Keiko and the other staff were so kind and helpful, providing pick-up from Kawaguchiko station and lifts to the bus station, supermarket etc! The hostel was the cleanest I stayed in in Japan with a spotless kitchen, bathroom and dorms. Felt like staying in someone's house! Can't recommend the hostel enough. Only 2 minutes walk to a beautiful lake and I hear you can hire bikes, though I didn't have time myself.
A bit grubby in the communal areas (showers especially) though everything was cleaned daily and the rooms weren't so bad. Would have been nice to have a common area with sofas etc, rather than just the kitchen and bar. Good value for Tokyo though if you stay in the biggest dorm, and in a nice residential area of Asakusa just 5 mins walk from the metro and close to the main shopping area etc if Asakusa.
Clean, cosy with a really nice common area. Kitchen didn't have much apart from a microwave but that wasn't so important for me. They sold snacks and drinks in the common room really cheaply which was convenient. Dorm was fairly crowded but clean and comfortable with great showers and a sink/mirror area (in the girls dorm). Definitely recommend.