Harmonie Embrassee, Osaka
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Harmonie Embrassee, Osaka
Harmonie Embrassee, Osaka
Harmonie Embrassee, Osaka
Harmonie Embrassee, Osaka
Harmonie Embrassee, Osaka
Harmonie Embrassee, Osaka
Harmonie Embrassee, Osaka
Harmonie Embrassee, Osaka
Harmonie Embrassee, Osaka
Harmonie Embrassee, Osaka
Harmonie Embrassee, Osaka
Harmonie Embrassee, Osaka
Harmonie Embrassee, Osaka
Harmonie Embrassee, Osaka
Harmonie Embrassee, Osaka
Starchitect Tadao Ando (who designed Fort Worth’s sublime Museum of Modern Art) masterminded the concrete building that’s home to Japan’s largest bookstore and this romance-themed hotel. Popular especially with wedding groups, the Harmonie Embrassee fills floors 10–23 of the Chaska Chayamachi tower and has a glass Sky Chapel on its top floor, with striking views of the surrounding Umeda neighborhood. It’s also where 450 couples tie the knot each year. The high-ceilinged lobby has giant glass windows, while rooms come in four schemes ranging from classically elegant to Asian minimalist with dark tones and padded leather headboards. All accommodations come with a private balconies, panoramic views, and Cassina furnishings.
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Neighborhood Vibe
The Maruzen & Junkudo bookstore in the Chaska Chayamachi building is the largest bookstore in Japan—it spans eight floors—though non-Japanese speakers will find the selection a little thin. There is other good shopping close by. Five minutes on foot from the property, Don Quijote Umeda-Honten is an outpost of the biggest discount shop group in Japan, with branded goods, home appliances, and tax-exempt items. Yodobashi Camera is another popular discount store selling a broad range of electronic devices, as well as, oddly, fashion items, sweets, and gourmet food. The covered shopping drag Hankyu Higashidori has fine restaurants and plenty of entertainment; the brightly lit signboards and the calls soliciting customers add a bit of a carnival atmosphere to the street.
Need to Know
Rooms: 28 rooms, 10 suites. From $485.
Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: noon.
Dining options: Rayon has an open kitchen, a wall of wine bottles, and a classic French menu.
Spa and gym details: None here.
Insider Tips
Who it's for: Couples—either heady with romance, ready to tie the knot, or on their honeymoon.
Our favorite rooms: Ever White, in white and beige, is a bright, spacious, welcoming suite.
Good to know: Though the reservation site is in Japanese, English-language reservation requests are accepted via e-mail; contact info-embrassee-hotel@bridesword.co.jp.
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