Are you planning a trip to Osaka? That’s great, you’re in for a treat! Osaka is the second biggest city in Japan and a great destination for foodies. Deciding where to stay in Osaka can be a little bit overwhelming and a real dread since the city is so big! But don’t worry, you are in the right place to help you make your decision!
There are countless areas where you can stay, so I handpicked 7 top areas in Osaka to include in this guide. The best area where to stay in Osaka is Umeda (Kita), one of the main traveler areas with numerous tourist attractions, dining options and things to do! Here you will definitely have everything you need to experience Osaka!
But if that doesn’t suit you, I’m sure you will find something for all interest whether that is Namba (Minami) for nightlife, Osaka Bay area if you’re traveling with your family, Nakazakicho to discover the authentic side of Japan, and many more options!
For each neighborhood I have included accommodations for all budgets and with incredible reviews, so you know many people will be looking at them too, that’s why I recommend to book in advance to secure your stay! Are you ready to dive into this?
- If you are in a hurry…
- Which area should you choose?
- 1. Umeda / Kita (Central Osaka) – best area for first timers
- 2. Namba / Minami (Central Osaka) – top area for nightlife
- 3. Honmachi – where to stay in Osaka on a budget
- 4. Osaka Castle – top area in Osaka for cherry blossoms
- 5. Nakazakicho – where to stay in Osaka for a unique local vibe
- 6. Tennoji – best area for a traditional atmosphere
- 7. Osaka Bay / Universal Studios – where to stay with family
- 8. Shin-Osaka – best area to stay in Osaka for shopping
- Best apartments in Osaka
- BONUS: Best hotels near the Osaka airports
- FAQs about Osaka hotels
If you are in a hurry…
Just want to cut to the chase and book right now? Do not worry, if you don’t have time to read all the post, here i give you the best options on where to stay in Osaka:
- Best luxury hotel to stay in Osaka: InterContinental Hotel
- Best middle-priced hotel to stay in Osaka: Miyako City
- Best budget hotel to stay in Osaka: Hotel Cargo
- Best value apartment to stay in Osaka: Ffosaka Apartment
Which area should you choose?
There are MANY areas in the city and each with its own charm and attractions. The main neighborhood for Tourists is Central Osaka which is divided into two main areas: Umeda (Kita, northern part of the city center) and Namba (Minami, southern part of the city center).
In both of them you’ll be close to everything you’ll need, you’ll have countless cafes, well-known attractions, shops and restaurants, since this area is a major transportation hub you’ll be super close to many train lines.
Here is a map where you can see all my recommended areas where to stay in Osaka:
Here are my other hand-picked recommendations where to stay in Osaka for each type of traveler:
- Best area to stay in Osaka for first-timers: Umeda
- Where to stay in Osaka for nightlife: Namba
- Best location to stay in Osaka for budget travelers: Honmachi
- Top area to stay in Osaka for the cherry blossom views: Osaka Castle
- Where to stay in Osaka for a local vibe: Nakazakicho
- Best place to stay in Osaka for a traditional atmosphere: Tennoji
- Best neighborhood to stay in Osaka for families: Osaka Bay
- Best area to stay in Osaka for shopping: Shin-Osaka
PRO TIP: Regardless of your chosen district in the city, make sure you pick a hotel that’s close to the red Midosuji subway line. It’s the most convenient choice, as it can get you everywhere in the city.
Now that the decision is more clear to you, read on to find out more about each of these areas and the BEST hotels to stay in Osaka. By the way, if you’d rather stay in an apartment instead, scroll down to the end of the article where you will find my personalized recommendations for Osaka apartments.
1. Umeda / Kita (Central Osaka) – best area for first timers
Located in downtown Osaka, this is the best area to visit Osaka for the first time!
Umeda is more modern than Namba and it does not have the main cultural attractions you can find in Namba, but it’s super central, modern, and a very convenient area to stay in!
Umeda is super accessible and connected to public transport, which means you’ll easily get around the entire city of Osaka, but it’s also a great base for day trips (Kobe, Kyoto etc.)
This is also the city’s main business center, which can only mean one thing: the hotel options here are literally endless! Here is what I’m recommending if you want to stay in Umeda:
Luxury (US$100 and up)
- Corad Osaka – This amazing, elegant hotel is located very close to Higobashi subway station, JR Osaka Station, and countless shopping opportunities and food places! The 5-star service will leave you impressed and you’ll definitely enjoy the pool, fitness center and no less than 4 on-site dining options! This is your pick in case you want a hotel near Herbis Osaka and Umeda Sky Building!
