Kanazawa is a fascinatingly well-preserved Edo Period city in the central part of mainland Japan. As the capital of Ishikawa Prefecture, it is blessed with a rich heritage as well as surrounded by breathtaking mountain ranges and national parks. If you are planning to explore the charming city extensively without spending too much, backpacker accommodations can be a great option to control your vacation costs. This article will provide you with a list of 8 best accommodations for a perfect backpacking trip from as low as 20 USD per night!
Khaosan Kanazawa Family Hostel is rated as one of the best value hostels in the city, within 10-minute walk from JR Kanazawa Station where you can access other parts of town easily. It is the first family hostel of the Khaosan chain, raved for its great service that makes you feel at home. Depending on your preference, you can choose from either the private rooms or the 8-bedded dormitories (mixed and female only), and enjoy the shared amenities including PC with internet access, kitchen, dining room and comic room. Free Wi-Fi is also available throughout the property, Bicycle rentals are also available at a cheap 2 USD per day, a cheap and healthy form of travelling around the city!
Khaosan Kanazawa Family Hostel
Address: 1-10-18, Ekinishihommachi, Kanazawa-city, Ishikawa Prefecture
Price: from 20 USD
Access: 10-minute walk from JR Kanazawa Station
Contact: +81 76-232-2056
Originally a Taisho era traditional Japanese house, Kanazawa Guest House East Mountain was renovated only in April 2016. Enjoy a unique stay in this well-preserved property with modern facilities in the famous Higashi Chaya district. With only 4 rooms in this guest house - 2 private double rooms, 1 male, 4-bedded dormitory room and 1 female, 4-bedded dormitory room, you are assured of greater privacy and opportunities to interact with the friendly host compared to other bigger hostels. In addition, the traditional Omicho Market is just 15 minutes by foot and the great Kenrokuen Garden a 20-minute walk away. No wonder Guest House East Mountain is one of the best-selling backpacker accommodations in Kanazawa!
Kanazawa Guest House East Mountain
Address: 3-6-13, Higashiyama, Kanazawa-city, Ishikawa Prefecture
Price: from 24 USD
Access: 1-minute walk from Higashiyama (東山) bus stop
Contact: +81 90-4687-2508
Opened since May 2015, Good Neighbours Hostel is a minimalist-designed backpackers’ hostel that was converted from a 40-year-old building within a stone’s throw away from the main train station. All showers and bathrooms are shared among guests in the 3 private rooms, 8-bedded mixed dormitory and 6-bedded female dormitory in this cosy hostel. For such a wallet-friendly price, strategic location and professional service, Good Neighbours is definitely a steal!
Good Neighbours Hostel
Address: 4-19, Konohana Kanazawa-city, Ishikawa Prefecture
Price: from 27 USD
Access: 3-minute walk from JR Kanazawa Station
Contact: +81 80-6890-0882
Kanazawa Guest House Stella is another value hostel located in the historic cultural Higashi Chaya district that is newly opened in April 2016. It is a convenient 10 to 20 minutes’ walk to major sightseeing spots in the area, such as Omicho Market, Kenrokuen Garden and 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art. There are plenty of charming shops, nice restaurants and some traditional Japanese tea houses over a century old, waiting for you to discover. Be in for pleasant surprises by the hospitable host who will not only share his travel experiences with you, but may even organise interesting themed nights at Guest House Stella!
Kanazawa Guest House Stella
Address: 1-3-23 Higashiyama, Kanazawa-city, Ishikawa Prefecture
Price: from 29 USD
Access: 3-minute walk from Higashi Chaya street
Contact: +81 76-204-9858
As the first hostel available in Kanazawa, Guest House Pongyi has been welcoming guests since 2009 to its cosy property, renovated from a century-old Japanese kimono shop cum warehouse building. Major sightseeing spots like the Omicho Market are within a convenient reach from the guest house. It is also located close to many restaurants, supermarkets and convenience store. Besides being a value-for-money backpacker accommodation, your stay at Pongyi also helps to support poor children in Asia as 100 JPY (1 USD) of your accommodation cost will go towards the donation fund to NPO! Great to know that you are contributing to a good cause even when you are on holiday, isn’t it?
Guest House Pongyi
Address: 2-22 Rokumai-machi, Kanazawa-city, Ishikawa Prefecture
Price: from 29 USD
Access: 7-minute walk from JR Kanazawa Station
Contact: +81 76-225-7369
Shaq Big House is a bright and friendly hostel located in the artistic and cultural district of Kanazawa, with Kanazawa Castle Park, Kenrokuen Garden and 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art just 15 minutes’ walk away. You can also explore the popular Omicho Market just 5 minutes away on foot from the hostel. Besides, feel free to share stories of your adventure in the city with new found friends at the cool cafe bar serving light meals on its ground floor!
Shaq Big House
Address: 7-30 Takaokamachi, Kanazawa-city, Ishikawa Prefecture
Price: from 29 USD
Access: 2-minute walk from Musashi gatsuji bus stop
Contact: +81 76-256-5288
Located in the heart of the city, Guest House Ochakare is a chic yet wallet-friendly accommodation for the budget-conscious traveller. Needless to say, staying at Ochakare means you have convenient access to major sightseeing spots. Not only are the rooms clean, you will also find high-tech facilities in the kitchen and toilet. Surf the internet at ease with free Wi-Fi and high speed connection of 1Gbps!
Guest House Ochakare
Address: 1-8-12 Kitayasue, Kanazawa-city, Ishikawa Prefecture
Price: from 29 USD
Access: 5-minute walk from JR Kanazawa Station
Contact: +81 70-5063-5566
Backpackers who don’t mind paying a little more for a new and stylish guest house that only opened since April 2016 should check out Kanazawa Guest House Nagonde. From the moment you step into the property, you will be warmly welcomed by a smiley staff at the tastefully furnished reception. Its interiors are furnished with wood to help you relax and seek some relief. Experience the simple life of locals in the historical Ekimae Betsuin Street near the guest house. This is indeed a value for money accommodation for a memorable stay in Kanazawa!
Kanazawa Guest House Nagonde
Address: 1-8-10, Honmachi, Kanazawa-city, Ishikawa Prefecture
Price: from 34 USD
Access: 6-minute walk from JR Kanazawa Station
Contact: +81 76-255-0660
Backpacker accommodations to suit even the most discerning traveller
Forget about the days when a backpacker accommodation means a dormitory room where you need to share space with dozens of other travellers with hardly any privacy! The above-mentioned lovely hostels and guest houses have set a new standard for how budget accommodations should be in this modern age. Cutting down on your budget for accommodation need not be a painful decision for your next Kanazawa trip anymore. Enjoy your perfect backpacking trip in the creative city!
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