With a stunning castle, iconic observation tower and plenty of great opportunities to experience Japanese culture, the country’s fourth largest city is home to only a few hostels.
Nagoya may be a major city in Japan, but it is surprisingly overlooked by many visitors. There are many fantastic things to see, such as Nagoya Castle, which is among Japan’s finest relics from the Edo period. For budget travellers in Japan, finding cheap accommodation for the night is always a little bit tricky. When it comes to searching for hostels in Nagoya, you’ll soon discover that there simply aren’t that many. However, those that do exist are generally of excellent quality and offer a range of sleeping options from traditional style rooms to clean, modern dorms.
Trip & Sleep Hostel
Centrally-located Trip & Sleep Hostel is a great option for anybody wishing to stay in the bustling heart of things. You’ll be right in the Osu Shopping District, just a few minutes from Shirakawa Park and its distinctive Nagoya City Science Museum. Rooms are fairly spacious with comfortable beds and thick duvets. You can choose between dorms with bunkbeds and there are also some traditional rooms where you can sleep directly on the floor matting placed over heated floors. From $21 per night.
Nagonoya Cafe & Hostel
For a more typically Japanese guesthouse experience, Nagonoya’s dorms contain pod beds, where you enter at the foot of the bed and can sleep with a little added privacy. There is a communal kitchen available, although the cafe restaurant located below the hostel serves tasty dishes such as tonkatsu. Nagonoya is located within a 15-minute walk of Nagoya Castle and five minutes from two different subway stations, making it a great choice for anybody visiting Nagoya to see the sights. From $31 per night.
Outside the immediate centre of Nagoya, you’ll find plenty of good-value private rooms but fewer hostels. One such example is at ChouKou Hotel, which is a mere five-minute walk from Nagoya’s main train station. Rooms come with a kettle and tea bags, a desk and a hair dryer, and the beds are comfortable. A big bonus are the free laundry facilities at this hotel. This is an ideal choice if you want to be closer to the train station and if you’re looking for a bit of quiet privacy, as you’re less likely to meet fellow travellers here. From $28 per night.