The hotel is a 5 minute walk from the nearby tube station. By day the area looks busy and not very friendly. On arriving at the hotel from the outside it wasn't promising but as soon as you get inside it is an oasis of calm. We were greeted with a smile and asked to sit down. Within seconds a welcome drink arrived. We checked in easily and were able to leave our baggage safely while we went to have a look at the Osaka castle as we were early. On our return we were taken up to our room. Wow! Exactly what you'd expect in a traditional japanese home if you've watched Shogun. We had to take our shoes off at the door and put on the slippers that were provided. The room was a large room with a low table and chairs. Cupboards were discreet. The bathroom was more Western. We settled for a while before going downstairs to use the communal bath and laterfor a kobi beef meal that I'd booked as part of the package. This was fantastic but there was a huge amount of food. Huge. Being typically British we tried to eat everything at first but gradually ran out of space. When we returned to the room the mats were out and we slept on the floor. It was absolutely delicious. In the morning we had a japanese sushi breakfast which came as part of the package too. Also delicious - particularly if you like fish.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Yamatoya Honten is right near "Dotombri" the place that represents Osaka, also easy to go to Shinsaibashi (shopping area) and Den-Den-Town (electronics retailing area). It has Japanese style rooms and baths and there is the traditional Japanese atmosphere. We serve you the best price! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Yamatoya Honten Hotel Osaka