Best Hostels in Japan - a full backpacking Japan guideIt’s time to stop questioning what are hostels like in Japan and find out! We’ve put together this epic guide to the absolute best hostels in Japan for the curious traveller.

You must be curious otherwise you wouldn’t have landed on this page, right?

Whether you want to eat yourself sick on sushi, or marvel at Mount Fuji, it’s all possible from the comfort of an amazing hostel.

Are these really the absolute top hostels in Japan?

Yes, 100%!

Think traditional Japanese design, futon beds and spaces to enjoy drinking green tea.

We have collected:

  • boutique hostels
  • backpackers hostel
  • design hostels
  • cheap hostels
  • party hostels

There’s no way any type of traveller will be left out. Solo travellers, couples, older world explorer, families – we guarantee you’ll find something for you.

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There’s even a 5 Star Hostel in Takayama, Cup of Tea Hostel and The Share Hotels Hatchi in Kanazawa.

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Good to know: At the end of this article you’ll spot a big hostel map which is super helpful for your planning.

Not only that, but we share with you our ultimate hostel packing list so you’re fully prepared before you go.

List of Cities with the 59 Best Hostels in Japan

Don’t be alarmed by the big list – 10 would not be sufficient to get around the country. Simply click on the destination you’re interested in and skip right to it. Easy.

You’ll notice many of the places only have one hostel. It’s the best option in the area that we would recommend to our friends and family, too.

The destinations we cover in this article are:

Not sure where to start? This map will help you backpacking Japan. I added all cities, backpacker hostels and more. I personally love to plan my travels using maps. I hope it helps you too.

Best Hostels in Yakushima: Youth Hostel

Arrive at the port of Yakushima and walk just 8-minutes until you reach Yakushima Youth Hostel.

This lovely cosy hostel boats a terrace overlooking the water and an intimate indoor social area.

If you’re looking to try out some waterspouts, it’s a great spot to do so. The famous moss forest Shiratani Unsuikyo is also nearby.

The staff speak good English and are very accommodating. It’s one of the reasons this hostel gets such high ratings.

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Best Hostels in Saga: Tips Hostel

Tips Hostel is a very modern accommodation with everything in its place. Highly recommended for older travellers.

We love the private, spacious beds in-particular.

Although the place isn’t very big, there is a garden and terrace to relax on. It’s located in a quiet area, with connections to Fukuoka.

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Best Hostels in Uchiko: Hostel & Tatami Bar Uchikobare

Here we have a gorgeous hostel where traditional and modern design meet.

Hostel & Tamai Bar Uchikobare has that real Japanese feel. The walls are made from bamboo and clay – wow!

Check out the beds; they have a privacy curtain and small shelf for your laptop. Perfect for digital nomads!

Relax in the bar and lounge and enjoy a small breakfast and Japanese tea for free.

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Best Hostels in Kurokawa: ASO Base Backpackers

You won’t be disappointed by the only choice in Kurokawa. ASO Base Backpackers is family owned and has seriously high reviews.

It’s a quiet hostel located surrounded by awesome trekking opportunities, including the active volcano Mt. ASO.

Enjoy free Wi-Fi, no curfew and linen. The bunks are super sturdy so there’ll be no squeaking in the night.

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Best Hostels in Taketa: Taketa Ekimae Hostel cue

At Taketa Ekimae Hostel cue you’ll have an affordable stay that won’t compromise style and comfort.

The place is built up of local and traditional details. It’s the hosts that bring passion and friendliness to the hostel that wil have you staying longer than planned.

There’s a lounge, bar and bakery on-site. Expect a great breakfast, too!

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Best Hostels in Yamaguchi

Yamaguchi is the name of the prefecture, as well as the capital city in the area. However, the two hostels we’ve found for you are not within the main city area. They are:

  1. Uzu House
  2. Hostel Hagitime

1. Uzu House (Yamaguchi)

By far the best part about Uzu house is the ocean views of the Kanmon Straits from the outdoor terrace.

On chilly days get cosy in the cafe and bar area. There are plenty of seats inside and out.

