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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.
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!
We had a great time in Matsumoto. At the hostel we found every possible information about the city and the surroundings and had some chat with the lovely couple that runs the place. The only problem was that, in the nearby room people chatted and snored loudly, and y'know, bamboo sliding walls. Also, an otaku guest took Miriam's underpants pictures during the night, but I guess that it's ordinarily japanese...
Shuko and Brian make you feel at home, they're great hosts. They sure know how to give a warm welcome and helpful insight about the city. Definitely stay there again if I g back to Matsumoto!
I stayed in Matsumoto Backpackers just for a night. I come with three friends to visit the famous castle. We enjoyed our staying in Matsumoto Backpackers not only for the good position, easy to find from jr station, but also for the kindness of the staff. We felt like at home!
I don't usually fill out these forms but Matsumoto backpackers is really exceptional. One of the best hostels I've ever stayed in. Brian and Shuko really care that their guests have a nice time in Matsumoto, and all of their tips were perfect. They create a lovely atmosphere in the hostel. They also lent me gear to go for a walk up in the alps. All in all an unforgettable four days.
A fabulous new hostel run by an immensely knowledgeable (and outdoorsy!) husband and wife team. Brian and Shuko have created a unique space to stay the night and to meet a variety of interesting, diverse travelers. A great base for exploring Matsumoto or the alps (Kamikochi, Norikura Highlands, Takayama, etc.). Treat yourself to a stay!
Great hostel all around! Brian and Shuko are amazing! Their knowledge of Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture and Japan in general is great! If you are a hiker, this is definitely the place to be; close to Kamikochi and the Norther Alps with lots of hiking to do. Even if you are not a hiker, there are plenty of day trips you can take to some nice locations. Very family oriented hostel, with cooking events and group outings, so you are sure to make friends! Thank you Brian and Shuko! Pavel =)
- Novice Nomad
- Male, 25-30
- (1 review)
Great place, in fact one of the best hostels I've stayed in! Owners/Brian couldn't be more helpful in recommending activities each day, providing maps and things to do in the evening. Great place, you'll feel very much at home and welcomed.
- Novice Nomad
- Male, 31-40
- (1 review)
Shuku and Brian are wonderful hosts, very helpful and friendly people. The hostel is clean and cosy, with good location in the city center. I recommend the place to everyone!
Hostel is well situated hear the JR. Railstation and the city center. Railwaystation gives however some noise of trails early in the morning till late at night. Hosts very friendly and live in the city themselves and they inform you on the sightseeing events. Also make work of Introducing travellers to each other. Homely feel around the hostel
Awesome time thanks Brian & Shuko
Great owners, very friendly and helpful. Very cool sleeping in a traditional style room but they could do with individual room locks as we ended up with a mystery person in our room in the middle of the night. Usually room security is assured by the fact that your roommates have as much at risk as you do and you get to know them but when there are no locks it could be anybody. Couldn't speak highly enough of the staff.
This backpackers is one of the best i stayed at, on my journey through japan!
A 10/10 hostel. Every once in a while a hostel pops up where the owners just get it. This is one of those hostels. Brian and Shuko and magnificent hosts and really love providing a great service. Don't bother staying anywhere else.