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提前保留提前保留조기 예약Reserving Early

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Getting hotel reservations in the Tokyo area has become an increasingly challenging task. The number of foreigners traveling to Japan has doubled these past few years alone, so make your reservation early in advance especially during the below events/seasons:

 

① Chinese New Year (End of January〜Mid February (depending on year))

: During this period Greater China and South Korea go into a long break. Chinese New Year was February 8th in 2016.

 

② Cherry Blossom Season (End of March〜Early April)

Crowds of foreigners gather to enjoy cherry blossoms in spring.

 

③ Golden Week (End of April〜Early May)

Japan goes on a 1 week break. Many Japanese travel all over Japan during this period.

 

④ Summer Break (August)

Summer vacation is often taken by Japanese during August, and foreigners too find themselves in Japan.

 

⑤ Christmas/New Years (December 24th〜January 1st)

Spending Christmas and New Year in Tokyo has become a growing trend not only for foreigners but for Japanese too.

 

Aside from the dates mentioned above, the following months are also very popular:

March, April, May, October, and November. These dates coincide with arguably the best seasons: spring and autumn, and therefore difficult to get hotel reservations.

Slow months are: January, February, June, and July. Winter and summer can be considered off-season and easier to get hotel reservations.

位置(住哪裡?)位置(住哪里?)위치 (숙박 할 곳?)Location (Where to Stay?)

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  • Easily Accessible Areas

Tokyo (station area), Shinagawa, Shinjuku, Shibuya, Ueno

 

  • Exciting Areas

Shibuya, Shinjuku, Ginza, Ikebukuro

 

  • Nightlife Areas

Roppongi, Shibuya, Shinjuku

 

  • Cheap Accomodation Areas

Near airports (Narita, Haneda, Kamata), Eastern part of Tokyo (Asakusa, Ueno, Akihabara), and outside the Tokyo metropolitan area.

住宿類型住宿类型숙박의 종류Type of Lodging

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Where to Stay Broken Down into 5 Options

① Hotel (5 Stars luxury, 4 & 3 Stars upper middle class, 2 Stars & Below economy)

The price for each class are the following: 5 Stars: 30,000 yen +, 4-3 Stars: 10,000 yen〜30,000 yen, 2 Stars: 10,000 yen and under.

The size of luxury hotel rooms are 35 m² or larger, while cheaper options tend to be a tighter fit. Average class and Economy are around 20 m² and 12〜7 m² respectively. Think of the budget options more like a fancy dog house.

 

Keep in mind too that double and twin beds are rare in Japanese hotels. And for some reason twin bed rooms are regularly priced double that of a single bed room, so be careful.

 

② Japanese Inn (Ryokan)

Luxury ryokans that exist in Kyoto are practically non-existent in Tokyo. However, there are many reasonably priced lodging options that convey a sense of traditional Japan.

The Ryokans in Tokyo are mainly in the areas of Asakusa, Ueno, and the eastern part of Tokyo. Prices per night range from 3,000 yen to 7,000 yen per person.

 

③ Guest House

Guest houses are not as easy to come by in Japan compared to other countries.

One estimation states there are only 800 guest houses in all of Japan.

In Tokyo, they are mostly found in the same areas as ryokans, namely: Ueno, Asakusa, and the eastern area of Tokyo.

The cost to stay in a dormitory for 1 night is roughly 3,000 yen per person.

 

④AirBnB

From Wikipedia:

Airbnb is a website for people to rent out lodging. It has over 800,000 listings in 33,000 cities and 192 countries.”

Among the 8,000 rooms available for short term rental in Japan, 5,000 of them are in Tokyo.

Room sizes are generally between 20〜30㎡, much larger than cheap hotels.

Costs range from 8,000 yen〜14,000 yen per night for a room/apartment, and if you are staying with more than 2 people, you will definitely get more for your money staying at an apartment than a hotel. And because you can rent other people’s apartments, everything is conveniently stocked, from furniture to appliances.

