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I spent very little time there but it was easy to find, safe, clean and I had a nice sleep.
This is more of a guesthouse than a hostel. Instructions could be more detailed on how to arrive from the center train station.
The owner Nari is very hospitable. Building is very clean and comfortable. Felt at home. The location is a bit out of the way and not near a JR line, but trains run frequently from Sakai station and it's a few minutes ride to the heart of Namba. Would absolutely recommend it.
Google maps took me to the wrong street, but this is the norm for big cities in Japan, always 'street view' before you go.
Great hostel, good price, overall not bad. Big issue was that it was far away from downtown and the trains stop running at midnight, so you have an effective 11:30 curfew unless you want to pay 4-5000 yen for a taxi. If you're a day person, I'd recommend it.
- Novice Nomad
- Male, 25-30
- (1 review)
It's a bit difficult to find, but is pretty close to the metro. Very clean place, doesn't house too many guests at once (definitely less than 20). Owner has a massive manga collection you can browse. Overall, it's good if you don't want to get loud, since the walls are pretty thin and sound travels throughout the whole place.
I was the only one staying at the hostel for the two nights I was there, but that suited me just fine. It was a relaxing place to crash and recharge after the long flight. Location in Sakai, south of Osaka is convenient from Kansai international airport, and access is easy via train into central Osaka. Nari-san was helpful and friendly, regardless of the language barrier!