If you were to stay overnight in Osaka, Japan, which area would be best?
Do you have a hard time looking for a place to stay when you are on a trip in Tokyo or Osaka, Japan? If you do, I have some highly recommended places for you to stay in Osaka. There are both some well-known places, and some that are not so well-known. I hope you'll find the information helpful.
I will thoroughly compare fees and features of areas to stay in Osaka, Japan.
First, let's look at the price ranges.
Staying in the “Kita (north)” district, a lively area with many fun spots for tourists, would cost over 10,000 yen per night. However, like I said, it's a fun place to stay with many sightseeing places including Osaka-jo Castle. For example, if you stay in the Umeda area, there are two shopping districts you can have an eating tour, then go to the Umeda Sky Building to look down upon a night view from 173 meters above, and since Osaka Station is within walking distance, you can casually visit Kyoto as well (30 minutes by bullet train from Osaka Station), so other areas are accessible from Umeda, too.
Further, the Tenma area has shopping districts and the Tenma Ichiba (Tenma Greengrocers' Market), also called “The Kitchen of the Nation,” so you'll be walking among various places to eat, and find it difficult to choose.
Our next recommendation is the “Namba and Shinsaibashi” area for staying overnight. The prices are reasonable, but there are still many tourist sites, so the cost performance is high.
It's a place where foreign tourists definitely visit when traveling Osaka. It's a must-consider place when looking for a place to stay, since the area has Dotonbori, famous for the “Kuidaore Ningyo” and “Kanidoraku” signs, and also shopping districts such as America-mura village. The lodging expense in this area is about 10,000 yen per night.
Also, if you will be in Osaka, especially on a business trip, the “Shinosaka Station” area is highly recommended as there are a lot of business hotels. From there, you can access various places, and many of the hotels charge less than 10,000 yen, so the area is well-balanced.
As extra information, I also recommend the Bay Area for accommodation, if you want to enjoy Universal Studios Japan or Kaiyukan all day. A while back, I never thought of the area as being crowded, but nowadays, there are more tourist spots. So, if you want to have fun until night time, then go straight back to your hotel, you'll find the Bay Area convenient.
Where are the not-so-famous yet areas to stay in Osaka?
The areas I have mentioned were probably places you knew well already.
Another area of recommendation is the “Shin-Imamiya Station and Dobutsuen-mae Station” area. The feature of Shin-Imamiya Station is that it is located just one station from JR Tennoji Station, yet the lodging expense is quite affordable. In recent years, the area is popular among back packers who travel Japan, and the lodging expense is in the five to six thousand yen range. However, note that compared to business hotels, you may find that there are not enough toiletries, so be sure to check beforehand. The Hoshino Resorts plans to open a hotel in the area in 2021.
The Dobutsuen-mae Station area that is a three-minute walk from Shin-Imamiya Station, is also recommended. From there, you can go to the Shinsekai shopping district and Tsutenkaku Tower in 10 minutes on foot, and you will find various Osaka gourmets you can try, along with many places to shop. The Tsutenkaku Tower is in the middle of the Shinsekai area. From the tower's observatory, you can have a sweeping view of the city of Osaka, and it is a symbol of Osaka.
One of Osaka's representative gourmets is “Kushikatsu.” It is vegetables, meat, etc. that are skewered, battered, and deep-fried. Simple, but you can enjoy many different tastes of ingredients. The sauce of the Kushikatsu is unique! You can see it the bottom right hand of the picture. There is one thing you have to be careful about when eating Kushikatsu. You should only dip your Kushikatsu into the sauce and thoroughly soak the coating once. This is because you will be sharing the sauce with other people and it is not sanitary if you dip our Kushikatsu into the sauce for the second time. Try and see if you like the taste.
Another area such as Tennoji Dobutsuen is good, too. Compared to the areas mentioned above, accessing other places will cost more, but if you use the JR bus, changing means of transportation will be easy when going to Kyoto, Kobe, or Nara from Kansai International Airport.
What did you think about the areas I have shown you? When all is said and done, you should decide based on your purpose and how much you can spend. If you ask me, I would recommend the “Namba and Shinsaibashi” area, because there are so many places tourists would want to stay for a long time.
You may think that booking a hotel became difficult, but please rest assured. Around 2016, the words “hotel refugees” was often heard because there were very little vacancies in the hotels in these areas. But last year, more than 10 new hotels opened, and more is to come. So you shouldn't be worried about booking a hotel, and the prices are not too high. I hope you will consider the areas I mentioned when you decide to stay in Osaka.
*The above information was last updated March 8, 2018. For further information, please contact the facilities directly.
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