When travelling to Asia from the west, many people want a cheap holiday in a beautiful destination to get to know a new culture. This idea sometimes means that people discount Japan due to the perceived cost. Although Japan is not as expensive as most people think, it is still more expensive than other countries to Asia. However, this does not mean that you need to skip visiting this wonderful country. You can find cheap yet high-quality accommodation in Japan at a hostel. Again, a hostel might not be that appealing to people to stay in, but check out these options and maybe change your mind.
I have written numerous articles on this area of Japan, about 60km away from Tokyo. The Five Lakes region boasts unspoilt nature, beautifully preserved shrines and most of all the iconic peak of Mount Fuji. This is a top destination for travellers, but you can do it on a budget and still experience the renown beauty of this area, and stay in comfort. When I think of a hostel what comes to mind is a bunk bed in a room with a lot of hungover people. When I visited Japan last I came across K’s House and it was one of the nicest places I have stayed!
Like most hostels, K’s House Mt Fuji offers dorm stays, from what I heard when I stayed there they were clean and comfortable. I opted for a Japanese style private room and was not disappointed. From a very reasonable 6000Y for one person this room is still a steal and offers a more traditional Japanese sleeping experience. The room had a tatami floor and you slept on a futon. The view from the window of the nearby onsen and mountains was beautiful.
K’s house Mt Fuji is easily accessible from Tokyo or Kyoto. They will collect you from Kawaguchiko station or you can do the 10-minute walk to the hostel. The staff were incredibly friendly and do speak English if your Japanese in not amazing. There are restaurants nearby and a large supermarket, the hostel has a kitchen which is well stocked so eating here is very easy. K’s house also has a bar just across the court year garden which is open most nights, and reduced entry to the onsen next door!
This hostel may be one of the most surprising! The hostel is in a traditional Japanese building that is over 100 years old! Not only that but the hostel is fed by natural hot spring water, so you can enjoy the traditional onsen experience, in a hostel!! This can be especially good if you are visiting and have a tattoo and K’s House Ito is 100% tattoo friendly, there is even an outdoor onsen nearby that accept people with tattoos too. This is a great idea if you are worried about missing out on the onsen experience due to your tattoos.
This area of Japan is not necessarily travelled to frequently, like Tokyo, Kyoto or Osaka but is a real hidden gem or natural beauty and onsen water. You can see a lot of interesting festivals in this area, including fireworks festivals and a stunning view of the lanterns slowly travelling down the river.
Again dormitory rooms are offered, or you can stay in a private room. These private rooms are in a very traditional Japanese style, again with tatami floors and futons for sleeping. The river view rooms also have a small balcony overlooking the passing river, which is a great place to sit and have a cup of tea or eat breakfast. As for onsen, there is a shared onsen, open 24 hours (tattoo friendly!) and also a private onsen. This private onsen can be busy but when I was staying I used it as much as I wanted and no one else wished to at those times. Again the staff are very friendly and do speak English, there are computers for internet access and there is a fully equipped kitchen.
Ito is really easy to access from Tokyo, just 90 minutes if you take the Shinkansen. The area boasts some excellent spots of natural beauty including many onsen, beaches and hiking areas. Honestly, this is a hostel not to be missed!
These are the two of the hostels of K’s house I have stayed in and they were really great, I also stayed in Kyoto which was also a pleasure. There are also hostels in Kyoto, Tokyo, Hiroshima, Takayama and the Hakuba Alps. If you want budget travel but don’t want to compromise on the quality of the place you are staying look up K’s house.