Hiro's Guest House

Hiro's Guest House

4-9-7 Momodani, Ikuno-ku, Osaka 544-0034 Osaka Prefecture
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4-9-7 Momodani, Ikuno-ku, Osaka 544-0034 Osaka Prefecture
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SAM wrote a review Sep 2020
Canada
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Hiro’s Guesthouse is located an eventful 15-minute walk from Tsuruhashi Station, an eastern hub on the JR Osaka Loop line. Subway lines also depart from here, and Namba, a key shopping and entertainment area, is only 3 stops away. Another connecting train line heads towards the former ancient capital of Nara and can be reached in 30 minutes. Osaka Castle is a 20-minute walk or two stops by train.

Hiro’s Guesthouse is in the middle of Osaka’s Koreatown, a popular street with locals and visitors for food and gifts. There are many affordable restaurants and shops that line the lanterned street. If you ever need a kimchi fix this is the place. Hiro has a blackboard outside that says you can bring in outside food but to please buy a drink from him. That’s more than fair. Hiro, the man, is a friendly host, nearly fluent in English, and possesses a wealth of information about the area.

The ground floor of Hiro’s Guesthouse is where you can drink and eat at round tables in a relaxed atmosphere. Good music plays at a volume that is comfortable to talk. The interior space is composed of dark brick and coloured glass and directly faces the street which is great for people-watching. The second and third floors have dormitory beds and clean toilets. There’s a private tatami room too. Showers have great water pressure. Enjoy your stay!
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Date of stay: August 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
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4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Tony Dang wrote a review Feb 2023
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Hiro's Guesthouse is about a 15-minute walk from the Tsuruhashi Station or Momodani Station but not a lot of cars are moving about so the roads are pretty open. Hiro's place is in the middle of Osaka's K-Town so it's always lively outside but not obnoxiously loud; probably good for people watching. As for the guestroom, it's on the second floor with ample amount of space between the beds and a couch to watch Japanese local tv on. It felt nice to not be so cramped like in the hostels I've been in. There's a fridge under the stairs that are also for guests to use.

The highlight of this stay is just hanging out with everyone downstairs to the point where I would make plans in the Namba area but would stay with them until closing time drinking beers and eating the light menu options they have - which are delicious! Hiro has a lot of life experience and always has interesting perspectives. They'll also look out for you and recommend you places to go if you're unsure of what to do. I felt really cared for, and it felt like I was at home. I plan to stay here again next time for sure.
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Date of stay: February 2023
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
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Venture51984016377 wrote a review Apr 2023
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Hiro is a very kind and welcoming host who will help you to make the most of your stay in Osaka. Since he knows the city very well it's always worth it to ask him for recommodations and advice. Being located in Korea Town, the guesthouse is the perfect base to explore the city. We've had a wonderful time, thank you!
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Date of stay: March 2023
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Jared L wrote a review Mar 2023
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Hiro is the best host a traveller could ask for. I can recommend his comfortable and welcoming guest house to any and everyone who plans to visit Osaka.

Whether you’re in need of some english-language guidance (like myself). or confident with Japanese and simply want some tips on local sights and colour, Hiro has you totally covered. And it’s a joy to sit-in and chat away in the first floor shared space.

In my case, he went out of his way to provide help ordering meals in adjacent Korea town, and even help planning the next leg of my trip and booking the next accomodation.

Truly a hero! Thank you Hiro’s Guest House!
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Date of stay: March 2023Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Blayne wrote a review Jun 2015
Sydney, Australia
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Me and my mate Travis stayed in Osaka at Hiro's guest house for about a week and we have to say the experience was amazing! Hiro was so helpful, kind and considerate. We are definitely coming back to Osaka and staying with Hiro again! If you read this Hiro sorry for us taking such a long time to post this! Regards Blayne
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Date of stay: March 2015
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Traveled with friends
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OhThereSheGoes wrote a review Jun 2015
Australia
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Room: We spent four nights here and had the whole place to ourselves for three nights. We stayed in the private tatami room which was spacious and got a lot of natural light in the daytime. The shared areas were clean.

Service: As we were the only guests, we only saw Hiro, the owner once, but he often left us notes or was available by email if we needed him. His friend Brandon was also on hand every now and again to give us tips. Both of them were very helpful and organised for a suitcase of ours to be sent to Kyoto.

Location: Walking distance from two stations (about 10-15 min walks.) Walkable with luggage.

