I glumly posted some time ago about giving up on Youth Hostel accommodation. I felt more and more uncomfortable as a single 50+ traveler, appearing as if my T-shirt slogan was “Uncle Tony the chaperone”. Small rooms, too many hip young things, too much talk of sustainable tourism. And I am not in to cooking my own food on holiday, or living on cups of noodles.
With 3 more trips under my belt to Japan, I think I was a bit harsh on myself. This is what I posted last time – uninspiring.
But I and my fellow travelers have since experienced great comfortable and social youth hostels that welcome old folks like us. Sure, squeezing 3 big Australian boys into a room about the size of a phone box can be a slight challenge. And sleeping upright is supposed to be good for you.
But this is well made up for by being able to sit in the common areas sharing stories with fellow weary travelers, chowing down on sushi bought from the basement food hall of the nearest department store, and sipping on those all too convenient vending machine beers.
Have have to say a few good words about the K’s House group of hostels, having now stayed at Kuramae (Tokyo), Ito, Kyoto and Hiroshima. Well located, extremely popular, friendly staff. And as you can see, the hostel at Ito Onsen is something special, and only 2 hours from Tokyo.