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Shiraita 1-1-6, Matsumoto, Japan

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93%

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95 Total Reviews
  • 93%Value For Money
  • 89%Security
  • 95%Location
  • 99%Staff
  • 93%Atmosphere
  • 96%Cleanliness
  • 87%Facilities

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97%

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!


77%

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...


97%

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!


94%

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!


97%

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.

Owner Comment (Hide)
Wow, that is a very generous review. Delighted that you had such a great time here in Matsumoto (downtown and up some mountains too!). Recently we have been enjoying outdoor trips vicariously through our guests - just like you. Happy that our tent got to visit Kamikochi even though we didn't not. haha Hope we can see you again sometime. Brian & Shuko Facebook: matsumotobackpackers

100%

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!

Owner Comment (Hide)
Thank you so much for the kind words! Yep, we like the outdoors too and between us have climbed most of the peaks in the area in summer and winter. So if you are planning to jump in a lake, climb up a mountain or ski down a slope stay with us and we can give you the best info. Safe travels home. Believe me, you won't forget your time in Japan anytime soon!

91%

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 =)

  • 2nd Aug 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Male, 25-30
  • (1 review)


94%

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.

  • 29th Jul 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • England
  • Male, 31-40
  • (1 review)

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We do our best to welcome all guests with a local orientation. Makes for the best use of your time and we can recommend places in our beloved Matsumoto that never appear in any foreign language guidebooks. Thank you for staying!

80%

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

Owner Comment (Hide)
That's a pretty great description of MBP - arigato! Being so close to the station is perfect if you have early morning plans to hit up Kamikochi National park or have big bags but yes, some of the bigger trains do chug by. We chose to live in Matsumoto because we like the area so much with easy access to Tokyo and the mountains which we love to play in - we hope you enjoyed the city as much as we do!

94%

Awesome time thanks Brian & Shuko

Owner Comment (Hide)
And thank you too! We were happy to welcome you to our humble accommodations. Be well, Brian & Shuko

80%

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.

Owner Comment (Hide)
Thank you for the kind words and constructive comments. Going into a room that's not your own by mistaking the sliding doors or drunkeness is something that we also look down upon and we have made new arrangements for the dormitory room. Thank you again for staying!

100%

This backpackers is one of the best i stayed at, on my journey through japan!


100%

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.

Owner Comment (Hide)
Nice to hear kind words from a great guest. We are happy to hear that our hard work is paying off as we go into our second year of business. Wishing you safe travels!

94%

We really enjoyed staying Japanese style with Shuko and Brian. Their place is intimate, friendly, and full of character. It is a great base from which to explore a very picturesque region of japan. Our only regret was not being able to stay longer.

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Everyone's plan is so different and many of our guests are surprised at how much more there is to Matsumoto than the famous National Treasure castle. Sorry that you couldn't stay longer but we were delighted to host you for your stay! Take care, Brian & Shuko

97%

I really liked this place. All japanese style, very clean, comfy bed with thick duvet and friendly staff. The thing I really liked about this hostel was that it felt quite homely. After travelling for a while and staying in hostels this felt like a breath of fresh air.

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We were glad that you were able to feel at home while staying with us. Sometimes a busy travel schedule takes a lot out of you and we do our best to help our guest to recharge and relax while still enjoying the fresh mountain air of Matsumoto and surrounds.

94%

This is an excellent choice of hostel particularly for small groups or lone travellers. Brian and Shuko have created a homely atmosphere where it's easy to socialise and meet other guests. They also have a wealth of knowledge about the surrounding area and helped us out a lot with our plans to drive around the alps. The hostel itself is incredibly clean with comfortable tatami rooms and a cosy communal area as well as being ideally situated. Thanks Brian and Shuko! Katie and Helen

  • 12th May 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • England
  • Couple, 25-30
  • (1 review)

Owner Comment (Hide)
Ladies - brilliant to hear from you. Thank you so much for staying with us and for the kind words. "At home" is definitely one way to describe our humble accommodations which was a big family home before we found last year. Glad your drive over the alps went safely. Here's to continued adventures! Brian & Shuko facebook.com/MatsumotoBackpackers

89%

The place is very located very close to the station which is really convenient and close to the castle. The hosts were really nice and gave a lot of good recommendations.

Owner Comment (Hide)
Thank you for the kind response. We were happy to host you and give you recommendations. Safe travels!

97%

Located close to the station, so an excellent place to base yourself for Matsumoto and the surrounding area. Even more importantly, Shiko and Brian (the very knowledgeable owner couple) are the most fun hosts you will encounter and they made the hostel into a great place to stay.

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"A base for Matsumoto and the surrounding areas." We couldn't have put it better ourselves! There is so much more to see and do beyond our famous National Treasure castle. Happy to help you make the most of your stay.

100%

Great place and atmosphere, very comfortable, great staff, I highly recommend this place

Owner Comment (Hide)
Arigato. Happy to host such a nice guest. Safe travels!

100%

We absolutely LOVED this place! The guys that own/run it - Shuko and Brian - are so genuinely friendly and helpful it's impossible to not feel fully at home here. We only intended to use Matsumoto as a base for trips to Kamikochj and the Nakasendo trail, but ended up loving it just as much, if not more, than those two places. This city and this ryokan both get a massive thumbs up from me, as does a hidden little gem of a pub called Elbow Bar just off of the frog street.

Owner Comment (Hide)
Thank you, thank you, thank you! It was so great to host you two and we are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your stay so much. Elbow room is a fun spot. They know us well! Glad that you could use Matsumoto BackPackers as your base and got to do and see so much.

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