Guest houses and capsule hotels are perfect for those who want a comfortable accommodation in Japan while minimising expenses. This frees up your wallet to head out and explore Osaka. Known as the ‘Nation’s Kitchen’, there are a great deal of activities and food to try.
If you are looking for an unique place to stay, don’t miss out on trying out a Capsule hotel. Capsule hotels are hotels where you are provided with your personal “capsule” to stay in, unlike conventional hotels where a room is provided to you. If that is not to your liking, the guests houses in Osaka will provide top-notch service, making your stay enjoyable and leave you refreshed.
Here are some of the recommended budget stays in Osaka!
Shell Nell Namba is a capsule hotel opened in April 2016 which is targeted mainly at ladies. The stylish capsule hotel can be as cheap as 3,800 JPY (36 USD) per night.
Males and females are allocated separate floors in Shell Nell Namba and IC cards are required for access, ensuring a secure accommodation. The capsules are relatively spacious and have a dimension of 2m (6.6 feet) x 1m (3.3 feet) x 1m (3.3 feet), and come with a television, power plug and USB port. The soft mattress allows for a great sleep and the blinds are sturdy and promises privacy. Basic amenities are provided for in Shell Nell Namba and the shower rooms are equipped with soaps and 5 different types of shampoos - rather luxurious for a capsule hotel.
A lounge is located at the first storey of Shell Nell Namba, and the stylish café there is known for the delicious breakfast provided. You can make your own sandwich with bread from the popular bakery “Boulangerie Cokku”, giving you a great start to the day.
Shell Nell Namba
Address: 542-0073 Osaka, Chuo-ku Nipponbashi 2-9-16 (see map)
Access: 800m from Glico Man Sign, 1.2 km from Tsutenkaku
Contact: +81 6-6633-5170
2. Perfect for USJ trips: Osaka Hokko Marina Resort Guesthouse (Females only)
Osaka Hokko Marina Resort Guesthouse is a guesthouse exclusive to ladies and is located at the Osaka Hokko Marina area. Moms can bring along boys under 9 years old to Osaka Hokko Marina Resort Guesthouse for free as well.
It is a fantastic hotel for those planning to take part in marine sports as yachts, mini boats and various marine vehicles can set sail from Osaka Hokko Marina Resort Guesthouse. There are also tennis courts and parks located within the resort compound.
Osaka Hokko Marina Resort Guesthouse is also a convenient hotel for those who have Universal Studios Japan (USJ) as part of their travel plan.
Osaka Hokko Marina Resort Guesthouse
Address: 554-0052 Osaka, Tsuneyoshi Konohana-ku 2-13-18 (see map)
Access: 2.2 km from Universal Studios Japan, 8km from the Billboard Live Osaka, 13 km away from Osaka Itami Airport
Contact: +81 644 005 194
Osaka Guesthouse U-En is located in a building which was built over 100 years ago and is a popular choice amongst tourists from all over the world. The guesthouse is filled with numerous antiques which history lovers will enjoy.
The retro guesthouse has clean shower rooms and washrooms, as well as refrigerators and washing machines. Free flow of coffee and water is also provided, saving the need to stock up from convenience stores. The living room and 24-hour café is a splendid space for tourists to interact with each other.
Rooms in Osaka Guesthouse U-En are dormitory style and curtains ensure that privacy is provided. There are females-only dormitories as well.
Osaka Guesthouse U-En also provides bicycle rentals, allowing for a more exciting and cheap exploration of Osaka.
Osaka Guesthouse U-En
Address: Osaka, Umeda, Fukushima-ku, 2-9-23 (see map)
Access: 3.6 km from the city center, 3 km from shopping in the Shinsaibashi district, 5 km from the 16th-century Osaka Castle, and 8 km from Universal Studios Japan
Contact: +81 6-7503-4394
Grand Sauna Shinsaibashi is located near Dotonbori, one of the most popular tourist destinations within Osaka. It is a capsule hotel that also caters to ladies.
Capsule hotels are known to provide just basic accommodation and amenities are usually not expected. However, at Grand Sauna Shinsaibashi, plenty of amenities, such as towels, soaps and face lotions, are provided, saving the trouble of bringing your own. Although the sauna, restaurants and communal bath are exclusive to males in Grand Sauna Shinsaibashi, clean shower rooms and washrooms are provided separately for female guests. Rooms come with lockers and there are power plugs and televisions too.
