Where to stay in Tokyo

In: Japan|Tokyo

11 Nov 2010

Tokyo is supposed to be one of the most expensive cities in the world. Planning for an itinerary should always include budget considerations.  Looking at the allotted budget for our trip, it surpasses all our previous trips. I’ll cover the basic costs including what to expect for your stay in hotels, food, transportation, entrances, etc.

Hotels in Japan are expensive. Typical room sizes are considered smaller than your average hotel rooms unless you stay at 20,000 Yen per night hotel category. What you get is a bed and just space to move around. You may not even have enough space to unpack all your luggage content. Tokyoites seem to have a penchant for small spaces. Also, instead of paying a room on a nightly basis, you are charged on a per head basis. 3 star to 4 star hotels would usually charge about 8,000 to 12,000 Yen per head. That means for 2 people, you pay at least 16,000 Yen. Most online hotel websites are listed in Japanese and you can not reserve for rooms more than 3 months in advance. A lot of this is true even for 5 star hotels but they usually have a English site available. You may need to consider that hotels would charge a child a full adult fee if she/he is 7 or above that. So a 2 adult, 1 child setting that you were expecting would translate to 3 full paying adults.

You have other options for accommodation including a stay at  traditional Japanese inns called “Ryokans” (Wikipedia) where you sleep in a house sleep whose wall are divided by thin bamboo/paper sliding doors and you get to sleep in a Tatami Mats (Wikipedia) that you usually see in movies. You also have a common bathing station and get to be served typical Japanese breakfast by the hosts. These Ryokans usually charge higher than a hotel but you may be able to find good rates if you try hard looking for one which charges cheaper.

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