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Located north-east of the iconic Osaka Castle, the Kyobashi district dates back to ancient times. The name means ‘capital bridge’, and the area is so-called because it was once the site of a bridge that led to the then-capital Kyoto. Today, it’s a bustling neighbourhood and transport hub that still retains a compellingly old-school atmosphere, with its winding alleyways and quaint shopfronts. The fun really begins after dark, when hordes of fun-loving locals descend on its hole-in-the-wall bars and family-run restaurants.

Things to see

Osaka Castle is the city’s undisputed blockbuster attraction, and it’s just a scenic 2 kilometres stroll from Kyobashi station. The building that stands today is a painstaking reconstruction of the multi-tiered, gold-gilded, 16th century original, and remains Osaka’s most instantly recognisable symbol. Inside, you’ll find an enthralling museum that explores the site’s turbulent history, and celebrates the life of its original designer, the revered feudal lord Toyotomi Hideyoshi. There’s also an observation deck which offers lovely panoramic views of the lush, expansive castle gardens, and the modern metropolis that lies beyond. Also within easy reach of Kyobashi station sits the Osaka Mint Bureau, the head office of the Japan Mint. This western-style, red-brick building houses fascinating exhibits featuring Olympic medals, National Honorary Award plaques, and a veritable treasure trove of ancient, rare and valuable coins. If you’re lucky enough to be visiting in early spring, its cherry tree-filled garden becomes one of the city’s top spots for the time-honoured tradition of hanami, or cherry blossom viewing.

Hotels in Kyobashi

There’s a wealth of hotels in Kyobashi. Within easy reach of the station you’ll find some of Osaka’s most opulent 5 star hotels – palatial affairs positively bursting at the seams with decadent facilities like shimmering swimming pools, full service health spas, 24-hour fitness studios, and seductive cocktail bars. At the other end of the spectrum, budget-conscious travellers could opt for a stay in a quintessentially Japanese capsule hotel in Kyobashi, where you can enjoy great amenities like bubbling spa tubs and rejuvenating saunas for a bargain price. There are also plenty of first-rate mid-range hotels, offering tempting perks like flat-screen TVs, deep soaking bath tubs, free WiFi, and a generous hotel buffet to lure you out of bed each morning.

Where to stay

With its great transport connections, proximity to top attractions, and laid-back atmosphere, Kyobashi is a great base from which to explore the rest of Osaka. The neighbourhood is a bona fide food paradise, with a seemingly endless array of tempting eateries to explore. Feast on shockingly fresh, melt-in-the-mouth sushi and sashimi, or addictive Osaka street snacks like indulgent fried takoyaki octopus balls smothered in tangy savoury sauce. Once you’ve fuelled up, it’s time to hit Kyobashi’s perennially popular tachinomiya – authentic stand-up bars, where you can rub shoulders with friendly locals over ice cold beer or warming sake.

How to get to Kyobashi

If you’re travelling from overseas, you’ll most likely arrive in Osaka via Kansai International Airport. From here, the Kansaikuko line will take you all the way to Kyobashi station in around 80 minutes. You can cut the journey time down to under an hour by taking the Haruka line to Tennoji station, then the Osaka Loop to Kyobashi. A taxi may take anywhere between 50 and 90 minutes, depending on traffic. Most domestic flights land at Osaka International Airport. From here, a taxi should take between 25 and 60 minutes. If you’d rather travel by train, take the Osaka Monorail to Hotarugaike station, then the Hankyu-Takarazuka line to Hankyu-Umeda station. A short walk away lies Osaka station, and from here you can take the Osaka Loop to Kyobashi station.

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