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.

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Top 50 hostels in Japan.

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

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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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Guest House MARUYA

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Guest House MARUYA

Guest House MARUYA is refurbished a vacant store located in central area of Atami. You can enjoy your time with other guests or staffs. And also, you can be in relax with reading books in the share lounge. Information: We have capsule rooms for 1~2 people/room with futon (Japanese bedding). The...
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Koya Backpackers Karuizawa

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Koya Backpackers Karuizawa

Koya Backpackers is a renovated Japanese traditional style guesthouse at Karuizawamachi in Nagano. Karuizawa is popular tourist destincation for summer vacation. People here are enjoying hiking, tennis, golfs, and forest bathing in the forest. Koya Backpackers is located middle of the way from Ka...
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Capsule Hotel Anshin Oyado Ogikubo

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Capsule Hotel Anshin Oyado Ogikubo

Featuring free WiFi throughout the property, Capsule Hotel Anshin Oyado Ogikubo offers accommodations in Tokyo. The capsule hotel has an artificial hot spring bath and sauna, and guests can enjoy a meal at the rounge. All rooms come with a TV and headphones. You will find a 24-hour front desk,...
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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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Poly Hostel 2 Namba

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Poly Hostel 2 Namba

Conveniently located in Osaka, Poly Hostel 2 Namba is a great base from which to explore this vibrant city. The property lies 0.1 km from the city center and provides accessibility to important town facilities. With its convenient location, the property offers easy access to the city's must-see dest...
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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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Hiroshima Fan’s Hostel

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Hiroshima Fan’s Hostel

Featuring a garden, Hiroshima fan’s hostel is located just a 2-minute walk from Miyajimaguchi Station. Free WiFi is provided throughout the property. Private parking is available upon prior request for an additional charge. All units at the guest house features a safety deposit box. Some rooms feat...
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Little Birds Hostel

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Little Birds Hostel

Enjoy your stay, whether work or play! Little Birds Hostel welcomes you with cozy rooms in a newly renovated 1970s era building. At the center of Omihachiman's historic district, this former castle town provides a rich environemt for either exploring the local culture or finding peaceful relaxati...
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Goen Lounge & Stay Sapporo

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Goen Lounge & Stay Sapporo

Goen Lounge & Stay Sapporo is newly opened in Sapporo. We hope that Goen will be a place where many tourists from all over the world get together. You can spend time just as you might at home -- or you can communicate with local people. These encounters and connections have the potential to cr...
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Guest House Sato Shoten

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Guest House Sato Shoten

Welcome to Guest House Sato Shoten. The property is, inherit the 'Sato store' that was originally operating as a shop about 50 years, is revived as a guest house facility. So that the accommodation in our facility is more good memories, such as the holding of a mini live, we offer a fun serv...
Guest House Sato Shoten is a hostel in Hokkaido Lake Toya. Check Hostelworld for prices.

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Norishico Auto Guesthouse

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Norishico Auto Guesthouse

This guesthouse is the house which I actually spent my childhood, so you'll see the real Japanese life here that you can't experience at others. We're located in where 4km from Dazaifu temples, 1.5km from Futsukaichi Onsen(hot springs). Also you can reach downtown of Fukuoka like Hakata, Tenj...
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Hostel Knot

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Hostel Knot

Hostel Knot is located in the central of Izu peninsula, where is so accessible to any destination in Izu peninsula. Exploring Izu peninsula, this is the best beginning place for your incredible journey. Shuzenji is historical old town which has been known as Onsen(Hot spring) area in Japan for 1...
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Iriomotesima Guesuthouse SHIMAOTOYA

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Iriomotesima Guesuthouse SHIMAOTOYA

Guest house SHIMAOTOYA is located in Iriomote Island. You can enjoy the scenery of roof of red tile of weaving studio, and sugar cane field from the guest house. There is nothing but you can enjoy silence.Please forget the bustle of the city,and enjoy peaceful sound of Iriomote Island. We have se...
Iriomotesima Guesuthouse SHIMAOTOYA is a hostel in Okinawa. Check Hostelworld for prices.

