Whether you are traveling in a group, in pairs or alone through Japan and on a budget, Hana Hostel and its sister hostel, J-Hoppers have the dormitories and private rooms to suit your needs. For my group of four, I booked us a private bunk bed room that came up to about 8,400 yen (RM270) per person for three nights.
Their check in was at 3pm and as we arrived at 11am , the receptionist helped us store our luggage in their storeroom, allowing us to go about exploring Kyoto. When we came back, they helped us check-in to our room and gave us a quick tour of the hostel. The shared toilet and bathroom was right next to my room and the kitchen and common space was right across the toilet. Despite being close to a high traffic area, we hardly heard any noise from the other occupants.
The hostel offers two sets of washing machine and dryer facilities at the entrance and unlike the dryer at Yume Nomad, the dryer at Hana Hostel worked wonders on our laundry. We put our clothes into the dryer before heading out for dinner around the corner and then we came back a hour later, they were all dried and toasty warm.
Also upon check-in, we were given a stamp card each. For every third night stayed at any Hana Hostel or J-Hoppers in Japan, guests were allowed to redeem either bicycle rental (500yen) or a set of Kyoto postcards (400yen) or 300yen off our entire stay. Naturally the whole-day-bicycle-rental was our option and we booked it the first thing in the morning on the day we needed it less another group got them first.
There was a hand-drawn board at the entrance that had all the sights of Kyoto listed down on a map, the estimated dates of cherry blossom blooming as well as places to eat. There was also a map showing the special kinds of Kit Kat Japan had to offer.
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