150 km East of Kyoto, Nagoya is one of Japan’s most under-the-radar cities and offers travelers tremendous value and cool things to do.

But because it is a bit lesser known, there aren’t many hostels in Nagoya, and they have a tendency to get booked up very quickly. Which is the exact reason we put together this insider backpacker’s guide to the best hostels in Nagoya. 

Traveling anywhere in Japan is not cheap – Nagoya included.

So to have any chance of traveling on a budget, you need to save money every chance you get, and finding a hostel is probably the best way.

Staying in one of the best hostels in Nagoya will allow you to not only save money, but also set yourself up for success as you can meet other travelers and have a better experience.

Our guide to the best hostels in Nagoya is designed to help you find a sweet hostel it fills up, so you can book quickly and have an amazing time in this underrated Japanese city!

Quick answer: The Best Hostels in Nagoya

Best Hostels in Nagoya
Nagoya hostels get booked quickly, use our ultimate guide to the best hostels in Nagoya to find a hostel so you can book for your stay!

The 7 Best Hostels in Nagoya

You’ll sleep well when you check into one of Nagoya’s best hostels. The hostels in Japan are of the highest quality and provide a ton of value.

Whether you’re looking for somewhere to work, rest, or play, we’ve done the research making it easy for you to book somewhere great. Whether you’re looking for the cheapest hostel in Nagoya, a top Nagoya hostel for couples, or the best hostel for solo travellers in Nagoya, book one of our recommendations and you won’t go wrong.

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Overall Best Hostel in Nagoya – Nishiasahi Café Restaurant and Guest House

Nishiasahi Café Restaurant and Guest House best hostels in Nagoya
  • $$
  • Restaurant-Café-Bar
  • Tour Desk
  • Laundry Facilities

Our choice for the overall best hostel in Nagoya in 2020, Nishiasahi Café Restaurant and Guest House has great facilities, affordable prices, and a sociable atmosphere. There are various sleeping options, including “box beds”, which are private capsules with a reading light and power socket, and traditional Japanese rooms with tatami mats. There’s a shared kitchen where you can socialise and share meals or, if you don’t feel like cooking, the lower floor restaurant/bar is sure to appeal. Other plus points at this top hostel in Nagoya include a tour desk, free Wi-Fi, bike parking, laundry facilities, and luggage storage.

Best Hostel for Couples and Solo Travellers in Nagoya – Nagoya Travellers Hostel

Nagoya Travellers Hostel best hostels in Nagoya
  • $
  • Free Breakfast
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Bike Hire

Nagoya Travellers Hostel has the unusual distinction of being both the best hostel for solo travellers in Nagoya and also the best hostel for couples in Nagoya! The wide choice of rooms suits all, with private rooms for one, two, four, and seven, and dorms for six, seven, and eight. Female-only dorms are available. You can mingle if you want to, with a comfy lounge and communal kitchen with a large dining area. You can also hang out on the terrace. Breakfast is free each morning. Other handy and cool features include free Wi-Fi, laundry facilities, luggage storage, bike rentals, a book exchange, a hot tub, and hairdryers. Lockers and 24-hour security keep this Nagoya backpackers hostel safe and sound while you are out exploring Nagoya’s sights.

Best Cheap Hostel in Nagoya – Hostel Wasabi Nagoya Ekimae

Hostel Wasabi Nagoya Ekimae best hostels in Nagoya
  • $
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Luggage Storage
  • Housekeeping

Hostel Wasabi Nagoya Ekimae is a cheap place to stay in Nagoya. Rooms in the 16-bed mixed dorm are the cheapest. Beds have curtains for privacy and all guests have a locker. It may be worth paying the extra for a pod-style bed in the single-gender 28-bed dorms. Not only do you have even more privacy when you sleep but your cosy capsule has a TV, reading light, power outlet, safe, and clothes hangers. The modern bathrooms have hairdryers and towels are available to rent. There are also stylish social areas and laundry facilities at this best budget hostel in Nagoya.

