Looking for the best airbnb in Osaka?

Osaka is a lively stretched-out city with 19 million inhabitants. That makes it Japan’s second-largest metropolis. 

Public transport is excellent, as you can expect of a city of this size in Japan. Still, it’s best to base yourself somewhere central if you want to make the most of your visit.

Airbnb’s can be found all over Osaka but for first-time visitors it may be hard to find the sweet spot. We speak out of experience.

That’s why we created this blog post with some centrally located and high-rated Airbnb’s. If you don’t find what you’re looking for in this list, you can also look for hotels in Osaka. Hotel prices tend to be expensive in Japan in high-season but in Osaka the prices are not as exorbitant as in Kyoto.

We have grouped our selection of Airbnb’s by district and added a small description about each one. We hope that by describing the atmosphere of the various districts you get a better sense of what to expect. It should help you pick the perfect Airbnb for the activities you want to do in Osaka and the places you want to see.

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Japan Essentials

Here you will find cheap flights to Osaka or Tokyo.

Don’t lose time upon arrival at the airport and order your Japan travel SIM or portable WiFi device in advance so that it’s ready and waiting for you at the airport when you arrive.

Osaka Essentials

If you are planning on visiting many tourist sites, the Osaka amazing pass might be something for you. If you are planning on visiting Osaka and Kyoto, take a look at the Kyoto-Osaka sightseeing pass. 

One of the best ways to start your visit to Osaka is by making a private walking tour. Osaka is famous for its nightlife. Find out why by joining this cheap nightlife tour.

If this is the first time you will be staying in an Airbnb, you can enjoy a great discount by signing up through this link.

Is Airbnb legal in Osaka

Yes, Airbnb is totally legal in Osaka. 

In June 2018 the government of Japan introduced a law that required Airbnb hosts to register their properties and display the license number on their listing page. 

A few months later Airbnb did a major cleanup and removed all unregistered listings.

Properties listed on Airbnb today should be legit. 

When we were doing our research we found news items that described how some hosts were using fake or illicit licenses. There’s no way we can verify if the shown license numbers are legal so there’s a factor of trust involved.

The good thing is that if you would unknowingly be staying at a property that doesn’t play by the rules, this will not result in any problems for you, only the host if he gets caught.

One key point to always keep in mind is to do all communications with the properties, and the payment, through Airbnb. Some hosts are known to try to circumvent a law which limits the number of days they can rent the property by splitting the stay.

Half of the stay is officially arranged through Airbnb and the other half directly with the owner. We advise against this as you will not be protected by Airbnb in case anything goes wrong.

The Glico running man at the Dotonbori canal in Osaka
The Glico running man, one of the most famous sights of the city

What to look for when choosing an Airbnb in Osaka

The list of Airbnb’s in Osaka is long so you definitely need some good filters to have the quality ones come to the fore.

These are the criteria we used when we were making our selection. We explain in more depth below why we think these are the right criteria to book a complete stress-free stay.

Superhosts

Firstly we only selected superhosts.

Superhosts are experienced hosts that respond to guests quickly, have at least 80% 5-star reviews, and cancel rarely.

The latest point is very important since nothing is more annoying than finding out that your reservation is canceled a few months or weeks before your planned travel date.

English speaking hosts

We have further narrowed our selection by looking for English speaking hosts.

Airbnb is all about the charm of staying with a local but much of this authenticity is lost if the only conversation you have is a Babylonian confusion of tongues.

Your host should at least be able to explain how everything in your accommodation works but it’s even better if he can share restaurant tips and give directions to the nearby sights.

Hosts indicate themselves if they speak English or not.

That’s why we also carefully examine a number of English reviews to see if those guests found the English capabilities of the host adequate.

If none of them complain about it we assume it’s OK.

Number of bedrooms

This blog post includes a selection of apartments for couples as well as families traveling with children. Finding larger properties that accommodate groups of 6 or more, that also get good reviews, can be challenging. Therefore they’re not listed in each district.

The apartments have 1 or 2 bedrooms and we have 1 house that has 5 bedrooms. All of them have private bathrooms.

If you will be traveling with a large group we advise you to carefully look at the number of bedrooms and type of beds.

Many properties indicate they can sleep 12 or 16 guests although they only have 2 or 3 bedrooms.

