Often described as the ‘Nation’s Kitchen’, Osaka is famous for its vibrant food scene and never-ending shopping. Find out the best places to eat and stay and other fascinating things to do in this modern gem of Japan.
Osaka has a reputation for being Tokyo’s younger, brasher sibling – a little less sophisticated and orderly. But what it lacks in slickness it makes up for in character. Teeming with life and energy that translates into an energetic food scene, interesting attractions and non-stop shopping, Osaka is dynamic and vibrant and calls to those young at heart and wild of temperament.
PLACES TO STAY
THE ST REGIS OSAKA
Based in Honmachi, The St Regis Osaka is modern luxury at its finest with its white marble floors and plush bedrooms. Located on Midosuji Avenue, it is in walking distance of the city’s best in shopping both high-end and street-fun. Its unique outdoor Zen garden is perfect for a little contemplation or head indoors to enjoy the famous Shogun Mary cocktail at The St Regis Bar. At the Iridium Spa by Sothys, the specialty is facials, which take place in comfortable massage chairs and use the French brand’s high-end products. The Energizing Intensive Treatment with Siberian Ginseng combines the root’s regenerative properties with the brand’s facial reflexology-inspired massage to improve the flow of energy and restore vitality and beauty to the skin. Back in the room, enjoy the subtle yet conscientious services of the St Regis Butlers who can provide anything from late night snacks to advice on sights to see.
SWISSÔTEL NANKAI OSAKA
With its excellent location, the Swissôtel Nankai Osaka offers guests a great stay with the added advantage of easy travel. Directly above the Namba station, it makes for a great springboard for trips out to Nara and Kyoto. The underground mall makes for easy shopping with Takashimaya and Loft all in close proximity. The hotel is a self-contained smorgasbord of restaurants from Tavola 36, its Italian restaurant and sky bar, where one can also enjoy breakfast, to the amusingly punned Namba 10 sports bar, there are eight options for everyone to enjoy. The brand’s Pürovel Spa & Sport offers Swiss-inspired treatments that focus mainly on massage. During its Aroma Oil Body Massage, the therapist will help with the selection of three oils, which are blended together to target your body’s needs. The spa also gives guests access to an ofuro (traditional Japanese bath), fitness centre and indoor pool with lots of daylight.