In the dorms there are sturdy wooden beds with individually decorated curtains. What a lovely touch!

Be sure to have a go on the electric bicycles – they’re both fun and convenient.

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2. Hostel Hagitime (Yamaguchi)

Hostel Hagitime opened its doors in 2015 as a modern, cosy accommodation.

It’s a great choice for travellers looking to wind down in a quiet place, without the desire for a traditional Japanese design.

The owner is fluent in English and is happy to help. There’s also a kitchen on site and a common room for relaxing.

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Best Hostels in Hiroshima

Everyone knows the story of Hiroshima, right? If not, now is your time to learn! This eerie place has a lot to teach all those that visit. And we’ve found three great hostels for you:

  1. Hiroshima Saijo Youth Hostel
  2. Hostel Mallika
  3. Roku Hostel

1. Hiroshima Saijo Youth Hostel

First up we have a simple dorm-style accommodation ideally located just 1-minute from the Saijo train station.

Although simple, the rooms are air-conditioned/heated and each bed has its own curtain, lamp and plug socket.

The staff will quickly make you feel at home. They even have some local sake for you to try! If you like, you can pay a little extra for a western breakfast in the morning.

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2. Hostel Mallika (Hiroshima)

If you’re looking for a bit of privacy with the option of socialising, stay at Hostel Mallika.

As you can see, the beds are like mini caves where you can comfortable hide away.

Otherwise, share a coffee in the kitchen with your roommates and suggest a visit to the Atomic Bomb Dome – it’s only 400m away.

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3. Roku Hostel (Hiroshima)

Roku Hostel is a great choice for female solo travellers and couples.

The ladies can enjoy a female dorm, and couples can experience great futon beds here. It’s oh so Japanese!

We like the bike rental option and the fact everyone is welcomed with a drink. There’s a shared kitchen, too.

They also offer free luggage storage, like many of the hostels on this list. Just ask them!

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Best Hostels in Miyoshi: 4S STAY Awalkeda

4S STAY Awalkeda is a seriously stunning hostel. It has the typical Japanese sliding doors and futon beds in seriously spacious rooms.

There is a bar, restaurant and kitchen as your disposal.

If you’d like a terraced room, enquire before hand. All of the rooms have futon beds so this is the perfect opportunity to experience sleeping in one.

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Best Hostels in Shōdoshima: Sen Guesthouse

Imagine having a private beach area and free bikes to roam around on. It’s possible at Sen Guesthouse!

It’s the friendly staff and cute details that make this place more like a home than a hostel.

And guess what? There is a coffee machine in the common room. Grab one before enjoying the free breakfast.

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Best Hostels in Asuka: Asuka Guesthouse

Asuka Guesthouse is a beautiful blend of traditional and modern, set within the quiet and relaxing Asuka.

This is a great option if you like to be out exploring rather than spending a lot of time in the room as the dorms aren’t too spacious.

Nara city is 40-mins by train and Asuka it’s a great add-on for those visiting Kyoto and Osaka as it is only 1 hour away.

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Best Hostels in Matsusaka: LODGER Hostel and Restaurant

Here we have a great accommodation and restaurant all rolled in to one. But the name already have that away, I guess.

LODGER Hostel and Restaurant boasts gorgeous dorm rooms, perfectly designed with travellers in mind. Yes, there is a privacy curtain!

Amusingly, the restaurant serves up Italian food with a twist. Either that or you can attempt to rustle up some local cuisine in the kitchenette.

Matsusaka station is 10-minutes by foot which is a bonus.

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Best Hostels in Kyoto

Honestly, the hostels in Kyoto are quite hard to beat. There’s a stunning boutique hostel and a great one for book lovers.

You’ll be quite blown away by these 3 hostels in Kyoto:

  1. Book And Bed Tokyo-Kyoto
  2. Len Kyoto
  3. Piece Hostel Kyoto

Don’t miss out on a great party hostel and check out our full guide to the best hostels in Kyoto here.

1. Book And Bed Tokyo-Kyoto

Now, that is a real backpackers hostel in Kyoto!

This is a truly impressive design hostel that incorporates some of our favourite things; books, pod-beds and coffee!

