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9.2
Superb
365 Total Reviews
Wonderful Location
Superb Staff
Fantastic Cleanliness

Property Description

Welcome to Waya Hostel Sapporo.
Waya Hostel is unlike any other in Japan.
Our reception desk doubles as a bar while we get the formalities out of the way. It is more than likely that, upon walking in, you will find a handful of Sapporo locals (Sappo-locals) hanging out by our fireplace with our other guests.

You will instantly feel the family-like atmosphere upon entering. We've heard from many guests that they feel they are visiting a friend's house, rather than a hostel. This is due to the fact that we built the guesthouse with the help of over 200 locals from the neighborhood, and we are all indeed a bit like a family. We are suitable for those arriving here with friends, or traveling solo.

In particular, what will make your experience special is our staff - a jolly pirate crew of sorts, a majority of which is made up of well-travelled locals, with some foreign members sprinkled in who were 'passing through' Sapporo, fell in love with the city, and couldn't bring themselves to leave (warning: this may happen to you). Whether you're searching for recommendations on sightseeing, lesser-known spots, or the best food/drink in town, we can most likely do better than Lonely Planet. If it's engaging conversation, a friend to join you in exploration, or a party that you're looking for, we've got you covered there as well.

'Make this place your home in Sapporo.'


The SPACE
We have cozy, mixed dorms with clean, shared bathrooms in a renovated apartment in Sapporo, Hokkaido.


THE ROOM:
The dorms are offered with bunk beds - each guest having their own dedicated private space, almost like a small room within the room, complete with curtains for privacy. Guests often comment on how spacious and comfortable the beds are. Sheets are supplied. There is a lamp, a wall socket for charging, and a wall-unit for hanging clothes. The shower is shared with other guests (not at the same time, lol), and there are two toilets - one for ladies, the other for gentlemen. There is high-speed Wi-Fi throughout the guesthouse, and you are of course free to use it. You are welcome to hang out in the living room during your stay, where we have a floor table that is heated underneath, called a Kotatsu (be careful - sitting at this table is so comfortable, you might just end up spending your entire stay there). You are welcome to use the kitchen as much (or as little) as you like. There is a shelf in the refrigerator for your food, as well as space in the cabinets to put groceries. We keep basic groceries in stock for free use by guests, such as milk, juice, tea, coffee, snacks, etc. If you have a lot of luggage, there is always available storage space (we host many snowboarders/skiers).


THE BUILDING
There are different types of bedrooms, 2 communal toilets, and 2 shower rooms. The building was built 60 years ago and renovated with the help our friends and neighbors. Now, the building is called 'Guest House Waya'. Since we worked on it with many members of the community, the walls are colorful and feature various works of art by locals and travelers. A benefit of the community having taken part in the renovation is the consistent presence of locals who like to come hang out at our bar, with the Waya family and our guests. It's a win-win, as interesting locals get to meet travelers, and vice-versa.


THE NEIGHBORHOOD
The neighborhood is a downtown area that is quiet and safe, just across the river from the Susukino area. We are within 2~4 blocks from a lot of stores, including supermarkets and convenience stores. The local soup curry is stuff of legend. Members of the Waya family are highly knowledgeable about this city, so if you're looking for something in particular, we probably have a recommendation for you.


THE LOCATION
We are located within walking distance of the city centre, known as the Susukino and Odori areas. You can get almost anywhere in the centre of Sapporo city within 20-30 minutes on foot, or if you're feeling a bit lazy, we have TRANSPORTATION Kikusui subway station (The Tozai Line) is a 6 minute walk from Waya. Also, Gakuenmae subway station (The Toho Line) is an 8 minute walk. You can go anywhere in Sapporo city if you use those two subway stations. A couple of blocks from Waya, there is the Chuo bus at Sapporo Tsubaki Hotel, that can take you straight to the airport.


CHECK IN
Please pay the total fee when you check-in. Check-in time is from 4 p.m. until 10:00 p.m.
* If you checkin between from 10:00pm to 11:00pm, it costs 500 JPY per 1 person. If you do not show up till 11:00pm, we can not accept your checkin and charge you 100% cancelation fee, so please come and checkin at least until 11:00pm.


CANCELLATION POLICY
Any cancellation received within 3 days prior to arrival will incur all nights charge.

Reviews & Ratings

9.2
Superb
365 Total Reviews
  • Security
    9
  • Location
    7.6
  • Staff
    9.6
  • Atmosphere
    9.2
  • Cleanliness
    9.6
  • Value for Money
    9.8
  • Facilities
    9.6

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9.1
Superb
Mar 25, 2024
Not exactly close to the action but the hostel can still be reached conveniently by tram. The hostel is associated with a small downstairs pub but is definitely not a party hostel. Owners organised various theme nights at the pub including a night for locals to practise their English and a barista night. Definitely recommend.
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Male, 31-40
9.1
Superb
Nov 23, 2023
Lovely staff and a super cosy house that feels more like a house share than a hostel. A bit of a walk from the main areas but completely worth it, I loved my stay here. My only criticism is security. The main door had a number code but guests kept leaving it ajar, so would suggest adding locks to the dorm doors too.
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Female, 31-40
9.4
Superb
Nov 18, 2023
Great value for money and friendly atmosphere as the living and sleeping areas are quite close to each other. It is 2.3km from the train station so you will have to take the bus.
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Female, 18-24

Facilities

  • Free

    • Linen Included
    • Free City Maps
    • Free WiFi
    • Free Internet Access
  • General

    • Security Lockers
    • Common Room
    • Bicycle Parking
    • Air Conditioning
    • Adaptors
    • Hot Showers
    • Self-Catering Facilities
    • Cooker
    • Fridge/Freezer
    • Utensils
    • Dryer
    • Outdoor Terrace
    • Reading Light
    • Hair Dryers
    • Safe Deposit Box
    • Microwave
    • Washing Machine
  • Services

    • Internet access
    • Laundry Facilities
    • Towels for hire
    • Luggage Storage
    • Tours/Travel Desk
    • 24 Hour Security
    • Reception (limited hours)
  • Food & Drink

    • Bar
    • Tea & Coffee Making Facilities
  • Entertainment

    • Board Games
    • Wi-Fi

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