Written by Hilary Keyes
Accommodation Facilities In Japan - MATCHA's Complete Guide
We have compiled a list of articles on accommodation facilities in Japan. From traditional ryokans and guesthouses to hotels and youth hostels, you will most surely find the best accommodation option for you.
Finding the right place to stay on a vacation abroad can be challenging to say the least. You might not know the neighborhood's reputation, don't know how convenient a place is located, whether it will have the kind of services you need... Here at MATCHA we have worked diligently to tout various types of accommodations over the years and now have put together this list with each type separated into its respective categories.
Whether you are looking for a hotel, hostel, guesthouse, ryokan, capsule hotel or even a love hotel, you will most probably find what you need in this list of options for accommodation. This article is also part of an ongoing series which will be constantly updated as new places are visited by our team of intrepid writers.
Accommodation Near Major Stations
In the cities of Japan, the major train stations have accommodation facilities in their proximity. Each of the ones featured here are popular sightseeing destinations.
Asakusa, with its fascinating historical attractions emphasized by the contrast with Tokyo Sky Tree, the latest marvel of contemporary architecture, has a wide variety of interesting places to stay. In this article we listed nine exciting accommodation facilities that you can find in this historical town.
The largest train station in Tokyo serving the highest transit volume in the world, Shinjuku has so many hotels that our writers had to break them down according to which station exit is nearest. At the South Exit, you will find hotels with amazing attractions like this indoor bath at a capsule hotel.
At Shinjuku station's West Exit you will find plenty of luxurious accommodation facilities, including the Washington Hotel, located next to the Tokyo Metropolitan Government building; this hotel has its own restaurant, izakaya, limousine bus service to both Narita and Haneda airports and an underground tunnel that connects you directly to Shinjuku station.
At Shinjuku station's East Exit you will find hotels with great bonus services, such as E-Hotel Higashi-Shinjuku which is well-known for its barrier-free facilities.
Among the many hotels in Shibuya, we recommend these five. If you want to stay in this busy area but want to be able to easily drop off your shopping bags, then you will be more than satisfied by one of these incredibly convenient hotels!
If you are on a budget and want to try a totally unique stay, then head to anyone of these spots. From net cafes to capsule hotels and karaoke boxes, you can try them all in Shibuya for less than 5000 yen/night.
Roppongi is a vibrant business area by day and a wild club and bar center at night. If you want to experience the best of both without having to worry about missing last train, then staying at any one of these conveniently located hotels is our recommendation. If you aren't afraid of heights, why not stay at the Ritz-Carleton, located at the top of Tokyo Midtown, a staggering 200 meters above ground?
Ginza is known for its vintage charm and luxury shopping, so why would its hotels be any different? These five hotels are the most popular in the Ginza area and all have their own unique services - including elegant rooms and multilingual staff.
In Kyoto, one of the most popular types of accommodations is the guesthouse, with many of these being built in remodeled traditional Japanese houses. If you are looking for the best cultural immersion possible, then these are your best choices.
This selection of places to stay in Saitama will help you find convenient accommodation near Tokyo. If you prefer being surrounded by nature and having convenient access to both the metropolis and sightseeing areas like Nikko, then do consider these options.
Hotels in Tokyo
Just like their Western counterparts, these hotels have rooms with TVS, ensuite baths and other amenities on hand 24 hours a day.
If you plan on visiting Tokyo Disney Resort, then staying at the Tokyo Disney Celebration Hotel should be a part of your trip! This gorgeous hotel truly lives up to the Disney name - there's a bit of magic everywhere you look.
Great for families and couples, the Hotel Villa Fontaine Ueno is conveniently located at Shin-Okachimachi station, meaning that from this hotel you can easily reach Ueno, Akihabara, or even hop on the train and travel to Nikko if you wish to get out of the city.
Located right near the famous Ameyoko shopping street, Dormy Inn is a charming hotel with hot spring-like single gender baths, great views and a great Japanese breakfast buffet.
