Osaka Travel Guide

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Three Small Hotel Chains You've Probably Never Heard Of (But Should Try!)

Where: Osaka, Japan
May 30, 2013 at 5:21 PM | by | ()

There are over 3,500 Marriott hotels on Earth. There could be 3.5 million and that still wouldn't be enough to satisfy the world's traveling population, and so, for your future travel pleasures, we present three small hotel chains you've probably never heard of but should totally book because they're awesome (and growing):

P.S. - they all have free WiFi!


They just rebranded with a new tagline, "come as you are," and we couldn't be more in love. 25hours have become our number one choice for a hotel when staying in the four cities where they have locations, and we've reviewed two right here on HotelChatter—Frankfurt-Goldman and Hamburg-HafenCity.

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Japan Says, Why Not Use a Public Toilet As A Hotel?

Where: Osaka, Japan
November 1, 2012 at 9:18 AM | by | ()

If you equate urinal cakes, public parks, and the sound of toilets flushing with the pinnacle of luxury, then, boy, does Japan have a hotel for you.

Artist Tatsu Nishi (the same man who recently created a living room in the middle of New York's Columbus Circle) has built a one-room hotel inside a public toilet in Osaka's Nakanoshima Park. He's calling it "Nakanoshima Hotel." And before you go thinking it's just some fanciful, high-concept, bunch of art baloney, keep in mind that this is an actual hotel that costs 10,000 yen ($125) per night, and includes a proper bed, shower, and separate bathroom for hotel guests.

There's even a desk! Because, after all, everybody does their best thinking in the bathroom.

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The Hello Kitty Room at the Hotel Adonis is Gone Forever

Where: Tennoji-ku, Ikutamateramachi 5-1, Osaka, Japan
January 15, 2009 at 10:03 AM | by | ()

No! Say it isn't true! HotelChatter tipster quimbys has just passed on some devastating news to us from on-the-spot in Osaka. Allow us to explain our distress …

We're sure you haven't forgotten one of our favorite Japanese love hotels, the Hotel Adonis in Tennoji, central Osaka. As if the whole love hotel concept isn't fascinating enough, the Adonis was specializing in cute-character-themed S&M and was home to the famous Hello Kitty S&M Room. Note the use of past tense here? That's because this is the recent news from on the ground:

I went by there this morning, January 11, 2009, and the place was inexplicably closed. My guess is that authorities found out about the place and found it an embarrassment. (Or) Perhaps Tomy didn't want its trademark Hello Kitty associated with the darker side of pleasure.

So for everyone out there who dreamed of trying out the Hello Kitty room, looks like the chance is gone. Let this be a lesson to everyone who's not out there truly living for the moment. Carpe diem!

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The Fun of the Fair at Hotel Public Jam

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  Site Where: Uehonmachi 5-5-12, Tennoji-ku, Osaka, Japan
October 16, 2007 at 1:05 PM | by | ()

Over in love-hotel-mad Osaka, there's a weirdly named love hotel that we haven't exposed yet: the Hotel Public Jam in southern downtown Osaka, near the Uehonmachi station. Hotel Public Jam (or Hotel PJ for those in the know) has a pretty extensive website with a menu all in English: but with all of the content only in Japanese. What we can tell you is there seems to be a high proportion of pink used in the Hotel PJ rooms.

To give you a bit more info, the Quirky Japan site had this to say in summary of the Public Jam:

This cute, modern hotel is fairly unexceptional except for the merry-go-round in room 402.

Actually we think having a merry-go-round inside even one room makes a hotel quite exceptional, and a little scarily kinky.

