There are probably many people who wish to save on their accommodation expenses when they travel. So to those of you who want to do just that, here are five of the best recommended guesthouses in Osaka.
1. J-Hoppers Osaka Guesthouse
When you think of a place where foreign backpackers from all over the world converge, J-Hoppers Osaka Guesthouse is one that surely comes to mind. Located about three minutes away from JR Fukushima Station, this guesthouse is convenient and has easy access to Universal Studios Japan and other tourist spots in the area. It offers dormitory-type and private room-type lodging, and staying here without meals comes at a reasonable price starting at 2,700 JPY (incl. tax). It also has a dormitory exclusively for women. This guesthouse is fully equipped with facilities you would need, such as a kitchen where you can cook your own meals, bicycles that can be rented for 700 JPY (incl. tax), shared computers that you can use for free, and a Wi-Fi connection. J-Hoppers also holds an "Exchange Party for People Who Love to Travel" every Friday which guests can join for free (drinks will be charged separately), so try attending that party when you're there! We recommend this guesthouse to people who want to exchange information and communicate with other guests.
2. Hotel Toyo
Hotel Toyo is a guesthouse recommended for value-oriented travelers who wish to limit their accommodation expenses. The room rates are shockingly reasonable here, starting at 1,700 JPY! All the rooms in this guesthouse are single, private rooms. However, they have rooms without air-conditioning, so it would be best to take note of this when making a reservation. Even though toilets, showers and lavatories are shared, Wi-Fi and kitchen are free to be used. There are also washing machines and bicycles available for a fee, making this guesthouse highly regarded among travelers. The 1st floor is a common area, so when you do stay there, it would be a good idea to cook in the kitchen while mingling with the other guests. Further, this guesthouse is characterized by the many long-term guests it accommodates. This guesthouse is well known for its great access from the airport, so make sure to make a reservation in advance before coming. It is also close to the tourist spot Jyanjyan Yokocho, so don't forget to try Osaka's specialty kushikatsu (deep-fried skewers)!
3. Osaka Guesthouse Hive
Osaka Guesthouse Hive has quite a fancy exterior that makes it look like a hotel. Located about 10 minutes away by foot from Umeda Station, this is a guesthouse that is famous for its new facilities, wide common areas, and cleanliness. It has counters and tables, so whether you're alone or in a group of several people, you can enjoy your time in peace. This guesthouse also has a refrigerator, a microwave oven, and a stove, so it is the perfect place to stay for people who want to cook. It has common shower rooms, as well as coin laundry machines, vending machines, bicycles for rent (500 JPY), and Wi-Fi. Rooms include dormitories and rooms that can accommodate four people, with the room rates starting at 2,800 JPY. There is a dormitory exclusively for women, too. This guesthouse is particularly famous for its being a comfortable and homey space for travelers. The beds in the dormitories are properly protected from light and the futons are comfortable, so your tired body can fully relax. Osaka Guesthouse Hive is a place where people who will be staying a while in Osaka would want to stay.
4. Tenma Itoya Guesthouse
Tenma Itoya Guesthouse is Japanese-style guesthouse that is filled with the air of downtown Osaka. Just about a two-minute walk away from Osaka Tenmagu Station in the JR Tozai Line, this guesthouse sits in a prime location for sightseeing from where you can walk to Osakatenmangu and Tenjinbashisuji Shopping Arcade in one minute, and to Osaka Castle in 20 minutes. We recommend this guesthouse to those who have the Tenjinbashisuji Shopping Arcade in their itinerary. Room rates start at 3,500 JPY (incl. tax) per night, with guests able to choose between a dormitory room with a futon on the tatami or a private room, all with air conditioning. Showers are shared, the kitchen can be used at anytime, and Wi-Fi is free. It also offers a luggage deposit service for free, so guests are able to enjoy sightseeing all day free from luggage. During your stay, you can cook your meals in the shared kitchen, watch TV in the lounge, and use the Internet. You can definitely relax here. There are also coin laundry places and convenience stores nearby, making Tenma Itoya Guesthouse very convenient.
5. HOSTEL 64 Osaka
HOSTEL 64 Osaka, which is about a three-minute walk from the subway Nishi-Nagahori Station, is a designer hostel with a stylish, relaxed atmosphere. It is the perfect place for guests who do not go for the cheap room rates only! This hostel is a guesthouse where you can get a sense of modern Japan with mixed Japanese and Western influences. The second floor houses the common area, featuring the lobby-cum-library and the bar lounge. The bar lounge is open even to non-guests of the hostel. Local residents also come here, so it would be a great place to ask about the sightseeing spots that not everybody knows! Room rates start at 3,500 JPY per night. You can choose between dormitories and private rooms, but the dormitories with cloth dividers feature beds with full-fledged hotel specifications, giving you remarkable comfort when you sleep! You can rest and relax in peace. Further, this hostel has Wi-Fi and public computers that you can use for free, as well as bicycle rentals and coin laundry machines, among other facilities. It also serves light meals for a more comfortable stay. We recommend this guesthouse to people who want to travel in style.
Osaka is home to many guesthouses that are both convenient and comfortable which are near tourist spots. Before embarking on your sightseeing trip, carefully study the available accommodations and choose the guesthouse you like best!
*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.
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