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Osaka marks itself out from Japan’s other major cities with an outgoing spirit alongside a lively love of eating, shopping and generally having a good time. The huge range of independent hotels in Osaka adds to the city’s warm, welcoming atmosphere. If you’re looking for somewhere to stay in Osaka that’s a little bit different from the norm – from traditional Japanese guest houses and quirky hostels to unique designer boutiques and luxury riverside suites – then you’ll find there’s plenty of accommodation in Osaka to suit you.
To be right on the spot for Osaka’s famous nightlife and foodie scene, pick an independent hotel in the vibrant Dotonbori district. The dazzling display of neon lights here is one of the city’s most photographed sights and even though that’s reason enough to make a beeline for the area, it’s the restaurants that will make you want to pull up a chair and stay for seconds.
Osaka is known as Japan’s food capital and a whole array of delicious dishes can trace their history back to the city. Tuck in to takoyaki (battered octopus), kushikatsu (battered meat or vegetables on skewers) and okonomiyaki (savoury pancakes), and you’ll soon see what all the fuss is about.
It’s easy to extend your spirit of independent travel beyond your hotel in Osaka. The efficient public transport system can connect you to all of the city’s main attractions in no time, and there’s so much to see that you’ll wonder how to fit it all in. Osaka Castle and the nearby Osaka Museum of History are well worth a trip, as is the Umeda Sky Building, where the views of the city skyline from the top are second to none.
If you’re visiting Osaka with kids, you’ll probably want to check out the movie wonderland at Universal Studios Japan, but the Osaka Aquarium in the Bay Area is also a popular family day out. Plus there’s a shopping and entertainment centre, food theme park and huge Ferris wheel at the Tempozan Harbour Village to visit before heading back to your independent hotel in Osaka.