Travel in December, 2017
This hostel is where I last chose. I was fasatisfied with my stay at Tankai hostel. Of course, One of the things I was pleased with at this hostel was the open air bath.
Location : The location of the Tankai Hostel was a good advantage.
Tankai Hostel is located in a residential area with many rodeways. However, it is quite different from the Japanese housing that we often think of. This is not a residential area of a two-storied house, so it is densely populated with high buildings such as apartments. Of course, there were many office buildings.
It was very close to Minami-morimachi Station (Subway) and Osaka Tenmangu Station (JR ).(Located within 300 ~ 500 meters) and Osaka, called the city of water, Everyone can easily walk to the O River from Tankai hostel. Especially There is park near O river. So I enjoyed taking a walk in the morning. There was also a Lawson 100 yen store not even 500 meters from the hostel. I could easily buy what I wanted cheaply. (There are also another convenience stores located less than 100m away.) "Osaka Tenmangu shrine",a representative shrine of Oasaka, was located in a 600-meter radius based on the hostel. In fact, it was a hostel optimized for many walks of trip in Osaka. Had I been able to stay here longer, I think there would be a lot of fun travelling around here.
Room: I booked japanese style room (semi-double)
There was also a double room with a bunk bed. However, I wanted to stay in a Japanese style room. So I chose this room. This room was optimized for one person. Although this room can be booked for two people, it would be too small for two to use.
In addition, there are a triple room and a family room. Go to detailed page of Tankai hostel
Mission Clear?! Japanese blanket, Futon.
There was futon, japanese blanket in the room. I read instructions " OK! I got it! " I tried to attempt at bedding. but I started to get confused in the middle. After thinking about it and I went to the reception desk. That's because there was a Korean employee at the time. When I arrived at the reception desk, I could saw Korean staff preparing to leaving for work. Oh, thank goodness!!!
I moved with him to my room. He explained to me about " Futon. " "Actually, you don't have to use blankets the way Instruction told you. You can use it as you please. First, put the mattress on the floor. Then, simply place a blanket over it. It's okay to use that. Or you can just use it without putting a Japanese styled cover on it. Of course, it's better to use it as " Futon ", but it's pretty stressful if you keep insisting on it. "
I arrived at my room with my staff. I said that I would like to use the original method as long as possible. "Oh, that's true. Since I'm in Japan now, it's fun to do so. If you look at the manual here, It tells you "How to make" with colors. Putting it on the floor is slightly more visible and a bit harder. And the other blanket is smooth. Here you see the blanket covering the pillow. (Oh, yes.) If you can distinguish these, you can make a pretty easy bedding."
After the help of the staff, I felt like I could do it myself. So I said, " Thank you. Now I think I might be able to do it." " Thank God. Now that you've sorted out, you'll do it soon. Also, please use this sheet as well. It doesn't matter if you don't use it, but these sheets are exactly the same as the ones in a nice hotel, so we're using them in our hostel. It feels good. Have a nice trip! Now I'm leaving for work! :D"
Thanks to the staff, I made it myself. If I was a staff member of this hostel, I would have straightened out perfectly without wrinkles. But I stayed alone in this room. Therefore, I wouldn't mind the folds of the covers.
Amenity: A towel mat, a towel, toothpaste, toothbrush, hair wax, Shiseido whip cleanser, hand cleanser
I forgot to bring my toothpaste & toothbrushes, so I bought them at the convenience store, but I didn't really have to. Because, this hotel provides toothpaste & toothbrushe for their guests. Cleanser was also not required to be packed, There was a Shiseido perfect cleansing foam at the public washbasin. There was even hair wax. (behind the sink there was a big window). It was perfect for getting the hair done in the sun. This hotel provides a towel generously. If you stay at TakaI hostel for 3 days, you can get a new towel every day for 3 days.
Public space was wider than I thought.
There is a public space on the sixth floor. It was quite spacious and seemed to be too large for many people to use at once. There is a simple kitchen ready to be used here by refrigerator, microwave oven and electric kettle. There was convenience for eating a simple breakfast.
The most attractive thing is Open Air Bath
The reason why I chose Tankai Hostel was undoubtedly an open air bath. I hate the stuffy public bath, but I like the outdoor style that can face outside air. The spot where hot water that high temperature creates meets the cold air that low temperature creates makes me feel good. If it is too cold, you can go back into the water. If it is too hot, you can come back into the air again. I repeated this several times. It is so fun to do so.
ankai hostel doesn't look very different from any hostel in many facilities. However, it becomes special with open air bath.
This place is only available for personal use. So, I could use this space alone. I finished my journey with a good dinner. I returned to Tankai hostel and enjoyed the open air bath. The hot steam was very good when I entered the bath. And the cold air was enough for me to make the winter feel more attractive. There was another bath room with a open air bath. So first, I enjoyed the open air bath and used the rest of the facilities.
I cleaned up the day by listening to podcasts I hadn't heard that day in the hot bath. I had pleasant time.(I could put my cell phone on top of a wooden board) It was hard for me this year. In the open air bath, my emotions and feelings were also arranged.
I came across words from things which I've heard "In a space where I can not act as a manual of life, my natural character reveals itself. Then I can look into myself. That is a journey." I thought of the lecture, and I felt quite sympathetic, and I was enjoying open air bath with the word.
I spoke to the staff next morning so I could go back to space of the open air bath for a while. Late in the evening, I could not take a picture because of the lack of light, but fortunately the owner of the hostel gave me a key again to take a picture conveniently. (No one can enter this place without the key.) When I went to the morning, this space had another charm from the evening. Broader sunshine was shining inside the room, and I could looked inside much sharper.
Tankai Hostel is clean and easy to use for public facilities. You can speak in Korean because there is Korean staff member. and you can communicate with other japanese employees with English. So there was nothing uncomfortable about communication.
The biggest disadvantage of Tankai Hostel is(I don't know about the other rooms) a small room. If you can stand this small room, Takai hostel, which you can enjoy the open air bath, is definitely a good choice.
-------------------- INFO of Tankai Hostel @ Minamimorimachi station, Osaka --------------------
0. Hostel Tankai Official Website
or You can compare hotel rates at HotelsCombined.
3. Check in: From 15:00 / Check out: 11:00 A.M.
3. Pocket WIFI: At this hostel, you can rent a pocket Wi-Fi machine at a cheap price.
4. Open Air Bath
Open air bath, provided by Tankai Hostel, is a private space, not a public space.
Price: You can book a person, a family, and a group. The rate is 1,000 yen per an hour. If more than one person is added, one additional charge is 300 yen. (For example, if you book for two people, you have to pay 1,300 yen per an hour)
Booking: You make a reservation for the accommodation first. You can then contact the hostel and make a reservation for open air bath, or you can make reservation after arriving at the hostel. After booking open air bath, don't go directly to the place. You have to go there for the reservation time. You need to get a key to enter the open air bath.
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