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12 Top-Rated Places to Stay in Osaka

Written by Carri Wilbanks

Whether you are traveling to Osaka with the family and looking for a kid-friendly sleep or heading to Japan's second largest city for a romantic couples getaway, there are hotels for all budgets and styles of traveler here. Because Osaka is a sprawling metropolis, choosing the right location for your holiday is imperative. You'll want to look for hotels in central or convenient neighborhoods including Kita, Minami, and Central Osaka and as close to possible to the Midosuji subway line, which takes you almost everywhere in the city.

Kita/Umeda is the most ideal district for tourists to stay, as it is a major shopping, dining, and entertainment district and is also a transportation hub for other parts of Osaka. Here, you will find luxury hotels like the InterContinental Hotel Osaka, as well as mid-range and budget choices like Hotel Kinki and Minn your second home. Find more options with our list of the best places to stay in Osaka.

1. InterContinental Hotel Osaka

InterContinental Hotel Osaka

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The five-star InterContinental Hotel Osaka is a luxurious, modern property in the Grand Front Osaka complex that is filled with dining, shopping, and entertainment venues. The hotel is also just a short walk from Osaka Station in the desirable Kita/Umeda area. All rooms feature fabulous city views as they occupy seven floors starting on the 21st and come with stylish contemporary decor in neutral hues. There are also two floors of suites with up to three bedrooms, which are a great choice for families. On-site amenities include two restaurants, a bakery, swimming pool, onsen-style bathhouse with a steam and dry sauna, and a spa and fitness center.

Accommodation: InterContinental Hotel Osaka

2. Osaka Marriott Miyako Hotel

Osaka Marriott Miyako Hotel

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Attached to the Osaka-Abenobashi train station and covering the 38th to 57th floors of Japan's highest skyscraper, the Abeno Harukas, the Osaka Marriot Miyako Hotel is another popular luxury pick catering to first-time visitors, families with kids, and couples. It offers panoramic city views from floor-to-ceiling windows in the elegant rooms and suites. Away from the rooms, amenities include a restaurant with awesome views across Osaka, a buffet eatery, and 24-hour gym. If you're traveling by car, on-site parking is available for a fee.

Accommodation: Osaka Marriott Miyako Hotel

3. The Ritz-Carlton, Osaka

The Ritz-Carlton, Osaka

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In the Umeda neighborhood, which is walking distance from the Osaka train station and the National Museum of Art, among other attractions, The Ritz-Carlton is a luxury pick with a great location. The elegant hotel, which is a romantic choice for couples, features posh rooms and suites with mod amenities like Nespresso machines and, in some cases, Jacuzzi tubs with views across the bay. There are also four posh restaurants and a tea lounge on-site, as well as an indoor pool, fitness center, and spa.

Accommodation: The Ritz-Carlton, Osaka

4. The St. Regis Osaka

The St. Regis Osaka

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The St. Regis Osaka has an enviable location right downtown in the city center near the posh designer shops on Midosuji Boulevard, which is often referred to as Osaka's "Champs-Elysées." The hotel comes with all the usual St. Regis bells and whistles, including personal butlers, and is a great choice for couples. Rooms and suites feature marble bathrooms and comfy beds with high-end linens, flatscreen TVs, and Nespresso machines. Away from the rooms there is a luxe spa and a fitness center, as well as three restaurants.

Accommodation: The St. Regis Osaka

5. Fraser Residence Nankai Osaka

Fraser Residence Nankai Osaka

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An apartment-style hotel, Fraser Residence Nankai is a good mid-range option that is convenient to downtown. Located just a few minutes' walk from the Nankai-Namba train station and under 15 minutes by foot from the Shinsaibashi shopping district, it offers large, clean, and airy studios with kitchenettes and city views and elegant one- and two-bedroom apartments with full kitchens, living rooms, and dining spaces that are great for anyone traveling with kids. There are two on-site restaurants and a fitness center. If you have a car, there is paid parking.

