If you are travelling to Osaka, then you will want to know about all of the best places to stay in the area. Osaka is a city within the Kansai region of Honshu in Japan, and is just a half hour train ride from the ancient city of Kyoto.
Whilst a little smaller than Tokyo, Osaka is known for its outgoing nature, with lots of dynamic restaurants, food and drinking places, along with a range of shopping malls and stores to visit.
This city is full of life, color and excitement, and should definitely be on your list of places to visit during your stay in Japan.
If you are travelling around Japan, or within the country, then you will want to ensure that you know all of the best places to visit, and the best areas to stay in Osaka.
Best areas to stay in Osaka
The main two, and most popular areas to stay in in Osaka are Namba and Umeda, these areas are both very central, and are well covered by subways and trains to take you anywhere easily and quickly!
Your best bet is staying near the red Midosuji subway line, as this one goes across the entire city, and has links to the best tourist spots, and both Namba downtown and Umeda downtown.
Where to stay in Osaka
One of the biggest attractions in Osaka is Universal Studios Japan.
This theme park has areas inspired by Hollywood blockbusters such as Harry Potter, Jaws, Jurassic Park, and Despicable Me, not to mention the Super Mario World area.
If this sounds good to you, then you will want to stay somewhere where Universal Studios is easily accessible. Luckily, both Namba and Umeda are very centrally located, with easy access links to Universal Studios Japan, plus lots of nightlife and cultural attractions.
One of the best places to stay in Osaka is Namba. Namba is located in the Southern part of Osaka and is widely considered to be the heart of the city.
If you are looking to dive deep into the culture and traditions of Osaka, then Namba is a great place to start.
Namba is also known as Minami, which means south, as this place is located in the Southern part of Osaka, and is filled with bars, restaurants and lots of vibrant, local places to visit.
Namba is also close with easy access to Kansai airport, along with links to Dotonbori, Shinsaibashi and Nippombashi- which are all areas buzzing with food, shopping, and nightlife.
This is one of the best areas to stay in Osaka, as Namba just exudes Japanese culture. In addition, there are so many great food places, reasonably priced shops (compared to Tokyo) yet still many cultural spots to visit.
If you want to make the most out of your time in Osaka, then you are better off staying in this area, as Namba is truly bustling all day and all night!
Things to do in Namba
If you are a seafood lover, then you will want to visit Namba for its huge Kuromon Market filled with over 150 shops and restaurants, including many fresh seafood stalls to enjoy whilst you stroll!
The Kuromon is rather central, and located just 5 minutes away from Nippombashi Station for your convenience.
If you prefer to breathe in local culture, then you will want to visit the Namba Yasaka Shrine.
This is one of the most unique and iconic buildings in Japan, known for its lion shaped architecture. However, it is not a historic relic, as this shrine was actually built in the 1970s, but all the same it is an interesting place to visit whilst in Namba.
In addition to this, Namba is home to many excellent ramen restaurants for you to try a taste of this iconic Japanese speciality.
If you want to see the more fascinating and flamboyant side of Osaka, then you will want to visit Umeda. This area is full of high fashion shops, restaurants, and gives you the feel of a big city.
Umeda is a busy, metropolitan area that is perfect if you enjoy the modern cityscape and a little nightlife.
It is in Umeda that you can really soak up the city life, and you can even marvel at the wonder of the Umeda Sky Building, and use the observatory to see sweeping views across the whole city!
Things to do in Umeda
In Umeda, you can also visit the National Museum of Art, Osaka, to soak up some of Japan’s greatest artists and designs. In Umeda, there is so much on offer, such as the Nakanoshima-Koen Park, which is perfect for a quiet, relaxing stroll to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
In addition, so many of us grew up hooked on Pokemon, and you can live out your childhood dreams with the Pokemon Center in Umeda.
Best hotels in Osaka
If you are ready to visit Osaka, then we have some of the best, and centrally located hotels available for you to choose from. Our top three are:
This hotel is so close to the lively Kuromon Market, and is nearby to the historic Osaka Castle if you want to get a taste of all Namba has to offer!
If you want a premium hotel stay, then you will want to try the Mitsui Garden Hotel. In this hotel, you can take in all of the picturesque views of...whilst enjoying the local amenities such as
This hotel is located right in the heart of Namba, Osaka, and is part of the shopping and dining district of the city. It sits on top of Nankai Railway Station with direct access to Kansai airport, and major tourist areas like Kyoto, Nara and Kobe.