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Best Traditional Airbnb vs Modern Hotels In Osaka: Take your pick - Updated 2019

Best Traditional Airbnb vs Modern Hotels In Osaka: Take your pick - Updated 2019
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Osaka is a city that’s located in the Kansai region of Japan. It is also the capital of the Osaka Prefecture and the second-largest city in Japan. It served as a center for the rice trade during the Edo period and is situated at the mouth of the Yodo River on Osaka Bay. Osaka is known for its gorgeous landscape that highlights Japan’s development of urban living.

Osaka is home to two areas, the downtown and uptown areas of Kita and Minami, which mean “north and "south” respectively, although Minami is mostly situated in the central district of Osaka. Kita is where the Osaka Station City is located and it also serves as a major business and retail hub, as well as being the home to a large variety of shopping arcades.

Tourists may find many of Osaka’s landscapes to be familiar because much of it is commonly featured in photographs of Osaka’s skyline. Minami, on the other hand, is home to a handful of districts including arts and fashion culture-oriented areas such as Amerikamura and Horie.

West Osaka serves as the major tourist destination with it being home to many of Osaka’s attractions that include Kyocera Dome, Universal Studios Japan and the Tempozan Harbour Village. On the east side of Osaka, you’ll find the Osaka Castle Park, Osaka Business Park and the hub Kyōbashi Station.

This city of Japan has history that dates back to the 5th century, and canals, bridges and even buildings from the 16th century can still be found here. With so much history and culture, this city still manages to amazingly exude the modern Japanese urban lifestyle. It can get a little tough when deciding on your ideal accommodation in this city. Fret not – we’ve prepared the perfect guide for you!

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Osaka Marriott Miyako Hotel (from 292 USD)

We had a corner room with great view. Everything was thoughtfully done. There were pyjamas in the room. The coffee machine was great for a morning cup of coffee and the location is just perfect. It is on top of a major subway and JR line. Tiffany

Osaka Marriott Miyako Hotel is located above the 38th floor and has direct access to the Tennoji Station. So staying at this hotel can guarantee you not only convenience, but also gorgeous views of the city’s landscape. On the 58th floor, guests can enjoy 360-degree views of the city from the panoramic view point on the 58th floor. The hotel’s air-conditioned rooms have Sealy beds, a coffee machine, an electric kettle, a minibar, ironing facilities, a safety deposit box and an en suite bathroom.

Shopping opportunities await as the hotel is located just above the Kintetsu Department Store. There is also a fitness centre, a free-use business centre, a museum and an outdoor terrace on site as well. For dining, guests can enjoy Japanese and Western meals, as well as Teppanyaki grill dishes on the 57th floor and buffet on the 19th floor.

The hotel is a 10-minute train ride from Namba Station and a 20-minute train ride from Osaka/Umeda Station. Additionally, Tennoji Zoo is a 10-minute walk away. Also, a 1-day Studio Pass/2-day Studio Pass for Universal Studios Japan can be purchased from the hotel. The said attraction is also just a 30-minute train ride away.

Osaka Marriott Miyako Hotel

Address: 1-1-43, Abenosuji, Abeno-ku, Osaka-city

Price: from 292 USD

Access: Direct access from Tennoji Station

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Hotel Vista Premio Dojima, Osaka (from 175 USD)

Location is about halfway between A-bomb Dome and station - easy to get to on the tram. Room, though small as you'd expect, was very clean and serviceable. Breakfast was good Shane

Hotel Vista Premio Dojima is located in the heart of Osaka and consists of a café, a convenience store and has free Wi-Fi access in all areas. It is also located 15 minutes away from the riverside Nakanoshima Park, where guests can take morning strolls at. The rooms in this hotel have a work desk, a fridge and a flat-screen TV that comes with satellite channels and on-demand video. There is also a humidifier and an electric kettle with herbal tea.

The hotel offers massage, laundry and ironing services that guests can enjoy upon request. The 24-hour front desk also features a currency exchange counter. For dining, head down to the Vista Café which features an amazing interior and serves Japanese breakfast. The hotel is conveniently located, at just a 20-minute train ride from JR Shin-Osaka Train Station and Osaka Castle, and the Osaka International Convention Centre is a 10-minute train ride away. The Hankyu and Hanshin Department Stores are also accessible within a 10-minute walk from the property.

Hotel Vista Premio Dojima

Address: 2-4-1, Sonezakishinchi, Kita-ku, Osaka-city

Price: from 175 USD

Access: 10-minute walk from Osaka and Umeda stations

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Hotel Hanshin, Osaka (from 167 USD)

Staff were most helpful and accommodating. Despite language limitations, they went out of their way to grant my various requests. Location was best suited for moving around by train including trips to Kyoto and other towns, often without having to change trains. Next door there were good restaurants and convenience stores. Danila

Hotel Hanshin is conveniently located near Osaka’s train stations and is known for its large public hot spring baths and hot spring water in every en suite bathroom. Every room has free Wi-Fi, large windows, a flat-screen TV, a fridge and an electric kettle with tea bags. Their public bath area is chargeable and includes open-air baths, hot tubs and saunas. Free massage services are also available upon request. Currency exchange and concierge services are offered at the 24-hour front desk.

