With the Nagano Shinkansen bullet train being so fast and convenient, it may be tempting to come to Nagano just for a daytrip. However, three months ago a guesthouse opened in Nagano City near Zenkoji Temple: 1166 Backpackers. Now visitors to Nagano and the area have an inexpensive option to stay the night and enjoy the city at a more leisurely pace.
Yesterday I paid a visit and met the owner, Iimuro-san. 1166 Backpackers is Nagano City’s first guesthouse. It is conveniently located near Zenkoji’s Daimon gate. Prices are very reasonable, starting at 2,600 yen for a dormitory bed. Half of their guests are from overseas.
Iimuro-san herself has travelled extensively overseas and thus shares an appreciation for travel with her guests. The facilities are rather simple, but after getting a tour of the rooms the greatest impression I was left with was Iimuro-san’s enthusiasm.
In fact, some of the guests enjoy staying at 1166 so much they stay multiple nights and make day trips in to Tokyo for shopping. With the Nagano Shinkansen making the trip in just 1 hour 40 minutes, that is certainly doable.
When you think about it, it’s surprising that before 1166 there were no guesthouses in Nagano City. Thank you, Iimuro-san, for your contribution.