Japan may have a famous reputation for having one of the world’s highest cost of living, but that does not mean that you need to spend a bomb if you travel to this beautiful country. Instead of checking into luxurious hotels, why not stay in a guesthouse or hostel for your next visit to Japan? Not only will you get to save some money on your sleeping arrangements, you will also enjoy a lively experience interacting with other travellers! Read on to find out the top guesthouses and hostels every budget traveller to Hiroshima should select.
Rated as the best-value accommodation in Higashihiroshima, Hiroshima Saijo Youth Hostel is located right next to the JR Saijo Station, with direct trains to Hiroshima city 40 minutes away. Saijo is a serene little town known as the Sake capital, so you can experience life like a local by staying in this clean dormitory-style accommodation. Make use of the bicycle rental service provided at the hostel to explore the tranquil town, or you can also roam around on foot, with attractions such as the Suwa Shrine and Ikoinomori Park in the vicinity. The friendly English-speaking hosts will also gladly assist you if you need recommendations or directions on where to visit!
If you prefer to stay closer to the heart of the city, then K’s House Hiroshima - Backpackers Hostel is the ideal choice for you. JR Hiroshima Train Station is an 8-minute walk from the hotel, where you can access major attractions, restaurants and shops easily. You can also choose to stay in either the dormitory-style room, private Japanese-style room or private Western-style room, but still enjoy the lounge, common kitchen and coin-operated laundry facilities. Interact with fellow backpackers at the cosy lounge with complimentary English language newspapers, coffee and tea, or simply chill at the rooftop terrace with your new friends!
Address: Minami-ku Matoba-cho 1-8-9
1.89 km (1.2 mi) from Atomic Bomb Dome
This 2-year-old Hiroshima Guest House Roku lies just 1 kilometer (3280 feet) from the city centre, providing accessibility to great restaurants, shops and tourist sites. The friendly English-speaking staff will welcome you with a complimentary drink upon your arrival and make you feel at home in this clean and tidy guest house. At night, chill and have fun with your fellow guests at the cool bar on the first floor of the property!
Santiago Guesthouse Hiroshima is a modern guesthouse that only welcomed its first guests from October 2015. Located in the heart of Hiroshima, many iconic tourist destinations like the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, Atomic Bomb Dome and Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum are just a short walk away. Furthermore, there are many shops and restaurants in the area for a wonderful shopping and dining experience. The hospitable staff not only speak Japanese and English well, but they are also conversant in 6 other European languages like French, German and Italian. Most importantly, the beds are so comfortable, that even in the dormitory rooms you are assured of a good night’s rest throughout your stay!
Great for solo travellers, the Guesthouse Akicafe Inn offers clean and homey dormitory accommodation conveniently located in the heart of the city. With the JR Hiroshima Station just a stone’s throw away from Akicafe Inn, you can access attractions like the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park as well as nice restaurants without any hassle. Relax in the tatami-style common lounge just like a local and share your stories with fellow backpackers in the guesthouse!
Formally a small Japanese-style ryokan accommodation, J-Hoppers was partially remodelled into a modern backpackers’ guest house in November 2006. The guesthouse is just about a 10-minute walk from downtown with major tourist sites within easy reach by foot. Depending on your preference, you can opt to stay either in a comfortable dormitory-style room with other travellers, or in a private and cosy Japanese tatami-style room. There is no curfew or lock-out at the guesthouse so you can explore the city anytime you like, just be considerate to the other guests and not make too much noise if you return very late!
If exploring historical monuments is what you love, stay at the Evergreen Hostel! This cosy hostel is right next to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, Atomic Bomb Dome and Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. Hiroshima Castle is also relatively near so you just need to walk to all these historical sites without incurring any transport costs. In addition, the large wooden bunk beds provide you with comfortable and stable rest at night. Feel the comfort of home right here with friendly staff and cosy beds and lounge to rest and relax in!
The unassuming Hiroshima Hana Hostel used to be a local business hotel but has since remodelled the property into a modern and cheery hostel. With the JR Hiroshima Station just 5 minutes’ walk away, Hana Hostel is not only a favourite amongst backpackers but also travellers looking for value-for-money accommodations. Take your pick from the homey dormitory-style rooms or private traditional Japanese-style tatami rooms. The thoughtful owners of the hostel also provide free-use massage chairs for you to relax in after a long day out exploring the numerous sights in the city.
Hiroshima Hana Hostel
Address: 1-15 Kojinmachi, Minami Ward, Hiroshima-city, Hiroshima Prefecture (see map)
Price: from 24 USD
Access: 4-minute walk from JR Hiroshima Station
Contact: +81 82-263-2980
Who says you need to splurge for a value-for-money stay?
With these affordable yet wonderful guesthouses and hostels in Hiroshima, a holiday in Japan need not be an expensive affair after all. Now you need not worry about compromising on accessibility and comfort while on a limited budget. Get more value for your buck with these top guesthouses and hostels so that you can have a higher spending power on other parts of your trip!
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