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Osaka hotel’s rates start at just Y1,700 a night

By Casey Baseel, SoraNews24

For many travelers, all they’re really looking for in a hotel is a place to sleep. Sure, luxury amenities might sound nice, but if you’re spending your days sightseeing and your nights sampling the local dining and nightlife options, you’re going to be asleep for most of the time you’re in the hotel, and all those unused facilities and fancy furnishings are just adding to your bill.

The problem, though, is that less expensive hotels are often stuck in out-of-the-way neighborhoods, and with nothing interesting to see you might end up spending more time in your bare-bones hotel room than you’d imagined. But that’s not a problem with Wasabi Osaka, a capsule hotel that’s located right in the heart of Osaka’s entertainment district, but with rates as low as 1,700 yen a night. Even when we stopped by on a Saturday night, we paid just 2,500 yen.

Wasabi is just a five-minute walk from Namba Station, providing immediate access to the restaurants, pubs, bars, and shops of Namba, Osaka’s most lively neighborhood and a must-visit for any trip to the city.

▼ The hotel has an English website where reservations can be made, and the wasabi-colored sign makes the hotel easy to spot.



Head up to the second-floor common area, and you might at first think you’ve stumbled into a bookstore by mistake, since Wasabi has a collection of 5,000 books from around the world for guests to peruse at their leisure. There’s also free Wi-Fi, if you’ve got important stuff to read online.


In addition, Wasabi provides complimentary soft drinks, both hot and cold, and miso soup.



Guests can check in anytime between 3 p.m. and midnight (check-ins after midnight carry an additional 500-yen fee). However, you’re given free in-and-out privileges, so the smart thing to do is to come early to secure a sleeping space, then head out to explore the city.

As with all capsule hotels, sleeping spaces are cozily proportioned, but that doesn’t mean that Wasabi cheaped out on the bedding. The futons are from Nishikawa Sangyo, a respected Tokyo-based company whose roots go back all the way to the year 1566.


While many capsule hotels only accept male guests, Wasabi also welcomes female travelers, who’re given their own secure sleeping floor.


The shower area is remarkably clean, with soap and combination shampoo/conditioner provided. Towels can be rented for 200 yen, assuming you didn’t pick one up beforehand at the 100-yen store.



If Wasabi’s low rates have you thinking you might be staying in Osaka long enough to use up all your clean clothes, there’s an on-site laundry area.

Breakfast is offered for 450 yen, with options such as rice balls, pancakes, and ham and eggs. You will have to order it the night before, though. Alternatively, this being Namba, there’s no shortage of inexpensive cafes and places to pick up food within easy walking distance of the hotel.


With rates that are less expensive than a moderately fancy sushi dinner, Wasabi Osaka makes staying for a few nights in Osaka an extremely affordable travel plan.

Hotel information

Wasabi Osaka / わさび大阪

Address: Osaka-fu, Osaka-shi, Chuo-ku, Sennichimae 2-9-7



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looks interesting, reminds me of my backpacker days.

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Looks good but... I will never stay at a capsule hotel again. Once was enough. I'd rather pay a little extra to have a normal room.

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That beats every AirBnB in the city ,

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In Osaka, Shin Amamiya's area is actually cheaper. Starting at 1000 yen a night!

Sure enough, no luxury expected. Hotels in the area are used by homeless people from the area when they want to sleep under a roof.

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Now that the Tokyo Olympic Games is approaching, I realize that there are more accommodation facilities that can spend good time at cheap rates. The capsule hotel I stayed at was also wonderful. It is 2500 yen and you can enter the hot springs and sauna freely. Furthermore, cartoons are all you can read. Such a facility will heighten the motivation for tourism to Japan. It is a good thing.

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I was attracted to the title of this article. The Osaka hotel is only 1,700 yen a night, very favorable price, and it is still in the convenient area. I was attracted by the design of the hotel. I like reading books and I like quiet environment. This hotel is not only beautiful in environment, but also has a unique interior design, and can also use free wireless Internet. If I have the chance, I would like to feel the different city customs of Osaka with my friends.

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