Osaka is the third largest city in Japan and sits on the Yodo River. Since this has been Japan's commercial capital throughout history, there is a great deal to see and in the area. Among many other things, tourists should be sure to visit the National Bunraku Theatre to see the bunraku puppet plays that have been performed for centuries and are a rarity in current Japanese society. There are also some excellent hotels in the area.
Osaka has a wide selection of cheap hotels. The best of these might be the East Hotel Osaka. It is very convenient due to it's location less than ten minutes from the Yodoyabashi and Umeda Stations and just fifty kilometers away from the airport. The rooms are very comfortable, and there is a restaurant and a café. The seating area in the lobby offers guests a spectacular view of the Japanese Garden. Located in Osaka's hottest shopping district of Shinsaibashi, it sits in a great sightseeing location that is surrounded by fantastic shopping and restaurants and very close to Universal Studios Japan.
Another great cheap hotel in Osaka is the Namba Oriental Hotel. Among the many amenities, like high-speed Internet access, complimentary newspapers, and in-room movies, that they offer to their guests is a karaoke room.
Out of Osaka's wide selection of budget hotels, the Hotel New Otani Osaka is one of the best. From the room windows, guests can see incredible panoramic views of the renovated Osaka Castle and Osaka Castle Park's beautiful greenery. Not only that, but these windows can also be opened in order to bring fresh air into the rooms. All rooms are also equipped with high-speed connections to the Internet. The hotel also boasts a wealth of fine restaurants and bars. These include an international restaurant, a French restaurant, six Japanese restaurants, one Chinese restaurants, one original Kushi and wine restaurant, three bars, and one bakery.
Another spectacular hotel that is reasonably-priced is the Hotel Monterey Osaka. This a gorgeous building that is designed in a Viennese style, similar to the design of many resort hotels found in European cities, and located right in the middle of Osaka. This hotel is located near many of Osaka's most popular attractions, including Japan's oldest temple, Tenno-ji, the Umeda Sky Building, Sumiyoshi Taisha, the Osaka Aquarium, the Hep Five ferris wheel and shops the Osaka Castle, the Dotombori nightclubs, theaters, and restaurants, and the Suntory Museum.
One of the best five star hotels in Osaka is the Westin Osaka. Westin hotels are known throughout the world for the luxurious experiences they offer, but the Westin Osaka is special. Located in the heart of Osaka's newest landmark, the Shin Umeda City, the Westin Osaka is a spacious oasis that sits mere minutes away from the entertainment and business center of the city. They offer twenty-four hour service at their concierge desk and a newly-constructed fitness center that includes a heated pool. They also offer a variety of quality eating establishments that serve everything from Mediterranean specialties to authentic Japanese cuisine. The accommodations are unusually large and designed with a classic European flavor. A stay at the Westin Osaka is sure to be a joyful memory.
Another notable five star hotel is the Laforet Shin Hotel, which is located a short walk from the Shin Osaka Station. This is a hotel that strives to give guests feelings of warmth and comfort. Along with a western and a Japanese restaurant, the hotel offers a bar with stunning views of the Osaka cityscape. Another popular attraction of the bar is the state of the art karaoke machine. Guests are encouraged to sing to their hearts' content. After enjoying these activities, the guests can swim in the hotel's outdoor pool or workout in the fitness center. The Laforet Shin Hotel is the perfect place to relax and enjoy life.
The best hotel in Osaka is likely the Ritz-Carlton. This is a serene place that has been built right in the middle of the hustle and bustle of the city center in the Nishi-Umeda district that is home to many prestigious shops and businesses. The rooms are some of the largest in all of Japan and they are equipped with linens made from Egyptian cotton, down comforters, non-allergenic and goosedown pillows, marble bathrooms, European bathing essentials, plush Terry robes, Ginori tea sets, and much more. When guests get hungry, they can dine at one of the four extraordinary restaurants that is located within the hotel. For leisure, they can head down to the hotel's fitness center, where they will find a full gym, an indoor pool, a hot tub, a steam room, and a dry sauna.