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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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256 Total Reviews
  • 84%Value For Money
  • 92%Security
  • 82%Location
  • 95%Staff
  • 80%Atmosphere
  • 94%Cleanliness
  • 82%Facilities

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The hostel is very good for a week end close to Fuji. The staff is very welcoming and full of idea of what to do around. The only missing thing is a real common room to hang out. The stools in the hallway are convienent until people start to sleep.

Owner Comment (Hide)
How many times do I have to say "WE HAVE NO COMMON ROOM" My hostel will never have a common room because I have a full Cafe & Pub on the 1st floor to as you say hang out at. Please read my web-sites and any other site to see it is posted "NO COMMON ROOM" Thank You Michael, Owner


We loved the place. We could stay more then one night if we had time. Staff was nice and realy helpfull. First time sitting on worm toilet was amaizing.

  • 17th Nov 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Slovenia
  • Male, 25-30
  • (1 review)


10 beds in a room big enough for 8 isn't fair on anyone staying there.

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This room was designed for 10 beds sorry if was not as big as you liked it to be but the room size is 100% safe and space for 10 guests to sleep well. Michael, Owner


Staff people was good but there is no kichen, no common room and It was little bit expensive, +20€ dormroom..

Owner Comment (Hide)
Please Read all the information on any of my web-sites I say very clearly "WE HAVE NO COMMON ROOM" I have a full cafe & pub downstairs. I the future when you book a hostel, read to see if the hostel has everything you require in a hostel, if not do not book the room and if you do book it do not get mad if it is not what you were looking for. I can not say this in any other way "Read before you Book"! As far as rates I am same or lower than any hostels in my arera. Michael, Owner


Very nice place in a very quite town but has a lovely temple best in Japan I think. Close to the train station and 10min by train to the lakes but if you walk to the temple you can get better views and your closer to Mt.Fuji.


Slightly expensive for what you get. Room was clean but very cramped, no kitchen and no dining area. Staff upstairs in the hostel were friendly and have excellent English, Michael himself who we met in the bar downstairs was slightly abrupt but entertaining enough.

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How many times do I have to say to everyone "WE DO NOT HAVE A COMMON ROOM OR KITCHEN" that is why I have a full cafe & pub on the 1st floor. I guess most people want to stay in their rooms and eat there also and not meet local people from our area. As I said before "Read before you Book" all my sites tell my room sizes and no common or kitchen, but guests keep writing about that, Why? I can not change what my hostel is. Thank You Michael, Owner


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.

Owner Comment (Hide)
Thank You your stay and comments. I am very proud of my staff and the work they all do for my hostel. As far as your comment about our the sheets, duvet covers and pillow cases. When you came in October it was the end of our season. We have all new the sheets, duvet covers and pillow cases on order and should be here at the end of this month October. We always replace them at the end of each season to ensure the best possible bedding available. Thank You Michael, Owner


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

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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.

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