Best (and Worst) Coworking Spaces in Osaka

7 best (and worst) coworking spaces in Osaka

Osaka is becoming increasingly popular among digital nomads. It’s no wonder since it is a megahub of tech startups and fresh entrepreneurship. For those who love Japan but find Tokyo overwhelming, Osaka is a great alternative for work and travel. If you’re visiting this cosmopolitan city for the first time, you may take a look at this video:

Osaka is a true coworking hotspot, with over 30 places for working travelers. Here are some we singled out to help you narrow down your choices.

Osakan Space is our favorite place to cowork in Osaka

Image source: Osakan Space Facebook

Located in the heart of Osaka’s business district, Osakan Space is the most welcoming shared space for international professionals. You’ll be in the city center, just minutes away from the central Honmachi station. There are various restaurants around it and even a Starbucks nearby for those of you who prefer the tried and tested over local and new.

Osakan Space has a Coworker Member Choice Award under its belt and rightly so. Whatever your style of coworking, they can accommodate your needs. If you like to chit chat and network, you’ll love their vast open space area. For those who prefer peace and quiet, there is a large concentration room with no talking. If you want to get super comfy, check out their snug sofa room. If you have a travel stand desk and get tired of all the sitting around, attach it to any surface in any of the rooms to work standing up.

The best thing about this place is the warm and friendly atmosphere. The spaces are luminous and pleasant. They even host different social events there. You’ll be surrounded by various professionals from around the globe willing to help and co-learn. With many different skill sets in the mix, you may even find a new business partner or prospect.

Basics
Pricing
  • 2,000 yen per day
  • 12,000 yen per two weeks
  • 15,000 per month
High-Speed Internet Yes
Open Hours
  • Monday – Friday: 10am – 6pm
  • Saturday: closed
  • Sunday: closed
Ergonomics
Comfortable Chairs Yes
Standing Desk No
Workspaces
Dedicated Desks No
Conference Rooms Yes
Private Offices Yes
Phone booths Yes
Coliving No

Line-up is our least favorite space to cowork in Osaka

Image source: Line-Up Facebook

The Japanese are known for their perfectionism, and a great metropolitan city like Osaka is another proof of that. This holds true for their coworking scene as well. We had to be nit-picky when choosing our least favorite Osaka coworking space.

Line-up is a decent open-concept coworking space in Nishi Ward. It’s on the first floor of a modern building near the Dotonbori river. The place is fresh and hip, great for young creative people who wish to exchange ideas over coffee. The problem lies in the fact that Line-up often hosts various events. Since it is one large open area, this is unfortunate because you cannot work there during these events. If you still decide to give it a go, better check their Facebook page to see if there’s anything scheduled for the day.

Basics
Pricing 500 yen per day
High-Speed Internet Yes
Open Hours
  • Monday – Friday: 10am – 7pm
  • Saturday: closed
  • Sunday: closed
Ergonomics
Comfortable Chairs Yes
Standing Desk Yes
Workspaces
Dedicated Desks No
Conference Rooms No
Private Offices No
Phone booths No
Coliving Yes

4 coworking spaces in Osaka we also like

Narrowing our choices down wasn’t easy. But here are the rest of the best:

  1. Common Room Nakatsu in Kita
  2. Inseed in Chuo
  3. D-SPOT-COM Nagahori in Chuo
  4. Juso Coworking in Yodogawa

Common Room Nakatsu in Kita

Source image: Common Room Nakatsu Facebook

Common Room Nakatsu is in the north of the business district, in a modern building where it spans over several floors. It is near a subway station, so it is well connected with the rest of the city. In its vicinity, you can find various shops, parks, and amazing food places.

It’s open 24/7, and across its several floors, you can find everything you may need. Apart from all the usual stuff (and it offers ALL the usual stuff), Nakatsu also features such things as a soda fountain and a library. It may be the most peaceful place to work in Osaka, with its traditional Japanese elements. Once you enter, you get to slip into their indoor slippers and sip fresh herbal tea. There is even a tatami room where you can relax and meditate (or work, while also trying to meditate). You get a full, immersive experience of the traditional Japanese culture while working stress-free.

