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Recommended hostels in Japan

Hokkaido

[Hakodate yama Guesthouse] Hostel looks down the sea and the night view.
[Ino’s place] In Sapporo, they offer reasonable rates and a clean and cozy atmosphere.
[Jimmyz backpackers] Remodeled old Japanese house, the small homely hostel.

Tohoku area

[Yadoyahagi] The first guest house in Sendai city, Aomori prefecture.

Tokyo

[Guesthouse Shinagawa-shuku]Near Shinkansen Shinagawa station Tatami style rooms
[Toco.] Tokyo Heritage Hostel. Newly open at Ueno in October 2010.
[Sakura Hotel]Reasonable rated hotels located at the heart of Tokyo.
[Sawanoya inn]Popular Japanese inn among travellers
[Sakura Hostel Jinbo-cho]Located in Asakusa, the center of Shitamachi
[Hotel New Koyo] Cheap Economy Hotel in Sanya district.
[Andon Ryokan] Japanese style inn, desiners Ryokan in Asakusa
[Tokyo Guesthouse] The cheapest accommodation near Yamanote loop JR line in Tokyo.

Kanto area

[Yokohama Hostel Village] Just minutes away from all of the famous spots in Yokohama.
[Kamakura Guest house] A traditional private house of wooden building in Kamakura. 
[Sumica] 20 minutes by walk to the world heritage shrines and temples of Nikko.

Tokai Area 

[Nagoya Otohaya besso] Okinawa style guesthouse near Nagoya station.
[Hostel Ann] Cheap and good location hostel for backpackers in Nagoya, Aichi.
[Guest house Pongyi]  Homey hostel in Kanazawa for short-stay budget travelers.
[Guesthouse Kuboshuku] Old house in the beautiful countryside in Nirasaki, Yamanashi.
[J-Hoppers Hida Takayama] Backpackers hostel/ guesthouse in Hida Takayama, Gifu.
[Ryokan Marumo] Nice homey and reasonable Ryokan near Matsumoto castle, Nagano.
[1166 Backpackers] Located only 3 min. walk from Zenkoji, Nagano city.
[Sunny Side Hut] Young family-run pension in Hakuba, Nagano. Great place for skiing. 
[Obuse Youth Hostel] Comfortable, Clean and friendly pension in Obuse town, Nagano.

OSAKA

[Osaka Guesthouse U-en] Welcome to our Guesthousel! Yokoso!
[TEN HOSTEL OSAKA] Our new guesthouse near Osaka station, Umeda station.
[HOSTEL 64 Osaka] Boutique hostel in Osaka,Japan neo-retro and designed hostel
[Hotel Taiyo] Budget bussiness hotelin Shin Imamiya, near Namba, Minami.
[Hotel Toyo] All private rooms, very cheap hotel in Shin Imamiya.
[J-Hoppers Osaka Central] Backpackers hostel / guesthouse in Osaka
[Youth hostels in Osaka] suitable for groups, families, school trips.
[Guest House Rainbow] Accommodation for the long-term stay.

KYOTO

[Guest House WARAKU-AN] Machiya guest house in Kyoto. Stay as if you live in Kyoto.
[Rakuza] Japanese style guest house, cheap hostel in Kyoto, Gion.
[Kazariya] Traditional Japanese style cheap hostel in Gojo, Kyoto. Popular among girls.
[Kingyoya guest house] Renovated the old traditional Japanese house Ryokan in Nishijin.
[J-hoppers Kyoto] Backpackers hostel / guesthouse in Kyoto near Kyoto station.
[Kyoto Hana Hostel] Hostel in Kyoto for travelers located near Kyoto station.
[Gojo Guesthouse] Japanese style hostel with a cafe near famouse spot Kiyomizu Temple.
[Uronza] Traditional Kyoto-style house with Kyo-machiya (Kyoto style town house).
[Kyoto Tomato Hostel] Located near the Kyoto station. No need to take a bus.
[Tarocafe inn] This Guest House is the nearest to Kyoto Station!!
[Gekkoso Kyoto] Okinawan style popular guesthouse.
[K’s House K
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 A backpackers hostel with dorm rooms, private rooms.
[Guesthouse Nagomi] Cheap guest house with comfort in Kyoto.

