Practical information : Accomodation Japan
Budget & Tips
Accommodation in Japan can be found from ¥3,000 or ¥4,000 in dormitories or in single rooms with tatami mats. All hotels accept credit cards, but this is not necessarily the case for ryokan or small inns, even if its use tends to be generalized. Think of going directly to the websites of the hotels for possible coupons and good deals.
To be booked
The Japanese have two major holiday periods during which hotels are crowded. You should book well in advance and expect higher prices.
Golden Weekruns from April 28 to about May 5. It is a week during which several holidays follow one another. The Japanese take a break during this time.
The Obon festival between August 13 and 15 opens another high season period that lasts a fortnight
What's very localGuesthouses in Japan, like ryokan, can easily accommodate odd numbers of people. Since you only need to add a futon in a room, the price of a ryokan can be cheaper than a hotel for groups or families.
For food lovers
Hotels offer two types of breakfast: Western and Japanese. Ryokan rarely have the western option, but it is common for them to offer half board. We recommend the latter, especially if you are staying in a ryokan in a spa or small town where dining options are limited.