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Here is an excerpt on How to find a hotel in Japan:
So your options are as such:
- Friends homes: I had host families and made lots of friends over the years. (Not everyone has a spare room, or as open to share their home… just a heads up)
- Hostels: are good but still a little unsafe. (Your stuff can still get stolen!)
- Ryokan (旅館): Japanese style hotels are expensive but super nice! You get to wear the yukatas and eat japanese billion course meal ^_^
- Minshuku (民宿): Japanese style bed and breakfast. Usually owned by families. Food is usually mediocre and AC is limited.
- Hotels: I stayed at Daichi in Kichijoji, nice but expensive. Loved the brunch buffet!
Warning: Do not book a hotel near the airport. Narita is 2 hours away from Tokyo and it is not a cheap train ride!
There are Japanese websites that aggregate hotel rates, but alas, they are in Japanese…and chances are, if you reading this post, you cannot read Japanese. However, I do have a solution!
I love sites like these, I mean I like saving money…but my time is also worth something as well. So you’ll know you’ll get a good deal if you use one of these sites:
- Hotelscombined.com : It’s searches a over 30 hotel booking website, so it’s a pretty good resource.
- Booking.com: Similar…If you select the hotel, it will tell you which rooms they have available those days.
* Comfortable shoes
* Dufflebag (you are gonna have tons of stuff to bring home^_^)
* Simple phrasebook
* Medicine (Ibuprofen, stomach medicine)
* CASH (The country mostly operates in cash on a day to day basis; credit cards are only for large purchases)