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Visiting Osaka? Save your yen to explore Osaka Castle, sample fresh sushi and climb the Umeda Sky Building by staying at some budget-friendly accommodation. Luckily, this port city is full of affordable options, from traditional ryokan to capsule hotels, these are the best cheap hotels in Osaka that don’t sacrifice style or comfort.
Book Guest House Rice Chikko for a pared-back stay just five minutes’ walk from Osaka Castle. A communal feel is encouraged here, with a living area and bar on the ground floor, and a projector that regularly screens movies and football games. Unfussy private rooms feature a simple bed, TV and safe, while shampoo, conditioner and soap are provided in the shared bathrooms.
Hotel Toyo is an affordable, friendly place to stay that functions somewhere between a hostel and a hotel. Guest rooms are private and minimal; each has tatami flooring and a convertible futon bed. The lobby area feels like a backpacker’s retreat, with welcoming communal spaces and vibrant murals decorating the walls. An arcade, rooftop terrace and coin laundry are all on site. The staff at Toyo are multilingual, and the hotel is only a short walking distance from the nearest transit station.
J-Ship is another modern capsule hotel with slightly more spacious bunks. This lavishly decorated hotel also features a spa, as well as a Japanese rock garden, a common area with televisions, safes for valuables and laundry facilities. The famous Namba Yasaka Shrine is less than five minutes away, and the hotel is surrounded by convenience stores and supermarkets, making it the perfect spot for those in search of affordable practicality.
In many ways, Ebisu Hotel may come off as a typical business hotel. However, it’s the location that really makes this place stand out. Ebisu is perched mere steps from Tsutenkaku Tower, the glorious symbol of a bygone era in Osaka. Adjacent to Nipponbashi and surrounded by restaurants, including some of the city’s best local street food, and only a couple of minutes from the nearest station, this friendly hotel is hard to beat. The front desk is open 24 hours, and there are both Japanese and Western-style rooms to choose from.
Though slightly more expensive than the others on this list, Bali Tower is an amazing urban retreat that offers great value considering all the comforts provided. The hotel is designed to resemble an island resort and has romantic rooms for couples, and spacious suites for families. Though somewhat gaudy – the rooms include an almost unnecessary amount of gadgets and decorations – it makes for an exciting stay. Free alcoholic beverages are served in the lobby nightly, there is an arcade and a restaurant in the building, and it’s only minutes away from Tennoji Station.
This is an updated version of an article originally by Brooke Larsen.