The YHA in Owaka was a very interesting experience. It is an old hospital that was closed down due to a population decline in the area and the hostel owner has kept a few of the hospital props, so when we arrived to a deserted hostel we were quite creeped out. However, the owner was very friendly and his dog very cute and well behaved. The communal areas were very big and comfortable. We even had an impromptu jam of a German man playing the organ and two Korean men whipping out their violins to some classical music. It was an experience like nothing I've seen in a hostel before.
The owner was nice enough to give us our own room because they were very quiet (which to our annoyance, most hostels don't do) and he helped us with any requests we had!
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