Wednesday, 28 March 2012

The types of accommodation at IM Guest House

Each room has shower and toilet right outside the room, shared only with the other 2 rooms.

Japanese Tatami Room

Japanese style 'Tatami' room is equipped with futon beds.

Price ranges for tatami room.
- ¥3,800/night for one people
- ¥5,500/night for two people
- ¥7,500/night for three people
- ¥9,000/night for four people

Four Bunk-Beds Mix Room

Four Bunk-Beds Female only Room
- ¥2,500/night for one people

Private Room
- ¥3,800/night

Room facilities:
- Electric mattress heat pad (during cold season).
- Air condition
- Wireless internet
- Locker

Other facilities:
- TV, DVD & free Internet in the Living Room
- Hair dryer (free of charge)
- Shampoo, Conditioner and Body Wash (free of charge)

- Towel (¥100)
- Tooth brush (¥100)
- Shaver (¥100)
- Laundry (¥200)
- Bicycle (¥500/day)

Check out: 9am - 11am
Check in: 3pm - 10pm
Late check in can be arrange, please inform us.

Thursday, 1 March 2012

Inside IM Guest House

Okay, now I will introduce what is the inside of IM Guest House looks like!

There are 3 floors, 4 including the roof! Each floor has 9 rooms, 3 toilets and 3 showers.
Basically, there are plenty of toilets and bathrooms, so you don't have to worry about
sharing them with many people. And on top of that, they are right outside your room!

I have stayed in other hostel and guesthouse before, where you have to walked a fair bit of distance just to go to the toilet or take shower, and some are even located on a different floor! What I like about IM Guest House is how the bathrooms and toilet are just a door away, so you don't have to feel hassle when you have to go to toilet or take shower at late hours, and on top of all you feel so much safer!

Friday, 17 February 2012

100 yen shop (hyaku yen shop)


Along momodani shotengai, there are this 100 yen shop that I often go to, everything in there is only 105 yen, it's 100 yen plus 5 percent consumption tax. You can buy almost everything in here, the quality are pretty good too! Some goods are actually value more than 105 yen!

The biggest 100 yen shop in Japan is Daiso Giga Machida, it's in Tokyo, in front of Machida Station, they have 5 floors! Next time I visit Tokyo, I will check it out, just wondering what goods they have to fill up all 5 floors!

In Osaka, the biggest 100 yen shop is in Nihonbashi :)

Thursday, 16 February 2012


What is Pachinko?

To me it looks like a mixture between a slot machine and pinball. I played it once with a friend of mine, it's not that easy to win, I lost just in a few minutes (well I only put in ¥1000 haha), it's somehow amusing and fun to play, but the noise inside the game arcade are usually very loud and I don't know why.

How to play?

When you put in some money, the machine will give you some silver metal balls. You control the speed of the balls fired by the machine using the power dial that can be turned up and down, and target them to the catcher, when the digital screen spin and you get three number for the jackpot, you win and can collect the balls to change with prizes. You can then sell the prize outside the parlor, it said that each ball worth around 4yen.

You probably notice that most people that go there are man, it doesn't mean that it's only for man because I went in there too, well I believe woman prefer to used the money for shopping instead ^^

In Japan, gambling is not allowed by Japan's law, so you won't be able to find Casino here for amusement, but pachinko is officially not considered gambling, you can find pachinko parlor all over Japan. As of 2011, there are about 12,480 pachinko parlors in Japan! The law says you have to be 18 to play pachinko or slots, but this is rarely enforced.

Well, if you come to Osaka, give it a try at least once, and if you stay at
IM Guest House in Momodani, Osaka, you can find 3 pachinko parlors near by!

Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Momodani Shotengai (retail store area)

When I first arrived at the guest house, I was so amused by this area, my eyes were busy scanning for each of the shops, and on top of all the stuffs here are not as pricy as downtown. You can pretty much find anything that you need in this shopping arcade. They have supermarkets, bookshops, florists, hair salons, tofu shop, fruit and vegies shop, noodle shops, photoshops, pickle shop, music shop, bread shops, pachinco centre (gaming) clothing shops, shoes shops, restaurants, sport shops, 100yen shop, anything you can think of they will have it here, there are even misdo shop that i like!

Momodani station is only 15mins from downtown by JR loop, which make it easy to go to anywhere. I have been to Kyoto and Kobe, and the next city on my list will be Nara! I heard it's also not so far from here!

Ah, I forgot to mention that IM Guest House is in Momodani! It's only 6 minutes walk to the JR station and about 15mins walk to Tsuruhashi station (where you can explore the little Korea Town that I talked about the other day) ^^.

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Korea Town

In Osaka, you won't be able to find China Town, but we have Korea Town instead! So for those who fancy spicy food, this is where you should be!

Not far from the Guest House, you will find your very own little Korea Town, without even fly out of Osaka, from samgyeopsal (pork sliced rolled up in a leaf), pajeon (korean pancake), japchae (stir fried noodle), kimbap (rice rolled sushi) and tons of banchan (side dishes) produced by the barrel!

There are shops where you can buy hanbok (korean dress), korean idols items shop, korean groceries shop and many korean street food like tteokbokki (rice cakes in red pepper sauce), odaeng (fish cakes) and sundae (blood sausage).

