Monday, 13 July 2015

Traditional Style Ryokan | HOTEL ICHIEI REVIEW | Osaka | Japan

If you are looking for a value for money, Japanese style ryokan accommodation in the heart of Osaka, then I would highly recommend Hotel Ichiei.  It is a 3 star accommodation but it can easily pass as 4 star in terms of comfort and design.

While the hotel is conveniently located directly connected to the Osaka Municipal Subway's Nanba Station, old Japanese culture can still be experienced in the comfort of this ryokan with its Japanese-style rooms each designed with a different theme.

The Ryokan style rooms are generous in size and each room is equipped with tatami mats with low table and seating and the finishing touches make this room very authentic.  The bathroom was a good size and comes with a bath tub as well the high tech Japanese toilet.  

They supply slippers for you to wear in-room, the futon beds were extremely comfortable and they even provide Japanese style Yukata loungewear!  Nice touch!  

We did not get the opportunity to order breakfast in the hotel as we always eat out. We found the the reception staff were always very attentive, friendly and helpful.   

This hotel makes an excellent base to explore Osaka. A short walk away is the Namba, Kuromon Ichiba Market, Dontonbori (a principal tourist destination) and north of the city is Shinsaibashi – a shopping area with many boutiques and specialty shops, and many more places of attraction to add on your list. With all of the things to do and see in a city, deciding how to spend your time was an agonising decision for us, especially as we had only scheduled in 2 days on Osaka!

My next blog post will be a picture diary of our time in Osaka, so please keep an eye on that post if you want an insight to what Osaka has to offer!

And yes, Kev was playing Ninja, especially as he was in the right setting for it!  Kids will be kids! ;)

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