We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

“continuation of bedbug story”

Best prices for -
Check In mm/dd/yyyy Check Out mm/dd/yyyy
Prices are for 1 room, 2 adults
Show Prices
Compare best prices from top travel sites
and 8 more sites!
Shiretoko Iwaobetsu Youth Hostel
singapore
Level Contributor
20 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“continuation of bedbug story”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 19, 2008

if u intend to stay in this hostel, please bring your sleeping bags and sleep on the floor instead of the beds as the japanese bedbugs are really vicious! I have stayed in many hostels before in europe and the UK but never had I experienced this standard of hygiene. THe bed bug bites all over my body had became so inflammed and infected that I developed cellulitis, discharging pus and fever and had to be warded in hospital on returning to my homeland for intravenous antibiotics. My dermatologist has concluded it to be due to bed bug bites due to the typical nature of the spots being grouped in threes, in the common saying "breakfast, lunch and dinner". Pls refer to the picture i have attached. Otherwise, the food and service in this hostel was good.

  • Liked — food and service. cosy atmosphere. meeting other travellers
  • Disliked — bed bugs and cockroaches
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Check in / front desk
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
6 Thank mishbag
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

22 reviews from our community

Traveler rating
    4
    7
    4
    5
    2
See reviews for
3
2
11
Business
0
Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Japanese first
  • Any
English first
Australia
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 15, 2008

I had a wonderful time exploring the 'last wilderness of Japan' in Shiretoko National Park with my partner and spent one night in this youth hostel. The staff were friendly and spoke excellent English which made communication a breeze. Dinner was a wonderful affair with fried hokke (local delicacy which tastes divine) and a crab+salmon roe set meal! Lots of deliciousness for a really cheap price.

However, things started to sour after dinner. The toilet was a 'compost toilet' which meant that your waste would be channeled into a large septic tank and reused as fertilizer. This sounds like a good ecological idea but that did not lessen the horrid smell of fermenting human waste. Also, if you dropped any item down the toilet, it would be gone forever. I don't think anyone would want their earrings or whatever back after where it has been.

The toilet was a typical Japanese public bath where there were side showers and a main soaking pool. However, there was no way of controlling the water temperature at the showers and you needed to turn the other faucets on to lower the water temperature from 'boiling' to 'burning'! The water in the soaking pool was too hot to dip into and so I could only take a quick scalding shower and escape back to my room.

The dorm was quite nice and comfortable for a youth hostel and we managed to get a private room with 4 available bunk beds. We decided to sleep near the door as the generator was running near the window and billowing fumes everywhere. We met our first cockroach of our Japan trip and during the night, my partner kept tossing and turning because she was getting bitten by something.

The next day morning, we counted a total of 30 red swollen bedbug bites all over her body which were so itchy she had problems sleeping for the next 3 days. Breakfast was nice and simple but overall the night's experience just didn't make this stay a pleasant one.

I understand that for a low price I shouldn't expect too much but sometimes basic sanitary practices need to be observed. I hope this feedback helps the staff understand what they need to do to improve things and make other people's experience even more positive.

  • Liked — Staff were friendly and food was good
  • Disliked — Bed sanitation
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Check in / front desk
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
    • Business service (e.g., internet access)
Helpful?
3 Thank frankfly1200
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers are raving about these Shari-cho hotels

Hotels you might also like...
Also consider these accommodations in or near Shari-cho
Utoro Onsen
Shiretoko Grand Hotel Kitakobushi
Iruka Hotel
#5 of 20 in Shari-cho
4.0 of 5 bubbles 74 reviews
Utoro Onsen
Shiretoko Village
Shiretoko Village
#7 of 20 in Shari-cho
4.0 of 5 bubbles 79 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
Utoro Onsen
Kokuminsyukusya Katsurada
Kokuminsyukusya Katsurada
#2 of 4 in Shari-cho
3.5 of 5 bubbles 38 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices

Been to Shiretoko Iwaobetsu Youth Hostel? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Shiretoko Iwaobetsu Youth Hostel

Property: Shiretoko Iwaobetsu Youth Hostel
Address: Iwaobetsu, Onnebetsu-mura, Shari-gun, Shari-cho 099-4356, Hokkaido
Location: Japan > Hokkaido > Shari-gun > Shari-cho
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 4 Specialty lodging in Shari-cho
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:1.5 star — Shiretoko Iwaobetsu Youth Hostel 1.5*
Number of rooms: 21
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Expedia, Booking.com, Hotwire, Hotels.com, Cheap Tickets, Orbitz, Priceline, Agoda, Travelocity and HotelQuickly so you can book your Shiretoko Iwaobetsu Youth Hostel reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
Also Known As:
Shiretoko Iwaobetsu Youth Hostel Shari-Gun, Japan - Hokkaido

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing