Translated by Shinji Takaramura
Sakura Hostel Asakusa: Ideal Lodging for Tourists
Located 3 minutes from Asakusa's Sensoji is Sakura Hostel Asakusa. The hostel is also located behind Japan's oldest amusement park so you can get the most out of your stay!
Written by YOSHIHITO OSHIMA
From Sensoji, the oldest temple in Tokyo, it takes three-minutes on foot to reach Sakura Hostel Asakusa. The hostel, a cherry-blossom colored building, is also next to the Asakusa Hanayashiki, the oldest recreation park in Japan. This is an ideal location from which to enjoy Asakusa.
First Floor: A Chic Lobby and A Cafe with A Terrace
This little scene is where patrons of the hostel can enjoy an inexpensive, yet satisfying, breakfast. The menu consists of toast, butter, three kinds of jam, coffee, tea, green tea, and hostel-made soup. It only costs 325 yen, so it's very popular.
If the weather is good, the guests can use the terrace, as well.
Two Bulletin Boards to Link the Guests
There are two bulletin boards at the Sakura Hostel Asakusa. By using the Join Me BOARD, a guest can call out to other guests to join on a trip.
For instance, messages like
"I wanna go to the TSUKIJI FISH MARKET in the morning. But the taxi is too expensive if I go alone..."
"It'll be fun if I can go to KARAOKE with other backpackers..."
are written on it.
The Guest to Guest Message BOARD is for sending messages to other guests, who got acquainted while staying at the hostel.
There are three types of rooms: Dormitory, Twin, and Group. All the rooms are equipped with lockers (guests need to supply their own padlock), reading lights, and air conditioning. Wi-Fi is also available.
Let's take a look.
There are three types: Male, Female, and Mixed. Each room has six to eight beds, and the rate is 3,000 yen per bed for one night.
Twin Room (for couples)
The rate is 8,500 yen per room for one night, and there are two types: Two single beds, or one bunk bed.
Group Room (for families and groups)
The rate is 13,000 yen per room for four people, 18,600 yen per room for six people, and 24,400 yen per room for eight people. The numbers are flexible, so a group of five can stay at the six-bed room.
This is the view from the terrace of the room facing Sensoji Temple. You can see other famous sightseeing spots, such as the Tokyo Skytree, the five-story Pagoda of Sensoji Temple, and the Hanayashiki amusement park.
Various Events to Experience Japanese Culture
Sakura Hostel Asakusa hosts various events, such as calligraphy lessons, kimono class, and okonomiyaki [Japanese-style cabbage pancake] parties, so that the guests can experience Japanese culture.
The event in the photograph is the Geisha Night, which was held in the lobby from 7:30 p.m. on March 27, 2015. It was a big hit, drawing more than 40 guests, some of which even opted to try on an authentic Kimono.
The laundry is equipped with both washers and dryers.
The kitchen is equipped with a refrigerator, microwave oven, and an electric range. The kitchen is open 24 hours a day.
The Toilet and Shower Room
The shower room is open 24 hours for the guests. Even if you're not a guest, the shower can be used between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m., for 600 yen.
An Ideal Location for Asakusa Sightseeing
From Sakura Hostel Asakusa, you can walk to Asakusa's famous sightseeing spots, such as Sensoji Temple, Kaminarimon, and Hanayashiki amusement park.
The hostel staff can speak English, so it's easy for the first-time visitors from aboroad. Sakura Hostel Asakusa offers great service and facilities, making it an ideal place to stay for the tourists.
Sakura Hostel Asakusa
Address: 2-24-2. Asakusa, Taito City, Tokyo
Check-in Time: 1 p.m.
Check-out Time: 11 a.m.
Credit Cards: VISA, JCB, American Express, Diner's Club, UC, DC, and Master Card are accepted.
Language: Japanese and English.
Asakusa station (Tokyo Metropolitan Subway Asakusa line, Tsukuba Express)
Eleven-minutes walk from the Asakusa line station.
Four-minutes walk from the Tsukuba Express station.
Room Rates: From 3,000 yen to 25,000 yen, according to the room type.
Official HP: Sakura Hostel Asakusa