Translated by Shinji Takaramura
karaksa hotel grande Shin-Osaka Tower - The Gateway To Western Japan
Written by MATCHA-PR
Visitors to Japan traveling westward to the Kansai Region and beyond should consider staying near Shin-Osaka Station. karaksa hotel grande Shin-Osaka Tower is only a five-minute walk from the station and offers service in several languages. It is the ideal accommodation for international visitors.
Stay by Shin-Osaka Station for Sightseeing Osaka, Kyoto, and Kansai
The Kansai Region is one of the most popular travel destinations in Japan. Shinsaibashi in Osaka is a great place to go shopping, Kyoto is the ancient capital of Japan, and Nara is famous for its history and the wild deer roaming in the central park.
Those who wish to tour the best destinations in Kansai should stay near Shin-Osaka Station, a major transportation hub. Holders of the JR PASS can also visit Okayama and Hiroshima in the San'yo Region at a reasonable rate.
This article introduces the sightseeing spots that can be reached from Shin-Osaka Station, and a hotel located within a five-minute walking distance from the station.
Ride the Shinkansen to Okayama and Hiroshima
The San'yo Shinkansen departs from Shin-Osaka Station. From here, you'll reach Okayama Station in about 45 minutes and Hiroshima Station in about 80 minutes. This area is the perfect destination for a day trip.
The Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter in Okayama and Miyajima in Hiroshima are two must-visit places for travelers in Kansai.
Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter in Okayama
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Kurashiki prospered in the Edo Period as a center of commerce under the direct control of the Tokugawa shogunate. Its townscape remains well-preserved.
Visitors can rent a kimono and enjoy a stroll around the tranquil streets, visit the denim shops which Kurashiki is famous for, or relax at a stylish cafe.
Miyajima Island in Hiroshima
Miyajima is one of the three famous scenic places in Japan, and a must-visit spot when in Hiroshima. Itsukushima Shrine and its beautiful torii gate look like they are floating above the sea at high tide--a truly iconic sight.
At low tide, visitors can directly walk to the torii.
*The torii is currently under maintenance and the date of completion is yet to be announced.
Shin-Osaka Station: Travel Directly to Kyoto, Umeda, Shinsaibashi, and Tennoji
Shin-Osaka Station is the gateway to the western area of Japan, as passengers can board the Shinkansen, JR lines, and the Osaka Metro at this major station.
Kyoto - Only 25 Minutes Away
The JR Shin-kaisoku (special rapid service), which departs every fifteen minutes, is the fastest way to reach Kyoto when not using the Shinkansen or the limited express train. Once you arrive in Kyoto, the local bus is the most convenient way to travel. There are bus stops right in front of the station.
To tour the major sightseeing spots in Kyoto, visitors should use the convenient Kyoto City Bus One-Day Pass (600 yen), which covers unlimited rides for a day on both the municipal bus and Kyoto Bus lines within the flat-rate area.
Osaka Metro Midosuji Line - Straight to the Entertainment District
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From Shin-Osaka Station, the Osaka Metro Midosuji Line takes the passengers to Umeda, Shinsaibashi (a popular shopping area), and Tennoji. Tennoji is a district in southern Osaka where the iconic Abeno Harukas, Japan's tallest skyscraper, is located.
By switching trains at Namba Station, you can ride directly to Kansai International Airport. This line is very convenient for both sightseeing and shopping in Osaka.
karaksa hotel grande Shin-Osaka Tower
karaksa hotel grande Shin-Osaka Tower, the eighth hotel in the karaksa group, is located within five minutes on foot from Shin-Osaka Station. The 24-story hotel building houses 396 guestrooms.
The exterior is designed to blend in with the neighboring buildings. The upper floors have a white exterior, while the lower floors are surrounded by greenery.
There are fifteen types of guestrooms: standard twin and double rooms, rooms for three guests, and a connecting room fit for a group of four to six people.
A Stylish Lobby
The chic lobby of karaksa hotel grande Shin-Osaka Tower has an eye-catching, contemporary design.
The hotel has two reception counters: one for individual guests, and one for group travelers. Thirty percent of the employees are from countries outside of Japan, so international visitors can feel comfortable about the foreign language support.
The Grande Room, located on the upper floors, has four beds, making it ideal for family groups.
The picture above shows a variation of the Grande Room, with two large beds and a tatami space. Guests can enjoy the fabulous nighttime view of skyscrapers in the Umeda area from this room.
The Shinkansen that depart from Shin-Osaka Station are also visible from here, making the room perfect for those wanting a glimpse of the trains as well.
Guests can check whether the hotel restaurant is crowded, view sightseeing information, and even learn the Kansai dialect using the television in the room.
The early morning hours are essential for a good start of the day. Gochisou-SUN, the hotel restaurant, has a bright atmosphere with large windows. It will be fun making plans for the day while enjoying a hearty breakfast here.
Guests can choose from a wide variety of dishes, with local food from Kyoto, Osaka, and Kobe.
The menu includes bread and sweets. Guests can enjoy the food to their hearts' content. Free drinks are served from 14:00 to 22:00.
Self-Care Treatments and Amenities
At karaksa hotel grande Shin-Osaka Tower, guests can enjoy self-care and beauty treatments and equipment (shown in the photograph above), either in the women's large hot bath and sauna or in some of the guestrooms.
Special mirrors with lights are available in some guestrooms and the women's hot bath, and blow-dryers supplying negative ions are found in all guestrooms and the hot baths. The large hot baths are furnished with body soap and shampoo containing bayu (horse oil). Isn't it great that you can try these beauty items during your stay?
A Limited-Time Gift for Guests!
Picture courtesy of KARAKSA HOTELS Corporation
Book your room from the official website of karaksa hotel grande Shin-Osaka Tower and you'll receive an original folding fan!
This offer is valid from November 27, 2019, to May 31, 2020. The beautiful fan will make a great souvenir from your trip to Kansai.
Sponsored by KARAKSA HOTELS Corporation.
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