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Hostelz.com's Review
For those who go to Miyajima to see its most outstanding attraction, the Temple on the Water, Backpackers Miyajima is a very good option to stay since it is located right in front of the ferry station to the Temple and a few steps from the train station. It is a white, brick, newly built, three-floor building; it's pretty large for Japan standards, which can be seen from a distance. It is also a good option to stay if you go to Hiroshima and you find no more rooms available or you want a cheaper option in a nearby town.

The Location

The hostel is located a few blocks from the train station, down the main street, in front of the ferry station. However there are no signs and you must ask directions from locals, since the building is located behind a seafront hotel and other buildings, which makes its visualization difficult.

Rooms and Bathrooms

The dorms are really simple. There are too many beds for the available space turns the rooms crowded all the time. Beds are also small, following Japanese standards. There are a few narrow windows, which makes the air circulation difficult. There are air conditioners, though. Bathrooms are new, with strong hot water, but there are not enough showers for everyone. There also aren't many sinks so at peak times the lavatory space becomes crowded with a line. The lockers do not work very properly and the reading lights are available in only a few bunk beds. The hostel walls are very thin and there is no isolation, so conversation in the next door rooms is really bothersome. The hostel furnishes linen, and the mattresses are of good quality.

Common Spaces

The hostel has no elevator. The stairs are pretty narrow, which makes climbing with luggage pretty hard. There is no kitchen. Behind the reception, on the ground floor, there is a big living room and on a corner you can find a sink and a refrigerator. Like most Japanese hostels, no breakfast is served. The hostel offers free internet facilities.


This hostel is very quiet at night -- it is not a party hostel. There is no curfew. Silence is strictly respected after 10 o’clock. However, during working hours there is strong sound equipment in the lobby playing loud all the time. It makes it hard to even talk to the reception guys. The reception team is English speaking (this is hard to find in Japan) and very professional. Cheap restaurants and food markets can be found nearby.

by pdtboy
Hostelz.com Staff Reviewer
July 2015
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Hostelz.com Guest Reviews
4   A friendly atmosphere Can't fault the cleanliness or the staff, great atmosphere, and hostel. My only negative would be the layout is slightly prison camp-esque. Lots of beds in rows and only 1 shower per floor!! Great people, but I've had better facilities.  , age 25, Great Britain ()
5   Wonderful staff, friendly environment, clean accommodations! This isn't exactly the hostel that you go to for a party experience. However, I really enjoyed its relaxing nature and friendly staff after several days in Tokyo. It was perfect! You can take the ferry to Miyajima or the JR line back to the city for entertainment. The food near the hostel was sufficient but definitely not a gourmet experience. You'll have to go into the city for that type of experience. As a lone traveler, Backpackers Miyajima really made me feel welcome!  , USA ()
5   Amazing staff and location! I had to make 3-4 changes prior to staying but the staff were very flexible and helpful. Extremely clean yet comfortable place with a generous bar. It wasn't the "party hostel" my friends and I were expecting, but we loved it there regardless. I had a very special birthday thanks to everyone!  , age 25, United States ()
5   Great people!! The staff is awesome at this place, even though we had messed up our reservation, they helped us with it. The night we arrived they were having an event, so it was easy to meet other people there, and the next day they had a barbecue (awesome!!). Also their location is excellent, it's just 3 min. walk from the ferry. By far the best hostel I stayed in my whole trip in Japan.  , age 28, Mexico ()
5   Great culture and people Backpackers Miyajima has a European feel in the center of Japan. People staying here and people manning the hostel are all very sociable and put on a lot of hostel events for you to get to meet everyone. I really liked Backpackers Miyajima after having a couple hostel experiences in Japan where it was much harder to meet other travelers in the Hostel. BM does a great job at a very good price and in a relaxed and natural way. I HIGHLY recommend staying at this hostel.  , age 26, USA ()
4   Friendly hostel, great location The location of this hostel is great for all those looking to go and spend some time on Miyajima Island. The people who work there are friendly and kind. They speak English perfectly. It has all the facilities for a comfortable stay.  , age 23, South Africa ()
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