Other areas to stay in Osaka
The Shinsaibashi area is the largest shopping area in the city with the main street being Mido-suji street, which connects from Kita in the north to downtown Minami and Namba districts. Due to the huge selection of shops in the area, there is no wonder that so many tourists make their way to Shinsaibashi or just stay in the area. The shops consist of reasonably priced items, which sell a diverse range of things from fashion, games, jewellery, beauty products, souvenirs and much more.
Along with shops just on the street, there are various large department stores and the area is divided into a few specific areas including American Village, which is where lots of young people hang out and explore the many American brands. Also, there is another area called European Village and this is centred around Suomachi-suji street, which is a complete contrast to the American Village as it is usually much quieter and elegant looking.
The European Village contains European brands as expected but has themed features like British style streetlamps and typical London-type buildings as well as the odd red phone box. The neighbourhood is surrounded by restaurants too and there are many cuisines that have to be tried including traditional Japanese, Korean, Chinese, Thai, European and American.
There are also an adequate number of pubs, clubs and hotels that appeal to every budget conscious traveller. The area is well connected too, so you can get from the airport as well as train to Shinsaibushi easily and to other places like tourist attractions and is known as a very safe place for visitors.
Hotels in Shinsaibashi
Dōtonbori’s reputation as a top entertainment and nightlife district within Osaka has made it a popular destination for visitors and Osaka citizens alike. Illuminated signs light up the skies at night creating a unique atmosphere. It was home to theatre as early as the mid-17th Centuryand although the early theatres have gone, cafes and restaurants had catered for visitors and a huge variety of cuisine is still available.
Overall Dotonbori is a great area to stay with accommodation choices varying from hostels to apartment rentals and quality hotels. Transport links within the City are excellent with metro linking all neighbourhoods. The Airport is an hour away via metro and the Haruka Express train while the famous bullet train service links with other major Japanese cities.
Glico Man, a huge illuminated sign of an athlete a stand-out landmark. Kuidaore Taro, associated with sumo wrestling and the KaniDōraku crab in front of the restaurant specialising in crab are two other famous signs. Enjoy a river cruise, pay a visit to Universal Studios or perhaps take the short trip to the famous Osaka Castle while there are plenty of retail opportunities as well; there is always something to do in Dotonbori.
Hotels in Dotonbori
Agricultural land deep into the second half of the 19th Century, Umeda was ‘’reclaimed’’ in order to build Osaka’s first station that remains the City’s most important terminus although the Station is much-changed. Umeda is now a major commercial centre with an infrastructure offering shopping and entertainment. Grand Front Mall is the first place for shoppers to visit.
The underground metro means its links to the rest of Osaka are excellent while overland, Osaka has high speed trains to major centres such as Kyoto and Kobe from that terminus.
Not surprisingly, with such good transport links, Umeda has good accommodation alternatives and is a nice neighbourhood to stay for those visiting Osaka. There are plenty of places to eat, some offering fast food but many others the finest dining available in the whole of Osaka.
Apart from the vibrant nightlife and great shopping, the highlights of Umeda include the HEP 5Ferris Wheel and the Sky Building from which there are great views over the city and nearby Kobe. Ohatsu Tenjin, officially Tetsu-no-Tenjinsha, is a local shrine with a 1,000 years of history, some of it tragic. Pokémon fans, children and grown-up kids should head to the Umeda Daimaru Department Store,13th Floor; they will be in paradise.
Hotels in Umeda