Cheap and central
Stayed at Fogainn in March and April , cherry blossom time. Great place very central and close to trains. Aircon in every room. Also walking distance to Dotonborri (the big crab and running man on the river!) and Namba. The hotel was an old house. the owner (Nao) stays there or has workers stay over. They mostly speak English and help you with local sites. My room was small but comfortable and they supply toast and eggs for breakfast, free use of a computer and internet in the small kitchen. communal showers were more fun. a steel box of sorts. Lots of back packers of sorts. Met some great people there. They have rooms with bunk beds for families and groups of people. I travelled away for days and lets stuff there and my stuff was secure and I felt safe leaving it there.
I will stay at the Foga Inn again when in Shinsaibashi. it wasn't 5 star but a lot of fun.
This is the sort of place you stay when you want to travel around, like to dine out, see some great things. from this location I was able to travel to Tokyo, Herishima, Osaka Tower, Universal studios, Tempozan Ferris wheel and Osaka aquarium, Kobe, Saki, Nara, Kyoto and lake Biwa, Himeji, Nagoya and the island of Shikoku.
There is a undercover walkway between Suji, Shinsaibashi and dotonbori that goes between H&M and ZARA what a great shopping strip and some fine sushi.
Just remember it is not a 5 star but great place to base yourself from.
Friends getaway - Nov 19, 2016