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Japan's first W hotel is now open in Osaka

March 16, 2021
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Japan's first W hotel is now open in Osaka
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Japan has officially gained its first W-branded hotel.

The W Osaka opened its doors on Tuesday to guests amid the ongoing pandemic that has resulted in most international visitors being cut off from the East Asian nation.

When travel to Japan does open up, though, travelers -- especially those sitting on Marriott Bonvoy points itching to be used -- will be excited to find a brand-new property in Japan's third-most-populous city.

This brand-new W is in an also-new building situated on the city's Midosuji Boulevard designed by renowned Osaka native Tadao Ando.

The building's modern and sleek black exterior contrasts with the hotel's bright and bold interior design inspired by Osaka's trademark neon city lights and brought to life by Amsterdam-based studio concrete, which was responsible for the design of both the W London and the W Verbier in Switzerland.

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The property has a total of 337 guest rooms and suites, all of which afford stunning views of Osaka's expansive skyline from floor-to-ceiling glass windows. Guests can also expect rainfall showers and high-end amenities to enhance their stays further. The property's top suite, the Extreme Wow Penthouse Suite, will be a truly memorable space, with a "Zen-inspired garden" at its entrance along with museum-quality artwork, a chrome soaking tub that's reminiscent of a Champagne bucket and even an in-suite DJ booth to entertain you and your closest friends.

(Photo courtesy of Marriott)

The W Osaka boasts four restaurants and two bars, including a "bistro-diner" concept helmed by Chef Yusuke Takada; the signature Living Room bar that will feature DJ sets by Yuuki Yoshiyama, known for collaborations with globally known DJs like Armin van Buuren and Tiësto; an omakase-style sushi restaurant and more.

On the hotel's fourth floor is its state-of-the-art fitness center, complete with a yoga room with stunning views of the city, the property's Away Spa as well as its indoor pool with a ceiling featuring numerous LED lights to make your swim more like a pool party.

The W Osaka is a Category 6 Marriott Bonvoy property, meaning award nights will cost between 40,000 and 60,000 points apiece depending on the timing of your visit, and making it eligible for the free-night certificates that come with certain premium Marriott cobranded cards like the Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant® American Express® Card on nights that cost 85,000 points or less.

Cash rates for the property's first full month of operations range from just over $400 to about $520 per night.

Featured image by Miyuki Kaneko (Nacasa & Partners inc.)
Editorial disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airline or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

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There's a lot to love about the Amex Gold card. It's been a fan favorite during the pandemic because of its fantastic rewards rate on restaurants (that includes takeout and delivery in the U.S.!) and U.S. supermarkets. If you're hitting the skies soon, you'll also earn bonus points on travel. Paired with up to $120 in Uber Cash (for U.S. Uber rides or Uber Eats orders) and up to $120 in annual dining statement credits at eligible partners, there's no reason that the foodie shouldn't add this card to their wallet. Enrollment required.

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  • Not as useful for those living outside the U.S.
  • Some may have trouble using Uber/food credits
  • Few travel perks and protections
  • Earn 60,000 Membership Rewards® points after you spend $4,000 on eligible purchases with your new Card within the first 6 months of Card Membership.
  • Earn 4X Membership Rewards® Points at Restaurants, plus takeout and delivery in the U.S., and earn 4X Membership Rewards® points at U.S. supermarkets (on up to $25,000 per calendar year in purchases, then 1X).
  • Earn 3X Membership Rewards® points on flights booked directly with airlines or on amextravel.com.
  • $120 Uber Cash on Gold: Add your Gold Card to your Uber account and each month automatically get $10 in Uber Cash for Uber Eats orders or Uber rides in the U.S., totaling up to $120 per year.
  • $120 Dining Credit: Satisfy your cravings and earn up to $10 in statement credits monthly when you pay with the American Express® Gold Card at Grubhub, The Cheesecake Factory, Goldbelly, Wine.com, Milk Bar and select Shake Shack locations. Enrollment required.
  • Choose the color that suits your style. Gold or Rose Gold.
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees.
  • Annual Fee is $250.
  • Terms Apply.
  • See Rates & Fees