"TYPES OF ACCOMMODATION AVAILABLE" Tokyo Hotel Tip by kiwigal_1
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Japan has many hotels all over the country. For an excellent website to help locate a hotel where you'll be travelling check out the link below.
If you will be a long term visitor to Japan and are looking for more tangible accomodation information then I suggest you take a look at this website: http://www.gaijinpot.com/e/housing.php
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Hotels in Japan are usually 3 or 4 stars and cost between 8000 yen and 20,000 yen per night (average). There are places that are slightly cheaper (6000 yen for business hotels) and of course 5 star hotels that are more expensive. Discount packages are often offered by the various hotels (especially in large cities like Tokyo and Osaka) so it is worth looking at the hotel's website or a discount accomodation website like http://www.travelocity.com which I used to book a heavily discounted room in Tokyo over new year.
Ryokan are Japanese style hotels. Ryokan are usually more expensive than hotels and are often found in resort areas. The rooms are tatami style with futons for sleeping. Package deals are often available including onsen bath and breakfast. A night here will usually start at around 10,000 yen.
Minshuku are small family hotels. They are quite cheap (3000-6000 yen per night) but can be difficult to find. I stayed at Minshuku mostly on Shikoku where I went to the local Tourist Information Centre at the train station and asked them to help me find cheap accomodation for the night. They would ring around and see what was available. Not all TIC's will do this for you, Shikoku was especially friendly!
Minshuku are usually Japanese style rooms with a futon and often have a communal bath.
Directions: Photo: http://www.japanhotel.net/hotels/tokyo/shinjuku_washington.htm
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