The Sakura Hostel in Tokyo lies in the historic area Asakusa in Tokyo. It is – apart from very conveniently located – a great place to relax and socialize. The moment you step inside, you will feel at home and never want to leave again, trust me, I’ve been here 7 now and would go back again.
I stayed at the Sakura Hostel for the first time on the beginning of my solo world-trip in 2006. The hostel had only been open for a couple of weeks, so when I recently returned, 10 years after, it was great to see that they are still doing well! I have stayed in many, many hostels all over the world, but this one has to be the friendliest, cleanest, safest feeling place there is, no doubt.
Fun Fact: I’ve made it to the hostel’s ‘Hall of Fame’ (on the wall in the staircase) and I even got my father to stay here during one of his business trips. He loved it!
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As soon as you enter the building, you’ll get to the reception area, which is covered in flags from visiting travellers from all over the world. From the original team in 2006, two of the staff still remain: owner Tomo and Naoto.
The reception lounge is a great place to meet new people, watch television / DVD’s or play some video games. The hostel staff has also started frequent (nights) out and workshops, so that you get to interact with even more people and learn something about the Japanese culture at the same time.
The are washing machines and the hostel has free WiFi + some desktop computers. The Sakura Hostel also has books with lots of tourist information to help you plan your activities in Tokyo or the rest of your trip in Japan.
What I also like about the hostel, is that the staff run their own blog. This way you get to know all about live in- and outside the hostel, as well as great tips about what to do in and around Tokyo.
Staff of 2006: Tomoe, Naoto, Tomo and Yuri
The reception area back in 2006, not much has changed, except it’s now fully decorated with gifts from people all over the world :)
In 2006 and 2008, I stayed in the 6-bed mix dorms, where I loved the bunk beds. They were absolutely huge and -made from wood- rock solid. So no shaking when your upstairs neighbour gets to bed! The blankets are incredibly soft and in winter time, they even bring you an extra fluffy one. All linen is included.
Most recently, Nick and I stayed first in a twin room, which had two single beds at each side of the room. We had a balcony, which was nice, but I thought the room itself was really small, there was only a door-wide space between the beds.
After the twin room, we stayed in 8-bed mix dorm, where there were no wooded bunk beds, but iron ones. While the wooded beds are still much better (don’t know if they still have them in the other rooms?), the iron beds did have little curtains, which was super nice to have for some privacy!
In the room are lockers (you will need your own padlock) that will fit your day bag and there is air conditioning, which is especially nice in Summer as Japan gets super-humid.
The bathrooms are in the hallway, female and male separate, and they are bliss as well. So clean! The fact that the showers are a bit low for European standards doesn’t really matter, they make it up to you with toilets with very exciting, and with Japanese Kanji labelled, buttons on them. Towels can be rented.
2008 (with my new kimono)
view from our private room
With a private room, breakfast is included, but in a dorm you only pay a small fee. It includes tea/coffee, some slides bread (with jams) and soup, but for us, it wasn’t enough, so we went to the supermarket instead (really close by)
There is a kitchen as well. It’s small, but has everything you need. They have two fridges and a sharing shelf and all the spices you might need for you to use.
Can you spot me?
If you’re looking for a central place to start exploring Tokyo, as well as a safe home-base during your time here, the Sakura Hostel is a great option. Staff is friendly, there are lots of informational brochures to help you plan your trip and meeting people is really easy with the big lounge area. Great for solo travellers, but also suitable for couples, older travellers and families. A home away from home, really!
Name: Sakura Ho(s)tel
Address: 2-24-2 Asakusa, Taito, Tokyo 111-0032, Japan
Phone: +81 3-3847-8111
Disclaimer: Paid from our own pocket. All 7 times :)
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