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Travel Report: Oak Hostel Sakura – Asakusa, Tokyo.

Oak Hostel Sakura Asakusa Tokyo

February 2019. Tokyo is a famously expensive city but when you start actually looking around for accommodation that’s when it REALLY hits home. With so much cool stuff to see and do here I really wasn’t planning to spend much time in the hotel, so was very much hoping to find a simple but comfortable budget option in a reasonable location. With all that in mind I can emphatically recommend Oak Hostel Sakura, located in Asakusa district on central Tokyo’s northeast fringe.

Reception desk Oak Hostel Sakura Asakusa Tokyo

Oak Hostel Sakura, Tokyo.

February 2019. The hostel is just a few minutes walk from Tokyo’s unmissable Skytree and served by the subway station Oshiage Skytree. Wherever you come out it’s a short walk, although Exit 2 (Station B1) is the quickest. I arrived in the city late at night on a flight from Beijing and was greeted by this friendly dude, who gave me a warm welcome. “You’re the last person I’ll ever check in” he said with a grin. Turns out he’d been working here for two years and this was his final shift before moving up in the world to a fancy hotel in Ginza.

Twin room Oak Hostel Sakura Asakusa Tokyo

Oak Hostel Sakura, Tokyo.

February 2019. Oak Hostel Sakura has a number of private rooms, which obviously come at a significantly higher price than a dorm bunk. Whilst I definitely wanted to save money, no way was I gonna stay in a dorm for a week. Seriously, I’m too old for that shit. So I booked a single room with shared bathroom for 7 nights, which was priced at a rather fantastic £260 (€301/$338). This rate, booked through Agoda, is incredibly competitive! In fact, I’d challenge you dear reader to see if you can better it! For our last night, Wonderboy and I shared a twin room, pictured above, after a huge balls-up with the dates. As you can see the rooms are small, but everything is in good condition, there are plenty of plug sockets and the Wifi held up pretty well.

Shared bathroom Oak Hostel Sakura Asakusa Tokyo

Oak Hostel Sakura, Tokyo.

February 2019. The bathrooms are decent too, although on my floor there were just two shower rooms serving over 50 people so sometimes I had to wait to get cleaned up. But again the facilities are top notch, while the water pressure is strong and hot, hot hot. And hey this is Tokyo, so needless to say they keep everything clean and tidy.

Common room Oak Sakura Hostel Asakusa Tokyo

Oak Hostel Sakura, Tokyo.

February 2019. Oak Hostel Sakura’s common room has a relaxed vibe where you can sit and chill to the backdrop of rolling Japanese news. Breakfast wasn’t included in my room rate but you can get free tea and coffee and there’s a kitchen area with a fridge and basic cooking facilities. Even better, there’s a great breakfast place just around the corner, the Hawaiian-themed Nananamoe Coffee, while for beers and retro music it’s just a 2-minute saunter to Bar Rock Bottom. For more on Oak Hostel Sakura, check out their website. 

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  • Anonymous

    Dear Mr. Thomas Leighton,

    Thank you for your email with the URL of your nice blog!

    It was our great pleasure that we could spend a lot of delightful times with you and be a part of your supports in order to make your trip fantastic.

    Hope we can see each other soon again:)

    All Oak Hostel Sakura staffs

    March 17, 2019 - 6:03 pm Reply
    • leightonliterature

      Thanks a lot for reading the article and for sharing it on the site! I had a great time at Oak Hostel Sakura!

      March 17, 2019 - 11:24 pm Reply

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