What's YHV?

Make your travel not only cheaper, but socially impacting!

Changes in social environment had caused the vacancy rate of lodgings in the Kotobuki district, once famous for being a city of day laborers, raise into 20%. Yokohoama Hostel Village started out in June 2005 as a social project to renovate simple quarters for day laborers (Doya:ドヤ) into tourist hostel / gusethouse, to

create a new social movement to change the image of town, and create new job opportunities for locals that could impact their life and renovate the local society.

That's why your staying at YHV also means that you're making contributions to regional revitalization. At the time we started this project, the word 'social entrepreneurship' had not even been widely recognized, which made us stand out not only nationally but internationally. As a result, we've hosted many guests from overseas and from universities, which continues till now.

That's the concept behind this 'social renovative' tourist hostel / guest house project, Yokohama Yostel Village.


What's Kotobuki-cho (Kotobuki district)?

Kotobuki-cho, a term referring to approx. 6ha of area around north of Ishikawacho Station, is often referred to as one of the three big Doya-gai (ドヤ街: city of day laborers) in Japan alongside Airin district in Osaka and Sanya district in Ueno, Tokyo. The area begun its history as Doya-gai after 10 years of confiscation by the U.S. at the end of WWII, when many Doyas (simple quarters for day laborers) were constructed.

The area soon became famous for day laborers working in the Yokohama Harbor as dockworkers, and thrived with providing shelter for close to 10,000 laborers. However, alongside the changes in economic structure and aging of laborers, the area gradually transformed into a city of social welfare, where many of used-to-be day laborers live by receiving social welfare protection.

On the other hand, the people in the town preserve what's commonly called shitamachi (old town) -like feel, of open-minded friendliness. Though standing in the midst of large urban area, the city still uphold the shitamachi humaneness with people exchanging friendly greetings in daily conversations.

Who are common YHV users?

Backpackers from around the globe and from Japan, family travelers, conference or event attendees at PACIFICO YOKOHAMA, working holidays, artists, students, attending lives at Yokohama Arena, Baseball fans going to Yokohama Stadium, Football fans going to Nissan Stadium, internships, business trips, etc... We happily host variety of guests.



Yokohama Hostel Village hosts 3 facilities: "Hayashi Kaikan" maily used for short stays, "LB Flat" mainly for long stays, and "ASIA", all centering around the "Front Office".

Front Office
LB Flat
Hayashi Kaikan

Visitors' Guide


Please book online from this website.


Check-in for all rooms will be conducted at the "Front Office".
(You may be asked to use the "automatic check-in system" depending on the situation at the front desk.)

Please check-in during the hours of 15:00~24:00.
Please note that check-in after 24:00 is not available.

The front desk is open from 9:00 to 22:00.
Please ask at the front desk if you can leave your luggage with us.
After 22:00, the check-in location will change to "Hayashi Kaikan", the building across from the front desk.


When you check out, please give us back key at the front desk.
If you want to check out before 9:00, please just drop your key at the room key box.
The room key box is on between 4th and 5th floor.

To the room

After check-in, we will guide you to your guest house.
Let us help you with your luggage!

Room equipments

Please refer to each page for equipments in each room.

Wi-fi and Internet

Please refer to each page about wi-fi in your room.

About other facilities

Since we focus our efforts on low-cost accommodation, we don't serve dining or sell souvenirs. Please use the surrounding shops and restaurants wisely, and enjoy your stay in Yokohama!