- Granvia Hotel Osaka – You probably heard about the famous Granvia chain of hotels before. They offer great quality and service and their hotel in Osaka is no exception! Fabulous rooms, a perfect location (right above JR Osaka Station) and friendly staff – these are just some of the things that await you there!
- Imperial Hotel Osaka – Imperial Hotel is another great choice for travelers that want to be spoiled during their stay in Osaka. This 5-star hotel is very well connected to train lines and subway stations (it also offers a free shuttle service from Osaka Station to the hotel) is super close to Kids Plaza Osaka, it has a swimming pool, fitness club and many other cool amenities!
Mid-range (from US$65 to US$100)
- Hotel Noum – This beautiful hotel offers great value for money! During your stay in Osaka, you’ll definitely enjoy the à la carte breakfast, free Wi-Fi, 24-hour front desk, the friendly and helpful staff and, of course, the cozy rooms!
- Hotel Intergate – This awesome hotel has many different types of rooms that you can choose from! Some of its greatest advantages include an on-site restaurant and bar, free Wi-Fi, 24-hour reception and currency exchange, need I say more? You’ll also be close to Octopus Pine, Dojima Yakushido, and of course, JR Osaka Loop Line.
- Hotel Hankyu – Free Wi-Fi, air conditioning, heating, toiletries, breakfast buffet, 24-hour front desk, Asian-style meals – these are just some of the things you’ll enjoy during your stay in this nice 4-star hotel – plus it is just 600 m from Umeda Sky Building!
Budget (up to US$65)
- Eins Inn – If you’re looking for a clean and nice hotel where you can stay in Downtown Osaka and not break the bank, this is your answer! This hotel is only 10 minutes away by foot from Umeda station and Horikawaebisu Shrine, which is a big advantage!
- Smile Hotel – Here is my other (and equally nice) recommendation! This cool, cheap accommodation in Osaka is super close to Fukuzawa Yukichi Monument, Koyaji Temple, Osaka Aquarium, Universal City Walk Osaka and many other landmarks I’m sure you will love!
2. Namba / Minami (Central Osaka) – top area for nightlife
One thing is for sure: you’ll NEVER get bored in the Namba area!
Namba is one of the favorite choices for people traveling to this city. It’s a vibrant area where you’ll have something to do from morning until VERY late at night, because many entertainment spots, shops and restaurants are open until late and some of them are open 24/7.
Staying in Namba district is also a practical choice, since it is a major transportation hub, you’ll be well-connected to the rest of the city and you’ll have many restaurants and street food places within walking distance.
It’s also a great spot if you want to be connected to the airport or take day trips (Nara, Kyoto etc.), as you’ll be close to the public transport – no less than 3 train stations and Midosuji subway line as well.
Also, most of the hotels in this area actually have larger rooms compared to the normal Japanese accommodations (Japan hotels are rather small, fyi).
Namba (Minami) is actually a wider area that contains other well-known, smaller areas within it such as:
- Dotonbori – famous area, full of neon lights and the iconic Glico Man;
- Shinsaibashi – the most important shopping street in the city and a great entertainment district;
- Nipponbashi – also known as Den-Den Town, it’s a well-known area for electronics, anime and collectibles.
That being said, here are my hand-picked Osaka hotels in Namba area:
Luxury (US$150 and up)
- Citadines Namba Osaka – If you’re looking for a luxurious hotel in Osaka, this is your choice! This 4-star accommodation is located super close to the Osaka Shopping Mall, and to many landmarks such as the Nipponbashi Monument and it’s directly connected to Namba station – how awesome is that!
- Hiroyi Hotel – I’ll continue my list of hotel recommendations with a gorgeous 4-star hotel. This awesome accommodation is located a short walk to Namba station and it awaits you with a delicious buffet breakfast, free Wi-Fi, gorgeous rooms and more!
- Cross Hotel Osaka – This Osaka hotel in Namba is another fabulous choice for luxurious travelers that want to be right in the center of the city. This is a super modern hotel located only 3 minutes away from Namba station. The rooms are simply gorgeous and you’ll have everything you need close to you.
