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The Otarunai Backpackers' Hostel MorinoKi

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4-15 Aioicho, Otaru 047-0028 Hokkaido
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Budget Guesthouse of Dormitory Style for Free and Independent Travelers in Otaru Hokkaido JAPAN. Comfortable Japanese-style hostel.
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Bayjb wrote a review Oct 2019
Milwaukee, Wisconsin325 contributions182 helpful votes
I’ll be honest, the fact that this place had a corgi is what sold me. I love corgis and this one was super cute and lovable. The corgi and cat were well behaved. I stayed for two nights and had a fine stay. It’s not like a traditional hostel, this is more of a Japanese home guesthouse converted to one. I was in the female dorm which would be very snug if it was full, fortunately I was the only one there. Beds are basic but comfortable, small locker available for valuables. Breakfast, dinner are available at a cost but there is also a fridge for guests to use, which is a tad small but is available. Laundry comes with powder at Y200 to wash and Y200 to dry. The house is a bit cluttered but there are public spaces to sit and relax and has a nice view. WiFi is okay but available. Owner speaks some English and was polite but not overly talkative. The other staff member speaks less English but was much more engaging. Hostel also has two parking spots. You need a reservation and request if it is available when you stay. There is some street parking just in front of the hostel too. Overall very quiet area, decent location. I would consider staying again, depending on my needs for that stay.
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Date of stay: October 2019Trip type: Travelled solo
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Slapheado wrote a review Jan 2018
Dublin, Ireland319 contributions121 helpful votes
This is a really cool and relaxed backpackers hostel. From the start it felt like home. The staff were very friendly and helpful. They also make a delicious breakfast. The atmosphere there is very cozy and there is even a well behaved cat and dog. Perfect location for exploring Otaru or Yoichi. One of the best places I've stayed in Japan.
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Date of stay: January 2018Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Ctna wrote a review Aug 2017
New York City, New York67 contributions7 helpful votes
Honestly, I booked this because of the corgi. The dog's super cute and only shows up in the daytime, in diapers. We booked a private room for 2 and a bed in the shared room. The place is an organized clutter, filled to the brim with manga. The private room was comfortable, there was a space heater provided when I was there in the winter. There's also a shared living area to lounge around. This place was super quiet, it felt like everyone was walking on tiptoes, and as a result all conversations were held at a whisper. Just giving people an idea of what to expect. The owner wasn't particularly friendly or not friendly, but maybe because we were only there for one night. It was a simple walk from the train station, although much more difficult because there was a thick layer of ice on the roads and it was snowing. No mention of buying breakfast either...you might have to ask about it. Location was very convenient to the main spots in Otaru. Walking distance to restaurants, a local bar/grill spot, where they only spoke Japanese--that was fun. The dog-lover in me will book this again, but space was just average.
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Date of stay: March 2017
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Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Genevieve F wrote a review Aug 2017
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My boyfriend and I had a lovely stay in Morinoki in the twin room. The guesthouse is like a home away from home, incredibly comforting after backpacking for several months. There are beanbags in the cosy living room, a large collection of manga and DVDs as well. There is an outside terrace overlooking the town which is lovely to have some beers on and watch the sunset. The hosts were very friendly and accommodating, and the Japanese style breakfast here was the best value and quality we have had anywhere in Japan (390¥ per person for miso, omelette, salad, vegetables and tea). This was the perfect base to explore Otaru and the surrounding areas then come home and watch some movies, which my boyfriend and I had been wanting to do for a while on our trip. The hostel dog and cat, Hug and Momo, are adorable and very affectionate! We loved our stay and would recommend it to anyone wanting to check out a smaller town in Hokkaido! Go to Le Tao and have the no. 1 cheesecake, it will change your life. We will definitely be back to Morinoki :)
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Date of stay: August 2017Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Scorpionbite wrote a review Jul 2017
Aichi-gun, Japan3 contributions13 helpful votes
-Stayed multiple nights in May 2017. -NOT good AT ALL. Better to find any guesthouse OTHER THAN this Morinoki. It is a waste of time or money. -Morinoki was the WORST guesthouse ever I had. It is not because its older or insufficient facility's concerns at all, but its owner's professional low level of quality over guests. (HP or FB information not necessarily show the real.) -The owner had been terribly annoying during my stay. He was very arrogant to guest and sometimes dishonored me and the other guests. Among us felt even fear to "his selfish hospitality". -His attitudes over guests in general were apparently out of professional. Never worth paying even one pence a night. -NO RECOMMENDATION, in order not to spoil your better expectation to Otaru experience, over "the Morinoki's (unprofessional) hospitality".
