Osaka Travel Tips: Shinsaibashi, Dotonbori And Great Hotels In The Area

This is a short Osaka travel guide with information on famous sightseeing spots such as Osaka Castle, Kaiyukan Aquarium, Shinsaibashi and Dotonbori, as well as the karaksa hotel Osaka Namba, the best hotel for visiting these wonderful places.

Osaka is a bustling city, with appeals quite different from Tokyo's. There are many sightseeing spots such as Dotonbori, which offers a wide variety of local dishes, and the Osaka Castle, which stands tall in the center of the urban area. Whenever you visit, there is never a dull moment in Osaka.

Those who visited Tokyo may be thinking of going to Osaka on their next trip. This article will introduce the highly recommended spots and a new hotel, perfect for visitors from abroad.

Osaka Castle: An Impregnable Fortress and a Symbol of Osaka

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The Sengoku Period is said to have been one of the most restless periods in Japanese history, as warlords fought to expand their territories. Osaka Castle was built by Toyotomi Hideyoshi (*1), a warlord who took over the rule of Japan. The gorgeous castle reflects Hideyoshi's wealth, and it was built in a year and a half, which is surprisingly short for a castle of this size.

The original castle is said to have been four times larger than the current Osaka Castle Park, and the castle town was surrounded by moats, which shows Toyotomi's power.

Osaka Castle is now known for its beautiful scenery throughout the year, especially during the season of the autumn leaves and cherry blossoms. Ginkgo trees line up along the streets for about one kilometer, creating a breathtaking view. If you are planning a visit in the near future, don't miss it.

*1 Toyotomi Hideyoshi: The most famous warlord of the Sengoku Period, who rose through the ranks from the masses to become the ruler of Japan.

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Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan: Meet Amazing Marine Creatures!


Kaiyukan is one of the largest aquariums in the world. About 620 species and 30000 creatures in all are displayed, and more than half of the annual visitors are repeat visitors, which is a testament to its popularity. Visitors of all ages especially enjoy the tank with the huge whale sharks, and also the unique displays where they can actually touch sharks and manta rays.

Kaiyukan is located within the Port of Osaka, and Universal Studios Japan ®︎, another popular spot, is a short boat ride away from the aquarium. The ride takes only sixteen minutes, so visitors can easily have fun at both Kaiyukan and USJ ®︎ on the same day.


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A Gourmet Paradise! Enjoying Fine Food at Shinsaibashi and Dotonbori


Osaka is known as the City of Food. Shinsaibashi and Dotonbori are the two areas especially known for the fierce competition between restaurants.


Shinsaibashi area, with the Shinbashi Station of Osaka Subway Midosuji Line at its center, offers a wide variety of food, from long-established taverns to Italian and French restaurants. It is the showcase of the latest trends in eateries.


Dotonbori is an area along the Dotonbori River, which flows on the south side of Shinsaibashi Station. This area offers various Osaka dishes such as takoyaki and okonomiyaki. Visitors can try all the tasty local dishes just by walking in this area.


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karaksa hotel Osaka Namba

Karaksa Hotel Osaka

karaksa hotel Osaka Namba, which will be opened in November 2017, is a facility with a very cozy atmosphere.

karaksa hotel is located at a ten minute walking distance from the Shinsaibashi and Dotonbori areas, where visitors can enjoy the local dishes late into the night. The hotel can also be easily reached from Umeda Station, Shin-Osaka Station and Kansai International Airport, either by bus or train.

From Osaka Castle, take the Osaka Subway Nagahori Tsurumi-ryokuchi Line from Morinomiya Station, and get off at Shinsaibashi Station. The train ride takes about eight minutes.

From Kaiyukan, it is a twenty five minute taxi ride to the hotel. karaksa hotel is also located at a nine minute walking distance from Osaka Subway Namba Station, which is close to both the Shinsaibashi and Namba areas.

A Hotel with a Trilingual Staff

Karaksa Hotel Shinsaibashi

The staff of karaksa hotel Osaka Shinsaibashi I.

Some people may worry about traveling to foreign countries. karaksa hotel Osaka Namba has staff members who speak Chinese, English, Korean and Tagalog. The hotel also offers translation for other languages by using a TV phone.

This is a multilingual hotel, so it will be easy to solve problems related to language or culture.

The Various Services Available at karaksa hotel

Karaksa Hotel

The hotel interior is decorated in a modern Japanese style, with the karaksa (intertwined foliage) motif. The overall atmosphere is simple and stylish.

Karaksa Hotel Osaka
Karaksa Hotel Osaka

The guestrooms are spacious, with independent toilets, lavatories and shower booths. The rooms are all furnished with a walk-in rain shower.

The layout of each room is designed to guard the privacy of the guests. The hotel also offers connecting rooms for groups.

Karaksa Hotel Osaka

Free Wi-Fi is available inside the hotel. Various types of sockets are available, so there is no need to bring adaptors.

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Karaksa Hotel Osaka breakfast

Breakfast at karaksa hotel Kyoyo I.

karaksa hotel takes pride in the coffee and bread served at breakfast, and their menu offers information about food allergies and religion-related dietary restrictions.

Special Opening Stay Plan

karaksa hotel Osaka Namba is designed to accommodate visitors from abroad. They also offer a special opening stay plan on their official site.

By making reservations on the official booking site of karaksa hotel, guests can receive a wide-angle smartphone lens as a gift. This offer is valid from November 1st, 2017, to March 31, 2018. Don't miss it, and enjoy taking photographs of your trip!

Karaksa Hotel

karaksa hotel Osaka Shinsaibashi I, located near karaksa hotel Osaka Namba, is also convenient for Osaka sightseeing. By staying at karaksa hotels, guests can make the most out of the time they spend in Osaka, enjoying safe surroundings and great services.

Karakusa Hotel Osaka Namba

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Karakusa Hotel Osaka Shinsaibashi I

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Reservations for the new karaksa hotel Osaka Namba can be made at their official booking site.

Written by Mayo Komatsu
Photos by KARAKSA HOTELS Corporation, Kaiyukan, Pixta.
Sponsored by KARAKSA HOTELS Corporation.

The information presented in this article is based on the time it was written. Note that there may be changes in the merchandise, services, and prices that have occurred after this article was published. Please contact the facility or facilities in this article directly before visiting.