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8.7

Excellent

130 reviews

130 reviews

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8.3

Excellent

Location rating score

Excellent location - Inside city center
Excellent for walking
Walkable places
Matsumoto Shrine

250 m

Matsumoto Castle

260 m

Kaichi Gakko Primary School

410 m

Former Catholic Church Priest House

420 m

Matsumoto City Museum

420 m

Popular landmarks
Yohashira Shrine

660 m

Nawate Shopping District

680 m

Nakamachi Street

810 m

Matsumoto Castletown Springs

1.0 km

Matsumoto City Museum of Art

1.3 km

Closest landmarks
Night Medical Center

170 m

Kanai Dental Clinic

240 m

Matsumoto Tourist Information Center

450 m

Kita-Matsumoto Train Station

550 m

Kita-Matsumoto

560 m

Thank you Hippopotamus Hostel

2-5-18, Josei, Matsumoto, Matsumoto, Japan, 390-0875 - See map

Strategically situated in Matsumoto, allowing you access and proximity to local attractions and sights. Don't leave before paying a visit to the famous Matsumoto Castle.

Highlights

530 meters to public transportation

Top Value

Inside city center

280 meters to Matsumoto Castle

Air conditioning

Facilities

Bicycle rental

Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!

Luggage storage

Check-in/out [private]

Shared kitchen

Laundry service

Wi-Fi in public areas

Family room

Your dates are popular among travelersUsers are booking a place in Matsumoto every 7 minutes on Agoda.com
Value for money8.3
Distance to city center1.1 km
Location rating8.3

Rooms available at Thank you Hippopotamus Hostel

Three-Bedroom House
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  • Room size: 100 m²/1076 ft²
  • Garden view
  • 1 double bed and 3 futons &...
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1 Person in 6-Bed Dormitory - Mixed
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  • Room size: 16 m²/172 ft²
  • 3 bunk beds
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    Frequently asked questions

    What time is check-in and check-out at Thank you Hippopotamus Hostel?

    Check-in is from 03:00 PM, and check-out is until 10:00 AM. You may request early check-in or late check-out during booking, subject to availability. Guests checking in or out before or after the designated periods may be charged an additional fee. The hostel offers luggage storage to guests for before check-in and after check-out.

    What is the smoking policy at Thank you Hippopotamus Hostel?

    Thank you Hippopotamus Hostel does permit smoking in some areas and is not 100% smoke-free.

    What is the closest airport to Thank you Hippopotamus Hostel?

    The closest airport to Thank you Hippopotamus Hostel is Matsumoto Airport, 9.0 km away.

    What is the closest train, metro, or bus station to Thank you Hippopotamus Hostel?

    The closest train, metro, or bus station is Kita-Matsumoto Train Station, 540 m away from Thank you Hippopotamus Hostel.

    What restaurants are nearby Thank you Hippopotamus Hostel?

    Thank you Hippopotamus Hostel is located in Matsumoto, famous for good restaurants such as Sakura, Kobayashi-Soba and Shizuka.

    What popular shopping places are close to Thank you Hippopotamus Hostel?

    Shopping options in Thank you Hippopotamus Hostel’s Matsumoto neighborhood include Kamiyakata Shimayu, Kadokko Yonetaya and Ihara Lacquerware.

    What are popular attractions near Thank you Hippopotamus Hostel?

    Thank you Hippopotamus Hostel is located in Matsumoto area, which is famous for attractions such as Matsumoto Castle, Nawate Shopping District and Matsumoto City Museum of Art.

    What popular natural sightseeing spots are close to Thank you Hippopotamus Hostel?

    Thank you Hippopotamus Hostel is located within Matsumoto, which makes it conveniently close to natural sights including Kyukamura Norikura Kogen, Zengoro Fall and Mt. Norikura Snow Resort.

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    What people love about Thank you Hippopotamus Hostel

    • 9.2

      Exceptional
      Location

      "The location is great (15mins walk to the station and 3mins to the castle), the rooms are clean, the common area comfy with many things to use."

      Emma

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      June 26, 2020

    • 10

      Exceptional
      Staff 

      "Great Location with Super Friendly Staff."

