【STAFF DIARY】Kinosaki onsen / 城崎温泉一泊旅行

I went on an overnight trip to Kinosaki onsen (hot-spring), where 2hours 45min from Osaka by train.

Lots of snow there but it’s a sunny day and we enjoyed strolling the retro and nostalgic town!

(You can enjoy hopping public hot springs from one to another, sometimes for free with a pass offered by hotels and ryokans.)







After getting relaxed in a hot spring, had a big dinner of crabs, crabs and crabs!








Next day, visited the aquarium nearby. Not only my children but also I were so exited with the walruses, huge but such an adorable creature!





(they never stop! couldn’t take a photo!)

And the scenery of Japan sea from the aquarium is worth enough to see.

Highly recommended to all those who want to take a trip to a hot spring around Osaka.

By JR west Ltd. Express Kounotori forward Kinosaki Onsen


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Art and design events in Kansai 2013

May many art events are going to be held
in Osaka and around Kansai this summer and autumn.
Here are some of them.


20th, 21st July / Osaka

20th Jul – 18th Aug / Osaka

20th Jul – 1st Sep
  5th Oct – 4th Nov / around Seto Inland sea

14th Sep – 24  Nov / Mount Rokko

1st Oct – 1st Dec / Kobe

To find more, visit KANSAI ART BEAT.

Enjoy your art trip!

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Good deal ticket in Osaka and Kansai!

For the traveling in Japan, Japan Rail pass is the one of the best deal pass.
If you come to Osaka, Kyoto or Nara is not the worth to use it ,because the cities is really close to Osaka.
This is the good deal in Osaka and Kansai area

3 straight days ticket  5,000 yen, 2 choosing days ticket 3,800 yen
All Kansai area is covered except JR line. some of the facilities have discount.

One day for 2,000 yen all Osaka area except JR line.
Osaka castle(600 yen), Ferris wheels in Umeda(500 yen)
Some facilities have discount.

Week day for 800 yen, Weekend and National holidays are 600 yen.
Osaka Municipal Subway, New Tram, City Bus are available.
The National Museum of Art, Osaka have a half price discount.(210 yen)


This ticket includes:
– Unlimited ride on the Kintetsu Railway and Iga Railway – vaild for 5 days
– 3 vouchers for Kintetsu limited express 

Kanku Chikatoku Kippu
Convenient and good value for your trip between Kansai Airport and Osaka city!

These are price of one way ticket and the time from HOSTEL 64 Osaka

・Kyoto(Hankyu Kawaramachi) 620 yen (70 min)
・Nara(Kintetsu) 740 yen (50 min)
・Koyasan(Nankai) 1,430 yen(2 hours)
・Kobe(Hanshin) 490 yen (50 min)
・Himeji(Hanshin and Sanyo) Castle is under restoration 1,430 yen (2 hours)
・Kansai International airport(Nankai)1,090 yen (70 min)

Once you buy the pass, you don’t need to look for the coins to the vending machine!


Shirahama and other beach around Osaka.

Last month, I took a trip to Nanki Shirahama.
Nanki Shirahama is in Wakayama prefecture, next to Osaka.

There’s nice, relaxing atmosphere and the sea foods are so yummy!
Shirarahama beach is surrounded with white sands,
which is not large but very beautiful!

Other than the beach, there are lots to see.
One of my favorite was Sandan-jiki and its cave. Such a mysterious place.

Sandanbeki Dokutsu cave

Please get more info at the visitors information center in JR station.

JR TRAIN : from JR Tennoji to Shirahama / about 5,000yen / 2hours
HIGHWAY BUS : from JR Osaka or OCAT(Namba) / 2,700yen / 3.5hours
Tourists information

From our hostel, the nearest beach is SUMA.
It is near Kobe. After the beach, you can go around the city.

from JR Osaka to Suma  /  690yen  /  40min
Tourists information (Kobe)

Summer is almost its end and hurry to the beach!


How about going to ONSEN hot spring in rainy season?!

The rainy season, known as Tsuyu in Japan, will begin soon here in Osaka.
Sometimes the weather is nice even in this season, it does not rain all the time.

To enjoy traveling around Osaka in this season, how about going to ONSEN nearby?! Onsen is, as you know, hot spring, which is nice to relieve your tired body during your trip.

The best hot spring resort around Osaka is Arima Onsen in Kobe-city, Hyogo.
It is just an hour and 1,330yen oneway from Umeda (Osaka) station
to the middle of Arima onsen by Hankyu bus.

You don’t need to stay a night,
as there are some one-day hot spring places
for about 600 – 1,000yen for taking a bath,
and about 3,000 – 7,000yen with lunch.
My recommendation is GOSHOBO
with retro and modern flavor.

Also you will enjoy the nature and the old small
town with nice restaurants, souvenir shops there.

> Take a look of Arima onsen one day trip by one of Our staff Jun.

In Osaka-city, there are also some Onsen spots.
One is SPA WORLD in the middle of city center, where you can enjoy many kinds of hot spring.
They offer 1,000yen campaign oftern… or almost always.

Another is NOBUTA NO YU, which is about 30min from the hostel by subway.
There are chartered bath rooms with a small sitting space for a family for about 4,000yen/hour.

