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Lovely hostel in Asakusa, Tokyo
Khaosan Samurai Hostel (Tokyo, Japan)
Member Name: autumnleaf
Khaosan Samurai Hostel (Tokyo, Japan)
Advantages: Clean, cheap, friendly staff
Disadvantages: Slightly out of the way
During a two week trip around Japan we stayed at the Khaosan Samurai Hostel for our first three nights. Coming straight from Narita airport we made our way to Ueno station and then on foot to the hostel which took roughly 25-30 minutes. There are actually a couple of stations 5-10 minutes walk away from the hostel, in particular the Asakusa stop on the Ginza line which is useful for those using the Japan Rail Pass looking for JR operated lines.
There are actually four Khaosan hostels located in this area and we arrived at the nearby Annex first but were quickly redirected to the nearby Samurai hostel. Check in is from 3pm and despite arriving an hour early the staff were very welcoming and quickly made sure our room was ready and allowed us to check in early. The staff were very courteous and polite and offered lots of information about the area, providing maps and leaflets to help us find our way around. Shoes had to be left in the lobby of the reception but, unlike many hotels, slippers were not provided for indoors.
We stayed in a twin room which consisted of a bunk bed and a shower shared with the rest of the floor. The room was cheap, costing approximately £33 a night for both of us, and also very clean and tidy; consistent with the rest of the hostel. The beds were comfortable and there were no problems with noise in the area or hostel itself, where it is made clear that noise should be kept to a minimum after 11pm, which made for a peaceful night's sleep. There is a dining room/kitchen area (with balcony) for eating and socialising with other guests, all of whom during our stay were very friendly and happy to talk. The hostel also provides free Wi-Fi for all guests.
We had originally booked in for two nights but on the second day asked to stay for an extra night which was arranged very quickly and the staff ensured we could remain in our existing room instead of needing to change.
The surrounding area felt very safe and fairly quiet compared to the rest of Tokyo which was a nice change of pace whenever we arrived back at the hostel. The Tokyo Skytree and wonderful Asakusa market are both within walking distance and worth seeing, and there are a host of restaurants and bars in the area. The hostel chain also provides a bar that is a short walk away, offering a free drink to each guest and a good place to meet fellow travellers. The main attractions of Tokyo however are a little further away and will require a little time travelling around by train to get to, however we didn't find this a problem.
Overall this was an excellent hostel, very cheap, in a nice location, well maintained and with very friendly staff. I would definitely recommend it.
Summary: Good value for money; a nice experience
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