Italian-inspired interiors with plenty of marble and furniture from Florence and Venice
What To Know
The hotel occupies the top 10 floors of the 34-story Applause building (which also houses theaters, restaurants and shops)
Some bathrooms feature tub-level windows with skyline views
Parking on site
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Luxe high-rise hotel in the bustling Umeda district, with stunning skyline views and a choice of seven restaurants
In Osaka's Umeda district, a bustling commercial hub, the Hotel Hankyu International occupies the top 10 floors of the 34-story Applause tower. The marble lobby sets an opulent tone with its lofty glass vaulted ceiling and Art Deco–style fountain. The interiors are inspired by Renaissance architecture, and much of the furniture comes from Florence and Venice. The guestrooms feature contemporary Japanese artworks, and all have views of Osaka's glittering skyline. Many of the bathrooms feature tub-level windows to make the most of the views. Relax with a dip in the large indoor pool, or book an in-room massage at reception. There are seven restaurants to choose from: You can dine on fancy French fare at Malmaison, traditional Chinese at Shun Ran Mon, teppanyaki at Chayamachi, super-fresh sushi at Okina-zushi and top-notch tempura at Ippoh, or have afternoon tea at Parterre and buffet dishes at Night and Day. Finish the day with a cocktail at the Solamente piano lounge or a single malt and a Cuban cigar in one of the private rooms at Bar Ceres.
In the Area
Osaka is the birthplace of bunraku, Japan's ancient puppetry artform. Catch one of the mesmerizing shows at the elegant National Bunraku Theater. For designer clothes and accessories (think Gucci, Dior and Versace) look no further than the swish downtown shopping center Shinsaibashi. Step back in time at the Open-Air Museum of Old Japanese Farmhouses, a collection of painstakingly reconstructed 17th-, 18th- and 19th-century farm buildings. The museum is located in Ryokuchi-koen Park (in October and November the maple trees come alive with fiery red leaves). The property is a three-minute walk from the Umeda Station and a 30-minute train ride from Osaka Castle and Universal Studios Japan.
Hotel Hankyu International
How to Get There
Flights are available to Kansai International Airport (KIX) via connecting flights from major U.S. cities on a variety of carriers. Transfers to/from KIX, about 33 miles away, are approximately $13 per adult and $6 per child, each way, and can be arranged through the property. If you’re renting a car for the transfer, self-parking is available for $25 per day.