Best Places for Backpackers in Japan.

Enjoy backpacking around Japan without a fixed itinerary by using our handy listings of the best hostels in every destination. Specially curated for backpackers and economy travellers, we help you find an amazing place to stay no matter where you're headed!

The best backpackers destinations & accommodation in Japan.

Top 50 hostels in Japan.

These are the 50 most awesome hostels and budget places to stay in Japan.

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Guest House Ouka

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Guest House Ouka

Takayama Old Town and Miyagawa Morning Market are a 10-minute walk, while Hida Minzoku Mura Folk Village is a 10-minute drive away from Guest House Ouka. The property is a 8-minute walk from Takayama Nohi Bus Centre, where guests can take a bus to Shirakawa Village. Towels are provided at an addi...
Guest House Ouka is a hostel in Hida Takayama. Check Hostelworld for prices.

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Hostel Teltel Bouzu

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Hostel Teltel Bouzu

Hostel TELTEL BOUZU is located in Shinsaibashi and Namba area. It takes about only an hour from Kansai International airport by any public transportation. We have 3 types of rooms with extra big and comfy bed, Dormitory room (4 bunk beds / 8 beds), Double room (one king size bed), Private room...
Hostel Teltel Bouzu is a hostel in Osaka. Check Hostelworld for prices.

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Daibutsu Ryokan

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Daibutsu Ryokan

Close to Takaoka Daibutsu, one of the three major statues of Buddha in Japan, Daibutsu Ryokan is a Japanese-style inn located in the heart of the historical town of Takaoka City with 400 years of history. As it is only 5 minutes walk from the JR Takaoka Station, it is an ideal location for business...
Daibutsu Ryokan is a hostel in Toyama Pref. Check Hostelworld for prices.

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Hostel moku-moku

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Hostel moku-moku

Stay at Hostel moku-moku and take a traditional Japanese public bath. The origin of Japanese public bath can be traced back to 13 century. It was a bath for monks purifying their body at shrine. When the monks opened the shrine baths to the public, Sento (Japanese public bath) culture was began....
Hostel moku-moku is a hostel in Osaka. Check Hostelworld for prices.

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Guesthouse Umebachi

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Guesthouse Umebachi

●Normal check-in time is at from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. * Front desk hours: 7:00-11:00 16:00-23:00 * We can keep a luggage before check in time and after check out time. 08:00-11:00 Free 11:00-16:00 The costs is 200 yen/ per person 16:00-22:00 Free *please make your reservation by all means unt...
Guesthouse Umebachi is a hostel in Sendai. Check Hostelworld for prices.

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ROUTE

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ROUTE

ROUTE is a cozy little hostel with full brand new facilities with everything you need. We offer a great place to relax and plan your time in Nagasaki. Our staff have been here for a long time and know a great deal on what Nagasaki has to offer. Feel free to ask us any questions about the area. RO...
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Matsushiro GuestHouse Hoteiya

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Matsushiro GuestHouse Hoteiya

Mastsushiro is located in the south of Nagano. Town of Matsushiro surrounded by lush green mountains. Matsushiro is the site of 'The fight of KAWANAKAJIMA'. You can also explore historical site associated with the SAMURAI Sanada family. Beautiful,quiet,comfortable castle town. Rooted spirituall...
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Hostal Reposo Hikifufne Lodge

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Hostal Reposo Hikifufne Lodge

Hikifune Lodge is a family-run hostel in the traditional district Hikifune of Tokyo opened in June 2016. We offer unique and comfortable stay at a reasonable price with warm hospitality. You will feel at home as if you were with your Japanese “mom”....
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TsuyuKusa B&B&D

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TsuyuKusa B&B&D

Tsuyu-Kusa B&B&D is a little onsen ryokan located in Hirayu Onsen, suburb of Takayama town. There are 8 Japanese style rooms and 3 private natural hot spring bath. One of them is an outdoor roof-top bath. Our building is traditionally structured, wooden house. We have a dorm room too. Ideal not only...
TsuyuKusa B&B&D is a hostel in Hida Takayama. Check Hostelworld for prices.

