Last year, our family took our first ever trip to Osaka, Japan. I’ve been to Japan many times eons ago but it was Irene and Lauren’s first time. We were supposed to book a hotel my mom had stayed in a couple of weeks before us but there were no more rooms left. Not familiar with Osaka and how far things were to place we finally decided on Chisun Inn Hommachi, a hotel a few blocks from Shinsaibashi shopping street that was fairly cheap (avg. price of P3,100/night).
To get to the hotel from Kansia International Airport, take the Nankai Line to Tengachaya station, then change to the Sakaisuji Line and get off at Nagahoribashi station. Get to the street level through Exit 2-B depending on the time of the day (we got there past 11 so it was closed so we had to take Exit 1) and come out on Sakai-suji street. Turn left from the exit and keep walking straight until you see Kohikan coffee shop. Turn left again then walk straight for a couple of small blocks, you’ll see Chisun Inn on your left.
I have to thank my ninja navigating skills for being able to find the hotel without internet connection (my biggest mistake), late at night and in chilly (3 degrees) weather.
Bring your luggage up a few steps and take the elevator to the 2nd floor lobby.
Check-in was pretty quick and the staff could understand basic English. She handed us our keys and we quickly went to our room to rest up for the next day.
Located beside the lobby is the small restaurant that serves breakfast only for an additional fee. We stayed in the hotel for 8 days but never ate there and went out to nearby restaurants for breakfast. There is also a computer station beside it as well as a cell phone charging station, both need payment before using. The hotel offers free wireless internet that is fast so you are much better off browsing on your phone.
The room comes with a double bed which the three of us squeezed in. It is simply decorated but as clean and comfy.
There is a desk that to place your gadgets, bags and what not. They’ve provided a hair dryer and a small tv which we never even opened. There’s a water pot, small refrigerator, and tea and coffee.
There’s a small space to navigate the room after you’ve placed your bags on the side of the table. To open up your bag, I suggest placing it on top of the bed.
The toilet is a prefab unit that is elevated with the pipes located underneath so you’ll need to step up to reach it. Despite the small size, they even managed to cram in a mini tub. Clean towels and toiletries by Shiseido (shampoo, conditioner and body wash) are replenished daily. Water pressure is strong, heater is working perfectly (you’ll be glad in the cold months) and you get to sit on the throne atop a fancy gadget.
Hallways are clean spacious enough for two suitcases to pass. There’s also a vending machine with drinks on the 5th floor.
The laundry room is also located on the same floor if you need to do some washing with coin operated machines. Beside the laundry area is the ice machine.
If you need ironing, there are coin operated boards in front of the elevators.
There’s 4 subway stations almost equidistant to Chisun Inn so getting around Osaka is easy. Leaving the hotel and turning left leads you to Shinsaibaishi, the covered shopping street with a multitude of shops and restaurants while turning right leads you back to Sakai-suji. There’s multiple convenience stores, restaurants and a middle sized supermarket within 5 min walk.
Chisun Inn Hommachi was a nice pick for a budget hotel on the quieter side of downtown Osaka. Rooms are clean, well appointed and cozy. Attractions are all reachable by the subway and you can even walk to Kuromon Ichiba/Market.
So if you are looking for a nice, clean and affordable hotel in Osaka, you might want to shortlist Chisun Inn Hommachi.