Where to Stay in Osaka | The Best Hotels and Neighborhoods For Every Type of Traveler

Monday, January 28, 2019

If you are planning to visit other parts of Kansai region like Kyoto, Nara, and Kobe, as well as Hiroshima and Himeji, then Osaka is a great base. When choosing an area to serve as your home base in Osaka, make sure that it fits your budget, interests, style, and itinerary. In this guide, I have broken down the best neighborhoods and hotels in Osaka that will help you get the most out of your trip. 
neighborhood around JR Namba Station
Umeda – Best Osaka Neighborhood for Shopping, Dining, and Culture
Umeda is a major transportation hub in Osaka. It is home to the JR Osaka Station, private railway lines going to Kyoto, Nara, and Kobe, as well as the subway lines that connect the entire city. Another advantage for those staying in this area is the huge underground shopping mall, which connects JR Osaka Station with the Umeda Subway Station. This underground labyrinth makes dining and shopping during the wintertime more appealing. 

Popular attractions in this neighborhood:
  • Umeda Sky Building
  • Osaka Museum of Housing and Living
  • Tenjinbashi-suji Shopping Arcade
  • Nakanoshima-Koen Park
  • National Museum of Art
Hotel Granvia Osaka
Hotel Granvia Osaka
3-1-1 Umeda Kita-ku, Osaka 530-0001, Osaka Prefecture

Ibis Osaka Umeda
Ibis Osaka Umeda
1-5 Komatsubaracho, 小松原町1-5, Kita, Osaka 530-0018, Osaka Prefecture

Intercontinental Hotel Osaka
Intercontinental Hotel Osaka
3-60 Ofuka-Cho Kita-Ku, Osaka 530-0011, Osaka Prefecture

Namba – Best Osaka Neighborhood for Shopping, Dining, Entertainment, and Nightlife
One of the biggest appeals to people when traveling to Osaka is the countless restaurants and izakayas that can satisfy one’s hunger and thirst. One neighborhood that actually stands out for foodies is Namba, the gastronomic area home to Dotombori. It is flooded with local eateries, international restaurants, theme restaurants, shopping centers, and some of the biggest nightclubs in the country. The largest branch of Donki is also located here, which is open 24 hours a day. Namba is definitely the best neighborhood for foodies and all-nighters.

Popular attractions in this neighborhood:
  • Dotombori
  • Midosuji Shopping Street
  • Hozenji Yokocho
  • Shinsaibashi Shopping Arcade
  • Doguyasuji Arcade
  • Amerika Mura
  • Den-Den Town
Cross Hotel Osaka
Cross Hotel Osaka
2-5-15, Shinsaibashisuji, Chuo, Osaka 542-0085, Osaka Prefecture

Hotel Sunroute Osaka Namba
Hotel Sunroute Osaka Namba
1-1-13 Nippombashi, Chuo-ku, Dotombori, Chuo, Osaka 542-0073, Osaka Prefecture

Red Roof Plus Osaka Namba
Red Roof Plus Osaka Namba
1-9-7, Sennichimae, Chuo, Osaka 542-0074, Osaka Prefecture

Osaka Castle – Best Osaka Neighborhood for History and Culture
If you looking to see more of history and culture that a cosmopolitan city like Osaka has to offer, then the neighborhood around Osaka Castle is the best area for you. This area is a thriving business and residential district but is also surrounded by historical attractions, lush parks and gardens, museums, shopping, and dining options.

Popular attractions in this neighborhood:
  • Osaka Castle
  • Osaka Castle Moat and Park
  • Osaka Museum of History
Hotel the Lutheran
Hotel the Lutheran
3-1-6 Tanimachi, Chuo-ku, Osaka 540-0012, Osaka Prefecture

KKR Hotel Osaka
KKR Hotel Osaka
2-24 Bambacho, Chuo, Osaka 540-0007, Osaka Prefecture

Hotel Keihan Tenmabashi
Hotel Keihan Tenmabashi
1-2-10 Tanimachi, Chuo, Osaka 540-0012, Osaka Prefecture

Tennoji – Best Osaka Neighborhood for Shopping, Dining, Culture, and Nature
Another popular transportation hub in Osaka, Tennoji also boasts a rich history. This area used to be a squalid retro district but it has been transformed into a bustling area filled with new restaurants, shops, and cafes as well as some old attractions that have undergone a facelift. If you are looking to get as much exposure to Japanese history and see as many of the temples in Osaka without having to go too far from your accommodation, then Tennoji is the best for you!

Popular attractions in this neighborhood:
  • Abeno Harukas
  • Shinsekai
  • Tennoji-koen Park
  • Tennoji Zoo
  • Shitennoji Temple (the oldest Buddhist temple in Japan)
  • Tsutenkaku Tower 
Hotel Trusty Osaka Abeno
Hotel Trusty Osaka Abeno
1-5-10-300 Abenosuji, Abeno-ku, Osaka 545-0052, Osaka Prefecture

Hotel Bali Tower Osaka Tennoji
Hotel Bali Tower Osaka Tennoji
8-1 Hidenincho, Tennoji-ku, Osaka 543-0055, Osaka Prefecture

Tennoji Miyako Hotel
Tennoji Miyako Hotel
1-2-8 Matsuzakicho, Abeno-ku, Abeno, Osaka 545-0053, Osaka Prefecture

Osaka Bay – Best Osaka Neighborhood for Culture and Recreation
If you are planning a multi-day trip to Universal Studios Japan, then the best place to stay in is Osaka Bay. The transit time from downtown Osaka to Universal City Station is only 20-30 minutes but it is easier to stay at one of the hotels around the theme parks so you can make maximize your time in Universal Studios Japan. Osaka Bay is also home to a variety of tourist attractions, shopping centers, domestic and international ports, among others.

Popular attractions in this neighborhood:
  • Universal Studios Japan
  • Osaka Aquarium
  • Tempozan Ferris wheel
  • Tempozan Marketplace
  • Naniwa Kuishinbo Yokocho
Hotel Universal Port
Hotel Universal Port
1-1-111 Sakurajima, Konohana, Osaka 554-0031, Osaka Prefecture

Hotel Keihan Universal City
Hotel Keihan Universal City
6-2-78 Shimaya, Konohana, Osaka 554-8585, Osaka Prefecture

The Park Front Hotel at Universal Studios Japan TM
The Park Front Hotel at Universal Studios Japan TM
6-2-52 Shimaya, Konohana-ku, Konohana, Osaka 554-0024, Osaka Prefecture


Have you been to Osaka before? What are your favorite neighborhoods and hotels to stay in? Let’s chat down below!

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