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YAWP! backpackers - Hostel

1.0 out of 5.0
  • Free continental breakfast
  • Free WiFi in rooms and ...
  • Laundry facilities

Recent guest reviews

The place will be in worse condition than in the photos. I don't get the hype about the 5 star reviews. This place is just plain OK. The bed space is what you can expect from a hostel. There was a lot of dust all around the place. Furniture was in poor condition, especially the chairs at the tables, which were uncomfortable and the backs were missing. There was breakfast provided you ate before the other guests finished everything. The host is alright, although it seems like he treated me like a child. The man got on my case for dripping a bit of water on the ground near the bathroom sink (which I could hardly fit my hands in; it's that small) At the end, it's just 3 drops of water. I just felt the vibe that he was annoyed by the guests. However, he will give you local recommendations. Also I don't know if he does this for everyone, but he will insist on a picture of you before you leave, which isn't really a problem. In all honestly the hostel I stayed at overnight the day before, Grandouce was much more comfortable than this one. Lastly, the location is quite far from the popular destinations in Tokyo so be prepared for long metro rides. Choose wisely. EDIT: Apparently Tak (the host) did not take kindly to my Airbnb review. His private message to me after my review: I have wrote good review to you because I have respectful mind to all guests. But, I hope to take that back. I never want to see you again, definitely. EDIT: On airbnb I gave him all 5 stars and one 4 star for cleanliness. I will now make it a 1 star here due to the host's attitude. I suppose the host doesn't like honest reviews.

I don't really recommend this hostel. The bed was no problem, but share space wasn’t cleaned up enough and the room smelled weird. Dust and many stuffs are messy. ( Previous visitor left many stuffs) And not only but also the day I visited the guy was unkind. I felt very different from the photos. Maybe it changed.. 共有スペースが掃除されていなくて、写真と全然違うと感じました。ベットはいいですが、共有スペースが他のホステルよりも狭いと思います。アクセスはいいですが、私はおすすめしないです。

This place is a little far from central Tokyo as mentioned in other reviews, but travel from this spot is quite easy using the Keisei line (about a 5 minute walk). Tak goes above and beyond to provide a welcoming and memorable stay for all of his guests. He often gathers all the willing guests to go to the best nearby restaurants (we went to a tonkatsu-ni (?) spot which put a different twist on the traditional dish as well as a delicious ramen/tsukkemen spot that I still think about today). There were two instances that he went above and beyond: 1) He overheard one of the guests talking to a family member over the phone about her birthday that day and he provided a cake for all of us to celebrate with her over dinner. 2) I unfortunately forgot my glasses when we were leaving Tokyo and he eventually found and shipped them to me at no cost to myself. All in all, despite Tak being a strict on a few things that wouldn't seem to be a big deal (as mentioned in other reviews), the accommodations are great if you're looking for a place to sleep as well as a few recommendations about good food and things to do/see.

So I know I have read some other reviews that were mostly positive, but times have changed with this hostel. Let me walk everyone through this mess. We were let in by two gentleman whom impersonated themselves as workers...keep in mind the host did not come in until around 11am and as first time visitors in Japan, we (me and my two other friends) had no idea what was going on. The "workers" told us to put our stuff on the bed and it was no problem at all. Then after coming back for our actual check in time the host shows up. The host immediately looks terrified and runs upstairs to yell at the two gentlemen we later found out were guests. The guests were presumably kicked out and we thought all was solved...until the host prepares to harshly lecture me and my friends and placing the blame on us! He blamed the suitcases on the bed, us being let in before check in, and everything else on us as well. I tried to explain to the host that we were sorry and given that we are used to placing suitcases on our beds in our home country, that we apologise if we came off as culturally insensitive and I tried to thank him for correcting our mistakes. He got mad when I thanked him and took it as criticism! When everyone calmed down we went to formally check in. When we explained to our host that we were foreign exchange students visiting form another country, he thought our dorm addresses were fake! After this we all decided to spend the whole day in Tokyo to avoid the host. The host said he would leave at midnight to go home. And we came back at a little past midnight and he was waiting for us. He apologised to one of my friends for his previous behaviour...but five minutes later when we were trying to pack and adjust after a long day, he came into the hostel dorm and yelled at us to be quiet (when we were just organising our stuff). Another thing I want to point out is that the hostel common area did have some cool nostalgic decor, but the kitchen was dingy and beer cans and other trash were littered on the kitchen floor. The host tried to cover this up with no avail. And keep in mind we were as polite as possible and did not drink or smoke or do anything bad. Our host should have been more understanding of the situation and looking back, I wish I could have taken our things and find somewhere else to say. I am never coming back here. I would honestly take my money and just rent a caupsle hotel in central Tokyo. Avoid this host and hostel at all costs!