Would you like to stay in an award-winning hotel with the friendly atmosphere of a guesthouse? Then check out Oak Hotel Ueno or Asakusa. They have everything you could need - from rental bicycles to laundry facilities, and lots of trip and restaurant advice on hand.
Sightseeing in the Ueno, Asakusa and Akihabara area takes much longer than a day, so if you would like to focus on that part of Tokyo, then staying at the Candeo Hotels Ueno Park is your best bet. Plus they have an incredible breakfast buffet, with both Western and Japanese dishes to choose from.
With convenient access to Asakusa, Akihabara, Shinjuku and Shibuya, the Ueno Hotel offers an extra service that makes them a cut about the others: they will mind your luggage for you both before check-in and after check-out, so that you can sight-see without your luggage dragging you down.
For Muslim travelers Sakura Hotel Hatagaya is the perfect place to stay - not only are there prayer rooms available, but they also have halal certified menus and guided tours, offering information on Japanese culture and other halal places throughout the Tokyo area.
Ryokan are traditional Japanese inns. These tend to have a more home-like atmosphere and allow their guests to fully immerse themselves in Japanese culture.
Kanazawa is an amazing city, renowned as a vacation spot in Japan. This 118 year old renovated guesthouse is an incredible example of this history.
A converted machiya, Usagi-no-nedoko has lodging space, a shop and an amazing cafe restaurant. This article highlights their stay and shop facilities.
This article gives more information on the elegant restaurant of Usagi-no-nedoko.
If you want the guesthouse experience in Tokyo, then Andon Ryokan and its numerous cultural events and Japanese antiques is the spot for you. Not only that, but they have a private jacuzzi too - the perfect way to relax after a long day sightseeing.
For a great community atmosphere in a vintage home, try Taito Ryokan in Asakusa. This guesthouse opened in 1950 and has been a staple since then. Its Japanese rooms and great prices make this a lovely place for those who wish for a homey stay.
For those traveling in Okayama in the Kurashiki Bikan area and want to stay in a Japanese home, try U-Rin-An. Here you can share your experiences with other travelers while sitting around an 800 year old chestnut wood table.
A capsule hotel consists of a room that is only big enough for a single person to sleep inside. These hotels are perfect for single travelers or those who will only be staying in a given area for a short time.
For samurai fans, this is a great spot to stay on a budget! A 1 minute walk from Asakusa station, Khaosan Tokyo Samurai Capsule is the perfect spot to surround yourself in all things Japanese in Tokyo.
Or if you prefer being a ninja, give these themed rooms a try! The amazing Business Inn New City in Yokohama also has anime-themed capsules to choose from. Please keep in mind however that this is a men's only facility.
Ladies, would you like to experience Japanese culture as you stay in a safe, clean and convenient hotel? Then the ladies-only Nadeshiko Hotel is perfect for you.
Would you like to stay in a room inspired by a first class cabin on an airplane? Then check out FIRST CABIN, a new type of capsule hotel! The rooms may be compact, but they offer the feeling of luxury.
With first and business class cabins to chose from,ssthe fashionable and trendy First Cabin Tsukiji is the second in our series of airplane inspired hotels. This one features a great bar that is open to the public too!
Simple, clean, efficient - staying at 9h in Kyoto is perfect if you are only looking for a place to sleep and shower.
Offering 1-3 hour rests and single night stays, love hotels are a fun place to stay in a hurry or if you are just passing through an area.
These flashy hotels are Japan's version of the pay-per-hour motels overseas; designed for couples, love hotels offer many amenities that standard hotels don't, and are a great place for travelers to stop by if they are on a road trip.
If you would like to stay in a castle-like love hotel with amazingly detailed rooms, head to Hotel Fuki in Osaka.
Uguisudani has Tokyo's 4th highest concentration of love hotels and a gorgeous Buddhist temple with a 400 year old history too! This peaceful area caters to a more mature, yet lively crowd.
Perfect for social people, guesthouses are typically found close to major sight-seeing areas and offer comfortable, home-like stays where you can really interact with others.
