APA Hotel Fukui Katamachi

Stay comfortably at this inexpensive business hotel

By Peter Sidell    - 2 min read

Planning a trip to Fukui one time, I was trying to find a hotel that met all my needs for comfort, affordability, and proximity to the station. Good luck me! I couldn't find one that ticked every box, so I decided I could be a little further from the station for the sake of a good deal, and plumped for APA.

My single room was compact in a way that's typical for the chain, big enough for one person traveling very light, a little worn around the edges but comfortable enough (the room, not the person). Katamachi is nominally the city's nightlife district, and there are a number of bars and restaurants around, but my room wasn't facing the street, so I wasn't bothered by any noise from outside.

My comfortable bed
My comfortable bed

The facilities are also typical of a chain business hotel: fridge and little TV in the room, Wi-Fi throughout, vending machines for soft drinks and alcohol, washing machines and dryers. These latter are in the public bath area, which was the one of the main selling points for me when I was choosing.

Each morning and evening I'd go for my sauna and bath, it was pretty cold when I was visiting, so I enjoyed standing in the chilly air, then heading back into the spacious sauna or lowering myself into the outdoor bath. This was especially a good way to relax and ease my bones after a hard day of traveling or sightseeing or both.

Entrance to the spa
Entrance to the spa

What else? The staff were friendly and efficient, and gave me a typed sheet of information in English. If you're like me and you don't mind walking, you're within reach of some of the city's handful of sights, among them the Fine Arts Museum, the Griffis Museum, and the delightful Yokokan garden.

Getting there

It's about a fifteen-minute walk from the west exit of JR Fukui station, or you can take the tram one stop to Fukui Castle Ruins Daimyomachi, and it's just three or four minutes' walk from there.

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Peter Sidell

Peter Sidell @peter.sidell

I came to Japan from Manchester, England in 2003, and have travelled a lot since then, around Japan and in Asia. When I'm not working, I write satire and perform stand-up comedy in and around Tokyo. Check YouTube for a taste.

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Mary Kawai 3 days ago
Several years ago I stayed in an APA hotel in Tokyo that had a bookshelf in the laundry room for guests to leave books they didn't want anymore for other guests to take. Do many locations have that?
Sleiman Azizi 3 days ago
Peter, you're the APA man!
Sleiman Azizi 2 days ago
Ouch.
"What is that suspicious man doing with that camera near the women's spa?" ;-)

When I visited Fukui I stayed at the Route Inn, right next to the station, and also with a public bath (and free breakfast buffet). But overall I'd say APA is usually just that bit nicer than Route Inn, and very good value.
Peter Sidell Author 2 days ago
I also had a picture of the men's spa, but the women's was better quality (the picture, not the spa :) )
Elena Lisina 4 days ago
I like APA hotel chain and always look for one with a hot bath!