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Matsumoto Backpackers Reviews

Shiraita 1-1-6, Matsumoto, Japan

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93%

Rating
125 Total Reviews
  • 90%Value For Money
  • 93%Security
  • 96%Location
  • 98%Staff
  • 90%Atmosphere
  • 92%Cleanliness
  • 88%Facilities

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86%

Great hostel. Quiet and small, with a very friendly and incredibly helpful staff. One of the nicest little places I've stayed in Japan.


100%

MBP is such a great place to be. Brian is very welcoming and really good at making you feel comfortable. Common room is very friendly and inviting with a kotatsu. Showers and facilities are clean, room are comfortable with classic tatami and futon. They organize activities for the night. There is an onsen and kaitenzushi 10 minutes walk from the hostel. MBP is well located, near the train station and 20 minutes walk from the castle. It was such a good place that we stayed longer than planned.


94%

Wow...what a welcoming hostel! At first the only thing I could think of...it's so cold! But we got warm water bottles for sleeping and that's the best invention ever! It's close to the main sights of matsumoto as well as a great and not so expensive onsen and the 100 yen sushi is definitely worth trying! I didn't even have time to do daytrips outside matsumoto so I have to come back :-) there's a lot of space in the rooms too.


83%

The atmosphere was very friendly, cozy, and homey. Love it! Wish I could have stayed around longer, but I was on a tight schedule.

  • 20th Feb 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Female, 18-24
  • (1 review)


91%

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

Owner Comment (Hide)
Gavin san! Thank you for the kind words and of course staying with us! We do our best to let guests know how much there is to see and do in the area. We want everyone to enjoy Matsumoto and surrounds as much as we do. Safe travels! Brian & Shuko

100%

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

  • 1st Feb 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Australia
  • Male, 18-24
  • (1 review)

Owner Comment (Hide)
Hey! It is moving to hear that you had such a good time with us that you decided to write a rare review. Arigato! We were lucky to have a pretty good location. We her that a lot! Oh and the blue monster purse you won at the game arcade is now a feature in our common space. Best, MBP

63%

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.

Owner Comment (Hide)
Hello. Thank you for the comments. We were sorry to hear that the signs we wrote in simple, clear English made you uncomfortable. We often have guests who don't speak much English and we do our best to get the little messages understood. It was the coldest week of January. Next winter we will redouble our efforts for guests to have a nice stay with us. Thank you again. MBP team

91%

A really nice place with great staff. You get to experience a traditional Japan living and the location is great.


97%

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.

Owner Comment (Hide)
The kind words are appreciated. We do our very best to warm hearts as well as keeping guests warm during the harsh Matsumoto winter. Delighted that another guest feels we are well located for touring wonderful Matsumoto city.

83%

Brian was lovely and really helpful, comfy beds and a great location close to everything!

Owner Comment (Hide)
Yeah! Our beds win again! Guests are often surprised at how comfy sleeping on a futon can be - we hear it a lot. Maybe it is a nice change from regular hostel bunkbeds. Safe travels! MBP team

97%

Brian was really helpful in recommending things to do in and around Matsumoto

Owner Comment (Hide)
Thank you for your review. We do our best to let guests know how much more there is to see and do in and around Matsumoto. It is a great base for a few days. MBP

100%

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!


89%

Nice cosy hostel

Owner Comment (Hide)
We are small but we pack a punch! Thank you.

100%

Great spot. Lovely people, loads of local knowledge and nice place to talk with other travelers. What more can ya want!

Owner Comment (Hide)
Yur too kind! Thanks for staying with us. Have a pint for me back home! MBP

100%

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.


100%

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.


80%

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.


80%

A nice little hostel, a perfect base for day trips around the area. Brian is a great host :)




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