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.
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.
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
Short train ride to Spa World in Shin-Sekai on the Loop Line
No lock-out (you get a code for the door)
Use of the refrigerator/kitchen
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.