If you are traveling in Japan, you'll want to stay in accommodations that have a traditional Japanese feel. Below are five recommended ryokan (inns) in Osaka that are all highly rated on travel websites.
This is a onsen (hot spring) inn with a 9900 sq.m. Japanese garden where you can enjoy the beauty of each season, such as cherry blossoms in the spring, fireflies in the summer, and colorful foliage in the autumn. It is housed in a wooden building that has historical value and is a registered tangible cultural property of the country. The interior is designed with a Japanese aesthetic that’s reminiscent of a Japanese tea ceremony room. The most popular guest room is the Izuminada, which is a first-floor corner room with dual views of the garden. All the rooms are decorated in a manner that reminds one of traditional Japan. Dinner is Japanese cuisine that offers seasonal flavors. The large shared baths are filled with natural hot spring water. There is free Wi-Fi access in the guest rooms and staff who speak English.
This is a hot spring inn on Mt. Inunaki that’s surrounded by lush nature, including a beautiful valley and 48 waterfalls (large and small). There are 11 guest rooms that are separated into three types: tranquil Japanese-style rooms, rooms with open-air baths in which you can enjoy hot springs while gazing at the mountain stream, and Japanese-style twin rooms with beds and open-air baths. There are also open-air baths attached to their large shared baths, so you can enjoy the natural hot spring water while listening to the sound of the stream. Dinner is local cuisine, such as dishes made with local ingredients like fresh fish from nearby fishing ports, boar stew, and duck hot pot. There is free Wi-Fi access throughout the building and English-speaking staff.
3. Hananosato Onsen Sansuikan
This is a hot spring inn in Settsu-kyo, which is a valley that’s famous for its view with sharp cliffs and strangely-shaped rocks (large and small). The open-air bath that is positioned by the mountain stream is made out of natural wood and strangely-shaped rocks from the mountain, and it has a beautiful rustic feel. It is a wonderful place to relax and warm the body while listening to the stream and taking in the scenery. There are also private hot spring baths that you can book to enjoy the water by yourself. There is a wide selection of room types, ranging from special rooms with open-air baths to standard rooms. There are also several choices for dinner, including their specialty Japanese pheasant hot pot and boar stew, along with Japanese dishes made with local produce and other ingredients from the land and sea. There is free Wi-Fi access in the common areas.
4. Minoo Sanso Kazenomori
This is an inn away from the hustle and bustle of the city where you can listen to the gentle wind and take in the greenery. It is up on a hill, so there are panoramic views of the city of Osaka from the large windows of the guest rooms. You can enjoy a view of the shimmering lights of the city in the evening. It is recommended to stay in their luxurious rooms, such as the Special Room with a Panoramic Open-Air Bath and the Wayo Room that has Japanese and Western elements. There are also standard Japanese-style and Western-style rooms. The inn has both large shared bathrooms with open-air baths, as well as ones that can be booked for private use. There are great views of the city nightscape from all bathrooms. There is free Wi-Fi access throughout the hotel.
5. Kaneyoshi Ryokan
This is a modern inn in Minami, which is one of Osaka's leading commercial districts. It is along the Dotonbori Canal, and is within walking distance of Dotonbori – popular for the Glico sign and other attractions – as well as America-mura, which is famous as the center of youth trends. All guest rooms are Japanese-style rooms with private baths and toilets. They are designed in a traditional Japanese style, and have a tranquil, comfortable feel. There are also large shared bathrooms, so you can relax and soak in them to refresh yourself from your travels. There is free Wi-Fi access in the common areas and English-speaking staff.
This article has introduced a variety of inns, ranging from a hot spring inn that’s housed in a historical building to a modern one in the center of the city. Be sure to refer to this article when selecting your hotel in Osaka.
*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.
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