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Where to Stay in Osaka: The Complete Guide

Blending cosmopolitan vibes with country charm, Osaka is known for its neon-lit city centre, fresh seafood markets and lively nightlife. Nicknamed the “Nation’s Kitchen”, Osaka also has a reputation as a food mecca, while its 16th-century castle is the city’s beautiful crown jewel.

With over 400 million annual visitors to HotelsCombined, we’ve highlighted the top hotels and attractions in Osaka’s best neighbourhoods, including Dotonbori, Shinsaibashi, Nipponbashi, Amerikamura, Kitashinchi and Fukushima. Whether you want to explore leafy parks, glittering temples or the city’s best restaurants, we can help you decide exactly where to stay.

Why You Should Stay in Dotonbori

A lively entertainment area and one of Osaka’s most popular attractions at night, Dotonbori is known for its eye-catching signage. Marvel at the neon-lit billboards showcasing a giant crab and the iconic Glico running man, then explore little alleyways and sample local delicacies in one of the many restaurants.

Must-Do Dotonbori Experiences

  • Photograph the famous Glico advertisement from Ebisu Bridge.
  • See the sights from a scenic river cruise.
  • Dine on Osaka-style takoyaki (octopus balls) at Kukuru.

Top Hotels in Dotonbori

Cross Hotel Osaka

Cross Hotel Osaka

Located on the famous Midosuji Street in the heart of Osaka’s Dotonbori district, Cross Hotel Osaka has 229 guest rooms and two suites. The Executive Cross Floor Sakura Room features an air purifier, refrigerator and flat-screen TV, while larger groups might find the Comfort Floor Triple Room more comfortable with its three beds.

Admire the gingko tree views from the large windows of the modern restaurant Osaka Minami or experience Japan’s largest aquarium restaurant at Shinsaibashi Lime, which boasts nine huge glass aquariums and over 10,000 tropical fishes. Wrap up your night with savoury crapes at Tables Cafe or a glass of Japanese whiskey at Bar Seagull.

Nearby Attractions

  • Tonbori River Walk (210 meters)
  • Hozenji Temple (400 metres)
  • Shochikuza Theatre (150 metres)

Star Rating: 4*
Price: 108 USD – 486 USD
Guest Rating: 9
Address: 2-5-15 Shinsaibashisuji, Chuo, Osaka, Japan

Karaksa Hotel Osaka Namba

Karaksa Hotel Osaka Namba

Less than a 10-minute walk from Namba Station, Karaksa Hotel Osaka Namba has five categories of twin rooms. Solo travellers can book the Semi Double Room with a bathtub, work desk and refrigerator, while the High Floor Twin boasts two large single beds on the eighth floor and above.

Start your morning dining on a buffet-style breakfast at Restaurant (1F), where you can get your caffeine fix with locally roasted coffee. You’ll also find laundry facilities and safety deposit boxes in addition to vending machines for snacks on the go.

Nearby Attractions

  • Tonbori River Walk (450 metres)
  • Konamon Museum (500 metres)
  • Dotonbori Glico Sign (350 metres)

Star Rating: 4*
Price: 85 USD – 610 USD
Guest Rating: 9
Address: Chuo-ku Nishishinsaibashi 2-9-13, Chuo, Osaka, Japan

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Why You Should Stay in Shinsaibashi

Shinsaibashi is Osaka’s main shopping district, lined with high-end retailers and luxury brand boutiques. Outside of its shopping, you’ll find a variety of restaurants, bars and nightclubs. Sitting in its centre are hundreds of shops along Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street, Osaka’s biggest shopping area for 400 years.

Must-Do Shinsaibashi Experiences

  • Shop in huge department stores like Daimaru on Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street.
  • Find peace and tranquillity at Mitsuhachimangu Shrine.
  • Play retro video games at Space Station.

Top Hotels in Shinsaibashi

The Bridge Hotel Shinsaibashi

The Bridge Hotel Shinsaibashi

You can pick from the single, double, twin and triple rooms at The Bridge Hotel Shinsaibashi, which all have separate work desks. Each room is also equipped with bottled water, a hair dryer and electric kettle, and you’ll have access to a pocket Wi-Fi for high-speed internet on your phone and computers.

