Rumor has it you are looking for the absolute best hostels in Osaka, Japan?
You have come to the right place.
We also had our trouble first finding the best place to stay in Osaka – there is so many good-looking accommodations.
However, we have filtered and share here our own best hostels in Osaka we have stayed at – and loved.
Alongside modern architecture and yummy street food, we want to put our hand-picked selection of the 3 best hostels in Osaka on the map.
Design led and with privacy in mind, these awesome Osaka hostels will intrigue solo travellers and couples alike.
We’re so envious you’re off to Japan.
Did you know there are at least 58 awesome hostels in Japan? Check our full guide right away.
We should know – we found them especially for you, dear reader.
- The Dorm Hostel – top pick for female solo travellers
- Home Hostel Osaka – great for backpackers
- Coffee & Music Hostel LnK – one for couples
Osaka is becoming a top Japanese destination and we’re excited to share it with you.
After reading our guide you’ll no longer need to question where to stay in Osaka.
This guide is perfect for YOU, when …
- tired of bad and crappy hostels
- want to avoid the “young party kids”
- happy to spend 1-2€ for a better experience
Camera at the ready, let us take a stroll under the cherry-blossom trees and discover the greatest hostels in Osaka.
Quick Introduction to Osaka
Average price for a bed: Hostels in Osaka cost 9€ – 25€ per night for a bed in a dorm. A private room starts from 40€ up to 100€ per night. This is a rough average just to give you an idea.
Check-In and Check Out: The average check-in time is from 15:00 (3pm), while the Check Out time is before 11:00 (11am). Hostels usually offer luggage storage in case you arrive earlier or leave later. Make sure you check if luggage storage is free or if there is an extra cost.
New to Hostels? Read our full hostel starter guide here. We especially recommend to read:
- how to book hostels (and websites to use)
- 23 items for the hostel packing list
- Are hostels safe? 13 safety tips for hostels
The 3 Best Hostels in Osaka, Japan
Let’s jump right into the boutique hostels in Osaka.
We put all three accommodation on the map, you will find the map at the end of the article.
1. The Dorm Hostel in Osaka
Hold the phone – are you sure this is a hostel?!
Yep, we asked the same question when we first stumbled across The Dorm Hostel in Osaka.
Aside from the obvious name, when you have a look at this place you’ll swear you accidentally walked in to a fancy library with beds.
For sure, the library (offering 2000 books!), is the central masterpiece of this place.
We can’t think of a better space to wind down alone, or get to know someone new over a cup of tea.
If you’re making one, we’d love a green tea – it is free after all!
The staff here have tried their hardest to adapt the western culture of shared living spaces, and it’s really paid off.
Yet at the same time this hostel has also been designed with privacy in mind.
You’ll have to look closely to find the beds.
That’s right: they’re nestled cosily between the bookshelves. Cute!
There are a total of 60 beds divided between female-only and mixed dorms.
Air-conditioners keep the rooms at an ideal temperature, and your little pod space has everything you need.
Smile when you discover:
- Ready-made beds
- A privacy curtain
- Plug, light & shelf
- Wider-than-normal mattresses
- Huge locker that fits a backpack
And the excitement doesn’t stop there, oh no.
Pop to the bathroom and find free toiletries and slippers. There’s even a female-only bathroom on-site!
There’s a kitchen here if you fancy cooking for yourself. Otherwise, check out the surrounding restaurants and bars.
Location: The Dorm Hostel is a 5 minute walk from Nagahoribashi station. This is a central hostel close to famous monuments and the downtown area.
This is one of the best hostels in Osaka for
- Female solo travellers
2. Home Hostel Osaka
Next in line is a modern design hostel where friendly international staff await you.
We’re excited to introduce you to Home Hostel Osaka.
Although modern, this place has a lovely infusion of traditional Japanese to really create that cultural experience.
You can either sleep in a typical hostel dorm, or see how you like sleeping on a tatami floor with futon.
If you opt for a shared room you’ll get:
- Privacy curtain
- Shelf, plug sockets & hangers
- Linen, slippers & towel
- Lots of space
They surely were created with luxury in mind, wouldn’t you agree?