In such cases, some of your party will need to sleep on floor mattresses, air mattresses, or sofa beds and because Japanese properties are usually relatively small, chances are you will need to rearrange part of your apartment daily.

For the below properties, if you need to sleep on a futon on the ground, it is clearly mentioned in the description.

Popular tourist areas

Lastly, we also limited our search to popular tourist areas.

We list the pros and cons of each of these areas further down.

Where should I stay in an Airbnb in Osaka – Quick Guide

Streets in Dotonbori are often packed until late at night

Where is the best location to stay in Osaka 

We loved hanging around the busy streets of Namba after dark for a good dose of people-watching. Even late at night, the streets are still filled shoulder to shoulder with people looking to have a good time.

The area around Dotonbori was what we liked about Osaka the most and it really typifies the city. To get a good feeling of the city you should stay somewhere in or around Namba.

Where to stay in Osaka for first-time traveler

We would suggest Kita or Minami for first-time visitors to Osaka.

These are the two central districts and both have good access to public transport and loads of restaurants and bars.

Best place to stay in Osaka for a family

The Osaka Bay area is one option. It has the broadest selection of western-themed restaurants and is close to Universal Studios.

It is great if you plan on visiting the attractions on the man-made island but a little remote to visit Osaka’s main sights.

More centrally located but away of the crowds and the loudness of Osaka is the Osaka Castle Area.

It is better located to visit Osaka but has not as much western-themed food.

Osaka Namba Dotonbori at night
The lively Dotonbori district at night

Which is better Namba or Umeda

Kita or Umeda is a mix of business and entertainment. The many shops and restaurants keep the place lively well after the business people have returned home but it is not as lively as neighboring Namba which is purely an entertainment district.

The first has the advantage of Osaka station, the city’s main transportation hub. The latter is more lively and asks to be explored at least once after dark.

The two are only 3 stops on the subway apart. Light sleepers are probably better off looking for an Airbnb in Umeda, because Namba can be notoriously noisy until the wee hours.

Is it better to stay in Osaka or Kyoto

The two cities are a short 20-minute train ride apart and there are several reasons why one would base itself in one city to visit the other. Avoiding the rut of packing and unpacking is one but you might as well opt for a stay in Osaka in the peak season when prices of accommodation in Kyoto are surging.

The two cities are in a certain way opposites. Osaka is modern, vibrant and lively. Kyoto on the other hand is a collection of temples connected by a maze of quaint streets lined by traditional wooden houses.

One will surely be your favorite and you can opt to retreat to that one in the evening while getting a taste of the other one during the day.

The best area to stay in Osaka

In this blog we cover the 7 most popular regions of Osaka based on our own experience. We share the pros and cons of staying in each one of them.

All of these regions are perfectly safe (we never felt unsafe in the whole of Japan).

We carefully handpicked some excellent Airbnb’s in each of the regions based on the reviews and the criteria we outlined above.

We have more information that can help you with your trip to Osaka. Here’s an Osaka itinerary and here are some of the best things to do in Osaka at night. 

The best place to stay in Osaka: Central

Sunset From Osaka Station in Kita
The Umeda Sky Building seen from Osaka Station

Kita (North Central Osaka)

Kita, also known as Umeda, is the heart of this bustling city. Because it is home to JR Osaka Station, the city’s main transportation hub, as well as several tourist sights it is a good place to stay for tourists and first-timers.

It is a major business and retail hub with many restaurants, departments stores and even a complete subterranean network of shopping arcades. 

JR Osaka station offers quick access to all sights in Osaka and offers direct connections for many popular day trips to other tourist attractions such as Kyoto, Nara, and Kobe. 

The proximity to this station as well as many shops, restaurants, and tourist attractions make this a very good choice. 

Here are some of Kita’s numerous attractions : the photogenic Umeda Sky building, the Tenjimbashi-suji Shopping Street which is the longest shopping arcade in Osaka, the national museum of Art, the Nakanoshima Rose Garden, and Tenmangu Shrine

Pros and cons
  • Near the JR Osaka station, the major transportation hub of Osaka.
  • Many shops, restaurants, and entertainment.
  • Near some major attractions such as the Umeda sky building.
  • Ideally located for day trips to Kyoto, Nara, Himeji, and Kobe.
  • More expensive and upscale than other areas.
Conclusion

Kita is the best place to stay in Osaka if you plan on making several side-trips or if you want to visit Kyoto from Osaka.

