Accommodation in Japan

Ryokan Fujioto, Tsumago

We absolutely love this place!  We only managed to book the smallest room in the ryokan but it has an amazing view.  As we had been hiking from Magome, the traditional Japanese bath was a good welcome and helped us relax after a long day.  Everyone in the ryokan is very friendly and helpful. Food here was very delicious and with each dish individually introduced.  We even received a souvenir in the form of a photograph (taken during dinner) to take home with us. I would definitely recommend this place to everyone who wants to stay in Tsumago.

Hostel Ann, Nagoya

This hostel was clean and majority of the staff was friendly.  We took a private room and it was slightly dated.  There was only 1 Japanese and 1 Western toilet, therefore sometimes there’s a queue.  There’s also only 2 showers but there is a manual queue system.  Location was not too bad.  There’s a huge convenient store just opposite the hostel with multiple restaurant options.

Capsule Ryokan, Kyoto

One must try ryokan when visiting Japan however it is rather very expensive.  Capsule Ryokan allow the budget traveller to experience sleeping on tatami at a reasonable cost.  The location is convenient (close to Kyoto station and bus stops with buses to tourist attractions) and there’s lots of nice restaurants around the hotel. This is definitely worth considering when visiting Kyoto.

Ryokan Hirashin, Kyoto

The location of this ryokan is convenient as it is closed to lots of attraction in Kyoto. The room is huge and clean. The only disadvantage is the price. Not sure if it’s worth the price we paid. For 1-2 nights, it’s ok.

Hostel HARUYA Aqua, Kyoto

The place is clean and quiet.  Staff was really friendly too.  However it is quite old and the room is really small.  In addition, we were allocated a room on the top floor with very narrow stairs.  With the communal bathroom and toilet downstairs, it is really not ideal for guest who needs the toilet in the middle of the night.

Airbnb Harajuku, Tokyo

I love this little apartment, just behind the shopping street of Harajuku, Takeshita Street.  It’s also less than 5 mins walk to the Harajuku train station.  Every night we could get supper before we head back to the apartment, so nice.

Airbnb Chuo-Ku, Tokyo

We moved to another Airbnb apartment as it is nearer to other attractions in Tokyo.  There’s nothing spectacular about this place and I wouldn’t say it is that convenient.

Hotel Monterey Ginza, Tokyo

This hotel is in the heart of Ginza shopping district, therefore it is great to walk around all day and still have the option to head back to hotel for a rest. The room was clean and decent size. There’s also convenient store around which is helpful.  The other added advantage about this hotel is the proximity to Tsukiji Market.

Toyoko Inn Tokyo Haneda Kuko No.1

We checked-in to this hotel as it is near to the airport and we need to pick up Dav’s father late one night.  His father joined us for the last week of our holiday.  The hotel is clean with friendly staff. There’s free shuttle to the airport which is very convenient. There’s also a convenient store just opposite the hotel. If you want to get some food, I remember there’s a few restaurant options around the area.

Hotel JAL City Haneda, Tokyo

We stayed in another airport hotel so that we don’t have to commute too far when we send Dav’s father to the airport or wake up too early to catch our flight.  This hotel is alot newer and fresh compared to Toyoko Inn.  They also offer free airport shuttle.

Shinsaibashi Station Airbnb, Osaka

This is the last Airbnb flat we stayed in.  The location was great as we could walk anywhere.  It’s also huge as we rented a 2 bedroom flat.

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