Travelling with the kids? There’s an array of amenities for families, from baby baths and toothbrushes to cultural events designed for little ones. After a day of sightseeing, relax in the free massage chairs or enjoy free coffee, tea and juice in the drink bar.

Nearby Attractions

  • Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street (650 metres)
  • Mitsuhachimangu Shrine (350 metres)
  • Mitsutera Temple (600 metres)

Star Rating: 4*
Price: 90 USD – 283 USD
Guest Rating: 8.8
Address: 1-10-25 Nishi-Shinsaibashi Chuo-Ku, Chuo, Osaka, Japan

Hotel Monterey Grasmere Osaka

Hotel Monterey Grasmere Osaka

A modern hotel designed like a British manor, Hotel Monterey Grasmere Osaka has guest rooms with decor reflecting the best of England and the beauty of the Cotswolds and Lake District. Book the Grasmere Twin, which reflects a country manor house and includes hair dryers, air purifiers and 100 percent cotton pyjamas, while business travellers will find the Standard Single suitable with its separate writing desk.

The on-site restaurant, Escale, offers an authentic British-style setting with vintage furniture and an upscale ambience. Teppanyaki ‘Kobe’ restaurant serves traditional Japanese cuisine alongside panoramic views of Osaka’s city skyline.

Nearby Attractions

  • Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street (900 metres)
  • Mitsuhachimangu Shrine (850 metres)
  • Osaka Shochikuza Theatre (650 metres)

Star Rating: 4*
Price: 72 USD – 737 USD
Guest Rating: 8.5
Address: 1-2-3, Minatomachi, Naniwa, Osaka, Japan

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Nipponbashi

Why You Should Stay in Nipponbashi

Home to Den Den Town, Nipponbashi is the ideal area to pick up affordable electronics and anime goods. Considered the centre of local geek culture, the area is packed with stores selling manga comics, anime music, cosplay costumes and collectable models and is where you can experience the famed maid cafes.

Must-Do Nipponbashi Experiences

  • Explore Osaka in fun costumes at Akiba Kart Osaka.
  • Marvel at the iconic Tsutenkaku Tower.
  • Play arcade games at Taito station Osaka Nihonbashi.

Top Hotels in Nipponbashi

Fraser Residence Nankai Osaka

Fraser Residence Nankai Osaka

Designed for families, Fraser Residence Nankai Osaka offers studio, one and two-bedroom apartments. The Studio has a well-equipped kitchenette and entertainment system, while the spacious two-bedroom apartments boast city views and washer and dryers.

There are daily housekeeping services, a 24-hour reception and concierge and a fully-equipped gym. Relax in the on-site cafe or the steam and sauna facilities, then dine on local specialties at Nankai Parlor. Need to get work done? There’s an eight-person conference room with high-speed internet access and conferencing ability.

Nearby Attractions

  • Taito station Osaka Nihonbashi (700 metres)
  • Namba Yasaka Shrine (500 metres)
  • Osaka Takashimaya (200 metres)

Star Rating: 4*
Price: 136 USD – 565 USD
Guest Rating: 9.2
Address: 17-11, Nambanaka 1-Chome, Naniwa, Osaka, Japan

Hotel Ichiei

Hotel Ichiei

Once a one-storey house, Hotel Ichiei has been serving guests for more than 60 years. Showcasing its ancient traditions, its Japanese-style rooms offer insight into how locals live. The Stone Garden Room is a favourite with guests with its traditional garden, while the Tea Ceremony Room accommodates up to six people and includes a separate ceremony room.

Changing with the seasons, the on-site restaurant serves fresh seasonal ingredients, designed to invoke your five senses. The hotel is directly connected to the Namba subway station, making it easy to travel to the Osaka Castle or Universal Studios Japan.

Nearby Attractions

  • Akiba Kart Osaka (1 kilometre)
  • Osaka Takashimaya (270 metres)
  • Namba Yasaka Shrine (550 metres)

Star Rating: 3*
Price: 61 USD – 473 USD
Guest Rating: 8.5
Address: 1-6-8 Nambanaka, Naniwa, Osaka, Japan

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Amerikamura

Why You Should Stay in Amerikamura

Osaka’s centre for creative fashion, Amerikamura was originally named “American Village” due to its focus on Western merchandise. Popular with Japan’s younger crowd, the neighbourhood boasts shops selling local and imported fashion, while live music venues, clubs and bars showcase the latest trends in local art and music.