The rooms include pretty much everything you need: sofas, kettle, toaster, slippers and shared bathroom.

There are a bar and lounge area that is open for all. The staff is also incredibly friendly, and is always on hand to help… or just to enjoy a chat. Consider renting a bike to explore.

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2. Len Kyoto

Len Kyoto is a beautifully designed hostel cum cafe-bar, aimed to bring both locals and travellers together. Carpenters from all over the country designed the cool lounge space.

There are dorms with 6-8 beds, including a female dorm.

It’s close to the train station and a few minutes from the Kamo River.

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3. Piece Hostel Kyoto

This is the trendy boutique hostel we were telling you about. Piece Hostel Kyoto is built with travellers in mind. A perfect hub for solo-traveller and backpackers, no doubt!

This is evident with the rooms on offer. Choose between:

  • 18-bed mixed dorm
  • Mixed deluxe dorm
  • Female deluxe dorm
  • Private single, twin + double

Added perks include a free breakfast and a plant-filled terrace.

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Best Hostels in Nagiso: Hostel Yui-an

This place couldn’t get more homely and cosy, honestly! The owners have created a welcoming space at Hostel Yui-an that we love.

A fantastic backpackers Hostel in Japan!

The layout is so perfectly Japanese, within an old farm house, no less. The garden, terrace and shared lounge are good places to get social.

Anyone who loves quiet and nature will love Hostel Yui-an.

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Best Hostels in Ina: Akaishi Shouten

If you’d like to be surrounded by mountains in a quiet countryside area, look no further than Akaishi Shouten.

Watch the world go by from the comfort of the lounge area or have a chat with the friendly staff.

You’ll be pleasantly surprised by the comfort and space of the dorm rooms, too.

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Best Hostels in Shirakawa: Shirakawago Terrace

Shirakawago Terrace is set in a century-old traditional Japanese wooden house. It has kept some of the tradition, and has great modern facilities.

Try out a futon bed on the tatami (woven-straw) floors in the huge, light rooms.

A shared kitchen is where you’ll find a simple breakfast and a place to meet other travellers.

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Best Hostels in Otari: Two cool hostels you will enjoy

To mix things up a bit, we have two hostels for you to choose between in Otari:

  1. Hakuba Cortina Lodge
  2. Hai Lodge

1. Hakuba Cortina Lodge (Otari)

Are you looking to ski in Japan? Hakuba Cortina Lodge is nestled in the foothills of Cortina ski field.

The lodge is seriously swanky, perfect for flash packers and couples looking for a great private option.

Stay warm and enjoy the on-site bar and restaurant. There’s a mix of western and Japanese food on the menu. And a pool table in the bar!

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2. Hai Lodge (Otari)

Hai, meaning yes in Japanese, is the word you’ll be using a lot at Hai Lodge.

That is if you want the following:

  • A drink in the in-house bar
  • Access to amazing powder skiing
  • Private or shared dorm options
  • Free breakfast

Reception is 24-hours, linen is supplied and there is free parking.

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Best Hostels in Yudanaka Onsen: High Quality Hostel AIBIYA

This is your chance to escape from travel, and by that we mean wind down and relax. There’s only room for 27 people so that should be easy!

Expect a warm, friendly atmosphere within the newly renovated property. It’s very traditional Japanese style which we know you’ll love.

The famous snow monkey park is only 10 minutes by bus. Yudanaka station is even closer.

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Best Hostels in Fujinomiya: Cabin House Yado

Get ready for premium pod beds at Cabin House Yado. Each one has a TV and large shelf space for storage!

You can rent a bike from the friendly staff and enjoy a hot coffee – yes it’s free – when you get back.

If you’re feeling to mingle and meet people, there is a lounge – go in there and meet your fellow mates.

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Best Hostels in Izu Shichito Island: Hostel NABLA

Hostel NABLA is basic yet homely. There are only dorms available here: one mixed and one female. Every bed comes with a privacy curtain. Great!

It has everything you’d expect of a well thought out hostel:

  • Garden w/ BBQ
  • Terrace
  • Kitchen + shared lounge

The main town of Nijima is very close by, where you’ll find restaurants, shops and a sizable supermarket.

