Well-kept, stylish and modern two bed apartment right in the middle of Osaka, near Namba, Umeda, the central business district, and three parks, including Osaka castle.
Located on a quiet side street 100m from the main road, you can walk to the nearby subway, convenience stores, restaurants and cafes.
Free portable WiFi! No need to hire at the airport and pay thousands of yen everyday. It's waiting for you in the house and you can take it anywhere!
★★★ THIS LISTING IS FOR ONE ROOM ONLY ★★★
★ YOU WILL BE THE ONLY GUESTS IN THE APARTMENT
★ I WILL BE LIVING IN THE OTHER BEDROOM IN THE APARTMENT DURING YOUR STAY
===== YOUR BEDROOM =====
Your bedroom (the pink room) is south facing, so it's warm and bright throughout the day. There is a super comfy double bed, and plenty of space to store your luggage and hang your clothes. You can fit an extra futon (or two at a squeeze) if you need it.
★★★ THE APARTMENT ★★★
The apartment is extremely spacious: 70 square meters total. This is luxuriously spacious by Japanese standards, and really rare. Especially in the city centre. Take a look at the pictures to see!
It is a private apartment, not a hostel or share house. You will be the only guests here during your stay. Feel free to use everything as you like. Lounge, kitchen, toilet, shower... it's all yours!
The apartment has:
= Highspeed WiFi throughout
= Portable WiFi for you to take out with you
= Bikes for you to explore the city
= Baby cot
= Washing machine
= 2 clothes dryers
= Iron and ironing board
= Large wet room with shower and full sized auto-fill bath
= Shampoo, conditioner, and body-wash
= and of course, lovely, soft towels!
The kitchen and lounge area also fully equipped with modern appliances. Please look at the pictures of the apartment for more details.
Check in and check out are listed as 4pm and 12pm, but I'm pretty flexible. If you let me know in advance I can usually accommodate early arrivals and late departures.
You can leave your bags in the apartment before check in and after check out. I don't mind if you use the shower, bathroom, kitchen, and lounge during that time.
There is no curfew, and you will have you own key, so you can to come and go as you please.
Interaction with Guests
★★★ ABOUT ME, YOUR HOST ★★★
Hi, I'm Mark! I live in the other bedroom in the apartment, and I'm at home most days working. I'll be around in the evenings cooking, watching movies, and chilling out. And I do love to chat! Have you been travelling? Tell me about it!
I'm more than partial to bike rides and afternoons of yoga and Frisbee in the park so if you're about I'd love you to join me. And if you're here over the weekend then who knows, we may even get to go out on the town!
Also, I've been living in Osaka for ten years and I speak Japanese fluently. I've had tonnes of family and friends over to visit so I've been all over from Hokkaido to Okinawa more times than I can count. I know the best tourist spots all over Japan, and I also have my own special favourite sites, restaurants, and tips which I'm happy to share. If you need any help organising your trip, I'm your man!
★★★ THE NEIGHBOURHOOD ★★★
Set in the middle of Sakaisuji-Hommachi business district, Kawara-machi is perfectly located between both of the main entertainment centres of Osaka and several stunning parks, including Osaka castle, arguably the most popular tourist site in Japan.
Time to the nearest...
= Small supermarket - 30 seconds!
= Convenience store - 1 minute walking
= Large supermarket - 10 minutes walking
★★★ TRANSPORT ★★★
There are three subway stations within a 10 minute walk of the apartment, and easy access to the main train lines heading out of the city to the various other stops on your itinerary. Kyoto, Nara, Kobe, Wakayama, Hiroshima, Tokyo...
Closest subway stations...
= Sakaisuji-Hommachi - 6 minutes
= Kitahama - 8 minutes
= Hommachi - 10 minutes
= Shinsaibashi - 10 minutes by subway
= Namba - 10 minutes by subway
= Umeda - 15 minutes by subway
= Osaka Castle - 15 minutes walking
= ShinOsaka (for bullet trains) - 25 mins by subway
= USJ - 30 minutes by train
= Nara - 50 minutes by train
= Kyoto - 1 hour by train
= Osaka's main airport - 1 hour by train
For the more adventurous I can also lend out bikes for travel within the city. You can easily bike to the main shopping and tourist attractions in only 15 minutes. And I can even hook you up with biking tours of the city if you fancy checking out some sights.
Easy bike access is something Tokyo lacks, and nothing screams Osaka quite like riding about the city on a shopping bike!
Other Things to Note
★★★ FAQ ★★★
Q. Since I will have the trip on my own, is the location of your accommodation safe for a single lady?
A. Yes, the area where apartment is situated is very safe. It is called Sakaisuji-Hommachi. It is an up-market neighbourhood, and single women often walk around to and from their apartments, workplaces and the subway station.
My apartment is 100m from the main road, and only a five minute walk from the subway station. It is in the middle of the business district, so during the day time there are a lot of office workers around. It's actually quite busy! During the night it is much quieter, mostly there are office workers and couples visiting the many restaurants found in the area.
To give you an idea of the local atmosphere, my girlfriend often comes to my apartment alone, in the late at night, and sometimes drunk!
The apartment has a gate and front door. The apartment building has security cameras in the lifts and entrance area, and an auto-lock system on the main entrance. No non-residents can enter the building.
I think you will find staying in my apartment in Sakaisuji-Hommachi to be convenient, relaxing and safe.
Q. Will there be other guests share the accommodation at a time?
A. During your stay you will be the only guest staying in my apartment with me. Your room is private and you will have your own key, so you can come and go as you please.
===== MORE INFORMATION =====
If you haven't already, please check out my photos and reviews. This apartment is Osaka's top choice for space, luxury, and service. If you are looking for a warm, comfortable place to call home during your trip to Osaka, and someone to direct you to all the best sites and spots, SMACK! BANG! CLEAN SPACIOUS MODERN! is for you.
