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Top Guesthouses in Japan

Throughout the country there are hundreds of high-rise corporate hotels, coffin-sized capsule rooms, and traditional ryokans. The variety is endless but many are very expensive. Luckily for the budget traveler, Japan has perfected the art of the guesthouse. These hostels and shared rooms are sometimes of a higher quality than the neighboring business hotel. On your next trip to Japan, save some money and check out some of the best guesthouses Japan has to offer.

  • Guesthouse Ruco in Yamaguchi

    Top Guesthouses in Japan

    Top Guesthouses in Japan

    Located in Hagi, Yamaguchi, Guesthouse Ruco is a hybrid hostel and cafe with a focus on friendliness. Ruco wants to connect the Hagi locals with visitors, both domestic and foreign. The staff is very friendly and welcoming to the visitors. During the day, the cafe serves everyone, not just visitors staying in the guesthouse. In the evening, the cafe turns into a bar and the locals, staff, and visitors all interact and have a good time. There are two dorms offered, a mixed and a female dorm, with beds for 2,800 yen a night. There is also one private room with a tatami floor and futon. Ruco is close to the central bus terminal and provides easy access to all of Hagi’s sights, including Hagi Castle and the beach.

  • The Life Hostel and Bar Lounge in Fukuoka

    Top Guesthouses in Japan

    Top Guesthouses in Japan

    The Life is a trendy hostel located in central Fukuoka, close to Hakata station. It is known for its nightlife – visitors can dine on gourmet but affordable cuisine and party into the late hours with a DJ. The bar is fully stocked with some of Japan’s most popular liquors, along with domestic beers and classic cocktails. During the daytime, the restaurant and bar turns into a cafe where visitors can grab a quick breakfast before heading out for the day. The rooms are quiet and spacious, with the mixed dorms only 2,800 yen per night. The Life is the place to stay to meet other visitors and spend the evening dining and dancing to local tunes.

  • Koya Backpackers in Karuizawa

    Top Guesthouses in Japan

    Top Guesthouses in Japan

    Located in the posh summer resort town of Karuizawa, Koya Backpackers is the perfect place for the more budget-minded, nature-oriented visitor. The traditional, renovated building still offers the old charm of the Showa era but with modern facilities and services. There are two choices of dormitories – the mixed dorm at 3,200 yen offers beds while the female dorm at 3,500 yen offers futons on tatami. There is also a private room available. Koya’s location makes it convenient for visitors to take advantage of nature in the vicinity of Nagano or to indulge in the shopping and golf offered in Karuizawa.

  • Tabi Tabi in Izu

    Top Guesthouses in Japan

    Top Guesthouses in Japan

    Tabi Tabi is located in Shimoda, in the southeastern section of Izu. it offers four private rooms in a traditional Japanese-style house with tatami flooring and futons. Unlike most guesthouses, Tabi Tabi also offers fresh towels and a yukata for sleeping. The guesthouse is located in a quiet neighborhood in the middle of Shimoda, making it a relaxing countryside retreat. Bicycles are available for rental so visitors can cycle to the nearby beaches or hiking trails. The staff is hands-off but accommodating. They will provide maps so that visitors can discover the hidden, local gems of the neighborhood.

  • The Cue Hoso Backyard in Wakayama

    Top Guesthouses in Japan

    Top Guesthouses in Japan

    The Cue Hoso is a beautiful, light-filled hostel with wood flooring and plenty of natural greenery. Originally a traditional Japanese house, the Cue has been renovated with plenty of windows and modern decor. The rooms are all tatami with futons. There is also a cafe and bar attached to the sharehouse where locals and visitors can interact. Its location is one of the best in Tanabe, within walking distance of both Kii-Tanabe station and the beach. The neighborhood has some of the best local offerings of restaurants and late-night izakayas.

  • Hostel Nabla in Nijima

    Top Guesthouses in Japan

    Top Guesthouses in Japan

    Located on on Nijima Island (part of Tokyo’s Oshima Islands), Hostel Nabla is a budget-friendly option for those looking to relax on the beach. Originally a movie theater, Hostel Nabla has been refurbished into a friendly, ocean-themed guesthouse. The communal area is spacious and from there visitors can relax in a hammock and take in the ocean breeze. The dormitories cost 5,500 yen a night and feature large bunks in a quiet room. The hostel also has a cafe and bar, providing a convenient option for dinner. There is also a barbecue area that can be reserved and a rooftop balcony. The sharehouse is only a few minutes walk to the beach, making it one of the most convenient yet affordable places on the island.

  • Meguruya Guesthouse and Cafe in Yunotsu Onsen in Shimane

    Top Guesthouses in Japan

    Top Guesthouses in Japan

    The UNESCO World Heritage site Yunotsu Onsen is very popular with hot-spring fanatics and history buffs. The town is very small and provides minimal lodging options, featuring only expensive ryokans and hotels. Meguryuya Guesthouse is well-known in town for its homestyle food, unique gift shop, and second-floor lodging. The building is over 120 years old, blending in with the traditional architecture of the town, but the tatami mat rooms are still comfortable. There is no bathroom in the guesthouse but that is no problem in a town famous for its onsens. There are many hot springs in the vicinity located within a one- to two- minute walk from the guesthouse.

    萩ゲストハウスruco
    Address
    山口県萩市唐樋町92
    Phone
    0838-21-7435
    THE LIFE HOSTEL & BAR LOUNGE
    Address
    福岡県福岡市博多区祇園町8-13
    Phone
    092-292-1070
    Koya Backpackers
    Address
    長野県北佐久郡軽井沢町長倉2147-500
    Phone
    070-2654-6868
    Guesthouse tabi-tabi
    Address
    静岡県下田市吉佐美1658
    Phone
    090-6513-5578
  • Hostel NABLA<新島>
    Address
    東京都新島村本村6-3-1
    Phone
    04992-5-0376
    Meguruya [ Mawariya ] meguruya
    Address
    Shimane Pref. Odashi Yunotsuchouyunotsu Mouth 67
    Phone
    0855527009
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