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Date of stay: May 2017
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Trip type: Travelled solo
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IWanderAr0und wrote a review Oct 2016
Montreal, Canada171 contributions74 helpful votes
Located in a quiet residential area, less than a 10 minute walk from the Otaru-Minami train station (on the JR line to Sapporo). Also a 10 minute walk to the start of the tourist area / main commercial street of Otaru. The property has a little of character, and the common area and reading area are especially charming.The corgy dog and the cat are affectionate and well-groomed. Can feel a little cluttered in general. Bathroom are quite old. Minimal privacy and soundproofing in the dorms (I could hear the guy in the next dorm snoring as if he was in my bed!)
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Date of stay: October 2016
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cowjr wrote a review Jul 2016
Singapore, Singapore47 contributions33 helpful votes
Love the cosy setup of this dorm. Everything was great and if given a chance to return to otaru i will definitely book this place again. A pity i stayed for only 1 night. Everything is clean and there are lotsa domestic games and dvds to enjoy
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Date of stay: September 2015Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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warit w wrote a review May 2015
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Morinoki is very good place. It near minami-otaru station , Letao and otaru music box museum. Every part every room is very very cute and host make me feel like I live in my home. If you come to mirinoki I recommend you to have they breakfest.it very cheap and so delicious.
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Date of stay: May 2015Trip type: Travelled with friends
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ZINEKAEW wrote a review Jul 2014
Bangkok, Thailand3 contributions1 helpful vote
The hostel was a warm decoration , lot of cartoon book , clean , cute dog and pretty cat, small garden. I like it. The owner speaks English ^^ location is near to the otaru working street, but a bit hilling. ps. recheck about check-in time.
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Date of stay: June 2014
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suhritk wrote a review Jan 2014
Singapore, Singapore73 contributions70 helpful votes
I stayed here one night in Oct 2013 and as a frequent backpacker I can say that this is one of finest hostels I have stayed in. The rooms are clean and very cosy. Masa san (the owner) and his wife are very friendly and welcoming and they have a large collection of manga comics and other books and there is always very nice music playing in the living room. It's a very homely environment. There is a cute little balcony outside. The whole house is very well kept and kind of cute. It's up on a hill and you can walk down to the canals in less than 15 mins. There is a short cut to the canals down - you need to go up this hill on the right side of the hostel and then keep walking down till you hit the canals. The train station is also walk able distance but maybe not when you are tired. It will take a good 20 mins at least. If you are a backpacker looking for a good and clean hostel with a homely environment then this is your place.
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Date of stay: January 2014
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Otarunai Backpackers' Hostel MorinoKi
Which popular attractions are close to The Otarunai Backpackers' Hostel MorinoKi?
Nearby attractions include Otaru Orgel Museum Main Building (0.4 km), Otaru Sakaimachi Street (0.4 km), and Kitaichi Glass 3gokan (0.3 km).
What are some of the property amenities at The Otarunai Backpackers' Hostel MorinoKi?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, laundry service, and self serve laundry.
What are some restaurants close to The Otarunai Backpackers' Hostel MorinoKi?
Conveniently located restaurants include Le Tao Pathos, Kitakaro Otaru Honkan, and LeTao Main Shop.
Is The Otarunai Backpackers' Hostel MorinoKi located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.00 km away from the centre of Otaru.
Are any cleaning services offered at The Otarunai Backpackers' Hostel MorinoKi?
Yes, laundry service and self serve laundry are offered to guests.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at The Otarunai Backpackers' Hostel MorinoKi?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Japanese.
Are there any historical sites close to The Otarunai Backpackers' Hostel MorinoKi?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Kitaichi Glass 3gokan (0.3 km), The Site of Temiya Line (0.9 km), and Former Mitsui Sumitomo Bank Otaru Branch (0.7 km).