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The 10 Best Hostels in Shodoshima, Japan

Some of the best backpacker spots in Shodoshima

Sen Guesthouse


Set in Shodoshima, 16 km from Cycad at Seiganji Temple, Sen Guesthouse offers accommodation with free bikes, free private parking, a shared lounge and a garden. 21 km from Nishinotakiryusui Temple and 2.3 km from Twenty Four Eyes Movie Studio, the property features a private beach area and a terrace. The accommodation provides a shared kitchen and free WiFi throughout the property.

At the hostel, all rooms come with air conditioning and a shared bathroom. If you're willing to go the extra mile to stay at Sen Guesthouse, you'll be rewarded tremendously. The location is amazing, you're welcomed by the spectacular sunrise or sunset everyday from its balcony. Imagine having a transcendental moment of following a magical path that sun shone on Seto Inland Sea and reading the book of Nature transforming theatrically from page to page. One literally felt blessed to be in full witness of such tranquility. The guesthouse is decorated with a cheerful artistic touch, and what's more surprise is that there's a real tree emerging from the center of its kitchen table. That tree, somehow erases the border between people and brings everyone a bit closer. This is the place where strangers become friends, and share food, thoughts and discoveries of the day. One will be amazed by the interesting people this guesthouse attracts, and a great delight to hear about their stranger than fiction stories. The bed is comfy and the bathrooms and shower rooms are meticulously kept and clean. One could feel the thoughtfulness of the hosts to provide a cozy place for their guests. It truly feels like a home away from home. The hosts, Noriko and Matthew, are sincere and friendly, and they are always attentive to their guests' needs and willing to help out anytime. Also, not to mention their cute, doll-like, two-years-old daughter, who simply bubbles up this loving place with her gifted interactions with the guests(we are her big toys I guess ^皿^) and great fun to watch how she expresses herself with her barely intelligible baby talk(only Mom and Dad could comprehend ><"). I wished I could have stayed longer, with at least a minimum of three days, two days to explore the island and a day to relax at the guesthouse, watching the sunrise and sunset at the balcony, or taking a hammocks nap at its secret beach.

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Shodoshima Olive Youth Hostel


Situated along the Uchinomi Bay, Shodoshima Olive Youth Hostel offers cosy accommodation with free WiFi access. Each room here will provide you with air conditioning and bathroom facilities are shared. Great location! There’s a bus stop (named after the hotel itself lol) right in front of the hotel! Only three stops (like 2 mins) away from Kusakabe port. They have both private bathroom in your own room and public bath tub in traditional Japanese style on the second floor which was amazing and rarely seen. The staff was very friendly and can speak English well. On the day I checked out, I missed the early bus and he offered to drive me to the port! Super nice and helpful!

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Hostels – what are they?

Hostels offer so much more than a cheap place to stay – they're also a fun way to travel and meet like-minded people. Common areas like shared kitchens and game rooms give you the chance to swap tips, tricks, and travel stories with backpackers from all over the world.

Hostels have come a long way since the first youth hostel opened back in 1912. Nowadays there's something for everyone, from budget "crash pads" to 5-star "poshtels." Whether you'd prefer a bed in a shared dorm or your own private room, you'll see that most hostels are cheaper than local hotels – and a lot more fun, too!

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