Best Party Hostel in Nagoya – Glocal Nagoya Backpackers Hostel

Glocal Nagoya Backpackers Hostel best hostels in Nagoya
  • $$
  • Restaurant-Bar
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Key Card Access

Although party hostels in Nagoya are a little thin on the ground, the onsite bar and friendly, sociable vibe at Glocal Nagoya Backpackers Hostel make it our choice for the best party hostel in Nagoya. Plus, it’s close to loads of Nagoya’s bars and restaurants where you can have even more nighttime fun. Dorm beds all have privacy curtains and a personal reading light and power socket, and there’s one floor that is dedicated entirely to female guests. There’s a shared kitchen where you can whip up your favourite dishes and the hostel has laundry facilities.

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More of the Best Hostels in Nagoya

And, here are three more of Nagoya’s best hostels for you to consider.

Ryokan Meiryu

Ryokan Meiryu best hostels in Nagoya
  • $$$
  • Steam Room
  • Tour Desk
  • Onsite Parking

If you want to experience traditional Japanese life in Nagoya, here’s your chance! Ryokan Meiryu has rooms for one and two with tatami floor mats for sleeping. There are shared bathrooms and steam rooms, with separate facilities for men and women. Each room has wired internet access and Wi-Fi is available in the lobby. Definitely a top hostel in Nagoya!

Hostel Ann

Hostel Ann best hostels in Nagoya
  • $$
  • Luggage Storage
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Steam Room

Hostel Ann is a friendly and welcoming youth hostel in Nagoya. Within walking distance of Kanayama Station, getting around Nagoya is easy. There are mixed dorms for eight and female-only dorms for four. Shared facilities include bathrooms, a well-equipped kitchen, a dining area, and a lounge with a public-use PC and TV. Grab a beer from the vending machine and chillax!

Kyoya Ryokan

Kyoya Ryokan best hostels in Nagoya
  • $$
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Hot Tub
  • Lockers

A recommended hostel in Nagoya, Kyoya Ryokan is a prime place to unwind. Hop in the hot tub or sweat it out in the steam room to feel energised; the onsen is perfect for experiencing traditional Japanese bathing habits. The peaceful garden is a pleasant place for a stroll. There are spacious four-bed mixed and ladies-only dorms. You can prepare your own meals with the self-catering facilities or, for an extra fee, you can be totally spoilt and have meals home cooked for you. This awesome youth hostel in Nagoya offers free Wi-Fi and there are laundry facilities too.

Best hotels in Nagoya, Japan

As mentioned, Nagoya only has seven hostels and they book up quickly. If they do (or maybe you just fancy a hostel instead!) here are our recommendations for the three best hotels in Nagoya, Japan.

Best Budget Hotel in Nagoya – Unizo Inn Nagoya Sakae

Unizo Inn Nagoya Sakae best hostels in Nagoya
  • $
  • Restaurant
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Messages

Unizo Inn Nagoya Sakae has single, twin, and double rooms, all with a private bathroom, air conditioning, a TV, a fridge, a kettle, and free Wi-Fi. There’s an onsite restaurant that serves an assortment of Japanese and international dishes. The hotel has a launderette with coin-operated machines. Massages are available for an extra fee. You’ll find this hotel close to Sakae Subway Station.

Best Mid-Range Hotel in Nagoya – Trusty Nagoya Sakae Hotel

Trusty Nagoya Sakae Hotel best hostels in Nagoya
  • $$
  • Restaurant-Bar
  • Parking
  • Luggage Storage

Trusty Nagoya Sakae Hotel has an onsite restaurant that serves delicious European cuisine. Other useful facilities include laundry and dry cleaning, paid private parking, meeting rooms, and 24-hour reception services. Massages can be arranged (extra charges apply). There are single and double rooms, with standard and deluxe options available. All rooms are en-suite and have a fridge, kettle, and TV.