- Hotel S-Presso Central – This amazing aparthotel is my last luxurious recommendation close to Namba station. Is super close to three different parks: Naniwa, Motomachi Naka and Shiokusa Park and you can enjoy a delicious Asian breakfast!
Middle-Priced (from US$80 to US$150)
- Kamon Hotel – If you want to stay in Shinsaibashi for a good price plus close to Namba Subway Station, this is your choice! This beautiful 3-star hotel has all the facilities and amenities you might need including free Wi-Fi, luggage storage, clean rooms, cozy beds and much more!
- Grids Premium – In case you want to base yourself in the famous Shinsaibashi area, I definitely recommend this hotel. It’s located close to many main landmarks and attractions and some of its best advantages include clean and modern rooms, free Wi-Fi etc.
Budget (up to US$80)
- Wellstay Namba – If you are looking for a great hotel close to many attractions but do not want to spend a fortune on it, this is the best option for you! It offers excellent service and super cozy rooms!
- Sotetsu Fresa Inn – Conveniently set in Shinsaibashi, this inn is super close to landmarks like Kamomecho Park, Mitsutera Temple, Nipponbashi Monument, and of course near the Namba Station where you will find many restaurant options!\
3. Honmachi – where to stay in Osaka on a budget
Wondering where to stay in Osaka on a budget? Head to Honmachi! It is a fabulous choice for budget travelers, as you’ll find many amazing accommodations here for excellent prices!
Another amazing thing about Honmachi is that it’s located right between Namba (Minami) and Umeda (Kita), within walking distance from them.
Even though this area doesn’t particularly have its own landmarks and attractions, you can easily get to Umeda or Namba and you’ll also be close to many restaurants, shopping spots, cafes and more.
You’ll also have Honmachi station (Midosuji subway line) close by, which means you’ll be well-connected to the rest of the city.
Here are the best Osaka hotels in Honmachi that you can choose from:
Luxury (US$150 and up)
- St. Regis Osaka – This amazing 5-star boutique hotel in Osaka provides high quality services to all its guests! The decor is exquisite, the rooms are sparkling clean and very comfy, they also have Nespresso coffee machines, a business center, exercise room and many other useful amenities!
- Excel Hotel Tokyu – Here’s another excellent choice for Osaka luxury hotels! Make sure to book a room here if you want to be located in a convenient location, actually very close to Namba station. You’ll also have free Wi-Fi, luggage storage and more!
Mid-range (from US$50 to US$150)
- Miyako City – For those who are looking for an excellent value for money hotel with a great location near many attractions such as Osaka International Peace Center, look no further than this hotel! Miyako City is modern, spacious and very clean, making it the perfect place to spend a relaxing night’s sleep in the heart of the city.
- Daiwa Roynet Hotel – If you choose to stay in this hotel, know that you’ll have incredible service and you’ll be able to enjoy the dining options at its on site restaurant! This 4-star hotel has many great advantages for its price!
Budget (up to US$50)
- Henn na Hotel – As I mentioned in the description, Honmachi is a great choice for budget travelers. My first recommendation is Henn na Hotel – modern and with a cool design! The facilities are incredible, the rooms are clean and cozy plus you will be able to enjoy meals from their on site restaurant!
- &And Hosted Hommachi East – Or you can go for this cozy hostel! I think the private rooms here are simply gorgeous, with wood decor and a very minimalistic style. Plus, you’ll be close to many shopping opportunities, cafes, food places and street food stalls where you can eat! Win-win!
4. Osaka Castle – top area in Osaka for cherry blossoms
The Osaka Castle area is one of the most important areas in the city!
Osaka Castle is one of the city’s most famous attractions and the area around it is a great choice if you want to stay in the best possible place to have the best views during cherry blossom season!
This area is, naturally, a bit more traditional than my recommendations above, but you’ll be close to the metro station, which is a great advantage.
The Osaka Castle area is calmer and quieter and you won’t have as many restaurants, shopping streets or nightlife opportunities here, but you’ll be 30 minutes away from the city center by subway.
But trust me, if you want to visit the Osaka Castle area during the cherry blossom season (end of March), this is THE place to be! The area transforms completely and it’s simply mesmerizing!