      Roy

      |

      May 6, 2019

    • 7.2

      Very good

      "The bed was absolutely comfortable."

      fuzuki

      |

      February 17, 2020

    Property ranking|Compared to 283 Matsumoto properties
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    Value for money score
    8.3/10
    Cleanliness score
    7.8/10
    Location score
    8.3/10
    Service score
    8.4/10
    Better than
    89
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    of Matsumoto properties
    Better than
    82
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    Better than
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    Overall rating:

    8.7

    Excellent
    130 reviews
    Cleanliness
    7.8
    Facilities
    7.7
    Location
    8.3
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    More about Thank you Hippopotamus Hostel

    Thank you Hippopotamus Hostel

    Thank you Hippopotamus Hostel is the perfect choice for travelers who want to take in the sights and sounds of Matsumoto. Experience an urban escape in Matsumoto with a stay at Thank you Hippopotamus Hostel, with its exceptional location right in the city center. Sampling the authentic culture of Matsumoto is easy with a stay at Thank you Hippopotamus Hostel, just 260 m from Matsumoto Castle.
    The facilities and services provided by Thank you Hippopotamus Hostel ensure a pleasant stay for guests. Post your pictures and answer your emails whenever you want, with the hostel's free Wi-Fi internet access. The helpful staff at the front desk can assist you with services including luggage storage. Smoking is restricted to the designated smoking areas.
    Experience high-quality room facilities during your stay at Thank you Hippopotamus Hostel. The hostel provides air conditioning in some rooms for the benefit of guests.


    Dining and things to do

    Thank you Hippopotamus Hostel has vending machines that provide round-the-clock refreshment, at low cost. If you're truly selective about eating, you'll be grateful for the in-house shared kitchen available here.
    To fill your days, be sure to check out the fantastic facilities offered at Thank you Hippopotamus Hostel. For those who hate to miss a workout, a trip to the hostel's fitness facility will keep you fresh and healthy. Have some relaxing fun with family and friends at the shared lounge and TV area.


    Around the property

    This is your chance to explore all that Matsumoto has to offer. Engage in the city's best art at Matsumoto City Museum of Art located 1.3 km away, where you can learn about the local art scene and buy original works.


    Reasons to stay here

    Rooms here are cheaper than 91% of accommodations in the city.
    This hostel scores higher than 89% of the city's accommodations on value for money
    This hostel's food and dining score higher than 87% of accommodations in the city.

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    Amenities and facilities

    Very good
    Facilities

    7.7

    Languages spoken
    • English
    • Japanese
    Internet access
    • Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!
    • Internet services
    • Wi-Fi in public areas
    Things to do, ways to relax
    • Garden
    • Massage
    Cleanliness and safety
    • Anti-viral cleaning products
    • Body thermometer
    • Cashless payment service
    • Doctor/nurse on call
    • First aid kit
    • Free face masks
    • Hand sanitizer
    • Hot water linen and laundry washing
    • Physical distancing of at least 1 meter
    • Professional-grade sanitizing services
    • Protective screens in common areas
    • Room sanitization opt-out available
    • Rooms sanitized between stays
    • Staff trained in safety protocol
    • Temperature check for guests and staff
    Dining, drinking, and snacking
    • Shared kitchen
    • Vending machine
    Services and conveniences
    • Air conditioning in public area
    • Contactless check-in/out
    • Elevator
    • Heating in public area
    • Laundry service
    • Luggage storage
    • Smoking area
    • Terrace
    For the kids
    • Family room
    Access
    • CCTV outside property
    • Check-in/out [private]
    • Fire extinguisher
    • Non-smoking rooms
    • Pets allowed
    • Smoke alarms
    Sports equipment rental
    • Bicycle rental
    Available in all rooms
    • Air conditioning
    • Clothes rack
    • Free bottled water
    • Wi-Fi [free]

    Location

    2-5-18, Josei, Matsumoto, Matsumoto, Japan, 390-0875
    Excellent
    Location

    8.3

    What's nearby

    Popular landmarks
    • Matsumoto Castle
      260 m
    • Kaichi Gakko Primary School
      410 m
    • Yohashira Shrine
      660 m
    • Nawate Shopping District
      680 m
    • Nakamachi Street
      810 m
    • Matsumoto Castletown Springs
      1.0 km
    • Matsumoto City Museum of Art
      1.3 km
    • Kappa Bashi
      29.5 km
    • Naraijuku
      33.5 km
    • Kyukamura Norikura Kogen
      34.6 km
    Nearby landmarks
    • Night Medical Center
      170 m
    • Kanai Dental Clinic
      240 m
    • Matsumoto Shrine
      250 m
    • Matsumoto Castle
      260 m
    • Kaichi Gakko Primary School
      410 m
    • Former Catholic Church Priest House
      420 m
    • Matsumoto City Museum
      420 m
    • Kaichi School Museum
      440 m
    • Matsumoto Tourist Information Center
      450 m
    • Matsumoto Shiritsu Hakubutsukan
      460 m
    Distances shown are straight-line distances on the map. Actual travel distances may vary.

    Property policies

    Children and extra beds

    Extra beds are dependent on the room you choose. Please check the individual room capacity for more details.

    All children are welcome.

    Children 0-1 year(s)
    Stay for free if using existing bedding.
    If you need an extra bed, it will incur an additional charge.
    Guests 2 years and older are considered as adults
    Must use an extra bed which will incur an additional charge.
    Others
    • When booking more than 5 rooms, different policies and additional supplements may apply.

