The hostel itself is well located, with a pleasant shopping street across the road (with a discount clothing store with sizes up to 6XL!). There is good security and facilities,, including kitchen, laundry and TV/video area. The staff (one person) was very friendly and helpful. The only negative for me was the rooms, which had a 1ft gap at the top, which meant light and sound carried right across the floor, so everyone's alarms, music, TV, rustling plastic, food smells etc were shared.
The hostel is well located, just a five minute walk down from Gekkoji station, with a very nice restaurant directly across the road and a bar (run by the hostel owner) downstairs. The rooms are small but comfortable. There is a mini-kitchen area and laundry services and a communal bathroom section. The staff were very friendly and helpful for tourist information ad there is a wall of ideas and brochures, with an accurate timetable for the trains. If you're planning a visit to Mt Fuji, stay here
Shower temperature control was broken. Wasn't there long enough to comment on anything else, although there was no communal area, which was a pity.
Lovely staff, good hearty healthy breakfast. Good location. Excellent price
The room was small (well, compared to my previous hostel). nowhere in the room to hang wet towels or the yukata. Bath smelt a little mouldy (I think it was the timber cover, to be honest). Apart from that, and the noise during the day from all the tourists outside, this was a convelient, comfortable and friendly place to stay.
Excellent large room, delicious food (breakfast, but the dinners I never ordered smelled nice as I was returning each night), good large baths and shower area, nice outdoor garden for relaxing in. Only thing missing was an area to interact with other guests. Maybe the outdoor area in summer, but winter interaction was minimal. very highly recommended.
Not too bad a hostel for the Festivals, but I didn't appreciate the internet fee or the towel fee. Nice kitchen/common area and good location.
Maybe a complete rebuild of the mens showers, so the showers are seperate, there's somewhere to put your clothes and the ability to change without people in the corridor seeing you would be a start. And putting locks on the toilet doors or making them slightly larger so your knees aren't hitting the door when you sit. Having beds where the springs aren't sticking out the sides (or fleas) might also make it worth the amount charged. fixing the beds/floors/doors so nothing squeaks etc etc
Nice hotel in good location. View not great but beach only a minute away, as are shops, restaurants and numerous bus stops. Breakfast very good, rooms clean.
The single room was tiny (6ft by 6ft) and the bed was 2ft wide and horrible to sleep on. Don't know how the other rooms were. Breakfast was good and plentiful. Most staff were helpful. Free wifi and a good selection of tourist brochures. Five minute walk from tram stop (Amstelkade on line 4). Not sure it all made up for the lack of sleep due to the bed, though. PS There is also a 5% sales tax added when you get to the hotel. Not sure if this is entirely legal, but be warned.
The entire hotel smelt of stale cigarettes, even the shower! The urinals had ashtrays next to them as well. There is very little life round the hotel and it is half a mile to the JR station (plus an overpass). This was a desperate last choice after Sendai was cancelled, and it showed.
An awesome old ryokan with lovely big rooms overlooking the river. Hot spas (seperate sexes) and a private bath and lots of shops for food right outside the door. Only negative is the old window do rattle in the wind late at night and paper screens just don't keep out the morning sun (and my head hit the top of almost every door). Very highly recommended
A lovely hostel with the most comfy beds so far. Sadly, due to the earthquake/tsunami, many people have cancelled despite Nara being in the safe part of Japan. It did mean I had the whole place to myself, but that was just too quiet. I urge everyone to come here as it's a lovely hostel and Nara is great for walking round.
A tricky one to find, but the instructions are good. No good restaurants or shops nearby and everything closes early (including the hostel, which locks up at 8pm!). Only one shower, so if you're in a hurry....
The room (double) was very cramped, but survivable for the night. No cupboards or shelves.One desk with lamp was only furnishing. beds very hard. Staff excellent and friendly though
great beds. Excellent location right next to the tram stop. Highly recommended.
Very clean and new. Beds and pillows a little thin, but friendly staff and close to Sanjo market and buses
Very handy for airport. A little quiet the week after the earthquake, so probably not the best time to judge. Restaurant down road excellent value and the earth tremor during dinner an added extra
Terrible beds. electrical equipment broken or dodgy. poor ventilation. get what you pay for, though, as it's cheap and central.
No ventilation in bathroom. Never saw another visitor. Towels not changed during my 3 day stay!
If not for the construction going on all day next door and the creaky floor of the room above me, this would be five stars all round! excellent
Beds like table tops and very short.
A bit far from the city centre but the rooms are clean and comfortable, the landlady is very friendly, the price is good and the railway station is practially across the road. A few doors squeak though
Nice hostel but very hard to find. No communal area to meet othertravellers, unless you count the top floor laundry/smoking area. No wireless internet (yet). Free PC in foyer.Good shoppng nearby
The spa needs the water changed more regularly. There is no longer a JR bus from Gotemba. There are no Mt Fuji leaflets in any language other than Japanese so make sure you have your plans made before you arrive.
A very cheap hotel in a run down part of town, but the room has a TV, there's PCs and wireless internet and some cheap eating places nearby. The directions were poor. It should add, you leave the station by the east exit, stand at the intersection and look up diagonally across the road for the hotel sign!
The kitchen is large with a stove, toaster oven, microwave, large fridge & heaps of cooking equipment. There is also Sky and a large TV, a recreation area next to the kitchen, 4 free to use PC's, wireless internet, a coffee lounge area & indoor spa's for men and women. The hostel is five minutes walk from Beppu station and close to the shops and post office. The bus terminal is at the JR station so everything is there that you could need for your spa tour of Southern Japan.
Excellent room, with en suite (great shower), TV, wireless internet, balcony with view towards the mountains and lots of space. The staff were friendly and helpful with lots of brochures and maps plus extra internet connection and PC downstairs next to the free tea and coffee. This is top of the list for mynext trip to Kyoto