Osaka Airbnb Guide – the 15 Best Airbnbs in Osaka

Airbnb is a great way to ingratiate yourself into local life and with our guide to the best Airbnb rentals in Osaka you'll soon be able to do just that!

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Airbnb is an online marketplace that connects travellers looking for accommodation and local hosts willing to rent their homes. Airbnb has proven popular predominantly for its ability to plunge visitors into the heart of local communities, allowing them to get a feel for the real city, not just the tourist-friendly version. 

Whilst this is great, the downside is that a minority of hosts have taken to exploiting this desire for authenticity by advertising sub-par accommodation. To help you avoid the potential pitfalls and make the most of the unique Airbnb experience, we’ve put together a list of the 15 best Airbnb properties in Osaka. Take a look:

1. The House Near Minoh Park

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Price: $25 per night 

Location: Minoh-shi, Osaka

Number of guests: 2

Minoh-shi is a city located in the northern part of Osaka prefecture, a 30-minute ride from Umeda Station. This three bedroom apartment with a large balcony will give you a little getaway from the bustling metropolitan area whilst still being close enough to explore it to the full. Whilst there, visit Minoh Quasi-National Park, famous for its waterfall, and Katsuo-ji, a Buddhist temple known for its large collection of Daruma dolls. Minoh Park offers beautiful autumn foliage from October to November as well.

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2. The Garden View House

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Price: $91 per night + $30 cleaning fee

Location: Izumisano-shi, Osaka

Number of guests: 3

This elegant, traditional house with a beautiful Japanese-style garden is a private holiday villa and now, in part, open to the public through Airbnb. With a seaside hot spring resort, golf course and duty-free shopping outlets in the vicinity, you will never be bored. The host speaks four languages (Korean, English, Mandarin and Japanese) and is always ready to assist you with any problems.

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3. The Large, Convenient House

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Price: $254 + $81 cleaning fee + $203 security deposit

Location: Higashi Osaka-shi, Osaka

Number of guests: 12

Conveniently located less than 2 minutes from Higashi Hanazono Station on the Kintetsu Nara Line, this three-story house provides a Japanese bath, three balconies and a full-size ping pong table. With 198㎡ of space to yourself, it’s the perfect place to relax with your family or friends without tripping over each other. With a pharmacy, large grocery store, huge park and rugby stadium (one of the 2019 World Cup venues) in the neighbourhood, Chad’s house has everything you need on your doorstep. 

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4. The Kyoto and Osaka House

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Price: $80 per night + $152 security deposit

Location: Takatsuki-shi, Osaka

Number of guests: 7

Having trouble deciding between Osaka and Kyoto? Worry no more. This apartment is located right in the middle of the two cities (20 minutes on the train to both), providing easy access to all the major attractions of both as well as Kansai airport. With a McDonald’s, supermarkets and a huge public bath in the vicinity, the apartment couldn’t be more handy. 

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5. ‘The Hawk and Pine Tree’ House

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Price: $61 per night + $20 cleaning fee

Location: Osaka-shi, Osaka

Number of guests: 2

The host – inspired by the famous Japanese painting The Hawk and Pine Tree – renovated this old Showa-era house, furnishing it with her personal collection of antique ornaments to create a wonderful space. When you enter through the sliding doors, you will sense both traditional and modern Japan at the same time. With Yodogawa River Park and Higashi Yodogawa cherry district close by (perfect for hanami in spring), there is plenty to keep you occupied locally as well. 

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6. The Japanese Family House

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Price: $50 per night

Location: Takatsuki-shi, Osaka

Number of guests: 2

This apartment includes Japanese-style rooms with tatami flooring and futon bedding. The host Michiko and her family will treat you like one of their own and show you the authentic Japanese life style. Michiko kindly makes onigiri (rice balls) for you every morning and invites you to family dinners. When the weather is nice, you may even be able to join one of their barbeque parties by the river.

