Translated by Lester Somera
Travel Around Osaka In Style With A Bike From CharinCo Hostel
Written by Osawa Kumi
When in Osaka, check out CharinCo Hostel, where you can rent stylish bicycles to ride around Osaka and make new friends from all over the world.
A cool, stylish hostel near the Tanimachi 4-chome subway station recently opened in Osaka’s Tanimachi area, famous as a commercial hub. The place is named CharinCo Hostel. The word charinco in the Kansai dialect, is a casual and widely used way to refer to a bicycle.
This article will introduce CharinCo Hostel, the perfect place for people who want to relax and leisurely explore Osaka’s city streets.
For a hostel on a street with plenty of office buildings, it is surprisingly quiet. Unlike the central areas of Umeda and Namba, it has a relaxed, low-key vibe. Let’s step inside and take a look around.
Rows of Bicycles That You’ll Want to Take Pictures Of!
There is an array of bicycles with cool designs mounted on the walls of the first floor lounge! All of them are available for rent, even for non-guests. Daily rental rates vary by bicycle type, but they start at 500 yen a day. Guests can rent certain bicycles for free, so ask the hostel staff for more information.
The popular bicycle brand FUJI is here too! How about hopping on a stylish bike and feeling the wind on your face as you ride around town! The symbol of the city, Osaka Castle, is five or six minutes away by bike. Ask the staff for their recommended route.
Furthermore, recently more unique bicycles have joined the ranks at CharinCo. If you ride a tandem bike that is OK for use on the highways, people heading into the city will certainly do a double take (rental is 2000 yen with tax).
Check in via the counter at the back of the first floor. The staff members speak English and will be happy to answer your inquiries.