Carpe Diem

Carpe Diem

3-2-14 Nakahama, Osaka 536-0024 Osaka Prefecture
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4.5
#1 of 8 minshukus in Osaka
3.8 of 5 bubbles
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4.8 of 5 bubbles
Cleanliness
4.6 of 5 bubbles
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4.3 of 5 bubbles
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Carpe Diem (ima wo ikiyo, Seize the days) is located at the heart of the city, but still manages to stay as a calm and relaxing place. While in Osaka, Carpe Diem offers you a Japanese-style residence that has maintained the rich history of older homes. We also offer activities and classes including Japanese calligraphy, Kimono wearing-"Kitsuke", Soba buckwheat noodle making, Mizuhiki-knot workshop, Japanese home-cooking and Tea ceremony. Inquire us for more details.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Wifi
Breakfast available
Non-smoking hotel
Self-serve laundry
Room features
Air conditioning
Refrigerator
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Non-smoking rooms
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HOTEL STYLE
Mid-range
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3-2-14 Nakahama, Osaka 536-0024 Osaka Prefecture
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Getting there
Somewhat walkable
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Grade: 71 out of 100
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Itami Airport
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Midoribashi
8 minOsaka Municipal Subway
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Sunvaris wrote a review Nov 2014
Bangkok, Thailand16 contributions12 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
It was our first time visiting Japan and we wanted to spend at least one night in a traditional japanese style room. So we decided to book this place. We chose tea room for our stay and the room is big enough for all three of us. The futon bed was very comfortable and warm. The shower room and wc are quite small but acceptable. They also provided towels, soap, shampoo and hairdryer.

The room and the place is really beautiful, especially the garden. The place is located in a very quiet area which was very good for a very peaceful stay. However, It was quite a walk from the subway station to carpe diem and the closest exit of the subway (exit no.2) has no escalater (might be a bit troublesome if you have huge luggages). Other than that, the place is awesome.

Definitely woulld like to come back here again if I have a chance.
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Date of stay: November 2014
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Jake472 wrote a review Aug 2014
Canberra, Australia3 contributions7 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Clear directions led us to Carpe Diem and after waiting to be let in, we found ourselves in the most amazing home. We paid for the bigger room and werent dissapointed, it was huge! There was nobody else staying in the home when we were so it was almost like living in Osaka. The owners were away on a trip to Korea so we literally had nobody with us. The grounds are beautiful - a great place to relax and end the trip on. This is the best place to stay in Osaka if you are looking for something traditional.
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Date of stay: October 2013
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with family
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momo8055 wrote a review Jul 2014
Taipei, Taiwan2 contributions6 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We are a 12 people group from Taiwan and come to stay here for 2 days. Misa give us all the rooms and therefore we share 4 rooms with 12 people. The room is big enough for 3+ people. We have a wonderful experience here. Besides, due to the reason we came here on April, we saw Sakura blossom here. It's very beautiful with the traditional and classical restaurant. The only drawback to live here is that it takes about 10 min to get here from the subway station. However, it's safe to live here.
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Date of stay: April 2014
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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SG_Travelbugs wrote a review Nov 2012
Singapore238 contributions212 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
We chose this guesthouse only because all other hotels were fully booked in Osaka and Kyoto. The garden is lovely and the host is friendly enough. We had the tearoom, which was huge (note: in autumn and winter, it gets really chilly outside your sleeping area). We lost our way on arrival but thankfully, we didn't have much luggage. Even though it's about a 10-15 min walk from the train station, if you have luggage, it seems a lot further. Worse if it rains. To be fair, if you plan on spending a lot of time in the hotel, enjoying the garden and visiting the castle nearby, this may be a good place. We used it as a base to see Kyoto and it wasn't as convenient. But we had no choice since all other hotels were booked. The concept of this guesthouse is to treat it as your own home. So you can come and go whenever you like and the use of the common room is 24 hours. Misa is flexible and will clean the room/change your linens/towels everyday if you request. She even allowed us to stay until late on the last day as our flight was very late. We didn't find this place very good value for money since without meals, at 14,000 yen a night, it's pretty steep, and according to her french husband, he plans to revise the rates upwards! The other thing that's inconvenient is cash on check in. Perhaps the owners should consider payment by credit card? Fine if you are staying just one or two nights. Not so if you stay longer. Also, the rooms circle the pond. But if you are staying in the room other than the tearoom, you will have people passing outside.
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Date of stay: November 2012
2.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
2.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
3.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
3.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: The rooms circle the pond. If you are in other rooms other than the tearoom, you will have people...
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Poguie wrote a review Oct 2016
Sydney, Australia59 contributions72 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed at Carpe Diem for five nights during our recent trip to Japan. We stayed in the tea room which was a really decent size for us both, we had a great view of the stunning garden.

