Sakura Hostel Asakusa is a cheap, friendly hostel with excellent facilities and multilingual staff which is located close to some Asakusa’s top attractions. This hostel has an on-site café, free use computers, a shared kitchen, and serves a cheap all-you-can-eat “continental” breakfast. This is a great base from which to explore Tokyo and a good place in which to meet other international travelers.
Guest Rooms & Dormitories
Sakura Hostel has a mixture of dormitory beds and private rooms available. Linen and bedding are provided but guests should make their own beds. Bunk beds are available in mixed, male-only, and female-only dormitories. Each dormitory bed has its own reading light, electrical outlet, and a locker. There are four types of private room available. Twin Rooms have two single beds, and there are Group Rooms for 4, 6 or 8 guests which have bunk beds. All sleeping areas have air conditioning and heating.
All guests have access to shared bathrooms with individual lockable shower cubicles. Shampoo, conditioner, soap, and toothbrushes are sold at reception.
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Breakfast & Dining
Sakura Hostel Asakusa has its own on-site café and bar. Breakfast is available from 4.30 to 11.00. This is a simple but filling all-you-can-eat breakfast set of toast with jam, soup, coffee and tea, and it costs just 350 yen. The café and bar is open 24 hours a day and has a variety of international beers, wine, Japanese sake, non-alcoholic beverages, and snacks.
There is also a shared kitchen where guests can cook their own food. The kitchen is equipped with a refrigerator, stove, sink, microwave oven, toaster, kettle, crockery, cutlery, and cooking utensils. There is a supermarket just 2 minutes’ walk from the hostel where guests can buy daily groceries. There is also a 24 hour Family Mart convenience store 2 minutes from the hostel where guests can buy cheap snacks, sandwiches, and drinks.
Other Services & Facilities
The reception and 1st floor lounge are open 24 hours a day and there is no curfew. Languages spoken by the multilingual staff include English, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, and Japanese. The staff have plenty of travel tips and are happy to give sightseeing, shopping, dining, clubbing and other entertainment recommendations for both the local neighborhood and Tokyo as a whole.
Check-in time is 13.00, and check-out is by 11.00. Guests may leave their luggage at reception before checking in or after checking out.
This hostel has security cameras and sleeping quarters are accessed by card keys.
Events and parties are often held at this hostel to promote cross-cultural communication.
Free wireless internet access is available throughout the building. Six computers are available in the lounge for guests to access the internet.
Irons, ironing boards, games (PlayStation 2), playing cards, DVDs, extra blankets and hair dryers are all available to borrow. Earphones with microphones are also available for use in the lounge.
Lockers are available for guests’ valuables. Padlocks for the lockers can be bought at reception.
This hostel has a self-service laundry with three coin-operated washing machines and two dryers. A single washing cycle costs 200 yen and the dryers costs 100 yen for a 15 minute spin.
There are vending machines for soft drinks and alcoholic beverages in the lobby.
Sakura Hostel Asakusa is very convenient for Hanayashiki (Japan’s oldest amusement park) which is just a 2 minute walk away. The main building of Sensoji Temple is a 4 minute walk from the hostel and Asakusa Shrine is also 4 minutes away.
The nearest station is TX Asakusa Station on the Tsukuba Express Line which is 6 minutes from the hostel. Toei Asakusa Station on the Asakusa Subway Line, Tobu Asakusa Station on the Tobu Skytree Line, and Tokyo Metro Asakusa Station on the Ginza Line are an 11 minute walk from the hostel. Here is a map of the location.
Article and original photos by Michael Lambe. All rights reserved.