One of the best bits is that the doors are coded, so you needn’t worry about losing a key!
Awesome: alongside female dorms, there are male-only dorms at Home Hostel Osaka.
All of the bathrooms here are shared. They come with complimentary toiletries and are incredibly clean.
There’s also a really cool shared lounge and terrace to hang out in.
It’s this part of the hostel that has a real Japanese feel. After enjoying the floor space you may never want to sit on a chair again.
The kitchenette is handy if you have something to microwave or fancy a cuppa. Otherwise, various restaurants are just 10-minutes away.
Location: From here the Universal Studios Japan is 30-minutes away. All convenience stores and points of interest are 10-minutes by foot.
This is one of the coolest hostels in Osaka for
3. Coffee & Music Hostel LnK
If coffee is included in the hostel name, you know this is going to be good.
At Coffee & Music Hostel LnK you can expect freshly ground drip coffee with your free Japanese breakfast. See you there!
The owner’s passions include music, beer and fresh coffee (that one’s obvious).
So when this hostel was being designed and built from scratch, all of these things were embedded in the hostel soul.
Gorgeous wooden design fills the ground floor bar. It’s homely and a great place to meet people.
Looking for a cosy, quiet hostel without losing out on the social vibe?
LnK has just 4 rooms here, accommodating a total of 15 guests. Awww.
The room choices include:
- 6-bed mixed dorm (2 bunks, 2 single beds)
- 4-bed female dorm (2 bunks)
- Private room (1 bunk)
- Private room (traditional tatami/futon)
Each room comes with air-con, speedy Wi-Fi and ample space for your bags.
If you choose to stay in a shared dorm, your bed will have a privacy curtain and space to hang clothes.
The reception has limited hours, but there is no curfew. The handy passcode means you can enter the hostel any time, day or night.
Thanks to the owner, it’s easy to explore and enjoy a local experience.
He knows a lot about Osaka and is always ready to chat and share his secrets over – you guessed it – a lovely cup of coffee.
Location: Walk for 15-minutes and you’ll reach the Dotonbori area. Other top sights such as the Universal Studios is around half an hour by train.
This is one of the greatest hostels in Osaka for
- Solo travellers
What about cheapest hostels in Osaka?
Of course, there are always cheap hostels.
We think, it’s not worth it to go with the cheapest hostel out there.
The difference is usually 1-2€ ($1-2) per night, and a lot of amenities are not included. This can be breakfast or linen.
However, if you are traveling on a shoe-string budget and you wanna save every penny, there are ways to find the cheapest places in Osaka.
- Open Hostelworld with full list of budget places to stay in Osaka
- Order the listing by price
Simple as that.
Make sure you use then the other filters and rank per price.
Also keep a close eye on the ratings, especially the “extreme ratings”. Meaning, the best and worst. These ratings can give great insight on what to expect.
More Hostels Worth a Mention
Admit it; you’re impressed with our collection of the best hostels in Osaka. Yet it doesn’t stop there!
It was a struggle for us to choose only three. Osaka hostels are outstanding, so we want to show them off.
Here are a couple more stunning hostels to consider.
High quality facilities, beautiful design and friendly staff are to be found at Hostel Yu.
The doors opened in 2018 and it continues to impress each guest that walks in.
Although there are no private rooms here, the pod-style dorms more than make up for it.
They’re way more than just a bed. Have a look at the pictures and you’ll see what we mean.
There’s enough room to swing a cat! (Please don’t try this).
If you travel with your laptop and need to get work done, make use of the little work area. It comes with a window view.
Shops, restaurants and Shinsaibashi Station are all within a 5-minute walk.
For those of you that seek a home-from-home in Japan, look no further than Hana Hostel.
Not only are the mixed dorms luxurious, the social spaces are super cosy.
Private options are mostly traditional Japanese and come in twin, double, triple and quad size.
This really is a great option for all traveller types from solo travellers to families.
Unlike many hostels in Osaka, Hana has a fully-fitted kitchen so you can happily rustle up a meal.
Head downstairs to enjoy the sake bar and chat to the staff. Or chill in one of the two lounges – there are sofas and a TV, how very western!