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7. The Luxurious Beach House

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Price: $397 per night + $81 cleaning fee + $508 security deposit

Location: Hannan-shi, Osaka

Number of guests: 12

This luxurious two-story beach house with a large balcony overlooking the ocean is also equipped with a beautiful garden with a pond, a Japanese-style tea room and a table tennis room. The best thing? The ocean is right on your doorstep. Go fishing, swimming or dine on the balcony with the gentle sea breeze to keep you company.

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8. The House in White

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Price: $45 per night

Location: Toyonaka-shi, Osaka

Number of guests: 6

This spacious, luxurious two-story house is located near Osaka University, in a quiet, residential area still within easy reach of the city center (30 minutes by train). The white, modern interior provides a nice sense of cleanliness and calm. The closest train station and supermarket are only 5 minutes away on foot. 

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9. The Garden Sanctuary House

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Price: $87 per night + $41 cleaning fee + $152 security deposit

Location: Habikino-shi, Osaka

Number of guests: 16

This house is located in a small, quiet neighbourhood surrounded by rice fields and a serene bamboo forest. The carefully designed garden and traditional Japanese-style interior are equally soothing and perfect for some holiday downtime. The local amenities are plentiful as well, should you need to stock up on supplies. 

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10. The Totoro Cat Bus House

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Price: $305 per night + $46 cleaning fee + $203 security deposit

Location: Chuo-ward, Osaka

Number of guests: 8

This adorably cosy apartment invites you into the world of My Neighbour Totoro. From the cushion covers to the curtains, you will find Totoro in every nook and cranny. The house doesn’t just look good either. With two bedrooms and a convertible sofa bed, the apartment can accommodate up to eight guests and provides all the essential amenities you could ever need, including air-conditioning, WiFi and a washer and dryer.

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11. Universal Studios Japan House 

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Price: $41 per night +$66 cleaning fee + $202 security deposit

Location: Osaka-shi, Osaka

Number of guests: 6

One of the many reasons tourists choose Osaka is Universal Studios Japan (USJ). Located just five minutes from USJ by rail and equipped with all the essential amenities, including WiFi, kitchenware and air conditioning, convenience is king here. Handily, the host will happily make booking arrangements for USJ for you completely free of charge!

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12. The Colourful Interior House 

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Price: $155 per night + $62 cleaning fee + $309

Location: Osaka-shi, Osaka

Number of guests: 5

This apartment offers great views of the river and Osaka’s looming skyscrapers from its balcony. The unique, colourful interior is nicely mood-enhancing and there’s even a cafe, sauna and gym facilities available for residents (even short-term residents). Conveniently located next to Don Quijote, the famous discount store, and the bustling shopping districts of Shinsaibashi and Nanba, you’re in the heart of the action!

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13. The ‘Home Away From Home’ House

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Price: $46 per night + $36 cleaning fee + $206 security deposit

Location: Izumi-shi, Osaka

Number of guests: 2

The great thing about Airbnb is that it allows travellers to connect with people from different cultures and build unforgettable friendships. Mako, this rental’s host, might just be one of these friends. Caring and friendly, Mako goes out of her way to ensure her guests get the most from their stay. Included in this is home-cooked breakfast and dinner should you want it!  

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14. The Tennoji House

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Price: $103 per night

Location: Osaka-shi, Osaka

Number of guests: 2

Located in a suburban area, this apartment is perfect for travellers looking for a real, local Japanese experience. The interior is modern, clean and spacious and the hosts – Mariko and Hiro – are extremely friendly. This listing is available only to all-female groups or couples.  

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15. The Traditional Nara House 

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Price: $76 per night + $10 cleaning fee

Location: Ikoma-shi, Nara

Number of guests: 4

Although technically not located in Osaka, this 100-year-old house with a beautiful garden is certainly worth a mention. What’s more, given Osaka and Nara are part of the same urban area, this house is actually pretty convenient from Osaka. Naturally, the house offers easy access to all the wonders of Nara, Osaka and Kyoto.

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Paul Ryu

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Hello, thank you so much for reading my article. I hope you make wonderful memories in Japan and everywhere else!



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