If you want to stay at a place that’s a bit of a “Japanese feeling” when in Nagano, then consider staying at 1166 Backpackers Hostel when you’re in Nagano city!
Here’s a bit of what you can expect with a stay here.
Nagano train station to 1166 backpackers hostel
To walk to this hostel, it’s about a 20 minute walk.
Otherwise, there’s a bus that will get you closer.
Direct from the 1166 backpackers hostel website:
Catch the bus going to Zenkoji (every bus from terminal 1)
Get off at HANANO KOJI stop
Walk along the street just few meters.
Turn left narrow path and walk down 1 block.
1166 backpackers is on your right.
So this will be about a 6 minute bus ride, and it will likely around around 150 yen (around US$1).
But it’s really not a bad walk. You can basically walk straight down one of the main streets in Nagano.
Once you get close, you’ll turn onto a small little street.
The hostel is a little discreet, so you’ll want to look out for the sign that’s on the road.
There’s a passcode required to enter, and you’ll get this number after you check in so you can freely come and go.
Another of the “Japanese feeling” type things here is no shoes inside! There are slippers for you to wear at the door entry.
The common area of this hostel is right when you enter.
There’s also a little area for free tea.
There’s also a kitchen.
Once of the easiest snacks/meals you can make is ramen noodles! You can by the easy-make kind at convenience stores (there’s one kind of nearby the hostel), and then all you need to do is add hot water and wait a few minutes!
Dorm rooms and private rooms
I stayed in a dorm room while here, but there are private rooms available too.
The private rooms are “Japanese-style” which means there will be a set-up with futon to sleep on the floor.
I stayed here when there was cold weather outside.
In Japanese residences (aka local homes), there generally isn’t central heating.
Instead, each room is heated up separately.
And that’s how it was at this hostel too.
There’s a small heater to turn on in the room when you are there. The common area also has a similar heater.
How much does it cost to stay at this Nagano hostel?!
See current prices here at partner website! You can see pictures of the private room too.
And for more hotel prices in Nagano, play around with the map below by entering future dates!
Near Zenkoji Temple
This hostel is about a 10 minute walk to the main temple in Nagano too!
And being located in a convenient area, you also have options of soba restaurants nearby. Soba noodles can be said to be a Nagano specialty!
If you’re lucky with the timing, you might be able to even see soba being prepared at a restaurant! This one above was right near Zenkoji Temple – see more photos of the soba being made at the restaurant.
HAPPY STAY AT 1166 BACKPACKERS HOSTEL IN NAGANO!
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- JR pass for quick and easy long distance train travel (see price here and see here how to calculate train routes to figure out it's worth it for you)
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- 10 day Japan winter itinerary
- Tokyo to Nagano bus
- 2 days in Nagano with snow monkey pass // Stay at this Nagano hostel (private rooms available)
- A few days in popular ski resort area Hakuba (go here for at least a day even if you don't ski for the winter landscape in the mountains!) // Stay at this Hakuba hostel (private rooms available)
- Hakuba to Takayama (Hakuba to Matsumoto train / a few hours in Matsumoto / Matsumoto to Takayama bus)
- A few days in Takayama with day trips: Shirakawago / Shinhotaka ropeway on a sunny day // Stay at this Takayama hostel (private rooms available) and eat regional Takayama ramen
- Takayama back to Tokyo OR Takayama to Nagoya airport to fly to Hokkaido for more winter landscapes!
Hokkaido winter itinerary (train to get around - there are JR Hokkaido passes available, and you can use a regular JR pass too)
- Sapporo to Asahikawa (Asahikawa for penguin walk at zoo)
- Asahikawa to Abashiri (Abashiri for drift ice cruise)
- Abashiri to Obihiro (night in Obihiro and go to Lake Shikaribetsu ice village the next day)
- Obihiro to Sapporo
- Sapporo to Noboribetsu onsen hot spring town (day trip)
- Sapporo to Hakodate // Stay in this Hakodate hostel
- Hakodate to Tokyo on shinkansen bullet train through the underwater tunnel! (Regular JR pass will be worth it if you take this train ride along with one more long distance train ride within 7 days)
When the JR pass is worth itIn general, 2 long-distance shinkansen train trips will likely end up making it so the JR pass will be worth it. But here's how to calculate it to be sure. See the current price of a JR pass from an official vendor.
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My travel insurance took care of my accommodation and food costs when I was forced to stay extra days in Japan because of a typhoon. There have been a few typhoons that have hit Japan in the past couple of years and they can cause real travel disruptions!
See how much insurance costs for your trip.
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