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Tokyo Sumidagawa Youth Hostel Reviews

2-21-4, Yanagibashi, Taito-ku, Tokyo, Japan

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31 Total Reviews
  • 57%Value For Money
  • 83%Security
  • 74%Location
  • 69%Staff
  • 60%Atmosphere
  • 74%Cleanliness
  • 60%Facilities

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Good: near to Asakusabashi JR station (one station away from Akihabara) Bad: depressing rooms, noisy, couldn't sleep at all. One room is considerated 2 rooms (only separated by a screen). AWFUL: curfew at 1130pm. For the money you charge, the minimum is to have 1) someone at the desk during the night or 2) a key in the main door like ANY OTHER PLACE. Staying here was just depressing, the only fun i had was hating this place with everyone else who, like me, only stayed because no more choice


As far as hostels go in Japan, this was the most social I had stayed at! Met lots of fellow travellers and we all went out for drinks. Location is good, right near a JR station, but not particularly close to any major attractions. Asakusa temple is only a 20 minute walk away, however, and the frequency of trains in Tokyo makes getting around a breeze! Staff weren't particularly friendly, but they were very obliging. Most importantly, everything was clean.


The staff wasn't very friendly when I first arrived. Upon leaving, the gentleman was nice enough. I would recommend that the hostel invest in a door lock security system and not rely on a curfew. They would probably increase their business and get more bookings that weren't simply last minute desperate bookings (as they noted on their surveys).


They have a curfew which is really lame (have to be in by 11:30pm or else can't get in until 6:30am). Very quite although people were very loud in the room during the morning. Have to pay to use computers and bathrooms reek of urine. Location is close to subway but far from nightlife. Right next door to Anne Hostel which I also stayed at and really liked. Only stayed here because I was booking night by night and they were full.


A good place to stay only if other hostels are full. There's not much atmosphere and the place is rather drab, but it is clean, the wifi connection good, and good kitchen facilities. Check out is very early at 10am and check-in very late at 4pm.

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THe staff was courteous and professional. The place was clean and seem well runned.

  • 14th Sep 2013
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Jamaica
  • Male, 31-40
  • (1 review)


Im pretty sure this place is a homeless shelter and a youth hostel all at once. I wouldnt recomment staying here unless you dont mind a curfew and waking up early as they kick u out at 10am. I once missed my curfew by 15mins... luckily one staff member waited for me and let me in so I am grateful for that. I was on the 4th floor and slept on a tatami on the floor. Which was okay but the room smelled funky. In short. .. find another hostel. . Book this one if nothing else is left


So many senseless rule..., can't use the common room after breakfast or before lunch, the only computer only can be used in certain hours. Also cannot go out/in between 23:30 to 6:00, looks like a prison! The staff is very friendly and helpful. I've stayed in a bed right to the floor, very Japanese I guess.


Good hostel, a little bit far from the center, no so cheap like the others hostels but is a quite place and clean.

  • 31st May 2013
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Spain
  • Female, 25-30
  • (1 review)


The hours are a little restrictive, but that's ok. The kitchen and eating area is spacious which is good if you want to cook something. The lockers are also a good size.

  • 24th May 2013
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Male, 25-30
  • (1 review)


Price: Because of a holyday it was by far the most expensive hostel during our 3 week Japan-Trip. Room: The dorm between male (3rd floor) and female (4th floor) differs a lot. Female room was ok (3 bed dorm). The interior of the guys room (10 bed dorm) reminds one of a military hospital like in movies. Bath: Every level has toilets and sinks, but showers are only on the 1st floor. Other matters: curfew 11pm – 6am; time frame that you must vacate 10am-4pm We CANNOT recommend this hostel!

  • 4th May 2013
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Germany
  • Mixed Group, 18-24
  • (1 review)


I wish the computer would have been free to use. To bad that there is a curfew and that the hostel is closed during the day. Shower hours end to early, morning and evening.


Loved how traditional it was here with the futon beds and tatami flooring. Only downside was how thin the walls of the dorm were- I could hear everything going on in the rooms either side. But it was fine as I had earplugs for when I slept (which I would recommend for others staying here!)


Near to JR & Subway. Within reasonable walking distance to Sennoji Temple & Akihabara.


Great Hostel if you are going to go around tokyo during daylight. Not that good if you feel like going out during the night. From 11.30pm till 06.00am doors are closed, and even if you arrive after 6am you will have to wake up early cause from 10.00am until 04.00pm they are cleaning rooms and you have to stay outside the hostel.

  • 11th Apr 2013
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Argentina
  • Male, 25-30
  • (1 review)


This hostel is definitely no-frills. Read the details carefully - there is a curfew and also a certain time frame during the day that you must vacate. Additionally, the shower/laundry area is open limited hours.That said, if you go in knowing this, it is cheap and about 7 minutes walk from the station. My floor had a strange smell. There is not a lot to do near the hotel, but it's not hard to get around by train. This hostel had openings during peak spring break season.


This is a good hostel EXCEPT you get kicked out at 10 am and you are not aloud back in until 4pm and they also have a curfew of 11pm. It is ridiculous in a city like Tokyo. If you are only staying for one night this would be fine as long as you get there before 11pm but if you plan to stay more than 1 night I would strongly recommend finding a different hostel


Good hostel with very hospitable staff. Although they are unable to speak in English, they tried very hard nevertheless.


Nice quiet hostel in a good location. The rooms were clean and a good size. The staff were friendly and helpful. I would stay here again. :)


This hostel is pretty good if you want a quick place to stay at a relatively affordable price however the whole hostel SHUTS DOWN from 10:00 AM- 4:00 PM which means you CAN'T come in nor hang out in your room between 10:00 AM- 4:00 PM which can be a drag if you want to sleep in or come in late from partying. Also no wi fi in your room except on the 1st floor and 2nd floor. Overall, it was ok.

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