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Whether you’re searching for accommodation in Osaka with cool contemporary suites or lavish luxury rooms, there’s a good collection of design hotels in the city offering something for everyone. Wake up in a minimalist heaven, surrounded by crisp, clean lines and futuristic furnishings. Or get a taste of true opulence by staying in a design hotel where it’s all about indulgence and comfort.
Osaka is a city with a real flair for design, putting it up there alongside Tokyo on the world stage. Some even say that there’s a special kind of spark to Osaka’s design, which you don’t find anywhere else in Japan or around the globe. From fashion to furniture, graphic design to tech, ceramics to textiles, you can indulge in any or all of your design passions on a trip to Osaka. And the best place to start is with your Osaka design hotel. Choose one of the stylish hotels dotted around the city – but mainly clustered in the Umeda and Namba areas – and you’ll be well set-up for a design-savvy stay.
No matter where you decide to stay in Osaka, you’ll find boutiques, workshops, stores and galleries within easy reach packed full of tempting designs. And there’s plenty on offer to suit everyone from serious collectors to curious shoppers. Visit a popular hub for the city’s designers at Graf Studio, just round the corner from Osaka Science Museum on Nakanoshima Island. One of the hottest up-and-coming Osaka design destinations is the Shibakawa Building near Yodoyabashi Station on the Midosuji subway line, home to an eclectic mix of shops, cafes and exhibition spaces. Or you could head to the Shinsaibashi area to fill-up on the latest pop-culture goodies.
If you’d like to get a glimpse of traditional Japanese design during your stay in Osaka, try a day trip to Sakai located on the coast to the south of the city. A collective of designers and makers under the umbrella of the Sakai Machikado Museum offer bookable tours of their workshops, so you can see them handcrafting a range of renowned Osakan goods including blades, carpets, bicycles and kimonos.