Here are the best hotel choices if you decide to visit Osaka Castle area:
Luxury (US$170 and up)
- New Otani – If you want to stay close to the Osaka Castle area in style, this is your choice! This beautiful 5-star hotel offers an amazing service and the staff is always friendly and happy to help. They also have 13 dining options, sauna, several choices of shops and a beauty salon!
- Monterey La Soeur – This is another great choice if you only want the best level of accommodations for your stay near the cherry blossoms to visit the Osaka Castle Park and of course, the Osaka Castle. This accommodation has an art-deco style and the spacious rooms feature rich colors and wooden flooring. It also offers a spa and a restaurant to finish your day of exploring Osaka with a relaxing vibe.
Middle-priced (from US$100 to US$170)
- Daiwa Roynet – This cozy hotel is located super close to the Osaka Castle, so after a short walk you’ll arrive at one of the most famous landmarks of the city! The rooms are simple but clean, and they’re a great choice for a good night’s sleep after a day of exploration!
- Osaka Riverside Hotel – Set super close to the Osaka Castle, this hotel offers an on-site restaurant where you can find delicious Asian cuisine, plus some of the rooms have incredible river views! The property also offers guests free wi-fi, 24-hour front desk service, and luggage storage space.
Budget (up to US$100)
- The Lutheran – This 3-star hotel is another one of my recommendations because of the great reviews I read about it, as well as the excellent facilities – an on-site restaurant where you can find daily breakfast buffet with Western and Japanese dishes, flat-screen TVs in all rooms, 24-hour front desk, luggage storage and a super close location near the Osaka Castle, the Osaka Castle Park, and Osaka Museum of History!
- Takuto Stay Kyobashi Tsumiki – If you’re looking for a very modern and cool place, this is one of the cheap hotels in Osaka and a great choice near Osaka Castle! The bunk beds at this accommodation are very cozy and the prices are very good, you won’t regret your choice!
5. Nakazakicho – where to stay in Osaka for a unique local vibe
If you’re not a fan of modern areas, this is the perfect choice for you!
This district is simply charming, full of authentic Japanese streets, old houses, local street food places and cafes, art galleries and unique places to stay in Osaka.
This very nice area is only one stop away from Osaka Station and Umeda, which means you’ll be super close to the city center! This neighborhood is calmer as well, and you’ll get to have a taste of traditional Japan here.
If this neighborhood sounds like your cup of tea, here is where you can stay for a fabulous experience:
Luxury (US$170 and up)
- InterContinental Hotel – This is one of the most gorgeous Osaka 5-star hotels located only 900m away from the Osaka station, which I think is a great advantage! This hotel has spacious rooms (at least compared to Japanese standards) and the hotel is only 5 minutes away from JR Osaka Train Station!
- Hilton Osaka – This amazing, elegant hotel is located very close to Umeda subway station and has countless shopping opportunities (Tenjimbashi Suji shopping street is super close!) and food places! The 5-star service will leave you impressed and you’ll definitely enjoy the pool, fitness center and no less than 5 on-site dining options. This is your pick in case you want a hotel near Herbis Osaka and Umeda Sky Building!
Mid-range (from US$70 to US$170)
- Hotel Wing International Select – If you choose to stay here, you’ll be close to many attractions such as temples, a nice park, shopping streets and more! The property also has an on-site restaurant, free Wi-Fi and anything else you might need!
- Hearton Hotel Kita Umeda – Here’s another great 3-star hotel in this area that offers a great value for money! Book a room here if you want to stay in a cozy and calm environment and benefit from luxury service!
Budget (up to US$70)
- Guesthouse U-En – I think staying in hostels is a great choice, especially in Japan where prices tend to be a bit higher than in other parts of the world! This hostel is one of the best choices in the city, it is located in a quiet, traditional area while still providing easy access to nearby neighborhoods happening bars and attractions while providing cozy dormitory rooms!
- ibis Budget Osaka Umeda – Here I am recommending Ibis, a well-known chain of budget hotels that offer a great service every time! This hotel is located close to Umeda station as well, so you’ll be perfectly connected to the rest of the city!
6. Tennoji – best area for a traditional atmosphere
Tennoji is another great choice for budget travelers, but also a fabulous district if you want to discover an authentic side of Japan.
Tennoji is close to the castle and to Namba as well, plus there are many attractions to explore here – such as a gorgeous park (Tennoji-koen Park) and a zoo. This makes this area great for people who are traveling to Osaka with children!
