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Japan Accommodation

Cheap Accommodation Japan

Japan may not be one of the most budget friendly countries to travel through, however good, cheap accommodation does exist. There are plenty of youth hostels dotted throughout Japan that acquit themselves exceptionally well when competing with China hostels and South Korea hostels to provide the best in quality East Asian backpacker accommodation.

Minshuku also fall into the "cheap accommodation in Japan" category and for an incredibly "cosy" and cheap sleep in Japan's major cities, capsule hotels provide an interesting option.

Youth Hostels

Sakura Hostel Asakusa, Tokyo

There are over 320 youth hostels in Japan, from Hokkaido to Okinawa. They do not differ a great deal from international hostels, however breakfast and bathrooms may be Japanese style.

Rates are usually somewhere between JPY 2,500 and JPY 3,500. Membership is required to stay at all hostels in Japan which can be bought upon arrival at your first hostel in Japan if you don’t already have one.

Japanese Youth Hostels are safe, friendly and clean and are used to accommodating international travellers. For a more memorable experience try an accommodation option in some of the more scenic areas of Japan.

Japan Hostels commonly apply a pre-midnight curfew, so if you are looking to have a big night out, maybe a business hotel or even a capsule hotel is a better option.

Youth Hostels are a very cheap accommodation choice and allow for travellers on a tight budget to get more out of their "travel dollar".

Capsule Hotels

Capsule Inn Akihabara, Tokyo

The Capsule hotel was conceived in the 1970's and predominantly built throughout the 1970's and 80's to accommodate the hardworking Japanese of the time.

They are incredibly cheap, often under JPY 2000, but as with most things in life, you get what you pay for.  While capsule hotels are clean, sometimes with morning coffee and an internet connection available, guests are literally provided with a "capsule" just big enough to fit a bed.

The capsules are usually lined up in rows and have only a curtain for a door. Inside, the "rooms" may have a small TV and alarm clock built in. They are for necessity only, not for comfort, so don't expect a great night's sleep.

Capsule hotels are certainly an interesting experience even if only done once.