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While the sights of Otaru can be done in a day, if you're looking for somewhere to hole up for a few, this is a fantastic choice. Morinoki is an old, sprawling house perched on a stone embankment. Accommodation is in fairly simple male and female dormitories, but there are kitchen and laundry facilities, bilingual staff and super-comfy lounging areas.
Meals are good and exceedingly reasonable (breakfast/dinner ¥390/500). The hostel is about a 15-minute walk from JR Otaru Station, and can be a little tricky to find.
Otarunai Backpacker's Hostel is the first backpacker's hostel in Hokkaido, just 1.4 km away from Otaru Station and a 3-minute walk to Suitengu Temple. Otaru Canal is a 10-minute walk away. It offers simple private and dormitory accommodation with a free-use kitchen, a terrace and free Wi-Fi. Simple heated rooms with shared bathrooms and toilets are provided at The Otarunai Backpacker's Hostel Morinoki. Slippers are included, and a fan is used for cooling in warm weather. All rooms are non-smoking. Guests can enjoy the garden, watch a DVD at the lounge or do laundry with the chargeable launderette. The hostel has a cat and Welsh Corgi dogs.
The property is not staffed before 15:00. Free luggage storage is available from 15:00. Guests arriving after check-in hours (22:00) must inform the property in advance. If the property is not informed, the booking may be treated as a no show. Contact details can be found on the booking confirmation. The hostel has a curfew at 00:00. Please note that guests using public transport are advised to get off at Otaru Station, not Minami-Otaru Station. The way from Otaru Station has better road conditions, there are no slopes, and guests will be passing through an arcade, which provides shelter from the snow. This hostel has a dog and a cat. The entire hostel is non-smoking.
Please inform The Otarunai Backpacker's Hostel Morinoki in advance of your expected arrival time. You can use the Special Requests box when booking, or contact the property directly with the contact details provided in your confirmation.