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Carpe Diem (ima wo ikiyo, Seize the days) is located at the heart of the city, but still manages to stay as a calm and relaxing place.
While in Osaka, Carpe Diem offers you a Japanese-style residence that has maintained the rich history of older homes.
While enjoying the serene hospitality, you can go discover the agglomeration that created the city of Osaka and enjoy the countless activities we offer such as Japanese calligraphy, Kimono wearing-“Kitsuke”, Soba buckwheat noodle making, Mizuhiki-knot workshop, Japanese home-cooking and Tea ceremony.

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Carpe Diem is a Japanese home that will transport you back to the Showa era (1926 to 1989), a period that has brought up Misoguchi, Ozu, Kurosawa and Oshima.
Come hear the soft rustling of sliding doors made of Shoji paper, the warm sound of your steps on the tatami which exhale a charming perfume. Listen to the soft wind whistling through the pine trees of Japan, experience an architecture that is open to nature, its softness and peace.
Our home was designed by a famed artist from the Kansai region called 'Mangetsu', a 'Rodokushi' (storyteller) that has lived in this residence at the beginning of the 20th Century. He chose this location for his home because it sits in the shadow of Osaka Castle, which now doubles as the general headquarters of the French embassy, right next to the Osaka Business Park.
About the residence:
Please click on the following links for detailed explanations of the residence:

  • The black stones in the garden
  • Lanterns and pagodas
  • Gallery
  • Tea ceremony room
  • Japanese room




  • Since 1970, the home has been the main residence of a French man named Frank Riva, who has fallen in love with the exquisite charms and beauty of the surrounding region. Having returned to his home country in 2004, he left the residence to his family in order to create a cultural center in which international exchanges can be held.
    Frank and his wife Misa are particularly interested in transmitting this heritage to a new generation of tourists.
    Staying here, at the heart of the Japanese lifestyle, offers travelers the opportunity to discover the unique hospitality imbedded in the culture which is strictly based on its tradition, and the opportunity to experience living in a different but yet comfortable environment in Japan.
    Having lived in Osaka for more than 20 years, Frank awaits you with great pleasure to make you feel cozy and comfortable, and also to help you discover the region surrounding the home (Nara, 40km; Kyoto, 40km; Kobe, 30km). He can help you discover the wonderful landscapes, history centers and finest dining experiences in the area.





    Carpe Diem is not a simple, blunt place where you just sleep. It's also a magnificent traditional Japanese home, a piece of heaven where time seems to have frozen to allow you to relax and experience the never-ending beauty of western Japan.
    Kyoto and Nara used to be great capitals of history, and they remain today as pillars of sightseeing sites in Japan. Accessing these cities is very convenient from Carpe Diem.
    Room amenities: hair dryer, A/C (with heater and cooler), kettle, mini-refrigerator
    Shower amenities: Shampoo, conditioner, body soap, a set of bath towel and face towel per person


    Superior room :
    Tea room (2 connectable Japanese rooms with private shower & WC)
    *Maximum capacity: 4 persons
    *Child under 12 are charged 2,500 per night

    1 2 3 4 5
    1 9,000 18,000 27,000 36,000 45,000
    2 17,000 34,000 51,000 68,000 85,000
    3 22,000 44,000 66,000 88,000 110,000
    4 27,000 54,000 81,000 108,000 135,000
    (yen)



    Superior room :
    Loft room (Japanese wooden 2-storey loft with private authentic bathtub & WC)
    *Maximum capacity: 3 persons
    *Child under 12 are charged 2,500 per night

    1 2 3 4 5
    1 9,000 18,000 27,000 36,000 45,000
    2 17,000 34,000 51,000 68,000 85,000
    3 22,000 44,000 66,000 88,000 110,000
    (yen)



    Standard room :
    Japanese private room (with private shower & WC)
    *Maximum capacity: 4 persons
    *Child under 12 are charged 2,500 per night

    1 2 3 4 5
    1 8,000 16,000 24,000 32,000 40,000
    2 15,000 30,000 45,000 60,000 75,000
    3 20,000 40,000 60,000 80,000 100,000
    4 25,000 50,000 75,000 100,000 125,000
    (yen)






    During your stay at Carpe Diem, we offer various courses including Japanese calligraphy, Kimono wearing-”Kitsuke”, Mizuhiki-knot workshop, Soba buckwheat-noodle making, Japanese home-cooking (Tempura, Maki-zushi, Japanese curry, nikujaga, oden, etc...).
    Other activities such as a traditional tea ceremony will immerse you in a true Japanese atmosphere.
    Your works will undoubtedly become an important part of your wonderful adventure in the country of the rising sun.

