About the Homestay

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U.S. & Chinese couple living long-term in Japan.

I have been hosting visitors in the Osaka & Kyoto area for over 20yrs (Couchsurfing, Airbnb, and Homestay) and I use the services often when I travel.

My wife & I know everything you need to know! We're very happy to share our lovely conveniently located apartment with you. Our place is bright, clean & new with a large veranda, just a 5min walk from a main station.

We have a bar right downtown in Namba & also run Unbeaten Japan, a travel agency focused on camping (warm weather) and hot springs (anytime!). Let us take you swimming, hiking, relaxing in nature.

Japanese, English & Chinese are OK.

At our apartment you can sleep on futons on tatami, Japanese style.
The room is decorated for you & has a very traditional feeling.
Check us out!

House Facilities
  • Laundry
  • Internet Access
  • Non Smoking
  • Air Conditioning

Bedrooms available for booking

Minimum stay is for 2 nights

Maximum stay is for 7 nights

Available for given dates

Tatami Room
From ¥4,000 per night
Twin Room
Sleeps 2

Bathroom shared (with family / other guests)
2 Futon Bed

Bedroom availableNot available for dates

A traditional Japanese style tatami mat room with futons for sleeping. Tastefully & traditionally decorated for you! South facing with lots of natural light.

  • TV
  • Air Conditioning
  • Dresser / Drawers
  • Mirror
  • Fridge
  • Hair-dryer
 1 guest
2 guests
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About the Area

Our apartment is conveniently located just a short walk from a main subway station (Daikokucho). Supermarkets & convenience stores nearby. Super safe (that's Japan!) any time, any day. There're other train lines within walking distance, including the Loop Line (Imamiya station).

Local Area Facilities
  • Park
  • Bus Stop
  • Train station
  • Hospital


Hosts can offer a complimentary light breakfast at their discretion. All other meals, including a full breakfast, might incur an additional cost, if offered. Meals and any additional payment should be arranged directly with your host.

Included in the stay
  • Complimentary Light Breakfast
  • Use of Kitchen

House Rules

• Smoking outside only on the veranda (we prefer no smoking, however)
• Don't be afraid to ask us anything!
I've spent over half my life in Japan, especially Osaka, Kyoto, Kobe & Nara as well as the areas around, from up north at the Japan Sea, to down south at the Pacific, and from the west at the hot springs of Okayama, over to the east at the mountains of Nagano.

Smoking is not allowed.

7 Reviews

  • 1572950053 original

    Age 65 - 74

    5 hearts
    December 2019

    Lawrence and his wife Lou were excellent hosts. I was very happy to be able to stay in a traditional japanese tatami room. The location is very practical due to it's closeness to Namba and many sightseeing spots. I can only very strongly recommend staying here.

    Host reply
    Homestay Host Family Lawrence in ,

    We're glad that you could enjoy your time with us here in Osaka & are very happy to have you stay anytime!

  • 1559116983 original

    Age 18 - 24

    5 hearts
    July 2019

    Very helpful and sociable! Even invited us for cool trips!

  • 1556290060 original

    Age 25 - 34

    3 hearts
    May 2019

    Appartement bien placé, propre et confortable.
    Lawrence vous accueille gentillement et donne un avis sur tout, mais pas toujours de façon constructive.

    Host reply
    Homestay Host Family Lawrence in ,

    interesting assessment. just trying to be helpful, as usual.
    but it's not easy with people who don't appreciate it. other reviews here express a different opinion than yours for some reason.

    however, you requesting help from me to get a rentacar before you even arrived at my place (you planned a driving trip without securing a vehicle!!??) but then showing up at my door and informing me that you already arranged one through your previous host — in another city, 1hr in the opposite direction of where you have to drive, and I had a vehicle ready for you here — without informing that you had done so, could be interpreted as pretty rude ungracious by some people. but I let it slide, right.
    I guess everyone just has their own ways.
    happy travels!

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  • 1556002217 original

    Age 18 - 24

    5 hearts
    May 2019

    Lawrence is awesome beyond words. He is cool, knowledgeable, polite, and open-minded. His place was close to transit and he was extremely accommodating of our needs. I suggest you plan your trip well in advance and ask Lawrence for tips. He knows Japan like the back of his hands. Thank you for welcoming us into your home! Hope to see you again.

  • 1551616673 original

    Age 25 - 34

    5 hearts
    May 2019

    très bon moment, logement grand, belle chambre avec des futons confortables.
    parking a 50m et métro à 150m.
    très bien situé.
    lawrence est très prévenant, il vous conseillera des coins pour sortir, etc.

  • 1550091724 original

    Age 25 - 34

    5 hearts
    April 2019

    Nous avons passé un magnifique séjour chez Lawrence ! L'accueil, le lieu, les hôtes, tout était parfait ! Lawrence et son épouse sont adorables et plein de bons conseils, toujours présents pour aider ! Je recommande vivement ! J'y retournerai sans hésiter !

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    Age 25 - 34

    5 hearts
    March 2019

    Lawrence and Liu were fantastic hosts! Very outgoing, went above and beyond to make sure we were comfortable and had what we needed. Very central location, and on top of it all they offer excursions to onsens and camping trips so you can experience japan like you’d never have thought. We did an onsen trip, was fantastic. Would stay again in a heartbeat!

    Host reply
    Homestay Host Family Lawrence in ,

    Thanks for joining us on the hot spring trip & then taking part in our friend's drinking tour — come back again and we'll show you even more of what we do for guests!

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