I was hesitant at first to try Planetyze hostel because it was our first time to stay in a hostel with our four boys when traveling. It was one of our most memorable and fun stays we had in Tokyo because of how Planetyze redefined the hostel experience for the family. Here’s a photo essay of our experience and why you should stay here on your next trip to Tokyo: PLANETYZE HOSTEL 2-24-9 Higashi-Nihonbashi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, Japan Telephone: +81 3-5829-4554 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Twitter: @planetyze Instagram: @planetyzehostel Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pg/Planetyze-Hostel-Cafe-Bar Website: http://planetyzehostel.com How to get there? Planetyze hostel is located in the Higashi-Nihonbashi neighborhood in the Chūō-ku district on the eastern side of Tokyo City. It was historically the main commercial center of Tokyo (which is now in Shinjuku) and currently being gentrified with new establishments. You can easily access it via the Toei Asakusa line A16 Asakusabashi Station exit A3, and you walk for 7 minutes along a scenic route crossing through Kanda river. It also has easy access from other lines: Toei Shinjuku line – S09 Bakuroyokoyama station exit B3, JR Sobu line (Rapid train) – JO21 Bakurocho station exit C1, and JR Sobu Line – JB20 Asakusabashi Station East Exit. For more info, visit https://planetyzehostel.com/en/access The hostel reception is bright and very friendly to travelers. You can stay in a mixed dormitory or a private 4-person or 6-person family rooms. Check in: 4pm – 10pm | Check out: 11am 6-Person Family Room The hallways are narrow and minimalist white in design. Your keycard gives you access to the room and shared amenities. The family room has six (6) bunk beds with a rate of ¥24,000/room〜 (¥4,000〜 for each person) The boys had so much fun because they have their own bunk bed and never get tired of going up and around the bunk beds. The restrooms are shared among the rooms in the floor, and there is individual door access to unisex toilets, urinals, washroom, and male/female shower room. There are two shower areas for male and female, with bath amenities – body soap, shampoo & conditioner and a private dressing area. Bath towels and shared hair dryer are provided by the hostel. The laundry area is coin operated and located on one floor shared by all the people in the hostel. This is how I would blog in my capsule at the end of each day with decent free wifi throughout the hostel. There is a big window at the back of the room with enough storage space for the luggage. Each bed has one locker where you can put your valuables and gadgets. Where to Eat? The hostel has a cafe, bar and a common hip area on the street level for guests to dine in. We would often buy from 7-eleven or another convenience store for our breakfast. We love the noodle soups, Japanese pasta & sausage, and beef bowl that we can heat and eat in the lobby area of the hostel. It is our favorite 24 hours gyudon shop called Matsuya near the hostel where you can eat yummy good value breakfast or late night dinner. You order your food easily from a vending machine with a picture menu, and take your seat at the bar counter while you wait for your food. We love the gyudon beef bowl here better than Yoshinoya, and you can order sides like Japanese sausage, egg or soup. We love Ikinari steakhouse for its affordable Japanese steaks. This branch near the hostel have a sitting area instead of just standing room only. You order your beef meat from the counter and they will serve the steak on a grilling plate. Triple Lights Planetyze also owns a tour guide service startup called https://triplelights.com/ that overs the best Japan tours & private English-speaking Japanese tour guides. You specify the destination like Tsukiji Market, the date and how long you want to have a tour, and choose from the available best Japanese guides. We would recommend Kahoko because she knows how to handle families with kids, and she is very knowledgeable about Japanese food culture and Tsukiji market. Congratulations to Naoaki Hasimoto-san and the whole Planetyze hostel team for an awesome hostel concept. Highly recommended! PLANETYZE HOSTEL, Cafe & Bar 2-24-9 Higashi-Nihonbashi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, Japan Telephone: +81 3-5829-4554 Email: email@example.com Twitter: @planetyze Instagram: @planetyzehostel Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pg/Planetyze-Hostel-Cafe-Bar Website: http://planetyzehostel.com Live an Awesome Life,
Founder, www.OurAwesomePlanet.com Disclosure: Our experience was courtesy of our friends from Planetyze Hostel. I wrote this article with my biases, opinions, and insights. P.S. Planetyze.com is initially an online video travel guide with well-curated itineraries before expanding the brand into a hostel. Check it out!