Kansai Area (NARA,KOBE,WAKAYAMA)

[Guesthouse Yougendo] A High-standard Budget accommodation in Nara
[Nara Ugaya guesthouse] Close to JR or Kintetsu line Nara station.
[NaraYuzan guesthouse] 80-year-old japanese style house in Nara. Near Nara station.
[KOBE SANNOMIYA R2 HOSTEL ] Located just 5 minutes walk from Sannomiya Station.
[Buddha Guesthouse] Homey home style guest house in Tanabe, Wakayama.
[Tentsuku Guesthouse] New guesthouse in Kii Tanabe town in Wakayama prefecture.
[Blue Sky Guesthouse] B&B (Minsyuku) at Traditional Kumano Hongu, Wakayama.

Hiroshima/Shikoku 

[J-Hopper’s Hiroshima] Backpackers hostel / guesthouse in Hiroshima
[Hiroshima Hana Hostel] The grown-up hostel in Hiroshima for all types of travellers.
[Reino inn Hiroshima peace park] great location to visit the two world heritage sites.
[Backpackers Miyajima] Only 1 minutes to Miyajima ferry terminal.
[Fujiya Guest House] Located in Dogo Onsen, Ehime prefecture.
[KU-NEL-ASOB] Nice relaxing in and exploring beautiful Oboke, Iya in Tokushima.

Kyusyu/Okinawa 

[Guesthosue Kaine] Renovated traditional old house with the Hakata-style hospitality. 
[Khaosan Fukuoka] Fukuoka’s biggest, friendliest and cheapest Guest House Hostel. 
[Tabicolle Backpackers] Walking distance from the JR Hakata station. Friendly staff.
[Beppu Guesthouse] 3 minutes walking distance from Beppu Station
[Chinryu-An] Nice, homey lodge in Yakushima, Kagoshima. Suitable for longer stay.
[BASE OKINAWA] Budget guest house hostel only 1000yen for dormitory room!
[Gekkoso Okinawa] Popular guest house among young tourist from all over Japan.

1月 30th, 2011 | 未分類 | posted by guesthouse_u-en _staff

Travel information–where to go, what to do


Recommended cafe and shops
[graf]Representing Osaka designers group. Shop, restaurant, showrooms.
[Truck furniture]Popular furniture show room with a restaurant in Osaka.
[D&DEPARTMENT]Shop with design, selected items, MUJI recycled items in Nanba.
[Misono building]You can’t miss small unique bars on the 2nd floor. Take the side stairs. 
[Casual restaurant OUI]Waterfront Italian cafe with the retro view of City Public Hall 

Tramway in the cities of Osaka and Sakai CLICK
[Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine]Guardian deity for sailors and prosperity. 
[Hamadera Koen area in Sakai city]There are many historic sites in Sakai city.

Spend time out in nature 
[Utsubo park]Located in west Honmachi, this is a beautiful park with roses.
[Ofune Kamome]Take a boat cruise in Osaka! Just like a house floating on the river. 
[Namba parks]Landscape architecture in Namba. Garden on the loof is beautiful.
[Tsurumi ryokuchi park]Flea market is often held in weekends.

Go to flea market or market Garage sale info (in Japanese only)
[Osaka Marche]An open-air market in an urban park. Farmers market. 
[Shitennoji]Don’t miss an antique market held on 21st every month!
[cosmo square]Near Osaka Nanko, ATC, Cosmo tower.
[Expo park]Large weekend market are often held at “Banpaku kinen kōen”. 

Looking for something to do in Osaka? 
[Film/Cinema]Film lists and Cinema lists in Kansai. You can check Now showing movies. 
[live music information]Find live event in Osaka for this month.
[Festivals in Kansai]Big festivals, local festivals (Matsuri) in Osaka.
[Art Exhibitions]Listings of art exhibitions being held in Osaka, Kyoto, Kobe, Nara.
[Party events]Make cool friends at party! International party held every weekend.

Great spot for wandering
[Garbage disposal plant]Designed by a famous Austrian artist, Mr.Hundertwasser.
[Open-Air Museum of Old Japanese Farm Houses]Located in Hattori Ryokuchi park.
[Osaka Mari Time Museum]Interesting against all expectations!