Inseed in Chuo

Image source: Inseed

Inseed is yet another coworking gem in the heart of Osaka. Its location is perfect as it’s close to the metro station, and you can easily move around from there. As opposed to our previous pick, this place is more modern and slick. The great look comes with a greater price, so be sure to check your budget before venturing here.

This place is fully equipped to accommodate its guests. There are a number of spaces for various purposes. Among these, you can find anything, from individual workstations and two-person booths to a large conference room with a smart projector. There are even a kitchen and a relaxation area. This place is clearly focused on providing the best service to its international guests. That’s why the staff speaks English perfectly, but they also speak Mandarin.

D-SPOT-COM Nagahori in Chuo

Image source: D-SPOT-COM Facebook

D-SPOT-COM is a cozy coworking spot downtown. It’s close to Nagahoribashi station, so it’s easy to access from any part of the city. Its rooms cover two floors. There are large open area spaces, as well as small meeting rooms and a chill zone. At 1,000 yen a day, it is also pretty affordable for such a great location.

This coworking space is filled with all the necessities, such as scanners, printers, and comfy chairs. If you carry a lot of stuff around, this may be the perfect place for you as it features personal lockers. You can safely put away anything you may not need instead of cluttering your workspace. With soft jazz playing in the background and a great deal of natural light, you will thoroughly enjoy your time here. Another important thing to mention is that receptionists’ English is pretty good.

Juso Coworking in Yodogawa

Image source: Juso Coworking

Juso Coworking is on the other side of the river, in Osaka’s popular shopping and dining area. There are many casual restaurants in the area, as well as a huge indoor shopping mall. If you’re traveling with kids, this is a perfect place to keep you both occupied because it is family-friendly.

While you work hard in one of Juso’s Pinterest-worthy rooms, your kids can enjoy the playground area. If that is not enough to keep your children at bay, don’t worry. Juso Coworking collaborates with a local childcare center. You can drop them off there and work away knowing they’re in good hands. There are different space options here too. You may sit in the main open area, a quiet concentration room, or even a private booth.

Honorable mentions

As we have said, there are plenty of cool spaces to work in Osaka. It would be a shame not to mention at least some of those that didn’t make it to this list. Here are more Osaka coworking spaces for you to explore:

Coworking spaces in Osaka

The Best (and Worst) Coworking Spaces in Osaka, Japan

Osaka is becoming increasingly popular among digital nomads. It’s no wonder since it is a megahub of tech startups and fresh entrepreneurship. For those who love Japan but find Tokyo overwhelming, Osaka is a great alternative for work and travel. If you’re visiting this cosmopolitan city for the first time, you may take a look at this video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C8MWGDunZj8

Osaka is a true coworking hotspot, with over 30 places for working travelers. Here are some we singled out to help you narrow down your choices.

Osakan Space is our favorite place to cowork in Osaka

Image source: Osakan Space Facebook

Located in the heart of Osaka’s business district, Osakan Space is the most welcoming shared space for international professionals. You’ll be in the city center, just minutes away from the central Honmachi station. There are various restaurants around it and even a Starbucks nearby for those of you who prefer the tried and tested over local and new.

Osakan Space has a Coworker Member Choice Award under its belt and rightly so. Whatever your style of coworking, they can accommodate your needs. If you like to chit chat and network, you’ll love their vast open space area. For those who prefer peace and quiet, there is a large concentration room with no talking. If you want to get super comfy, check out their snug sofa room. If you have a travel stand desk and get tired of all the sitting around, attach it to any surface in any of the rooms to work standing up.

The best thing about this place is the warm and friendly atmosphere. The spaces are luminous and pleasant. They even host different social events there. You’ll be surrounded by various professionals from around the globe willing to help and co-learn. With many different skill sets in the mix, you may even find a new business partner or prospect.

