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Osaka is Japan’s third largest city, so it’s no surprise that alongside designer shopping and elegant dining, you can take your pick from a good range of chic, luxurious accommodation. Book elegant rooms in towers overlooking Osaka Castle or stay in contemporary hotels in the heart of the entertainment districts. The city has an efficient and rapid transport network, so wherever your four-star Osaka accommodation is located the whole city will be within easy reach.
Osaka is renowned as a canal city. With a busy port and a long history of trade, it has earned the nickname of the ‘Venice of the East’. You’ll find a handful of Osaka’s four-star hotels situated alongside the water, from the rivers around Osaka Castle and Nakanoshima Island to the canals of Dotonbori and the wide expanse of the Bay Area. And as well as enjoying the views from your hotel window, you can also take a sightseeing boat tour or a dinner cruise, discovering Osaka from a whole new perspective.
Osaka’s cultural scene runs the gamut from time-honoured theatres and festivals to cutting-edge shopping malls and neon-lit streets. Watch traditional Japanese performance at its best at The National Bunraku Theatre in Namba. Witness the whole city celebrate with processions and fireworks for the Tenjin Festival at the height of summer. Browse big-label luxury at the Shinsaibashi Shopping Arcade. Or take a seat for some of the best Japanese food you’ll ever eat in the restaurants around Dotonbori.
And if you feel the need to escape the excitement of Osaka’s city centre for a while, take a trip to the Meijinomori Minoh Quasi-National Park, about 15 miles north of Osaka. With tree-lined gorges, waterfalls, a hot spring and tranquil temples, it’s a complete change of pace. Or seek out relaxation in the heart of Osaka at Spa World in Tennoji, which features themed spa settings and experiences from all over the world.