We arrived close to 9pm on a Friday night (thanks for waiting for us!) and expected Tsuruhashi to be a hive of activity but everything was pretty much shut. The majority of things open in the day time and tend to shut at ~5pmish. This wasn't an issue for us, but meant that we did tend to visit other areas for dinner as we wanted to be somewhere more lively. Staying here was a great chance to try some Korean food for breakfast/lunch though!
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Date of stay: May 2015
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
3.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Darin K wrote a review Jan 2015
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Found Hiro's via websearch, found it and totally amazed by the info Hiro had, he provided tons of info and was very helpful. place was clean and priced right. felt safe and able to come and go. place to eat and see. My son and i were made comfortable and the evening company from Hiro and other guests was welcoming and enjoyable.
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Date of stay: December 2014
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Traveled with family
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KeithLacap wrote a review Jan 2015
Makati, Philippines
4.0 of 5 bubbles
I would say this is probably one of the best experiences I had in a hostel. Hiro (the owner) is very accommodating and friendly. He even let me use his mobile for a local call (thanks Hiro). Everything is great from the bed to the sheets and the bathroom. I was curious with all the buttons. It was my first time to experience an electronic toilet bowl! It's a bit of a walk from the train station. Just look for Koreatown. You wont get lost. Bath towels can be rented and bath gel and shampoo are all provided. The room is very spacious. Has a common area on the second floor and ground floor. I like how the curtains segregated the room into 3. I stayed on the 2nd floor btw. Room rate is standard 2k yen per person. Would definitely come back and stay here on my next visit.
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Date of stay: December 2014
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
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Trip type: Traveled with friends
Room Tip: The bathroom is at the 2nd floor so probably best to stay here for easy access.
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maricris1224 wrote a review Jan 2015
Manila, Philippines
4.0 of 5 bubbles
I have to say, If there is one special thing about this hostel that stands out among the rest, it is definitely (effects: drum roll) Hiro.
- He is very, very considerate, hospitable and accomodating. He will really go out of his way to help you out, i have to say beyond what is expected of an inn keeper.
- in his hostel, you can find a map of the korea town neighborhood that has the mapped restaurants (incl store hours), bathhouses and his recommended food to order - so it is easy to go around the area

