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Osaka is a large port city and the commercial centre of Japan. Only a short shinkansen ride from Tokyo, it has a very different personality as compared to the country’s capital. Osaka is the capital and the most populous city in Osaka Prefecture, and the third most populous city in Japan. Being the commercial centre of Japan, Osaka has attracted almost all of the major hospitality brands. Future openings include Four Seasons Osaka and DoubleTree by Hilton Osaka among others. Take a look at the Top 10 5 star hotels in Japan.
10. Courtyard by Marriott Shinosaka Station, Osaka
Opened in November 2015, Courtyard by Marriott Shinosaka Station is located in Yodogawa, Osaka. The HEP 5 mall, with its rooftop Ferris wheel, is a 15-minute trip away via nearby Shin-Osaka Subway Station. The property is just a 1-minute walk away from JR Shin-Osaka Station. The 332 guest rooms and suites are located on the 14th-18th floors, offering beautiful city views. Guests can savour teppanyaki steak at the on-site restaurant Ikka Ichiyo Teppanyaki. The Lavarock Dining & Bar is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner hours. Guests can also enjoy drinks at the bar. There is a fitness centre present at the hotel.
Website: Courtyard by Marriott Shinosaka Station, Osaka
9. The Westin, Osaka
The Westin Osaka is located in Kita, a neighbourhood in Osaka. The Westin is right next to the Umeda Sky Building, with its Floating Garden Observatory. It is a 20-minute taxi ride to Osaka Castle and the Dotonbori shopping area. The hotel is just 5 minutes from Osaka Station on the free shuttle. The Westin Osaka consists of 303 guest rooms and suites that are softly lit, soundproofed and have a pleasant modern decor. Panoramic windows let in plenty of light and show off the skyline views of Osaka. Decorated in Sukiya style, Japanese restaurant Hanano has individual corners for sushi, teppanyaki and tempura. Stunning Ming-style decor and authentic Cantonese specialties are on offer at Imperial Palace. Amadeus serves western cuisine. Blue Bar pours cool cocktails in the evenings. The on-site fitness centre can be accessed for a fee, and includes a sauna, hot tub, running track and fitness room in addition to the indoor swimming pool.
Website: The Westin, Osaka
8. Hilton, Osaka
Located in the vibrant commercial and shopping district right around Umeda Station and Grand Front Osaka shopping mall, Hilton Osaka Hotel offers great views of the city. The hotel features 562 guest rooms and suites in which the windows have a traditional Fusuma panel. Centrum Grill & Wine serves freshly cooked aromatic dishes and offers an outstanding selection of fine wines while Folk Kitchen is the hotel’s all-day dining restaurant serving a fine variety of international cuisine and a buffet themed with seasonal selections. KawaUme serves impeccable Japanese cuisine featuring the finest seasonal ingredients. MYPLACE Cafe & Bar has a tempting selection of beverage and dining options throughout the day from tea, coffee, fresh juices and bakery selections in the morning, delicious sandwiches and salads during the day, to sophisticated cocktails and late evening bar snacks at the end of a busy day. Tenka is a modern-style teppanyaki restaurant featuring views of the Nishi Umeda cityscape. Guests can stay in shape on the jogging track, and unwind in the hot tub or sauna. Recreational amenities at the hotel include an indoor swimming pool, a 24-hour health club and a sauna. The hotel also has a spa providing Swedish massages, facials, body treatments and manicures and pedicures. A variety of treatment therapies are also provided, including aromatherapy and reflexology.
Website: Hilton, Osaka
7. Courtyard by Marriott Osaka Honmachi
Courtyard by Marriott Osaka Honmachi is located in Minami, a neighbourhood in Osaka, and is in the city centre and near a metro station. Courtyard by Marriott Osaka Honmachi is located in Minami, a neighbourhood in Osaka, and is in the city centre and near a metro station. Courtyard by Marriott Osaka Honmachi features 193 guest rooms and suites and have city views. STITCH serves seasonal dishes featuring regional ingredients and M18 is the ideal restaurant in the hotel to finish up work and relax after a busy day in Osaka. There is a 24/7 fitness centre featuring Cardiovascular Equipments and Free Weights available at the hotel. Courtyard by Marriott Osaka Honmachi features 193 guest rooms and suites and have city views. STITCH serves seasonal dishes featuring regional ingredients and M18 is the ideal restaurant in the hotel to finish up work and relax after a busy day in Osaka. There is a 24/7 fitness centre featuring Cardiovascular Equipments and Free Weights available at the hotel.
Website: Courtyard by Marriott Osaka Honmachi
6. Intercontinental Osaka, an IHG Hotel
Only a 5-minute walk from JR Osaka Train Station, InterContinental Osaka is located at the newly developed Grand Front Osaka. Umeda Station on the Midosuji Line is a 7-minute stroll from the hotel. The hotel offers 272 rooms and suites with gorgeous views and deep soaking bathtubs. Offering views of Osaka city from the 20th floor, Pierre restaurant serves exquisite contemporary French dishes. All Day Dining serves a buffet with various international dishes, drinks are available at Adee Bar and Lounge. The property has a 24-hour fitness center and an indoor swimming pool on site. Osaka InterContinental Hotel is a 10-minute drive from Osaka Castle and a 20-minute drive from Universal Studios Japan. MEGURI SPA & WELLNESS has 7 treatment rooms including rooms for couples. Services include deep-tissue massages, facials, body wraps, and body scrubs. A variety of treatment therapies are provided, including aromatherapy and reflexology.
