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Nagoya Guesthouse Otohaya Reviews

3-3-2 Meiekiminami Nakamuraku, Nagoya, Japan

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156 Total Reviews
  • 62%Value For Money
  • 70%Security
  • 63%Location
  • 66%Staff
  • 61%Atmosphere
  • 52%Cleanliness
  • 52%Facilities

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I slept very soundly here, and since it's meant to be a simple place, had no issues with the basic bedding and rested well. However, the bathrooms really bothered me; the toilet smelled like an outhouse and the shower was quite slimy and didn't drain properly. So I wouldn't come back unless it was the only option available -- and I might skip showering rather than do it there. The staff was very nice. If they just took some bleach to the bathrooms, I would quickly recommend it.

  • 27th Mar 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Female, 18-24
  • (1 review)


The hostel is quite a hassle to get to, but if you've got a pocket wifi, it honestly isnt too hard to get to. It has the basic facilities- hot shower, bed in a heated room, hair dryer, lockers etc; some may say that it is not 'clean' but i feel that its less than prim and proper state gives it quite abit of character and it is a good experience for its price and for a night's stay. I quite enjoyed it(:


Unfortunately I cannot recomment the Hostel Otohaya in Nagoya. This is because of the old, dirty and smelly bathroom. You have to be really taff to take a long shower there. Also the kitchen and living area is tiny and dirty. The beds are ok but not very convenient. I think the Hostel was a cool and colourful place some years ago, but now it's just bad.


I stayed in 12 bed female dorm, the share toilet got smell and the bathroom didn't seem so clean...good to just crash for a night.


The friendly, funky hostel vibe cannot hide the fact that this hostel is a dive of last resort. Not all rooms are equally cramped, but I was in a tiny dorm with twelve bunks squeezed in. Located in a desolate area of Nagoya. The bathrooms smell. Worst of all, this is a firetrap, made worse by the fact that hostelers cook on a portable stove using small gas cylinders. The risk is obvious. Nor are your chances very good in case of an earthquake.


Strangest hostel in Japan but not unsafe, no lockers inside the rooms - only in the hallway, strange mix of toilets/ showers randomly on different floors, bathrooms smell, not clean, one bathroom has 3 different toilets (western, squat, urinal) in the same room, beds are just plywood - very uncomfortable, you only get 1 clean sheet and the duvet cover is definitely not washed, the whole building is very old, random chunks of nailed wood holding everything together, floors are super squeaky, dark


Not a good value for money.

  • 19th Mar 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Philippines
  • Female, 41+
  • (1 review)


I can't recommend this hostel in any way. Facilities were not clean, the staff was rude and very off putting, and the overall vibe just felt off. If you absolutely can't find something, sure it's a bed and a roof over you, but I suggest looking elsewhere.


I really liked this hostel. I was pleasantly surprised by how good it was. It was an easy 15 minute walk from Nagoya station. The staff were really friendly and were always ready to help us if we had any questions or needed anything. The hostel was decorated really nicely and we were given plenty of warm bedding for our stay. We had no problem with hot water in the showers like we were worried about after reading the reviews. It was a really cool place to stay and I'd stay there again.

  • 10th Jan 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Australia
  • Female, 18-24
  • (1 review)


It's not too easy to locate if your sense of direction is as bad as ours, but the place is recognizable after you see it. The person who runs the guesthouse is meticulous and spent time ensuring every guest knew how the different facilities worked. The hot shower was awesome, especially in the winter season we visited. The housekeeping guy who came in next day was really sweet and helped us get information about our next location while we were waiting for someone to finish packing.


The owner was not at the reception most of the time and since I did not have a Japanese mobile there was no way to contact him. Uppon meeting him he was very nice and helpful though. The facilities are beautifully decorated but it is visible that the building itself is very old and some more renovation work is needed.


The owner is a nice guy. He also kept my lost camera, so I have no problems with his honesty. However, he should spend some money to upgrade the place. Yes, it is a backpacking place, but I still found it on the grimy side. The bathroom stunk and looks impossible to clean properly, since everything is old and grimy. Likewise, the bunk areas aren't much better. They could use heavy curtains, too. The shower room was much better, though low water flow was a problem.


Not tidy enough. Very far away from Nagoya JR Station. A dead Mickey mouse appeared, so weird. Won't come anymore.

  • 1st Nov 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Hong Kong
  • Male, 18-24
  • (1 review)


This hostel has a great atmosphere. In the small shared lounge travellers come together. Its a great place for meeting other travellers. During my stay there was an excellent mixure of foreign and japanese people. At my first night there i already was asked by japanese visitors to join them to grap some dinner and a drink in the city. And when i got sick and needed to go to the hospital, one of the staff member was so kindfull and helpfull to join me during my short stay there!


Staff were friendly enough, and room was as expected for a basic hostel. Showers were smelly, hot water was rare, and generally the place could do with some attention. This was the first hostel we stayed at in Japan, but now we have stayed in others we realise there are better places for similar money. The location suited us very well.


Positive: Good location, met some interesting people in the common area. Negative: Very creaky floors so if you're a light sleeper don't stay here. The shower rooms aren't the best either and the toilets on the first floor smell really bad. Small common area.

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