Must-Do Amerikamura Experiences

  • Visit Mitsu Park to see locals showing off their unique style.
  • Indulge in 40-centimetre-long soft cream at Pop Sweet.
  • Put on your dancing shoes and party in Club Joule.

Top Hotels in Amerikamura

Hotel Nikko Osaka

Hotel Nikko Osaka

Hotel Nikko Osaka sits across from the Daimaru Department store and famous Minami shopping and dining centre. Stay in the cosy Double with its plush Simmons mattress, Bose Bluetooth speakers and large sofa or upgrade to the Junior Suite for two flat-screen TVs, a refrigerator and Nespresso machine. On the upper floors, guests can enjoy views of Mt. Ikoma, Osaka Bay and Kobe.

Fuel up at the buffet-style Serena or indulge in upscale French cuisine at Les Celebrites, while meat lovers will enjoy Teppanyaki Icho’s Japanese black beef cooked right in front of you. Enjoy a nightcap at Bar Lounge Sky Cruiser or tea and Lobby Lounge, while live piano can be found at Vol de Nuit. 

Nearby Attractions

  • Mitsu Park (400 meters)
  • Shinsaibashi BIG STEP (290 metres)
  • Standard Bookstore (500 metres)

Star Rating: 4*
Price: 132 USD – 681 USD
Guest Rating: 8.3
Address: 1-3-3, Nishi-Shinsaibashi, Chuo, Osaka, Japan

The Wall Hotel

The Wall Hotel

An intimate hotel with only 39 guest rooms, The Wall Hotel is just 365 meters from the famed Glico Man sign. Each Double Room is equipped with a flat-screen TV, refrigerator and private bathroom, while the fireplace is ideal for winter and the complimentary bottled water keeps refreshed.

The on-site restaurant serves Italian cuisine made with local ingredients, including pizza, pasta and fresh seafood, while cheese platters pair perfectly with a glass of wine. The hotel also features a 24-hour front desk and luggage storage. Step outside to discover the Shinsaibashi Shopping Arcade just a five-minute walk away and Yotsubashi Station less than 10 minutes on foot.

Nearby Attractions

  • Mitsu Park (180 meters)
  • Club Joule (93 metres)
  • The Silver Ball Planet (300 metres)

Star Rating: 4*
Price: 56 USD – 235 USD
Guest Rating: 8.1
Address: 2-7-19 Nishishinsaibashi Chuo-Ku, Chuo, Osaka, Japan

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Why You Should Stay in Kitashinchi

Osaka’s most famous nightclub and entertainment district, Kitashinchi is lined with an endless array of bars, clubs and restaurants. Meander through the district’s narrow streets to discover neon-lit signs and billboards. Historically, this area was where geishas would entertain their clients with dancing and singing performances.

Must-Do Kitashinchi Experiences

  • Sample authentic bowls of ramen at Ressishoyu Menkobo Sanku.
  • Explore interactive exhibits and a planetarium at The Osaka Science Museum.
  • Sample Japanese whiskey at Bar K.

Top Hotels in Kitashinchi

Mitsui Garden Hotel Osaka Premier

Mitsui Garden Hotel Osaka Premier

HotelsCombined visitors rave about the Japanese-style public baths at Mitsui Garden Hotel Osaka Premier, where you can soak in the large hot tub. Women have their choice of female-only rooms, such as the Orb Single with its facial steamer and flat-screen TV, while couples might enjoy the Superior Double’s city skyline views and access to the Executive Lounge.

Indulge in regional breakfast delicacies at the buffet-style restaurant, from fluffy omelettes to fried chicken thighs and lightly-fried squid. Women can enjoy the Jacuzzi and powder room in the women’s spa, while another bath faces a tranquil Japanese garden.

Nearby Attractions

  • The Osaka Science Museum (280 metres)
  • Ressishoyu Menkobo Sanku (1 kilometre)
  • Bar K (900 metres)

Star Rating: 4*
Price: 105 USD – 335 USD
Guest Rating: 9
Address: 3-4-15 Nakanoshima, Kita, Osaka, Japan

Conrad Osaka

Conrad Osaka

Sitting between the Dojima and Tosabori rivers, Conrad Osaka is a sleek luxury hotel with incredible water views from its rooms and suites. You’ll find floor-to-ceiling windows and a digital control panel for lighting and temperature, while executive rooms and suites have private check-in and Executive Lounge access.