If there is one critic, it would have to be its location. Although, the direction as what he posted in his website is very helpful, it is not near Tsuruhashi station as what it may have seem. If you have big luggage, or you are tired from touring around, it is quite cumbersome to have that walk to reach his place. If you dont mind the 15 min walk (20-35 min for me), then I say this is a good place to make your home base as you tour around Kansai.
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Date of stay: December 2014Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Markus8888 wrote a review Sep 2014
Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Having stayed at Hiro's Guest House many times and then moved across the road to live in an apartment overlooking Hiro's, I consider myself somewhat of an expert on the place and Koreatown.
Osaka is known as the 'Kitchen of Japan' for a good reason. Walking around the city, through the alleys and up and over each of the soft rolling hills that characterise this diverse part of Japan, the visitor is caressed by cooking smells that will bring even the most hardened weight-watchers disciple to their knees. At the heart of the vast cooking pot that is Osaka, is Koreatown, and in the centre of the bustling stalls, manned by fast-talking grandmothers who seem like they just stepped off the boat from Jeju Island yesterday, is Hiro's Guest House.
Standing as a beacon of salvation for weary travellers in need of a bed and/or a cold Asahi, Hiro's Guest house is the hub of Tsuruhashi, an area that has become famous for its eclectic range of delicious Japanese, Korean and even Chinese foods. I could spend more time talking about what is widely recognised as the best Okonomiyaki restaurant in Osaka, or the mouth watering slabs of pork and beef sold at the Korean BBQ joint metres from Hiro's place, or even the evenings sitting outside Hiro's Guest house, imbibing far to much beer and Chuhai with the locals who are always keen for a chat, even if your Japanese doesn't stretch past "Two beers and a circumcised chicken please." But the main reason to go to Hiro's Guest house, as those of you who have already taken a glance at the other reviews will notice, is the man himself - Hiro.
Yes, the man works like an ant (that's good, they work hard), maintaining the bunk rooms and the more private single rooms; keeping everything spotless, waiting up for guests coming in late; hosting the now famous squid ball parties and just generally making sure everyone has a good time. But it's more than that. It's about the lengths Hiro goes to to ensure that you know where the best food is, where the coldest beer is (usually in his fridge, i can attest to that) and how do see as much of Osaka as you can before you head to Tokyo (and then regret it). Ask him anything and he will go out of his way to make sure you are in the know. Buy food from one of the local stalls and bring it back to eat in his cafe - no problems.
Hiro's philosophy of 'take it easy' makes him seem more like a Hawaiian surfer than a Japanese business owner, but this is what gives his guesthouse that distinct feel and why people enjoy their stay there and come back.
So, to conclude, Osaka is awesome, Osakan food is awesome and it's best served with a hearty side of Hiro's local knowledge, oh, and one of those giant Asahi's from his beer fridge. Take it from someone who knows! Cheers.
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Date of stay: July 2014
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
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Trip type: Traveled solo
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Answer from HirosGuestHouse
Osaka, Japan
Hello,Simon. Yes, we are available for those nights. Please send an email to us after checking our website. There are two type of rooms in us, one is a bed in dormitory room and the other is the private Tatami room. Please let us know which type of room you'd prefer, also if you have a question please feel free to ask it. Thank you. Hiro.
Answer from HirosGuestHouse
Osaka, Japan
Hello,thank you very much for your message. There are available beds in dorm and also the private Tatami room is available for those 4 nights from the 28th of August. But about your booking please open our website and please send your booking mail to our gmail address. We will reply to you as soon as possible with more info,thanks. 8/28에서 4 박 가능합니다. 예약은 HP에 들어가고 가게 Gmail에 예약 메일을 보내 주시기 바랍니다. 바로 회신합니다. 문의 해 주셔서 감사합니다. Hiro.
Answer from HirosGuestHouse
Osaka, Japan
Hello! We are very sorry for late reply. We already sent a reply to your email about your booking. Please check it and I hope you will send back to us another confirmation mail. Thank you very much! Hiro.
Answer from HirosGuestHouse
Osaka, Japan
Hello! Mildred A! Thank you for your interest in staying at Hiro’s Guest House. I am sorry for my late reply. There are available beds in dormitory now for those nights,3pax from aug11-16 and another 2pax from aug12-16,2015. The price for a bed in dorm is 2500yen/night/person. So the total for 3pax from aug11-16 5nights is 2500yen×5nights×3people=37500yen. Also the total for 2pax from aug12-16 4 nights is 2500yen×4nights×2people=20000yen About payment, please pay in cash in one time when you check in. (We do not take credit cards.) Please check our HP first, for pics of rooms and more info about us, and if you decide to chose us please send another mail to us to make your booking. And in that confirmation mail for your booking, if it's possible please let us know your approximate check in time. (Our check in time is PM2~PM9, if you arrive early you can leave your luggage in our cafe area.) Once you check in, we will let you know how to open the entrance by using pin number, there is no curfew, so please come to us once in between those hours. Please google Hiro's Guest House and please send your confirmation mail to our Gmail account, thanks! Please feel free to contact us should you have any questions or requests. Thanks and Kind Regards. Hiro Hiro’s Guest House Japan (06) 7897-6608 Intl +81-90-6676-7397
Wes Wesson wrote a tip Mar 2019
1 contribution1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Rent the tatami room for a private home away from home."
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berg757 wrote a tip Jun 2017
Melbourne, Australia1 contribution1 helpful vote
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"tatami room"
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Tony C wrote a tip Feb 2016
Hong Kong, China111 contributions43 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Definitely go to the ramen place Hiro recommends, it's a bit of a walk but really good!!"
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TheSunnyGC wrote a tip Sep 2015
Gold Coast, Australia15 contributions9 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"We stayed in a private room on the 3rd floor. Futon was super comfortable."
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Yoshi-at-Ryukyu wrote a tip Aug 2015
Ryukyu3 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"You should consult Mr. Hiro and don't forget the entry pass number."
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Frequently Asked Questions about Hiro's Guest House
Which popular attractions are close to Hiro's Guest House?
Nearby attractions include Ikuno Korea Town (0.2 miles), Miyukimori Tenjingu Shrine (0.2 miles), and Yae Shrine (0.3 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Hiro's Guest House?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a lounge, and laundry service.
What food & drink options are available at Hiro's Guest House?
Guests can enjoy a lounge during their stay.
What are some restaurants close to Hiro's Guest House?
Conveniently located restaurants include Manmasa, Arai, and Cafe Garcons.
Are there any historical sites close to Hiro's Guest House?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine (4.2 miles), Osaka Castle (2.0 miles), and Osaka City Central Hall (3.0 miles).