Osaka is an amazing city, and with much to see and do while you’re there you might be worried about a place to stay. While accommodation probably won’t be the most expensive part of your trip it will be a good chunk of your budget, with cheaper places starting around 18 USD in the off season. For those of you looking for a list of places that are not too expensive, we’ve come up with a collection to give you more bang for your buck in the city:
This homey little place is on a quieter shopping street, so you can rest easy knowing nightlife won’t keep you up, as well as being able to experience a more traditional area of Osaka. It’s also incredibly close to local transportation (as well as the bullet train station) to get you anywhere you’d like to go! Near the Mikuni subway station, the hostel can help you book tickets or figure out the subway line, depending on where you want to go and what you want to do on your trip.
They only take cash, and do not accept children under 10 and groups larger than 5. Fortunately (and unlike some other hostels), they don’t have a curfew, and they offer lockers for your luggage. While it’s decorated basically enough, you won’t need to worry about cleanliness, and the staff are friendly, kind and helpful. You’ll be in great hands if you stay at the CaminoRo!
Expect to pay: JPY 2,500-JPY5,800
The Tennoji is run by a young couple who’ve had such great experiences travelling themselves that they decided to start their own guesthouse in Osaka. While centrally located near Umeda it’s still in a quiet area, which helps with night time noise. They only offer 4-6 bed dorm rooms, but have a female-only and male-only option, both of which are ‘Japanese style’.
With a communal kitchen and dining area, you can save on costs by self-catering. While there is no curfew, the doors are locked at 10pm (you’ll have the access code to get in). There are towels available for rent and laundry services as well for longer trips, and the warmth of the owners will keep you coming back to the Tennoji guest house again and again.
Expect to pay: JPY 2,700.
Drummer’s Dream Hostel
Created by a free spirit who just loves to hang out with like-minded people and play the drums, the owner is a funny, warmhearted guy who will do whatever he can to make your stay a positive one. The hostel is a 36 minute train ride from the airport and 6 minutes from Shichido Train Station, and while Drummer’s Dream has dorm rooms like any other hostel, private rooms are also available, and are styled in the more Japanese fashion, equipped with tatami mats and floor seating.
There’s a shared kitchen, lounge, and dining area plus extra space for luggage – they even have a garden! Free WIFI (which is not incredibly common in Japan), and a laidback atmosphere make it easy to see why the tourists keep coming back. Expect to have a really unique time and an amazing stay at the Drummer’s Dream.
Expect to pay: JPY 2700