For dining, guests can head over to Nen restaurant for French cuisine while Hanza serves delicate Japanese cuisine. Additionally, Xiang-Hu restaurant offers Chinese cuisine while there’s a cafe located next to the lobby as well. The hotel is located at just a 10-minute train ride away from Shin-Osaka Shinkansen Station, and Umeda Sky Building is just a 15-minute walk away. The very famous Osaka Castle is accessible with just a 12-minute train ride.

Hotel Hanshin

Address: 5-6-16, Fukushima, Fukushima-ku, Osaka-city

Price: from 167 USD

Access: 2-minute walk from JR Fukushima Station

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The Ritz-Carlton Osaka (from 296 USD)

The Ritz-Carlton Osaka offers 6 dining options, free-use fitness centre, an indoor pool, and a spa. Their spacious, air-conditioned rooms come with private bathrooms with marble double sinks and bathrobes, 37-inch flat-screen TV, a CD/DVD player, a minibar and a coffee maker. The spa offers massage services at a charge and other facilities include a hot tub, a 24-hour business centre, banquet facilities and a barber/beauty shop. The hotel also offers airport limousine buses.

For dining, La Baie restaurant serves signature French cuisine while the Hanagatami restaurant serves authentic Japanese dishes. Italian cuisine is available at the Splendido restaurant while The Bar offers cocktails. With Universal Studios Japan being just a 20-minute train ride away, purchase your 1-Day Studio Pass and 2-Day Studio Pass from the hotel’s concierge.

The Ritz-Carlton Osaka

Address: 2-5-25, Umeda, Kita-ku, Osaka-city

Price: from 296 USD

Access: 7-minute walk from JR Osaka Station and Hankyu Umeda Station

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Hotel Agora Osaka Moriguchi (from 166 USD)

The hotel was just opposite the train station. It was very convenient to travel around, room was spacious for me and my husband. There were Mandarin and English speakers at the reception counter. Staff were very helpful. Joesline

Hotel Agora Osaka Moriguchi is conveniently located just in front of Keihan Moriguchishi Train Station and is just a 5-minute train ride from JR Kyobashi Station and a 25-minute train ride from Shin-Osaka Shinkansen Station. The hotel is also located right next to a department store, supermarket and convenience store. Their rooms come with air conditioning, a flat-screen TV, a fridge, a kettle and hot green tea.

The hotel also offers a free shuttle bus to Mitsui Outlet Park Osaka Tsurumi that departs in front of the hotel. Currency exchange and safe deposit services are offered at the hotel’s 24-hour front desk and are chargeable. For dining, Sizzling Dining and Bar is located on the top floor and offers good food paired with amazing panoramic views of the city while Japanese and Chinese restaurants, a cafe, a bakery, and a buffet restaurant are also available.

Hotel Agora Osaka Moriguchi

Address: 10-5, Kawahara-cho, Osaka

Price: from 166 USD

Access: Located right in front of Keihan Moriguchishi Train Station

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Machiya, Shimogyō-ku, Kyoto (from 303 USD)

Yoshi was an amazing host, very caring and polite. The house was really really good, newly renovated but in the traditional style. It was really well kept and spotless. Yoshi lent me his bicycle, which was really nice. Marcelina

This one-storey Machiya (traditional Japanese wooden house) is located in downtown Kyoto, just an hour away from Osaka. The 80-year-old property is a 10-minute walk away from Kyoto Station and it has laundry and convenience shops located at just a minute’s walk away. This property consists of 2 bedrooms and 1 bathroom and its facilities include Wi-Fi, heater, air-con, hot tub and more. Cleaning fee of 30 USD will be chargeable.

As there are neighbouring residences around this property, it is advised to keep the noise level down after about 10pm. This property is also a non-smoking property and its safety features include a smoke detector, a carbon monoxide detector and a fire extinguisher.

Machiya, Shimogyō-ku, Kyoto

Address: Shimogyō-ku Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan

Price: from 303 USD

Access: 10-minute walk from Kyoto Station

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Wa Villa, Hirano area, Osaka (from 131 USD)

Even though we won't meet each other but Thomas still kept in touch with us to make sure if there were any questions or not. The house is full with house groceries and complete furnishing, and he also provided us drinks and snacks, really sweet to do this, thank you Thomas :) Becca

This neo-classic, Japanese-style property is located in the neighbourhood of Hirano-ku in Osaka. Wa Villa is located at just a 4 minutes’ walk from Mito Station and is conveniently located with supermarkets, Japanese public baths, temples and shops being within reach from the property. The neighbourhood is a quiet residential area where the neighbours are more than happy to get to know you.

