Nui Tokyo Central Hostel is one the best hostels we have stayed in -- not just in Japan, but in general. It is very visually appealing, very clean, well located, and also pretty social -- which, in our experience, is rare in Japan.
Nui is located in the historic Asakusa neighbourhood, where most popular Tokyo hostels are located. It is near a subway station, and it is accessible by public transportation both from the airport and the train station. It is located near the Tokyo Skytree and a few historical sites. There are many convenience stores in the area, as well as a few restaurants.
Rooms and Bathrooms
The rooms are spacious and very clean. The bunk beds are large and sturdy, and comfortable for sleeping. Each bed has a privacy curtain, as well as a lamp and an outlet. The sheets and duvets are also spotless and comfortable. There are lockers for each guest. The rooms are very well insulated from each other, so the hostel is very quiet on the floors that have rooms.
The toilets are separate from the showers, as well as the sinks. The showers are in basic cabins, and have enough space outside to keep clothes and a towel. Shampoo and liquid soap are provided. The bathrooms are always clean, and we have never seen the drain clogged. Surprisingly, the toilets are not Japanese jet toilets. This wasn't a problem for us, as we had seen them before, but may be a disappointment for somebody curious who only has a few days in Tokyo. This hardly a reason for not recommending this hostel, though.
There is a large common space on the ground floor, complete with a bar, a sitting area, and a piano. The bar also has a small food menu, and serves coffee as well. The Wi-Fi is strong and they play music in the evenings. This small bar is also frequented by people not staying at the hostel, stopping for a beer or a quick bite after school or work. This provides a nice opportunity to meet locals. There are also many people from the hostel spending time in the common area, either before going out, or for a quiet evening in. There is another common area on the top floor that consists of some tables, a computer area, and a large kitchen. The kitchen has plenty of space to accommodate several people cooking at the same time, and is as well furnished as a kitchen you would have at home.
Overall, we highly recommend staying at Nui in Tokyo. It is a gorgeous hostel that is well located and you'll feel right at home, in spite of its relatively large size.