Best Airbnb’s Osaka station
Best Airbnb in Kita for couples
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Entire apartment hosted by Hiroshi

  • 2 guests, 1 bedroom, 1 sofa bed, 1 double bed, 1 bath
This Entire apartment hosted by Hiroshi in one of the best Airbnb's in Osaka
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A few minutes from Osaka Station, this one-bedroom haven is simple, clean, and softly-lit for a relaxing stay.

You will appreciate the foot massager after busy days.

The apartment is relatively small but it is fully equipped.

It is also in a really good location, minutes from an airport bus stop and subway stop, as well as several convenience stores, and a myriad of restaurants and bars.

Guests can make free use of a bicycle on request.

To access the apartment you will have to use narrow stairs to the second floor.

Rating:  4.92

Extra amenities

  • Free pocket wifi
  • Private entrance
  • Washing machine
  • Free use of bycicles
  • Free dinner every 4th night

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Best Airbnb in Kita for families 

Hotel iconEntire apartment hosted by AFP Apartment

  • 4 guests, 2 bedrooms, 2 double beds, 1 bath
Entire apartment hosted by AFP Apartment
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The brand-new two-bedroom apartment is technically just outside of Kita, but only four minutes on foot to Miyakojima Station. It is crisp and clean, providing easy access to Tennoji and Umeda.

Although a hot tub is mentioned as one of the unique features of this apartment there is none, only a regular bath tub.

The apartment does not have any reviews yet, but the Airbnb superhost, AFP Apartment, is well-liked. AFP Apartment locations are known to be clean, comfortable, and conveniently located in reach of all major attractions.

Rating:  No rating yet

Extra amenities

  • Wifi
  • Air conditioning
  • Washer 

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Dotonbori in Osaka at night
Dotonbori counts numerous bars and restaurants

Minami (South Central Osaka)

Minami is located South of Kita and is where you will find what’s probably Osaka’s most vibrant district: Namba.  This part of Osaka is alive day and night, well after dark the streets are still jam-packed with people looking for places to eat, drink and have a good time.

The Dotonbori Canal traverses the district from east to west. The eponymous street that runs parallel with it is a great place to hang out at night and take in Osaka’s nightlife while enjoying some mouthwatering street food.

Minami is also where you find Shinsaibashi a 600-meter long covered shopping arcade. The promenade starts close to the sign of the Dotonbori running man and runs north to Shinsaibashi metro station. It’s well worth a stroll even if you don’t plan on buying anything.

Another sight worth mentioning is Hozenji Yokocho alley, one of the most traditional alleys that can be found in Osaka. It’s a strange find in modern Osaka and it seems like the street would rather belong to be in Kyoto.

Namba station is also a major transportation hub with direct connections to Nara and Wakayama but most destinations require you to transfer if you would travel with JR.

Pros and cons
  • Alive day and night.
  • Lots of restaurants, bars, and fantastic nightlife.
  • Near Namba station with direct connections to Nara and Wakayama.
  • Not the best place to stay if you prefer to retreat to a quiet relaxing place at night.
  • If you have a Japan rail pass you are better off staying closer to Osaka station.
Conclusion

Minami is the best location to stay in Osaka if you like to be in the epicenter of the vibrant nightlife. If you have a Japan Rail Pass you’re better off staying closer to Osaka station.

Best Airbnb’s near Namba

Here we share our Osaka Airbnb recommendations near Namba and Dotonbori.

Best Airbnb in Namba for couples 

Hotel iconEntire service apartment hosted by Kiki

  • 4 guests, 1 bedroom, 2 beds, 1 bath
Entire service apartment hosted by Kiki
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In the center of the American Village and very close to Namba and Dotobori, this cozy one-bedroom apartment will make you feel right at home after a long day exploring the bustling walkways of Minami.

It is spacious for two, which is also nearby the subway. This is one of the best Airbnb in Osaka Shinsaibashi.

If you’re a light sleeper, the location might prove too upbeat, but most guests are impressed by the value for money and undeniable convenience within South Central Osaka.

Rating:  4.78

Extra amenities

  • Wifi
  • Washer
  • Luggage dropoff allowed

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Hotel iconEntire flat hosted by Jessica

  • 6 guest, 2 bedrooms, 4 double beds, 1 sofa bed, 1,5 baths
Entire flat hosted by Jessica
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If you need a space filled with light and a gorgeous balcony view of the surroundings, this two-bedroom flat is a phenomenal find in Minami at an unbeatable price point.