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Best Hostels in Kamakura: Kamakura Guesthouse

This is THE place if you want to soak up everything traditional Japanese. Futons, tatami floors and even a rare “iron” are found here.

Hidden under the staircase is a cozy bar and for cooking there is a fully equipped kitchen.

Room comes in three sizes: male, female and private. It’s as easy as that.

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Best Hostels in Tokyo

As many of you asked about where to stay in Tokyo, we decided to put together the best places to stay. We’ve found 3 awesome Tokyo hostels you will cherish – same we did!

  1. Kaisu Hostel
  2. Book and Bed Asakusa
  3. Grids Hostel in Akihabara
  4. Extra: Emblem Hostel Hishiarai

Really get to know each hostel with our full guide to the 3 best hostels in Tokyo, Japan.

1. Kaisu Hostel (Tokyo)

Kaisu Hostel was formally a restaurant with performing Geishas.

Now it’s a stunning hostel offering traditional Japanese style rooms.

The best part about the location of Kaisu is that it is surrounded by a lot of serenity and as a neighbourhood, it is more of a clean and pretty location.

The railway station is only 5-minutes away.

You’ll enjoy the pod beds with privacy curtain, no doubt.

Kaisu Hostel is our favorite hostel in Tokyo!

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Common Area at Kais Hostel, perfect hostel for solo travelers in Tokyo

2. Book and Bed Asakusa (Tokyo)

The name of this hostel, Book and Bed, it actually quite literal in this case. Each cosy pod is tucked behind a book shelf!

There’s a bar on-site so you never have to stray far from your book.

Other little perks include separate female showers and close proximity to the station and famous temples such as Sensoji Temple.

A super unique fun hostel Tokyo has to offer.

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3. Grids Hostel in Akihabara (Tokyo)

Head to Grids Hostel in Akihabara if you enjoy a good old backpacker hostel with top amenities.

Note that there are no mixed dorms here, but quadruple and private rooms instead. All come with a shared bathroom.

This is certainly a good option for travelling groups and families. It helps that the Akihabara area is lively and fun, filled with friendly locals.

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Best Hostels in Takayama

The beauty of Takayama might blow your mind. Even more so once you discover our brand new 5 Star Hostel in the area. Actually, there are two great hostels to choose from:

  1. Cup of Tea5 Star Hostel
  2. Relax Hostel Takayama Station

1. Cup of Tea Hostel (Takayama)

No doubt your ears pricked when you heard Cup of Tea, especially if you’re a Brit. Glad we got your attention!

With only 18 beds and a beautiful Japanese garden, we’ve found one of the smallest 5 Star Hostels in the world.

We love the pod-style dorms with privacy-conscious design. If you’re a travelling duo, we highly recommend trying the futon and tatami floor room. Gorgeous!

Staff speak fluent English and the preserved Old Town is within walking distance.

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Review of Cup of Tea Hostel in Hida Takayama, Japan

Tradition meets modern hostel design; Cup Of Tea Hostel

2. Relax Hostel Takayama Station

Relax Hostel opened its door back in 2017 with a fresh, modern design.

This is not just a hostel, but a hostel with a sake bar! If you arrive at Takayama Station, sake is just a 1 minute walk away.

To help you get more social, WiFi is available in the common area. But do not forget to put your phone down, and meet people. Attached is a small kitchenette.

Privacy-Conscious dorms are available. We suggest treating yourself to a double bed in the mixed dorm – cool!

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Best Hostels in Sado Island: Sado Bellemer Youth Hostel

This simple backpacker accommodation has wonderful panoramic views of the sea.

Sado Bellemer Youth Hostel has 3 room types on offer: female and male dorms and Japanese room with 4 futons.

Are you a seafood lover? Then you’ll enjoy the fresh seafood dinner on offer each night.

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Best Hostels in Miyako: Guest House Minato

If you’re looking for a great room, but not too bothered about social spaces, opt for Guest House Minato.

Whether you prefer a mixed or female dorm, or are travelling as a trio and fancy the futon-style room, you’ll enjoy the bright, big spaces.