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Guest House Chura Cucule Ishigakijima

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Guest House Chura Cucule Ishigakijima

Guest House Chura Cucule Ishigakijima offers accommodations in Ishigaki Island. Every room includes a shared bathroom. There is a shared lounge at the property. Yaeyama Museum is 1 km from Chura Cucule Ishigakijima, and Kabira Bay is 11.3 km from the property. The nearest airport is New Is...
Guest House Chura Cucule Ishigakijima is a hostel in Okinawa. Check Hostelworld for prices.

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Senshinkan Matsuya

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Senshinkan Matsuya

Senshinkan Matsuya is a small and friendly traditional Japanese ryokan located near Snow Monkey Park. It offers delicious Japanese food and great natural hot spring bath. We are a small and cozy Japanese style inn built in Genroku period (1688-1703). It is a 3-story wooden building with 11 gues...
Senshinkan Matsuya is a hostel in Nagano Snow Monkey Park. Check Hostelworld for prices.

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Onsen Hostel Hinoemi

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Onsen Hostel Hinoemi

Onsen Hostel Hinoemi is your home away from home. Located only 45min away from center of Tokyo by bullet train. We have wealth of experience in the industry and know what travelers value and need during their stay. We have our own Onsen(hot spring) inside our property. You can enjoy our natural h...
Onsen Hostel Hinoemi is a hostel in Atami. Check Hostelworld for prices.

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Koyasan Guest House Kokuu

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Koyasan Guest House Kokuu

Koyasan is historically regarded as one of the most sacred mountains in Japan. In particular, it is a holy ground representing the Shingon sect of esoteric Buddhism, with a history dating back twelve hundred years. Rich in history and culture, Koyasan is a very spiritual place for both Buddhists and...
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Guest House Hachi

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Guest House Hachi

Located in the historical Shimabara area in Kyoto. Guest House hachi is a renovated traditional Japanese town house. About 6-7 minutes walk from Tambaguchi station on JR Sagano line, which is only one stop away from Kyoto station. You can just relax in your private room, enjoy talking...
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Star Capsule Hotel

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Star Capsule Hotel

Conveniently located in the heart of the Naha City, just a 10-minute drive from Naha International Airport, and a 10-minute walk from Asahibashi Monorail Station, Star Capsule features popular Japanese 'capsule' accommodations. Approximately three minutes walking distance to Japan's most popular...
Star Capsule Hotel is a hostel in Okinawa. Check Hostelworld for prices.

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Seventh Heaven Hakuba

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Seventh Heaven Hakuba

Large common area including a recently added games room with pool table and Wii.High speed wireless internet throughout the building and in all guest rooms.All you can eat continental breakfast is included for all guests. Complimentary all you can eat breakfast with unique hot food item of the da...
Seventh Heaven Hakuba is a hostel in Nagano (Hakuba). Check Hostelworld for prices.

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Asuka Guesthouse

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Asuka Guesthouse

Want to escape the congestion of big cities with their hustle and bustle and spend some quiet time in a beautiful surrounding? Then ASUKA GUEST HOUSE is the place to come to. We are located in Asuka village in the center of Nara prefecture, about 40 minutes by train from Nara city. Kyoto and Os...
Asuka Guesthouse is a hostel in Nara Asuka-mura. Check Hostelworld for prices.

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Talbot

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Talbot

About Talbot. “Take pictures, print and send them to somebody you love while you’re traveling.” In 2017 we’re going to open a hostel with a print laboratory right in the middle of Kyoto, in Kyoto’s biggest shopping arcade: Sanjo Shopping Arcade. William Henry Fox Talbot, who lived over 200 years...
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Lodge Kiyokawa

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Lodge Kiyokawa

【Description】 Here is the located of one hour from Beppu, Yufu and Aso. If you want to feel the real Japan, it is here. The rooms are dormitory, Private Cabin or Tree house. Mountains, rivers and Traditions, You can variety of experience. 【Information】 *If you would like dinner or breakfa...
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Hostel Chapter Two Tokyo

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Hostel Chapter Two Tokyo

Hostel Chapter Two Tokyo is the best place as a hub for your travel in Tokyo. *We are located in 1 min walk from Asakusa Station and facing Sumida River. *You can get direct train from both Narita Airport and Haneda Airport. *At this Family-run, Small & Cozy hostel, you can make new friends an...
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Iza Kamakura Hostel & Bar

