4 Budget Friendly Hostels in Japan

I’m happy and satisfied with my stay in these hostels’s I booked through Agoda and Hostelworld. Thanks to fellow travelers, who gives honest review and feedback. It helps a lot in deciding where to stay. Though I’m a budget traveler, cleanliness, comfort, safety and accessibility are non-negotiable to me when it comes to choosing accommodation. Japanese are naturally good people, I’m really amazed of their kindness, like everyone I met treated me so nice. In these 4 hostels, staffs are friendly and helpful, they speak English well (except from one staff in Business Hotel Fukusen).

Hotel Chuo in Osaka

Hotel Chuo is one of hostels owned by Hotel Chuo group. Surprisingly they offer amenities such as free Japanese style bath (with sauna and Jacuzzi), free toiletries (facial wash, facial cotton, body wash, shampoo), free flowing water, coffee and tea. Guest can dine anytime in the pantry. There’s a microwave oven, refrigerator, plates and other utensils. You are even free to cook food. Vending machine is also available in the lobby. It’s very close to lively bar and restaurants in Tenojji, which can be easily access by bike or by foot. If you’re into night life, you may like to stay in this area.

  • Cost: JPY1600/night
  • Room Type: Western Style Single Room (shared bath/toilet)
  • Cleanliness: 4
  • Accessibility: 40 minutes by train from Kansai Airport, 30 secs by foot from Dobutsuenmae Station (JR)
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Streets along Hotel Chuo, Dobutsuenmae, Osaka

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Single Room in Hotel Chuo, Osaka

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Lobby & Dining common area at Hotel Chuo

Free overflowing water, coffee and tea

Free overflowing water, coffee and tea

Hotel Mikado in Osaka

I booked another hostel in Osaka because I changed plans. I found another Hotel Chuo Group hostel right across Hotel Chuo, which is Hotel Mikado. I literally just have to cross the street and walk about 2 minutes from Hotel Chuo. 7-11 and Family Mart is a minute walk from Hotel Mikado. Like Hotel Chuo, they offer a lot of amenities free for every guest. Japanese style bath, toiletries, towel, bathrobe, blanket, hairdryer, adaptor and BIKE. J They also have pantry, where guest can heat and cook food. Vending machine and toilet is available in every floor. Coin operated washing machine and dryer is also available for JPY300.

  • Cost: JPY2000/night
  • Room Type: Japanese Style Single Room (shared bath/toilet)
  • Cleanliness: 95%
  • Accessibility: 40 minutes by train from Kansai Airport, 30 secs by foot from Dobutsuenmae Station (JR)

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Free bike rental by Hotel Mikado, Osaka

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Japanese style shared bathroom at Hotel Mikado, Osaka

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Japnese style bed at Hotel Mikado, Osaka

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Reception area at Hotel Mikado, Osaka

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Complimentary toiletries at Hotel Mikado, Osaka

Jacuzzi at Hotel Mikado, Osaka

Jacuzzi at Hotel Mikado, Osaka

Santiago Guesthouse in Kyoto

This is the only hostel where I need to share a room with other guest. It’s my first time and I’m excited. The good thing is that I got to meet fellow travelers, young and old, locals and foreigners, male and female. Guests here are more open and friendly. This place is nice, clean and they have a cozy café and bar in the first floor where you can hang-out. I stayed here for 2 nights but I realized, I’m more comfortable to stay in small, private room rather than sharing room with other people.

  • Cost: JPY 3000/night
  • Room Type: 8 Bed Dorm Type (Female)
  • Cleanliness: 97%
  • Accessibility: 15-20 minutes’ walk from JR Line Kyoimizu-Gojo Station, quite far. It’s better to take a 15 minutes bus from Kyoto Station and get off Gojo-zaka bus stop, crossed the street and walk for 1-2 minutes.
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Cafe Santiago at Santiago Guesthouse, Kyoto

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Beds at female dormitory room type at Santiago Guesthouse

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Female dormitory room type at Santiago Guesthouse

 Business Hotel Fukusen in Tokyo

I like everything in Business Hotel Fukusen except that it’s located besides a cemetery. It’s quiet creepy at night. But overall, I rate 99% to value for money, cleanliness, friendly staff and location. It’s cheap, considering high-cost of everything in Tokyo. They offer amenities such as free toiletries, towel, bathrobe, hairdryer, tea and water. You can also use microwave, refrigerator and Japanese style bath for free. Coin-operated washing machine and dryer is also available for guest. Restaurants are walking distance while sightseeing and shopping areas is just few minutes away.

  • Cost: JPY 2400/night
  • Room Type: Western Style Single Room
  • Cleanliness: 100%
  • Accessibility: 3-5 minutes’ walk from JR Minamisenju Station
Single Room at Business Hotel Fukusen

Single Room at Business Hotel Fukusen

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Coin operated washing and drying machine for rent at Business Hotel Fukusen

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Common pantry at Business Hotel Fukusen

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Shared toilet, free green tea and water at Business Hotel Fukusen

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Free use of microwave, prepaid phone and vending machine at Business Hotel Fukusen

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