Monday, 13 February 2012

Public Bath

Public bath near IM Guest House

When I walked to Tsuruhashi station the other day, I notice this public bath. It's only about 5mins walk, public bath is famous in Japan. It's a custom in Japan to spend some relaxing time at the public bath (sento 銭湯) after a day at work.

Have you been to public bath before? If you haven't, you should give it a try, you need to have a lot of guts to get in there for the first time though ☺, but it's surely an interesting experience that you shouldn't miss while visiting Japan!

To help you prepare for your visit to the public bath, here are some tips for you so that you know what to expect and what to do when you get there.
  1. Take off all your clothes in the changing room and place them into the coin lockers.
  2. Japanese hot springs are enjoyed naked. Swimming suits are not allowed in most places. However, it is the custom to bring a small towel into the bathing area, with which you can enhance your privacy while outside of the water. Once you enter the bath, keep the towel out of the water.
  3. Rinse/wash your body in the bathing area before entering the bath.
  4. Enter the bath and soak for a while. Note that the bath water can be very hot (typical temperatures are 40 to 44 degrees). If it feels too hot, try to enter very slowly and move as little as possible.
  5. After you finished soaking, do not rinse your body, for the hot spring water's minerals to have full effect on your body.
  6. Most sento reject the customers who have got tatoo. If you have tatoo on your body, you have to hide them with like a node-colour tape.
There are actually four public bath around IM Guest House!!! So make sure you save some time to check them out, they are really worth it!

The locals here are very warm and friendly, you can actually get the traditional feeling of Shitamachi (literary means 'low city' but it's basically means traditional Osaka town), so you can really engaged in the Japanese Culture.

Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Helping Staff Wanted!!

Want to be our staff?!
There are lots of chance to use your Japanese skill.
Fun culture exchange is waiting for you!

2 males and 1 female wanted
around 20~36 years old
cheerful, energetic and people person
able to stay for more than a month
duties includes: reception, cleaning, and others
work 5days/week, 3~4hr/day
free stay at the guest house instead of salary
able to speak Japanese as conversation level

※send your information below to, then we will contact you!
・address, country
・cover letter



<募集人数>    男性2名 女性2名 急募
<年齢>    20歳~36歳くらいで明るく元気で好奇心旺盛な方
<期間>    1ヶ月以上滞在可能な方
<仕事内容>    接客、清掃、ベッドメイキング、送迎など宿に関わるすべての業務
週5日、 1日3~4時間OK
<待遇>    宿泊費無料(給料などは出ません)
<優遇資格>    普通自動車免許(ペーパードライバーはNG)


Saturday, 4 February 2012

大阪市内、JR環状線桃谷駅から徒歩10分、大阪中心地へのアクセス抜群なロケーションなのに、なんだか落ち着く下町の雰囲気が漂うアットホームなゲスト ハウスです。関西各所の観光地へもアクセスしやすく、自転車で町の様子も観光できる所です。バックパッカーや1人旅、長期滞在も素泊まりできるIMゲスト ハウスへぜひお越し下さい。

IM Guest House New Open in December 2011 in Osaka, Japan. IM Guest House is an accommodate hostel for all travelers from every counties! In Osaka city, the closest station is on the main train line, which is JR Loop Line, and great location to travel around Osaka, Kansai area… this is where IMGH located. Usually, most of the big cities are similar in every country. What makes it more characteristic is the local area where people actually live. IMGH is located close to a mixed traditional and old-fashioned area. There are arcades called Shotengai (covered roof street) has many types of shops and restaurants with full of mixed Asian, the real Japanese or Japan atmosphere. You may see a real view that how people live in Osaka!!

IM Guest House baru dibuka pada bulan Desember 2011.
Guest House kami sangat cocok untuk penyewa dari luar daerah baik itu untuk maksud kunjungan bisnis, liburan/ kunjungan wisata/ travel ke Osaka, juga untuk mereka yang membutuhkan paket kamar sewa dengan tarif murah, namun tetap mengadopsi semua fasilitas hotel.

Guest House kami terletak tidak jauh dari stasiun JR, hanya 7 menit jalan kaki, lokasinya sangat strategis dekat dgn shotengai, pusat perbelanjaan yang dipenuhi dengan toko2 baju, sepatu, restoran, kedai kopi dan lainnya. Tempat lain yang menarik perhatian adalah Korean Town dan beberapa tempat pemandian air panas.

〒544-0033 2-7-2 katuyamakita Ikuno-ku Osaka
 <お部屋 Rooms>
4beds Mix room, female mix room, Japanese Tatami room, private room

Kamar campuran dengan 4 kasur, kamar campuran untuk wanita, kamar gaya jepang yang beralaskan tatami dengan kasur gelar futon, kamar pribadi.

<共有施設 Facilities>
kitchen, living room, shower, bath room, balcony, washer

Fasilitas Guest House di setiap kamar antara lain adalah ruangan bebas rokok, AC, pad pemanas kasur, jaringan internet (gratis), brankas. Fasilitas lainnya adalah kamar mandi (diluar kamar) yang dilengkapi dengan shampo, konditioner dan sabun mandi, toilet, dapur, kulkas, TV dan komputer di ruang pertemuan dan lantai atap yang dilengkapi dengan mesin cuci dan ruang jemur.