For my recent trip to Hiroshima, I wanted to find a good hostel that could be my base for 3 days of exploring and adventuring in and around the city. That hostel was Hana Hostel Hiroshima. I chose it because I know the brand well. They have hostels in many cities across Japan, including my city – Kyoto. They also offer special discounts when you stay with them multiple times as part of the J-Hoppers group. I stayed for 3 nights and got a 300 yen discount!
The hostel is just a few minutes walk from JR Hiroshima Station, which makes it super easy to get around. There’s also a taxi stand, bus station and streetcar station in the same place, so you’re pretty much covered for any kind of travel. It’s also a short walk to a convenience store, and there are plenty bars and restaurants nearby.
I stayed in one of the 4 bed, female dorm rooms. It had 2 bunk beds, air con, a clothes rail, and an en-suite bathroom. The beds were a little hard, but thats pretty much standard across Japan, and I still slept well, so not really a problem. The en-suite was pretty tiny, a lot of turning on the spot whilst showering! But, it was nice to not have to go to another floor, or wait for other people to finish. Overall, I was really happy with the room. This is the first hostel I’ve ever stayed in (apart from a couple of nights in London during a college trip), and I must admit, I really didn’t know what to expect, so I was really impressed with this place! Each bed had a curtain around it, kind of similar to a capsule hotel, so it was nice and private. Every bunk also had a shelf, towel rail, light, and two plugs.
The hostel also has two living rooms, both with TV’s showing Japanese and English channels. They also have a number of books, games, and some origami paper to make your own paper cranes (which I did, and did quite well actually!). There’s also a computer, but the whole hostel has free wi-fi so feel free to bring your own. They sell soft drinks at reception, and there’s a beer machine in the first floor living room too. You can also rent towels, bikes, wash bags, and borrow umbrellas.
The staff here were extremely friendly, and had great English. They answered all my questions, with a smile, and had lots of information to hand. They even had tide times up on a board for Miyajima so you could plan accordingly. One time, I was looking for an onsen nearby and google was not much help, so I asked at reception. They didn’t know of any onsen outside of the bar area, a tram ride away. After living in Japan for 2 years, I find it very strange that were no public baths closer to the train station. Maybe Hiroshima just isn’t a fan of bathing, or maybe there was a hole in the staffs knowledge, I’m not too sure.
This was definitely a great place to stay, and made my time in Hiroshima relaxed and enjoyable. I recommend this as a place to stay, along with their other hostels around the country. Visit their website here for more details and booking information.
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