Grand Sauna Shinsaibashi
Address: Osaka, Chuo-ku, Nishishinsaibashi,2-8-12 (see map)
Access: 5-minute walk from Namba station exit No.25 (Midousuzi line), 7-minute walk from Shinsaibasi station exit No.7 (Midousuzi line)
Contact: +81 6-6213-3870
Ark Hostel & Café Dining is near the business district and is located at the Higobashi area. It is a popular hostel not just amongst local tourists but also foreign tourists.
The hostel aims to provide comfortable accommodation and create opportunities for guests to interact with one another. Each floor within the hostel has different themes. Among the interesting ones is the Japanese-style “Wa Room”. A mini-garden leads to the room which is designed in a traditional Japanese style with tatamis on the floor and futon mattresses to sleep on.
The café restaurant located at Ark Hostel & Café Dining is best known for their delicious meals cooked using the best seasonal ingredients. Italian cuisine is served and what makes it special is that they are all vegan foods, allowing people of different beliefs to enjoy. There are also sweets provided at the café restaurant.
Ark Hostel & Café Dining
Address: Osaka-city, Nishi-ku Edobori 1-15-11 (see map)
Access: 2min walk from Higobashi sta. Exit.9 (Yotsubashi subway line), 1km from Billboard Live Osaka, 2.5km to Glico sign, is 12km to Itami Airport in Osaka
Contact: +81 6-6136-6550
6. A hideout in Osaka - Imazato Guest House (Females only)
Imazato Guest House is a guesthouse located in the Imazato area and is exclusive to ladies. It is located in a convenient area with supermarkets and convenience stores nearby.
Accommodation is provided dormitory style in Imazato Guest House. The rooms are designed in a colourful pop-manner. Lockers are provided and there are also basic amenities and free towels available. Each bed is allocated 2 power plugs, a towel hanger, a mirror, and is rather spacious. Breakfast is also served at Imazato Guest House. The delicious homemade sandwiches allow guests to have a great start to the day, and opportunities for interaction with other guests are also provided.
Imazato Guest House
Address: Osaka-city, Higashinari District Oimazatonishi, 1-11-15 (see map)
Access: 15-minute or 1.8km, from Namba subway ride from Osaka Castle Park
Contact: +81 6-6971-8610
Drop Inn Osaka is located within walkable distance from the commercial districts and Umeda region of Osaka, yet is in a rather quiet area.
The capsules in Drop Inn Osaka are relatively spacious and the comfortable and clean beds will provide you with great sleep. Power plugs and lights are provided in the capsules, as well as a curtain to ensure privacy. There are also females-only dormitory in Drop Inn Osaka. Private rooms are available for those travelling in groups and coin laundries are also available.
Drop Inn Osaka
Address: Yubinbango553-0003 Osaka, Osaka-shi, Fukushima-ku Fukushima 6-12-13 Nishi First Building 3 Floor (see map)
Access: 6-minute walk from JR Fukushima Station, within a 10-minute walk from the Umeda Sky Building and JR Osaka Station, 15 minutes by train from Osaka Station to Osaka Castle, is 30 minutes from JR Kyoto Station
Contact: +81 6-6343-8200
HOSTEL 64 Osaka is located near the Shinsaibashi area and each night can be as cheap as 3,500 JPY (33 USD). The stylish hostel is located in a retro building built in 1964.
The artistic design of HOSTEL 64 Osaka creates a cordial atmosphere, allowing guests to interact freely. The lobby lounge has various artworks and books on display, making the place look almost like a gallery.
Dormitories in HOSTEL 64 Osaka are unlike other hostels - instead of having double decker beds, each “room” is separated by a curtain as seen in the photo. Power plugs and lights are provided in the “rooms”, as well as a safe box.
There are also private rooms available in HOSTEL 64 Osaka where each room is designed stylishly with a mixture of pop-culture and Japanese culture. Furthermore, both antique and modern furnitures are used, creating a unique atmosphere in the room.
Breakfast is available at HOSTEL 64 Osaka where home-made bread, fruits jam, yoghurt and orange juice can be enjoyed for just 300 JPY (2.8 USD)!
Hostel 64 Osaka
Address: Osaka-shi, Nishi-ku Shinmachi 3-11-20 (see map)
Access: 3-minute walk from Nishinagahori Station, 12-minute walk from the Shinsaibashi, 20-minute walk from Namba, about 500m to Awaza Station
Contact: +81 6-6556-6586
Comfortable, safe and affordable
There are many who require just basic accommodation during their vacation instead of luxurious ones. Secure and comfortable sleep is promised in these hotels despite their low prices. For those who want to save up for other expenses, these are the best hotels for you!
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