Convenient Tool
[Train Route Finder]Train timetable and Route Search in English and Chinese
[Japan-guide.com]Everything about modern and traditional Japan.
[Kansai Scene] Kansai’s best bilingual free magazine-online.
[Seek Japan]English-language magazine especialy for people living in Japan.
[JNTO] Japanese government site providing information for visitors to Japan.



1月 30th, 2011 | 未分類 | posted by guesthouse_u-en _staff

Travel information–Staff special


+Let’s take a walk in Nakanoshima area  
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Beginning your walk at Nakanoshima Park and strolling westward to explore the area along Mido-Suji Avenue and Sakai-Suji Avenue, you will discover many elegant Neo-Renaissance structures and classic old buildings. Let’s have a picnic lunch at Nakanoshima waterfront Park which is an urban oasis for Osaka people.
Enjoy Riverside lunch or dinner, along with refreshing breezes from the Tosabori River. Highly recommended!  

Cafes at Kitahama Terrace / Nakanoshima area map 

+Slip back in time to Showa-era  
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Shin-Sekai, which means “New world”, is one of Osaka’s most interesting neighborhoods. This area has remained largely untouched over the year. There are Japanese-style pubs and cheap cafeteria-like restaurants with highly unique menus. Popular ballad Enka songs which depict the emotions and experience of everyday Japanese people, and performance for the masses from old days are still powerful in this town.

+One day vacation with The Tower of the Sun 
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It is one of Okamoto Taro’s works that was designed as a symbol to represent the Japan World Exposition ’70. Within the park you can enjoy a variety of beauty that nature has to offer during each of the four seasons at “The Japanese Garden” or “The Natural and Cultural Gardens”, or learn about the different cultures from around the world at “The National Museum of Ethnology”. You can surely spend an exciting fun-filled day here. 

 

1月 30th, 2011 | 未分類 | posted by guesthouse_u-en _staff

★目的別★おすすめの場所

■ディープな大阪を見たいなら
[新世界]ディープと言えばここ。演歌が好きになります。 ジャンジャン横丁の地図はこちら。
[天神橋筋商店街]商店街を東にそれた天満市場のあたりがおすすめ。夜が特におもしろい。
[鶴橋周辺のコリアタウン]韓国さながらの市場。桃谷へと続く日本最大のコリアンタウン。
[味園]昭和なキャバレーも健在だが、2階に元スナックのバーが並び独特の雰囲気を持つ。

■アートな大阪を堪能
[graf]大阪を代表するデザイナー集団グラフ。ショップ、ショールーム、レストランを運営。
[大阪農林会館]レトロ建築の中におしゃれなお店やレストランが入居。旧三菱商事大阪支店。
[D&DEPARTMENT ]デザインセレクトショップ。カフェしながらビルまるごと楽しめます。
[立花通り]通称オレンジストリート。家具の街として知られる、大阪一おしゃれなまち。
[国立国際美術館]中之島にある完全地下型の日本初の美術館。隣は 大阪市立科学館。
[舞洲ごみ処理工場]あのフンデルトヴァッサー作のメルヘンな建物はなんとゴミ処理場!

■大阪唯一の路面電車「阪堺電車」に乗ってみる
[今宮戎神社]商売繁盛の神様”えべっさん”をまつる神社。毎年1月には「十日戎」が開かれる。
[住吉大社]全国の住吉神社の総本宮。若者の結婚式会場としても人気
[南海電鉄・浜寺公園駅]明治時代のレトロな洋風木造駅舎。諏訪ノ森駅と共に登録有形文化財
[浜寺諏訪森エリア]数寄屋造りの豪邸が並ぶ高級住宅街。屋敷を使った商業施設”遊”もぜひ。 

