If you want to enjoy Sapporo sightseeing and accommodation with a difference, we recommend a guest house.
Guest houses consist mainly of shared rooms, so the rates are cheap, at around ¥3,000 a night, and they are popular with youngsters as they provide opportunities for mixing with other lodgers. Another feature is the large proportion of foreign users, due to the fact that guest houses are already a familiar form of accommodation overseas.
This time, we introduce some basic information about guest houses for those of you who have never heard of them before. As the number of guest houses in Sapporo has also been increasing in recent years, it pays to know about them. They are recommended for those who want a different accommodation experience from staying at a hotel in Sapporo that is a little different from the usual sightseeing.
There are also women-only rooms, so even women traveling alone can feel safe.
The price for shared rooms with bunk beds is around ¥3,000 a night. Many places have both mixed rooms and women-only rooms, so even women traveling alone can feel safe. In order to ensure privacy even in shared rooms, curtains can be drawn around the beds, and there are even guest houses like "SOCIAL HOSTEL 365", located in Susukino, Sapporo, which has introduced capsule-style bedrooms surrounded by wooden panels on all sides. Guest houses with private rooms are also available, so please check their websites.
Facilities are generally shared.
Toilets and baths are shared and there is usually a shared space where lodgers can congregate. Another great thing is that many guest houses also offer free Wi-Fi. For travelers who want a holiday that feels more like living in the area, they can also find self-catering guest houses complete with kitchens.
Guest houses established in renovated apartment rooms or houses have an atmosphere in which you will feel like you have been invited by a friend to stay at their home. Like the "UNTAPPED HOSTEL", located close to Hokkaido University with an adjoining Japanese food café, there has been an increase in guest houses with adjoining cafés and bars, where local people other than lodgers gather.
Bring what you need yourself.
Unlike at hotels, which have amenities and towels, etc., lodgers are generally expected to bring what they need themselves. There are also places that have toothbrushes and towels available for rent at reception. As for shampoo and body soap, etc., in most places you can use what is supplied in the shared bathrooms free of charge.
Above all, the charm of guest houses is the ability to mix with people.
Many guest houses are small in scale, accommodating 10 to 30 people, so another part of their charm is the closeness between the staff and the quests. Some guest houses have full-time English-speaking staff, so feel free to ask them anything. You can get recommendations, such as for delicious restaurants in Sapporo, selected from the perspective of Sapporo residents.
There are also places like "TIME PEACE APARTMENT" in Susukino, Sapporo, where the staff will guide you on regional events such as Hatsumode (first shrine visit of the year) and the Summer Festival. The outdoor tours organized by "SappoLodge", which is run by a mountain guide, are highly rated as they enable participants to enjoy the natural beauty of the suburbs of Sapporo. Your stay in Sapporo, enjoyed together with Sapporo residents, will surely be an unforgettable memory.
|Address||Minami 8-jo Nishi 1-chome 13-92, Chuo-ku, Sapporo|
|Fee||One night without meal starts from ¥3,000 per person|
So, do you feel that you would like to try staying at a guest house? Guest houses serve as great guides that enrich your stay in Sapporo. Please try including one in your Sapporo sightseeing plan.