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Iza Kamakura Hostel & Bar

We established since 2013. There's many sightseeing spots around our guest house,Which's Hase temple,Big Buddha of Kamakura,Yuigahama beach and so on. It takes only 2min from 'Hase station' on Enoshima line. We're looking forward to meeting you. Kamakura is an ancient city that has produced i...
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Jasmine Lodge

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Jasmine Lodge

The most pleasant and Historic Onsen town `Shimoda, on Izu Peninsula. 10 minutes Bus from Shimoda Station to Jasmine Lodge. Each room has a Toilet,TV,a Washbasin, Air-conditioner, a smal fridge.The Lodge stands on a little hilly area. You can enjoy at Shirahama beach by 10 minutes walk. This Eme...
Jasmine Lodge is a hostel in Izu Peninsula. Check Hostelworld for prices.

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B&B Pension Hakodate-mura

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B&B Pension Hakodate-mura

B&B pension Hakodate-mura is conveniently located in the heart of the Hakodate western district on the bay side. There is the leading tourist attractions in Hakodate. As one of the first Japanese little harbor cities to be opened to international trade after the country's era of isolation. Hakod...
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Guest House Onsen Yado Raicho

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Guest House Onsen Yado Raicho

Our guesthouse Raicho where is located in Norikura Highland, Nagano Prefecture, situated 1,500 meters above sea level and is surrounded by wonderful nature. 100% Natural hot spring (sulfurous; ‘Onsen’) is available both indoors and outdoors. Heal your body in the Onsen, and free your mind in the unt...
Guest House Onsen Yado Raicho is a hostel in Matsumoto. Check Hostelworld for prices.

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Kinco. hostel+cafe Takamatsu, Setouchi

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Kinco. hostel+cafe Takamatsu, Setouchi

We have a café in 1st floor and cool bunk beds in 2nd floor. The first floor acts as a social space where guests and locals can mingle comfortably. So there are opportunity to meet new people. You might make friends with local people and other travelers. Besides, the property offers delicious coffe...
Kinco. hostel+cafe Takamatsu, Setouchi is a hostel in Kagawa Pref Takamatsu. Check Hostelworld for prices.

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Guest House Pongyi

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Guest House Pongyi

Typical Japanese Style Guest House. Only 7 min. from Kanazawa Station on foot, and located by the beautiful Kuratsuki canal one of the main tourist trail. Pongyi is a hostel aimed for short-stay budget travelers and backpackers. It is especially suited for those travelers looking for more atmos...
Guest House Pongyi is a hostel in Kanazawa. Check Hostelworld for prices.

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Hakodateyama Guest House

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Hakodateyama Guest House

A great budget option for anyone travelling through Hokkaido, blending traditional Japanese accomodation with affordable prices. Located in the easily accessible Tatimatimisaki district close to the Yachigashira tram station, Hakodateyama Guest House commands a wonderful view of the sea and the c...
Hakodateyama Guest House is a hostel in Hakodate. Check Hostelworld for prices.

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Guesthouse Tokiwa

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Guesthouse Tokiwa

Fujinomiya is the most closest city to Mount Fuji. Here you can find the history and culture of Mount Fuji. It’s just 1 minute by walk from Fujinomiya station to Guesthouse TOKIWA. We located at the center of Fujinomiya so you can enjoy history, culture, shopping, foods here. Come and enjoy differ...
Guesthouse Tokiwa is a hostel in Mount Fuji. Check Hostelworld for prices.

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Hisayo

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Hisayo's Inn

It's easy to get famous sight seeing spots like Asakusa and Yokohama without transfer by public transportation. We will also support your trip from local to famous sight seeing areas to experience Japanese culture! You can go to various places from here with this good access to transportation....
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Lamp

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Lamp

Nagano Prefecture, northern , guest house LAMP is nestled on the shores of Lake Nojiri , renovated the accommodation of Sunday planning Outdoor School was founded in 1975 as an outdoor school was opened in 2014 spring . Those who enjoy the outdoors , we want to stay cheap for people who love natu...
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Guesthouse Namaste

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Guesthouse Namaste

It is located at 5 minutes on foot from the Kanazawa station's east exit, and the place is very much in the convenient location as a base of the Kanazawa sightseeing. We prepare a big room of the continuation between two rooms for the family or the group who can use it by one room by five people....
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Backpackers Hostel Ks House Hakuba Alps

