A friend and me stayed at the Kussharogenya Youth Hostel for just one night, which was a very pleasent experience. The hostel is located near Lake Kussharo in the Akan National Park, just one building in the middle of nature. The next small settlements (Masshu and Kotan) are between 10 and 20 minutes by car. Some may therefor be surprised by my 5-star rating for the "Location". This is definitely just the rating for travelers who want to see the amazingly beautiful nature Hokkaido has to offer, not for people who want to visit japanese cities or want to go shopping. For those it would rather be a 0-star location, I guess.
The hostel is quite small, with only seven rooms, but is very beautifully designed and comfortable. It was specifically build for its current purpose about 20 years ago, so everything is still quite new and tidy. The rooms are very large (no shortage in space in Hokkaidos "outback") and comfortable and we were also allowed to use a large four bed room for the price of a normal two bed room since we were the only guests that night; thanks to that we also had the opportunity to talk the staff and hear their interesting stories. The hostel is run by a family plus two additional staff, who were all very friendly and helpful. Especially Dai-san, who said he was originally from Tokyo but moved to Hokkaido in order to be able to spend more time in the nature. After seeing some of the great places Hokkaido has to offer I can definetely understand his feelings! Dai also organized a snowshoeing tour for us, up a small mountain right next to the hostel and the seas in the national park.
The dinner and breakfast were included (it would have been difficult to find a place to eat nearby anyway, I suppose) and very good. Both were typical Japanese style (if you don't like fish for breakfast you should perhaps let them know in advance) and expertly arranged by the family. We even got the chance to taste some delicious home made bread by the son of the family, who is an aspiring baker!
All in all Kussharogenya is a definite recommendation for people who want to see Hokkaidos nature and meet friendly people!
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