Top 10 Guesthouses in Osaka’s Minami and Kita Areas Based on Word of Mouth
There are two major shopping districts in Osaka – Minami and Kita. Minami refers to the district around Namba Station, while Kita is the district around Osaka/Umeda Station. Below are 10 of the most popular guesthouses based on word of mouth and customer reviews out of all the lodging facilities in both areas.
- 1. Wafu Ryokan Uehonmachi (Minami)
- 2. Guest House Gloire (Minami)
- 3. Guesthouse Sun (Minami)
- 4. Hostel Mitsuwaya Osaka (Minami)
- 5. Zen Labo Osaka (Minami)
- 6. Osaka Guesthouse HIVE (Kita)
- 7. Guesthouse Ten-Roku (Female Only) (Kita)
- 8. Tenma Itoya Guest House (Kita)
- 9. Guesthouse Wakatsuki (Kita)
- 10. ATTA Toyosaki (Kita)
1. Wafu Ryokan Uehonmachi (Minami)
The first spot on the list is the Wafu Ryokan Uehonmachi, which is about 2km away from the heart of the Minami district. It is close to the train station, so it is extremely convenient. All the rooms here are private rooms that can accommodate between 2 - 6 guests. The rooms have futon (Japanese-style mattresses) that are laid on the tatami floor. There is a dedicated bathroom in each room. A sun terrace for sharing is also set up outdoors. There are also laundry facilities, so it is recommended for long-staying guests. Wi-Fi is free throughout the property. There are staff who can speak English, Chinese and Korean.
2. Guest House Gloire (Minami)
Guest House Gloire is a guesthouse located about 1km away from the Glico sign, a famous tourist spot. There are mixed dormitory rooms, women-only rooms, and private rooms that can accommodate 2-3 people. The dormitory rooms have bunk beds, while the private rooms are Japanese-style rooms with futon. There is a shared bathroom in each guestroom. Guests get to mingle at the lounge and roof terrace. Laundry facilities are also available. Wi-Fi is free in the entire building. There are staff who can speak English and Korean.
3. Guesthouse Sun (Minami)
Next on the list is the Guesthouse Sun, located along the Dotonbori River. If you stay here, you can choose from the dormitory rooms for men and women, women-only rooms, and private rooms that can house up to four guests. There are toilets, showers and washstands on every floor. The common area has a living room that is equipped with a sofa and table and chairs, and a kitchen that has a microwave oven, pot and refrigerator. Laundry facilities are available. Wi-Fi is free throughout the building. There are staff who can speak English and Korean.
4. Hostel Mitsuwaya Osaka (Minami)
It may be at the center of Osaka, but Hostel Mitsuwaya Osaka is still located in an area that has old-fashioned machiya (merchant’s house), back alleys, cobblestones and other features heavily tinged with the working class vibe. The hotel's interior uses natural wood, which creates a warm atmosphere. There are dormitory rooms shared by men and women, women-only rooms, as well as group rooms for 4 or 6 guests. The beds are pod-type, so you can rest in your own private space. There is also a shared living room, roof deck space, laundry facilities, and a kitchen with cooking utensils. Wi-Fi is free throughout the property. There are staff who can speak English.
5. Zen Labo Osaka (Minami)
Zen Labo Osaka is only 300m from the Glico sign, so it is conveniently located in the bustling shopping area of the Minami district. There is a wide array of rooms available here, such as mixed dormitory rooms, women-only rooms, as well as rooms for four people with four single beds, semi-double rooms and Japanese-style rooms for eight guests. There are shared bathrooms, a lounge and laundry facilities that guests can use. You’d be happy to know that this guesthouse also has a currency exchange service. Wi-Fi is free throughout the property. There are staff who can speak English, Chinese and Korean.
6. Osaka Guesthouse HIVE (Kita)
Just a 10-minute walk from Osaka Station that is the center of Kita area, Osaka Guesthouse HIVE is also a recommended spot. Inside this guesthouse, you will find a clean and spacious living room, a kitchen equipped with the necessary cookware, common showers and laundry facilities. You can stay in rooms such as a mixed dormitory room or women-only room with quite big bunk beds, and a twin room with two double beds. There is free coffee service in the morning. Wi-Fi is free throughout the property. There are staff who can speak English.
7. Guesthouse Ten-Roku (Female Only) (Kita)
Guesthouse Ten-Roku is a guesthouse dedicated to women that is located near Tenjinbashisuji Shotengai, which is known as the longest shopping street in Japan that is found about 2km from the center of Kita district. There are only two guestrooms in this establishment – a Japanese-style dormitory and a private room with two single beds. There are partitions in the dormitory, so you’re guaranteed privacy. There is a shared kitchen, dining area and bath inside the facility. Furthermore, there is a public bath in the neighborhood, so using that bath is also recommended. Wi-Fi is free throughout the property. There are staff who can speak English.
8. Tenma Itoya Guest House (Kita)
Tenma Itoya Guest House is a 5-minute walk from Minami-morimachi Station. Aside from the Kita area, it is located in an extremely convenient spot that has easy access to Tenjinbashisuji Shotengai and Osaka Castle. Inside this guesthouse that is housed in a renovated old Japanese-style house are dormitory rooms for use by men and women, and women only, as well as private rooms. All rooms are Japanese-style rooms where a futon is laid on the tatami floor, but the dormitory has partitions available. The common kitchen is fully equipped with cookware. There is also a lounge space and separate showers for men and women. Wi-Fi is free throughout the property.
9. Guesthouse Wakatsuki (Kita)
This guesthouse is a guesthouse that is near Tenjinbashisuji Shotengai. It boasts a prime location that is just a minute away from Tenjinbashisuji Roku-chome Station. You can rent the whole building, so it is best for families and groups. The guesthouse has bedrooms, as well as a dining area, bathroom and laundry corner. Guests can also use the refrigerator and microwave oven for free. Wi-Fi is free throughout the property. There are staff who can speak English and Chinese.
10. ATTA Toyosaki (Kita)
The last spot on the list is ATTA Toyosaki – a guesthouse that is located 1.4km away from Umeda Sky Building, an extremely famous sightseeing spot in the Kita area. The dormitory rooms with bunk beds are for men and women, or for women only. Meanwhile, the private rooms range from the type that has a bed, up to the Japanese-style room that comes with a futon laid on the tatami floor. Bathrooms are shared among guests. The lounge serves as a space where guests get to interact with each other. Wi-Fi is free in the entire property.
What do you think? The spots on this list may be considered as guesthouses in a word, but they offer various accommodation styles depending on facility – from guesthouses offering dormitory-type rooms to guesthouses that can be rented as a whole. Choose the guesthouse according to your purpose and preference.
*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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