The downside is that the location is so amazing that it is right in the middle of the action. This won’t be a problem if you sleep like a log but despite the high-floor light sleepers may struggle with the noise from nearby clubs on weekend nights.

Jessica is also adored by guests, as she is accommodating, helpful, responsive, and passionate about the city. This is one of the coolest Airbnb in Osaka.

Rating:  4.75

Extra amenities

  • Wifi
  • Air conditioning
  • Washer
  • Family features such as a crib, children’s dinnerware, and high chair

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Where to stay at Osaka: outside Central

Shinsekai the former prime entertainment district of Osaka in Japan
Shinsekai is a flashback to old Japan

Shinsekai and Tennoji

Shinsekai is one of Osaka’s most popular tourist districts.

In Shinsekai it truly seems as if time has stood still. This is how Osaka used to be in the 70’s and 80’s. The district is packed with cheap bars, restaurants, pachinko gaming halls and attracts a more seedy clientele but is still very safe to visit during day.

It seems like time has stood still for quite some years and it gives you a feeling of how modern Japan would have been in the ’70s or the ’80s. 

The heart of Shinsekai is marked by the photogenic Tsutenkaku tower.

Those who spend the night in Shinsekai should be alert after dark although, compared to megacities in other parts of the world, Japan is very safe.

Neighbouring Tennoji has gotten an impressive upgrade over the last years with lots of new restaurants, bars, and shopping places.

It’s now home to Abeno Harukas, the tallest skyscraper in Japan. 

This eye-catching landmark is where you find the largest department store in Japan besides the Marriott Miyako hotel and the Abeno Harukas Art Museum.

The top 3 floors of the building are reserved for the building’s observation deck: “Harukas 300”.

Most tourists spend a day in Tennoji and Shinsekai. They get a taste of the old Japan in the retro-district Shinsekai, they visit the Shitennoji Temple and get to the top of the new Abeno Harukas tower.

The Tennoji Park is also worth a visit and if you’re traveling with children you might also stop at Tennoji zoo although the latter is not up to modern standards.

Tennoji is very well-connected, being both on the main Midosuji metro line and Osaka’s most important tourist line, the Osaka loop JR line. It is also just a short subway ride away from Namba. 

Tennoji is still less popular than other areas and therefore hotels in Tennoji tend to be a bit cheaper.

Pros and cons
  • Close to 3 popular tourist spots:  Shinsekai, The Shitennoji Tempe, and Tennoji park.
  • Up-and-coming shopping, dining, and entertainment district.
  • Hotels are a bit cheaper.
  • The streets feel a little rougher than in other areas.
Conclusion

Tennoji is a great budget-friendly place to stay.  It is well-connected and close to Namba, upcoming and still fairly cheap.

Airbnbs near Shinsekai and Tennoji
Best Airbnb near Tennoji for couples

Hotel iconEntire apartment hosted by Masayuki

  • 2 guests, 1 bedroom, 1 double bed, and 1 bath
Entire apartment hosted by Masayuki
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Five minutes to Tennoji Station, this one-bedroom apartment is perfect for a couple looking to fully explore the area.

Masayuki is a popular superhost with a passion for letting guests know about the best things to see and do in Osaka.

If you go through the list of amenities you will see that one of them is a hot tub. But unfortunately, the apartment has no jacuzzi, only a regular bathtub.

The price and location are both excellent, providing access to anything you need, including convenience stores, restaurants, shops, and easy transportation links.

Rating:  4.92

Extra amenities:

  • WiFi
  • Washing machine
  • Air Conditioning

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A shinkansen, a bullet train in Japan
Shin-Osaka is a good location to stay if you arrive late by Shinkansen

Shin-Osaka

Shin-Osaka is named after the Shinkansen train station and is located along the northern edge of the city. It counts numerous shops and eateries, mostly located close to the train station.

The district is slightly remote from most of the sights the city has to offer and has only two real advantages. One is the price of the accommodations. Secondly, there is the presence of the Shinkansen train station.

This is the best place to stay in Osaka if you want to make day trips from Osaka with the Shinkansen.

Unless you plan on doing many day trips with the Shinkansen we would advise against staying near Shin-Osaka. Visiting any of the sights that Osaka itself has to offer would require you to hop on the subway.