This non-smoking, 1-bedroom apartment consists of a fully equipped kitchen with oil and spices, Wi-Fi, air-conditioner, heater and more. It is 55 minutes away from Kansai Airport by bus and a cleaning fee of 21 USD is chargeable.

Wa Villa, Hirano-ku, Osaka

Address: Hirano-ku, Yao, Osaka Prefecture, Japan

Price: from 131 USD

Access: 4 minutes’ walk from Mito Station

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Machiya, Miyakojima area, Osaka (from 194 USD)

The location is very good in terms of the distance to the train station. There is a grocery store, a supermarket and a big tax-free store near the train station. The beds are comfortable. You can find everything for cooking and washing. Hendra

This Machiya is located at just a 10-minute train ride away from the very famous Dotonbori area and just a 5-minute train ride away from Umeda. It accommodates up to 8 people in its very spacious interior. The host is not strict on the check-in timings but smoking is allowed only in the balcony. Facilities include hot tub, Wi-Fi, heater, air-con and more. There will also be a pocket Wi-Fi provided by the host that guests will be able to bring around during their stay. There is a first aid kit provided by the host as well.

Machiya, Miyakojima-ku, Osaka

Address: Miyakojima-ku, Ōsaka-city

Price: from 194 USD

Access: Nearest station: Umeda

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Ryokan, Itami-city (from 283 USD)

Perfect apartment! Big and spacious and all your needs are taken care of here. Yasuyo and her husband greeted us even though we arrived late and made sure we arrived without issue and that everything was to our liking. If you are going to Itami, don't hesitate to stay here if it is available! Terry

This Ryokan (traditional Japanese inn that originated in the Edo period) is located in a quiet residential and safe area which is just a 3 minutes’ walk from Itami station on the Hankyu line.The non-smoking property is 20 minutes from Osaka and it also serves as a convenient place to access Kyoto and Kobe. The room’s interior design is heavily influenced by the traditional Japanese style and consists of six sets of Futons (Japanese mattress) and can accommodate up to 6 people. There is also a gym located on the first floor where guests can access for free. Supermarkets and restaurants are conveniently located near the property as well. Do note that the host does not allow shoes to be worn in the house.

Ryokan, Itami-shi

Address: Itami-shi,Hyōgo-ken,Japan

Price: from 283 USD

Access: 3 minutes’ walk from Itami station

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Ryokan, Nishinomiya-city (from 110 USD)

This ryokan is just a 2 minutes’ walk to Hankyu Kotoen station, making it 20 minutes away from Osaka. It is located in the quiet, residential area of Kotoen, which is a popular place amongst the locals. It is also conveniently located, with restaurants (Japanese, Korean, Chinese, Thailand, Indian, Indonesian, McDonalds), Japanese-style bar, supermarket and a 24 hours convenience store within reach from the property. This non-smoking apartment consists of 1 bedroom and can accommodate up to 3 people. The host will also provide guests with a pocket Wi-Fi. Facilities include hot tub, air-con, heater and a fully equipped kitchen.

Ryokan, Nishinomiya-shi,

Address: Nishinomiya-shi, Hyōgo-ken, Japan

Price: from 110 USD

Access: 2 minutes’ walk from Hankyu Kotoen station

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Tiny Japanese apartment close to Higashimikuni station (from 46 USD)

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This cozy and small apartment has everything you need for your stay in Osaka, including an attentive superhost. Sleeping arrangements include one bedroom with two single beds. The bottom floor apartment is one of five apartments, but you don’t need to share any common spaces. The little unit has a bathroom, toilet, kitchen, TV, fridge, and a microwave.

As it’s close to the Higashimikuni station which is on the Midosuji, you can venture around to places like Dotonbori and Osaka castle without much trouble. While it is small, all the basic necessities you need are provided. Supermarkets, restaurants, and more are all in the area. The unit does not allow parties or smoking.

Cute and tiny Japanese single room

Address: Yodogawa-ku, Osaka

Price: from 46 USD

Number of Guests: 2

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Legally registered apartment in Osaka (from 76 USD)

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When you stay at Keiko’s apartment you are conveniently able to access the airport via the airport direct bus stop. Plus, you are about five minutes away from Namba by subway. Within walking distance, you will find the Kuromon market. Your host loves to cook and interact with guests, so enjoy learning something about culture and food.

Your apartment has cable TV, WiFi, and laptop-friendly workspace. Sleeping arrangements include three-floor mattresses. There’s a bathroom, and space for food preparation. That includes a fridge, microwave oven, cooking tools, and a washing and drying machine. Overall, this is a comfortable and clean studio-type apartment handy to central Osaka.

Osaka,Namba,Airport ez access

Address: Tennoujiku, Osaka city

Price: from 76 USD

Number of Guests: 3

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What's your pick?

Whether it’s a traditional home or a modern hotel, it’s proven that Osaka has an abundance of each, with both exuding the perfect amount culture and comfort, making your stay in this Japanese urban and cultural city worthwhile!

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