Bar area at The Life Hostel
Fukuoka, Kyushu, Staying

Review: The Life Hostel, Fukuoka

This is a hostel recommendation of The Life Hostel in Fukuoka and reflects my personal opinion about the facility. In March 2018 I went on an 8 day trip to Kyushu. I decided to have a base in Fukuoka and make day trips from there. Since I was traveling on a budget I booked a single hostel for the entire trip to save some money.

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The Life Hostel wasn’t the cheapest choice at $25/€20 per night, but the nice appearance and convenient location lured me in. Additionally I had heard a positive mention of the hostel on a Japanese themed youtube channel, so I felt pretty confident that it was a good choice. By the way, if you are interested in traveling in Japan on a budget then you’ll like my post about visiting Japan on a low budget.

The Life Hostel in Fukuoka
The Life Hostel in Fukuoka

The facilities of The Life Hostel

The Life functions both as a hostel and a bar/cafe. It has a really unique and rough industrial style to it which I really liked. The rooms are located on the first floor, and both 18 and 10 person dorm rooms are available. I think they even offer private rooms as well.

I stayed in a 10 person dorm room, which was perfectly fine. There was almost no noise, the rooms and beds were perfectly clean and the shared shower and toilet facilities were always clean and proper – which is really not a given for a hostel. There were even washers, dryers and a nice little kitchen where you can hang out or prepare some simple food. The bunk beds all had a wall covering one half and a curtain for the other half so I really had a sense of privacy when I crawled into my bed. The beds in my room even had a little shelf, a light and a power outlet each. Super convenient!

Dorm room at The Life Hostel
Dorm room at The Life Hostel

Location of The Life Hostel

The location of the hotel is really convenient too. There is a little walk to/from Hakata Station, but nothing you can’t handle if you are used to traveling with a backpack. If you travel with a  suitcase you might want to get on the subway instead to shorten the walk a bit. The hostel is walking distance from Nakasu island and Kawabata Shopping Arcade. From there you can take the metro to other parts of the city. The hostel is located right next to a Family Mart convenience store, a Mos Burger and Canal City – a huge shopping mall with an impressive choice of restaurants and even a star bucks.

Location of The Life Hostel
Location of The Life Hostel

I really recommend this hostel if you are planning to stay in Fukuoka. I was super happy with the quality, service and possibilities for socializing.


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Getting there

By foot: From Hakata station it’s a 10 minute (1km / 0.6mi) walk to The Life Hostel.

By subway: From Gionmachi Subway Station it’s a 6 minute (500m / 0.3mi) walk to The Life Hostel.

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