Basics

Pricing
  • 2,000 yen per day 
  • 12,000 yen per two weeks
  • 15,000 per month
High-Speed Internet Yes
Open Hours
  • Monday – Friday: 10am – 6pm
  • Saturday: closed
  • Sunday: closed

Ergonomics

Comfortable Chairs Yes
Standing Desk No

Workspaces

Dedicated Desks No
Conference Rooms Yes
Private Offices Yes
Phone booths Yes
Coliving No

Line-up is our least favorite space to cowork in Osaka

Image source: Line-Up Facebook

The Japanese are known for their perfectionism, and a great metropolitan city like Osaka is another proof of that. This holds true for their coworking scene as well. We had to be nit-picky when choosing our least favorite Osaka coworking space. 

Line-up is a decent open-concept coworking space in Nishi Ward. It’s on the first floor of a modern building near the Dotonbori river. The place is fresh and hip, great for young creative people who wish to exchange ideas over coffee. The problem lies in the fact that Line-up often hosts various events. Since it is one large open area, this is unfortunate because you cannot work there during these events. If you still decide to give it a go, better check their Facebook page to see if there’s anything scheduled for the day.

Basics

Pricing 500 yen per day 
High-Speed Internet Yes
Open Hours
  • Monday – Friday: 10am – 7pm
  • Saturday: closed
  • Sunday: closed

Ergonomics

Comfortable Chairs Yes
Standing Desk Yes

Workspaces

Dedicated Desks No
Conference Rooms No
Private Offices No
Phone booths No
Coliving Yes

4 coworking spaces in Osaka we also like

Narrowing our choices down wasn’t easy. But here are the rest of the best:

  1. Common Room Nakatsu in Kita
  2. Inseed in Chuo
  3. D-SPOT-COM Nagahori in Chuo
  4. Juso Coworking in Yodogawa

Common Room Nakatsu in Kita

Source image: Common Room Nakatsu Facebook

Common Room Nakatsu is in the north of the business district, in a modern building where it spans over several floors. It is near a subway station, so it is well connected with the rest of the city. In its vicinity, you can find various shops, parks, and amazing food places.

It’s open 24/7, and across its several floors, you can find everything you may need. Apart from all the usual stuff (and it offers ALL the usual stuff), Nakatsu also features such things as a soda fountain and a library. It may be the most peaceful place to work in Osaka, with its traditional Japanese elements. Once you enter, you get to slip into their indoor slippers and sip fresh herbal tea. There is even a tatami room where you can relax and meditate (or work, while also trying to meditate). You get a full, immersive experience of the traditional Japanese culture while working stress-free.

Inseed in Chuo

Image source: Inseed

Inseed is yet another coworking gem in the heart of Osaka. Its location is perfect as it’s close to the metro station, and you can easily move around from there. As opposed to our previous pick, this place is more modern and slick. The great look comes with a greater price, so be sure to check your budget before venturing here.

This place is fully equipped to accommodate its guests. There are a number of spaces for various purposes. Among these, you can find anything, from individual workstations and two-person booths to a large conference room with a smart projector. There are even a kitchen and a relaxation area. This place is clearly focused on providing the best service to its international guests. That’s why the staff speaks English perfectly, but they also speak Mandarin. 

D-SPOT-COM Nagahori in Chuo

Image source: D-SPOT-COM Facebook

D-SPOT-COM is a cozy coworking spot downtown. It’s close to Nagahoribashi station, so it’s easy to access from any part of the city. Its rooms cover two floors. There are large open area spaces, as well as small meeting rooms and a chill zone. At 1,000 yen a day, it is also pretty affordable for such a great location.

This coworking space is filled with all the necessities, such as scanners, printers, and comfy chairs. If you carry a lot of stuff around, this may be the perfect place for you as it features personal lockers. You can safely put away anything you may not need instead of cluttering your workspace. With soft jazz playing in the background and a great deal of natural light, you will thoroughly enjoy your time here. Another important thing to mention is that receptionists’ English is pretty good.

Juso Coworking in Yodogawa

Image source: Juso Coworking

Juso Coworking is on the other side of the river, in Osaka’s popular shopping and dining area. There are many casual restaurants in the area, as well as a huge indoor shopping mall. If you’re traveling with kids, this is a perfect place to keep you both occupied because it is family-friendly.

