Located between the major hubs of Kita and Minami, Honmachi and its adjoining districts form the center of Osaka. There’s not much to see here, but it’s a convenient place to stay.
Tall buildings in Central Osaka
Conveniently located on the Midosuji subway line, Honmachi is within walking distance of both Kita (to the north) and Minami (to the south). It’s not the most exciting part of the city, but it’s packed with reasonably priced mid-range hotels. And, because this is an office district, there are tons of good restaurants and even a few bars here. And, if you’re a keen walker, you could even reach Osaka-jo Castle on foot from Honmachi.
Things to See and Do in Central Osaka
- Utsubo-koen Park (park)
In a city with a noticeable lack of green spaces, Utsubo-koen Park is a blessing. Located a short walk northwest of Honmachi subway station, the park has a nice playground, fountain and some interesting statues. It’s a good place for a picnic or to check out the cherry blossoms in spring.
Places to Eat in Central Osaka
Jibundoki (okonomiyaki, teppanyaki; moderate)
For brilliant and creative okonomiyaki and some other dishes cooked on a teppan (iron griddle), try this excellent restaurant a short walk southwest of Honmachi Station. The name is written in English on the awning.
- Chukasoba Kazura (ramen; budget)
Locals line up for the tasty, thick and meaty ramen here in Honmachi. The standard dish comes with hard-boiled egg and chashu (sliced pork). Look for the kanji 葛 on the sign. It’s in Awaza, southwest of Honmachi Station.
- Ramen Kasumi (ramen; budget)
Near the west end of Utsubo-koen Park, this ramen specialist is sure to please serious meat lovers. The name is written in English on the sign. Buy your tickets from the machine when you go in.
- Sushi Hayata (sushi; moderate)
Hayata is a decent small sushi restaurant very close to Honmachi Station. It’s a pretty good value and the fish is of good quality – just be warned that this restaurant allows smoking (we’re hoping this changes soon).
- Yoshitora (unagi; moderate)
On the east side of Honmachi, in the direction of the castle, this hidden unagi (eel) specialist is a great place to try sublime unagi in refined and relaxing surroundings. It’s a good idea to have a Japanese speaker call in advance for reservations and to place the order. It’s down a small private walkway.
- Hajime (French; expensive)
This Michelin three-star restaurant is considered one of the best restaurants in the city and it’s the perfect choice for a very special meal out in Osaka.
Places to Stay in Central Osaka
Budget Hotels in Central Osaka
- Toyoko Inn Osaka Semba
The Toyoko Inn is one of the best hotel deals in the city. The rooms are small but they’re clean and supplied with everything you need. A free breakfast is included. It’s over on the east side of Honmachi in a relatively convenient location. Recommended.
- APA Hotel Osaka Higobashi Ekimae
A short walk south of Nakanoshima, this standard business hotel is distinguished by the large communal bath (in addition to private en suite baths in every room). Rooms are small but how can you complain at this price?
Mid-Range Hotels in Central Osaka
- Hotel Brighton City Osaka Kitahama
Near Kitahama subway station and on the way to Osaka-jo Castle, this hotel doesn’t have the most convenient location, but it makes up for it with larger-than-average rooms, excellent service and competitive rates. Recommended.
- Arietta Hotel
Very close to Honmachi Station, this stylish little business hotel is a great choice for your Osaka stay. It’s neat and clean and the management tries hard to please. Recommended.
- Hotel Unizo Osaka Yodoyabashi
The Unizo is a good-value hotel at the north end of Honmachi. It’s a standard business hotel with smallish but clean rooms that have everything you need.
- Chisun Inn Osaka Honmachi
With prices that almost push it into the mid-range, this standard business hotel is a pretty good value, within walking distance of both Kita and Minami.
Luxury Hotels in Central Osaka
- St. Regis Osaka
Consistently rated one of the best hotels in Osaka, the St Regis is an immaculate hotel right in the heart of Honmachi, just steps from Honmachi Station. If you want supreme comfort right in the middle of this city, this is an excellent choice.
Where Are These Places Located?See these places on the Inside Osaka Google map:
- Open the Osaka map
- You will see the list of places on the left hand side. (Click the 3-line icon in the top left corner if not). Scroll down or use the map search (the magnifying glass icon) to find the place you want.
- Click the name of the place in the list. Its location pin will be highlighted on the map.
- Map pins are color coded - BLUE: Hotels / Ryokan / Guesthouses | VIOLET: Ryokan | PINK: Places to Eat | GREEN: Shops | YELLOW: Things to See and Do
- If you're using the map on your phone, open the map and then search for the name of the place. The map will then zoom in on its location.
Osaka Vacation Checklist
- For all the essentials in a brief overview, see my First Time In Osaka guide
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- Need tips on where to stay? See my one page guide Where To Stay In Osaka
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