Two Affordable, Design-Friendly Moxy Hotels Open in Japan

Tokyo and Osaka welcome the rapidly expanding Marriott brand

You wake at 3AM. You don’t want to go back to sleep. You’re in Japan—now is not the time to stay in bed. You rise, dress and head to the elevator. It’s glass and offers a view of Osaka. You feel a bit of the outdoor weather, affirming your decision to be awake. You find yourself in the lobby and there, in your hotel, is …

Look Inside the Super Nintendo World Theme Park

Thanks to what appears to have been a ceremony hosted inside of a faux Super Mario level at the forthcoming Super Nintendo World Theme Park, we finally have teaser images. The theme park, affiliated with Osaka, Japan’s Universal Studios, isn’t scheduled to open until 2020—but the teasers hint at what’s to be expected—nostalgic stylings loyal to our memory. Other Universal locations are also planning Nintendo …

Chris Rowthorn’s Inside Osaka Travel Guide

Carefully planned itineraries, insider tips and transportation recommendations

“Osaka is usually forgotten by people who rush to visit Tokyo and Kyoto,” longtime travel writer Chris Rowthorn explains to CH. “But it’s got a flavor all its own and it’s always a pleasant surprise to those who visit: it’s cheaper and more approachable than Tokyo, and less formal and stuffy than Kyoto.” With Japan high up on most travelers must-visit lists, recommendation services that …

Treasures Inside a Tunnel: Osaka’s Shark Attack

A hidden antique store in the quiet Japanese neighborhood of Nakazaki-cho, Osaka

Opened in 2013 in Japan’s Kansai region, the commercial complex of Grand Front Osaka stands just outside the Osaka train station, offering weary travelers a long list of high-end stores and restaurants (including the World Beer Museum that seats up to 700) with a hotel, office space and residential apartments located on the higher stories of the skyscrapers. Though this multi-building development is a major …