Osaka Hotels
“Though Japan is known as an expensive country for travelers, this guide will help budget-conscious travelers save money on accommodation so they can spend it on the world-class food that made Osaka famous.”
Known for its commercial zest and down-to-earth citizens, Japan’s third largest city is full of sights to see and activities to enjoy. Whether you arrive in Osaka for business or for pleasure, there are many accommodation options for every budget.

Hipmunk's Best Hotels in Osaka

Chisun Inn Umeda
Chisun Inn Umeda
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3.6
979 reviews
1-3-25 Edobori Nishi-ku, Osaka
from $0
Hotel Hillarys
Hotel Hillarys
3-4-10 Nippombashi Naniwa-ku, Osaka
from $0
Swissotel Nankai Osaka
Swissotel Nankai Osaka
5-1-60 Namba Chuo-ku, Osaka
from $4
Tani9 Backpackers Osaka
Tani9 Backpackers Osaka
1-2-17 Takatsu Chuo-ku, Osaka
from $25
Hearton Hotel Nishiumeda
Hearton Hotel Nishiumeda
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3.8
3594 reviews
3-3-55 Umeda Kita-ku, Osaka
from $1
RIHGA Royal Hotel Osaka
RIHGA Royal Hotel Osaka
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3.6
1887 reviews
5-3-68 Nakanoshima, Kita-ku, Osaka
from $0
Hilton Osaka
Hilton Osaka
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3.8
1573 reviews
8-8, Umeda 1-chome Kita-ku, Osaka
from $5
The St Regis Osaka
The St Regis Osaka
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4.3
1097 reviews
3-6-12 Honmachi Chuo-ku, Osaka
from $2
Hotel Elsereine Osaka
Hotel Elsereine Osaka
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4.4
839 reviews
1-5-25 Dojima Kita-ku, Osaka
from $1
Hotel Universal Port
Hotel Universal Port
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4.2
2427 reviews
1-1-111 Sakurajima Konohana Ku, Osaka
from $4
More About Osaka Hotels...

Though Japan is known as an expensive country for travelers, this guide will help budget-conscious travelers save money on accommodation so they can spend it on the world-class food that made Osaka famous.

From budget hostels like the Tani9 Backpackers Osaka to beautiful private bedrooms on Airbnb to cheap hotels like Dotonbori Hotel, you’ll have plenty of options to choose from.

Cheapest Times to Visit Osaka

Accommodation is typically one of the most expensive things about Japan but timing your trip right can save you money. Like most Asian countries, it’s best to avoid the busy holiday of Golden week, which begins in early May. Another holiday to avoid is Obun in mid-August as well as Christmas and the New Year. Hotel prices don’t differ greatly outside of these major holidays but if you’re looking to avoid the crowds, the best times to visit are late May through September as well as early December. If you’re okay with more crowds, the most popular times to visit are late March and early April for cherry blossom season and September to October for the beautiful colors of autumn.

Transportation Options from Kansai Airport

Built on a man-made island, Osaka’s Kansai International Airport sits just 40 km south of central Osaka. With Japan being famous for its high-speed trains, you’ll find that these are what make up most of the transportation options for leaving the airport. Taxis are also available but due to the distance are very expensive and not recommended especially when fast, comfortable, and efficient trains are readily available. Choosing a train will depend both on budget and the station you wish to arrive at.

Haruka limited express trains will take you to the Shin-Osaka Station in 50 minutes for around $25 or Tennoji Station in 30 minutes for $18. A cheaper option is the Rapid trains that bring you to Osaka station in 70 minutes for just $10.

As a foreign tourist, you can also opt for the Icoca & Haruka discount ticket package, which gives you transportation from the airport on the Haruka limited express train as well as a prepaid card worth roughly $20 that can be used towards other train and bus travel within the city of Osaka. A round-trip package is approximately $40 while a one-way is just $30.

Another option is the Rapid Limited Express trains, which take you to Namba Station in 35 minutes at a cost of approximately $15. For a slightly longer trip, the express trains will take you to the same station for less than $10. If you plan on transferring over to a subway line upon arrival, you should buy a Kanku Chikatoku Ticket, which includes a one-way ticket to any subway station of choice for just $1.

Lastly, you can take a bus. These airport limousine buses go to various hotels and places around Osaka. A trip to Osaka subway station will take around 1 hour at a cost of $1.50 while a trip to Namba station will take just 45 minutes and cost $1. This is the cheapest option for leaving Kansai International airport.

If you’d rather hit your bed as quickly as possible, Kansai Airport Washington Hotel and Best Western Hotel Kansai Airport are great options nearby with free shuttles from the airport.

Getting Around the City

Osaka is a big major city and has numerous transportation options for getting around ranging from taxis, subways, buses and trains. For navigating Osaka, the best option is the subway. The cost of taking the subway depends on where you are going with the cheapest tickets starting at approximately $1.50. If you don’t buy the right ticket, simply pay the fare difference when you arrive at your destination. You can buy a 1-day ticket for around $8. Though the subway is usually the best way to navigate the city, they stop running around midnight so if you find yourself in this position, take a taxi.

Finding Cheap Hotels in Osaka

Even though Japan is often known for its expensive accommodation, there is actually a plethora of options for all budgets and needs. Accommodation typically ranges between hotels, capsule hotels, and hostels.

Budget travelers should start with the area of Shin-Imamiya, which offers the cheapest hotels in Osaka. Guesthouses in this area start at just $10 per person and are usually located close to popular public transportation routes.

For a step up into lower mid-range, a popular budget hotel is Dotonbori Hotel, which starts at $75 per night and is one of the best places to stay in Osaka. The hotel has spacious rooms along with free coffee, tea, noodles, and beer as well as free bathroom amenity kits.

Solo Travelers Save Big with Hostels

When traveling solo, hostels are often a great way to save money on accommodation. There are a number of popular hostels in Osaka, which are also great for meeting other travelers. Popular hostels include Osaka Hana Hostel and Guesthouse Caminoro, which both offer dorm rooms starting around $25 and privates starting around $60.

Airbnb is Better than Cheap Hotels in Osaka

Another great option for finding accommodation is Airbnb, which allows locals to rent out rooms in their homes. With private rooms starting at just $26, Airbnb is usually a better choice than hostels, especially if you want a private room. Most Osaka Airbnb listings have many positive reviews so you can rest easy with your decision.

Get Out and Explore the City

Although the surrounding areas of Kyoto and Nara are extremely popular with tourists, Osaka also has a number of beautiful sights to see. Osaka Castle along with neighboring the Osaka Museum of History and Naniwa Palace Site Park are a great way to spend a day while learning about the history of the city. Another popular site is Umeda Sky Building, which provides the best views in the city. You can also check out a Sumo wrestling match at the Sumo Spring Grand Tournament if you visit Osaka in mid-march. 

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