Start the day with an indulgent breakfast in the hotel's NOKA Roast & Grill before making the short metro trip to the island haven of Nakanoshima Park. Here you can explore the rose garden, enjoy views of the river and visit the Museum of Oriental Ceramics to see exquisite porcelain from China, Korea and Japan. Afterwards, stroll along the river to Osaka City Central Public Hall, a neo-renaissance building with impressive chandeliers and stained glass that’s a much-loved symbol of the city.
After stopping for lunch at one of Nakanoshima’s riverside cafés, catch the water bus to the city’s iconic Osaka Castle. Here you can admire the five tiered great tower and pore over historic armour, furniture and portraits that trace the history of the city. You could spend your afternoon shopping for designer labels in the upmarket boutiques of Shinsaibashi, or head to the colourful entertainment district of Dotonbori, where you can sample local delicacies from a wealth of street food stalls.
Return to Grand Front Osaka in time for a sunset ride on the HEP Five Ferris Wheel. You can admire the panoramic views as the city lights burst into life, before walking back to the InterContinental Osaka. For a unique cultural experience, ask the concierge to book tickets for a traditional Japanese puppet show at the National Bunraku Theatre. End the day in style with an unforgettable meal at the hotel's Michelin-starred restaurant Pierre, followed by celebratory cocktails at the adee bar.
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.