Welcome to Guesthouse U-En Osaka
We're here to announce that Guesthouse U-En, Osaka's favorite hostel, is moving to a new location!
Our new spot is in Osaka's Fukushima ward, just 15 minutes on foot from JR Osaka and the Umeda subway stop, and only 5 minutes from Fukushima Station on the JR Loop Line. The atmosphere of our new building, a 103-year-old prewar townhouse, shares many of the traits of our first building in Tamatsukuri. Right now we're hard at work giving this new space a thorough renovation in preparation for our scheduled opening at the start of October.
As a result, U-En will be closing its doors in Tamatsukuri at the end of September 2013. It's hard to believe that six years have already passed since our opening. While we're sad to move away from the place where it all began, we're looking forward to starting anew at our next location and continuing to offer a space where all kinds of people can come together and enjoy their time in Osaka.
We'd like to take this opportunity to extend our warmest thanks to all the people who have made U-En such a special place. We're overwhelmed with gratitude for all the guests who have stayed at U-En over the years, all those who helped us open our first location and keep it running, the patrons who enjoyed curry, coffee, and drinks at Cafe U-En and Cafe Kao Kao, everyone who attended, planned, and participated in our music shows and special events, all those associated with the many other businesses who have shared our building, and of course every member of our stellar staff. Because of all of you, U-En has developed a worldwide reputation and become a favorite destination among people from all walks of life.
Our goal at our next location, same as ever, is to continue to provide a fun and affordable, traditional yet modern-minded safe haven which all kinds of travelers can treat as a homebase as they visit our part of Japan. For those of you new to us, we can't wait to welcome you to Osaka! And for those of you who have stayed with us in the past, we can't wait to welcome you back and introduce you to our new space!
The last night for guests to stay at U-En is Sunday 9/22, with our final checkout the following morning. Cafe Kao Kao is planning to stay open throughout the day on Monday 9/23.
In the short time remaining, we will continue to do our utmost to offer the best travel experience possible, and as we move onto our new location, we pledge to carry this ethic of hospitality into the next episode of our development. We look forward to seeing all of you soon at one location or another in the months ahead!