Adjacent to the hotel is the new complex Grand Front Osaka opened in 2013. Explore an array of shops and restaurants as well as Knowledge Capital – an intellectual entertainment space that offers convention space, a theater and a chance to exchange the latest information and connect with people. Grand Front Osaka also serves as an oasis in the city, a place to take a break and enjoy some tea between shopping and business. Another area of interest is ‘Umekita Plaza’ a large space with various shopping and dining options. With its modern design, the water features and natural greenery will make you forget you are in a city. Grand Front Osaka is an ideal meeting hub for tourists and business people due to the convenient location and extensive transportation options.
After lunch, head to Tenjinbashi-suji, shopping street and experience the local shopping. Osaka is famous for its local shopping arcade culture. Tenjinbashisuji shotengai is the longest in Japan with a distance of 2.6km. Containing approximately 600 shops and restaurants it’s the best place to buy souvenirs and feel the energy and vibe of the local venders and the Osaka people. It’s also an ideal place for shopping on a rainy day. We also recommend visiting the Osaka Tenmangu Shrine famous for its festival in July - the Tenjin Festival, one of the biggest festivals in Japan. Another recommendation is to see Bunraku, the traditional puppet theater proudly originated in Osaka and is recognized by UNESCO as a World Intangible Cultural Heritage. Experience this unique world of traditional puppets that move just like humans. Please check with the concierge for the program at National Bunraku Theater. And while you are there don’t forget to pick up a souvenir - Try Bunraku senbei, the special Japanese cookies sold at the theater shop.
Osaka castle is one of the most popular sightseeing spots in Osaka. Enjoy the view of the whole city from the donjon and feel the history of Osaka by appreciating the remains and artifacts within the castle. Even if you miss to visit during the castle’s visiting hours you can still enjoy the fantastic illumination until 11pm daily. Also the park around the castle is a pleasant running course where you can enjoy the visual spectacle of about 4,500 beautiful cherry blossoms during spring. Please contact your concierge for information on nearby ‘sentos’ or neighborhood bath houses to wash off the sweat before heading out to enjoy the stunning night view of Osaka city from HEP FIVE, Ferris wheel - it’s a symbol of the Kita area and guaranteed to catch the eye of passers by. The ride takes 15 minutes and offers views of famous sightseeing spots and in the evening a romantic night skyline. Each cabin is air conditioned so it’s possible to enjoy throughout the year.
Day Trip to Kyoto, Nara and Kobe
There are frequent shuttle trains between Osaka, Kyoto and Nara. Osaka is centrally located among historical cities in West Japan so that your day trip to the ancient cities Kyoto and Nara can be made easily whenever you have a few hours of spare time. Also for guests wishing to savour authentic Kobe Beef the beautiful city of Kobe is only a short train ride away. Check with the hotel concierge for "day trip package" options.