Hostels can be found throughout Japan and typically range in price from 1,500 to 4,500 yen. Breakfast is included at some hostels, or will be available at an additional fee. Some hostels also provide private rooms in addition to dormitory accommodation. The private rooms that come equipped with minimal amenities, in a minimalist space, tend to bring the cost up by a few thousand yen.
How To Find Best Hostels
Do some groundwork before choosing where to go, and book hostels in advance rather than just turning up and hoping that there will be a suitable bed. To find the best hostels, read online reviews on hostel booking websites such as Hostelworld.
Some hostels have separate accommodations for males and females, while others have some or all shared rooms. Dormitory rooms with double-storey bunk beds are most common, and usually are shared by four to eight people. Shared facilities often include a shared lounge, laundry room, toilets, bathrooms, and kitchen that is equipped with simple cooking tools. The shared lounge is usually equipped with a television, WIFI and a computer for all to use. Most hostels now have lockers and vending machines with a variety of drinks and snacks.
Hostels in Japan range from reliable hostel chains to independently owned facilities with traditional styles. The style of lodging can vary widely; some hostels are modern apartment type buildings and some are wonderful cottages in scenic spots; some with bare essentials, while others are almost luxurious. Most of hostels are well-staffed, clean and comfortable.
Hostels have different rules and regulations, with only a few hostels imposing a curfew, especially the ones outside of the big cities. If access is 24 hours, you can expect to be woken up at any hour as others return to the room, or new guests arrive; having a laid back personality is definitely helpful.
Recently more middle-class travelers are looking for cheap ways to get around. By far the best options for visitors to Japan who plan to do a lot of travelling are hostels, and the Japan Rail Pass which allows unlimited travel on almost all JR Buses, and JR Trains including the Shinkansen.
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