Hostels are one of the cheap accommodations popular among budget travelers. If you're looking for a cozy and social place to stay in Japan, that won't break the bank, then a hostel is likely your best choice.
Hostels usually have spacious common areas that allow guests to get to know one other, and actually for many hostelers, the opportunity to meet other travelers is part of the appeal.
Japan is one of the countries most affected by natural disasters, mainly due to it being in the Ring of Fire which is a major area in the basin of the Pacific Ocean where many earthquakes and volcanic eruptions occur.
The country has gone through thousands of years of earthquakes, tsunamis, typhoons, floods and even volcanic eruptions, which in turn have affected its economy, development, and social life.
Japan has number of abandoned or vacant homes, known as "Akiya - 空き家", that has been increasing steadily since late 1970s. It’s a problem that’s set to persist because of an aging and shrinking population that has left many towns and villages empty.
By 2013, vacant homes accounted for 13.52% of total housing and there were calculated to be 8.196 million abandoned houses nationwide, according to latest data by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications.