K's house Takayama hostel with dorm beds like capsule hotel. places to stay budget accommodation hotels in takayama hida valley. Backpacking Japan travel blog

 

So you’re headed to Takayama!

GOOD! 😉

Takayama and the area of the Japan Alps is a little off the main tourist golden route of Japan, and you’ll find plenty of very “Japanese” experiences in this area.

Takayama has an “old city” in which you can visit little shops, and it also makes a good launch point for a number of day trips too.

When I visited here, I got to Takayama from the Hakuba mountains by first going from Hakuba to Matsumoto by train, and then Matsumoto to Takayama by bus.

 

 

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Most hostels have dorm beds and private rooms.

 

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Here’s a bit more about the K’s House Takayama hostel

…since this is where I stayed!

 

Similar to K’s House hostels in Tokyo and in Mt Fuji, there are 2 K’s House hostels in Takayama.

One is called just “K’s House Takayama” and the other is called “K’s House Takayama Oasis.”

I stayed at the “Takayama” location.

 

K's house Takayama hostel in hida valley. check-in hours. Backpacking Japan travel

K's house Takayama hostel in hida valley. common area with hida mascot sarubobo. Backpacking Japan travel

Welcome to Takayama! Once you arrive in Takayama, you will get to know this little guy quickly. This is the Hida mascot for the Takayama area, and you will find this everywhere!

 

 

How’s the location of this hostel?!

K's house Takayama hostel in hida valley. how to get there - near takayama bus station or takayama jr train station. Backpacking Japan travel

K's house Takayama hostel in hida valley. how to get there - near takayama bus station or takayama jr train station. Backpacking Japan travel

K's house Takayama hostel in hida valley. entry - how to get there from takayama bus station or takayama jr train station. Backpacking Japan travel

 

Near the Takayama bus station and train station

K's house Takayama hostel near takayama bus station. Backpacking Japan travel

 

K’s House Takayama is located a short walk from the bus station, maybe about a 5 minute walk.

I did a couple of day trips by bus when I was in Takayama (to Shirakawago and to Shinhotaka) so it was highly convenient to be located near the bus station!

And since I also arrived to Takayama by bus (from Matsumoto), it also meant I was checking in just shortly after I arrived!

The JR Takayama train station is also right next to the bus station.

 

Near Old City

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This is one of the main things that Takayama city is known for, and this is also just a short walk of about 5 minutes to get to from the hostel.

 

Near ramen shops

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Just as “Sapporo ramen” in Hokkaido is a thing, “Takayama ramen” is a thing too.

So if you are wanting to try different types of Japanese food when you’re in Japan, this is one of the Takayama local specialty foods to eat.

There are a number of different restaurants serving Takayama ramen within a 15 minute walk of the hostel.

 

 

Capsule hotel style dorm rooms

At this hostel, the beds were kind of like a “capsule hotel” style in that you get your own kind of private space.

There was a curtain with each bed space.

As is standard for hostels across Japan, you’ll make your own bed.

 

K's house Takayama hostel in hida valley. dorm beds like capsule hotel. Backpacking Japan travel

K's house Takayama hostel in hida valley. dorm beds like capsule hotel. Backpacking Japan travel

K's house Takayama hostel in hida valley. dorm beds like capsule hotel. Backpacking Japan travel

K's house Takayama hostel in hida valley. dorm beds like capsule hotel. Backpacking Japan travel

K's house Takayama hostel in hida valley. dorm beds like capsule hotel. Backpacking Japan travel

K's house Takayama hostel in hida valley. dorm beds like capsule hotel. Backpacking Japan travel

 

This hostel also had a double bed available for 2 people in a shared room.

 

K's house Takayama hostel in hida valley. dorm beds double. Backpacking Japan travel

 

 

Common area

K's house Takayama hostel in hida valley. common area with hida mascot sarubobo. Backpacking Japan travel

K's house Takayama hostel in hida valley. common area. Backpacking Japan travel

K's house Takayama hostel in hida valley. common area. Backpacking Japan travel

 

Kitchen

The 7-eleven convenience store is around the corner and is about a 5 minute walk. You can find some food here to make use of the the kitchen.

It’s a pretty well-equipped kitchen with basic cookware and utensils available for use.

There’s a fridge, microwave, toaster, and stove.

 

K's house Takayama hostel in hida valley. kitchen. Backpacking Japan travel

K's house Takayama hostel in hida valley. kitchen. Backpacking Japan travel

K's house Takayama hostel in hida valley. kitchen with tea and coffee. Backpacking Japan travel

 

Free green tea

You can make your own green tea from tea leaves! (Not just a tea bag!)

 

K's house Takayama hostel in hida valley. kitchen with tea. Backpacking Japan travel

K's house Takayama hostel in hida valley. kitchen with tea. Backpacking Japan travel

 

 

And…

Shoe drying rack

SO helpful if you’re walking around in rain and you don’t have waterproof shoes! 😉

 

K's house Takayama hostel in hida valley. shoe drying rack. Backpacking Japan travel

 

 

And then…

How to occupy your time with several nights in Takayama?!

 

Top day trips from Takayama by bus

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1. Shirakawago

K's house Takayama hostel near bus station for day trip to shirakawago from takayama. places to visit in hida valley, japan alps. Backpacking Japan travel

 

2. Shinhotaka ropeway

K's house Takayama hostel near bus station for day trip to shinhotaka ropeway from takayama. places to visit in hida valley, japan alps. Backpacking Japan travel

 

3. Matsumoto

 

 

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NEW way of buying individual shinkansen train tickets online!
I will start by saying I have NOT bought train tickets online this way (yet!) to verify this! (But it's on my list for my next trip to Japan!)

There's an online train ticket booking method that's popular for other parts of Asia, and they are just now branching out to Japan.

You can now buy train tickets online here for popular shinkansen train routes. (And some bus routes too.)

I've used this booking site for taking the train from Thailand to Malaysia, and it worked out well, so I would expect it to work out well in Japan too!

The thing is, though, that you need to pick up the physical train tickets in person.

So it won't be enough to just buy the tickets online. I had to do this in Bangkok for my train ticket - and it was easy! So again, I would think it'd be easy for Japan train tickets too.

Search for popular routes in Japan here. For example, Tokyo to Kyoto.

If you end up buying train tickets online this way, I would love to hear how it goes! Whether that's good, or if it came with some challenges!

Natural disasters in Japan
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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.

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