Osaka has so many sightseeing places that it's very easy to become busy trying to see everything, but it's also important to have a place where you can rest from all the sightseeing. Here are 4 ryokan in Osaka where you can experience luxury.
Amami Onsen Nantenen is a ryokan built by the representative architect of the Meiji and Taisho eras (1868-1926), Tatsuno Kingo, who also built the Marunouchi building of Tokyo Station. Nantenen's building has been registered as a national important cultural artifact. It has the atmosphere as though you've traveled through time back to the Taisho era, so if you're interested in wabi-sabi (the quiet simplicity and subdued refinement in Japanese aesthetics), then this is a perfect inn for you. The rooms have views of the garden that has beautiful cherry blossoms in spring and foliage in the autumn, and the Japanese atmosphere will put you in a hot spring mood. The baths have low levels of natural radon in them, and the hot water will help wash away the tiredness of your trip. They are also very proud of their kaiseki cuisine that is made with carefully selected seasonal ingredients. You can add charcoal grilled Tajima beef from Hyogo to your meal!
If you really want to spend your time in luxury, it's recommended that you stay in the special room Seiryuutei that has an open-air bath fed by the natural hot spring. The bath is made from cypress wood and there's an irori hearth set into the floor as well.
Minoo Sansou Kaze no Mori is a ryokan in Meiji no Mori Minoo Quasi-National Park. You can gaze upon the Osaka plains from the lobby, restaurant, open-air bath, and, of course, the guestrooms. During the day it's a verdant, invigorating sight, but at night you can enjoy the lights of Osaka and the sight alone will make you feel as though you're in the lap of luxury. The special room with an observatory bath is especially recommended so you can enjoy a private open-air bath. It's not a natural onsen, but rather a hot spring made with minerals, but the water is gentle and will warm you up.
The chef is very proud of his kaiseki cuisine that uses seasonal ingredients to the best of his ability. You'll understand the quality of the ingredients with just one bite. You can visit this ryokan just for a meal and a bath, so it's a great ryokan to use the observation deck on Mt. Minoo for a break!
2. Minoo Sansou Kaze no Mori
Sansuikan, on the side of the Akuta River in Takatsuki, is a popular inn where you can enjoy nature no matter what time of year it is thanks to the cherry blossoms, the verdant greenery, the fireflies, the foliage, and other marks of the seasons. There are different kinds of guestrooms, but the recommended types are the ones that have open-air baths or half-open-air baths included. Bathing in the open-air bath with the sight of the valley below you while you're surrounded by the sound of the stream is the best. In the public bath there are three baths to enjoy: the hot tub Hana no Yu, the Daiishi Furo made from natural strangely-shaped rocks, and the open-air bath where you can enjoy the rural beauty. You can spend some time in these baths to rest both your heart and body and find bliss. The food is kaiseki cuisine using local ingredients and seafood. The kaiseki comes with hot pot made with pheasant, and this rich stew is very popular. Please try it.
Also, there's a plan that allows you to play golf at the Takatsuki Country Club, so people who love golf should definitely check it out.
Fushioukaku, in Osaka's Fushio Onsen area, is in a great location where it gazes upon Satsukiyama and below it runs the Yono River. Both the garden open-air bath that looks like it's surrounded by forest and the public bath where you can enjoy all four seasons have natural radium water that will help warm you up. There is also a bath where you can lay down, so it's great that you can rest horizontally while relaxing in a bath! The popular guestrooms with attached open-air baths allow you to fully enjoy the nature and the starry sky around it. The rooms are decorated in different styles, including modern sukiya (tea ceremony arbor), folk art, and more, so when you go please take your time to inspect the rooms. The kaiseki meals made with seasonal seafood and food from the mountains like mushrooms, but you can also enjoy the wagyu beef kaiseki as well. They have a full-service spa that includes a stone sauna, so people who want to enjoy their hotel to the max should definitely consider this ryokan.
There are many ryokan where you can take a luxurious break in Osaka, so please stop by when you're sightseeing.
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