While you work hard in one of Juso’s Pinterest-worthy rooms, your kids can enjoy the playground area. If that is not enough to keep your children at bay, don’t worry. Juso Coworking collaborates with a local childcare center. You can drop them off there and work away knowing they’re in good hands. There are different space options here too. You may sit in the main open area, a quiet concentration room, or even a private booth. 

Honorable mentions

As we have said, there are plenty of cool spaces to work in Osaka. It would be a shame not to mention at least some of those that didn’t make it to this list. Here are more Osaka coworking spaces for you to explore:

Where to Stay in Osaka

Where to Stay in Osaka – a vibrant city with superb cuisine

Map of Osaka

Osaka is the second-largest city of Japan after its capital Tokyo. As a significant financial and economic center, this metropolitan area is located in the Kansai region on the island of Honshu. The city is quite popular among tourists who praise its citizens for being spontaneous, friendly and approachable, unlike their compatriots in Tokyo and Kyoto. 

Okonomiyaki Image source: Pinterest 

Apart from the people, Osaka stands out for its food and history as well. With its special culinary style, the food found in this city is characterized as delicious, savory but above all, very affordable. It is the home to okonomiyaki, a mouth-watering type of a pancake, and takoyaki, a snack in the form of small batter balls containing octopus chunks. 

The highlight of Osaka’s history is certainly Osaka Castle built in 1583 by Toyotomi Hideyoshi, who intended it to be the center of the government of unified Japan. Unfortunately, his plan fell through but the castle still represents one of the most majestic buildings in Japan. Tourists love to visit this place in the early spring as it is one of the most famous hanami spots when the beautiful cherry blossoms.

Osaka Castle Image source: Pexels

Five best neighborhoods to stay in Osaka

Map of Osaka

Osaka is roughly divided into two large areas known as Kita, downtown, and Minami, uptown. These areas are further subdivided into a large number of districts. The most popular neighborhoods among the tourists are:

  1. Umeda
  2. Shinsekai
  3. Dotonbori
  4. Tennoji
  5. and Abeno owing to the abundance of historically significant and attractive places to visit.

Depending on your preferences, you can choose to stay in or visit one of these districts.

Neighborhood Ideal for: Why?
Uptown Osaka (Kita) 
Umeda  First-timers Home to Osaka Station and Umeda Sky Building among many other landmarks. Very well connected to other areas.
Downtown Osaka (Minami)
Dotonbori  Nightlife  The busiest and most crowded area famous for energetic nightlife
Honmachi  On a budget  Great location and affordable accommodation
Shinsekai  Bohemians Lively area with numerous activities 
Tennoji  Long-term stay  Far from the crowd

Where to stay in Osaka for the first time – Kita (Uptown Osaka/Umeda) Map of Umeda

If you are visiting Osaka for the very first time, look for a place to stay in Kita, or the uptown Osaka, and its Umeda district. This district is a great place for the people who have never been to Osaka before because JR Osaka Station is its central hub. This allows you to move around the city easily and without any fear of getting lost because you can catch any train from the Midosudji subway line. Also, you can visit other cities nearby such as Kyoto and Nara as well.

Umeda district Image source: jntonn

Umeda district is a peaceful and uncongested one as opposed to other districts, which will allow you to rest and relax after spending a day outside walking and exploring the city. Being a famous shopping, dining, and entertainment district, it has a lot to offer, and even the most demanding tourists will manage to find something here to suit their taste. For those who are planning to visit Osaka with their family and small children, you will be relieved to know that this neighborhood is family-oriented, given the fact that there are wide and clean sidewalks, and it is one of the safest districts in Osaka.

Things to see and do in Umeda

If you decide to seek accommodation in this district during your visit, there are some important places you need to visit, such as:

  1. Osaka Station 
  2. Umeda Sky Building
  3. HEP
  4. Nakanoshima Museum of Art
  5. Techno Bar D floor
  6. Pokemon center 

Osaka station 

One of the most attractive buildings in this part of Japan is the newly renovated railway station with its adjacent large shopping and dining areas.

