Thursday, September 21, 2017

Japan Budget Tips: Places to Stay Start from $12 USD in Osaka, Japan

       Yesterday I’ve released an article telling you where to stay in Tokyo on the cheap… However, some of these options are not for everyone and it's good just for a quick rest (for example catching the earliest train.) Here are some budget-friendly options without making you sacrifices comfort in Osaka.

1) Park Inn (click to book)

       Located within 30 seconds walk from the Don Butsumaen subway station, 5-minute walk from the scenic Tennoji Park and 4-minute walk from Shinsekai, the location of Park Inn is unbeatable. If you are coming from or going to the airport, Shin Imamiya station on the subway line to the airport is only a few minutes walk away.
       The property also features a public bath and cozy Japanese-style rooms with futon beds on tatami floor.  Although the room is fairly basic (well, with this price), at least you get a whole room to yourself, privacy well-assured. Hence Park Inn is quite popular among solo travelers.
       The staff at Park Inn do not speak excellent English, but they understand you well enough. Plus point is, they are very considerate. Even though the check-in time is from 3:30pm-11:00pm, they will let you check in early (if your room is ready) or late without extra cost. However, the checkout time is an unbreakable rule since they need to clean up the place. 
Price: Single Rooms from $12.62 USD (RM53)
Address: 557-0002 Osaka Prefecture, Osaka, Nishinari-ku Taishi 1-2-16, Japan –
Check-in: 3:30 PM - 11:00 PM
Check-out: Until 9:30 AM

2) Lore Hostel Dotonbori (click to book)

       Lore Hostel Dotonbori literally has Dotonbori at its doorsteps. With only 300 m from the famous Glico Man Sign and 501 m from Namba CITY shopping mall, exploring Osaka at night become stress-free as you do not need to worry about the last train. Also, it is located 300 m from Nippombashi and 500 m from Namba station. So, you can easily take the subway to enjoy all Osaka has to offer!
       One of the best things about this hostel is having a 24-hour front desk. Besides, their dorm beds are very spacious(good news for tall people), and they do have curtains for added privacy.
       Again, the staff does not speak excellent English, but they do try their best to convey a message. They are very responsive to feedback too, so if you aren't satisfied with a certain aspect, let them know and they’ll happily learn from their mistakes. 
Price: Dorms from $13.34 USD (RM56)
Address: 542-0074 Osaka Prefecture, Osaka, Chuo-ku Sennichimae 1-8-21, Japan –
Check-in: 3pm – 12am (reception is open 24 hours)
Check out: Before 10 am 

3) Osaka Hokko Marina Resort Guesthouse (click to book)

       If you are a solo female traveler looking forward to bring out the kid in you at the Universal Studio Japan, look no further, you’ve found the right spot.
       This Guesthouse is located far from the center of Osaka, but it is near to Universal Studio, and the best thing is? They will arrange free shuttle bus!
       You might have noticed that I recommended this Guesthouse, especially for female travelers… yes, because it is very female-friendly. The property mostly offers female only dorms and economy rooms to ensure that girls feel safe in their dorms. There are no mixed dorms yet so it is especially suitable for our Muslimahs. However, if you are a male, don’t feel disappointed. You can still stay at this place by booking a Delux Cabin on Boat! Not exactly a budget option, but it is special enough, isn’t it?
       Another bonus for travelers who enjoy beautiful sea views with a drink in their hands, Osaka Hokko Marina Resort features a barbecue area and a seasonal pool with views of the sea. 
Price: Female Dorms from $14.29 USD (RM60)
Address: 554-0052 Osaka Prefecture, Osaka, Tsuneyoshi Konohana-ku 2-13-18 , Japan
Check-in: 3:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Check-out: Until 10:00 AM

4) Sun Village Tamatsukuri (click to book)

       Very seldom that a budget-friendly property gets 9.4 high scores, but Sun Village Tamatsukuri did it. With a wonderful roof patio featuring a hammock, this place is great to unwind after a long day exploring the city. Location is great as well. Despite situating in a quiet part of Osaka (Namba is 10 minutes away by train), there are supermarkets and restaurants within a 1-minute walk away. Tsuruhashi Station is 900 meters away.
       The friendly staffs in Sun Village are multilingual, so there shouldn’t be any communication problems. On top of that, you might get to learn some new languages.  
Price: Dorms from $15.24 USD (RM64).
Address: 2 Chome-12-22 Nishishinsaibashi, Chuo Ward, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture 542-0086, Japan
Check-in: 3:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Check-out: Until 10:00 AM

5) Hotel Lucky (click to book)

       Before you book, you should know that the area used to be a seedier area of Osaka however, it is still perfectly safe during the day.
       It is considered value for money, because, with this price, you’ll get a single private room. Bathrooms are shared but they are clean. There are lights showing guests the availability of cubicles.
       As far as you’d researched, not all receptionists speak English, but they’ll do their best to make you feel welcomed in the property. 
Price: Single rooms from $16.20 USD (RM68).
Address: 557-0002 Osaka Prefecture, Osaka, Nishinari-Ku, Taishi1-8-11, Japan –
Check-in: 3:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Check-out: Until 9:00 AM

6) Groovy Music Bar

       We booked this hostel dorm from Airbnb. Honestly, one of our best hostel experience everClick here to check our full review!

