Kaneyoshi Ryokan is a reliable and reasonably priced mid-range hotel which is very well placed for Osaka’s prime sightseeing, shopping and entertainment areas. The hotel overlooks the Dotonbori canal and is a short distance from both the Nipponbashi and Namba districts. Though styled as a ryokan, or traditional Japanese inn, the building itself is quite modern in aspect. However, guest rooms do have Japanese style interiors with tatami floors and traditional Japanese meals are also available. The staff are very friendly here and the rooms are very spacious and clean.
There are 15 guest rooms in Kaneyoshi Ryokan and they are all Japanese style with guests sleeping in futons on tatami floors. Each room has its own private bath and toilet, individually controlled air conditioning and heating, a TV, an alarm clock, a Japanese tea making set, a safe, yukata style nightwear, and slippers. Bathrooms are stocked with hand soap, body soap, shampoo, conditioner, a toothbrush, and a full set of towels.
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Breakfast & Dining
Both breakfast and dinner can be included in your accommodation plan but must be reserved in advance. Breakfast is a traditional set of soup, rice, salad, fish, pickles and other side dishes served from 7.00 – 8.00 in the dining hall. Dinner is an elegant multi-course kaiseki meal served from 18.00 -19.00 in either your room or the dining hall. Seafood or beef nabe style hotpots are also available in December and January.
The Public Bath
There is a traditional communal bath on the 6th floor separated by gender. Having a soak in a Japanese bath is one of the best ways to relax after a day spent sightseeing. This communal bath is open from 6.00 – 8.00 in the morning and 16.00 to 24.00 at night. This area is supplied with soap, shampoo, conditioner, combs, hair dryers, and bathroom scales, but you should bring your own bath towel from your room. It is also ok to wear your yukata style nightwear from your room when going to and from the communal bathroom.
Services & Facilities
The staff at reception speak English and are happy to help with any travel or tourism enquiries.
Room service and in-room massages are available on request.
Free Wi-Fi internet access is available in the lobby. This area also has all sorts of free sightseeing pamphlets and brochures.
Desk lamps, irons, and hair dryers can be borrowed from reception.
There is a large banquet hall on the 3rd floor that can be booked for special celebrations, conferences, meetings and other events. This room can seat 70 guests and is equipped with a stage for special entertainments such as karaoke.
Kaneyoshi Ryokan is five minutes on foot from Nippombashi Subway Station, 6 minutes from the National Bunraku Theater and 7 minutes from Kuromon Ichiba Market. The famous Glico Man sign at the heart of the Dotonbori entertainment district is also just 5 minutes away.
Article and original photos by Michael Lambe. All rights reserved.