Hotels in Osaka were not cheap during the dates that we were there, and thus I turned to Airbnb to look for accommodation. Airbnb can be a hit or miss, but of course choosing a host that has many positive reviews does help to mitigate the risk of a bad experience.
The apartment that I booked was located close to Shin-Osaka station, which was a perfect place to move around from in Osaka. Numerous train connections can be found at Shin-Osaka station, and it was easy for us to go on a day trip to Himeji, or even to Nara. It was a quick 5 min walk from the station (East Exit) to the apartment, and along the way there were a few restaurants (Yayoi & Matsuya) as well as a convenience store (Lawson).
Prior to our arrival, our host Ranran was very responsive and gave detailed instructions on how to get the key to the apartment. Although it would have been a better experience if the host had come down personally to welcome us, it was still a nice touch for Ranran to leave us a welcome gift (cute socks & snacks).
Some of the amenities provided in the apartment:
Green tea & coffee packets & mineral water
Disposable toiletries (toothbrush & toothpaste)
Bath products (soap & shampoo)
Upon entering the apartment, there was a narrow walkway leading to the bedroom, with the small kitchen sink & fridge on the right (out of picture), and the bathroom behind the door to the right. The cupboards were on the left, and there were coat hangars left for us to use as well.
Although the apartment was really small, there was both a bed and a sofa bed squeezed into the small space. A maximum of 3 adults can stay here, but believe me when I say that if the sofa bed was opened, there would be no space left to place (and open) your luggages.
The bathroom was actually rather big for a small apartment, and our host provided towels, bath amenities and even disposable toothbrushes & toothpaste! My only gripe was that there was no way of ever getting warm water, since there was one tap for hot (scalding) water, and another tap for cold (freezing) water. Just something to note, as other than that we had no real complaints about the apartment.
The wifi was easy to login to, and it was pretty fast as well.
According to our host, there was also a gym and small pool within the apartment compound, but we did not use any of those facilities, having had enough exercise (did I mention that we walked >15km daily, and even hit 23km on one day alone!?), and also because we were out till late every night.
Ranran was a good host, and the apartment was exactly like what was advertised on Airbnb. Being in Japan, we expected a small and cosy apartment, and that was what we got. I appreciated the small touches such as the free mineral water in the fridge, as well as green tea packets at the kitchen sink. Having a fast wifi connection was a plus point too! Lastly, the location was great, and with Lawson and Yayoi around the corner, we were never hungry!
Ratings out of 10 (10 being the best, 0 being the worst)
Overall Rating: 8.5
Location: 9 (for its close proximity to Shin-Osaka station)
Room: 8 (small but comfortable, with strong wifi connection)
Facilities: – (did not get to use)
Staff: 8 (our host was very responsive throughout)
Breakfast: – (no breakfast provided)
Osaka airbnb – Ranran
602 Studio Shin-Osaka, 1-17-5 Higashinakajima, Higashiyodogawa-ku Osaka-shi, Osaka, 533-0033, Japan
Check out her airbnb page here. I do not get paid for bookings made through this link, and am sharing this out of goodwill. 🙂