JGH Tokyo

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The Hostelz.com Review

JGH Tokyo is a family-run hostel in Kawaguchi in the Saitama Prefecture, right next to the city of Tokyo. The hostel -- and the suburb itself -- offer a calm environment in which to pass the nights while visiting the vibrant and hectic city center, with access to free Wi-Fi, modest but sufficient facilities, and the endless fond character of its owners.

The Location

The hostel is located in Kawaguchi city, one of the many different towns that compose the Saitama Prefecture, known for being one of the main working-class suburbs of Tokyo. Its atmosphere has nothing to do with the hectic environment of the big city, with tiny streets that barely witness the passage of cars and preschool kids playing in its parks early in the morning.

It takes around one hour to get to the very center of Tokyo, with constant trains passing from 5 a.m. until midnight, and it is indeed mandatory to take into the account the price of the transportation when considering this hostel. There are several convenience stores close to the hostel as well a supermarket no more than five minutes' walking away, which offers great discounted meal deals in the evening. Other interesting spots around the hostel include an onsen, several local cuisine restaurants, and a walk by the Arakawa River crowded with baseball players on Sundays.

Rooms and Bathrooms

There are four dormitory rooms available and a few more private ones, all of them offering futons (either on a bunk-bed structure or on the floor) as their bed option. There is no choice for en suite, as all the toilet rooms are shared, with one of them on every floor. The bathroom is located on the first floor, with a small changing room right before the proper bath room.

Common Spaces

The hostel is pretty much built in a family house, and therefore there is no such thing as big hall spaces for the guests to hang around or spacious dining rooms. It provides a small kitchen on the first floor and some kitchen utilities as well on the second floor aisle, and you can eat (or just sit around) at the tables of both floor aisles. These aisles can be considered as the only real meeting point for guests to know each other and chat -- while they are small, they are good enough for sharing some beers before heading to bed.

Summary

JGH Hostel is the right choice if you are looking for an alternative to the expensive accommodation in the busy city center of Tokyo. You will not only appreciate the calm of its neighborhood and the friendly and close environment that it provides to its guests, but most importantly, you will come to love the kindness of Mieko-san and Yoshi-san, which have been running the hostel by themselves for more than a decade -- and don't seem to be willing to stop doing so, despite their ages!
by Josep Casado
Hostelz.com Staff Reviewer
2019-02-10
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(Location is approximate. You may need to pan/move to find "JGH Tokyo" at 13-45, Nakacho, Kawaguchi-shi, Saitama Prefecture.)

Location/Contact

Address
13-45, Nakacho, Kawaguchi-shi, Saitama Prefecture, Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
Coordinates
35.807168, 139.708497 (accuracy not guaranteed)
Location
Website
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Telephone
+81-8011206408
Fax
+81-5015345942
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How is JGH Tokyo rated on other websites?

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Hostelworld
(560 ratings)
61%
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HostelBookers
(218 ratings)
78%
62%
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HostelsClub
Not listed on HostelsClub.
Hostels.com
(3 ratings)
80%
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66%
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Hostelz.com Guest Reviews

 
Clean, well maintained
Walking distance from train ( JR ) 15 minutes. Location is easy to find by instructions provided. Kitchen is small. There is no place to seat in it. Kitchen has: water boiler, microwave, tiny stove (enough to bake a slice of pizza), washing machine. There is no chance to fry something or to cook soup. Wifi is strong. Small patio for smokers on the second floor. A hall, kitchen, toilet and bathroom are not heated so during winter months it is very cold in these places. I got a cold during my stay. Location is in very quiet place. No noise. Light is dimmed at 22.00.
Serge
Age 50, Russian
2016-02-23
 
Great accommodation with lovely host!
We stayed at this hostel for 2 weeks on our first trip to Tokyo. We had so much fun on our visit here and met some amazing people. Host Mieko is a lovely lady who will go out of her way to help you with anything you need and make you feel very welcome in Japan. The room are small but to be expected in Tokyo, very clean and safe. There is no curfew on this hostel unlike many others around so no worries about gettig locked out/early morning flights ect. The hostel is not so badly located, about a 15 minute walk to the station and then a 15 minute train into central areas. For the cheap price of the accommodation this is excellent value. When we come back to Tokyo, we will 100% be staying here again!
Jessica
Age 24, England
2015-04-29
 