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Backpackers Hostel Ks House Hakuba Alps

Backpackers Hostel K's House Hakuba Alps opened in Jan 2006 is located in Hakuba village, Nagano-pref, only 9min walk from JR Kamishiro station on Oito line.(Free Pick up!) (an hour bus ride from JR Nagano station) Our concepts Cozy,clean,inexpensive and friendly for all you global travelers....
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Drop Inn TOTTORI

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Drop Inn TOTTORI

Drop Inn Tottori is situated in the centre of Tottori city, only a 3-minute walk from Tottori Station and a 1-minute walk from Tottori Station Bus Terminal. Tottori Airport is a 15-minute drive, while the Tottori Sand Dune is a 15-minute drive from the hotel. The accommodation boasts dormitory ro...
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J-Hoppers Kumano Yunomine Guesthouse

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J-Hoppers Kumano Yunomine Guesthouse

J-Hoppers Kumano Yunomine Guesthouse is situated in Hongu and is a 10 minutes drive away from Kumano Hongu Taisha Grand Shrine.(approx 70min walk on Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage Routes) For over 1000 years people from all levels of society, including retired emperors and aristocrats, have made the ardu...
J-Hoppers Kumano Yunomine Guesthouse is a hostel in Tanabe Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage Routes. Check Hostelworld for prices.

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Guest House KURA

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Guest House KURA

Welcome to Guest House KURA in Suzaka City, Nagano!! An authentic traditional Japanese Guest House! This house was built more than 100 years ago and was only renovated in 2012 in a way that retained the building's Japanese quaint atmosphere. All rooms come in Tatami style and feature tradit...
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Pension Puppy Tail

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Pension Puppy Tail

Welcome to our pension. Pension Puppy Tail is on Hakodate Eki-mae Street, only 5-minute walk from the station. Its convenient location provides easy access to sightseeing. Tour buses and trams station are nearby for departure and arrival. The accommodation charges in Pension Puppy Tail are rea...
Pension Puppy Tail is a hostel in Hakodate. Check Hostelworld for prices.

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Guest House Kanoka

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Guest House Kanoka

Guesthouse Kanoka is located in Northern Shinshu (Nagano prefecture) and is surrounded by fruit fields and the region’s praised natural beauty. Natural choice for people wanting to visit the surrounding mountainsand Snow Monkey Park, it welcomes single travelers as well as couples and other groups....
Guest House Kanoka is a hostel in Nagano Snow Monkey Park. Check Hostelworld for prices.

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Nagano Yudanaka Shimaya

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Nagano Yudanaka Shimaya

We get TripAdvisor TRAVELERS' CHOICE 2012 WINNER & 2013 WINNET. for two yearsWelcome to Shimaya Ryokan in Yudanaka Spa Resort in Nagano! Shimaya Ryokan provides FREE Shuttle Service to Jigokudani, as well as the Monkey Park; where you can see monkeys in the outdoor hot spring baths. Welcome to our...
Nagano Yudanaka Shimaya is a hostel in Nagano Snow Monkey Park. Check Hostelworld for prices.

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Ten to Ten Nakajima-Koen

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Ten to Ten Nakajima-Koen

Ten to Ten Nakajima-Koen is located in the Sapporo City Centre neighborhood in Sapporo, 1.1 km from Odori Park and 1.3 km from Sapporo TV Tower. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. The rooms have a shared bathroom. You will find a shared kitchenette at the property. Sapporo Clock Tower is 1....
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Hostel bedgasm

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Hostel bedgasm

Welcome to the Hostel bedgasm! We are backed multi national and around the world travel experienced staffs. We've made most fun and cozy Hostel in Tokyo, Japan! We are 5 tiny stories building with roof-top, comes with self-destruction to self-renovation almost everything. You can have a re...
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Grids Kyoto Shijo Kawaramachi Hotel & Hostel

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Grids Kyoto Shijo Kawaramachi Hotel & Hostel

Grids Kyoto Shijo Kawaramachi Hotel & Hostel is a hostel located in the heart of Kyoto’s downtown, Kawaramachi. This is the central area and the commercial center of the city. We have dormitory rooms and private rooms to meet multiple needs. Our hotel and hostel are equipped with cafe and bar on the...
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Lodge Tyojirou

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Lodge Tyojirou

Lodge Tyojirou has joyful accommodation for tourists on their own, or those in groups. It has a good reputation with many long-term guests and re-visitors. A small accommodation managed by a family. The surrounding area is safe. There are many convenience stores and restaurant near lodge tyojirou...
Lodge Tyojirou is a hostel in Kansai International Airport. Check Hostelworld for prices.

