A welcoming guesthouse that’s conveniently close to Fuji station, I had such a great time staying at NASUBI Mt Fuji backpackers while in Fuji, Shizuoka. The guesthouse is well-furnished, super comfortable and has a family vibe that helps you to settle in quickly. The owner is a great guy that gives a lot of love to this place, and that makes it a place you’ll find very enjoyable.
5 minutes Walk from Fuji station
Inclusive pick-up and drop-off service
Dormitory and Japanese style rooms
Kitchen with cookingware, included tea
Laundry and Dryer service available
Common area, garden and hammock
Getting to the Guesthouse
Getting here with my luggage and backpack was very convenient. Less than a 5 minute walk and relatively flat surface to roll my luggage along, it is well-located from Fuji station and near to Shin-Fuji station. NASUBI Mt Fuji backpackers is a guesthouse, simple looking on the outside with a large sign at the front so you can’t miss it. Step inside and you’ll find a welcoming home with many traditional Japanese touches.
After taking off my shoes to one side and putting on the indoor slippers (feel like home already, not that I wore slippers back home), I briefly checked-in passed the sliding door frame. A cute check-in desk to formalise everything, I was given a tour around the place. A pair of toilets, showers, wash basins servicing the four rooms.
It rained over the last two days I was here, though thankfully a range of good-quality and different sized umbrellas are found just before stepping foot outside. Many Fuji leaflets with useful sights, maps, and tourist information are here if you’re interested also.
If timing is right, there are some events held such as the language exchange meetup and green tea picking event that I highly recommend. I’ll save that for a separate article but I had the chance to do it while staying here and vouch to visit if you get the chance.
All the right ingredients
I stayed in the dormitory room for 5 nights. With 3 bunk beds making up 6 in total, I stayed on the bottom bunk bed and slid my luggage into the storage area just to the right corner of this room. A cosy space but comfortable to hang out and sleep in, the sliding Japanese style doors give it character and authenticity to it. This is after all the home of a Japanese local and is the way of life for them. So it’s nice to live the way they do.
The beds are well-equipped with privacy curtains that extend all the way around, a makeshift table that you can stow away or bring down (very useful by the way), individual lights and clothing hangers if folding isn’t your thing. The beds are sturdy and make little to no noise on movement… Not once was it a problem.
There are two common areas you can hang out and chill in. The first more of a dining or social workspace to huddle around; or watch TV. If you enjoy retro, the Nintendo 64 was a rare sight to see in the wild, so you can get your Mario Party or Donkey Kong game on!
Otherwise, I found myself perched here many times to eat or do some editing work. You can get stuff done here if you don’t fancy being sat inside your bed all day. The lounge is long and fairly narrow though also a great spot to look over into the garden, or get productive on the floating bar and stool setup. I liked working in this area as I could concentrate, with the world map poster keeping my brain curiosity intact.
Beyond the window is a cute garden with a small porch you can relax outside. When the sun was out, I soaked some vitamin D and gently swung while in the hammock. That was a good nap. Otherwise, a sofa and table set can hold a group of people.
The owners have two dogs that tend to hang around most of the day before retreating upstairs for the night so keep that in mind. You’ll also need to head in before 11pm as the neighbourhood is very quiet which again was no problem at all for the several that stayed during my time.
Space and Kitchenware to cook
If you’re planning to cook for yourself or have the full-range of kitchenware to spice up your meals then you’ll find all of them here. There are Japanese style dishes which I enjoyed using, together with the usual utensils like chopsticks, cutlery, microwave and fridge. Condiments, kitchen towels, tea bags and coffee are provided. And if you need to wash your clothes, they have a washing machine and dryer available at 400円 for the full wash and dry; very reasonable and an average I’d pay in any other place (cheaper than dedicated coin laundry too).
And finally, if you’d prefer to stay in a tatami Japanese style room for yourself or as a couple, this is a pleasant alternative to the dormitory. More space, range of seated and floor area with good bedding to sleep on (mattress, sheet, pillow and blanket; the full set).
Oh and I forgot to mention the bathroom. The shower cubicles are as you’d hope them to be. Powerful shower head and water temperature that changes quickly. The restrooms have bidets that you’ll find in many places in Japan, but still nice for visitors not used to the idea (like there are none in the UK ). One of the restrooms is a little on the small side but nothing to complain about.
Overall? I had such a blast staying here. The owner is a helpful, friendly and sincere guy while NASUBI Mt Fuji Backpackers has everything I would need in a place to sleep and rest comfortably. WiFi was very good all around the guesthouse for me, including my dormitory room so you don’t have to worry about that (coming from someone who relies heavily on the internet).
And since it’s so close to Fuji station with a pick-up and drop-off service to the station, this has been one of the smoother journeys I’ve had to check-in to while in Japan. A no-brainer of a stay that accommodates everyone, you’ll be happy to stay here and most certainly, NASUBI Mt Fuji Backpackers will be happy to welcome you too.
Nasubi Mt Fuji Backpackers
Family-friendly, well-provided with that authentic Japanese home vibe. Would stay again and recommend you to stay while in Fuji, Shizuoka too.
located close to Fuji station with dropoff service included
Comfortable dormitory rooms and facilities
Not necessarily a lowlight but mindful to keep quiet after 11pm