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Riverside Stay Kanazawa

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Riverside Stay Kanazawa

Riverside Stay is old traditional Japanese room. Riverside Stay is conveniently located in the heart of scenic Kanazawa City just 10 minutes from Kanazawa Station by bus. You can walk sightseeing. Kenroku-en Garden 10min by walk. Castle park 15min by walk. 21st Century Museum 10min by walk....
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Hidatakayama Guesthouse Tomaru

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Hidatakayama Guesthouse Tomaru

【PARFECT LOCATION】  Nearest Guesthouse from JR Takayama Station ONLY 2 MINS from JR Takayama station / bus terminal ONLY 8 MINS to the old private house / morning market 【FRIENDLY HOMESTAY VIBE】 Lonely Planet say: Visitors love the friendly homestay vibe of this small, centrally located...
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OkinawaStay Hostel

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OkinawaStay Hostel

OkinawaStay Hostel mainly provide beds in 2 same sex dormitories (divided into male and female). For families who want to stay with us we also have several private tatami rooms · A lot of stylish restaurants, cafes and bars walking from the hostel! · It is approximately 45 minutes by car from Na...
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Umino oyado

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Umino oyado

Providing free WiFi, uminooyado is located in Susami, within 458 m of Susami Crustacean Aquarium. All rooms include a terrace. We are offering various facilities and developing it so that you can spend a convenient and comfortable time for everyone staying at the ocean inn. Umino oyado is easi...
Umino oyado is a hostel in Wakayama Pref. Check Hostelworld for prices.

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Iyasu Hostel Higashikawa

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Iyasu Hostel Higashikawa

Boasting a terrace and shared lounge, as well as a restaurant, Iyasu Hostel Higashikawa is situated in Higashikawa. Each accommodation at the 2-star hostel has city views and free WiFi. The accommodation provides free shuttle service, and luggage storage for guests. All rooms in the hostel are eq...
Iyasu Hostel Higashikawa is a hostel in Hokkaido Daisetsuzan National Park. Check Hostelworld for prices.

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Sukeroku-no-Yado Sadachiyo

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Sukeroku-no-Yado Sadachiyo

We are located on a side street a few minutes away from Senso-ji. All rooms are tatami-mat rooms with private bath and toilet. We also have two public bathes (cypresswood & black granite stone). Japanese Antiques are displayed throughout our Ryokan, so you feel as if you were in Edo era....
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Uzushio Guesthouse

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Uzushio Guesthouse

Uzushio Guest House is located in Oge Island, renowned for the Naruto whirlpools and Otsuka Museum of Art. Free WiFi access is offered throughout the entire property. Free private parking is available on site. Oge Beach is just a 5-minute walk away. You will find a shared lounge at the property....
Uzushio Guesthouse is a hostel in Tokushima Pref. Check Hostelworld for prices.

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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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Guesthouse Yakushima

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Guesthouse Yakushima

Guesthouse Yakushima is the first genuine guesthouse in Yakushima, a beautiful island in Kagoshima Pref. Well facilitated, free use of computers and the Internet, we are an affordable guesthouse of high quality. We have both male and female dormitories, a family room, a twin room, and a Japanese...
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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...
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Lodge Kiyokawa

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Lodge Kiyokawa

【Description】 Travelers who are looking for an authentic 'in the country' experience, look no further than Lodge Kiyokawa. Located in Bungo Ono, Oita, you get to see all the wonders and mystifying beauty of Japans serene Ecosystem. Harajiri Waterfalls, Deai Bridge, Fukoji Temple, Inazumi Underwater...
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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...
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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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Gojo Guesthouse - Annex

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Gojo Guesthouse - Annex

We run this guesthouse since 2007 for travel lovers. Our building is 90 some years old former traditional Japanese Ryokan. Located close to center, Kiyomizu temple, Gion area in 10 min. walk. All private rooms with shared shower rooms and bath rooms. Our staff also love traveling and meeting new peo...
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Guest House Denchi

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Guest House Denchi

Guest house DENCHI is created and operated by our design office. We spent many hours for design and construction with love. Please enjoy hand-made wooden beds, original graphics and space!! Guest House DENCHI is nestled in the popular Asakusa area. Kappabashi street is 2 min walk from the propert...
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Tabi-Shiro

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Tabi-Shiro

This is a highly stylish, comfortable guesthouse, designed by a popular Japanese designer. 12 min from Matsumoto station by foot. 6 min to Matsumoto Castle by foot. *shower, rest room, and clothes hanging area for women only *1 free drink service at guesthouse bar(One during your...
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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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Yumori Onsen Hostel

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Yumori Onsen Hostel

This is a great placeー Everyone wants to come back. Tsuchiyu onsen hot spring town has been a popular Toji (hot spring cure) area since old times. Yumori has kept the good and old traditions of onsen culture and we also pleased to serve you beyond the national boundary. Located in Fukushima,...
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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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Iruka Hostel

