Wakkanai Youth Hostel [Closed]

Happy to oblige three damsels in distress

By Aleisha Riboldi    - 3 min read

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Last updated: Mar 18, 2019

We hadn’t planned on getting lost, nor the fact that it would be quite chilly in Hokkaido (even in September). After 10 hours of roadtripping through Japan's northernmost island, our plans to camp went out the window, and we found ourselves in need of some very last-minute accommodation.

We consulted our guidebook and tried calling up a few hotel options. On such short notice, it was a challenge, given that it was already 8pm and we were still an hour’s drive away from Wakkanai.

The Wakkanai Youth Hostel (Komadori House), one of two youth hostels in Wakkanai, was happy to oblige three damsels in distress. We rang to check if they had any vacancies at 8pm on a Saturday night for three people. The hostel could accommodate us if we were able to check in by 9pm. Perched atop of a hill, we made it to the hostel right on time.

This would have to be one of the most luxurious hostels I’ve ever stayed in. For 2100 yen each we went with the private option. Despite the old, run-down exterior of the building itself, we were pleasantly surprised by our guestroom. Don’t let the hostel façade fool you. Having foregone the option of a shared dorm, we found ourselves in a mini furnished apartment. We had our own shower/bathroom/toilet, dining room complete with dining table and tv, a stove, a fridge, microwave and even a washing machine. In a separate room was a spacious tatami mat room that sleeps four.

No turn-down service here, but linen and bedding is provided, so we set up our futons. We had packed teabags and sat down to a much-needed cup of tea. Feel free to bring your own provisions if you stay in the private room. Otherwise, set meals are on offer in the communal dining room for a little extra spare change. Free tea and coffee are available.

When we awoke the next morning, we were surprised to find that in the light of day, the hostel provides modest water views over Port Wakkanai. A hostel with ocean views! With the day giving way to clear skies, we could see right out onto the Sea of Japan.

Wakkanai Youth Hostel offers private guestrooms (capacity 4 people) as well as dorm arrangements and communal bathroom. The private guestrooms are highly recommended. 4200yen for the room. Meals provided upon request. Free Wi-Fi available. No complaints for the price we paid.

Rental bicycles are also available to hire.

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Aleisha Riboldi

Aleisha Riboldi @aleisha.riboldi

Have passport. Will travel.Have camera. Will shoot.Licence to thrill.A traveling gastronomad with an appetite for food and adventure, slowly eating my way around the world.

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Nicole Bauer 7 years ago
I stayed there thanks to your recommendation, Aleisha. It is indeed a very luxurious hostel, I was very surprised. My husband and I found that this was the perfect place to have a good rest before heading for Rishiri and Rebun Island. We went for the the private twin room including dinner and breakfast and paid about 11,000 Yen altogether. Both dinner and breakfast were abundant and very delicious actually. I would definitely stay there again. Our room offered the ocean view plus a stunning view on Mt. Rishiri.