★★★ BOOKING ★★★
After you mail me I am happy to keep the apartment for you for 24 hours while you make your decision to stay. If I receive an inquiry from another guest during that time I will mail you to let you know. At the end of 24 hours I will accept the first guest to book the room.
Airbnb is built on mutual trust and friendship, so help me get to know you. Before you come to stay with me please make sure you add a few verifications to your account and add some personal information to your profile.
= What do you love?
= How do you spend a relaxing afternoon?
= Where would you go on your dream holiday?
★★★ EMAIL ME ★★★
I usually reply to mails within a few hours, and I'm happy to answer all your questions before you finalise your decision to book.
I'm looking forward to hearing from you, so go ahead, click the button and contact me now!
★★★ HOUSE RULES ★★★
You are free to treat the apartment like your own home when you are inside, but we please ask that you are quiet; very, very quiet outside the apartment. In Japan it is extremely bad manners to disturb people in their houses.
= Please keep as close to silent as possible in the courtyard, lobby, elevator and public halls.
= No waiting in the halls or lobby.
Please either wait in the apartment, or completely outside the building.
= Sorry, but no pets allowed in the building.
= Smoking only on the balconies please.
Just keep the place clean and tidy, and leave it pretty much as you found it, and I'm a happy bunny.
My experience at Mark's place was beyond my expectations! He and Saya are truly hospitable hosts and the kindest of people. The space was always clean with a warm and cozy energy. Saya always took care to light candles and prepare the space, it seemed, for my arrival. I was able to enjoy a great sushi dinner with Saya. So gracious of her to entertain me on my first night! The neighborhood is a sweet little gem with a number of truly awesome discoveries to be found. Mark is extremely organized, communicates very well and is beyond prepared in creating a comfortable experience for his guests. There is always coffee and breakfast available to be enjoyed. He also went out of his way to inquire about a couple reservations for me, as he is fluent in Japanese. All in all, I enjoyed my stay in every way. No need to look further, this is the spot!
Mark was a fantastic host - in fact, he was more like a friend than a host. He responds to emails (and ALL of my emails) very quickly and informatively, and provided seemless instructions on how to get to his place. He was enthusiastic and very friendly, even offering to meet us at the station and taking us out to a comedy night with his friends. He had endless tips on traveling around Japan and quickly helped us feel like locals in his neighborhood. Apartment was within walking distance of the subway and very clean. He even offered us complimentary bread, milk and tea/coffee. Best of all, he even replied to emails about questions we had about traveling Japan after we had left his apartment. As a host he is a 15/10. Would definitely recommend!
We shared the flat with Marc and his girlfriend. The spacious apartment allowed privacy. The one bed sleeping room for two people was comfortable, clean and inviting. Marc is the perfect host since he is a fluent japanese speaker and has gained in his 10 years a deep knowledge about the culture. He assisted us with a lot of helpful information. He provides you right away with any local information you would need. We are happy to recommend him as a host and his well located place in Osaka. Thanks Marc!
Mark was a great host for my girlfriend and I.
The apartment was as advertised - clean and very centrally located.
He gave perfect directions on how to get to his apartment from the airport and met me at the station so it was easy.
He gave me some local suggestions which are good - better than what one might find on just Tripadvisor ie on where to eat, destinations check out and directions to anywhere I needed.
He was very responsive, even whilst I was out - he left a pocket wifi for me so I could email him anytime and he responded quickly with directions / suggestions of where to go in the area.
More importantly Mark is overall a likable person and easy going, which is important. He even asked if we would like eggs / toast for breakfast as he was doing some grocery shopping later in the day.
What good is an apartment in a good location if your host his unkind / unhelpful?
In short - the apartment was great but it's the host that makes it easy / memorable. Would suggest this apartment to anyone in the future going to Osaka.
I am so pleased I chose Marks place, as it made my experience in Osaka even more memorable. The place- perfect! I felt so relaxed and comfortable staying with Mark. Mark has been the best host I have ever experienced on Airbnb, great fun to chat to but also respected my space and time. He gave me brilliant recommendations which have made my trip in Japan very memorable. Also location is great, I used Osaka as a base to reach Kyoto on a couple of days- super easy to get to and I'm really glad I done this as I loved Osaka. Thank you so much Mark- love your energy.
Great location, clean and cozy apartment, Mark has it very well planned. He has great sight-seeing tips for the guests. Mark and Saya are very quiet around the house and give the guests the space thats needed. Even though this only has one bathroom we never felt rushed. He even has a pocket-wifi for his guests which comes in handy bigtime when you're out and about!
Hi Kenny! Thanks for you lovely and sweet review! I'm glad to hear that you and your wife enjoyed my tidy, comfortable apartment and the nearby shops and restaurants. You guys really did make good use of the being only 2 subway stops from Shinsaibashi. Please come to stay with me for your next shopping trip to Osaka!
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I'm an English gentleman, a bit rough round the edges, currently taking my tea in Japan.
The things I love include partying, going to bed super early, getting dirty in the forest, and keeping my house spotlessly tidy.
I'm a personal trainer and nutritionist so I'm into a lot of sports and outdoor pursuits, and big into nutrition and feeling good.
If there's one dish you can guarantee I'll bring to a picnic, it's a Frisbee.
I've been living in Osaka for ten years and I speak Japanese fluently.
I've had tonnes of family and friends over to visit so I've been all over from Hokkaido to Okinawa more times than I can count.
I know the best tourist spots all over Japan, and I also have my own special favourite sites, restaurants, and tips which I'm happy to share.
If you need any help organising your trip, I'm your man!
You can contact me by phone or mail at any time during your stay.
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