Hey oh! It’s another installment of Between the Sheets! No, this isn’t a NC-17 addition of The Nerdventurists, but rather where we’ll be reviewing hostels, guesthouses, B&Bs, hotels, and corners of airports where we’ve stayed.
When Sora and I were in Hiroshima for only twenty four hours (more or less), I wanted to make sure we had an easily accessible place to sleep. There’s quite a few hostels in Hiroshima and the place I had stayed last time I had visited wasn’t entirely to my taste. I prefer smaller, cozier hostels. So poking around, I discovered a delightful little jewel called Hiroshima Hana Hostel. Technically it’s a chain, albeit a very small one (there’s locations in Osaka, Fukuoka, Kyoto, and Hiroshima), but everything about it seemed very quaint and homegrown. Also, it was but a five minute walk from Hiroshima Station! Works for me.
If you’re spending a bit of time in Japan, they’re also part of the J-Hoppers network, where you can earn discounts when you stay at J-Hopper affiliated hostels. The staff was lovely and friendly, and speak very good English. Sora and I couldn’t help giggling once we got into the lobby though because a song that had been haunting us everywhere in Korea was playing in the lobby here, in Japan, as well. It’ll get stuck in your head too, we promise.
Some quick facts about Hiroshima Hana Hostel:
- No lockout or curfew, you’re given a code to get back in at night
- There’s a full kitchen you can use
- Two living rooms!
- Free internet stations, plus WiFi
- An elevator!
- Bike rental!
Like any hostel, Hiroshima Hana has dorms for cheap, but I wanted to give Sora a taste of the traditional Japanese way of sleeping (more or less) and so booked us into one of their Japanese style rooms.
When I lived in Japan I had a bed, but I slept a good part of my year there on a futon on the tatami, as you see above. basically tatami mats are the traditional flooring of Japan and are still in many homes and apartments today, even if it’s just the one room. It’s made of straw and sometimes other materials and is very tightly woven. I personally love the feel of tatami, it’s comfortable and I have a nostalgic fondness towards it. The futons are cushioned “mattresses” that you roll out to sleep on, and then fold back in the morning. They’re not the thickest things in the world, so if you like sleeping on clouds this may not be for you. However, sleeping on futons and tatami can be really great for troublesome backs. Also for the experience!
There’s the dorm rooms though, if you were curious. The hostel is quiet, but friendly, and the staff has the weather and Miyajima tide tables updated every morning. You can also get tram passes from them if you don’t want to buy them on board.
So if you’re looking for a quiet place to stay with wonderful happy staff, and a chance to sleep Japanese style, do give Hiroshima Hana Hostel a go! We think you’ll like it :)!
Location: 1-15, Kojin-machi, Minami-ku, Hiroshima city, 732-0807 (directions)
Rates: From ¥2,500 (4 person dorm) to ¥3,400 (private rooms, both Japanese & Western style)