ZEN Hostel

2.0 star property
Convenient for Shiga Kogen Ski Area

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ZEN Hostel

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Executive lounge
Front of property
1 bedroom, free WiFi, bed sheets

Overview of ZEN Hostel



Property highlights

  • Free parking
  • Free WiFi
  • Air conditioning
3031 Hirao, Shimotakai-gun, Nagano, Yamanouchi, 3840401
Main amenities
  • Air conditioning
  • Garden
  • Microwave in a common area
  • Fridge in a common area
  • Multilingual staff
  • Limited hour front desk

Room options

Basic Shared Dormitory, Mixed Dorm

  • 2 sq m
  • Sleeps 1
  • 1 Single Bed

Basic Suite, Japanese Futon

  • 40 sq m
  • Sleeps 6
  • 1 Single Futon

Basic Twin Room, Japanese Futon

  • 10 sq m
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Single Futon

Basic Quadruple Room, Japanese Futon

  • 20 sq m
  • Sleeps 4
  • 1 Single Futon

Basic Triple Room, Japanese Futon

  • 12 sq m
  • Sleeps 3
  • 1 Single Futon

About this area

Getting around

  • Tokyo (HND-Haneda) - 112.2 miles/180.6 km
  • Tokyo (NRT-Narita Intl.) - 128.5 miles/206.9 km
  • Iiyama Station - 16 min drive
  • Zenkojishita Station - 27 min drive
  • Nagano (QNG) - 30 min drive
  • Yudanaka Station - 4 min walk


  • 関英ドライブイン - 11 min walk
  • HAKKO - 1 min walk
  • 串道楽 - 2 min walk
  • 福十拉 - 5 min walk
  • 関谷醸造場 - 5 min walk

About this property

ZEN Hostel

ZEN Hostel offers a great location, putting you within a short 10-minute walk of Shiga Kogen Ski Area. Free perks include WiFi and self-parking. Public transportation is close by: Yudanaka Station is only 4 minutes on foot.


English, Japanese

Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property
High-touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected

Social distancing

Contactless check-out
Protective shields in place at main contact areas
Guest rooms kept vacant for 24 hours between stays
Social distancing measures in place

Safety measures

Personal protective equipment worn by staff
Temperature checks given to staff
Temperature checks available for guests
Hand sanitiser provided
This information is provided by our partners.

At a glance

Hotel size

  • 5 rooms


  • Check-in time from 3 PM until 10 PM
  • Minimum check-in age – 18
  • Check-out time is 10 AM

Restrictions related to your trip

  • Check COVID-19 restrictions

Special check-in instructions

  • The front desk is open daily from 3 PM - 10 PM
  • Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival
  • This property doesn't offer after-hours check-in

Required at check-in

  • Credit card, debit card or cash deposit required for incidental charges
  • Government-issued photo ID may be required
  • Minimum check-in age is 18


  • No cots (infant beds)


  • Pets not allowed


  • Free WiFi in public areas
  • Free WiFi in rooms


  • Free on-site self-parking
  • On-site parking is limited

Other information

  • Designated smoking areas

Property amenities

Food and drink

  • Shared microwave
  • Shared fridge

What to do

  • Skiing nearby


  • Front desk (limited hours)
  • Multilingual staff


  • Garden

Room amenities

Home comfort

  • Air conditioning and heating

Sleep well

  • Bed sheets provided

Freshen up

  • Shared bathroom
  • Shower only
  • Towels

Stay connected

  • Free WiFi

Fees & policies

Hygiene & cleanliness

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.

Disinfectant is used to clean the property, and commonly touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays.

Social distancing measures are in place; staff at the property wear personal protective equipment; a shield is in place between staff and guests in main contact areas; periodic temperature checks are conducted on staff; temperature checks are available to guests; guests are provided with hand sanitiser.

Contactless check-out is available.

Each guestroom is kept vacant for a minimum of 24 hours between bookings.


The Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare requires all international visitors to submit their passport number and nationality when registering at any lodging facility (inns, hotels, motels etc). Additionally, lodging proprietors are required to photocopy passports for all registering guests and keep the photocopy on file.
This property accepts credit cards.