Related Stories:
· Hotels in Osaka [HotelChatter]
· Travel Stories in Japan [Jaunted]

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No Bulls at the Love Hotel Pamplona in Osaka

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  Site Where: Dotonbori 2-4-11, Chuo-ko, Osaka, Japan
October 9, 2007 at 12:05 PM | by | ()

We've tried looking outside Osaka for some hotel lovin', but apart from Tokyo's very colorful Hotel J Girl they just don't stack up in terms of weird features, kinky rooms and razzle dazzle. So it's back to Osaka where we're thinking of trying out the Hotel Pamplona, because staying in a love hotel sounds like something that really should be likened to the running of the bulls, agreed?

Situated in downtown Dotonbori (the heart of Osaka, and the name of the river as well as the main street), Hotel Pamplona meets our requirements by having a colorfully interesting front door and some really weird stuff going on inside.


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Love Hotel Hell: Hotel Chapel Christmas

Where: Chuo-ku, Nihonbashi 1-9-18, Osaka, Japan
October 8, 2007 at 9:20 AM | by | ()

[Ed. Note: Jaunted contributor AJ McGuire recently finished a tour of Osaka and reported back to us on the town's changing love hotel scene.]

Sure, sure, different strokes for different folks and all that but this? While restraint and good taste have never been guiding lights for the love hotel industry, coaxing couples to put in some labor at Santa's cotton candy colored workshop, AKA Hotel Chapel Christmas, seems to be crossing some sort of line.


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Osaka Comfort Hotel: Viva La Banality!

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  Site Where: 1-15-15 Higashi-Shinsaibashi Chuo-ku, Osaka, Japan, 542-0083
October 5, 2007 at 2:37 PM | by | ()

[Ed. Note: Jaunted contributor AJ McGuire recently finished a tour of Osaka and reported back to us on the town's changing love hotel scene. But today, we have a treat. A normal, non-love hotel. Enjoy.]

Yeah, I know. Its not like the NY Times Food and Wine section is reviewing local Burger Kings but think of the context. This is Osaka and thus we've passed through the looking glass and lodging in a Comfort Hotel is now exotic.

Is your B.S. detector going off yet? No? Good, stay with me. The true beauty of the Comfort Hotel Shinsaibashi is that it's exactly what it says on the label: a budget-priced, American-style hotel right in the middle of South Osaka's main nerve for drinking, eating, clubbing, shopping and all the other ways to lose your sense and your travel budget.


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Osaka's Most Creative Love Hotel

Where: 7-9-13 Miyakenaka, Osaka, Japan
October 4, 2007 at 11:23 AM | by | ()

Jaunted has been putting together a series on UFO travel, so we figured we would add to the fray.

Almost every alien abduction story we hear is complete with some sort of odd, kinky body exams in confined spaces. Thus, alien addicts should feel right at home inside Hotel Loire's UFO room. Space fetishists can play with fake knobs, lie on slab like beds, watch Star Wars and check out the breast padding on the ships platform.

Alien loving not your bag? Room 306, is a naughty playground made up of three areas: a doctor's office complete with an examining chair and floor-to-ceiling mirrors, a replica subway car, and the main room where a blacklight aquarium scene appears on the walls when you turn out the lights.

The rooms at Loire a widely recognized as the most creative love hotel rooms in Japan.

Hotel Loire is on the outskirts of Osaka, but if you take the Tanimachi subway line to Kire-Uriwari station and walking 15 minutes.

[Photos: Misty Keasler]

Related Stories:
· Everyone Knows [Wired]
· Japanese Love Hotel Coverage [HotelChatter]

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One Night of 'Love' at the Hotel Cordon Bleu in Osaka

Where: Namba, Osaka, Japan
October 3, 2007 at 10:06 AM | by | ()

[Ed. Note: Jaunted contributor AJ McGuire recently finished a tour of Osaka and reported back to us on the town's changing love hotel scene.]

Beyond the big, the gaudy, the crazy, the likely settings for romance not just unconventional but possibly illegal, there are the standard love hotels.