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Guesthouse Nara Komachi

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Guesthouse Nara Komachi

lounge with TV, a shared kitchen and an information corner with guide books and maps. The computer corner offers free use of headsets. LCD televisions with digital channels, guestrooms include complimentary wireless Internet access. Private bathroom come with rainfall showerheads and bidets....
Guesthouse Nara Komachi is a hostel in Nara. Check Hostelworld for prices.

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RokuRoku

Enjoy splendid Surroudings and Facilites !!! RokuRoku is located in the center of Kyoto-Higashiyama, the eastern part of Kyoto. There are many sightseeing spots within 15 minuteswalk. ...Ginkakuji(Silver Temple), Philosophys Path and etc... Many bus services are available from the nearest bus...
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Hiroshima Hostel EN

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Hiroshima Hostel EN

Hiroshima Hostel EN is a hostel with a bar / izakaya at ground level. It was created with the intention to connect people, be they travelers or locals looking for a drink and a good time. THE HOSTEL The hostel is located on the second floor of EN and offers beds in a traditional Japanese sty...
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Hostel Ebi

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Hostel Ebi

There is some reason to stay at a small hostel rather than big ones. 【Message from the owner】 Hello, I’m Jiwon, the owner of HOSTEL Ebi. I have to say, my place is not big. We have just 20 beds. So if you like businesslike or chain big accommodation, you wouldn’t like us. However, if you are loo...
Hostel Ebi is a hostel in Kyoto. Check Hostelworld for prices.

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Kyoya Ryokan

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Kyoya Ryokan

・spacious dormitory room ・Guests can add Kaiseki style breakfast at an extra cost of 1998 JPY. Reservations required:Please let us know by the previous day. ・Also, can add dinner with many Nagoya local foods at an extra cost of 5940JPY. Reservations required: please let us know at least 7 da...
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Jiyujin

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Jiyujin

-We are located in Karasuma-Gojo(烏丸五条). -Nearest station is Kyoto subway Karasuma Line [Gojo(五条) station]. -[Gojo station (五条)] is the first stop from [Kyoto station]. ※Please note that [Kyoto station] is not nearest station. ※It will take approximately 15-20 minutes by walking from Kyoto stati...
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NASUBI Mt. Fuji Backpackers

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NASUBI Mt. Fuji Backpackers

NASUBI Mt. Fuji Backpackers is located in Fuji City, at the base of one of the most iconic mountains in the world, NASUBI Mt. Fuji is the perfect venue for your mountain experience. You will enjoy our iconic traditional Japanese home with a fully equipped kitchen, comfortable terrace, cozy living sp...
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Okara Guesthouse

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Okara Guesthouse

Okara Guesthouse is newly opened guesthouse in November 2016. It is located about 15 minutes walk from JR Kyoto Station. We tastefully renovated machiya (Kyoto style house) into the modern Japanese style guesthouse. Okara Guesthouse offers bicycle hire at an additional charge. Kiyomizu-dera Templ...
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Things to see and do while backpacking in Japan.

Check out tips from other travellers and bloggers and their experiences in Japan.

If you're already planning to visit Japan - scroll to the next section for a list of the best places to stay.

Why go to Nara Park?

Nara Park is famous as one of the most picturesque and oldest parks in Japan. It is a sprawling 502 hectares of beautiful sights and is home to many cultural landmarks of the City of Nara. But what the park is famous for is the 1,200 residents of the Park: Deer. That’s right, Nara Park is best known as the Deer Park of Japan.

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Time to loosen up!

Now, to bring a smile to all those party animals shifting in their shoes – you can drink and dance away to your heart’s content here and surely there is no doubt in anyone’s mind about the German beer! I am not much of a drinker so I shan’t advise you on what alcohol you should and shouldn’t have but what I will recommend, is visiting Sachsenhausen. A street full of bars and pubs, Sachsenhausen is one of the most lively and beautifully lit areas in Frankfurt. And for those of you wanting to shake their bodies, make your way to Gibson’s at Kontablerwache – one of the most visited and popular clubs in Frankfurt (be prepared for long lines – we stood out there for an hour!). Those looking for exclusivity may want to visit Club 101 – a club located on the 25th floor of the Japan Centre, which opens just once every month (you may want to time your vacation accordingly for this). With many more distinctive and offbeat clubs, Frankfurt should be able to satiate your fidgeting feet ?.