Also known as

ZEN Hostel Yamanouchi
ZEN Yamanouchi
ZEN Hostel Yamanouchi
ZEN Hostel Hostel/Backpacker accommodation
ZEN Hostel Hostel/Backpacker accommodation Yamanouchi

Frequently asked questions

Does ZEN Hostel offer free cancellation for a full refund?
Yes, ZEN Hostel does have fully refundable room rates available to book on our site. If you’ve booked a fully refundable room rate, this can be cancelled up to a few days before check-in, depending on the property's cancellation policy. Just make sure that you check this property's cancellation policy for the exact terms and conditions.
What are the cleanliness and hygiene measures currently in place at ZEN Hostel?
This property confirms that disinfectant is used to clean the property. Furthermore, guests are provided with hand sanitiser, social distancing measures are in place and staff are given personal protective equipment. Please note that this information has been provided by our partners.
Are pets allowed at ZEN Hostel?
Sorry, pets aren't allowed.
Is parking offered on site at ZEN Hostel?
Yes, there's free self parking. Parking spaces may be limited.
What are the check-in and check-out times at ZEN Hostel?
You can check in from 3 PM - 10 PM. Check-out time is 10 AM. Contactless check-out is available.
What is there to do at ZEN Hostel and nearby?
Have fun with nearby winter activities such as skiing. ZEN Hostel also has a garden.
What's the area around ZEN Hostel like?
ZEN Hostel is a short 4-minute walk from Yudanaka Station and 9 minutes' walk from Shiga Kogen Ski Area.







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Property conditions & facilities




10/10 Exceptional

Very chill, run by nice people
1-night trip
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8/10 Very good

Fook Wai, 1-night trip with friends
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10/10 Exceptional

Enjoyed our stay at Zen hostel. The staff was attentive and helpful in planning activities.
Lorena, 2-night family trip
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8/10 Very good

Nice on a budget
Cheap, clean, friendly staff, lots of trust, good breakfast
Jon, 1-night family trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Great value and attention to details from the hist
It was a great stay! Everything that you could need was provided! Very friendly environment both the staff and the guest! Special Kudos to Maya who manages the hostel very professionally and welcoming. She provided very useful information as well as the gentleman that was also there!
luis, 1-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Great place to stay in Yamanouchi!
Zen Hostel is in a neat, old, traditional Japanese building. The lounge overlooks a pretty Japanese garden which can be viewed through the giant windows making it seem like you are outside. The walls throughout the hostel are adorned with nice photos from around the world. The floor in my private room was covered by beautiful tatami mats on which a futon is placed for sleeping. The futon was a little thin for sleeping on my side (boney hips) but was otherwise comfortable. Everything is clean. The heaters provided kept the room as toasty as I needed but the common spaces are pretty cold so bring warm jammies in the winter for the trip to the restroom. I don't consider this a negative for this hostel as I found it is normal for there to be cold common spaces in places in the low budget range (I wouldn't know about the fancy hotels in Japan). The staff were super nice and speak English. The breakfast options were yummy and reasonable at 600 yen. The dinner menu is limited but my curry was good. The location is perfect, just 5 minutes walk to the bus and train station and close to all restaurants. I definitely recommend this place!
holly, 2-night trip
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8/10 Very good

Clean hotel, but wifi is slow and too far from metro or JR station
Nelson, 1-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Amazing, non expensive and clean place.
Kevin, 2-night romance trip
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6/10 Good

Not bad but expensive for what you get
We stayed at a "private" twin room and once our door was opened by someone while we were away, and another time while we were still inside someone came into our room even though it was locked! It was a mistake but I couldn't recommend the private room if you are concerned about someone entering the room. Furthermore my girlfriend didn't think the room was that clean, personally I thought it was average. Service was nice and it's not far from station. However this area doesn't have many stores or restaurants that are open. I chose to come here because my girlfriend lives close by, but hotels in Nagano city are much cheaper and cleaner if you book in advance. Unfortunately my girlfriend was a bit picky and didn't want to travel to Nagano so I ended up paying more money for less. If you have the choice, stay at a hotel in Nagano city or choose this if you want to be close by some specific tourist attraction.
2-night romance trip
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10/10 Exceptional

個室に泊まりましたが、旅館のような部屋に泊まることができくつろげました。 また、近くの有名温泉旅館と提携していて、追加料金で温泉に入れる仕組みがあり、助かりました。
ANDY, 1-night trip
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