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.


All check-ins will be done in the front office.

Please make sure to check in between 9:00 ~ 24:00,

Our front office opens at 9:00 ~ 22:00.

In case if you will arrive between 22:00 to 24:00,

you can check in at the landing space at the 5th and 4th floor on the building called Hayashi Kaikan.

Your reservation would be cancelled if we do not receive any notice by 24:00.


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.

About rental amenities

We rent out the following goods as amenities at the front office.

An Iron / Alarm Clock / Power transformer

*Rental amenities are limited in number so there may be a case we run out of goods.

The types and capacities may be limited, so it may be best to bring your own goods.

About amenities for sale

We sell following amenity goods at te front office.

Towel / Shampoo&Linse / Toothbrush / Razor

Wi-fi and Internet

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

We offer both free wi-fi and wired LAN network connection at the front office.

Also, we have PCs at the front office for charge. Please share them with others as they are limited in number.

About bicycle rentals (paid)

We have bicycles available for rent at the front office. Please let the staff know if you'd like to use them.

Please also note that bicycles are limited in number and will be leased on first-come basis.

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!

About the front office

Communication Space

This space is used for meetups, English schools, movie showcase, etc. etc. It's all up to your idea!

For details about our events, please view here
Café & Bar

Coffee, beer

【Regular events】
English School
(Every Wednesday/500JPY attendance fee)

We hold English class on every Wednesday at the front of hostel.

If you're new to English language, or just want to drop by to have international experience, feel free to drop by!
Please check Twitter account @hostel500.

【Regular events】
Monthly Party !!
(4th Saturday every month from 16:00~

If you're a traveler staying at hostel, or a regular guest, or local resident, or on business trip alone, or just moved to Yokohama, or just broken up with your lover and feel a bit lonely and don't want to spend your birthday alone, or just want to hang out, join us!! You'll be sure to find new friends here.

【Regular events】
Movie Night

We hold the movie night at front office 2nd Saturday every month.

We want to recommend us your favorite movies.