The host Alex and all the staff were just great and we felt like part of the family during our stay. We were genuinely sad to say goodbye at the end.

Carpe Diem is located a little bit outside the hustle bustle of the main shopping areas but it's right near Osaka castle. We loved the location and we just chose to go to a different area from there each day.

Alex also gave us some great recommendations for local eateries which were excellent. These are places in themselves 'off the beaten track' and tourist would never ever find them - so with a bit of local knowledge you can eat at really great restaurants and experience real Osaka cuisine.

The breakfast at Carpe Diem was also lovely. We went with the Japanese breakfast prepared differently each day and never tired of it. We struck up a nice friendship with the staff and enjoyed just chatting (our trying to with our limited Japanese communication skills) about life in Japan and Australia where we come from.

At nights, we just brought back some food which we had purchased during the day and had it in our rooms overlooking the garden (which is just stunning). We really felt like we had a home there for the five days and looked forward to coming back each night. We generally used Alex's restaurant tips for lunch times so as we could get back and luxuriate at Carpe Diem in the evenings.

We would recommend this place to anyone visiting Osaka - which is also a city very worth a visit by the way. It may place second-fiddle to Tokyo but we found it super friendly and interesting and easy to get around.
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Date of stay: September 2016
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Book as far in advance as you can and ask for the Tea Rooms for the best garden view.
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NaNa2109 wrote a review Jun 2015
38 contributions25 helpful votes
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed at the carpe diem for 3 nights, and we booked the tea room which is perfect for 3 girls. The view of the gareden is very good, there are a towel and many plants in the garden, we love the japanese tradional view. Alex was very kind to us, the day we left was rainy heavilly, he sent us to the train station without ask. We planed to stay here next time in Osaka.
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Date of stay: June 2015Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Vetta88 wrote a review May 2016
Dubai, United Arab Emirates7 contributions6 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Just stay there if you're in Osaka, its awesome. Great place, traditional Japanese style accomm run by friendly staff, not expensive and only a few people can stay there at a time. Also, its not a hotel... the same boring room you stay in everywhere you go.
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Date of stay: May 2016
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Pauline31668 wrote a review Jun 2015
Metro Manila, Philippines12 contributions5 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Carpe Diem is a wonderful way to experience traditional Japanese hospitality right in the heart of Osaka. The place is traditional, beautiful, peaceful but has modern facilities. Misa, her son Alex,and assistant Sai, were all very helpful and accommodating. It is also only a 10-minute walkto the train station.
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Date of stay: June 2015
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Fabien P wrote a review Jan 2014
Guanajuato, Mexico167 contributions29 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Lovely quite location, beautiful garden. The place is not far from many restaurants, shops and Osaka castle. You do need to take transports to go Osaka's main attractions (Dotombori, America mura...). We stayed in the HUGE tea room for 3 days. Our hosts were both friendly, helpful and welcoming. Having stayed in other minshukus, we found the place was a little bit overpriced but otherwise very enjoyable!
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Date of stay: December 2013
3.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
2.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Treud wrote a review Sept 2013
Taipei, Taiwan1 contribution4 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
As soon as you walk through the entrance door, you discover this traditional ryokan and a lovely Japanese garden. This quiet and exceptional environment right in the middle of the city was the best start ever for our first trip to Osaka.
