To research this article, I visited a hostel in central Takamatsu City, a mere 10-minutes walk from a shopping street said to be Japan’s longest.
It was the first time for me to visit a hostel, so I couldn’t wait to see what might be hidden inside. Though originally a warehouse constructed 50-years ago, the building has now been renovated.
I entered excitingly.
What in the world!?
As I entered, I found that what was waiting for me was not a hostel, but a cafe!
That’s right. As its name suggests, Kinco. hostel + cafe is a hostel that also has a cafe. The guest rooms are on the second floor.
The rooms are divided into bunks, much like a capsule hotel, so in other words it’s more like a dormitory.
Although the space is shared, curtains and partitions ensure guests have some privacy, and there is also a women-only space.
Inside each bed-space there is a small shelf, and as Wifi is also available, it’s possible to stay here for business.
The restrooms and showers are of course separated by gender.
There are lots of nice places around the area to go and eat, but the cafe on the 1st floor is also a great recommendation.
As guests, visitors and locals come and mingle, and chat a little, it’s a great spot to learn more about traveling, and the area in general.
On the menu, there’s delicious coffee from Kobe and even home-baked confectionary.
What really caught my eye was this lemon cake, which contained an abundance of Kagawa lemon. The peel, the pulp, the juice – nothing goes to waste in making this cake, so it’s both sweet and has a delicious and fresh sour flavor as well. Nothing short of a home-run for someone like me who enjoys sour things.
Kinco. hostel+cafe is located right in the center of Takamatsu, so it serves as an excellent base for tourists travelling around the area.
Why not come and stay and see for yourself!
Address: 1-6-6- Hanazono, Takamatsu City, Kagawa Prefecture
Check in: 16:00～22:00
Check out: 8:00～11:00
Accommodation: 3500 yen a night per person
Open: Throughout the year
Parking: Unavailable (Coin parking nearby)
Setouchi Finder Photo-writer: Daisuke Chiba
Daisuke Chiba / Photo-writer I was born in 1985 in Miyoshi City, Tokushima Prefecture, and now live in Tokushima City. After graduating university, I worked at a publishing company as an editor for various mooks, and in April 2014 I went freelance. I work as a photographer, copy-writer and editor, but also do product development and other stuff as well. If anyone needs me, I can do anything! Except, in spite of my being from Tokushima, dancing - I’m really bad at dancing Awa Odori!
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