Explore with ease

Japan’s third-largest city is a sprawling metropolis of soaring skyscrapers and bustling city streets. Nevertheless, Osaka has a solid reputation for fun, and at night the city comes alive with flashing neon lights and rolling good times. Kita is where the city's heart pulses, with Umeda station and its surrounding area made up of must-see sights, shopping, and restaurants and bars galore.

Accommodation in this central area caters for all budgets. Affordable lodging includes Hotel Kinki, as well as Daitoyo – one of the unique capsule hotels Japan is famous for. There are self-contained apartments for those seeking a bit more space and convenience, while Hotel Granvia Osaka and the Imperial Hotel will lavish guests with sophistication and luxury.

A hop, skip and a jump from Universal Studios

Thrill-seekers won’t want to miss being swept up in the excitement of Universal Studios Japan. There are plenty of shows and attractions to keep the whole family entertained, and those wanting to get the adrenalin pumping can soar through the air on the many coasters and rides.

Central Osaka is a short train, bus or ferry ride away, or there are plenty of hotels within walking distance from Universal Studios. Hotels such as Hotel Universal Port, Hotel Kintetsu Universal City and Hotel Keihan Universal City are comfortable, well-appointed and offer top-notch facilities including restaurants, fitness centres and day spas.

From teppanyaki to Michelin-star dining

Food lovers the world over will be tantalised, tempted and treated to wonderful cuisine in Osaka. From hole-in-the-wall ramen houses to exquisite fine-dining, there is no shortage of good food in the city that coined the term, kuidaore, meaning, ‘to eat ‘til you drop’.

Not only offering a place to rest, many Osaka hotels are also renowned for their culinary creations. The upmarket Ritz-Carlton Osaka is home to two exclusive Michelin-star restaurants where diners can embark on gastronomic journeys through France and China. Hotel New Hankyu is located in the transport hub of the Umeda stations and offers 19 dining experiences, from theatrical teppanyaki to the 27th-floor Chinese restaurant.

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