Users of the site must register and create a personal online profile. Every property is associated with a host whose profile includes recommendations by other users, reviews by previous guests, as well as a response rating and a private messaging system.

 

⑤ Other Interesting Options (Capsule Hotel, Love Hotel, Net Cafe)

Capsule Hotel From Wikipedia:

“A capsule hotel is a type of hotel developed in Japan that features a large number of extremely small “rooms” (capsules) intended to provide cheap, basic overnight accommodation for guests who do not require the services offered by more conventional hotels.

The guest room is a modular plastic or fiberglass block roughly 2 by 1 by 1.25 m (6 ft 7 in by 3 ft 3 in by 4 ft 1 in).”

 

Rooms in a capsule hotel are just what they sound like, a private space designed like a capsule. The “rooms” are often arranged as 2 isolated bunk beds, no room for you to stand up.

You get to experience what it’s like to be a chicken in a chicken farm producing eggs.

But, they are conveniently located around the city, usually at the main districts.

As for cost, 1 night goes for ¥3,000〜¥4,000 yen per person/night. Very cheap.

If you are someone who goes out all day to explore and are accepting to the lack of amenities, then staying in a capsule hotel is recommended.

 

Districts with many capsule hotels: Shinjuku, Ikebukuro, Ueno, Shimbashi areas.

 

Love Hotels:

From Wikipedia:

“A love hotel is a type of short-stay hotel operated primarily for the purpose of allowing couples privacy for sexual activities.

Entrances are discreet; and interaction with staff is minimized. Rooms are often selected from a panel of buttons; and the bill may be settled by pneumatic tube, automatic cash machine, or a pair of hands behind a pane of frosted glass.

Although cheaper hotels are often quite sparse, higher-end hotels may feature fanciful rooms decorated with anime characters; and equipped with rotating beds, ceiling mirrors, karaoke machines,and unusual lighting; or may be styled similarly to dungeons or other fantasy scenes, sometimes including S&M gear.”

 

Staying in one is not so expensive, costing around ¥6,000〜¥10,000 yen per night.

The downside is check-in is around 22:00〜23:00 o’clock and hours before then go for ¥2,000 per hour. Way too expensive if you check-in early!

The reason behind this is love hotels make money by charging other guests short term rental fees during lunch, early evening, and before late night.

 

Generally, rooms are over the top gorgeous and outfitted with all kinds of equipment; so if you go as a couple, you’ll certainly have a heck of a time.

But, DON’T GO ALONE, not only is it weird, but the staff might think “this person may be attempting to commit suicide in the room!” And therefore, not let you rent the room.

 

This type of lodging is only recommended to couples who are willing to check-in very late, and need only 1 night.

 

Love hotels exist in pretty much every district in Tokyo, mostly clustered in Shibuya, Shinjuku, and Ikebukuro areas, however.

 

Net Cafe:

From Wikipedia:

“An Internet café or cybercafé is a place which provides Internet access to the public, usually for a fee. These businesses usually provide snacks and drinks, hence the café in the name. The fee for using a computer is usually charged as a time-based rate.

In Japan, most chains allow offer customers a variety of seating options, including normal chair, massage chair, couch, and flat mat. Customers are then typically given unlimited free access to soft drinks, manga, magazines, Internet, online video games, and online pornography. Most offer food and shower services for an additional fee.”

 

If you go for the “night time deal” (23:00〜8:00 or 6〜8 hours limit) you will get your own private space, albeit small. Keep in mind, net cafes are not meant to be used as lodging, so there are no beds.

All you have is a reclining chair or chair that flattens.

Cost per person/night: ¥1,200〜¥2,000.

 

If you can handle a late check-in, possibly noisy people around you, and just 1 night, then this option can be recommended.

 

Net Cafes can be found anywhere in Tokyo. Most are conveniently located near the station or downtown areas.
“In fact, many purchase ‘night packs’ and shower/sleep in the cafes, giving rise to a phenomenon known as ‘net cafe refugee’ or ‘net cafe homeless’.”

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