Shin-Osaka is still relatively well connected because subways in Osaka run frequently, even late at night, but still, I would recommend staying in other areas if there’s no particular reason for you to stay close to the Shin-Osaka train station.

Pros and cons
  • Ideally located if you want to use the Shinkansen to visit places like Hiroshima, Kyoto, Himeji, and Tokyo.
  • Lot’s of (cheaper) restaurants and shops.
  • Less comfortable hotels.
Conclusion

Shin-Osaka is a great place to stay if you arrive late or leave early with the Shinkansen.  The area caters to commuters with cheap restaurants and basic hotels.  The accommodations are not as comfortable for longer stays.

 Airbnb near Shin-Osaka
Best Airbnb Shin Osaka for couples

Hotel iconEntire house hosted by Niho

  • 3 guests, 1 bedroom, 2 floor mattresses, 1 bunk bed, 1 bath
Entire house hosted by Niho
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Six minutes from Shin-Osaka, this traditional Japanese-style apartment offers comfortable futons on the floor surrounded by the wood and paper of old-time oriental living.

It’s convenient for exploring Yodogawa, a bustling area dotted with restaurants and shops or linking to other areas through JR.

The apartment is too small to sleep 4 comfortably

Rating:  4.85

Extra amenities

  • Pocket Wifi
  • No washer and TV
  • Private entrance

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Best Airbnb Shin Osaka for families 

Hotel iconEntire house hosted by Aozora

  • 16 guests, 6 bedrooms spread across 3 floors, 4 double beds, 1 single bed, 1 sofa bed, 8-floor mattresses, and 3 baths
This Entire house hosted by Aozora is one of the best Airbnb's in Osaka for large families
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You have an entire mini-apartment building consisting of 3 floors to yourself. Each floor has its own bathroom and kitchen but you don’t need to share anything with other people.

With six bedrooms, some with regular beds and others with futons, Aozora’s home is a peaceful respite from the buzz of the city. Large enough to accommodate big families while still granting privacy to everybody.

The Shin-Osaka train station is ten minutes away.

The little ‘Cake Terrace’ shop around the corner is highly recommended for special birthday celebrations, too.

You may want to stack two futons on top of each other if you’re not used to the floor.

Rating:  4.96

Extra amenities

  • Wifi
  • Airconditioning
  • Private entrance

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Osaka Castle with cherry blossoms in Japan
Osaka Castle

Around Osaka’s castle

Osaka Castle is slightly outside the center but a swift 10-minute train ride on the Osaka Loop will take you to Osaka station.

This is a great location if you want to be based close to the center but away from the crowds of Osaka. It is the biggest green area in Osaka with many parks and waterways. This makes it perfect if you want to stay near a spacious park where you can go for a walk or a morning or evening run.

The area is at it’s best during the cherry blossom season.

If you don’t have a JR pass you might be better off staying close to the Tanimachi line which also connects the area with Kita.

All over the region are plenty of shops and restaurants, particularly around the metro and train stations.

Because it’s slightly less well-located than other areas of Osaka, hotels tend to be cheaper.

Pros and cons
  • Beautiful area to stay during the cherry blossom season.
  • Perfect to visit Osaka castle.
  • Lots of shops and restaurants.
  • Further away from the crowds.
  • Hotels tend to be cheaper.
  • Slightly away from the other tourist attractions besides Osaka castle.
Conclusion

Osaka castle is the best location to stay in the Cherry blossom season but is slightly out of the way for all of the other things Osaka has to offer except the castle.

Airbnb near Osaka castle
Best Airbnb near Osaka for couples

Hotel iconEntire flat hosted by Mika 

  • 4 guests, 1 bedroom, 4 futon beds, 1 bath
Entire flat hosted by Mika 
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This Airbnb is available for stays of 2 nights or more. It features a Japanese tatami room and offers absolute comfort and a feeling of authentic Japanese life.

You’ll sleep on futons and can stroll over to the JR station for a two-minute trip to Osaka Castle or a 12-minute trip to Namba.

The apartment is surprisingly quiet being so close to the train station.

