Arrived at the hostel by tram from the station, we could not find it at first so popped into one of the nearby shops and the assistant was more than happy to guide us in the right direction. Our first reaction was one of pleasant surprise, we thought the hostel looked more like a traditional minshuku. As soon as we entered we were greeted by our smiling host, he was very friendly with very good english. As we were the only guests on this day we were shown to the large tatami room (normally for 4 people) eventhough we paid for the smaller room. There was a large very well equipped kitchen on the ground floor and a large common room on the first floor with a mega size tv. The showers and toilets were very clean. And we were also able to view Kumamoto castle all lit up at night from the the rooftop of the hostel. Our host very kindly drove us to the station the following morning.
Overall it was a very comfortable stay and would have liked to have stayed longer.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hostel NAKASHIMAYA is female exclusive use.Male customer can't make a reservation. Nakashimaya is a traditional Japanese inn and is located in the downtown of Kumamoto,providing you with rooms with tatami and futon at very reasonable price.You can enjoy dyeing at us. Enjoy taking a stroll by Kumamoto castle, one of the three major castles in Japan.Very near Kumamoto Kotsu Center.Easy access to, Aso, the famous caldera, Amakusa, Kurokawa onsen,Beppu in Oita prefecture, Takachiho in Miyazaki prefecture, Fukuokak, Nagasaki, Kagoshima, Saga and etc. Best for you finding a reasonable inn like a guest house, a youth hostel, and an inn for backpackers.Enjoy dyeing. How about making your T-shirt and sneakers by Roketsuzome or Shiborizome. ... more less
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