury hotel which is quiet, classy and pretty great. So where will you stay in Osaka? Check out our accommodation guide below to pick your best neighbourhood.

The Best Areas To Stay In Osaka

Best for first time visitors

Kita

Where To Stay In Osaka - Kita
  • HEP 5 Ferris Wheel
  • Umeda Sky Building
  • Grand Front Osaka
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Best for Shopping

Minami

Where to Stay in Osaka - Minami
  • Dotombori
  • Amerikamura
  • Denden Town
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Best for quiet & budget

Honmachi

Where to stay in Osaka - Honmachi
  • Utsubo-koen Park
  • Namba Shrine
  • Hommachi Dori Shopping Street
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Best for daytrips

Shin Osaka

Where to stay in Osaka - Shin Osaka
  • Good for day trips from Osaka
  • Budget hotels and food in this area
  • Shin Osaka Station is good to explore
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Best for central but budget friendly

Tennoji

Where To Stay In Osaka - Tennoji
  • Abeno Harukas
  • Shinsekai neighborhood
  • Tennoji-koen Park & Zoo
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Best during Cherry Blossom Season

Osaka Castle Area

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  • Osaka Castle
  • Osaka Castle Park
  • Osaka Museum of History
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Best for Universal Studios

Universal Studios

Where to stay in Osaka - Universal Studios
  • Universal Wonderland
  • The Wizarding World of Harry Potter
  • Jurassic Park
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Best for families

Osaka Bay Area

Where to stay in Osaka - Bay Area
  • Osaka Aquarium
  • Giant Ferris Wheel
  • Universal Studios
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Where to stay in Osaka [A Guide 2019 To The Best neighbourhoods] - Contents

We loved Osaka and can't wait to go back. During our first visit, we got to enjoy the many cherry blossom spots, Osaka has to offer. Our guide will tell you where to stay in Osaka to match your personal preferences and budget.

Where to Stay in Osaka

Most first time visitors go for Kita or Minami, but you can also pick a luxury hotel a little further out of the city centre and enjoy fantastic views over the bay, for a lower price.

Ryokans

Ryokans are the soul of Japan in our opinion. They usually have an onsen on-site and the house itself is a traditional Japanese inn made of wood. They look incredibly appealing and beautiful and usually offer full board included in the price. The downside of ryokans is their price tag and sometimes their location. As space is a luxury item in Japan, you won't find many ryokans in the centre of the city.

However, if you have a good connection, you can aim for a ryokan close to nature, and perhaps stay there for a couple of nights.

Hotels

The most prefered and easiest way to get accommodation in Osaka. You can find a range of hotels from budget to luxury. As previously mentioned, you will probably be able to get better value for your room if you decide to stay a little further from the centre. It doesn't mean you have to compromise as public transport is ace in Japan.

Hotels are expensive in Japan and do expect to find small rooms. At least by Western standards. However, the rooms are usually very clean and they have private bathrooms.

Business Hotels

They are cheap and reliable options for those who don't mind small hotel rooms for budget price tags. There are hotel rooms with a private bathroom and a double bed but also the famed capsule hotels. Capsule hotels are aimed at business travellers who need a place to stay for the night. They are spacious enough to feel comfortable and they have a separate (usually sparkling clean) shared a bathroom with showers. When staying in a capsule hotel or sharing a bathroom with others, we recommend familiarizing yourself with the Japanese etiquette.

Japanese Guesthouses

Japanese guesthouses tend to be used by those interested in staying in Japan longer. They are sometimes referred to as foreigner houses and you can get a weekly or monthly contract here.

Japanese B&Bs

These are similar to ryokans, but with fewer facilities and usually a lot cheaper. You will be normally hosted by a Japanese family. They usually have shared bathrooms so that's something to consider.

Vacation Rentals

Vacation rentals are people's homes with cooking facilities. These are great if you want to stay in Japan a little longer and cook your own food. However, food in Japan is not expensive if you know where to look. You can get popular Japanese food for very good prices, in which case it's better to aim for cheaper accommodation and go out to eat. After all, Japan's is the world's kitchen.

Here is where we recommend the best accommodation in Osaka for first-time visitors and travellers. And if this is your first time visiting the country, don't forget to check the best things to do in Japan.

Osaka Neighbourhood Map

Kita

Where to Stay in Osaka for first-time visitors

Surrounding the Osaka and Umeda Stations, Kita is one of the most popular neighbourhoods in Osaka for tourists. Kita is the business hub of the city as well as the prime place for transportation as mayor train lines meet here leading to Kobe, Himeji and Hiroshima on the South and Kyoto, Nagoya and Tokyo on the North.

