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 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.
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 oclock. 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.