Found in Kochi, on the island of Shikoku, Katsuo Guesthouse is a fun, vibrant place to stay, with beach inspired atmosphere! You just have to see it to believe it.
A big hit with women travelers from all over the world, Oak Hostel Zen in Uguisdani offers a luxurious hotel-like experience in a friendly guesthouse. With large kitchen and bathing facilities and convenient access to several sightseeing areas, this is the perfect place to stay for travelers who wish to stay in comfort for a convenient price.
Worlds away from the city, Miyama in Kyoto is considered one of the most beautiful places in all of Japan. Staying at a thatched cottage here is meant for those who want to relax rather than sight-see.
Located a short distance from Shinjuku and the Imperial Palace, Kanda is best known for its number of old book shops. At Sakura Hotel Jimbocho you can enjoy an international menu, comfortable rooms and facilities that will help anyone on a business trip meet their work needs.
The motto of this guesthouse is "well-rounded service" and that is exactly what Kangaroo Hotel offers. One such service is this hand-written map which features local news and event information, sight-seeing guides and other tidbits to make your visit to Tokyo as enjoyable as possible.
If would like to stay in historical Asakusa and want a home-like atmosphere, then Tokyo Hikari Guesthouse is the place for you. This renovated former carpenter's home combines the best of the old and new to create a fun, lively place to stay.
If you want to see Japan everywhere you look and need a convenient place from Narita Airport, then Guest House Wasabi is an ideal option. This guesthouse is only 37 minutes by train from Narita and features a variety of great affordable rooms to choose from.
Often grouped together with guesthouses, hostels in Japan tend to have their own theme or concept behind them, making each a truly unique place to stay.
Hostel GRIDS does not seem like a typical hostel - it has the air of a luxury hotel and the comfortable atmosphere of a neighborhood hangout. It is ideal for social people who wish to really connect with others on their journey, while enjoying one of the most vibrant and intriguing areas in Tokyo, Akihabara.
Located in northern Tokyo, EMBLEM Hostel has a rooftop Japanese garden and organizes many events and activities for its guests, including participation in local festivals during festival season. If you want the experience of truly living in Japan, then staying here is a great choice.
A bookworm's dream - Book and Bed Tokyo is a hostel that is full of books! Curfew-less and located in bustling Ikebukuro, this hostel is perfect for those who love to shop, read and make friends.
Built in a remodelled restaurant, Kaisu Hostel is a charming, stylish place with its own cafe and bar, gorgeous interior design and knowledgeable staff. Staying here is a good choice for those with sophisticated tastes but a tight budget.
Do you know what an irori is? Would you like to experience one for yourself? Then head to Irori Nihonbashi Hostel where you can enjoy this traditional Japanese architectural feature!
A 3 minute walk from Asakusa's Sensoji Temple, Sakura Hostel is located in the heart of this historical area and has plenty to offer their guests in terms of Japanese cultural information.
A relaxing and fun hostel, the Tokyo Sumidagawa Youth Hostel is ideal for people who want to make friends and take part in local activities during their stay in Japan.
Located in a downtown skyscraper, this hostel offers an incredible view of the Tokyo skyline, large comfortable rooms and plenty of dorm-like amenities.
Would you like to sleep in a comfortable bed surrounded by bright, beautiful kimono fabric? Then stay at Khaosan Kyoto Theatre Guesthouse while visiting Kyoto to enjoy this one-of-a-kind experience.
Also in Kyoto, the Khaosan Kyoto Guesthouse has plenty of large rooms and great lounges for visitors hoping to kick back and relax after spending their day traveling in Kyoto.
Not only do they have locations in Kyoto, but the Khaosan group opened a branch in Tokyo's Asakusa! This hostel features three different types of rooms and was built in a renovated love hotel, giving it a deliciously mixed blend of old and new Japan.
Each of the articles in this list offers detailed information on the accommodations facilities available in Japan. Use it as a reference in your search for accommodation in Japan and remember to check for updates!