We are happy to help your ONSEN experience here!

Arima Onsen : http://www.arima-onsen.com/index.html
Hankyu Bus : http://bus.hankyu.co.jp/highway/highway10.html
Goshobo : http://www.goshobo.co.jp/goshobo/
Spa World : http://www.spaworld.co.jp/
Nobuta no yu : http://www.nobuta123.co.jp/nobehatsuruhashi/family/index.html


New LCC between Osaka and Tokyo launched this summer!

The article about LCC has already been posted on this blog.
>>> POST Travel Asia with LCC take off from Osaka!

But this time I feel the need to write another article about LCC
as the big news comes in.

JETSTAR has announced that the domestic routes in Japan 
would be launched on 3rd July 2012, which includes the route
between Osaka and Tokyo!!!

from the top> Sapporo, Tokyo(Narita), Osaka, Fukuoka and Okinawa

The cheapest price from Osaka to Tokyo is 3,990yen by JETSTAR.
Peach Aviation has already served the courses between
Osaka and some cities in Japan.

Some might decide not to get JR PASS, or some might
have failed to do that in advance..

But, taking LCC is another option for traveling around Japan
more economically.

Have a happy flight 🙂

*Peach Aviation

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//NEW//Another Music Place!

I guess some of you known well about Osaka already have heard about  the club situation here, like (n)-chan wrote on the previous article.
Some of you feels sad 🙁 and some of you thinks its okay 🙂

Now another good news for sad ones.
the new music place is opening today in umeda!

Umeda club Quattro

This club quattro had been in Shinsaibashi untill few years ago.
I remember I went to see some indie bands when I was highschool.

Now It moved to Umeda and start the new history as a young icon.
Please check time schedule and ask a stafff if you need any help!!


Umeda club Quattro

10F PlazaUmeda,
8-17 Taiyuuji cho, Kita-ku,
Osaka city, Osaka.


//NEW// Music Places

Now, dance clubs in Osaka have to stop music for dancing at 1am because of the crackdown. Clubs can carry on business as a bar after 1am, but have to stop dance music by then anyway.
It made us little bit sad.

Still some new music places opened lately. I introduce those in this time.





FIRE! Japan tour 2012 with Jim O’Rourke
8th MAY. 2012            etc…
These 2 places are near by Shinsaibashi station.
It’s 20-30 minutes walk, or 2 stops by subway from our hostel!


Hiking day trip from Osaka

Spring has come and also it is hiking season !
If you would like to see natures near city for a day trip,
I recommend these place.
Doesn’t need special mountain equipment, just enjoy hiking.


Surrounded by a thick forest of massive cedars, the area known as Okuno-in,
The approach to get there, hundreds of stone statues are standing
in line of both sides.
You will hear the sound of silence,when you walk there in the early morning.
You have a fun in Osaka then take some Zen meditation session at there to relax.


Mt. Yoshino is well known from old times for the best cherry blossom site.
It covers all over the mountain paths around 8 kms,
from the north end to the south of Omine Renzan mountains.
It is also a base of Omine spiritual mountain walk for decipliants.
A path between Yoshino-Omine and Yuya
is called Omine Okukudou and is still used for religeous training.

+++Mt. Rokko+++

March 17th flea market on the mountain!

It is the gorgeous view place in the Rokko mountain.
You can also enjoy hiking.
There is a rope-way and cable car from Kobe(JR Rokkomichi station).

http://www5.ocn.ne.jp/~tenpo45/ (Tenpozan Mountain club in Japanese)

If you have climbed up Mt. Fuji as highest in Japan,
might need to go another challenge.
Japanese Lowest mountain in Osaka. take rental bicycle from HOSTEL 64,
then few seconds walk to the top. Near Osaka Kaiyukan aquarium.
Enjoy outdoors!

Let’s have Kobe beef in Kobe!

Kobe is fairly close from Osaka.
You’ll get to the city centre in an hour from our hostel.

Many of our guests take a day trip there and
we are often asked this question: Where can we eat Kobe beef?
Wow! Such a tough question. There’re lots of local people who haven’t had it!
So I did some reserch and found a few places look nice.
*The price is for a course with 150g of beef exept for Robata and Izakaya style.

char grilled kobe beef (c) Itoh Grill

Budget and easy going
Lunch:about 3,000yen – , Dinner:6,000yen –

long establised
authentic steak restaurant since 1885 / about10,000yen –

http://www.mouriya.co.jp/indexp.html *international customer friendly

Robata-yaki style

cooked on grill in front of you / course including Kobe beef: about 7,000yen –


Izakaya dining style
For tasting : a dish of Kobe beef steak for about 2,000yen-

I will choose it
Lunch:about 5,000yen – , Dinner: about 10,000yen –

*added on 20th February / O-san, arigato gozaimasu 😉
I’ll take this!

Also you must try AKASHIYAKI there, a kind of TAKOYAKI (Octopus ball).

from tabelog

This is my favourite.

Say Ichi-nin-mae for 10 pieces.
It’s located along the shopping arcade
from Motomachi to Sannomiya.

TACHIBANA shop card  kawai <3

Please tell us your favourite Kobe beef restauran!