Aishwarrya Deore

OSAKA Amazing Pass: A ticket for having more fun with less cost

If you are planning a trip that you would like to stay in OSAKA for deep travel, do not miss to add this ticket/the pass on your list. Osaka is the biggest city in western Japan, has more than 2 million population. In this kind of busy city, it has a very convenient underground system but complicating. Well, if you are not good at the direction… You can stay here for 1 to 7 days and make your unique experience in this modern city.

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Nearest metro: Meijijingu-Mae Station inside LaForet.

Japan is well known for its dress-up experiences, with many choosing to try on traditional Geisha outfits, but if you feel like something modern and ultra Kawaii you might want to try this. Step into the closet of this elegant boutique and emerge a different person.

Leanne Dickinson

My 40 hour Journey

Originally, I had planned to go to Japan during my one week October holiday in Taipei and also climb the mountain during that time period, but after finding out the climbing seasons starts July 1st and goes until September 10 every year, I realized I had 3 weeks before the season is over!!  Woohoo, another spontaneous last minute adventure!

Addie

An Introduction to Sushi

Now I eat and breathe sashimi, which is the Japanese word for raw sliced fish. Not only is it one of the more sophisticated tastes of one’s palate with, when done right, an almost creamy yet crisp texture it is actually so damn good for you! It has even be penned as ‘Smart Fuel’ by Mark of Marks Daily Apples due to its sensational concoction of the essential fatty acids and nutrients with no carbohydrates and loads of protein it serves as perfect sustenance. I wouldn’t go as far as turning to an all sashimi diet just yet, as there are a few risks in case the fish hasn’t been handled properly or it might have been fished from uncertified or unsustainable areas so it can contain a lot of bacteria. However rest assured the chefs at Sushi Dai are experts at their trade and they do deliver when it comes to their art.

Chanel Donahoe

Where Is Ishigaki?

ISHIGAKI has got just that… Off the coast of Okinawa, JAPAN. This island has exceptional local people, food and most of all crystal clear water with many activities to go with it. Before even landing, you could see the beauty that awaits.

Marcella Giovanna

Osaka: The Deliciousness

I love food, Yes! good food is bliss, whether eating by yourself or with others. Every meal time should be celebrated. It’s a great fortune to have food and to able to eat, it’s a greater fortune to be open to different kinds of foods. And when you have to opportunity to travel and eat foods from different places, you enrich your taste buds, the sweet, the sour, the bitter of different nations, you can even get to understand a people and open up to them through their cuisine. I hated garlic and its smell, before going to China, after experiencing it, I now use garlic almost all the time. I didn’t understand spring onions before going to Japan, now it’s a must for my cooking. I didn’t understand cheese before going to Europe, I still don’t haha, but am getting there.  It’s amazing to see how other people make something out of the same rice you know, the same chicken, the same vegetables. that’s why I don’t understand when people travel to a new place and bring their own food or snacks, if you have the courage to go there, you might as well experience all that there is to the place, especially the food.

Terngu

Hot Springs Around the World

In the past year, I’ve travelled to the East (hitting Japan) back to the West (In Yellowstone National Park, USA), and somewhere in the middle (Iceland). And although these countries couldn’t be more different from one another, there was one thing that I managed to find in all of them.  Hot springs.  As I came to find out after having three vastly different experiences, the term hot springs is a very loose definition.  Some are heated naturally through geothermal springs and some are artificial.  Some are luxurious, costly experiences, and some are unmonitored and free for all to enjoy.

Rachel Lung

The Ultimate Guide to Japanese Hot Springs

The combination of communal bathing and flat-out nudity make Japanese onsens one of the stranger experiences for many travellers visiting this wonderful country. These places are often far too easy to overlook and miss out on, due mainly to their birthday suit dress code. This is a shame because once you get past all of that, you will discover that onsens are supremely relaxing, not to mention the long list of health benefits of these public hot springs/baths.

