Moxy Shin Umeda — Perfect Base for Exploring Osaka
For staycations, we love a high-end luxury hotel to hide away in. But for an on-the-go vacation when exploring a new place, I prioritize location and function over form. Fortunately, the Shin Umeda location of Marriott’s hip Moxy brand provides guests with the best of both worlds. The hotel is less than a ten-minute walk from the massive Shin Umeda/Osaka Station complex. This location is perfect for the traveler looking to explore Osaka and further afield. On this trip, we were going to be traveling outside of the city to both Himeji and Nara, so proximity to the train station was of paramount importance.
As Gold Members, we were given an upgrade to the larger corner Queen and it was perfect for a three day stay. Additionally, the hotel offered two free drink tickets at check-in, a great incentive to hang out and check out the stylish and busy lobby bar.
Moxy Hotels — Cozy, but precisely designed
A running theme at Moxy Hotels across the world is that the rooms tend to be on the smaller side. However, they are incredibly well-designed so that each part of the room serves a functional purpose to maximize the space given. As seen in the video tour above, you can see the hangers that line the wall as well as fold away tables to increase the flat space. As COVID 19 restrictions start to lift, more services are returning to hotels in Japan. Each night the room was cleaned and restored back to its original format. This was a welcome touch coming back ~25,000 step days to kick my feet up and relax.
A Lively Lobby and Well-Stocked Gym
Despite the amount of walking done each day, I still really wanted to have a gym to use at the hotel. The Moxy’s gym was perfectly apportioned with free weights, TRX bands, and some cardio equipment. Even though the hotel felt very busy, I was lucky enough to have the gym to myself each of the three mornings I stayed at the property. Right now there is a 2 person limit per the COVID restrictions (March 2022), but at least for me it was never an issue.
Normally given a chance between eating at the hotel or eating out, I’d always prioritize eating out. Yet with two free drink tickets burning a hole in my pocket, I did hang out at the lobby one evening after I just couldn’t walk anymore. The staff was incredibly friendly and the vibe was very buzzy. On weekends they have live entertainment and even on a Monday night, it felt like people were having a good time hanging out. Additionally, they had one of the coolest amenities I’ve ever seen — a retro Super Mario pinball machine. Given many travelers to Osaka are going to Universal Studios Japan to check out the new Super Nintendo World it makes sense they’d choose this!
This was also a cool surprise as later on in the trip I would find an incredibly cool pinball bar that was loaded with machines and nostalgia!
Getting to Moxy Shin Umeda Osaka
If you’re taking the Shinkansen from Tokyo or elsewhere, you’ll arrive at Shin Osaka Station. One station away is the massive (and wildly confusing) Osaka/Shin Umeda station complex, an intersection of three major train stations. While this is convenient for getting around, it can definitely be a bit confusing. Fortunately the Moxy is a bit further from the action and is less than a ten-minute walk from the station.
Booking Moxy Shin Umeda Osaka
If your time in Osaka includes day trips to places like Himeji, Kobe, and Nara, I highly recommend being located close to a transportation hub. The hotel is also only a 7-minute walk away from the Fukushima Station on the Osaka Loop Line, offering excellent access to points of interest in the city.
While the rooms can be tiny, the hotel’s location and amenities more than make up for that. For a staycation, we might recommend a slightly more luxury hotel, but for the on-the-go traveler, this is the place to stay!
More Osaka Adventures!
The hotel is just the start! We’ll be rolling out content and reviews from our time in Nara and Himeji. Have you been to Kansai yet? If so, what was your favorite city or town? If not, what’s on the top of your list? Sound off in the comments and let us know about your Kansai adventures while we tell you about ours!