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karaksa hotel grande Shin-Osaka Tower

A Gateway to Exploring Western Japan

Only one place in Japan is a day-trip away from Kyoto’s cultural heritage, Osaka’s savory foods, Wakayama’s beaches, and Hiroshima’s tragic history: Shin-Osaka.

Armed with a Japan Rail Pass (JR Pass), ride the Shinkansen and the rest of the JR network to these destinations and other cities like Nara, Himeji, Kobe, Nagoya, and Kanazawa.

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Visitors seeking a convenient base for exploring this part of Japan will find karaksa hotel grande Shin-Osaka Tower the perfect place to stay. Located just a five-minute walk away from Shin-Osaka Station, you’ll find this unique hotel that caters to individual travelers, couples, families, as well as larger groups.

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The selection of accommodations includes 160 connecting rooms. Larger families or groups of friends can stay in a pair of connecting rooms with up to six beds and views of the Osaka skyline from upper floors.

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In addition to its location and connecting rooms, karaksa hotel offers plenty more conveniences. Let’s start with check-in. Upon arrival, skip the queue by scanning your passport at a quick check-in machine located next to the front desk. Machines are also equipped with a multilingual interface, making them accessible to all travelers.

After checking in, stop by the amenity bar to choose from a selection of free, optional items like brushes, razors, and facial lotion. The hotel changes its line-up of amenities from time to time, so don’t be too surprised if you see new products offered every now and then. Essentials such as shampoo, towels, and toothbrush sets are already in your room.

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karaksa hotel also offers free welcome drinks to all its guests. On the way to your room, pop by the restaurant on the third floor to sample non-alcoholic drinks, including tea, soda, juice, and coffee.

Once you’ve entered your room and unpacked, slide your suitcase beneath the bed—no more tripping over your luggage at night! (Please note that not all rooms feature these types of beds).

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After a day of travel, soothe your body in the hotel’s large hot bath or sauna. If you’re not too keen on sharing these spaces during busier periods, you can check on the occupancy status in real-time from your room’s TV. Unsure about Japanese bathing etiquette? Don’t worry! Signs in English tell you everything you need to know.

While you’re in your room and relaxing in bed, watching your favorite content on the wide-screen TV, or packing for the next day’s adventure, your room’s several conveniently-located outlets will keep your still-charging devices within easy reach. The hotel also provides universal adapters and charging cables for rent, so you can charge electrical devices from your home country hassle-free.

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If your dirty laundry is piling up, you'll be happy to find that washing machines are also available for use at karaksa hotel. Two room types, the High Floor Royal Grande Room and High Floor Grande Room with Tatami, are equipped with their own machines.

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A communal laundry room is also located on the fourth floor of the hotel. The availability of the room’s four washing machines can be easily verified via your TV, so you don't have to make fruitless trips to the laundry room.

If you’re suddenly feeling peckish and start craving a late-night snack, or realize you’re missing a crucial item for the rest of your trip, simply take a quick trip to the hotel’s convenience store, open from 7:00am to 12:00am. Located on the first floor, the shop sells everyday items, as well as food and drinks that you can take to your room or enjoy in the restaurant until 10:00pm. There is also a 24/7 convenience store that is only about a one-minute walk from the hotel.

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Most of karaksa hotel's rooms include spacious and separate bathtub/showers, sinks and toilet facilities. Different guests can conveniently and efficiently prepare for the day in their own spaces and at their own pace as they wind down for the evening or get ready for the day ahead.

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To power up for the day’s fun the next morning, head to the breakfast buffet—located in the third floor restaurant—where a rotating cast of bread, a salad bar, soup, hot dishes, and sweets are served every day.

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Moreover, a diverse spread of local Kansai dishes will also be offered, of which the line-up changes daily. Some dishes include Osaka’s specialty cuisine of okonomiyaki (thick, savory Japanese pancake), takoyaki (savory pancake balls containing chopped octopus), dote-ni (stewed beef tendon), and kushikatsu (deep-fried skewered meat and vegetables); Wakayama ramen; and Hyogo akashiyaki (fluffy egg balls filled with octopus chunks, served with broth).

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While munching on your breakfast, visit the hotel's website to browse through its recommendations of nearby popular destinations with easy-to-understand directions. If you need more details, seek out any of the multilingual staff at the front desk or pick up one of the pamphlets available in your language. After breakfast, easily check-out with the same machines you checked in with, and then set out for your big adventure!

If you do not want to carry your belongings during your day’s activities, karaksa hotel offers a great luggage storage service where you can leave your luggage at the hotel on the same days you check-in and check-out free of charge.

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To receive great value for your money, sign up for a free membership and book directly at the karaksa hotel site to get 5% off the regular room rate. Doing so also gives you access to one of three exclusive options with its “karaksa hotel for families” plans:

  1. Free stays for children under twelve sharing a bed with a parent (typically only granted for children under seven)
  2. Three free toys for every child
  3. A set of baby items including diapers, wipes, and baby toiletries

The free membership also grants you redeemable points worth 5% of the regular room rate per booking. Use these points to stay at karaksa hotels during your next journey to Japan.

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The karaksa hotel grande Shin-Osaka Tower is located in an accessible central location that allows guests to take in more of the vibrant city’s food, shopping, and entertainment. The chain’s growing nationwide network will include a new location near Tokyo Station—the karaksa hotel colors Tokyo Yaesu, opening on March 31, 2023. Wherever you choose to stay, the karaksa hotel will help make your trip to Japan a smooth and enjoyable experience.

Getting there

karaksa hotel grande Shin-Osaka Tower is only a five-minute walk away from Shin-Osaka Station. From Shin-Osaka Station, Shinkansen and limited express trains provide rail access to and from destinations across the country. Even better, downtown Osaka is just a few minutes away via subway from Shin-Osaka Station on the Midosuji Line. If you’re flying into the region, Shin-Osaka Station is only a 50-minute ride on the Haruka express train from Kansai International Airport, or a 25-minute airport limousine bus ride from Itami Airport.

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