The ones that get the job done with a minimum of fiberglass mythical beasts bolted to the outside of the building. With outside decor that would not be altogether out of place for a regular tacky tourist hotel, the Hotel Cordon Bleu aims squarely at the middle of the the love hotel market, providing a setting for the average couple to make average love to be made in mildly exciting comfort.

Admittedly, we settled on the Cordon Bleu after checking out the other, more adventurous hotels in the Namba neighborhood and finding them all booked up save for the ultra premium rooms (the bed on hydraulics, a Burt Reynolds-shaped pinata, etc).

For those without a need for complex harnesses, but looking for a bathroom big enough to breakdance in, for those turned off by the cutesy/creepy vibe of the Hotel Beaver across the street but seeking something naughtier than a Ramada Inn, there's the Hotel Cordon Bleu.

Pictures of the faintly scandalous interior after the jump.

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Osaka Love Hotels Just Ain't What They Used to Be

Where: Osaka, Japan
October 2, 2007 at 2:37 PM | by | ()

[Ed. Note: Jaunted contributor AJ McGuire recently finished a tour of Osaka and reported back to us on the town's changing love hotel scene.]

As Osaka is considered the loudest, brashest, gaudiest city in Japan, its only natural that the city's love hotels compete with the neon overload of the Dotonbori district and the deranged fantasy world of nearby Universal Studios Japan.  For a business whose bread and butter is discretion, love hotels are hard to miss around here.  Spread liberally throughout the city, love hotels are convenient landmarks, beacons of light on drunken stumbles home, and fodder for untold numbers of WTF tourist photos.

Venerable as they are, Osaka's love hotels are not immune to change. Even much loved institutions as the Gang Snowman have been redesigned in takeovers and questionable marketing moves. In the photo above, the former Belles des Belles seems to be ripping off Robert Indiana in rebranding itself a little more generically --that is, if a massive white building sporting Greek columns, angel sculptures, a massive neon lit silver orb on the roof and the new name Hotel Love can be called generic.

MORE Love Hotel photos after the jump.

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Gang Snowman's Got A Cadillac on the Roof

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  Site Where: Ikutamadera-machi 4-4, Tennoji, Osaka, Japan
August 8, 2007 at 4:41 PM | by | ()

Apparently you don't have to rely on a sexy name, or even a cute name, to be a successful love hotel in Japan. Just plain weird works too, as with the Gang Snowman's love hotel in central Osaka. Located a short stroll from the Tanimachi 9-chome train station, Gang Snowman's is well-known in Osaka as the place to go when you want to have a blast:

Some of Gang Snowman's more famous rooms include #202 (a mini-jail cell, complete with bondage-cross to strap your partner to), #209 (check out the vaulting horse with manacles attached!), #305 (bizarre black light artwork featuring snowmen riding flying carpets), and #309 (the ultimate kinky, S&M jungle gym!).

Other bonuses at Gang Snowman's include free ice cream and drinks in the lobby and the rooftop garden, including a red Cadillac that guests can use for free for 40 minutes (and we're not taking driving it, of course). Be warned, though, apparently the headlights start flashing when the Cadillac starts rocking. We haven't been able to verify that ourselves, yet.

[Photo: eigoninja]

Related Stories:
· Gang Snowman's [Seek Japan]
· Osaka Love Hotels: The Room Menu [HotelChatter]
· Japanese Love Hotels coverage [HotelChatter]

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Kiss Those Rose Lips in Osaka

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  Site Where: Tsuruhashi, Osaka, Japan, 543-0027
July 12, 2007 at 9:49 AM | by | ()

Did you know that Japanese love hotels have existed since the 1600s? While we're talking facts and figures, it also turns out that the Japanese only get it on 36 times a year, pretty low compared to the world average of 97, and lots of Japanese would prefer to sleep or go shopping.

Nevertheless, love hotels are still big business and one we especially like the sound of in Osaka is the Rose Lips Love Hotel. More to the point, we like the look of it, with this enormous semi-undressed woman on the front and the roses which reach to the fifth floor.


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