Though you probably won’t spend too much time actually in your hostel while visiting Osaka, there’s still something about coming home to a nice place after a long day of sightseeing and stuffing your face (no judgment, it’s the city’s claim to fame). Below are Osaka’s best hostels, places where affordability never equals sacrifice.
There are two major hubs in Osaka, Minami (“South”) and Kita (“North”). Our recommendations are ordered from top to bottom.
Drop Inn Osaka
Guest room at Drop Inn Osaka | Courtesy of Drop Inn Osaka/Expedia
Drop Inn may lure you in with its clever name (or not), but it’ll hold your interest thanks to the wealth of unique and useful amenities it provides. Home to a ramen restaurant, a mini shop plus a 24-hour lounge and kitchen areas, this guesthouse might be the most convenient option. They also offer rental bikes. In addition, it’s only steps away from tons of restaurants and bars in Osaka’s exciting Fukushima district, a lesser known nightlife neighborhood next to popular Umeda. Drop Inn offers both shared dormitories and private, Japanese-style rooms.
This hotel’s modern take on Japanese aesthetics brings guests together in an airy and welcoming space located on the renovated top floor of a retro building. The common room features a sunny terrace overlooking a rooftop garden and is filled with tea, coffee, books, and art for guests to enjoy. The hostel even has its own tea room and scheduled cultural experiences, like a tea ceremony and kimono wearing, available at an additional cost. Sakura La An can be found just a block off of Osaka’s famous Tenjinbashisuji, Japan’s longest covered shopping street. There are both private and shared rooms.
This modern, military-themed hostel takes its cues from the venerated samurai tradition. The rooms are decorated with pop art motifs of models dressed as commanders. Guests can even try on samurai armour. On an almost contradictory note, Hostel Bushi is also known for its cozy, traditional Japanese baths. At once exciting and relaxing, this hostel is a great place to stay for those interested in local culture and history. It’s only a few minutes’ walk from Kyobashi Station.
Drawing from classic Japanese aesthetics – tatami floors, sliding screen doors, and scrolls decorated with calligraphy all adorn the space – Midoriya is a quaint hostel once the site of a kimono-making business. Located just one station east of Osaka Castle in a quiet residential neighborhood, Midoriya provides both an accessible place to stay and a peek into the local lifestyle. There are both shared dorm-style and Japanese-style rooms.
Named after the toy wholesale store that used to stand in the same location, revamped Hostel Mitsuwaya provides an updated and casual take on traditional Japanese lodging. Featuring tatami flooring in the communal lobby and sleek wooden aesthetics, it’s a homey place to hang out. Moreover, it’s only a 15-minute walk from Namba and the Dotonbori. So whether you plan on staying in or going out, this is a great place to stay.
This “cute and funny” guesthouse is sure to make anyone smile upon arrival. Hostel Picnic is decorated in colorful pastels, intricate murals, and modern furniture – a combination that creates an adorable and welcoming atmosphere. It is located in the hip Horie district on the Dotonbori canal, only about a ten-minute walk from the main attractions in Namba.
Located just minutes from central Namba and attached to a friendly bar called Arcadio, Casa Macondo is the place to stay for those who love to party (though for those who do want sleep, the bar closes at midnight and the neighborhood is just far enough from downtown that it’s quiet). The owner, a Colombian expat fluent in English and Spanish, shares his amicable and easy-going demeanor with all who visit – and makes great South American food, too. This is a colorful and relaxed place like few others in Japan.
Hostel Wasabi is an ornately decorated but casual space with the motto “A library that you can sleep in.” While the bedrooms and library are technically separate, much of the common area is populated with books – over 5000, in fact. There are a mixture of Japanese and English novels and comics with plenty of lounge space in which to enjoy them. Situated between Namba and Nipponbashi Stations, Wasabi’s location is hard to beat, as it’s right in the middle of downtown Minami.
Hostel LNK was recently founded by a Japanese ex-salaryman who quit his job to build the space from scratch with his designer friend. Inspired by his interests – beer, camping, coffee, and indie music – the hostel is gorgeous and homey, especially since it only accommodates up to 15 people at a time. LNK is located in eccentric Nipponbashi, the local haunt of geek culture. Traditional Japanese breakfast is served every morning.