Osaka Station Image source: Pixabay

Umeda Sky Building

Only a 10-minute walk away from the Station is this majestic skyscraper found. If you are not afraid of heights, then you should not miss a chance to visit this building as it has a floating observatory on the 39th floor. You will be amazed by the view.

Umeda Sky Building Image source: umeda_skybuilding

HEP (Hankuyu Entertainment Park) 

Despite being an immense multipurpose complex, it is not the main reason why people visit this park. The large HEP 5 Ferris Wheel is found on the roof of this complex and if you decide to hop and take a ride, you will get a view of the Osaka skyline.

HEP 5 Ferris Wheel Image source: Pixabay

Nakanoshima Museum of Art 

If you are an art lover and want to see what the art scene of Osaka has to offer, then do not miss visiting this museum which contains 5,700 famous pieces.

Nakanoshima Museum of Art Image source: hakoohakoohakoo

Techno bar Dfloor 

At the very heart of the Umeda district, there is a well-known bar in which only techno music is played. Everything from the design of the bar to the drinks served was arranged to match this type of music.

Techno D bar Image source: shintanisaki

Pokemon Center

If you find yourself wandering around the Umeda Department Store, you will stumble upon the land of the Pokemon. Here you can find everything with that Pokemon swag such as toys, school supplies and even unique pieces of clothing that you can buy and take home to remind you of your favorite anime. Moreover, you can participate in numerous video-games and win yourself a rare Pokemon.

Pokemon Image source: tamyamspam

Where to stay in Umeda

In contrast to other districts in Osaka, hotels in Umeda are a bit pricier but they offer much better service and accommodation. Selecting a place to stay mostly depends on your budget. The average price in Airbnbs is $53 per night. 

Here are our top 3 Airbnbs:

Affordable optionThis apartment in Umeda with luxury bath

Apartment

Moderate price – This apartment 3 min from Juso station and 1station from Umeda

Apartment

Luxury optionThis apartment at Umeda Station

Room

For more Airbnbs in Umeda districts, check here

Where to stay in Osaka for nightlife – Dotonbori 

Map of Dotonbori

Dotonbori is the most vibrant and energetic part of Osaka. Home to many symbols of Osaka such as the giant Glico Running Man, moving Kani Doraku Crab sign and bright neon lights, Dotonbori is the nightlife tourist attraction with many restaurants, bars, clubs, and markets where you can enjoy the true atmosphere of the city at any time during the day or night.  The best about this area is that when the hunger calls after the whole night partying, there are numerous awesome places with great local food to satisfy it. 

Dotonbori Image sourcing: Pexels

Things to do and see in Dotonbori 

As such a cool place and popular among travelers, Dotonbori sure has plenty to offer. Check out our recommendations: 

  • Chinese Cafe 8
  • Konamon Museum 
  • Hozenji-Yokocho Alley
  • Club BAMBI
  • Club Cheval 

Chinese Cafe 8

This place serves the most delicious Chinese food but the decor of this restaurant is simply amazing since there are red lanterns on the ceilings and the giant statue of Buddha in the corner. The menu of this restaurant has more than 300 entries. 

Cafe 8 Image source: ccafe8

Konamon Museum 

A place where you can learn how to make great takoyaki, and eat it afterward. 

Konamon Museum Image source: linapiwat

Hozenji-Yokocho Alley

The most famous street in the whole Dotonbori where many bars and pubs are located. It is called the ‘’Drinking Street’’.

Hozenji-Yokocho Alley Image source: saktak_jp

Club BAMBI

One of the most popular clubs among tourists with great music and parties that last all night long. 

Bambi Image source: bambi_monster_club

Club Cheval 

Very glamorous club providing unique mature clubbing experience. 

Cheval Image source: nobafoods

Where to stay in Dotonbori 

Dotonbori offers accommodation for every budget. Also, since tourists love this area, the prices are slightly higher than in Umeda. The average price in Airbnbs is $65 per night. 

Here are our top 3 Airbnbs: 

Affordable optionThis apartment close to Dotonbori and Namba 

Room

Moderate price – This apartment 2mins away from Dotonbori 

Room

Luxury option – This studio 30sec away from Dotonbori 

Room

Find more Airbnbs in Dotonbori here