    Some helpful facts

    Check-in/Check-out
    • Check-in from15:00
    • Check-out until10:00
    • Reception open until00:00
    Getting around
    • Distance from city center1.1 km
    • Travel time to airport (minutes)23
    The property
    • Number of bars/lounges0
    • Number of floors2
    • Number of restaurants0
    • Number of rooms 2
    • Room voltage100
    • Year property opened1934
    • Most recent renovation2013

    Reviews of Thank you Hippopotamus Hostel from real guests

    Provided by verified guests of Agoda
    8.0
    /
    10
    Cleanliness7.8
    Facilities7.7
    Location8.3
    Room comfort and quality7.0
    Service8.4
    Value for money8.3
    High score for Matsumoto
    Rating
    9+ Exceptional (12)
    8-9 Excellent (6)
    7-8 Very Good (7)
    6-7 Good (0)
    <6 Below Expectation (6)
    Time of the year
    Mar - May (14)
    Jun - Aug (4)
    Sep - Nov (8)
    Dec - Feb (5)
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    9.2
    Exceptional
    Fei from Singapore
    Solo traveler
    Stayed 1 night in December 2016

    Good Hostel with Very Nice Host”

    Well, it's just a short one day stay for my visit to Kiso valley, as matsumoto is has more options in term of staying than other nearby small station near the valley. I chose the mixed dorm and shared with another Japanese guy there for work. It's pleasant experience. The hostel is quite cold, when they don't open the heater, so be mindful of that, but it's quite common for home stay to be like that. You might not enjoy the experience for shower and toilet, as it's quite cold. but for me, it's okay, as I am getting used to it, like I said, it's common. Hostel is clean, the host has very good English, and she has to waited for me till 10pm for the check-in. She doesn't stay in the hostel. I am very grateful for that. hostel is extremely close to the castle. so it's easier to visit. Overall, it's pleasant experience. Try to experience the coldness in Japan while you choose to travel in Winter season, whether you like it or not, it's part of the deal, so try to enjoy it.

    Reviewed December 06, 2016

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    9.2
    Exceptional
    Oscar from Philippines
    Solo traveler
    Stayed 2 nights in November 2016

    Traditional house vibe”

    Nice experience. Matsumoto castle can be seen from the window. Though I'm not used to the cold, even with heaters. The heaters keep you warm it just probably feels weird (to me) to be blasted by warm air.

    Reviewed December 11, 2016

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    8.3
    Excellent
    Nathapon from Thailand
    Solo traveler
    Stayed 1 night in February 2015

    Cheapest price”

    Cheapest and Valuable

    -Cheapest -Near matsumoto castle, just across the road -Staff is friendly and can speak english -Although its too old and not comfortable but I think valuable price espacially if you want just only stay at night.

    Reviewed March 05, 2015

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    8.7
    Excellent
    Anouska from India
    Solo traveler
    Stayed 1 night in March 2015

    Clean, Friendly staff and afforable”

    Clean, Friendly staff and afforable

    Very close to Matsumoto-jo and there are lots of brochures/suggestions from staff on where to go in the city. Day trips from Matsumoto are also quite nice.

    Reviewed April 27, 2015

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    7.2
    Very good
    John from Australia
    Solo traveler
    Stayed 1 night in May 2018

    An average hostel near the castle.”

    I liked the congenial atmosphere and the friendly staff. The facilities are ok and free use of the washing machine (no dryer) is a bonus. I had trouble finding the hostel - it's about 15 minutes walk from the station - and the sign outside said Thank You Hippo, not Matsumoto no Yado. The staff told me it had changed hands.

    Reviewed May 19, 2018

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    9.6
    Exceptional
    Javier from Spain
    Solo traveler
    Stayed 2 nights in April 2016

    Staff makes it worthy”

    Nice stay, including a staff friend japanese birthday celebration which all the guests enjoyed a lot. Its not a hostel but a small house where you will enjoy a true japanese stay. Location cant be better: just in front of the castle.

    Reviewed April 28, 2016

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    8.8
    Excellent
    Manja from Germany
    Solo traveler
    Stayed 2 nights in October 2016

    great place”

    Sooo close to the castle that you can go for some pictures at sunrise after going back to sleep or at night for an after dinner stroll but mind you the lights of the castle get turned off at 10pm ... so better take your pictures before ;) ... in general I liked the Japanese style accommodation ... could have used a more comfy.place to sit and chat though ;) ... and it was a bit weird to wake up and look into a strangers face ( meaning two Tatami mattresses in the female dorm is fine but three ... well that leaves about 5cm between the mattresses ... tooo close for my liking nevertheless I had a great time here and stayed longer than expected ;)

    Reviewed October 15, 2016

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    9.2
    Exceptional
    Emma from Switzerland
    Solo traveler
    Stayed 2 nights in June 2020

    A great hostel only a few minutes walk to the castle! ”

    I recommend! The location is great (15mins walk to the station and 3mins to the castle), the rooms are clean, the common area comfy with many things to use. There are also free bikes which are great to bike around the city! The staff was super nice, he recommended hikes close by and even other cool things in Japan for my trip :)

    Reviewed June 26, 2020

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    8.8
    Excellent
    Lalitphat from Thailand
    Solo traveler
    Stayed 1 night in October 2017

    Nice place and near by Matsumoto Castle”

    This guesthouse is very close to Matsumo Castle, you can see the castle from window in the guesthouse. The owner is a man who is gentle and kind.

