Although Osaka is one of Japan’s top tourist destinations, it’s also one of the country’s most expensive cities. That’s why, if you’re traveling on the cheap, finding a budget hotel for a trip to Osaka must be at the top of your list. Surprisingly, Osaka has some excellent budget hotels that offer typical Japanese comfort and service while still managing to stay cheap. With a number to consider, check out these three best Osaka budget hotels and you’ll likely look no further.
Osaka Guesthouse KOMA – Osaka Guesthouse KOMA is a brilliant budget hotel, perfect for backpackers or those who still want to visit Osaka but can’t afford typical hotel prices. Located in the south of Osaka, it’s also close to several shopping areas and to two subway stations, so the rest of the city isn’t far away.
At Osaka Guesthouse KOMA, you’ll only have a choice of a dormitory bed but dorms are clean, well-taken care of and, surprisingly, quite comfortable. They do also have a women-only dorm, so if you’re traveling alone or feel more comfortable not sleeping in a room with strange men, that’s no problem here.
The guesthouse has a laundry room, a fully-equipped kitchen where you can use rice cooker, microwave, stove top, refrigerator etc, if you want to cook your own meals, and shared shower rooms. There are a few inexpensive supermarkets near by or, if you prefer, you won’t have any problem finding cheap noodle restaurants or cafes.The guesthouse can also rent you a bike, if you’d like to explore the neighborhood.
Rates for a bunk bed in a shared dorm or in a women’s only dorm are $30 a night.
Hotel Chuo – If you don’t mind a basic room that just happens to be clean, comfortable and in a great location, then Hotel Chuo is a budget hotel sure to please. The hotel is located near several subway stations and has some excellent cafes, restaurants and shopping areas close by.
Hotel Chuo’s rooms are small but comfy. You have a choice of a western-style room or Japanese (with tatami mats). Each room has a TV with basic cable, VOD player, in-room internet and a refrigerator. Nicely, they also provide a robe, toothpaste, and room slippers. There’s a choice of single, double room or double room with an en suite bath. Most rooms share the public bathroom which, in typical Japanese style, is a large bath that’s shared – with public bathrooms for both men and women. If you’re not into the more open Japanese cleaning rituals, then the hotel also has shared but private shower rooms.
The hotel has a small laundry, vending machines and a small kiosk that sells snacks and newspapers. You can also make coffee or tea 24 hours a day down in the lobby. Breakfast can be ordered for a nominal fee.
Room rates are reasonable at $30 a night for a single room and, if you book for five nights or more there’s a 10% discount applied.
Hotel Taiyo – Another favorite Osaka budget hotel is Hotel Taiyo, as it’s one of the most centrally-located in the city. Close to top shopping and dining areas, it’s within walking distance of many of Osaka’s tourist attractions and close to subway lines.
At Hotel Taiyo, you’ll find European and Japanese-style guest rooms. Rooms are small but furnished with a comfortable bed, small TV with cable, DVD player and a refrigerator. There’s also a ladies’ floor if you’re particular about security when traveling. Some rooms also have en suite baths. Otherwise, there’s a large public bath which has different evening times for men and women, or private shower stalls you can use all the time.
The hotel offers free internet in the lobby, vending machines, mailing services, and a self-catering kitchen. You can also rent a bike very cheaply.
For Osaka, room rates are incredibly cheap beginning at only $24 for a single room, western or Japanese.