■アウトドアでゆっくりしたい
[中之島公園]ロマンティックな中央公会堂、中之島図書館などのそばにある川沿いの公園。
[万国博記念公園]岡本太郎作の太陽の塔がそびえる、1970年の大阪万博記念公園
[靭公園]“うつぼ”と読みます。それぞれが思い思いに過ごす都会のオアシス。バラが美しい。
[御舟かもめ]川に浮かぶ小さな家。川の街・大阪を堪能できます。本当に気持ちいいですよ。
[なんばパークス]都会のど真ん中にあって花や緑が豊かな屋上公園がグッド。シネコンも。
[大阪城公園]大阪城野外音楽堂や大阪城ホールも抱える大きな市民公園
[難波宮跡公園]宮殿の跡地。歴史博物館が隣接。由苑のすぐ近くです。

■せっかくなのでフリーマーケットなどイベントをのぞきたい  ★ガレージセール情報サイト
[大阪マルシェ・ほんまもん]人情市場。中之島公園、靭公園などで開催。
[四天王寺]毎月21日に開かれる骨董市(アンティークマーケット)が有名
[スモスクエア駅前広場]大阪湾にそびえる国際的な複合施設「コスモタワー」の近く
[花博記念公園鶴見緑地]広大な敷地の公園は花の万博の会場跡。
[万国博記念公園]太陽の塔の裏の広場でフリーマーケットが開催される。
[湊町リバープレイス]ライブハウス「な

1月 30th, 2011 | 未分類 | posted by guesthouse_u-en _staff

スタッフおすすめの大阪観光ルート

■レトロな近代建築と川辺の散歩 
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かつて「大大阪」「東洋のマンチェスター」と呼ばれた大阪市内には、銀行や事務所建築などを中心にヨーロッパの影響を受けた近代建築が 多く残っています。レトロな建築をゆっくりまわりながら、美しい中之島公園で憩いのひとときを。
おすすめURL ココドコ百景 

新世界 

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コテコテの大阪を見たいなら、通天閣を中心とした新世界にぜひやってきてください。 名物の串かつを食べながら演歌を聴き、下町情緒あふれる地元の人々にまぎれ込むと、きっと時代の錯覚を楽しめることでしょう。
他のまちにはない「におい」を必ず感じられます。 

太陽の塔と過ごす休日 
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そのクビレ、しなやかさ、そしていつ何時も変わらぬおおらかさで見守ってくれるそのお姿に、とりこになるでしょう。 日本万国博覧会(EXPO’70・大阪万博)の会場に、芸術家の岡本太郎が制作した芸術作品。万博記念公園の中にあります。日曜日には塔の下で大規模フリーマーケットが行われます。
ついつい長居してしまう国立民族学博物館(みんぱく)も必見。 

 

1月 30th, 2011 | 未分類 | posted by guesthouse_u-en _staff

大阪天満宮に初詣る

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ゲストハウスてんから徒歩5分のところには、学問の神様で有名な『大阪天満宮』があります。
日々勉強の僕らにとっても参らないわけにはいきません。

初作業を終え、皆で参って来ました。
穴の開いた小銭に想いを託し、手を合わせます。
願うことよりも決意表明をすることが大事。

『ゲストハウスてんが無事にオープンできるよう頑張るので見ていて下さい!』

無事にオープンできたら、またお礼を言いにこよう。

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末吉をひいて喜ぶもっちりん。欲の無い娘よ。
 

1月 5th, 2011 | 未分類 | posted by guesthouse_u-en _staff

THEサボり隊


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うすめ液がなくなったので、現場監督さかぐっつ先生が買いに行ってくれました。
その間に僕達はすかさずサボります。だって、寒いんやもん。

こんな日は熱燗に限ります。
コンビニでワンカップを温めてもらいました。美味し~~♪♪

呑み散らかした空き瓶を見て、さかぐっつ先生にバレたのは言うまでもないです。

1月 5th, 2011 | 未分類 | posted by guesthouse_u-en _staff

年明け一発目チーム

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年が明けました。皆様あけましておめでとうございます。
年明け一発目の助っ人は、スケちゃんともっちりん!
今日は5人で頑張ります。
チーム感を出すため、元テナントさんにあった作業着で揃えてみます。

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やさぐれ感を出すために、あえて錆び止めを塗りません。
必要ないのに、なぜか塗り方も皆やさぐれています。
いや、気分が大事だからね。。

1月 5th, 2011 | 未分類 | posted by guesthouse_u-en _staff