The "western-style" hotels are usually a little expensive with the standard rates
, but not more than they are in Italy, but often you can find promotions and offers that make them much more convenient.
The most economically convenient are the business hotels
, called "business" because mostly frequented by people (Japanese) on a business trip.
Rooms are usually quite small (but in Japan the average size of the rooms is low). They are in all cities and many in Tokyo and Osaka.
Another cheap enough option are some very big hotels that you find in larger cities, for which there are some particularly attractive offers if you book in advance and through websites like lastminute
This hotel in fact have several hundred rooms and in no time of year for any reason there is a risk that there will be sold out. So some rooms are sold at very competitive prices by booking well in advance.
For example in Shinjuku (Tokyo) the Washington hotel
or the Sunroute hotel
, big hotels in a very good position (Nishi-Shinjuku) with all the comforts where I slept paying 37 and 48 euros per night
a single and a double room of the Shinjuku Washington hotel
List of Japanese business hotel chains
(Chisun Inn and Mielparque)
Toyoko Inn Hotels
Wing International Hotels
Guided tours, activities and other things to do
If you are planning a trip to Japan and you want to add something special besides the visit of the different monuments and famous places, we suggest you to use the site Govoyagin
. This is a very useful site to enrich your travel experience, especially if you are going solo or it's your first time in Japan and, for language barriers and more, and you will not have many opportunities to interact with the locals and to enjoy something different from the famous places marked in the tourist guides.
What Govoyagin is
Govoyagin is a website where you can find many particular activities all over Japan (and not only in Japan).
You can buy tickets online for some famous attractions, but also book tours and really special experiences with locals ready to guide you and take you to places outside the tourist circuits that you would hardly ever find by yourself. Last but not least, you can reserve a table in hundreds of restaurants.
On Govoyagin you can buy tickets in advance to visit the Tokyo Tower
or the Tokyo Sky Tree
, but also book guided tours of Kyoto temples accompanied by a samurai
, or to go around the streets of Osaka on a go-kart dressed as Super Mario
, or even play videogames against an unbeatable Japanese otaku at his place
Last but not least, if you need to reserve your table in some restaurants, such as the legendary 3-star Michelin
, also in this case you can find this kind of service for sale on Govoyagin.
Take a look at Govoyagin
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