Dotonburi is less than 10-minutes by foot and is right by Shinsaibashi Station. It’s a super duper location.
Best Hostels in Osaka for Solo Travellers?
What is seriously the best hostel in Osaka for solo-travellers?
Honestly, we believe that every hostel mentioned in this guide is great for solo travellers.
The greatest hostels in Osaka are a mix of private spaces, social vibes and beautiful shared amenities.
Whether you’re a social butterfly or a lone dingo; solo travellers will feel welcome and comfortable in Osaka hostels.
Here’s a quick overview:
- Best hostel for female solo travellers: The Dorm Hostel
- Best hostel for backpackers: Home Hostel Osaka
- Best hostel for social solo travellers: Coffee & Music Hostel LnK
Party Hostels in Osaka
If you’re looking for crazy party hostels that guarantee an all nighter and a hangover, Osaka might not be your destination.
Party hostels in Osaka don’t really exist. At least not in the western sense.
Instead, head to Hana Hostel for a relaxed, social experience.
There is a wonderful sake bar on the ground floor. If you’ve never tried sake, now is your chance!
Thanks to the handy location, it’s possible to head out to a nearby bar if you fancy continuing the fun.
No taxi needed – all the tops spots are within walking distance.
Hana Hostel also happens to have the most luxurious dorms in Osaka so you can sleep soundly after a big night.
How to book?
We recommend using Booking.com or Hostelworld for your reservations.
Hostelworld is the most popular website when it comes to hostel bookings.
Read: step-by-step guide on how to book with Hostelworld
On both platforms your credit card is 100% protected and the booking 100% confirmed.
We included the handy links to each of the recommended hostel. Just click on the hostel name. The link will lead you to check prices and availability.
Here is the overview:
- The Dorm Hostel: Booking.com | Hostelworld
- Home Hostel Osaka: Booking.com | Hostelworld
- Coffee & Music Hostel LnK: Booking.com | Hostelworld
- Hostel Yu: Booking.com | Hostelworld
- Hana Hostel: Booking.com | Hostelworld
We recommend booking your hostel as early as possible!
All of Osaka best hostels are popular; especially in high-season. To make sure you end up in those stylish hostels, secure your room or bed as soon as you have your travel dates fix.
Currently, we have no special hostel discounts in Osaka. I know, it’s a pity. You can subscribe to our newsletter to receive our newest hostel discounts always to your inbox.
You can find all our hostel discounts worldwide here.
All 3 Hostels put on a map + sights
Let us have a look on the map. Below we list all three best Osaka hostels on a map.
Personally, we love to plan our trips with a map having all sights and potential hostels on it. We thought this map will help you with planning your trip too.
We also included the main tourist attractions you’ve to know in this list:
- Osaka Castle
- Tempozan Giant Ferris Wheel
- Nakanoshima Park lawn open space
- Kuromon Ichiba Market
Looking for fun things to do in Osaka? Check these out:
- Soul of Kansai Tour (with snacks!)
- Kyoto and Nara 1 Day Trip
- Hiroshima & Miyajima UNESCO Tour
- Private Tour with a Local Host
A great way to get around is by the Osaka Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing bus.
Flights to Osaka?
We enjoy Kiwi.com to find cheap flights all over Japan including Osaka and Tokyo.
This new website has super cool features like a so-called radius search. Just draw a circle over Asia and find the cheapest rates for the area.
Here is our review of Kiwi.
Alright, this is your answer to where to stay in Osaka.
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We will never recommend you any place we haven’t evaluated or are not convinced by. We only share with you places we also recommend to our best friends and family!
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Your Smart Packing List
It is time to see what you should pack in your backpack or suitcase. Make sure you always pick a quality hostel, it totally reduces the things you need to pack. Here is our ultimate hostel packing list. It features 23 items you should really throw in your backpack.The most important things to pack are:
- eye mask
- key chain flashlight
- the right backpack, the Nomatic (our review of Nomatic here) or Lowe Alpine Lightflite 45 Pack
- packing cubes
- generic padlock (fitting all locker types)
- quick-dry travel towel
- universal power adapter
- travel-sized toiletries