Staying close to Tennoji station is a good choice also because you’ll be well-connected to the city, as you’ll have the Midosuji subway station close, as well as Osaka loop train station.
But beware, as the area is becoming more and more popular after Abeno Harukas skyscraper was completed in 2014 – the tallest building in Japan!
Luxury (US$150 and up)
- Marriott Miyako Hotel – I’m sure you know about Marriott hotels by now. Their service is always good and their hotel close to Tennoji station is the ideal place for luxurious travelers, trust me! This hotel is one of the most popular picks in Osaka and it awaits you with free Wi-Fi, comfortable rooms and beautiful panoramic city views!
- Hotel & Resort Bali Tower Tennoji – This beautiful 3-star hotel in Tennoji has a perfect location – only 3 minutes away from the station and close to Abeno Harukas as well! The name says it all, as they have a beautiful Balinese decor in the middle of Japan – nice and fun!
Mid-range (from US$70 to US$150)
- Hotel Trusty Abeno – This 4-star hotel is another great choice for luxury travelers that are searching where to stay in Tennoji, Osaka. It’s close to Abeno Harukas and, even though the rooms at this hotel are not that spacious, they’re very clean and nicely decorated and you’ll enjoy your stay there for sure!
- Hotel Trad – located just a short walk away from Tsuruhashi Station and really close to many different tourist attractions, this hotel offers simple yet cozy, clean, anc comfortable rooms!
Budget (up to US$70)
- Hotel Cargo – This budget hotel has a convenient location really close to Shinsaibashi subway station, where you will find many tourist attractions within walking distance.
- Laule’a Tennoji – I recommend booking a room at this cozy aparthotel because I’m sure you’ll enjoy their nice rooms and comfortable beds. This guesthouse also offers a fully equipped kitchen with a dining area, a flat screen TV and even a hot tub! Plus, it is really close to Teradacho station that will keep you really well connected to the whole city!
7. Osaka Bay / Universal Studios – where to stay with family
This area is perfect to travel with your family and visit Universal Studios, or to spend the day at Osaka Bay!
If you’re visiting the city with your family or because you want to go to Universal Studios, staying close to this attraction might be a great idea for you!
Universal Studios Japan is located close to Osaka Bay, so I’m recommending you to base yourself in this area. If you do so, you’ll also be close to the Osaka Aquarium and the Tempozan Ferris Wheel as well, but you won’t be as close to the city center.
I recommend the Osaka Bay area especially for people traveling with kids, as this area is calm and the little ones will definitely enjoy going to Universal Studios Japan. You’ll also have plenty of restaurants nearby and shopping opportunities as well!
Here are the top hotels in Osaka Bay, including some awesome hotels for families as well:
Luxury (US$170 and up)
- Hyatt Regency Osaka – This hotel is one of my best recommendations for travelers that want to stay in Osaka Bay! This famous 5-star hotel is one of the finest hotels near Universal Studios Japan and Osaka Aquarium as well and it awaits you with no less than 5 on-site restaurants (wow!), indoor and outdoor swimming pool, a fitness center and many other luxury facilities!
- Universal Hotel Osaka Port Vita – This superb hotel is located less than 3 km away from Universal Studios Japan, and super close to Universal City Station, so it’s the perfect base if you want to be close to this theme park! Some of their facilities include a great restaurant, free Wi-Fi, friendly staff and more.
Mid-range (from US$80 to US$170)
- Auberge du Tanuki Noir (Maison d’Hôtes) – Maybe you’re looking for a cozy Osaka guest house near Universal Studios, why not? In which case, this is your answer! This cute guest house is great for two travelers and it provides a great service for an accessible price!
- Hotel She – On the other hand, this beautiful 3-star hotel located in the Osaka Bay area is another excellent choice that you won’t regret. It’s only 25 minutes away from Universal Studios and you’ll be very well connected to the city center as well, in case you want to further explore the city!
Budget (up to US$80)
- Rice Chikko Guest House – Even though the Osaka Bay area boasts luxurious hotels, there are some super good options for budget travelers as well! Rice Chikko Guest House is a great example and one of my best recommendations for this area. If you stay here, you will enjoy an on-site bar and a shared lounge – plus it is super close to Universal Studios Japan!