Why Stay In Kita

If you are wondering where to stay in Osaka, you might want to consider Kita.

If convenient access to the train station is important to you, Kita is a good area to pick. Taking day trips from Osaka? Osaka's largest train stations can be found in Kita.

You will also have access to plenty of shops, restaurants and bars. Entertainment during the day and the evening is widely available alongside interesting attractions. Plenty to see and do in the area.

beautiful osaka from above

Things To Do In Kita

Check out the views of Osaka and the neighbouring Kobe from two great locations. The HEP 5 Ferris Wheel and the Umeda Sky Building offer great panoramic views of the city during the day and at night.

Do a bit of light shopping the Grand Front Osaka, a large shopping mall just outside of Osaka Station. There are great restaurants on the top floor, a huge convenience store at the bottom. Did I mention the gelato? Gelateria Raffinato serves some seriously delicious gelato.

Up for more shopping? Head to the Tenjimbashi-suji Shopping Street and check out the local stalls selling everything from clothes, shoes to food and other fun stuff.

Find lasting love at the Ohatsu Tenjin Shinto Shrine. The story goes, that Ohatsu was in love with a man, Tokubei but their love was not meant to be. To stay forever together, they took their own lives in this temple. Couples visit this shire from all over Osaka to ask for everlasting love.

Get your collectables and merchandise from the Pokemon Centre in Osaka Station building. The store has one of the largest selections of Pokemon-themed products, figurines, plush toys, stationery and arcades.

If you are after your morning coffee fix, visit the Nakazakicho neighbourhood, which is Osaka's own hipster area. Alongside the recently opened coffee shops and restaurants, you will find vintage clothing and furniture stores and unique Japanese souvenirs here.

Summary

  • HEP 5 Ferris Wheel
  • Umeda Sky Building
  • Grand Front Osaka
  • Tenjimbashi-suji Shopping Street
  • Ohatsu Tenjin Shinto Shrine
  • Pokemon Centre
  • Nakazakicho Hipster neighbourhood

Where to Stay In Kita

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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. Featuring chic décor and a relaxing ambience, each spacious room comes with a satellite LCD TV, a fridge and a minibar. A wide work desk and a safety box are also included. The en suite bathroom is fitted with a bathtub and free toiletries.

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S.Training Center Hotel

Situated near the Osaka Station, Training Center Hotel boasts a restaurant and free WiFi throughout the property. Private parking is available 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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ibis Osaka Umeda

ibis Osaka Umeda features accommodation with a bar, 24-hour front desk and a restaurant. The property is 1.2 miles from Umeda Sky Building and 1.2 miles from Kuchu Teien Observatory. The units in the hotel are equipped with a coffee machine, flat-screen TV with satellite channels.

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Minami

Where To Stay In Osaka for shopping

Minami is a huge and vibrant shopping, dining and entertainment district just South of Central Osaka. It is home to the colourful Dotombori, a great place for tourists and street food. Minami encompasses two districts: Shinsaibashi and Namba.

Namba City is 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 streets.

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.

There are plenty of hotels in this area for all kinds of budgets. Note, that the hotel rooms in central Osaka are smaller than outside of the centre, like the Bay Area or Shin Osaka. If you are travelling with your family and want larger rooms, it might be worth considering taking the subway.

Things to do in Minami

The most visited street in Osaka is Dotombori with its famous crab and octopus restaurants, takoyaki street food and the Ebisu Bridge.

Just west of the Shinsaibashi shopping district Amerikamura (America Town) is a small area with many cafes, restaurants, bars, clubs. The stores here selling fashion clothing from local and international designers. The town also called the "Harajuku of Osaka" is the centre of youth culture in Osaka, surrounding the Sankaku Koen Park.

Denden Town is best known for its cheap electronics and has more recently become equally well-known as a centre of otaku (geek) culture. The area is similar to Tokyo's Akihabara Electric Town and it's filled with large department stores and small, independent shops selling all kinds of electronics components and speciality electrical goods. You can also find stores selling manga comics, anime cosplay costumes, and collectable models and figures.

The two main shopping streets are the Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street and Doguyasuji Shopping Street, both covered streets with countless stalls selling everything from food to clothes and more. If you are after tasty street food, you can find vendors selling Takoyaki, Tako Tamago, yakitori and other delicious foods.

After a long day of shopping, it's time to find spiritual enlightenment in one of the many shrines and temples in Minami. The Hozenji Yokocho Temple and Namba Yasaka Shrine are popular with tourists because of their unusual building style.