Jamie Campbell

Japan: Tokyo for the anime/manga fan

Since I was a young, young child, I have always dreamed of going to Japan. This mainly came about through my love of everything Japanese- in fact, I was (and still am, actually) often mistaken for being a Japanese because of how crazy about the culture and country I apparently am! But my love for the country started out with something I believe to be a common trait for us foreigners- the mangas, and the animes.

Rei

Island Off Okinawa, Japan

As a country that safeguards its unique culture while keeping up with the rest of the world, Japan’s charm lies in its distinct ways of the modern and the traditional. Each of its prefectures has character that cater to different types of traveler – from temple and shrine enthusiasts to  night owls and fans  of Japanese cuisine to anime to Harajuku fashion. While being all these, Japan is rarely about one thing – beaches.

Teng Correa

Yokohama, the elegant neighbor

When it comes to traveling in Japan, most people will tell you the same: you must see the electric and fashionable Tokyo, the traditional and peaceful Kyoto, the funky and friendly Osaka. This is all probably true. But what about the great neighborhood of the capital city? Yokohama, second largest city of Japan by population after Tokyo, has everything to offer: excellent food, beautiful views, tiny streets and huge shopping centers, many authentic places, and of course the port. Let’s have a look around!

Aurelie Vandecasteele

Sushi

One of the most popular dishes in Japan is sushi, and it is a must try as a visitor to the country. There are traditional sit down sushi restaurants and sushi-go-rounds, where your food is delivered to you on a conveyor belt. These restaurants can be found all over Tokyo. One common chain is Hamazushi. Here, you order your appetizers, sushi, and dessert from a screen. There are also plates of already made sushi rolling by on the conveyor belt that are available to enjoy immediately. The sushi is usually in the form of nigiri (two pieces of fish over rice), regular rolls, or hand rolls. Hamazushi (and most other sushi restaurants) have traditional raw fish, but also have dishes of cooked fish as well, in case you’re new to trying sushi and are a little nervous about the consumption of raw fish.

Alyse Gibson

Japan: More Than Just Mangas and Animes

When you hear the word Japan, anyone can immediately associate it with ramen, kimono, sakura, geishas among many other words which we have used in daily conversations. However, I would like to target some readers who want another perspective of what Japan can offer rather than the obvious.  So, what else is there really, you ask?

Reg Alvarez

Highlights from Kansai, Japan

Growing up watching tokusatsu, anime, samurai movies, and eating Japanese food, have made me very fond of Japan and their culture.  Last August presented itself as a great opportunity to visit Japan when an unplanned trip to the local travel fair scored us some really sweet airline deals.

Noel Lanto

Exploring Japan: Top 4 Unique Things To Do

Once the Imperial capital of Japan, Kyoto is now a popular destination for world travelers who have their eyes set on Japan. Most people who visit usually plan a detailed itinerary, making sure they see all the famous sights in Kyoto. The city is one of the few left in Japan that has carefully preserved many of their prewar traditional buildings. However, the rise of modernization has unquestionably paved way for newer and modern buildings. Despite this transformation, Kyoto continues to remain an important cultural and religious center for the Japanese. The enigmatic city embraces new and old traditions, carrying the past into the present and future.

Sharon

A Capsule Hotel in Asakusa

Japan, the Land of the Rising Sun. How many of us have dreamt of travelling this melting pot of culture and food? Well, please bear with me as I cannot stress how much I love going around this country! What made Japan so unique were the constant quirks and hidden surprises along my travels around there. One of the few things that caught my attention was the capsule hotel I had stayed at at Asakusa

lim-yuyi

How to eat & drink in Japan

For someone who had no intention of ever trying Japanese food, let alone liking it, Japan’s cuisine really struck me and my stomach by surprise. Oh my gosh the food. Once you eat Japanese food, you’ll never go back. It’s handy to know that Japan is one of the safest (and cleanest) countries in the world and you’re unlikely to get sick.

Kate Bertram

What too see your first time in Tokyo

When I decided to visit Japan, I was afraid of getting lost and being overwhelmed by the masses of people. This was especially true concerning Tokyo, the capital city of Japan with a population of 13 million. I am coming from a small country, and the city where I live my whole life has only around half a million people, so it sounded kind of intimidating.

nora-butvinova

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