- Hoppers Guesthouse – This is another good choice with bunk beds (perfect for a solo traveler) that will provide a good night’s sleep for a super good price! Super close to Universal Studios Japan, this cozy guesthouse will be the best option if you want to save some bucks!
8. Shin-Osaka – best area to stay in Osaka for shopping
Shin-Osaka station is located in the North of the city and it’s the best area to stay in Osaka for shopping and for people who want to travel around Japan. Why? Because you’ll have super easy access to the shinkansen here (Japan’s famous bullet train), which will save you a lot of precious time.
Oh, by the way, if you want some inspiration on places to visit around Osaka, I recommend my article about Why you should add Wakayama to your Japan itinerary!
But back to Shin-Osaka, if you stay here you’ll also be close to more than two subway stations that will take you to the center in less than half an hour (7 minutes to Umeda).
Because this area is such a big transport point of the city, you’ll find TONS of food places, cafes and shopping streets around Shin-Osaka station, so you won’t get bored. Needless to say about the hotel choices – there are so many options!
Luxury (US$150 and up)
- Courtyard by Marriott Shin-Osaka Station Hotel – This luxurious 5-star hotel is my first recommendation for this area and a great choice for anyone that wants to be spoiled during their stay! This is actually one of the best Osaka hotels if you want to take the bullet train station easily! The rooms are very beautiful and most of them provide gorgeous views over the city!
- Karaksa Hotel Grande – This beautiful Shin-Osaka hotel is literally the definition of elegance – modern, clean rooms, free Wi-Fi, fitness center, plus their own bar and restaurant. How great does this sound? – Plus it is super close to Shin Osaka Train Station (part of the Osaka Loop Train Line) which will make it easier for you to connect to different points of the city.
Mid-range (from US$70 to US$150)
- Remm Shin – This nice and cozy 3-star hotel is my recommendation for travelers looking for a great deal that offers top quality service for an accessible price and super close to Shin Osaka Train Station. Remm Shin awaits with a 24-hour front desk, on-site restaurant, free Wi-Fi, hotel rooms with incredible rain showers, and massage chairs in case you want to finish your day with a quick massage!
- UNIZO INN Shin-Osaka – This is my second recommendation for mid-range travelers and a great choice in Shin-Osaka for people who want easy access to the bullet train station! This 3-star hotel has free Wi-Fi, different types of breakfast, clean and modern rooms, comfy beds, and a very good location!
Budget (up to US$70)
- Capsule Hotel J Garden – This beautiful Osaka budget hotel is located less than a km away from Shin Osaka Station, which I think is its greatest advantage! They have many types of rooms that you can choose from and the capsule rooms have the best value. Simple and efficient!
- Super Hotel – My other recommendation is this 3-star hotel that has some incredible prices for Osaka! The rooms are quite spacious (for Japanese standards), they have a delicious breakfast buffet with Japanese and Western dishes, and it is really close to Shin Osaka Station!
Best apartments in Osaka
Now that you know everything you need to know about the best hotels in the city, what about apartments? Osaka has plenty of them as well!
The advantage of staying in an apartment is that, most of the time you’ll have a cozier local atmosphere and some apartments have quite affordable prices. But beware – they aren’t as spacious as hotel rooms in general!
That being said, below you’ll find my apartment recommendations, scattered in the center of Osaka-city:
Luxury (US$170 and up)
- Sakura Apartment – If you want to enjoy some elegance and also stay in a cozy apartment, know that it’s possible, especially in Osaka! This beautiful apartment has a very simple and modern decor and it’s one of the best choices in the city, trust me!
- Fraser Residence Nankai Osaka – This cozy aparthotel is the ideal choice for a group of people or for solo travelers and couples as well. It’s spacious and it has all the facilities and amenities you might need including daily continental breakfast, fully equipped kitchenette, 4-star service and more.
- Sakurajima Parkside House A – This 3-star apartment is another gorgeous choice for luxury travelers that want to feel at home. It’s ideal for a large group (friends or family – or both!) and the decor is really nice as well – simple and cozy!
Middle-priced (from US$100 to US$170)
- Alla Scuderia Bijou Suites – This 3-star apartment awaits with some very accessible prices! This accommodation has a well-equipped kitchen, air conditioning, a flat-screen TV, a cozy dining area and more!