    Japanese family-style cooking
    During your stay, if you would like to discover the secrets of Japanese home-cooking, participate in one of our available courses.
    10,000 for the first person and 5,000 added from the second person. (*Please reserve in advance)
    ...Please ask for more details

    Tea ceremony
    It is a tradition that dates back to the 12th century. Come and experience it in a calm afternoon.
    The initiation of authentic tea ceremony is held on the second Sunday of every month from 12:00~15:30.
    It will be a special price of 3,000/person for guests staying at Carpe Diem. (*Reservations only)
    If you would like to experience it on a different date, we offer private sessions too.
    It will be 10,000 for the first person and 5,000 added from the second. (*Please reserve in advance)
    ...Please ask for more details

    Kitsuke- Kimono Wearing
    Introduction to kimono wearing. Courses are given by professional Kitsuke-master in Carpe Diem's Japanese room.
    Private lessons only.
    It will be 10,000 for the first person and 5,000 added from the second. (*Please reserve in advance)
    ...Please ask for more details

    Calligraphy Café
    Experience the beauty of Japanese traditional calligraphy while relaxing with a cup of hot beverage. Courses are given by professional calligrapher in Carpe Diem's Café Space.
    It is held every first or second Thursday of the month between 13:00~14:30 or 15:30~17:00.
    It will be a special price of 3,000/person for the guests staying here! Prices include material cost and one hot beverage. (*Reservation only)
    If you would like to experience it on a different date, we offer private sessions too.
    It will be 10,000 for the first person and 5,000 added from the second. (*Please reserve in advance)
    ...Please ask for more details.

    Mizuhiki-Knot Workshop
    Mizuhiki plays an important role in Japanese culture as a symbol of affection, warmth and togetherness. Made from washi, or Japanese paper, Mizuhiki is a colorful twine that is tied in knots to decorate gifts. In the workshop, we will create seasonal pieces using the Mizuhiki knot technique.
    It is held every second Wednesday of the month between 13:00~15:00.
    It will be 3,500 per person including the material cost. (*Max. capacity: 8; Please reserve in advance)
    If you would like to experience it on a different date, we offer private sessions too.
    It will be 10,000 for 1 person, 6,000/person for a group of 2~4 people and 5,000/ person for a group of 5~8 people. (*Please reserve in advance)
    ...Please ask for more details

    Soba Buckwheat Noodle Making
    Enjoy the taste of authentic Soba master’s delicious bowl of Soba noodles.
    Watch the delicate ways how Soba noodles are made and if you would like, experience how to make them yourself! Held every second Saturday of the month between 11:00~14:30 in Carpe Diem's Café Space.
    It will be 1,000 per bowl of soba. Limited to 30 bowls; first come first serve.
    ...Please ask for more details

    *Notice: Dates and prices of activities listed above may change without a prior notice due to the season and room availabilities. Please inquire us for further details.

        Relaxing Massage by Chiyo
    After a long day of journey or sightseeing, come and relax your body and soul with a soft, soothing massage done by Chiyo. Done in a private room next to the common space area.
    Prices: 60min/ 5,000; 90min/ 7,000; 120min/ 8,000 (*Please reserve in advance; come talk to the Carpe Diem staffs to make a reservation)

      Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
    11:00~18:00 *Only reservations made in advance.
    (By Sunday)
    × Only 1st and 3rd Sat. of the month
    18:00~ 22:00

    *All afternoon treatments are strictly reservations only

    *Make reservations by 6pm to have the treatment on that day






    Detailed plan of trains and metros in Osaka
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    Detailed plan around Carpe Diem (stores, restaurants, convenience store, etc.)
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    Direction from Morinomiya Station to Carpe Diem
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    Direction from Midoribashi Station to Carpe Diem
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    Carpe Diem on Google Maps
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    From Shin-Osaka Station to Carpe Diem (arrival by Shinkansen, the local bullet-train)

    Whenever you use the Shinkansen, you arrive and depart at Shin-Osaka station.

    1. From Shin-Osaka station go to Osaka station and change to “JR Kanjo Loop Line” and get off at Morinomiya station. It will be about 15 minute walk from there to Carpe Diem. Please refer to the map “Direction from Morinomiya to Carpe Diem” listed on the left side of this web page for directions.

    2. Or, from Shin-Osaka station go to Osaka station and use the “Midosuji subway line” to Honmachi station. Once there, change to the “Chuo line” and get off at Midoribashi station. Take exit # 2 from the station and please refer to the map “Direction from Midoribashi to Carpe Diem” listed on the left side of this web page for directions. It will be about 8 minute walk.

