Types of Accommodations For Travelers to Japan by Sammy Ho
The accommodation cost in Japan
is very expensive. Self-service travelers may find that Japan has the highest
accommodation charges in the world. In addition to the language problems,
it would be quite difficult for many travelers to travel in Japan. This
article introduces six types of accommodations available in Japan which
gives travelers a more in-depth understanding on Japan's accommodation
|There are totally about
80,000 accommodation facilities for travelers in Japan which could be classified
as Japanese style and western style. Most of the low price accommodation
will not provide private toilet and bathroom and you would have to share
publicly. Most of the owners do not know English. In general, the check
in time would be around 15:00-16:00, and the check out time is 10:00.
There are about 400 Youth
Hostels in Japan, and most of them are privately owned. Residents must
be the member of the Youth Hostel or otherwise they have to pay a higher
charge. In general, the accommodation cost would be around JPY 3,000 to
3,500 per night depending on the location and facilities. Most of the Youth
Hostels provide breakfast and dinner with separate charges since the room
has no kitchen facilities. It is suggested to contact your local Youth
Hostel Association and book the Youth Hostel in Japan in advance.
Otherwise, you have to pay
a higher charge for on-site booking, and remember you have to bring your
photo to become a member.
Minshuku (Living with
Minshuku is a family style
accommodation, and it has higher charges compared to Youth Hostels, at
around JPY 4,000-6,000 per night including breakfast and dinner. Most of
the Minshuku have around 10-20 living units, and most of them are located
at resort areas or small town.
|Many of the Minshuku are
franchised with a unique logo but it is quite difficult to locate if you
do not know Japanese. Therefore, if you want to find a better priced one,
it is better to find a friend who speaks Japanese to book the room for
Ryokan (Japanese Style
Ryokan has a better facility
than Minshuku with a slightly higher charge. It is usually located around
the railway station in towns but most of the staff would not know English.
Accommodation cost would be around JPY 3,000 to 5,000 not including meals.
You may contact an organization called "Japanese Inn Group" which provided
English information about its franchised Ryokan.
Capsule Hotel is the same
as its name; the room is just like a capsule or a box with 3 meter long
and 1 meter high, providing TV, small safe and a small desk. Your luggage
has to be kept in the storeroom separately. Most of the Capsule Hotels
are for males only, but they are now starting to accept female guests.
Capsule Hotels are usually located at the big city downtown with room charges
at around JPY 3,000 to 4,000. You have to consider whether you could cater
yourself in such a compact area before you make the reservation.
There are many Business Hotels
for local travelling businessmen. The hotel room is quite compact but with
private bathroom facilities. The room charge is ranging from JPY 6,000
to 7,000. Most of the Business Hotels are located downtown, near the railway
station or subway station and you may find their pamphlets at the railway
Western Style Hotel
Western Style Hotels are
located at the downtown of all major cities with room rates starting at
JPY 6,000 not included meals.