- E-stay Namba – This beautiful aparthotel is the perfect choice if you want to be close to Namba! It’s very simple and nicely decorated and I whole-heartedly recommend it if you are looking to have more privacy but still want to enjoy the perks of staying at a hotel!
Budget (up to US$100)
- Universal Bay Condo – Osaka also has a wide range of budget apartments as well! This nice accommodation has some very good prices and the design is really beautiful if you ask me! They have free Wi-Fi, a balcony, a fully functional kitchen and it’s big enough for up to 7 people.
- Ffosaka Apartment – Here’s another great budget apartment in Osaka. If you book your stay here, you’ll be within walking distance to many shops, restaurants and cafes and the accommodation itself is very good as well!
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BONUS: Best hotels near the Osaka airports
Maybe you are staying in Osaka only for a short layover or you have a flight that arrives late at night? In these cases, staying close to the airport might be a great solution.
Osaka is close to two different airports – Kansai Airport and Itami Airport. Regardless of which one of the airports you’ll be arriving at, I’ll give my personalized recommendations (one hotel per budget):
1. Kansai International Airport
Kansai International Airport (KIX) is Osaka’s international airport. If you have a flight that arrives here, I recommend staying in one of the hotels below:
- Hotel Nikko Kansai Airport – This is my recommendation for luxury travelers that want to be close to Kansai Airport. Except for the luxurious 4-star facilities and amenities, the best thing about Hotel Nikko in Osaka is that it’s incredibly close to the airport – only a 3-minute walking distance away! Truly the best Osaka airport hotel!
- Henn Na Hotel Kansai Osaka – If you’re looking for a great mid-range hotel that’s close to Kansai Airport, this is your choice! One of the greatest advantages of this hotel is that they offer an airport shuttle that you can use during your stay. Plus, the rooms are simple, cozy and clean!
- Oriental Suites Airport Osaka Rinku – This is another great choice for travelers looking for mid-range hotels in the area. This one is located a bit less than 6 km away from the airport and they have plenty of hotel room types that you can choose from!
2. Osaka International Airport (Itami)
Osaka International Airport (ITM), also known as Itami airport, is Osaka’s domestic airport. If you have a layover in another city in Japan and then you’re flying to Osaka, you’ll most probably land here.
There aren’t any hotels that are super close to this airport, but here are some good ones I found that are less than 6 km from it:
- Shin Osaka Esaka – If you are looking for a luxury hotel near Osaka Airport located as close to the terminals as possible, look no further! This 4-star hotel has spacious and cozy rooms, perfect for a good night’s sleep! And let me tell you, there are plenty of restaurants and shops around this hotel so you will be able to grab a last minute bite and even shop!
- AH87 Osaka – This is another good choice for people who land or depart from Itami Airport. This 4-star hotel is great for two travelers and it’s located only 6 km away from the airport – you can get there in a 12-minute ride by monorail!
- Fine Garden Hotel – Note that this is a ‘love’ hotel but rest assured you will be really close to the airport – just 2 minutes away! It features free parking, a 24-hour front desk and rooms with flat-screen TV!
FAQs about Osaka hotels
📍What is the best area to stay in Osaka?
🌃 Where to stay in Osaka for one night?
📅 How many days are enough to stay in Osaka?
Since Osaka is a really big city, 5 days should be enough to explore the city.
Phew, you reached the end of my super detailed guide on Osaka accommodation! I hope that after going through this post, you already made the perfect choice for where to stay in Osaka for your vacation!
In this article I have explained where to stay in Osaka by areas for all the different kinds of tourists out there and I gave you my hand-picked choice of hotels in each of these areas, as well as close to the two airports.
By the way, I actually did my research and compared the prices for these hotels on different websites, so I can recommend the best deals to you. Do not forget to book in advance to secure your hotel since this destination tends to be visited by many tourists all year long!
If you’re still struggling to make a decision (I don’t blame you), here are my top options to make things easier for you:
- InterContinental Hotel – this is the best option if you want to experience luxury during your stay in Osaka!
- Osaka Riverside Hotel – the best hotel for riverside views and a central location in Osaka
And now that you have (hopefully) made a decision, if you want to read more about Japan, I recommend our articles about the country, which you’ll find here.
I hope you found this post useful and that you’ll have a great time in Osaka! As usual, if you have any questions or concerns, leave me a comment down below and I’ll be happy to answer.
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