Well, that Part 3 was a rough one! It’s a bit of a challenge to write about places to see in a country I’ve never been to, but I think I did okay! I’m excited to finally get there and add some unexpected activities that not everyone may know about, and maybe some I’ll keep a secret.
Anyhow, on to Part 4, where to stay. Hopefully not in a van, under a bridge, down by the river. . . . Man, Chris Farley was a funny dude!
Top 5 Most Popular Accommodations in Japan
- Western Style Hotel or Business Hotel
Obviously, these are the hotels that just about everyone is accustomed to throughout the world. Although, from what I have seen, the ones in Japan can be much smaller, but still with similar amenities, like a TV, refrigerator and western style bathroom. If you’re stayin in one city for a while, and don’t want to haul your belongings around, this would probably be your best choice.
- Ryokan and Minshuku
The Ryokan is a Japanese style inn, usually found in the smaller cities and towns. A minshuku is more like a western style bed and breakfast. Both can be found for a decent price.
- Hostels and Dormitories
If you miss your bunk bed you had as a kid, or wondered what summer camp is like, then a hostel is just for you! Seriously though, if you’re more of a backpacker, traveling solo, these are for you. Especially if all you need is a place to sleep for the night before moving on to your next adventure. You’ll also be sharing a bathroom and other areas with other travelers.
- Capsule Hotel
Somewhat similar to a hostel, a capsule hotel is full of sleeping pods, generally used by businessmen who either missed the last train home,or had too much to drink, or both. . . .so I’ve heard. And like a hostel, you’re usually sharing a bathroom and shower area, but from what I have seen, there are quite a few that are private, just not attached to your pod. If you’re solo and just need a place for the night, or even just a few hours for a nap, this would work for you.
- Overnight Buses and Trains
For the nights you’ll be moving between cities that might be a long distance apart, this looks to be your best option. This way, you can take care of two things at once, getting some sleep, and moving to a new location. This will also save you money two fold since a bus is cheap, and you won’t be paying for a night in a hotel room.
What Japanese Accommodation Did I Choose?
So, now that we have established the majority of what is available, let me tell you what I decided on.
In Tokyo, when I arrive, it will be near 9:00pm, and I believe my ride to Shinjuku will be another hour. So, for my first few nights I’ll most likely stay in a capsule hotel. 9 Hours is a chain of capsule hotels in Japan, and there is a location a few minutes north of Shinjuku Station. Current price is around $40.00US per night.
For the three nights I’ll spend in Osaka, I decided on a hotel. I may stay in a hotel for the rest of my trip, just in different cities. And since I’ll have a JRail Pass, I’ll be taking the Shinkansen between cities, so I won’t be experiencing an overnight bus this trip. My hotel here is about $55.00US per night.
Again, my stay will most likely be in a hotel. I’m planning on two nights here. I found one near the train station, so getting around should be pretty easy.
My original plan here was to stay in a hotel, but I may opt for a Ryokan. I’ll be here three nights, and seems like the perfect place to experience a ryokan since I won’t be venturing in to a smaller town in a rural area. I want to stay in one this trip, but it depends on my budget. And something like this will most likely be booked solid if I can’t act soon.
Back in Tokyo for three more nights before I head home, I’m looking to stay somewhere on the eastern side of the city, like Ginza or near Akihabara. Although, I understand budget friendly hotels a rare in the area.
For a full list of accommodation types, with a little more detail, check here.
That’s a Wrap!
Well, I hope you enjoyed Part 4 and found some of my research helpful. We’re getting down to the final part in the series where I’ll find out how I’ll be getting around Japan. Maybe that van by the river is an option, haha!
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Until next time, enjoy YOUR journey to find paradise!