The owners are a friendly couple, ready to help you with some advices (they speak Japanese, French and English) about the city and surroundings. We also could arrange a very late check-in due to a delayed flight, and a free late check-out.
Contrary to other reviewers, we think the location is very convenient: 10min walking distance to 2 subway stations (FYI, important lines), a post office, a 24/24h convenience store (useful to buy some breakfast as the owners don't provide any), a laundry store, an awesome tiny Ramen restaurant open until 2 am etc. The guests have full access to the kitchen, living room and free wifi. The first time you look for the place, you might think it is a bit complicated to find. But the owners provide a useful detailed map. Afterwards, you will never forget this charming place.
Regarding the room, it is quiet big for Japanese standards, a traditional bathroom, a beautiful and relaxing view over the garden, and veeeery quiet to have some great sleep after a long day of visits.
To put it in a nutshell, we definitely recommend this guest house, better than a hotel, and we will go back on our next trip!
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Date of stay: September 2013
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Answer from francesinred
Los Angeles, California164 contributions11 helpful votes
Hi!! You could check on their website. I wanted to post the link for their website Tripadvisor is prohibiting me to post it. I'm sorry It's not the typical way of reserving a room like in travel websites (e.g Orbits, expedia etc..). You have to message the owner to book your desired room. If it's not for our time differences (I live in L.A), I think they respond quite timely. If you want to participate in their activities, you also want to let them know in advance. Enjoy!!
Paebella asked a question Aug 2015
Los Angeles, California16 contributions5 helpful votes
hi, could you forward me their contact info? thank you in advance.
Answer from Kino G
Los Angeles, California
As far as I know, They only accept email reservation. You can go to their website to find out more info. Google "Carpe Diem Osaka" n you will find their web.
Amy F asked a question Aug 2015
Hong Kong, China
Do you have availability for 5 to 10 October for 4 people?
Answer from Elsie R
13 contributions7 helpful votes
You can email them?
Amy F asked a question Aug 2015
Hong Kong, China
How do I contact them for rates and booking
Answer from Pauline31668
Metro Manila, Philippines12 contributions5 helpful votes
You may go to their website and email Misa directly. She answered me in 1 day.
Kriszta V wrote a tip Jun 2019
Cluj-Napoca, Romania21 contributions23 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Tea room is the best choice if you are looking for ryokan experience"
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Poguie wrote a tip Oct 2016
Sydney, Australia59 contributions72 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Book as far in advance as you can and ask for the Tea Rooms for the best garden view."
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Alissa M wrote a tip May 2016
Sydney, Australia61 contributions28 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"The loft is very cosy and modern"
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sektao wrote a tip Apr 2016
Singapore, Singapore253 contributions121 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"During spring it can be too cold in the big ryokan. You may prefer the room upstairs."
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psychicpotato wrote a tip Mar 2016
Toronto17 contributions43 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Loft room is fantastic, but does have a steep stair-climb to the upper floor bedroom."
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Frequently Asked Questions about Carpe Diem
Which popular attractions are close to Carpe Diem?
Nearby attractions include Cool Japan Park Osaka (0.7 km), Osakajo Hall (1.1 km), and Osaka International Peace Center (1.1 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Carpe Diem?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free parking, and self serve laundry.
What food & drink options are available at Carpe Diem?
Guests can enjoy breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Carpe Diem?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Carpe Diem?
Conveniently located restaurants include Tokumasa Udon Morinomiya, Jojoen Yugentei The New Otani Osaka, and Sakura.
Are there any historical sites close to Carpe Diem?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Osaka Castle (1.4 km), Osaka City Central Hall (3.5 km), and Osaka Prefectural Nakanoshima Library (3.6 km).
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