This is quite a quirky, but definitely not unpleasant, place to stay in the centre of Naha. Efforts have clearly been made to brighten up an otherwise dull place with lots of potted plants so that it looks a bit like an indoor jungle. The staff are very friendly and accommodated all of our needs. There is a large common area with TV, microwave and hot water urn (if you wish to self-cater to an extent). My only criticism of the common area was that (it being Japan) there were many smokers who frequently sat in the common room smoking away. Our double room was particularly large (especially by Japanese standards), but was quite hot (air con is not included in the price), which meant that we often left our door open to let in a cool breeze (the small corner window was insufficient) - this allowed all the cigarette smoke to waft into our room.
The bed was probably the hardest I have ever slept on, and required me to make a make-shift mattress out of all the available cushions (thankfully there were many). The shared toilets were clean - but note that there were only two cubicles for what is a large-ish hostel. We were there in the off season, but I can see that it might be a problem if the hostel were fully booked. The showers are on the roof, and again there are only two for men and another two allocated for women. They were cleaned daily and shampoo and soap were also provided.
The hostel is located in a shopping arcade and is quite a safe and central part of town. It's quite touristy but if you wander far enough, you can find more local (and cheaper) places to eat. Overall, I enjoyed my time here but I'm not sure if I would return.
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