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Bonsai Guest House Reviews

1-4-13 Momodani, Ikuno-ku, Osaka, Japan

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497 Total Reviews
  • 85%Value For Money
  • 87%Security
  • 83%Location
  • 93%Staff
  • 85%Atmosphere
  • 87%Cleanliness
  • 83%Facilities

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Great place love the bonsai garden!! ON THE ROOF!

  • 10th Oct 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Canada
  • Male, 25-30
  • (1 review)


This place is not on the Osaka subway line, but on the JR loop line. So not as convenient It is a bit smaller than I expected. The toilet is not as clean as other places I stayed in Japan. But with the price, still not bad. Staff is friendly.


Great guesthouse if you plan to explore Osaka for a few days. The people were really helpful and friendly, giving me many advices about how to move around and best places to see. There is a very good atmosphere at the lounge, where you relax after a tiring day going from here to there in the city. I definitely recommend this hostel.


Great location, helpful staff, and awesome value! Location is great next to Momodani metro station, which is easy access to Osaka JR and Kansai airport. Staff were very helpful in showing me how to get to tourist sites and restaurants. Best value hostel out of many locations I stayed throughout various cities in Japan.


Only downside about this place was that it was a bit quite. Apart from that, a good hostel with friendly staff.


I really like this hostel. The staff are fantastic, the location is great and it fit my budget perfectly.


Great little hostel, only stayed 1 night but excellent value for JR pass holders.


I was very pleased with Bonsai Guest House! Stayed in a lovely private room with a double/bunk bed in it. Was perfect for 2 people but had space for a third! Beds were wonderfully soft and rooms had great A/C. Bathrooms and showers were very clean and the staff was friendly and helpful. Bonsai has a great location that we found on the first try after getting off the train in Osaka. If you're keen on seeing Osaka this is a great place to stay!


We have an extremely good stay in Bonsai Guest House for a various number of reason: 1. 有希さん (Yuki-san) who was one of the duty staff at the guest house was really welcoming and helpful throughout the entire stay. 2. The owners of the guest house actually live in the same building so it has a very personal touch to it. 3. The location of the guest house is extremely good: 桃谷駅 (Momodani station) was a JR station which is a loop around Osaka city. Getting everywhere is extremely convenient.


Location might be their best asset, just a few meters away from the JR Momodani subway station. However, there is a huge drawback which is that they do not check you in after 21:00 (pretty inflexible rule). We couldn't get a train to Osaka earlier so the first night we arrived at 23:50 and the place was closed with a sign saying: "We can not check you in after 21:00" (like almost don't even bother). I had to find a hotel at that time, terrible experience! We came back for the 2nd night.

Owner Comment (Hide)
Thanks for your review. We are really sorry to hear that you did not come in because you arrive here around midnight. If you let me know your arrival time in advance , We are happy to wait for you . Most of our guests who arrive here after reception hours let me know their arrival time by email or phone. Because we really know their situation.


Friendly staff, clean, good value. I stayed in an 8 dorm and each bed has curtains for privacy. Cool bonsai garden on the roof.


Location close to the train station was handy, and bathroom facilities were good. Wasn't the most welcoming hostel I have ever stayed in and both staff members we dealt with were not very friendly at all. Would look for somewhere else if staying in Osaka again.


Best localization ever. Nive and confortable hostel with very friendly and helpful staff.


A nice hostel. Is far away from the main attractions of Osaka, although very close to a train station. They do have security lockers, but no monitored storage for your larger suitcase/backpack. A small but atmospheric common room.


Excellent place!! The owner is very kind and even gave us some suggestions to other towns around Kanazawa. The facilities were neat and clean, excellent guest house!!!


Really great stay here. The hostel was a one minute walk from a JR station, which was great, but a little out of the way. Really great staff, beautiful bonsai collection, clean, good beds, great internet, spacious! Loved it


Rooms are cramp. Mattresses were placed on the floor instead of beds which makes it less hygienic. Also, the walls are thin so you can hear people talking and using the toilet outside.


This was a nice hostel in an area with a few different restaurants. The bunk beds were incredibly shaky and slightly uncomfortable.


Staff was great and super helpful. Showers, dorm and common are were all clean. The hostel is really quiet as Momodoni is a little on the outskirts. Plus side is the hostel is literally right around the corner from the JR station.


Friendly staff, convenient location

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