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Reviewed May 10, 2016 via mobile

We arrived late at night and were greeted by the friendly lady who runs the lodge with another elderly gentleman. The room was very small for 3 with one set of bunk beds and a roll up mattress over a desk. There were no changeable sheets we could see and my friends bed sheet was visibly dirty. 2 of us woke up with insect bite marks on our back but there were no mosquitoes in there so not sure what bit us. The room was incredibly stuffy and hot but the cooler didn't work and we couldn't open the window.

Overall if you're looking for a very cheap option for 1 night near Osaka airport it could be considered but for anything else should be avoided

Date of stay: May 2016
Trip type: Traveled with friends
Thank jonnyhack13
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Reviewed April 9, 2016 via mobile

I booked the twin room with my husband and the room is totally okay. The room is small (well, it is cheap), but at least I still have a place to pray so it is not a problem. The linen and blanket look old, but clean. They have western style toilet and the bathroom on the 4th floor is clean. The owner is friendly, a typical of Japanese grandpa. To go to Kansai Airport you need to walk for 10 minutes to Ihara Station and take 13 minutes train ride. I recommend this lodge for low budget traveler who need cheap accommodation before going to airport on early morning.

Date of stay: April 2016
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Thank dwindanaf
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Reviewed March 25, 2016 via mobile

After realising that the room we had booked the night before departing Osaka was at Osaka and not Kansai (oh no!), we ended up booking the cheapest accommodation we could find near to the Kansai airport - was this place.

Saw that it was rated between 1.5 and 2 stars, depending on the site, so had a fair idea of what to expect.

Suffice to say that the triple non-smoking room that we had secured was top and bottom single bunks with the third bed on a sort of desk area. Mostly clean and with some electric blankets was really the only redeeming feature along with proximity to the train station.

Bathroom was shared. No hot water to bathroom and has an industrial sink arrangement. Not great.

Managed to dodge the kimono conversation bullet thanks to a post on Trip Advisor.

Would recommend if you find yourself in a similar situation; otherwise, give it a miss.

Date of stay: March 2016
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
1  Thank GymJunkie66
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Reviewed January 18, 2016

Lodge Tyojirou was booked for us by a relative in Japan because he only looked at the cost online of an overnight stay per person (¥2,600 / a little over USD 22.00 per person per night OR ¥7,800 / approx. USD 67.00 per night for 3 persons in one room), and it was near where he lived.

We arrived at half 9 in the evening. Immediately, the owner of the house spoke to us about wanting to take a picture of us sometime during our stay wearing kimonos from his collection. He had poster-sized photos of past clients on the walls. His talk lasted for 40 minutes. This was when our luggages were crammed in the lobby!

We were initially appointed in a very tiny room that has a bunk, and a makeshift platform for a 3rd bed. It had a study desk crammed in the middle of the room. It was so tight, it smelled old, and the platform did not look at all comfortable.

We asked to be transferred to other rooms, as the room was unacceptable considering what we were paying for! We were transferred, but had to add ¥1,800 per night! We tried to cancel the succeeding days, but the owner said that he has already charged our card!

All rooms are on the 2nd and 3rd floors. Each room had an electrical meter outside its doors. Furniture pieces are VERY old...and very dormitory type. Each room had a full wall of empty shelves and closets, a Japanese doll/figure in a glass case, a tv with a coin bank (so you put in a coin if you want to use it), and electric blankets (we stayed during winter). You will bathe in a shared shower room. Bidet function in toilets do not work. Wi-Fi works only downstairs, if you sit beside the old-style modem...and only for 30mins. at a time, max. 8 connections per day. The entire ryokan smelled of kerosene.

You have to pay for VERY thin and smelly towels, if you did not bring one with you. You cannot borrow a glass/mug nor ask for water should you need a drink! Bringing of food is also not allowed!

The experience felt like a B-movie!!! Like "The Shining" or "Hostel"...or some weird movie like that.

A great place to recommend to / book your least favourite people! NEVER EVER EVER AGAIN!!! We should have just paid the shortfall of ¥2,200 for a proper business hotel.

Room tip: If you don't have a choice, ask for the rooms by the roadside. You can open the windows at night and get fresh air in.
Date of stay: December 2015
  • Trip type: Traveled with family
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Thank MacSwinny
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Reviewed January 17, 2016

As for not being the cheapest place to stay, I would say this place most certainly is not worth the money. The staff was very kind, but our room had not been cleaner properly since the last people left, as their hairs were still all over the beds. The toilets were very dirty and smelled horribly, and even the slippers we were given had mold inside them. The location is very poor, as the only way to get to the nearest station is by the local train, which takes forever. One option is to go to Izumisano station, which luckily is only 20 min. walk away, and take the faster trains. The wifi only worked in the lobby, and not at all in the rooms. I would not stay here again, and not recommend it to anyone either, unfortunately. I really wanted to like the place and show all previous reviews wrong, but it was not possible.

Date of stay: January 2016
  • Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Thank Katarina W
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