There’s a shared kitchen and reception is available 24-hours a day.

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Best Hostels in Kanazawa

There’s no time to spare when there are so many things to see and do in Kanazawa. Check out:

  1. Emblem Stay Kanazawa
  2. The Share Hotels Hatchi5 Star Hostel

1. Emblem Stay Kanazawa

Possibly the first thing you’ll notice during check-in at Emblem Stay is the bar area. It’s aptly named “social bar” – enjoy local drinks and finger foods here.

We love the small, cosy dorms that have a security box and privacy curtain. There are double rooms and twins too, not forgetting the female dorm.

Remember, the Emblem group also runs the Emblem Hostel Hishiarai in Tokyo.

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2. The Share Hotels Hatchi (Kanazawa)

We hope you love to share, it’s a beautiful thing! The Share Hotels Hatchi knows all about sharing.. and caring.

The staff at The Share Hotels Hatchi Kanazawa love to show off everything local, including the food, artists‘ work and their culture.

The coolest part of the hostel has to be the communal space in the basement. Oh and the character-fuelled interior.

There’s so much more to tell you; check out the full guide link below.

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Pod-Styled dorms at The Share Hotel Kazanawa Hatchi

Mingle hotspot! The café in the ground floor at The Share Hotel Hatchi in Kazanawa, Japan

Best Hostels in Osaka

If you like nightlife, hearty street food and modern architecture, there’s a chance you will like Osaka.

For us, Osaka was one of the highlights when backpacking Japan.

Either way, you shouldn’t be disappointed with the hostels, especially as we’ve found four, yes FIVE, great options for you:

  1. Home Hostel Osaka
  2. Coffee & Music Hostel LnK
  3. The Dorm Hostel
  4. Hostel Yu
  5. Extra: Hana Hostel Osaka

Have a look at our dedicated guide to the best hostels in Osaka, Japan.

1. Home Hostel Osaka

There is a reason that Home Hostel Osaka gets continuously high ratings.

iIt is the best backpacker hostel in Osaka!

It’s modern, cosy and the dorms are very well designed for sociable travellers that enjoy a bit of privacy. Yep, that means privacy curtains!

Cook a feast in the kitchen and relax in the shared lounge and terrace.

Various restaurants and shops are within a 10-minute walk from the hostel which is always a bonus.

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2. Coffee & Music Hostel LnK (Osaka)

Why is coffee included in the hostel name? Well, it might be because freshly ground drip coffee if served at breakfast. For free!

What stands out is the use of wood around the place, especially in the ground floor bar. This is where you can enjoy a variety of Japanese wines and social vibes.

There’s a choice of standard dorm rooms as well as the Japanese-style futon beds.

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3. The Dorm Hostel (Osaka)

The Dorm Hostel has been described as like staying in a library with free flowing coffee and tea. Sounds pretty nice, right?

It’s the social area, where you’ll find over 2000 books, that is the heart of this place. There are comfy armchairs, too!

Endless food choices are but a 5-minute walk away.

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4. Hostel Yu (Osaka)

Outstanding staff, beautiful decor and high quality facilities are to be found at Hostel Yu. It opened in 2018 and has done well to impress since.

Note: there are no private rooms here, but the pod-style dorms more than make up for it.

There’s a great little area for digital nomads to catch up on their work. It comes with a window view.

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Best Hostels in Nara

In Nara you can marvel at 8th century temples and get close to roaming deer in Nara park. Check out the 2 coolest hostels we found:

  1. Oak Hostel
  2. Hostel & Gallery G is good

1. Oak Hostel (Nara)

Oak Hostel is in a great central location.

Kintetsu station is 1 minute by foot and Nara park less than 10.

The dorms are big, but it’s never so bad when you have your own curtain and plug socket. There are private rooms available too if you prefer.

Be sure to check out the rooftop space. It has basic seating and great views!

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2. Hostel & Gallery G is good (Nara)

This is a really cool budget hostel that does not lack comfort, cleanliness or style.

For one thing, the rooms are spacious and cleverly designed. The beds are ready-made and the pod-beds come with a little locker area!

