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Mt. Fuji Hostel Michael's Reviews

2F 3-21-37 Shimoyoshida, Fujiyoshida City, Yamanashi-Ken, Mount Fuji, Japan

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247 Total Reviews
  • 88%Value For Money
  • 91%Security
  • 83%Location
  • 93%Staff
  • 82%Atmosphere
  • 95%Cleanliness
  • 85%Facilities

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Pro: very nice staff acting happily as tourist info, curtains around beds, clean. Con: No common room, the only place to sit down is the corridor, and the wifi was very buggy, had to reconnect every minute otherwise no data was transferred. Overall good value for money, would come again.

Owner Comment (Hide)
The no common room is in all my information given on-line if anyone does not know we do not have a common room they did not read all the information on any of the sites. A full Cafe & Pub is on the 1st floor. The WIFI is the top of the line and runs 99.9% of the time very fast, but yes, when we are full and all 30 guests are trying to download or watch videos at the same time almost all WIFI will run a little slower. In your case it was most likely bad timing. Thank You, Michael, Owner


The hostel is very cosy and the staff and friendly and keen to recommend things to see and do in the area. On the down side, the sheets, duvet covers and pillow cases were a little old... they could do with new ones.


If you want to climb Fuji off season, get ready for an intense lecture from Michael. If not, then you will enjoy your stay at this hostel. I took Michaels advice and went on a different walk instead, where i got an incredible view of Fuji. Michael, his wife and the staff are such kind, generous and fun people, not just to stay with, but to hang out with in the bar downstairs. Okay the dorm is a little cramped but everything is spotless. 100% stay again when i come back next season to climb!


Stayed in the private room by the door for 2 nights. Bed was very squeaky - needs an update. Wall's were very thin could hear everything that was going on in the hallway. But the staff was excellent! Super friendly and helpful. Michele's wife even walked me to a sushi restaurant because I wasn't sure where it was. All in all a good stay.


Amazing hostel for the price, a great American restaurant downstairs too, Michael was super fun and the staff are amazing, they will take care of all your needs.


Very clean, nice and friendly staff and great central location. The only thing what could better is that they hang up a warning for climbing the mountains around the Saiko lake. These mountins are for excellent and professional climbers not for beginners! We almost died overthere it's so dangerous! And the staff told us that we where not the only one who had this dangerous climb. So I recommend to hang up a warning for their customers. The hostel was great and clean.

Owner Comment (Hide)
Thank You for your comments. About your warning signs, when we know guests are climbing Mt Fuji we talk to them and try to give as much information as possible on the dangers of Mt Fuji. We also have information that guest can read telling all the information needed for they climb up and down. I feel a one on one talking from me or my staff is much better because we can answer all the questions they may have. In the off season we tell guests not to climb at all ever. Michael, Owner


Too many beds in room

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Thank You for your comment. We have 5 bunk beds in each dorm room, each with a private curtain and reading lights to give the guest the most private bed possible in a mixed dorm room. Based on fire codes all our rooms meet the code. Maybe in our busy season it may seem too many beds, but really it is not. Thank You again, Michael, Owner


Not the normal hostel, but in front of the desk there is a bit room to talk a bit with each other. The hostel is easy to find. One of the lamp switches turned on a lamp above a bed. So if you make a mistake you wake somebody. The village has a nice local restaurant if you leave the train turn left and look at the end of the street. From the outside you can't tell it's a restaurant (perhaps if you understand japanese) It is a traditional japanese restaurant and has no pictures to show the meals

Owner Comment (Hide)
Thank You for your comments I like to answer you 1st the light switch is in a bad place, however, we are making changes to it so that does not happen again. 2nd Yes, you have a bit of room as you say to talk near the front desk however, on the 1st floor, we have a full cafe & pub with lots of room to eat, drink and talk, this is well know in all our web-sites. 3rd Many shops now have English signs and menus in front of their shops to included you were talking about. Michael, Owner


Positiv was the good interent connection via wifi and the fast PCs. The staff was very heplful and friendly. I liked the big lockers, they werevery useful, especially because the dorm is quite packed, you have to struggle to find place for a backpack. And if you are not in your bunk, then you are always on an aisle, while cooking, while, brushing teeth...always people passing by. That can be stressful.

