I'm totally down to support woman power. Guesthouse Morizou, located in Osaka, is run by Hattori, a woman who has tried to create a space for women. Recently opened last year, this guesthouse is as cozy, comfortable, and safe as could be.
This small guesthouse has only three rooms, fitting ten people in total: a 4 bed western-style dorm room, a 3-bed traditional tatami dorm room, and a private 2-person tatami-floored room.
In the 3-bed traditional tatami dorm, they also have a Doraemon Bed, which is more or less a bed in a cubby, and made for someone my size! Small and compact, you have to be shorter than 160 cm in order to sleep comfortably — good thing I’m only 152 cm! I stayed in this little cubby and found the setup to be perfect.
Guesthouse Morizou is a simple home with a bit of flair. The common area is colorful with numerous stacked bookshelves, the kitchen area is well laid out and has anything you might need, and the washroom facilities are quite clean with shampoo, conditioner, and body soap. There is also free WiFi, and you can get some laundry done a few blocks away should you need.
Guesthouse Morizou is ideally located, situated right beside Osaka's main attraction: Osaka Castle. It is also close to a train station, and near a beautiful mall and grocery store. Get your shopping done at this grocery store – the prices will blow you away! We had delicious sashimi for two priced at 198 Yen (under $2 USD!). Needless to say, we were stuffed both days we spent at the guesthouse. If you check out their website, they have a great information page with plenty of suggestions of places to see and things to do!
We also took advantage of being so close to the train station and took a day trip to Himeji Castle while staying at Guesthouse Morizou. The trip takes about an hour, and is absolutely worth the visit. Talk about a beautiful white castle!
Hattori has a lovely, quiet place on her hands and I so enjoyed my stay at Guesthouse Morizou. A great staff paired with a great location makes for the perfect stay.
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**Special thanks to Guesthouse Morizou and Japan Experience for sponsoring my journey. As always, all opinions are my own.