The birthplace of Toyota and pachinko, Nagoya is Japan’s fourth most populated city with over two million inhabitants. The capital of Aichi Prefecture, this manufacturing and shipping hub is the unsung city of Japan. The headquarters of the Toyota Motor Corporation is located just outside the city and, contrary to the impression among Japanese as the nation’s most boring metropolis, the museums, well-maintained parks, green spaces, temples and shopping complexes tell a different story.
Nagoya is also the doorway to Chubu’s big, mountainous heart and a great base for day trips. If you’re planning a trip to Nagoya and you are on a budget, check out our top-rated picks for hostel accommodation in the area, which provide access to all the city has to offer.
This fully air-conditioned hostel is near the JR Nagoya Station and it offers fantastic pub food and a range of beer, free WiFi and an on-site bar/café with various beverages. There are both private rooms and dormitories available to book. The dormitory rooms have wooden bunk beds with a plug and reading light at the head of the bed and privacy curtains.
The neat and clean shared bathrooms have shampoo and body soap and the hostel has a fully equipped shared kitchen and dining tables. Luggage storage, lockers, and a coin launderette facility are also here for guest use.
Very close to Nagoya Station, this hostel is also amidst lots of restaurants and shops. The guest rooms are equipped with a flat-screen TV, a shared bathroom, and a hairdryer. All units provide guests with a microwave and the rooms have comfortable capsule beds and a clean shower and toilet. Coffee and tea are provided free of charge to guests.
HOSTEL WASABI Nagoya Ekimae
Address: Nakamura-ku Tsubaki-cho 13-5
Price: from 23 USD
CCTV in common areas 24-hour security Shared lounge/TV area Guest accommodation is disinfected between stays Non-smoking rooms Concierge service Physical distancing rules followed Luggage storage
Located near the Sakae Subway Station, shops, and restaurants, this hostel offers cheap and good accommodation, with free WiFi, bicycle rental, and a big common kitchen. They provide both private and dormitory rooms, with bunk beds in the dormitory.
All rooms are air-conditioned and equipped with safety deposit boxes. The hostel offers complimentary breakfast with toast and coffee in the morning and drinks vending machines are also available, on site.
Nagoya Travellers Hostel
Address: Naka-ku Sakae 4-8-10
Price: from 89 USD
Free WiFi Family rooms Staff follow all safety protocols as directed by local authorities Terrace CCTV in common areas First aid kit available Fire extinguishers Physical distancing in dining areas
This hostel is on an old-style covered shopping street near Nagoya Castle and lots of little shops and restaurants. The hostel offers free WiFi, dormitory rooms fitted with large box-style bunk beds and a Japanese-style private room. Bunk beds come with a reading light, while the private room features traditional futon bedding and tatami (woven-straw) flooring.
The bathroom facilities are very nice: clean, big enough and Japanese style. On the ground floor, the cafe and restaurant offers a range of international meals, as well as delicious egg sandwiches and amazing Nishiasahi blend coffee.
Cafe & Guest House Nagonoya
Address: Nishi-ku Nagono 1-6-13
Price: from 30 USD
Snack bar Non-smoking rooms Staff follow all safety protocols as directed by local authorities Thermometers for guests provided by property Live music/performance Linens, towels and laundry washed in accordance with local authority guidelines WiFi Physical distancing in dining areas
Close to the Science Museum, this hostel offers a very clean and homely atmosphere. The rooms have more space than usual hostels and they also offer air-conditioning, a flat-screen TV, free WiFi, a private bathroom, a kettle, and some rooms have a balcony. It has everything that you need when traveling for a long time.
This is a beautiful Edo period Japanese house, located on a historical street of Arimatsu, very near the train station. The hostel is close to noted attractions, such as the Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium and the Nagoya Congress Center.
Featuring a shared lounge, all rooms are equipped with a shared bathroom. The tatami mats and cushions are very comfortable and they serve a delicious breakfast, with an incredibly delicious homemade soup.
Address: 458-0924 Aichi, Nagoya, Midori-ku Arimatsu 924, Japan (see map)
Price: from 32.16 USD (3,670 JPY)
Star Rating: 2 Star
Travelers Review: Fabulous 8.8 (from 133 reviews)
Located near the Inuyama and Inuyama-yuen train stations, this hostel offers both western and Japanese-style rooms. All are air-conditioned and equipped with a flat-screen TV and a workspace. The hostel has shared bathroom facilities and slippers are provided. Towels and toiletries are provided for a fee. Internet access, vending machines, and ironing facilities are all available in the hostel.
Inuyama International Youth Hostel
Address: 484-0091 Aichi, Inuyama, Oaza-Tsugao-Aza Himuro 162-1, Japan (see map)
Price: from 65.85 USD (7,515 JPY)
Star Rating: 2 Star
Travelers Review: Good 7.7 (from 88 reviews)
This is a great traditional and homey ryokan, with comfortable, cozy beds and spacious dormitory rooms. The traditional tatami mats and the relaxing semi-private onsen are special features of the ryokan and they offer a kaiseki-style breakfast for an extra cost of 1,998 JPY.
There is also the option for dinner, with many Nagoya local foods, for an extra cost of 5,940 JPY. The breakfast is quite delicious and a good example of a traditional Japanese-style breakfast.
Welcome to the native city of Toyota and pachinko
Contrary to the popular belief among Japanese as being the nation’s most boring metropolis, Nagoya has lots to offer. The museums, parks, green spaces, temples, shopping complexes and cosmopolitan outlook make it a place worth visiting.
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