    From Itami Airport (domestic flights) to Carpe Diem:

    1. Take a limousine-bus to New Hankyu Hotel (next to Osaka-Umeda station). From there, walk to JR Osaka station and use the “JR Kanjo Loop line” to Morinomiya station. It will be about 15 minute walk from there to Carpe Diem. Please refer to the map “Direction from Morinomiya to Carpe Diem” listed on the left side of this web page for directions.

    2. Take a limousine-bus to New Hankyu Hotel (next to Osaka-Umeda station). From there, walk to “Midosuji line” Umeda station and go to Honmachi station. Then, change to the “Chuo line” and get off at Midoribashi station. Take exit # 2 from the station and please refer to the map “Direction from Midoribashi to Carpe Diem” listed on the left side of this web page for directions. It will be about 8 minute walk.

    From Kansai International Airport (KIX) to Carpe Diem:

    1. By taxi (Duration: 60~90min., Price: approx. 10,000 ~ 15,000)

    2. By Limousine Bus
    Take the Limousine Bus to Miyako Sheraton Hotel (Duration: approx.55~65min., Price: 1,550/adult, 780/child)
    From there, take a taxi to Carpe Diem (Duration: ~20 min., Price: approx. 1,000~1,500)

    3. By Train
    Take a rapid train (“Nankai Line Airport Express” or “Nankai Express Rapitoβ”) to Tennoji or Osaka station,
    then change to the “JR Kanjo Loop line” to Morinomiya station. (Duration: approx.~70min., Price: 1,000~1,600/person)
    Once there, it will be about 15 minute walk from there to Carpe Diem. Please refer to the map “Direction from Morinomiya to Carpe Diem” listed on the left side of this web page for directions.




    Q. What is the Check-in and Check-out Policy?
    Check-in: Between 3pm~6pm.
    For early or late check-in please notify us in advance or else the house will be closed.
    Check-out: Until 11am. *We do not do late check-outs.

    Q. What kind of amenities do you have in each rooms?
    Room amenities such as a hair dryer, A/C (with heater and cooler), kettle, mini-refrigerator and shower amenities including shampoo, conditioner, body soap, and a set of bath towel and face towel are provided in each rooms.

    Q. Do you accept credit cards?
    No, we don’t accept credit card payments. There are many places in Osaka where you can withdraw cash. The most common place will be Seven-Eleven.

    Q. How long does it take from Kansai Airport (KIX) to Carpe Diem? What are the different ways to get here?
    It takes about 90 minutes.
    Please refer to “ACCESS to Carpe Diem” section of this web page for the detailed ways to get here from KIX.

    Q. How can I get to Kyoto from Carpe Diem?
    Take the train from Morinomiya station to Osaka station on the “JR Kanjo Loop Line”.
    From Osaka station, take the “JR Kyoto Line” and get off at Kyoto station
    (Total Duration: approx. 50~70min., Price: approx. 800/person)
    *The special rapid service train will be the fastest train to get to Kyoto

    Q. What are the ways to get to Nara from Carpe Diem?
    Take “Chuo line” from Midoribashi station to Ikoma station (the line will automatically switch to “Kintetsu Keihanna line”). Switch trains at Ikoma station that goes towards “Kintetsu-Nara”. Get off at Kintetsu-Nara station.
    (Total Duration: approx. 40~50 min., Price: 700~1,000/person)

    Q. Can we wash our clothes?
    Yes. We have a laundry machine and a dryer: One load will be 200.

    Q. Is there a curfew?
    No, but the lights in the garden will be switched off between 11:00~11:30pm so watch your steps if you get home after that.

    Q. Are there any good restaurants near-by the house?
    Yes, there are various restaurants that serve delicious food.
    We have Japanese home-cooking restaurant, Sushi restaurant, several izakaya (Mixture of a bar and a restaurant that serves dishes with your drink; families are welcome too), Udon-noodle restaurant and a Ramen restaurant. You can get the route details at Carpe Diem, all the restaurants mentioned above are about 5 min. walking distance.
    Please refer to the “Detailed plan around Carpe Diem (stores, restaurants, convenience store, etc.)” map for directions.

    Q. How much would a Taxi cost from the house to the center of Osaka (Umeda, Shinsaibashi, Doutonbori, Namba)
    Approximately 2,000.

    Q. How far is the Osaka castle from the house?
    It takes about 10 minutes on foot to the Osaka castle.

    Q. May I use the kitchen of the house?
    It will be 1,000 per group for 90 minutes. You are free to use all the utensils, plates, cups, and cooking equipment including the burners, oven and microwave during this time.
    Ask for more details.





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  • E-Mail: info@carpediem-osaka.jp