Unique Hostels in the Heart of Nihombashi
Visitors to Tokyo are positively spoilt for choice when it comes to hotels in the Nihombashi area, but for those looking for something a little out of the ordinary, the district's thriving hostel community is well worth consideration. No longer the sole domain of backpackers on a budget, Tokyo's hostels are now popular with all walks of life, from families to those seeking a more informal and at-home experience in the buzz of the city. Not only that with Tokyo and Bakurocho station at close hand, not to mention easy access to Akihabara, Asakusa and of course Nihombashi, it is an affordable way to put yourself in the heart of the action.
For a twist on tradition, the IRORI hostel puts rural hospitality into city life, echoing the role Nihombashi played in the Edo era of linking countryside produce with the commerce of the city. The hostel takes its name from the traditional Japanese hearth which was the centre of the home, and with a wide expansive shared kitchen on the first floor IRORI creates a strong sense of community in creating opportunities for people to cook and converse together, with traditional chargrilled appetisers and Japanese regional beers and nihonshu on hand for the evening. In terms of lodgings, wood from Shimanto, Shikoku and noren curtains create a relaxed rustic atmosphere, and optional semi double beds for those who want a little extra room.
For something completely unexpected, the Hokutosei hostel takes its calls from the Hokutosei limited express sleeping car train that was discontinued in 2015 to make way for the Hokkaido Shinkansen Line that replaced it in March 2016. Popular for its now retro designs and packed with luxurious features in its 1980s heyday, the hostel brings the experience back in stationary form, using as many original features from the iconic train in its fixtures and fittings as possible. The loving rendition captures the romance of the original train with polished brass fittings and glamorous light fittings setting the scene in the dining car, now room, and a number of quirky touches such as original fold out seats sure to put a smile on the train buff's face.
Both options feature free Wi-Fi throughout as well as a full range of amenities, and most importantly, the communal areas and friendly English speaking staff open the door to a community to help you experience a Nihombashi all your own.
IRORI Nihonbashi Hostel and Kitchen
Train Hostel HOKUTOSEI