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Kaneyoshi Ryokan – Osaka

Kaneyoshi Ryokan is an urban-style ryokan in Dotonbori, Osaka, with ideal location for visiting sightseeing spots and exploring.

I stayed in this unique ryokan in downtown Osaka. Let me tell you what was it like!

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Kaneyoshi Ryokan Introduction

Osaka is the 2nd largest city in Japan and a popular tourist destination as well. Every time I went on a Japan Trip, I made sure to include it in my travel plans. Any trip to Japan would be incomplete without a few days spent in this amazing city full of cool places to see and tasty food to try.

Because of this, I am sure that many of you will visit it at least once. When you do decide to visit it, you will need to find a good place to stay. Preferably someplace close to the rush of Dotonbori, Osaka’s iconic district.

One such place is Kaneyoshi Ryokan in Osaka,  an affordable traditional-style hotel located right on the Dotonbori canal.

I stayed in this interesting urban-style ryokan during my last visit to Osaka. Upon arrival, I was greeted by the staff members, escorted to my room, and provided a pamphlet with guidelines on how to use the ryokans facilities and services, which was very helpful.

Dotonbori Ryokan

As I already said, Kaneyoshi Ryokan is conveniently located in the heart of downtown Osaka. It is hard to overstate just how perfect this location is. After all, my room was right over the canal, and I could see people walking around, eating street food, drinking, and having fun.

It felt so good to be in the center of the most fun part of Osaka. Some of you may be worried by the possibility of loud noises at night. However, I never had any issues with the noise levels. Additionally, the location is ideal for exploring the most colorful and joyful part of Osaka, especially for enjoying many delicious street food options offered in the area.

One of my favorite things to do in Dotonbori is to walk around the busy streets and try as much of the street food as I can, and I am sure that you will love that as well. There are many shops in the area as well.

Kaneyoshi Ryokan is only a 3-minute walk away from Nipponbashi subway station. This makes it well connected to many interesting areas that you might decide to visit. This makes it an ideal base for exploring the entire Kansai area.

For example, it is only 30 minutes away from Universal Studios Japan by train. Or about 15 minutes to the famed Shinsekai area of Osaka, famous for its retro style, and the Tsutenkaku tower. It also takes less than 1 hour to reach Kyoto or Nara, so you can spend the whole day sightseeing and return to the ryokan in the evening.

Hot Spring Baths

Kaneyoshi Ryokan features large traditional Japanese-style baths that are located on the 6th floor. They are a perfect place to relax from the rush of sightseeing or a night out and plan your next adventure for the following day. I love getting a warm bath and heading to a tasty meal afterward. You can be sure that I spent many hours here!

Rooms

Kaneyoshi Ryokan has 15 guest rooms that are all in Japanese style which include futon mattresses on the floor, fresh tea in your room and sliding Japanese doors. I stayed in one such room on my last visit, and I have to say I had everything I expected for such an affordable price range.

Each room is equipped with a private bathroom, air-conditioning, TV, refrigerator, body soap, toothbrush, slippers, Yukata sleepwear, and a Japanese tea set.

The great thing about the rooms here is the amazing view of the Dotonbori canal. You can relax by the window of your room and enjoy the view of the canal as many boats and people pass by. I know I did that a lot! And as I said before, despite all of that, I did not feel that the level of noise was too high.

Food

If you are a fan of Japanese food, you will enjoy your stay at the Kaneyoshi Ryokan even more. The ryokan offers a Japanese-style breakfast that consists of dishes of fish and eggs, delicious rice, miso soup, and many other side dishes. Of course, only fresh seasonal ingredients are used.

This tasty breakfast will boost your energy and help you with a busy day full of sightseeing or help you refresh after a night of partying in Dotonbori. Breakfast is served in the banquet hall on traditional Japanese low tables. Of course, I suggest you wear a yukata to get the full experience!

One more good thing for food fans is the fact that the famous Kuromon Market, which deals with a great variety of food, including fish, meat, vegetables, and fruits, is located nearby.

Facilities & Services

I had quite a busy schedule, so other than the hot bath (and WiFi, of course!) I did not use many of the facilities and services, but what I did was excellent.

The front desk is always tidy and ready to accept guests, and there I found various brochures and flyers which are useful for your stay in Osaka. There were also desktop computers that offered free Internet service at the front desk and the lobby. So if you don’t have your own computer and need to use it, you don’t need to go to a cyber cafe.

Of course, as I said before, you can enjoy wireless Internet from your personal devices in your room. The staff is incredibly friendly and always ready to help, so feel free to ask them any questions you might have. Also, keep in mind that you leave your key with the front desk whenever you leave and that you have to be back by 1 AM since the ryokan closes at that time.

Things To Do Around the Kaneyoshi Ryokan

As I already said many times before, this ryokan is located right on the Dotonbori Canal. This famous part of Osaka is its vibrant center. You will find an endless amount of bars, clubs, shops, and restaurants here. From all of those, food is probably the most prominent feature of this part of Osaka.

There are so many street food vendors selling delicious local dishes. Of course, you can’t go anywhere in Osaka without running into takoyaki, a ball-shaped snack made of flour-based batter, cooked in a special pan, and typically filled with octopus. There are many more types of food to try here, with my favorite being Osaka-style okonomiyaki. I had so much fun walking around the area at night and trying various street food. It is a must-have experience!

Another thing you can do in Dotonbori is to go on a boat cruise down the canal and enjoy the bright city lights from another point of view. It felt so amazing to me when I took the cruise, so I always recommend it to fellow travelers.

If you take only a short walk away, you will find yourself in “Osaka’s Kitchen”, the famous Kuromon Ichiba Market. This is a huge market with over 150 shops that primarily sell fish and meat but also some other types of food, traditional sweets, and affordable homeware. The market has a long history and is definitely worth a visit.

This is not just a market where people go to buy supplies for a restaurant or for their home. You can also go there to try bit-sized portions of many dishes. I still remember how I tried my first wagyu dish here many years ago!

And as I said before, this part of the city is well-connected to most others. You can easily reach many attractions in the city, such as Osaka Castle and Universal Studios, but also go sightseeing outside the city or example, to Nara!

Kaneyoshi Ryokan Conclusion

Kaneyoshi Ryokan is definitely an excellent place to stay if you decide to visit Osaka. You will not find an affordable ryokan with such a good location anywhere else in Osaka.

Nothing can beat the feeling of being in the beating heart of Osaka. I wholeheartedly recommend that you visit their website and learn more about them.

Mate Mikulandra
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