    Reviewed December 19, 2017

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    10.0
    Exceptional
    Roy from Canada
    Business traveler
    Stayed 2 nights in April 2019

    A wonderful hostel with Good Location/Style/Love”

    Great Location with Super Friendly Staff. Highly recommended to all visitors. One of the travelers had a sickness and the staff was being super helpful visiting the hospital with the traveler.

    Reviewed May 06, 2019

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    9.2
    Exceptional
    NURUL from Malaysia
    Solo traveler
    Stayed 1 night in April 2017

    Castle view in the room”

    I truly can't ask for any better location. Mastumoto castle is right out of the window, near to the station and easy to find with a big banner in front of the house.

    Reviewed April 12, 2017

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    4.7
    Enoch from Singapore
    Solo traveler
    Stayed 1 night in November 2015

    Avoid in winter”

    Location, location, location

    The location is great. Staff not as friendly now as compared to when I visited last year. Cheapskate hostel; have to pay for coffee/tea (100¥!) and heater automatically set to turn off after half an hour. It was freezing; i left in the middle of the night to go to another hotel because it was so cold i couldnt sleeep! I went in november; i guess it will be a great place to stay in summer.

    Reviewed November 23, 2015

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    9.3
    Exceptional
    norrabordee from Thailand
    Solo traveler
    Stayed 1 night in April 2015

    Just a block away from the great Matsumoto Castle”

    The stuff is very helpful and friendly. The room is clean and cozy. You will wake up with the view of Matsumoto Castle out of your window.

    I'll definitely come back when I have a chance.

    Reviewed April 18, 2015

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    4.4
    RYO from Japan
    Solo traveler
    Stayed 1 night in January 2017

    Coldest place in Matsumoto in winter”

    Don't understand why the staff was so cold, more than cool, much colder than frozen room in the room. Even they knew I was in front of the gate, they didn't move an inch to open it for me, instead just stayed in the cozy warm room 3 doors away. She was just a mother in the households than a host of the accommodation. One step inside the room, it was frozen. I worried if I might be dead to freeze in there. She just showed me a small fan heater etc. Din't give me any direction of facilities or amentieis etc. It might be because I am Japanese, not American with a big smile, Europena or Asian with humble smiles etc. Would never never visit there again in this life while I am Japanese.

    Reviewed February 06, 2017

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    7.6
    Very good
    Tsz from Hong Kong SAR, China
    Solo traveler
    Stayed 1 night in May 2016

    Great Location with valued accomodation”

    Great location, friendly staff and very close to the Castle

    Reviewed September 14, 2016

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    7.2
    Very good
    fuzuki from Japan
    Solo traveler
    Stayed 1 night in February 2020

    great atmosphere”

    cozy traditional Japanese house. the bed was absolutely comfortable.

    Reviewed February 17, 2020

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    3.2
    Lok from Hong Kong SAR, China
    Solo traveler
    Stayed 2 nights in July 2017

    NO AIRCON, BAD MANNER!”

    I went there in summer. Agoda stated there was air conditioned, but it is NOT! No air-con in the hot summer, and only one fan in the lobby, but not in the room 16 ppl mixed dorm with no fan inside. Which is definitely hell. The Staff's manner is very bad, he is not going to give any help or try to move the fan into the room. He just keep playing music loudly in the lobby. When I check in, he kept playing his music loudly and made me hard to listen to his voice. Last but not least, more than one sniper nets in the toilet. Awful!

    Reviewed March 28, 2018

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    10.0
    Exceptional
    Man from Hong Kong SAR, China
    Solo traveler
    Stayed 1 night in January 2017

    Good”

    Good

    Reviewed January 23, 2017

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    6.0
    liam from Japan
    Solo traveler
    Stayed 2 nights in October 2015

    Small house”

    Small place. Opposite castle

    Alright place. Just expensive like most of Japan

    Reviewed November 02, 2015

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    8.4
    Excellent
    Juthamas from Thailand
    Couple
    Stayed 1 night in June 2018

    only one baht room in 1st floor.. and no bahtroom / toilet at 2nd floor.. Good location..”

    Reviewed June 09, 2018

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