Hotel New Chuo

1-1-11 Taishi, Nishinari-ku, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture, 557-1112, Japan

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    Great budget hotel.


    I stayed in this hotel in April (single bed ensuite). I had unexpected change of plan during my trip to Japan and had to find last minute accomodation for 5 nights that wouldn't hurt my pocket badly. I booked this hotel through and not expecting much as compared to other hotels, this one is reasonable in price. However it was a pleasant surprise.

    I have seen some bad reviews about this hotel in some traveling website but I got the feeling that there's a confusion between this hotel (also known as Hotel Chuo Selene) and the next door Hotel Chuo. Hotel New Chuo (Hotel Chuo Selene) is new, I think it was opened in 2010 and all rooms are ensuite. It's located in sort of poor area but I don't think it's unsafe to walk around the area provided you are sensible about it ie don't walk around alone after midnight etc. The best thing about this hotel is that it's location is so close to a subway (chikatetsu) station. When I came out from exit 3 at Dobutsuenmae Station (Midosuji Line - Red/Sakaisuji Line - Brown), all I did was to look around and I saw the sign for the hotel. It's about 20-30m from the station. As I made Osaka my base to make day trips to Kyoto and Nara, this hotel is so convenient.
    Within short walk, there's a Family Mart (convenience store) where I bought sandwiches/bento etc. I went twice to the restaurant that was recommended by the hotel (forgot it's name, but almost in front of Dobutsuenmae Station exit 3 and it's lower ground). The set menu for roasted beef was so delicious. One morning I walked around the area behind the hotel and found quite a number of eating places there.
    The staffs are helpful. Free wifi and all you have to do is ask for the password of the wifi on your room floor when checking in. Otherwise there are 3 computers on the groundfloor where the reception is. There's a small kitchen and laundry area on the same floor. There are lockers too and it's free as you can get the 100en back when you pick up your bag. Handy after check out.

    In the morning there is breakfast provided for 200en. You'll get one cup of instant soup, 2 croissants and tea/coffee. They were quite filling and tasted good. If you want tea/coffee, it's free during the day till about 6pm. You can tell the receptionist when you want your room clean.

    The room itself is surprisingly spacious. I use one side of the room to throw my big rucksack and still have room to walk around. Clean toilet/shower. Comfortable bed and quite at night.

    I definitely recommend this hotel and I think it's more worth it than more expensive hotels in Osaka.

    Unique Quality: Close to subway station. Good value for money. Good size room.

    Directions: Short walk from Dobutsuenmae station exit 3 or 1 (subway). Also close to Shin Imamiya station (JR Osaka).

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Forum Posts

restaurant and porcelain

by izar

We are looking to purchase porcelain , where is an affordable place? Somebody said Salvatio army shop.
Also where can we eat, where locals go, no fancy foreigner restaurant, we do not like tourist traps....
thanks in advance

Re: restaurant and porcelain

by heywinks

You should head to the shopping streets (Shotengai). They are covered walkways with shops on both sides. Some of these local shops carry Japanese pottery and other kitchen goods. You should be able to find some porcelain wares there. The department stores will have porcelain but you will pay department store prices for them.

Try the shopping streets in Namba and Shinsaibashi. Shinsaibashi-suji is the name of the shopping street in that area.

Also try the Loft. There is one in Umeda and Shinsaibashi too. Big square yellow sign with Loft in black letters. It's like an alternative department store, selling kitchen goods, stationary, food, travel goods, jewelry/accessories, music, etc. Cheaper than a dept store and very cool. You will not come out empty handed! :) They have a good selection of plates, dishes, and kitchen ware.

As for where to eat where the locals go, besides the shopping streets areas, try the underground malls. Underneath Umeda Station there is a huge variety of restaurants. Of course, if you want to go where the locals go, you will need to be able to read Japanese menus, or point to what you'd like to eat if others around you have ordered it. Even in Osaka, there aren't many restaurants with English menus. Try going to a place like Tengu, a Japanese-style izakaya chain. They have picture menus and their food is really good. :) I know there's one in Umeda, near JR Umeda Station, on one of the shopping streets. But it's a chain so ask around.

Travel Tips for Osaka

Osaka Tip

by rmiya84778

Walking at night at Shinsaibashi/Dotonbori area after relaxing massage at New Japan Spa! The colorful signs that surround the area are a must see. This area is located off Midosuji Boulevard which is a major one way street that ends in Namba.

Shinsaibashi covered shopping arcade

by tompt about different shops for a mile.

The entire street is full of all sort of shops. There are trendy clothes, cosmetics, and ofcourse lots of mobile phones. And if you can´t get enough of the shopping, or if it is raining: At the end (or the beginning) of the covered street is the Crysta underground mall. This is a huge underground mall under the Nagahori dori.

Conveyor-belt sushi!

by worldkiwi about ? (Can you read Japanese?)

This little restaurant that we found somewhere in the Namba part of Osaka is fabulous. From memory, each plate of food was JPY120 and you just took what pleased the eye as it went past you! The food was delicious and being prepared within the oval bench and then placed on a little conveyor belt. There are two pictures on this page to help you find this place if you want to try good Japanese food at a good price, with a bit of atmosphere to boot.


by Adeline_Foo

The present reconstruction of the main donjon, dating from 1931, is smaller than the castle completed by Hideyoshi in 1586 but still gives some idea of the power and majesty of the original. The largest castle in the country at the time, Osaka-jo's turbulent history began when it was besiefed and destroyed by the Tokugawa shogunate in 1615. The castle was rebuilt but strucj by lightning for a few years later. The remains were burned down in a fire in 1868, just before the Meiji Restoration.

Some ancillary buildingds, including the Tamon tower and the impressive Otemon gate have survived from the Tokugawa period. The modernized lower floors of the main keep display a collection of amor and memorabilia connected with Hideyoshi, including his letters.

IF you are Really on a Budget...

by vic&michael

And you don't want to pay for the internet...

Here's a little secret...

The Apple Computer Store (It's HUGE, can't miss it!) in Shinsaibashi has many computers on display, and they've all got internet access! So, you can access your email or blog and read and write emails in the store, for free. Just don't take aaaages...there are guards around, but they don't bother you, they're more occupied looking for theives than for budget travellers.


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Address: 1-1-11 Taishi, Nishinari-ku, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture, 557-1112, Japan