You’re spoilt for choice with four on-site dining options serving traditional Japanese cuisine, while 40 Sky Bar & Lounge serves bespoke cocktails on the 40th floor with unobstructed views of the river and city skyline. When you need a day of pampering, head to the tranquil Conrad spa and salon or swim in the 20-metre-long heated indoor pool.

Nearby Attractions

  • The Osaka Science Museum (280 metres)
  • Nakanoshima Festival Tower (160 metres)
  • The Bar Elixir-k (550 metres)

Star Rating: 5*
Price: 325 USD – 1,553 USD
Guest Rating: 9.1
Address: Nakanoshima 3-2-4 Kita-ku, Kita, Osaka, Japan

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Why You Should Stay in Fukushima

Fukushima is dotted with narrow lanes home to small eateries and bars, where colourful street art matches the lively atmosphere. After sampling the region’s most flavourful delicacies, take an after-dinner stroll toward Dojima River, where you can marvel at the glittering Osaka skyline.

Must-Do Fukushima Experiences

  • Explore a five-storey pagoda and Japanese gardens at Fukusenji Temple.
  • Visit the JR Fukushima Station to see the Seven Gods of Fortune street art.
  • Admire the city’s glittering skyline on a Nakanoshima River Cruise.

Top Hotels in Fukushima

Hotel Hanshin

Hotel Hanshin

Along with rooms ranging from Single to Double and Twin, Hotel Hanshin has traditional Japanese-style abodes. Families who need extra space can book the Fourth room with a twin bed, sofa bed and one extra bed. Every room comes equipped with hair dryers, bathrobes and flat-screen TVs, while massages, evening newspapers and dry cleaning services are available for purchase.

On-site dining includes the buffet-style Restaurant NeN and the Japanese restaurant, Hanaza. Kick back with a cocktail in the plush seats at Bar Caballero or re-energise with a cup of coffee at Tully’s.

Nearby Attractions

  • Fukusenji Temple (400 metres)
  • Fukushima Park (1 kilometre)
  • Umeda Sky Building (1.2 kilometres)

Star Rating: 3*
Price: 17 USD – 462 USD
Guest Rating: 8.1
Address: 5-6-16 Fukushima, Fukushima, Osaka, Japan

Osaka Guest House U-En

Osaka Guest House U-En

Nestled behind the bustling streets of Fukushima, Osaka Guest House U-En is located in a 100-year-old townhouse where much of the furniture, flooring and panelling dates back to its original structure. You’ll find futon beds and extra soft mattresses, personal security locks and hair dryers in each guest room, which range from the 12 Bed Mixed Dorm to a Private Double.

Meet like-minded travellers in the common room or cook a meal in the fully-equipped kitchen, then rent a bike to explore the neighbourhood. Washers and dryers are available in addition to a luggage storage and laundry lines.

Nearby Attractions

  • Fukusenji Temple (31 metres)
  • Fukushima Station (350 metres)
  • Nakanoshima River Cruise (400 metres)

Star Rating: 2*
Price: 18 USD – 121 USD
Guest Rating: 8.8
Address: 2-9-23, Fukushima, Fukushima, Osaka, Japan

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Discover the Best of Japan’s Culinary Capital

Osaka is rich in history and culture with its temples, markets and 16th-century castle, while some of the country’s best cuisine can be found at eateries dotted around the city. Osaka’s best neighbourhoods offer access to the city’s biggest attractions while keeping you close to more laid-back local areas. The most popular hotels in these neighbourhoods offer on-site restaurants and views of Osaka’s skyline.

Where do you like to stay in Osaka? Let us know in the comments below.

Author: Charity De Souza

Born and raised in Orlando, Florida, I have been travelling with my battered backpack full-time for over a decade. My favourite travel memories include skydiving in Switzerland, wine tasting in Portugal, road tripping through Iceland, snorkelling in Indonesia and watching a sunset in the Sahara Desert.

Charity De Souza
Born and raised in Orlando, Florida, I have been travelling with my battered backpack full-time for over a decade. My favourite travel memories include skydiving in Switzerland, wine tasting in Portugal, road tripping through Iceland, snorkelling in Indonesia and watching a sunset in the Sahara Desert.
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