The on-site bar sells food and drinks. You’ll get a free drink to help settle you in. Breakfast is also included.

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Best Hostels in Sapporo: Ten to Ten Nakajima-Koen

Ten to Ten Nakajima-Koen has pretty much all you need for a memorable stay:

  • Large beds w/ curtain + shelf
  • On-site restaurant + bar
  • Helpful staff
  • Central location

There’s a little kitchenette if you’re looking to save money.

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Best Hostels in Kobe: Kobe Guesthouse Maya

If hiking is your thing, stay at Kobe Guesthouse Maya to be right at the foot of Mt. Maya.

There are lots of beautiful chill out spaces including a cafe area and dining/kitchen space. The staff will happily make you great coffee in the morning!

In fact, the staff are real locals and really want to help you have a local experience. So get chatting!

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Best Hostels in Fujiyoshida

The two best hostels in this city not too far from Mt. Fuji are:

  1. Hostel 1889
  2. Hostel Saruya

1. Hostel 1889 (Fujiyoshida)

Looking for a gorgeous view of Mt. Fuji from an open rooftop? It’s possible at Hostel 1889.

But that’s not all; the rooms here are a mix of wooden bunks and futon beds. It’s a modern design with a big helping of wooden furniture.

It’s a great spot if you want to be close to Mt. Fuji (2.4km) but in a quiet, less touristy area.

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2. Hostel Saruya (Fujiyoshida)

All of the rooms at Hostel Saruya come with tatami floors and futon beds. This is a beautiful 80 year old renovated Japanese accommodation!

Step outside and catch a glimpse of Mt. Fuji on a clear day. Shimoyoshida station is only a 5-minute stroll.

There’s a shared kitchen on-site and friendly staff ready to answer your questions.

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Best Hostels in Nagoya: Leo Star Hostel

Leo Star Hostel is a simplistic accommodation perfect for those on a budget and less interested in hanging around the hostel all day.

Settle in with a free welcome drink and friendly chat with the staff. Pretty nice, right?

To top it off there is a bar on site alongside a kitchen.

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Best Hostels in Takamatsu: Sunny Day Hostel

It seems it’s the breakfast that people rave about at Sunny Day Hostel. There’s a western and Japanese option to suit all.

For the solo female travellers, opt for the female dorm. The bathroom is shared but each bed has a privacy curtain and air-conditioning.

Everything is within short walking distance including shops and tram station.

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Best Hostels in Fukuoka

Fukuoka is a lovely mix of ancient temples, beaches and modern shopping malls. This is one of few destinations in Japan that we’ve found 3 great hostels including:

  1. Riverside Hostel YuRaRiver Susaki
  2. Yado 01
  3. WeBase Hakata Hostel

1. Riverside Hostel YuRaRiver Susaki (Fukuoka)

Families and groups will love Riverside Hostel YuRaRiver Susaki – there is so much space in the rooms!

There are actually no dorms here, just family rooms with a mix of double, single and sofa beds.

Each room has a private bathroom, kettle and microwave. It’s more on a hotel level than a hostel.

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2. Yado 01 (Fukuoka)

The true selling point of Yado 01 is the social spaces. There’s a rooftop, terrace and small living area with TV.

As for the rooms, they are on the cosy side, especially the private single which is big enough to fit a bed and bag.

We recommend staying in the dorm room so that you can meet people.

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Yado 01 - Best Hostels in Japan

3. WeBase Hakata Hostel (Fukuoka)

Here is a fantastic example of a capsule hostel. The beds are to die for, they even have hangers!

In the bigger dorms there are even sinks and mirrors.

The large common area is ideal for digital nomads, book worms and social butterflies. It’s such a cool space.

Enjoy a central location half a kilometre from Shofuki-ji Temple.

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WeBase Hakata Hostel - Best Hostels in Japan

Best Hostels in Ito: K’s House Ito Onsen

Clean, cosy, inexpensive and friendly: that’s the way at K’s House Ito Onsen.

What exactly is an Onsen? It’s a natural hot springs with fresh spring water. At this hostel you’ll have access to a private and communal indoor Onsen.