Owner Comment (Hide)
Thank You for your comments. This is our busy season and yes, as many as (30) guests can be in the hostel at one time but, it is a hostel and not a hotel so yes people will be around you when you are washing your face or brushing your teeth. All my web site does say shared bathrooms so it is not a secret, guests will be around you. Thank You again for your comments and staying with us. Michael, Owner


Nice and cozy hostel. Well furnished. A bit too far from the main attractions in this area. Good quality price ratio.


Good location--1/2 km from Gekko-ji station and 1.2 km from Fuji-Yoshida station. It is on the second floor above Michael's pub (which has great pizza) and there is a nice little family style Japanese restaurant that serves good kotsudon and udon right across the street and a 7-11 about four blocks away. The hostel is clean, small and quiet. We also liked the availability of private Japanese style rooms (ie tatami mats and futons) that slept four--these worked well for our family.


Everything was great about the hostel. My only complaint as a budget traveler is that there is no kitchen. There is only a refrigerator and a microwave. Coincidentally, there is a restaurant below the hostel with overpriced cooked food.


It was great, got a good night sleep before climbing the mountain in the morning. We were allowed to leave our bags for the day and when we returned a girl from the desk gave us a ride to the station to make the train just in time!


Super clean hostel. Michael and his downstairs bar is awesome. Lots of travel information and super comfortable beds.


Compared to my first stay this was like going to the Hilton. It will be very hard to co,plain about anything here and I really felt at ease with everything. The owner obviously thought a lot of details through and so much is made for you to feel confortable. I totally recommend !


It's reasonably easy to travel to amd from with public transport. Located in area with plenty little restaurants / bars. Staff is very helpful. Only thing missing is a common room and a bigger kitchen.

Owner Comment (Hide)
Thank You for your comment. I like to say that by law I am not allowed to have a full kitchen so I have all that the law lets me have in my type of hostel. Next it is well known that my hostel does NOT have a common room, BUT on the 1st floor I have a full size sports Cafe & Pub there all my guests can relax, eat, drink and meet the locals from this area. Michael, Owner


Highly recommended for anyone thinking about climbing Mount Fuji or visiting the 5 Lakes. Excellent, knowledgeable staff are always happy to assist with any queries or questions. There's a variety of restaurants in the vicinity and Mount Fuji Station (if using bus or train) is easily accessible from the hostel. Minor gripe, there is no common room only a small area to socialise in, but there is a bar downstairs that stays open until late though. All in all, Michael's is a great little hostel.

  • 11th Jul 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • England
  • Male, 31-40
  • (1 review)

Owner Comment (Hide)
Thank You for your comments. Can I ask everyone why do you all keep saying I have not Common Room? It is well known that my hostel does not have a common room in all my on line sites plus my web site so really there is no reason at all to keep saying my hostel has no common room. Please understand my hostel will never have a common room due to the way it is designed. Thank You again Michael, Owner


It was okay, clean, easy to access, nice staff, good beds, but they charge you 200Y per hour just to stay in the hostel after check out... So better find something to do outside!

Owner Comment (Hide)
I like to say something about the 200 yen charge. This charge is for guest who stay after the 11am check out time until they bus or train is going. Sometimes that can be 1 to 6 hours after check out. However, I have new guest checking in at 3pm plus my cleaning staff is there. Guests who stay after check out are still using the computers or even the showers and washers so I charge an extra fee for them to use the computers etc. No hostel/hotel will let guests stay after checkout for free.


First stay because I was looking for Single Room. Location was just around 5 min walk from Gekkoji station, which is 3 stops from Kawaguchiko station. The only concern is because my point of location connection is at Kawaguchiko station (went to Saiko n around Kawaguchiko lake), so each time have to spend ¥300 from Gekkoji to Kawaguchiko, train interval was 20 min. Anyway, overall I really enjoy at Michael's Hostel. Nice view of Mt Fuji from the hostel too!


A nice place to stay, very clean. There was only me in the room which was great but if it had been full it would have definitely been a bit cramped. Views of Mt fuji were spectacular. Staff very nice and friendly, would stay here again and have recommended.

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