wonderful 7 nights at Yawp and MR nice guy "TAK" the owner. He was help me everything plan to travel in Tokyo , learn Japaneses couture and He made my son birthday party . It was amazing !!!! I can't forget him and i will stay with him again . Yawp is not so far from Ueno or Nippori about 10 mins . And very close to Narita airport used Keisei line very easy. Yawp is very clean. bathroom (male/female) very comfortable bed. love the kitchen. Yawp has food all day. yummy milk , juice and a lot of jams. The first chose for the hostel in Tokyo. " Yawp is not a hostel it our home "

Such a great place to stay!.. Although is far away from central Tokyo, the metro station is less than 10 minutes walking distance, super convenient if you are coming from Narita airport. Tak is super friendly, knows a lot about everything so we could ask him anything and he was always there to help. He also took us to a BBQ place and for a karaoke night which was a lot of fun.. The area is very quiet, very local. There is a very nice temple close by. The hostel is super clean, only one shower but that was never a problem to us, beds are very comfortable and each capsule has a power socket which is great. All guests were very respectful (apart for some girls coming back from a night out letting everyone know how drunk they were haha) so the ambience is excellent and we got to meet great people. Totally recommend this place and for sure would stay again if back to Tokyo.

Such a great hostel to begin my trip around Japan. Conveniently a short walk from the airport subway line. The check in (11am) and check out (11pm) times are awesome, for everyone who is flying in. A quick walk to a local temple and restaurants. The amazing Tak is a great host and makes everyone feel welcome. His great knowledge of the Tokyo attractions makes it very easy to ensure that you get the best out of your stay. Breakfast and snacks are provided and Tak sometimes took us to a few of his favourite local restaurants and karaoke bar. Due to the limited beds, it provides a great opportunity to meet other travellers and feel comfortable and safe in your capsule bed. The one shower was not an issue, during my stay. Would highly recommend staying at the yawp hostel if visiting tokyo. :)

Everything was great! Close to metro and airport. Free breakfast. Clean powerful shower, with free stuff to use. There was only one shower for the whole hostel, but this wasn't an issue for us. Good quality bed and bedding, blinds, light and sockets by each bed. Nice common area with games ect. Tak was always around to answer questions. But was a little strict about a few silly minor issues.

This was my third experience in a Japanese hostel and i'm sure that YAWP is the best hostel which i stayed in Japan. Tak (The host) is friendly, care about the travelers and he tried his best to let every traveler enjoy their stay in YAWP. Tak can speak English well and willing to help everyone. You can talk with him with any topics and exchange the travel experience with him. Tak is awesome and an amazing host which i have ever seen. About the hostel, just 3mins walk from Keisei-Takasago Station. The common area is comfortable and a great place to meet other travelers, the bed is very comfortable and every bed have individual wall socket. About the share bathroom, it is really clean and many amenities that you can use for free. I highly recommend you to choose YAWP if you will stay in Tokyo, I hope that one day i will return to YAWP and chat & drink with Tak again.

A great little hostel in a quiet Japanese neighbourhood (but conveniently located on the airport subway line). Tak the owner is very hospitable, taking a bunch of people out for dinner and karaoke, offering free Sake and other goodies to eat and enjoy. Not the closest location for the main Tokyo sights but for the price, the quiet and the hospitality it's well worth it. Will certainly be recommending to friends, and am myself looking forward to returning again for some Sake and karaoke with Tak.

8-26-1 Takasago Katsushika-ku Tokyo

Hotel highlights

  • Free continental breakfast
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Laundry facilities

Located in Katsushika, YAWP! backpackers - Hostel is within a 10-minute drive of popular attractions such as Tokyo Bay and Kaminarimon. This 12-room hostel welcomes guests with in-room amenities like refrigerators, microwaves, and electric kettles.


Free continental breakfast is offered each morning.


Guests can expect to find free WiFi. Other standard amenities include a refrigerator, a microwave, and an electric kettle. Bathrooms are shared.

Property features

YAWP! backpackers - Hostel features free WiFi in public areas, a terrace, and laundry facilities. Staff members are on hand to provide luggage storage and a safe deposit box at the front desk.

Room options

3 beds out of 12, shared with other guests

Twin 1 | Sleeps 3

1 bed out of 12, shared with other guests

Twin 1 | Sleeps 1

Reviews from Trip Advisor

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Total of 17 reviews

*Price based on the lowest price found within past 24 hours and based upon one night stay for two adults over the next thirty days. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.