Alongside that there is a common lounge room, equipped kitchen and free Wi-Fi.

This is a historical property so expect traditional Japanese design and tons of character.

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Best Hostels in Mt. Fuji: Kagelow Mt. Fuji Hostel Kawaguchiko

Once a hotel, this hostel has a new concept of modern-Japanese design.

You’ll get a taste of traditional Japan, with the modern facilities you’re accustomed to.

The public spaces include a cafe/bar and dining area. It’s the large sliding window doors that really make this a great place to relax.

Kawaguchiko station is only a 10-minute walk from the property.

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Kagelow Mt.Fuji Hostel - Best Hostels in Japan

Best Hostels in Yokohama: Hare-Tabi Traveler’s Inn Yokohama

If you’re a solo female traveller or any traveller looking for a superb capsule bed, Hare-Tabi Traveler’s Inn Yokohama is for you.

Each pod is like a mini bedroom. It’s spacious and has all the necessities.

We love that there are sofa areas in the rooms, with great views of the streets of China Town below. Perfect for people watching.

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Hare-Tabi Traveler's Inn Yokohama - Best Hostels in Japan

Best Hostels in Okinawa Island

Situated in the East China Sea, Okinawa Island has so much natural beauty to explore. You’ll also be happy to know that there are 3 super cool hostels to choose from:

  1. The Lanai Hostel
  2. Hostel Mosura no Tamago
  3. Seawall Hostel

From Okinawa it is also easy to find cheap flights over to Taiwan. Find here the guide to best hostels in Taiwan put on a big map.

1. The Lanai Hostel (Okinawa Island)

The Lanai Hostel is simple, yet charming. It has everything in place for a comfortable stay, without breaking the bank.

Dorms are big with 10-beds, including a female dorm, and there are many private options available. We’d recommend this hostel for couples as it’s less sociable than most.

Makishi station is 200 metres away, connecting you with major sightseeing areas.

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The Lanai Hostel - Best Hostels in Japan

2. Hostel Mosura no Tamago (Okinawa Island)

This striking hostel has great rooms and lovely social areas.

Although there are no dorms here, the single and twin rooms are beautifully designed and perfect for travelling couples, friends and small families.

There’s a terrace, garden and great seating areas attached to the kitchen. We’d be surprised if you didn’t make friends here!

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Hostel Mosura no Tamago - Best Hostels in Japan

3. Seawall Hostel (Okinawa Island)

Seawall Hostel is bold and to the point. Sometimes that is all you need!

Everything here is super clean, and the pod-style beds are more spacious than they look. Of course, friendly staff really make a difference and you won’t be disappointed here.

The beautiful coral blue sea is only 2-minutes by foot – score!

Book Seawall Hostel here

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Seawall Hostel - Best Hostels in Japan

Best Hostels in Nagasaki: HafH Nagasaki SAI

Here’s one for the remote workers and digital nomads out there!

Yep, there is tons of work space including tables, sofas and bright, open rooms. If you want, you can also work away in your little pod bed away from everyone.

There’s a fantastic kitchen and dining area to use. The entire place has a contemporary design. There’s even a big indoor tent to relax in!

Book HafH Nagasaki SAI here

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Best Hostels in Kochi: Tomarigi Hostel Cafe Bar

Get a warm welcome from the staff at Tomarigi Hostel Cafe Bar – they speak fluent English and love a good chat.

The cafe not only serves coffee, but stronger drinks too. This is the best place to get mingling.

Although a cosy place, the 8-bed mixed dorm is surprisingly spacious. Note that there are no private rooms here.

Book Tomarigi Hostel Cafe Bar here

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Tomarigi Hostel Cafe Bar - Best Hostels in Japan

All Japan Hostels on a Map

So next up we’d like to show you our handy map pinpointing ALL the best hostels in Japan.

On the map below you find all mentioned hostels to make your planning even easier. We’ve marked them as follows:

5 Star Hostels: Black with White Star

Stunning Design Hostels: Blue

Backpacker Hostels: Purple

Other TOP recommendations: Orange

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