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The atmosphere was very friendly, cozy, and homey. Love it! Wish I could have stayed around longer, but I was on a tight schedule.
- Novice Nomad
- Female, 18-24
- (1 review)
Excellent stay in a great hub for the area. Very warm welcome and superb local knowledge from the owners make this a home from home. Very enjoyable and a top hostel. Cheers guys. Gavin
I don't normally leave reviews but the staff here were beyond amazing provinding all sorts of information not normally included in the average tourist guide. The hostel was located close to the castle, night life and train station. I cannot recommend this place more highly
- Novice Nomad
- Male, 18-24
- (1 review)
Brian was extremely kind and helpful. Our problem with Matsumoto Backpackers was simply the facilities. While there is a heater in the room, it may not be used while you sleep. My face was freezing all night and it made for a horrible sleep. There were too many people per room, the entire floor is covered with sleeping mats. I also think the signage throughout the guesthouse was unnecessarly harsh and made for an uncomfortable atmosphere.
Nice hostel, our private room was very warm with comfortable futon beds and hot water bottles. Great location, short walk from the train station and easy walking into town and Matsumoto Castle. Friendly and helpful owners and nice facilities. Would definitely recommend a stay here.
Brian was lovely and really helpful, comfy beds and a great location close to everything!
Brian was really helpful in recommending things to do in and around Matsumoto
Shuko and Brian are really nice hosts! They made us feel at home and Shuko gave us lots of advice for Matsumoto and helped us with a couple issues we were having with our next accommodation at tokyo! The hostel itself is very nice and the hot water bottles for the futons were greatly appreciated!
Great spot. Lovely people, loads of local knowledge and nice place to talk with other travelers. What more can ya want!
Fantastic location, comfy futon to sleep on and a great atmosphere. Brian the host is very friendly and offers a lot of great tips. Even in the typhoon day, he suggested us to attend a traditional japanese music show and taught us to cook okonomiyaki together which were great fun. Definitely recommended. The onsen and sushi nearby, icing on the cake.
It would be hard to find more friendly and helpful hosts. Brian and Shuko make every effort to help you enjoy your stay and introduce everyone at the hostel to each other. They have a ton of information on the area and explain everything in detail on arrival at the hostel. I recommend staying more than 2 nights to really benefit from their knowledge. If I go back to Japan I will visit again.
We arrived late and left early, but the impression was good. Brian was very welcoming and from the first moment we felt like at home. The room is very nice and big enough, a bit expensive, though.
A nice little hostel, a perfect base for day trips around the area. Brian is a great host :)
Familiar and small hostel, very nice host who pays attention to every guest and introduces the guests to each other. Former mountain guide, has a lot of hiking tips. Tatami-style dorms, so do not expect a lot of privacy. Very nice atmosphere though!
Great location, close to everything. Brian the owner was so nice and helpful!
If you want to experiment with sleeping in Tatamis and having an authentic Japanese experience, this place is for you. The owners are the nicest people I have met, and will give you tons of tips to travel around the city and in Matsumoto. If you want to start exploring the alpine routes that Japan has to offer, consider Matsumoto as your corner stone, and visit as much as you can of the many trails this lovely location has to offer.
Wow! Matsumoto Backpackers is your home away from home when in the Japan Alps. Brian and Shuko just make the place feel like a house, and not like a hostel at all. Japanese style beds are comfortable and relaxing, and just having a chat in the common room after a day of hiking is just what you need :) I would definitely make an effort to come back here!