Japanese youth hostels are very clean are a cheap option for accommodation in Tokyo. You should book well ahead of time however.
The Japan Youth Hostel Association is the place to start:
If you have a regular hotel in mind the following websites will come in very handy:
Sakura Hotel. Reasonable rates at this hotel near the Tokyo Dome
Japan Hotel Association. Very complete and extensive hotel listings.
Hotel Japan offers hotel listings for Tokyo and other Japanese cities In your search for a hotel in Tokyo you will certainly come across the business hotel. Business hotels are cheaper than regular western-style hotels, and are often conveniently located, but the rooms are small and so may not be suitable for an extended stay.
One very interesting accommodation option if you’re planning a short stay in Tokyo is the Ryokan, or traditional Japanese inn. In Ryokans you normally sleep on futons, and the floors of the room are covered with tatami (or reed) mats, so this, combined with the traditional ambience, will give you a far more authentic experience than a western-style hotel. You will be provided with a traditional Japanese robe to wear (yukata) and your stay will include breakfast and sometimes dinner too. Many Ryokan also have their own onsen (Japanese equivalent to a Turkish bath). To find out more about Ryokans in Tokyo and make a booking click on:
Another option is a Minshiku, which are traditional Japanese hostels. These are very similar to Ryokan but usually a bit more basic, often private homes that have been converted to accommodate visitors. When it comes to accommodation in Japan one important and well-known institution is the Love Hotel. These are easy to spot with their neon lights and coloured facades, and are intended for couples in need of privacy for their amorous pursuits. Bear in mind that if you don’t appear to be a couple, or arrive with loads of luggage, you’re not likely to be allowed a room. Love Hotels are generally cheap but are not suitable for stays of longer than a few nights.
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