Accommodation: Fraser Residence Nankai Osaka

6. Imperial Hotel Osaka

Imperial Hotel Osaka

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If you've come to Osaka to see the cherry blossoms, then the Imperial Hotel Osaka is a top sleeping pick as it's located across the river from one of Japan's top cherry blossom parks, Kema Sakuranomiya Park. And while not downtown, the hotel runs a complimentary shuttle service to the Osaka train station, which will take you here. Rooms are elegant and comfortable with enough space to move around. Staff is friendly, and on-site amenities include nine different restaurants and a fitness center with an indoor pool and saunas, although an extra fee is charged for use. The hotel is also kid-friendly and has a play area.

Accommodation: Imperial Hotel Osaka

7. Hotel Universal Port

Hotel Universal Port

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Looking out at Osaka Bay from its harbor, Hotel Universal Port is an ideal pick if you're incorporating a trip to Universal Studios Japan into your Osaka vacation. The hotel is just a six-minute walk from the popular theme park and only a three-minute walk to the Universal City train station and comes with direct views of Osaka Castle in the park. The family-friendly property features some fun kid-focused amenities like theme rooms that can sleep up to six guests and come with bunk beds or sofa sleepers. For travelers without children, the hotel indulges with more typical rooms featuring park or harbor views and, in many cases, Nespresso machines and Bose sound systems. On-site amenities include a restaurant, laundry service, and paid parking.

Accommodation: Hotel Universal Port

8. Cross Hotel Osaka

Cross Hotel Osaka

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Just a few minutes' walk from the Dotonbori district, Cross Hotel Osaka is in a central location and is a good mid-range option. Rooms are simple yet stylish, with white walls and fluffy, white duvets on comfortable beds and extras like in-room air purifiers and tea sets to use. There are family rooms if you are traveling with children, and the hotel is also popular with young couples. On-site amenities include a few different restaurant choices, including one that does a delicious breakfast buffet (extra surcharge). If you are driving, paid parking is available.

Accommodation: Cross Hotel Osaka

9. Minn your second home

Minn your second home

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Located in the Kita/Umeda neighborhood, this mid-range hotel has cozy, modern rooms with fun decor, like a faux brick accent in one and leather couches with bright colored pillows in another. It is walking distance from numerous shops and restaurants, and although it's not in the proper downtown area, it is close to Osaka station. Some rooms have kitchenettes and up to four beds, making them popular with families. The staff is also very friendly here, and the loaner cell phones are helpful.

Accommodation: Minn your second home

10. Hotel Kinki

Umeda District, Osaka

Umeda District, Osaka

Offering affordable accommodation in the buzzy Kita/Umeda district, Hotel Kinki is popular with business and leisure travelers. It offers both Japanese and Western-style room choices. The first come with tatami floors and futons and can accommodate up to five people. Most rooms also have mini-fridges and all come with comfy down duvets and crisp cotton sheets, as well as slippers and nightwear. Note there is no on-site dining, but there are plenty of restaurants within walking distance.

Accommodation: Hotel Kinki

11. Hostel Mitsuwaya Osaka

Hostel Mitsuwaya Osaka

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Inside a former toy store, Hostel Mitsuwaya Osaka is about a 10-minute walk from the Dotonbori district and is a clean budget bet. It offers accommodation in five different dorm rooms with knotted wood bunks. Three of the dorms are mixed-gender, and two are reserved for women only. Dorms offer lockers, free Wi-Fi, and shared baths. There are also private rooms that can accommodate up to six people. On-site amenities include a kitchen for guests, a chilled-out common space, and a rooftop terrace. A simple breakfast is included, and bikes can be rented.

Accommodation: Hostel Mitsuwaya Osaka

12. Nisshin Nanba Inn

Nisshin Nanba Inn

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Another good-value choice in the budget range, Nisshin Nanba Inn offers clean rooms with very comfortable beds and a free Western-style continental breakfast in a convenient location - it is about a 10-minute walk to JR Namba train station and just five minutes to the Saikokucho subway station. Rooms are spacious for the price-point and come with kitchenettes, cable TV, and free Wi-Fi. Staff is friendly and there is on-site parking and a coin launderette as well.

Accommodation: Nisshin Nanba Inn

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