7) Hotel Sakura (click to book)

       Located 3-minute walk from Tanimachi Kyuchome subway station and Osaka Uehonmachi Station of the Kintetsu Line, Namba Station is 2 stations away from the hotel. If you love to explore cities on foot, you’ll be delighted to know that the Kuromon Ichiba Market, Osaka Castle Park, and the Abeno Harukas in the Tennoji area are all within walking distance. On top of that, the Direct bus from Kansai airport will stop at Sheraton Miyako Hotel which is just a 5-7 minute walk away.
       Another interesting point about the hotel provides free rental of adapters, chain locks, umbrellas and manicure sets for the ladies (or boys, if you are interested too, who knows. )!

Price: Dorms from $16.20 USD (RM68)
Address:543-0002 Osaka Prefecture, Osaka, Tennoji-ku Ueshio 3-8-25, Japan
Check-in: 3:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Check-out: Until 10:00 AM

8) Ken’s House (click to book)

       Expect to have Namba at your doorstep at Ken’s. With the Namba CITY shopping mall and Glico Man within 500 meters away, Ken's House is your choice especially if you are a night owl. If you are keen to explore other areas of Osaka, JR Namba, Nankai Namba and Midosuji Line Namba are all within a 5-minute walk. 
       However, this property does not have an elevator, so it might be difficult if you have a heavy luggage. Luckily the friendly staff is there to help. 

Price: Dorms from $17.86 USD (RM75)
Address: 556-0011 Osaka Prefecture, Osaka, Naniwa-ku Nanbanaka 1-8-12 , Japan
Check-in: 2:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Check-out: 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

9) Banana Hammock (click to book)

       Renovated in April 2017, Banana Hammock made my list due to its exceptional service by the son and father. This guesthouse is a family-run business. Although it is a distance from Namba, the Suminoe Station is located within 5 minutes walking distance. The beautiful Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine can be reached within a 10-minute stroll.  
Price: Dorms from $17.86 USD (RM75)
Address: 559-0002 Osaka Prefecture, Osaka, Suminoe-ku Hamaguchihigashi 3-3-19, Japan
Check-in: 4:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Check-out: Until 11:00 AM

10) Guest House Koma (click book)

       Unlike other hostels that provide token-accessible washing machine, Guest House Koma offers guest to use the washing machine for free. For long-term travelers, this is undoubtedly an added virtual.
      In terms of location, this property is just a 1-minute walk from Sakuragawa Train Station. JR Namba Train Station is about a 7-minute walk away, and the neon lights of Dotonbori area is also within walking distance.
       The staffs are also good in keeping you updated about nearby events. They speak English too. Instant ramen packetsare provided when a supper pang hits. If you were to use their lockers, remember to bring your own locks. 
Price: Dorms from $17.86 USD (RM75)
Address: 556-0021 Osaka Prefecture, Osaka, Naniwa-ku Saiwai-cho 2-3-12 , Japan
Check-in: 3:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Check-out: 5:00 AM - 11:00 AM

11) Gate 80 (click to book)

       This property stands out due to its cleanliness. As a traveler who appreciates clean hostel bed and common space, I am extremely pleased to find this inexpensive hostel in Osaka.
      A subway station is located a stone throw away from the main door and there are a few others within walking distance, where you can easily take a train to Namba.
       There is free and fast wifi available, but it can only be used up to 3 hours per day. However, with so many places to explore in Osaka, I bet you wouldn’t even have 3 hours to spend in front of your device! 
Price: Dorms from $17.63 USD (RM74)
Address: 545-0014 Osaka Prefecture, Osaka, Abeno-ku Nishitanabe cho 2-5-3, Japan
Check-in: 3:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Check-out: Until 11:00 AM


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       With so many excellent budget accommodations in your note now, visiting Osaka shouldn't be considered a threat to your wallet anymore. If you’ve decided to visit Osaka, here is a guide for you to visit the whole Kansai area. The guide includes some words about Osaka, Kyoto, Nara, and Kobe.
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