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All reviews enjoyed my stay beautiful nature local onsen minute walk from the train station felt like home yudanaka station snow monkey park tatami mats japanese style lawson english yen cleanliness fireplace mountains meals
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Reviewed May 20, 2018

Great place to spend the night before or after visiting the snow monkey park. Relaxed atmosphere, spacious rooms with traditional futons and tatami mats, good food, and only a few minutes from the train station and local onsen. Monkeys sometimes come down and hang out in the garden which is also pretty entertaining.

Date of stay: April 2018
  • Trip type: Travelled solo
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Thank Adam G
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Reviewed May 1, 2018 via mobile

The hostel can be reached from yudanaka station. Reached around 10 mins walking by goggle maps. The hostel was empty when we arrived. Our room 302 is located in the third floor. 3 futons bed. Rooms was ok. Communal toilet and shower was ok too. The hostel feels empty though. But the cleanliness of the hostel area especially the carpeted stairs can be improved. We make use of momodani onsen too just several minutes from the hostel. Its just an ok stay.

Date of stay: May 2018
Trip type: Travelled with friends
Thank sandy-lnhl
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Reviewed February 8, 2018 via mobile

We had an amazing stay at this hostel! The hostel is located very close to the train station and the bus to the ski fields. The staff are super friendly and helpful. Rooms are very nice and a great atmosphere in the hostel in general ! Highly recommended !

Date of stay: February 2018
Trip type: Travelled with friends
Thank Alexandre S
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Reviewed December 23, 2017

Zen hostel is well-located, easily accessible from Yudanaka station, surrounded by mountains good for one-day hiking trips (Snow Monkey Park, Onume pond, Sora Terrace, etc.) and nearby there are other beautiful places to visit, like Obuse, a home-town of Japanese ukiyoe artist Katsushika Hokusai. This area is also a perfect place to find a tranquil onsen where to soak your body in hot spring and unwind. I fully recommend visiting Momoyama Bath. Zen hostel is modern and customized for foreign visitors, yet it has many very Japanese artifacts. The staff is very friendly and you can easily communicate with them in English. There is also a café with choice of dinner meals which are very delicious. You can also book a breakfast in the café. Overall, I really enjoyed my stay here and I advise to stay in Yamanouchi for at least few days.

Date of stay: October 2017
  • Trip type: Travelled solo
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Reviewed October 14, 2017

Zen Hostel is a stylish place with a cool bar where you can meet people and have a relaxing stay. The staff is nice and the place itself is clean, well managed and just a three minute walk from the train station. If you don't want to spend a ton of money to stay over at one of the Ryokan in town, Zen Hostel is a good pick. I ended up staying there because I couldn't find an accommodation in Nagano due to a long weekend in October. It takes about an hour to get to from Nagano station and costs about 2200 Yen extra for the train to go there, but in retrospective it was definitely worth the trip.

Date of stay: October 2017
  • Trip type: Travelled solo
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Thank LuiseP16
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