You get more than you pay for!
I stayed for two weeks here and I have to say I was worried from reading some of the reviews, but it's a lot better than expected. I was in the 9 person mixed dorm and the only problem I had was with other guests who were rude, not the accommodation, and even then if you talk to the owner she will try and resolve problems. She is not afraid to kick people out too if they are too much. There is only one bathroom, so it can get busy between the amount of people, but you just need to be smart about how and when you can get in there. There are very useful things near the hostel too. There are a few "combini" shops, a supermarket with cheap food, a post office to get money out, coin op. laundry and an Onsen which allows tattoos! All with in walking distance. The station is probably 15 min walk away, but it's not that bad a walk. It is so cheap for what you get and how far away from Tokyo. Mieko, the owner runs the place on her own and has a sick husband she looks after, but she will always find time to help you in anyway she can. Any trouble? she will do her best to help you, she will become your Japanese mum. Kawaguchi is a good place too. There is quite a lot near the station if you do not feel Tokyo'd out. Karaoke, pachinko, restaurants, bars, bowling, and a nice park to just sit and chill and read if you feel like it. It's easy and cheap to get to most downtown stations from Kawaguchi, so it's nicely situated. I am actually going back there at the end of my trip as it was that good for the price! Don't expect luxury, but for the price you pay it's totally worth it!
John
Age 31, British
2015-04-22
 
Pretty poor for Japan
Staff were fine but there are only 2 showers for approx. 40 people. The rooms are too small for 9 people and the beds are small as it is. There is nowhere to hangout -- the hallway is the only option, which is also where the "kitchen" is. There are better hostels in Tokyo for a similar price.
Tony
Age 28, Australia
2015-01-08
 
Fine hostel but not up to Japanese standards
First let me say if you are looking for the cheapest place in Tokyo, this is probably it. It isn't a bad place. It just isn't up to Japanese standards. It may be up to Tokyo standards but the other five hostels I stayed at in other cities were fantastic. This one wasn't. First the good. Cheap. I think 1500 a night. Pretty close to a JR station. Maybe 10-15 minutes and most of that is along a park and nice neighborhood. Directions given were good. Wifi was pretty good. There was a microwave and fridge/freezer. People were nice. Unlike everywhere else in Japan, they let us check in when we got there in the morning instead of making us wait until late afternoon. Book exchange with a good amount of English books. Showers are great pressure and hot. They have shampoo and soap for you to use. Not so good ... shower walls are made out of Tarp walls. They are little and look like they just had a backpacker built temp showers. The sink is crammed in a corner so you have to use it from the side instead of straight on. A little hard to maneuver. There is one little common room with a few chairs and one table. The dorms are doable but they are three high instead of the normal 2 high so you can't sit up in your bed. The location is close to lots of shops but it is not central at all. We bought a daily JR pass for 750 but still had to pay I think 170 each way as the stop was outside of the covered area. It takes like 30-45 minutes to get to the center depending on the runnings of the trains PLUS the 15 minute walk to the station. So if you can find a more central hostel for only 500-800 more expensive, I probably would stay closer to town. The strangest thing about this hostel is that they charge 45JPY per night to guests who stay only 2 nights. For guests who stay only 1 night they will charge 180JPY extra. I did not see this anywhere when I booked. They told me this in the email they sent me after my booking was confirmed. Not so much money but a little dishonest.
beeker
Age 49, USA
2014-09-15
 
Cheap, nice Place
It was the second time that I was there and I like this place. The stuff is nice, it is cheap, everything is clean and the Hostel looks like very familiar and cute. I can recommend this place and hope you will have fun there.
Romana
Age 27, Austrian
2013-12-15
 
Very Cramped, Smelly Toilets, Comfortable beds
This hostel truly has the vibe of a budget hostel. The people were very friendly and kind however Ayumi was very difficult to communicate with when asking about transportation. The beds were very comfortable however 7 beds were cramped in a 3m x 4m room. It is very small. You also put your luggage in this room. The bed sheets were also not washed (you could smell the sweat from the person before). The toilets were never cleaned in the four days that I was there and reeked worse than a public toilet (3 toilets are shared for the whole hostel which accommodates around 50 people). There are also only 2 showers. The location of the hostel is around a 20 min walk from Nishikawaguchi station which is around 30-40min away from Shibuya and Shinjuku. It will take you an hour to get to central Tokyo.
Esther
Age 21, Sweden
2013-06-14
 
Great place
Stayed 5 nights in total at this hostel. Mieko is the nicest Japanese person I met during 2 weeks in Japan. Nothing is too much to ask. Met some amazing people at this hostel -- hard not to! Yes, it was tiny but so, so cosy. Ten minutes to the train station and 30 to central Tokyo via JR. Area seemed safe, great supermarket at the end of the road. There is a kitchen at the hostel as well so makes the trip very affordable. Great sushi place just out of the station too. Very impressed overall -- thank you so much!
Mags
2013-04-13

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