Best Splurge Hotel in Nagoya – Nagoya Prince Hotel Sky Tower

Nagoya Prince Hotel Sky Tower best hostels in Nagoya
  • $$$
  • Restaurant
  • Fitness Centre
  • Business Centre

For a top stay in Nagoya, splash out and stay at the sophisticated Nagoya Prince Hotel Sky Tower. All rooms are en-suite and bathrooms have free toiletries and a hairdryer. Rooms also have a wardrobe, a TV and DVD player, free Wi-Fi, a safe, a fridge, and a coffee machine. There’s an onsite restaurant and you can work out in the fitness centre and arrange a massage (for an extra fee). The business centre is also handy.

What to Pack for your Nagoya Hostel

We don’t often travel without these essentials.

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1. Active Roots Microfiber Towel: Having your own towel on your travels is a game changer. The Active Roots Microfiber Towel is perfect for travellers who are looking for a lightweight, quick-drying and extremely soft option. The antibacterial material is super water-absorbent and resists odor buildup because of its antimicrobial material. Ain’t technology cool?

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2. TRTL Travel Pillow: Nothing is worse than a sleep-deprived and grumpy backpacker. Do yourself a favour and get some decent rest with this comfortable TRTL travel pillow. The ergonomic design (fancy!) makes it possible to sleep upright, which can be a real struggle with normal neck pillows. Having this cool pillow makes long bus rides or flights way more enjoyable – and who knows, maybe you’ll even be looking forward to it next time. If so, leave those guys a good review.

Active Roots Water Bottle

3. Active Roots Water Bottle: Hostels are increasingly meeting backpackers’ demands for potable (drinkable) water. Now is better than ever to start traveling with a reusable water bottle! Aside from cutting down single-use plastic, The Active Roots stainless steel water bottle will also keep your favorite beverage hot or cold all day long and it’s sized perfectly to fit an entire bottle of wine. ‘Nuff said.


4. Power Bank: Everyone knows the mini heart attack when your phone is about to run out of power. Surviving long bus rides without charging stations can be agonizing, which is why every backpacker should have this Anker Power Bank. You can charge your phone up to 5 times, or plug in two devices simultaneously. With high-speed charging and enough power to keep you going for days, you can conquer even the biggest adventures without a problem.

Travel Pocket Soaps

5. Sea to Summit Travel Soap: Soap can be very useful on long travels, but it’s hard to carry around. It might get taken off you at the airport or leak in your backpack. This Sea to Summit Travel Soap is the perfect solution for every backpacker with a thought for hygiene. The dry soap is super handy, and it definitely won’t leak (there’s nothing to leak). One box contains 50 leaves of soap, making sure that you’ll be clean, even on longer adventures.

Headphone Spltter

6. Headphone Splitter: Being stuck on a bus or plane with only one phone that has good music or shows downloaded can be pretty annoying if your travel buddy wants to share headphones. With this Headphone Splitter, you won’t have to listen with only one ear anymore. Your friend can plug in their headphones at the same time, so both of you are entertained (on both ears!).

Why you should travel to Nagoya

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Nagoya is an underrated destination, and by booking one of the best hostels in Nagoya you’ll be sure you are saving money and enjoying this amazing city to the fullest.

And if you are having a hard time picking one of the best hostels in Nagoya we highly recommend going with Nishiasahi Café Restaurant and Guest House. It’s well reviewed, has great value, and provides everything a budget traveler will ever need.

To help you find the absolute top places to stay during your Japan backpacking adventure, check out this in-depth article on the best hostels in Japan.

Nishiasahi Café Restaurant and Guest House best hostels in Nagoya

Travel Safety Tips for Nagoya

And don’t forget Travel Insurance! We’ve put together a roundup of Travel Insurance for backpackers – check it out here, or if you’re low on time, get a quote from World Nomads, our favorite travel insurance provider.

Getting an estimate from World Nomads is simple – just click the button or image below, fill out the necessary info, and you’re on your way!

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More Epic Hostels in Japan and Asia

Hopefully by now you’ve found the perfect hostel for your upcoming trip to Nagoya.

Planning an epic trip all across Japan or even Asia itself?

Don’t worry – we’ve got you covered!

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Over to you

By now I hope our epic guide to the best hostels in Nagoya has helped you choose the perfect hostel for your adventure!

If you think we’ve missed anything or have any further thoughts, hit us up in the comments!

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