Guesthouse in Osaka

Inside a restored, century-old townhouse down a quiet lane, U-en has seven upstairs rooms with a variety of bedding – futons and tatami mats in private rooms and bunks or capsules (with curtains, lockers and shelves) in dorms. It's beautifully done, though pretty touches like paper shōji doors mean sound does travel. Staff speak English; bicycle rental available (¥500 per day).

All of this sits atop an attractive cafe, where you can get coffee (from ¥400) and croissants in the morning (or beer in the evening).