Summary

  • Dotombori
  • Amerikamura
  • Denden Town
  • Takashimaya Osaka Store
  • Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street
  • Doguyasuji Shopping Street
  • Hozenji Yokocho Temple
  • Namba Yasaka Shrine

Where to Stay In Minami

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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. Contemporary, comfortable rooms boast magnificent city views. A minibar and a Nespresso coffee machine are provided. The large French marble bathroom includes a shower with 4 body jets, a soaking bathtub, a built-in LCD TV and a plush bathrobe.

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Daiwa Roynet Hotel Osaka-Yotsubashi

Daiwa Roynet Hotel Yotsubashi is located right next to Orix Stadium and a 3-minute walk from Yotsubashi Subway Station. It offers modern rooms with an LCD TV, and free Wi-Fi and wired internet in the rooms and the lobby. Each room is equipped with a work desk and an en suite bathroom with a bathtub. Free toiletries are provided.

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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. The shower and toilet facilities are shared. There are 2 showers per floor and 3 high-tech toilets on site. Towels are available for an additional charge upon prior request. All guest rooms are dormitories and there is a female-only floor.

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Where to stay in Osaka [A Guide 2019 To The Best neighbourhoods]

Where to stay in Osaka [A Guide 2019 To The Best neighbourhoods]

Honmachi

Where To Stay In Osaka for quiet & budget

Honmachi is essentially central Osaka. Honmachi is small, a quieter area between Minami and Kita. It doesn't have as many shopping and entertainment options, but it's well connected to all the other neighbourhoods.

Why Stay In Honmachi

If you wonder where to stay in Osaka, you might want to consider Honmachi because it is usually cheaper than the two other districts, Minami and Kita.

There is good access to subway and trains from Hommachi Station and a direct link to Osaka Station.

Remember there is not much to do around here, the point is to have a quieter base for a good night sleep, within walking distance from both Minami and Kita.

As Honmachi is an office district, there are many restaurants and bars with great food. After a long day of exploring Osaka, returning to Honmachi for some hot ramen and delicious teppanyaki is a real treat.

Things to do in Honmachi

As mentioned above, there isn't much to do in this central office district. Luckily, you are walking distance from both Kita and Minami. You can even walk to Osaka Castle, which is roughly 30 mins away.

If you need a moment of silent contemplation, have a seat in Utsubo-Koen Park. During spring and summer, the park is covered in beautiful roses and other flowers. In the evening, colourful lights illuminate the pathways.

Namba Shrine is a small Shinto Shrine nestled between the tall office buildings of Honmachi. Separated from the busy city by it's tall, grey walls, Namba Shrine is a nice reminder that the old can exist within the new.

Summary

  • Utsubo-koen Park
  • Namba Shrine
  • Hommachi Dori Shopping Street

Where to Stay In Honmachi

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Hilton Osaka Hotel

Located in the vibrant commercial and shopping district right around Umeda Station and Grand Front Osaka shopping mall, Hilton Osaka Hotel offers rooms with a satellite TV, extra-long beds and a minibar. The hotel features a swimming pool, a fitness centre and 5 dining options. A traditional Fusuma panel and Japanese Yukata robes are provided for all guests. Room service is available 24 hours.

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MOXY Osaka Honmachi by Marriott

MOXY Osaka Honmachi by Marriott provides rooms with 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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Guesthouse Sun

Guesthouse Sun is situated only a minute's walk from Sakuragawa Station. Americamura is a 10-minute walk away, while the Horie area is around a 5-minute walk away. The rooms are equipped with a shared bathroom. There is luggage storage space at the property.

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Shin Osaka

Where To Stay In Osaka for day trips

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

Why Stay In Shin Osaka

If you wonder where to stay in Osaka, you might want to consider Shin Osaka if you are planning on taking day trips from Osaka. Shin Osaka has direct access to the Shinkansen, connecting Osaka with Kobe, Himeji and Hiroshima on the South and Kyoto, Nagoya and Tokyo on the North.

If you don't mind taking the subway when you want to explore other parts of Osaka, this is a great neighbourhood. It takes about 20 mins to Osaka Castle, and 15 mins to Kita and Minami.

Things to do in Shin Osaka

There is not a lot to do in Shin Osaka apart from exploring the Shin Osaka Train Station. To get to the more interesting parts of Osaka, take the Midosuji Subway Line towards Osaka Station.

There are, however, a lot of great budget restaurants in the area. For delicious eel, try Unagiya a traditional unagi (eel) restaurant. If you are after ramen, Ramen Uroko will serve you the perfect ramen every time.

