cup of tea takes its name from Japanese inherent culture along with our wish that guests enjoy their stay with our full hospitality.
The hostel offers guests the chance to see and experience real-life Japan.
There is the chance to mingle with other travelers as well as the local community and participate in the activities seeing local life first hand. After a full day of sightseeing and new experiences, weary travelers can enjoy a long soak in a traditional Japanese bath house to replenish their bodies and then retire to a comfortable bed. This hostel is a convenient base for traveling around Takayama, allowing easy access to the beautiful serene scenery of the countryside in Japan.



cup of tea offers privacy-concious dormitory rooms(mixed & female only) and private rooms in traditional Japanese style.



Takayama is a beautifully preserved Japanese town that offers a unique range of activities within the picturesque mountainous Hida region. Relaxing walks in a quaint town offers the chance to experience true peace


One of the main features of staying at cup of tea is the proximity to Spa House Yutopia. Travelers will have the opportunity to experience a centuries-old Japanese custom; relaxing and prolonging in their lives by unwinding in a traditional sento(detail) 



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The pod-style beds offer absolute privacy to enjoy a deep sleep in a secluded but spacious room.

– reading light
– outlet
– security box
– mirror
– hanger

tatami room

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Available for both families and couples, these traditional tatami floored rooms offer a nice view of the Japanese garden.

– Japanese Futon (max. 3)
– outlet
– mirror – closet

common space

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The hostel has three lounges available for guests to sit and relax. The spacious dining hall offers the chance to interact with other guests and enjoy enlightening conversation, all the while taking in the beautiful view of the Japanese garden. In the women-only lounge, situated on the second floor, female travelers can enjoy comfortable surroundings and good conversation with other female travelers.

facility & service
– complimentary coffee, tea, green tea
– microwave & toaster
– kitchen

other facility


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cup of tea is conveniently located between JR Takayama station and major sightseeing spots in Takayama. Feel free to drop off your luggage and start your sightseeing journey straight away.
→for the direction from Takayama Station, click here 

8mins. to JR Takayama Sta.
2mins. to Takayama Jinya(Historical Government House)
3mins. to Old Town District

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[When is check-in & check-out? Are late check-ins & early check-outs possible?]
Check-in time is from 3pm to 9pm. If you are going to check-in late, please contact us in advance of your arrival.
If you need to check-out before our reception opens at 8am, please inform us at the time of check-in or as soon as you know.

[Can I leave luggage at the hostel before check-in or after check-out?]
Of course you can. You are most welcome to drop your luggage off at any time before check-in or after you check-out. We want your time at cup of tea to be as convenient as possible.

[Are there private toilets/showers available?]
All toilets and shower rooms are shared with other guests. Spa House Yutopia (a sento or local bath house) is across the road from the hostel.
Guests will have the opportunity to experience a centuries-old Japanese custom; relaxing and unwinding in a traditional sento. It is said that this is how Japanese have been able to prolong their lives.

[What is a SENTO? How can I take the bath there?]
A SENTO is a communal bath house where guests can replenish their bodies after a long day of sightseeing. It is also an inexpensive leisure spot for foreign tourists to see the daily lives of local residents.
Our guests can get exclusive prices for a SENTO visit, we offer a visitor-package (shampoo, body soap, bath towel and small towel). ENJOY YOUR SENTO EXPERIENCE!!
Don’t know what to expect at a SENTO? Click here to watch short movie for the instruction!

[Is parking available?]
Our guests can park for free at Spa House Yutopia located opposite the hostel with some conditions. Please ask our staff for the information.

[Do you provide breakfast?]
We do not serve breakfast but instead, we recommend our guests to eat at the morning market near by, 1-2minutes

[Where do you recommend guests to dine?]
We are surrounded by a variety of restaurants. Please ask our staff, they will suggest the best restaurant to suit your palate!

[Where should I go sightseeing in Takayama?]
There is so much to see in Takayama, please ask the staff to get suggestions of where to visit. They can advise you depending on what you want to see and how far you want to go. It is our pleasure to make sure your stay is pleasurable.