Practical information : Accomodation Tokyo
Budget & Tips
You can stay in Kansai from ¥3,000 or ¥4,000 in dormitories or simple tatami rooms. All hotels accept credit cards, but this is not necessarily the case for ryokan or small inns, even if its use tends to be widespread. Remember to go directly to the hotels' websites for possible discount coupons and good deals.
To be booked
The Japanese have two major holiday periods during which hotels are taken by storm. You have to book well in advance and expect higher prices.
The Golden Week runs from April 28 to about May 5. It is a week during which several holidays follow one another. The Japanese then make the bridge
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 to a room, the price of a ryokan can be cheaper than that of a hotel for groups or families.
For food lovers
Hotels offer two types of breakfast: Western and Japanese. The ryokan rarely have the western option, but it is common for them to offer half board. The latter option is recommended, especially if you are staying in a ryokan in a spa or small town where dinner options are limited.