Website: Intercontinental Osaka, an IHG Hotel
5. Osaka Marriott Miyako Hotel
Opened in March 2014, Osaka Marriott Miyako Hotel is located on the high floors of Abeno Harukas building featuring direct access to Tennoji Station. Located above the 38th floor, all 360 rooms offer stunning city views. The spacious air-conditioned rooms feature Sealy beds and deep soaking bathtubs. The restaurant on the 57th floor offers Japanese and Western meals, as well as Teppanyaki grill dishes. A buffet restaurant featuring a bright open kitchen is available on the 19th floor. Guests can enjoy 360 degree views of the city from the panoramic view point on the 58th floor. Guests can work out at the fitness center or shop at the Kintetsu Department Store located on the lower floors of the building. A free-use business center is on site, while a museum and outdoor terrace can be enjoyed on the 16th floor. Miyako Osaka Marriott Hotel is a 10-minute train ride from Namba Station and a 20-minute train ride from Osaka/Umeda Station. Tennoji Zoo is a 10-minute walk away. Guests can purchase a 1-day Studio Pass for Universal Studios Japan, which is located a 30-minute train ride away. Osaka Marriot Miyako Hotel is an Alliance Hotel of Universal Studios Japan.
Website: Osaka Marriott Miyako Hotel
4. The St. Regis, Osaka
Located in the heart of Osaka’s Midosuji area, the 5-star St. Regis Osaka is located directly above Honmachi Subway Station’s Exit 7. The hotel offers its signature butler service and an exquisite decor with touches of traditional Japanese aesthetics. The property has 160 rooms and suites that are contemporary and comfortable and boast magnificent city views. When not gazing at the gorgeous city views, guests can sprawl out on the 300-thread-count sheets. The large French marble bathroom includes a shower with 4 body jets, a soaking bathtub, a built-in LCD TV and a plush bathrobe. La Veduta features richly warm decor with 12th-floor skyline views and hearty but sophisticated Italian cuisine. After dinner, guests can enjoy one of the special cocktails at The St. Regis Bar next door. Rue dâOr offers French dishes, and light fare can be enjoyed at the St. Regis Terrace. The lively Dotonbori area is a 15-minute walk from the St. Regis Osaka. Kyocera Dome is a 20-minute subway ride away, while Osaka Castle is a 10-minute drive away. Universal Studios Japan is a 30-minute train ride from St. Regis Osaka. Sightseeing arrangements, dinner reservations, event tickets and more can be secured by guest’s private butler. An exercise room with free weights, stationary bikes and treadmills is on site, as is a business center. Guests can stroll through the rooftop Japanese garden. Guests can indulge in a pampering treatment at the hotel’s full-service spa, IRIDIUM. Services include facials, body treatments, and manicures and pedicures. A variety of treatment therapies are provided, including reflexology.
Website: The St. Regis, Osaka
3. The Ritz-Carlton, Osaka
Located in Umeda neighbourhood, The Ritz-Carlton, Osaka is conveniently located just a 7-minute walk from JR Osaka Station and a 5-minute walk from Nishi-Umeda Subway Station. Featuring a classic European-style decor, the hotel offers 291 rooms and suites. Elegantly decorated, spacious rooms are all located on the 24th floor and above and feature stunning views of varying heights. Guests staying in the Club rooms have access to the exclusive Club Lounge. This hotel features 5 dining options including a Michelin starred French restaurant named La Baie. Xiang Tao and Hanagatami offer Chinese and Japanese cuisines respectively whereas guests can enjoy Italian cuisine at Splendido. An indoor pool and a spa tub are on site. Other recreational amenities include a sauna and a 24-hour fitness centre. The Ritz-Carlton Spa has 5 treatment rooms, including rooms for couples. Services include deep-tissue massages, hot stone massages, Swedish massages and facials. A variety of treatment therapies are provided, including aromatherapy and reflexology. The spa is equipped with a sauna and a steam room.
Website: The Ritz-Carlton, Osaka
2. Conrad, Osaka
Boasting stunning views of Osaka city, Conrad Osaka is just a 5-minute walk and JR Osaka Station is a 7-minute train ride away. Billboard Live Osaka is a 10-minute walk from Conrad Osaka, while Osaka Castle is a 20-minute car ride away. The hotel, located on the highest floors of Nakanoshima Festival West Tower, features 164 spacious guest rooms and suites. Atmos Dining serves a wide range of European and Asian fusion cuisine, while Japanese food can be enjoyed at KURA – Teppanyaki & Sushi. C:Grill provides freshly grilled seafood and guests can enjoy a variety of cocktails at the stylish 40 Sky Bar and Lounge. Facilities at the hotel include a heated indoor swimming pool, a 24-hour health club and a sauna. Guests can pamper themselves by indulging in the onsite spa services.
Website: Conrad, Osaka
1. W, Osaka
W Osaka is located at a distance of 100 meters from Namba Shrine. Itami Airport is 13 kilometers from the hotel. W Osaka features 337 guest rooms and suites that have either skyline or city views. Michelin-starred chef Yusuke Takada from La Cime serves French specialities at Oh.lala… while Teppanyaki MYDO serves authentic Japanese cuisine. Revel in Edomae sushi made right in front of you by master chefs paired with distinct Japanese sake at Sushi UKIYO or head to MIXup to enjoy sweet pastries with original premium rosé champagne or specialty coffees and teas. LIVING ROOM has live music, standup comedy and mix-and-mingle fun while WET BAR, the only pool bar in Osaka, serves signature cocktails. Recreational amenities at the hotel include an indoor swimming pool and a 24-hour fitness centre. Guests can pamper themselves by indulging at the hotel’s AWAY SPA. There are 5 treatment rooms including rooms for couples. Services include deep-tissue massages, hot stone massages, body scrubs and body treatments. A variety of treatment therapies are provided, including aromatherapy.
Website: W, Osaka
Featured image by W, Osaka
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