Summary

  • Good for day trips from Osaka
  • Budget hotels and food in this area
  • Shin Osaka Station is good to explore

Where to Stay In Shin Osaka

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Courtyard by Marriott Shin-Osaka Station

Courtyard by Marriott Shin-Osaka Station boasts rooms furnished with modern interior. Rooms are located on the 14th-18th floors, offering beautiful city views. The air-conditioned rooms at Shinosaka Courtyard by Marriott come with an LCD TV. Guests can work out at the on-site fitness centre.

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Shin-Osaka Station Hotel

Shin-Osaka Station Hotel offers contemporary rooms with a flat-screen TV and satellite channels, a fridge and private bathroom with a bathtub and shower. Free Wi-Fi is available.

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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. The air-conditioned, compact rooms come with a fridge, an electric kettle, toothbrush set, nightwear and a safety deposit box. The spacious bathrooms have glass doors and large windows overlooking the city. All rooms have rain showers and some come with a bathtub.

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Tennoji

Where To Stay In Osaka for budget-friendly places

Just a short subway ride away from Namba, you will find the colourful, upcoming district of Tennoji. 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 Tennoji

If you wonder where to stay in Osaka, you might want to consider Tennoji if you are interested in slightly cheaper hotels and budget options. As this area is becoming more and more popular, it's worth double-checking the hotel prices. You might find that the used-to-be cheap hotels now charge a premium.

There is a lot to see in this area. Tennoji is a retro neighbourhood, which is being re-discovered by locals and tourists alike.

Other districts are a short subway ride away, and the Osaka Castle is just North of Tennoji.

Things to do in Tennoji

The most recommended part of Tennoji is the Shinsekai neighbourhood. This slowly disappearing area used to be home to an entertainment district with all the funky and weird of the ‘old' Japan.

Take the elevator to the top floor of the 300-metre tall Abeno Harukas Skyscraper and marvel at the panoramic views of Osaka and Kobe. Don't forget to come back after sunset to see the night lights of the city.

Tennoji-koen Park and Tennoji Zoo are lovely green spaces and worth a visit, especially if you are travelling with children.

Shitenno-ji Temple is regarded as the oldest Buddhist Temples in Japan. Sadly the temple has been reconstructed in the ‘60s. Even so, the pagoda and some of the side buildings provide a glimpse at the temples former look.

Summary

  • Abeno Harukas
  • Shinsekai neighbourhood
  • Tennoji-koen Park
  • Tennoji Zoo
  • Shitenno-ji Temple

Where to Stay In Tennoji

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Hotel Trusty Osaka Abeno

At Hotel Trusty Osaka Abeno rooms include a private bathroom with toiletries including a hairdryer and toothbrushes. It is equipped with a bath, shower and high-tech toilet. A TV and refrigerator are included in guest rooms. There is an on-site Japanese-style teppanyaki restaurant where the chef cooks the food on an iron plate in front of guests.

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Tennoji Miyako Hotel

Tennoji Miyako Hotel offers comfortable rooms with complimentary mineral water, a TV, a fridge and an air purifier/humidifier. En suite bathrooms come with a bathtub and a shower with mist setting. Nightwear and slippers. It features a sky lounge and free WiFi. Sky Restaurant Etoile serves international dishes and offers panoramic city views from the top floor.

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Khaosan World Tennoji

Khaosan World Tennoji features Japanese-style rooms and dormitory rooms. All rooms have air conditioning, heating and a private bathroom with a shower. Free toiletries including shampoo and body wash are provided. The property has a drinks vending machine, shared kitchen and a lounge with tatami (woven-straw) flooring. There is also a foot bath at Khaosan World Tennoji.

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Osaka Castle Area

Where To Stay In Osaka during the Cherry Blossom Season

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, bars 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, Osaka Castle area is also a little cheaper.

Why Stay close to Osaka Castle

If you wonder where to stay in Osaka, here is why you might want to consider the Osaka Castle Area.

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. This area is just one kilometre away from the other Osaka's two districts, Kita and Minami.

Osaka Castle

Things to do close to Osaka Castle

The area is right by the beautiful Osaka Castle, which really looks stunning, especially during the Cherry Blossom Season. In the Castle, there is a museum, displaying the history of the Castle. Castle Park is a great place to relax and enjoy a quiet afternoon.

The Osaka Museum of History is just outside of the Castle grounds and it's a great place to learn about the 1350 years history of Osaka.

There are some great places to try unagi (eel) at Nishihara, soba noodles at Shuhari and ramen at Menya Ageha restaurants.

