WHEN considering where to travel to in Japan, Osaka should most definitely be at the top of your list.
Found on the curve of Osaka Bay, Osaka is Japan’s third most populous city, where a whole world of fascinating culture, cuisine, history, unique experiences and some of Japan’s best shopping awaits you.
If you’re looking to take a break in a destination that can combine the culinary excellence and bustling vibrancy of Tokyo with the cultural curiosities and historical relics of Kyoto, then Osaka is the place for you.
And where better to stay than the perfectly located Swissôtel Nankai Osaka? The deluxe hotel is conveniently placed directly above the Nankai Railway Station, which offers easy transportation to every corner of the sprawling metropolis, direct access to Kansai International Airport and trains to Japan’s other beautiful cities – but we suspect you’ll want to stay put in Osaka, as it has everything you could wish for.
The hotel reflects the cosmopolitan and innovative city which surrounds it. Towering 36 storeys into the sky, the hotel has 546 comfortable rooms, including 42 Executive Floor rooms and 28 suites with upgraded amenities such as Swiss Executive Club Lounge.
Each room has been designed to create a super stylish setting, with luxury bed linen and oodles of natural lighting, waking you up gently for the fun-packed day ahead.
Osaka has a rich 1,400-year-old history which is seamlessly combined with all the modern credentials tourists, residents and business travellers require to make their lives easier, including fantastic transport links, awe-inspiring shopping and exciting entertainment all laid out over the city.
Osaka has a more of cosy feel to it than Tokyo which makes it easily navigable via the perfectly placed metro system underneath Swissôtel Nankai.
Take a leisurely tour around Umeda neighborhood to experience how Osaka has managed to blend cosmopolitan hipness with country charm and create an area full of fantastic department stores, shopping cascades and extensive underground malls, perfect for whiling away a day or two and picking up a brilliant barging.
If you’re looking for that one-of-a-kind item or a rare find, then head over to Osaka’s specialized shopping district of Amerikamura which is full of hundreds of inexpensive, quirky boutiques.
If you’re feeling as if you need to balance your shopping spree with some cultural excursions, then head to Hattori Ryokuchi Park and take a step back in time at the Open-Air Museum of Old Japanese Farmhouses from the Edo-era.
Catch a traditional puppet show and see incredibly crafted puppets come to life through skilled puppeteers. After all, Bunraku – the centuries-old art of Japanese puppet theater – was created in Osaka, so where better to watch a show than in its birthplace?
However, this is only a snippet of what’s on offer in Osaka, and you can check out Swissôtel Nankai’s website to stay updated with upcoming local events.
If a day of exploring has taken its toll on your body, you can look forward to taking full advantage of Swissôtel Nankai’s full spa and fitness facilities. The Pürovel Spa and Sports offers a selection of indulgent and relaxing treatments, from pampering massages to invigorating facials. Take a dip in the Jacuzzi, before detoxifying in the steamy sauna.
After some well-earned rest, head down to one of Swissôtel Nankai’s seven onsite restaurants and choose from signature dishes at Tavola36, or head over to Empress Room Chinese Restaurant for scrumptious delights.
If you’re more swayed toward trying local cuisine, then grab a table at Minami for the finest Teppanyaki beef and seafood you’ve ever tasted, or book a table at Hana-Goyomi to experience culinary craftsmanship in the most delicious Japanese dishes.
Swissôtel has recently been acquired by the Accor Hotels Group, which means booking a luxury stay at Swissôtel Nankai, Osaka allows you to earn points straight away from July 2nd 2018 and then spend them across a wide range of properties in the Accor group, or on bonus spa treatments or special dinners.
Swissôtel takes pride in every part of creating a welcoming atmosphere and exceptional hospitality; from providing arguably the world’s most comfortable beds, to ensuring Swiss sustainability standards are adhered to in all their properties the world over.
Enjoy your stay and watch as Osaka becomes your new most-loved Japanese city.