When you picture a hostel, you probably imagine a collection of crowded, noisy dorm rooms with young, overexcited travellers loudly entering and exiting at all hours of the day and night.
Well, you're going to need to rethink that outdated image, because these Japanese hostels are perfect for people of any age hoping to get an authentic Japanese experience on a budget.
From private rooms overlooking the city, futuristic rooms where everything is controlled by a single remote - to private rooms with authentic Japanese futons; there is no better way to visit Japan.
Thanks to some help from HostelWorld, here are 5 of the best hostels to visit in Japan, no matter your age.
&And Hostel Akihabara
One of the most central and welcoming hostels available in the very central Akihabara area.
It's Japan`s first Smart Hostel provides affordable private rooms that are a mere 5-minute walk from Akihabara station, and it's only 5 minutes by train to Tokyo station. Great news for travellers who want to do some serious exploring, if you can bring yourself to leave your room that is.
While there are share rooms available for those who want them, a more seasoned traveller would no doubt prefer the private rooms, equipped with the sort of easy to use smart home technology that will leave you feeling like you've been teleported to the future.
A single easy to use remote allows you to interact with a Google home device, control various types of lighting, your tv, the blinds, your window - basically anything that's in the room.
You'll share bathroom facilities with others on your floor, but don't worry - they're clean, warm and private. The getting to play with the smart home technology is just the cherry on top of an amazing experience, with warm, English speaking staff who are ready and able to help you get the most of your journey through the city.
Address: 3-9-1 Sakuma-cho Kanda Chiyoda-ku3
This hostel could be my personal favourite in Tokyo. Located in the heart of the tourist-friendly Kagurazaka district, the private rooms here are as larger than most, with a private bathroom and a balcony overlooking neighbouring rooftops.
Unplan is a short walk from the Metro, which is extremely simple to use and can take you most places in Tokyo quickly and easily. You won't be at a loss to entertain yourself in the Kagurazaka district, however, the place is filled with delicious cafes, traditional eateries and scenic walk. The hostel is attached to a cafe, which makes excellent coffee and provides a free breakfast of eggs and toast to guests.
The staff speak excellent English and are more than willing to help travellers make the best of their trip to Japan.
Don't miss out on the hostel's rooftop, which is a great place to have a quiet drink and watch the sunset.
Address: 23-1 Tenjin-cho, Shinjuku-ku
The Wise Owl Hostels
You can't get more central than The Wise Owl Hostel!
The multi-story building is perfect for all those travelling night owls who just want a place to sleep and safely leave their things while they explore the city day and night.
Though small, the private rooms are wonderfully set up to accommodate one or two travellers, with an in-room sink and plenty of power outlets and storage space.
The hostel has a spacious common room and kitchen, for those who wish to dine in one a budget or socialise with other travellers, and the shared bathroom facilities are also very clean and roomy.
The staff speak excellent English and are some of the warmest and most welcoming people you'll come across in Japan - not to mention their general manager is an actual, real-life owl who sits by the front desk of an evening.
The best bit? You're just a stone's throw away from the Metro and less than a 20-minute walk to Tokyo central station, which means you can readily travel just about anywhere in Japan, making it perfect for anyone planning a few day trips.
The address: 3-22-9 Hatchobori, Chuo-ku
Imano Kyoto Kiyomizu Hostel
There's nothing like counterbalancing the hustle and bustle of Tokyo with the peace and tradition of Japan's most ancient capital, Kyoto.
And Imano Kyoto Kiyomizu Hostel is the ideal place to stay while you do!
This charming and genuine Japanese hostel is only a 20-minute walk from the Kyoto's geisha district, Gion and perfectly situated for anyone hoping for a stroll along the Kamo River. You'll be just around the corner from museums and many of the area's most beautiful shrines.
The hostel is located very close to several main bus stops, the bus being the best way to get around Kyoto.
Some of the staff here don't speak great English, but they'll still go above and beyond to make sure you're comfortable and happy during your stay.
Private rooms have the additional luxury of futons to sleep on, set on traditional Japanese Tatami floor mats. You may hesitate at first, but we can assure you this is definitely a comfortable sleeping arrangement. You'll also get to enjoy a private bathroom and use of the communal baths.
The cafe attached to Imano Kyoto Kiyomizu offers both a western and traditional Japanese breakfast for a very affordable price. A great way to start a big day of exploring one of Japan's most beautiful cities.
Address: 563-11 bairincho 5 Higashiiru Yamatooji Gojodori H
Mosaic Machiya KSK
Mosaic has to be one of the most beautiful hostels that to exist thanks to a uniquely modern twist on traditional Japanese interiors that will take your breath away.
The private rooms are incredibly spacious and consist of raised floors covered with Tatami floor mats and extremely comfortable futons. The shared bathroom facilities are clean and private, while also including a more traditional take on the Japanese bath.
Enjoy a drink from the bar in the hostel's beautiful courtyard, and if you're lucky, you may get to experience an event put on by the Hostel which includes some of the local Geishas.
The staff are warm, friendly and speak excellent English - ask them for tips on local hot spots.
It's a hostel that is off the beaten tourist path but is easily accessible by bus from just about anywhere in the city.
Mosaic is close very close some of the cities most impressive shrines and a short walk to Nijo Castle and the Imperial Palace.
Address: 702 Shinsei-cho, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto, Japan