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Iruka Hostel

Budget accommodation, located right next to the JR Toyama Station, Fugan Kansui Park and Toyama Prefectural Museum of Art and Design. Fugan Unga Kansui Park and the world's most beautiful Starbuck inside the park are the most popular sightseeing point in Toyama, but the accommodation in that area...
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The Limelight Kyoto

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The Limelight Kyoto

You’ll find The Limelight Kyoto right before your eyes when you walk out of Hanazono Station on the JR Sagano (San-in) Line in Kyoto, which is a quiet area in western Kyoto scattered with old, historic temples. We’re also conveniently situated two stops away from Saga-Arashiyama Station on the Sagan...
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Hostel & Powder Room Crane(female only)

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Hostel & Powder Room Crane(female only)

Only Female Hostel ‘Hostel & powder room crane’. It opened on July 2018.We are aiming high grade hostel only for women. The powder room that you can re make up with relax. We promise your security with 24h front and card key system . Also we have the day use proposal; you can take a rest...
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Iwamuro Slow Hostel

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Iwamuro Slow Hostel

Our 'Iwamuro Slow Hostel' opend at Iwamuro-Onsen in Niigata on April 2018. We renovated traditional japanese inn. In Iwamuro-Onesen there is a virgin landscape similar to rural area in Vietnam and Thai. So, it's perfect for 'Slow Tourism'. Why don't you take a 'slow' time in our 'Slow Hostel' ? -...
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Guesthouse Murabito

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Guesthouse Murabito

Hi everyone!:-) July 2017 Grand Opening! My husband(Kei) and I(Marino) have started our dream guestohuse near Lake Yamanakako which is the biggest lake in Fuji 5 lakes and closest one to Mt.Fuji. We did all our best for repair works, decorations and desgins especially bunk beds in dorm room by...
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Guesthouse Tamura

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Guesthouse Tamura

At the heart of old Nara town, Guesthouse Tamura offers you a quite accommodation with Japanese style private rooms and dormitory at reasonable rates. Tamura was a private house built about 100years ago and was recently refurbished as a cozy guesthouse maintaining original atmosphere. Occasionaly...
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The Blend Inn

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The Blend Inn

The Blend Inn is a small boutique hotel (hostel) with colorful curtains and eclectic furnishings located in a quiet area just outside the city center. The building consists of a concrete shell that can easily adapt to house a variety of different functions and create an overall diverse and pleasant...
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Cinnamon Guest House Dogo

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Cinnamon Guest House Dogo

Welcome to Cinnamon guest house dogo - designed by the winner of Chelsea flower show, most famous flower show in the world, a brand new, cozy, warm atmosphere and stylish hostel accommodation which is most closely located hostel to main area in Dogo. 1min to Dogo onsen main building, 4min to D...
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Guesthouse Asahikawa Ride

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Guesthouse Asahikawa Ride

Welcome to Guest House Asahikawa Ride. 'Asahikawa Ride' is a guest house and we want to inform more attraction to the guests who came to Asahikawa fascinated by outdoor activity. We have tuneup space for skier and cyclist. And owner and staff like outdoor activity. Therefor we can give you in...
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Friends Kyo

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Friends Kyo

Friends Kyo is located in the heart of historic Gion, and 5 mins walk to the main shopping and clubbing districts. Just one street from us is Miyagawa-cho, where Geishas sleep and party. You can spot them, but probably cannot afford them.. but it is ok, you can party with us. We have a nice loun...
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365Base Outdoor Hostel

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365Base Outdoor Hostel

Hamamatsu is actually the second largest city in Japan. In the north, surrounded by deep mountains and clear streams you can enjoy the nature with mountain climbing and camping. In the south, faces Pacific Ocean, you have the chance to enjoy surfing and fishing. Because there are so many different...
365Base Outdoor Hostel is a hostel in Shizuoka Pref. Check Hostelworld for prices.

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Bigtree Guesthouse

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Bigtree Guesthouse

Bigtree Guesthouse offers accommodation in Izumi-Sano. Some units have a seating area where you can relax. Rooms are fitted with a shared bathroom. Bigtree Guesthouse features free WiFi throughout the property. There is a shared kitchen at the property. Our guest house also offers free use...
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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...
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Tabinoyado Matsue Guesthouse

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Tabinoyado Matsue Guesthouse

Matsue Guesthouse is located in Matsue and features a shared lounge. It is a guest house which refurbished the building which was a former inn. Located around 2.6 km from Lafcadio Hearn Memorial Museum, the guesthouse with free WiFi is also 3.7 km away from Lake Shinji. Shimane Art Museum is 1.4...
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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...
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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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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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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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