J-Hoppers Osaka

If you’re looking for an inexpensive place to stay near the heart of Osaka, I recommend J-Hoppers Osaka Central. J-Hoppers is a small chain of hostels with locations in Osaka, Kyoto, Hiroshima, and Hida Takayama.

Photo from J-Hoppers.

The Osaka Central location is about a 20-minute walk from JR Osaka (大阪駅)/Hankyuu Umeda Stations (梅田駅) and 5 minutes from the JR Fukushima* Station (福島駅) on the Osaka Loop line. Make sure you have a map if coming from the Osaka station, as the path is a little confusing the first time.

I’ve stayed in the private twin room a few times, which is a bunk-bed set-up for 3000 yen/person. Other options include a mixed dorm (2500 yen/person/night), male-only/female-only dorms (2500 yen), a private double (2800), or a triple (three beds, 3000 yen). The bathrooms are shared, but they are clean and neat, and I haven’t had a problem getting to use a shower.

The hostel is located on the Fukushima Shopping Street (福島商店通り), which has a grocery store, a Mister Donut, and plenty of bars and restaurants. If you are coming from Osaka/Umeda Stations, look for the UFO sign on your immediate left after passing over the elevated track for Fukushima Station.

The staff and the signs in the hostel are all bilingual (English/Japanese), and the staff is very friendly.

Reservations:
Available in four languages. I recommend doing the mail-form one: you’ll need to enter your credit card information, but you can pay cash (yen) on arrival. The Hostel World online booking will charge your credit card. There is also a phone/Skype option.

Perks and Amenities

Discount stamp program
Free wireless internet
Towel rental
Bicycle rental
Short train ride to Spa World in Shin-Sekai on the Loop Line
Luggage storage
No lock-out (you get a code for the door)
Use of the refrigerator/kitchen

Note
No relation to Fukushima prefecture, so be sure you get it right when you check Hyperdia or Jorudan!

Leah Zoller is a second-year CIR in Anamizu and the current editor of this blog. J-Hoppers lets her fulfill her dream of living in a Taisho-era bachelor’s dorm.

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3 thoughts on “J-Hoppers Osaka

  1. Just to be clear, does a double room mean two beds, or one large “double size” bed? Sharing a room with a friend is one thing – sharing a bed is another thing altogether.

  2. Never mind. I see.

    Well, you’re obviously recommending the place, so it must be pretty decent. And with free Wifi, and certain other amenities, it looks pretty good.

    But, I do generally prefer to stay in ryokan/minshuku when I’m in Japan… a private room is much better than a shared dorm, and of course there is the pleasure of staying in a more traditional setting. But, anyway, is there anything I need to know about this place before I run out and try to score a reservation? Any negatives or downsides to watch out for?

  3. As with most hostels, the walls are very thin and some of the experience will depend on the other guests. I haven’t used the laundry facilities, so I don’t know if they are any good, and I haven’t been in the summer yet, so I don’t know how good the AC is. (The heat worked just fine and was from the same unit, so I assume it works well.) That said, I really like this place.

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