Summary

  • Osaka Castle
  • Osaka Castle Park
  • Osaka Museum of History

Where to Stay close to Osaka Castle

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Hotel New Otani Osaka

Located right in front of Osaka Castle, Hotel New Otani offers spacious rooms and 13 dining options. The property is a 5-minute walk from shopping complex JO-TERRACE OSAKA. Rooms feature large windows with city or Osaka Castle views. They have an LCD TV, comfortable beds and a minibar. Guests can relax in the hot tub or sauna, or enjoy a massage treatment. Several shops and a beauty salon are available as well.

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Hotel the Lutheran

Guest rooms at Hotel the Lutheran 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 hotel has a 24-hour front desk, and it is set up barrier-free for elderly and disabled guests. Facilities include luggage storage and coin-operated laundry machines.

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Universal Studios

Where To Stay In Osaka to be close to Universal Studios

Universal Studio sure is a great reason to visit Osaka. You usually get bigger and cheaper rooms around 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 Universal Studios, and it takes only 20 minutes on the subway to reach Namba.

Why Stay close To 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.

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.

Things to do in Universal Studios

There are 9 zones in Universal Studios:

  • Hollywood
  • Universal Wonderland
  • The Wizarding World of Harry Potter
  • Amity Village
  • Waterworld
  • Jurassic Park
  • San Francisco
  • Minion Park
  • New York

As you would imagine, currently, the Harry Potter area is the most popular. Universal Studios is great entertainment for everyone. Most rides are family-friendly. Check the official website for more details and ticket prices here.

Where to Stay close to Universal Studios

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Hotel Universal Port

Hotel Universal Port is a 4-minute walk from Universal Studios and it offers a restaurant, a massage service and rooms with free WiFi. Guest rooms offer both air conditioning and heating facilities. 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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The Park Front Hotel at Universal Studios Japan TM

The Park Front Hotel at Universal Studios Japan is the newest official Universal Studios Japan hotel, situated within a minutes’ walk from the theme park gate. Both Universal City Station and the Universal City Walk Osaka are within a minutes’ walk from the property. The hotel features private parking, various cafes, restaurants and shops on site, as well as free WiFi access in all areas.

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Hotel Keihan Universal Tower

Featuring S-PARK Spa with a sauna, jet bath and hot-spring baths with city views, Hotel Keihan Universal Tower is 350 yards from Universal Studios Japan. Rooms at Hotel Keihan Universal Tower have a large window, neutral tones and wood highlights. All come with a 37-inch flat-screen TV. The attached bathroom includes a bath. Bath amenities including a toothbrush set, hairdryer and slippers are provided.

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Osaka Bay Area

Where To Stay In Osaka for families

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 a 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 around here.

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 an amazing hotel. We liked the Bay Area because the place is incredibly quiet and skyscrapers look pretty cool.

Why Stay In the Osaka Bay Area

If you wonder where to stay in Osaka, you might want to consider the Bay Area if you travel with your family.

If you are after larger rooms and cheaper prices, then the Osaka Bay Area is the place to be. You will get a good night sleep as the Bay Area is pretty quiet during the evening. In exchange, you are relatively far from the fun and vibrant areas of the city.

Ferris wheel osaka japan

Things to do In the Osaka Bay Area

There are a few things to do in the Bay Area, but you will have to take the subway to get to all of them. The Osaka Aquarium, for example, is an amazing experience. It's worth the visit just to see the majestic whale sharks.

The Giant Ferris Wheel gives you a lovely panoramic view of the bay and the surrounding city.

Lastly, remember that Universal Studios is also in the Bay Area.

Summary

  • Osaka Aquarium
  • Giant Ferris Wheel
  • Universal Studios

Where to Stay In Osaka Bay Area

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Hyatt Regency Osaka

Boasting 5 restaurants, a fitness centre with indoor/outdoor swimming pools and massage treatments, Hyatt Regency Osaka offers modern accommodations right on Osaka Bay. 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.

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Quintessa Hotel Osaka Bay

Quintessa Hotel Osaka Bay features rooms furnished with modern interior, a restaurant and free WiFi. Private parking is available on site. The hotel operates a free shuttle to/from Universal Studios Japan which departs from the hotel. Shuttles to/from Osaka Station and the hotel are also available.

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.

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TOMARO Osaka Bay

Situated in Osaka, 900 yards from Tempozan Ferris Wheel, TOMARO Osaka Bay features rooms with free WiFi, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom with bidet and free toiletries, while the kitchenette has a microwave. The aparthotel offers a sun terrace.

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Planning more trips around Japan? Read more about where to stay in Tokyo or where to stay in Kyoto to better plan your trip. 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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