The Best Hostels in Japan for Backpackers, Students, and Budget Travellers

The Best Hostels in Japan for Backpackers, Students, and Budget Travellers
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Japan is a fascinating and fun country to visit with a unique culture, beautiful landscape, and delicious cuisine. It's also an expensive place to visit. If you're hoping to save some money, there are a variety of good hostel options throughout. Hostels in Japan are diverse, and range from reliable hostel chains to independently owned facilities with traditional styles. If you're looking for a comfortable and social place to stay in Japan, that won't break the bank, then a hostel is likely your best option.
How much do hostels in Japan cost?

You can find our comprehensive analysis of all hostel prices in Japan here. We've found the average prices of dorms and private rooms, as well as the typical prices of hostels with various amenities, too.



An affordable hostel for backpackers, hikers, students, and solo travellers near Mt Fuji, Japan.

Dorm Bed from $23.74
Private Room from $26.34
Overall Rating: 97%
6713-108, Funatsu, Fujikawaguchiko Minamitsuru-gu, Mount Fuji
K's House Mt Fuji is part of the K's House hostel chain. This particular hostel is located in Kawaguchiko town, which is a popular base for exploring the Mt Fuji area. It's walking distance from Kawaguchiko Station, although it's kind of a far walk. It's also just a couple of minutes from Ogi bus stop and three minutes from Lake Kawaguchiko.

The hostel also organizes tours of Mt. Fuji's five lakes. This makes an easy and convenient way to explore the area. If you're hoping to climb the mountain, the hostel is a bus ride away from Mt Fuji's 5th Station.

The hostel is clean and comfortable, and it offers both private rooms and dorms. There's a shared kitchen where guests can prepare meals, a television room with free dvds, and a lounge where you can relax with other guests. There's also laundry facilities and internet access available.


An affordable hostel for backpackers, solo travellers, and small groups of friends in Hakone, Japan.

Dorm Bed from $28.12
Private Room from $29.49
Overall Rating: 95%
12-1 Yumotochaya Hakone-machi Ashigarashimo-gun, Hakone
Another hostel of the K's House chain, K's House Hakone is in a popular area for hot springs. The area attracts both local and international visitors who come to experience the onsen hot spring resorts. K's House Hakone is about a kilometer away from Hakone-yumoto station and is a popular option for budget travelers to the area. There's a communal natural onsen that has an open air bath for guests. There are also dorms that sleep between four and eight people as well as private rooms that range in size from twins to six bed group rooms.


A relaxing hostel for backpackers, solo travellers, and female travellers in Nikko, Japan.

Dorm Bed from $24.37
Private Room from $0.01
Overall Rating: 96%
Minami Okorogawa 2254-7 Nikko, Nikko
Space Riverhouse Hostel is a nice place to stay near Nikko, Japan. Although it's a bit outside of town, there's a shuttle service that makes getting around convenient. The hostel also has a kitchen and restaurant area where you can enjoy dinner and a free western style breakfast every morning.

This is a wonderful place to hang out and meet other guests. There's a great open air lounge area next to the river. It's a peaceful and natural setting where you can soak up the atmosphere.

The hostel also has bikes for rent, swimming tubes, snorkels, and goggles. If you're hoping for a unique and fun experience, then Space Riverhouse Hostel is a good option.


Dorm Bed from $27.93
Private Room from $27.93
(Prices vary by season)
Overall Rating: 100%
2-22, Rokumai-machi, Kanazawa Ishikawa, Kanazawa
You'll love this hostel because of it's good location and quality amenities. It features friendly service, bicycle hire, and a common room. When it's time to eat, it's also nice because there's self-catering facilities and a microwave. Security lockers, luggage storage, internet access, and air conditioning are also on the list to make sure your stay is very comfortable.


Dorm Bed from $25.89
Private Room from $23.79
(Prices vary by season)
Overall Rating: 100%
21 Koderamachi, Himeji-city, Hyogo, Himeji
Shironoshita Guesthouse is very popular due to the atmosphere, great location, and long list of amenities. It features friendly service and a common room. When it's time to eat, it's also nice because there's a microwave. Wi-fi, laundry facilities, security lockers, luggage storage, internet access, air conditioning, and housekeeping are also on the list to make sure your stay is very comfortable.


Dorm Bed from $18.89
Private Room from $24.49
(Prices vary by season)
Overall Rating: 100%
1-24-1F Miyagi Chatan-cho Nakagamigun Okinawa, Okinawa
Seawall Hostel is very popular due to the atmosphere, great location, and long list of amenities. It features friendly service and bicycle hire. When it's time to eat, it's also nice because there's self-catering facilities and a microwave. Security lockers, parking, towels included, and air conditioning are also on the list to make sure your stay is very comfortable.


Dorm Bed from $34.91
Private Room from $39.86
(Prices vary by season)
Overall Rating: 100%
45-8 Asahi, Kutchan Hokkaido, Hokkaido Niseko
You'll love this hostel because of it's good location and quality amenities. It features friendly service, bicycle hire, and a common room. When it's time to eat, it's also nice because there's self-catering facilities and a microwave. Wi-fi, laundry facilities, security lockers, luggage storage, parking, and internet access are also on the list to make sure your stay is very comfortable.


Private Room from $23.27
(Prices vary by season)
Overall Rating: 100%
30-16. Wakamatsu-cho Hakodate-si, Hokkaido, Hakodate
This terrific hostel offers friendly service and a common room. The good location and overall vibe also make it very popular. When it's time to eat, it's also nice because there's a microwave. Laundry facilities, luggage storage, parking, towels included, air conditioning, and housekeeping are also on the list to make sure your stay is very comfortable.
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