Monday, February 5, 2018

Nagoya Accommodations: Hostel Wasabi Nagoya Ekimae, Glocal Nagoya Backpackers Hostel

Whenever I am in Japan, I usually choose an accommodation close to a major train station where it is only one train ride away from the airport, or close to a bus terminal where buses to wherever it is I need to go depart. In Nagoya, overwhelmingly large Nagoya Station is also adjacent to the bus terminal. This area was, therefore, my best option.

Hostel Wasabi Nagoya Ekimae
13-5 Tsubaki-cho, Nagoya, Aichi 453-0015
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Plus Points:
  • 4-minute walk from Nagoya Station
  • Beds are capsule type (I prefer this over bunk beds)
  • Each capsule has a curtain for privacy, computer, folding desk, power outlet, safety box, coat hooks and hangers
  • If you're with a friend or two, you can book up to three adjacent beds with roll-up partitions
  • Upper capsules are accessible by inclined ladders (easier than vertical ladders common in capsules/bunks)
  • Powder area, toilets, and shower stalls are available on each floor
  • Shampoo and soap are provided in the shower rooms
  • Has a common room with refrigerator and microwave
  • Free drinks (apple juice/tea) and miso soup
  • Select food and drinks available for sale at the common room
  • Has coin washers and dryers
  • Has an elevator
  • I had to cancel the first day of my booking a few hours before check in (because of a typhoon, my flight was cancelled just four hours before it was scheduled to fly out) and they were considerate and did not charge me for it.

Minus Points:
  • Guests have to make/prepare their own bed—quite a hassle if you arrive late coming from a long flight and just want to crash in bed asap
  • Only one power outlet per bed (well, two, but the other one is for the computer display; can unplug the display though)
  • Too many beds (20?) per dorm room
  • Walkway inside the dorm is quite narrow because of the inclined ladders
  • The luggage area for the dorm is separate (on the same floor, but outside the dorm room); a chain lock for the luggage can be borrowed from reception
  • The luggage area is small. If guests need to get something from their luggage, only two people at a time can do so in the luggage area.
  • Luggage storage after check out is not free: 300 yen per day

Glocal Nagoya Backpackers Hostel
1-21-3 Noritake, Nakamura-ku, Nagoya, Aichi 453-0014

Plus Points:
  • 7-minute walk from Nagoya Station
  • Very clean hostel
  • Has 4-bed/6-bed/8-bed all-female/mixed dorms, and single/quad private rooms (shared toilets and shower rooms for all types of rooms)
  • Dorm room bunk beds have curtains for privacy, a lamp, and 2-3 power outlets
  • Lockers are provided in each room
  • Shampoo and soap are provided in the shower rooms
  • Has a common room with kitchen
  • Has coin washers and dryers
  • Free luggage storage available before check in and/or after check out
  • Staff are friendly, helpful, and can speak English well
  • Has an on-site bar/cafe
  • Has a separate door for in-house guests who don't want to go through the cafe

Minus Points:
  • Vertical ladders for upper bunks (I prefer inclined ladders which are much easier)
  • No elevator; might be a problem if you have a large luggage and your room is on the top floor
  • Economy rooms are small and cramped

Note: Photos grabbed from as I was too lazy to take photos of the rooms when I stayed there.

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