Rating:  4.84

Extra amenities

  • Pocket Wifi
  • Air conditioning
  • Washer
  • Luggage dropoff allowed

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Best Airbnb near Osaka castle for families

Hotel iconEntire house hosted by Kaori

  • 16 + guests, 5 bedrooms, 18 beds, 4 baths
This Entire house hosted by Kaori is a good option for large families wanting to stay together in an Airbnb in Osaka
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If you want to feel like you’re staying in a mini version of the Osaka Castle (a ten-minute walk from the real thing), this five-bedroom home will get you there, complete with futons.

It’s tucked away in a quiet area a few minutes from Morinomiya Station.

 It’s not the most modern of homes, but that adds to the charm.

Guests also hoped for extra amenities, like extra towels or handwash in the basin, but were impressed by the spacious comfort all the same.

Rating:  4.84

Extra amenities

  • Wifi
  • Air conditioning
  • Private entrance
  • Luggage dropoff allowed

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The Tempozan Ferris Wheel near the Osaka Aquarium in Japan
The Tempozan ferris wheel in the Bay Area

Osaka Bay area (including Universal Studios)

The bay area consists of several man-made islands and peninsulas to accommodate Osaka’s growth. 

It is popular with tourists as it houses a lot of entertainment such as the Osaka aquarium, Universal Studios, and the Tempozan Ferris Wheel.

For this reason the bay area is often chosen by families traveling with kids. An extra plus can be the many western-themed restaurants.

Many conventions are held in the bay area which, together with Universal Studios, explains the many hotels.

Hotel rooms in the bay area are bigger than those in downtown and except for when conventions are being held they tend to be cheaper as well.

On the other hand, if you plan on visiting many tourist spots in Osaka it’s still better to stay in Osaka itself as, despite the good public transport, you will easily spend 20 to 30 minutes on the subway to get from the bay area to Osaka.

Pros and cons
  • The best location to stay in Osaka with kids.
  • Close to Universal Studios.
  • Out of the way of the main tourist attractions.
Conclusion

This is a great place to stay when you’re visiting Universal Studios.  A drawback is that it requires a long commute to Osaka’s main sights.

Airbnb Osaka near Universal Studios (Osaka Bay area)
Best Airbnb near Universal studio for couples

Hotel iconEntire condominium hosted by Ryota

  • 3 guests, 1 bedroom, 4 futons, 1 bath
Entire condominium hosted by Ryota
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Right near Fukushima Station, this one-bedroom apartment offers quiet luxury on Japanese-style futons.

It is a perfect base for exploring the city as it is only one stop away from Osaka station.

You’ll also love staying here if you are keen on going to Universal Studios.

Ryota is also efficient and hospitable, so you are sure to be comfortable during your visit.

Rating:  4.92

Extra amenities

  • Pocket Wifi
  • Air conditioning
  • Luggage drop off allowed
  • Private entrance

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Hotel iconEntire apartment hosted by Shingo

  • 8 guests, 2 bedrooms, 4 double beds, 1,5 baths
Entire apartment hosted by Shingo
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Two bedrooms with a luxurious air about the place make this apartment exceptional value for money right near Fukushima Station, 10 minutes away from Universal Studios and 15 minutes from Namba.

Note that you will have to leave the bedrooms through a locked door and cross the stairwell to enter the kitchen, bathroom, and living area behind another locked door. It might limit your plans if you have children that need to go to the bathroom at night, for example.

On the plus side, there is an option for free airport pickup, and the area is full of bars and restaurants. The rest of the city is a hop, skip, and jump away on the JR.

Rating:  4.94

Extra amenities

  • Free airport pickup one way
  • WiFi
  • Air conditioning
  • Private entrance

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Conclusion

For first-time visitors the best place to stay in Osaka is a no-brainer, it’s somewhere in Central Osaka such as Kita or Minami.

This will save you a lot of time on trains and subways. Time that can be better be spent exploring the many splendid sights of Osaka.  Kita is the absolute favorite if you fancy some day trips to nearby places like Nara while Namba is a winner for those who want to dive into Osaka’s nightlife. 

Both Kita and Minami are very lively. If you prefer a more relaxed neighborhood the Osaka Castle Area if for you. 

The Osaka Castle area also has an edge in the Cherry Blossom season. The parks surrounding the castle are dotted with cherry trees and give the castle a magical and fairytale-like appearance.

If you travel with kids you might consider the Osaka Bay area with Universal Studios and the many western-themed restaurants. A downside is the longer commute to other main sights in the city. The Osaka bay area is at least a 20-minute ride out of Osaka.

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