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MATCHA Recommends! Top Tokyo, Kyoto, And Nagano Accommodations
Editors at MATCHA love everything related to travel in Japan. We’re always on the lookout for new spots and excellent places to stay. In this series, we introduce our favorite guesthouses, inns, and lodgings in Tokyo, Kyoto, and Nagano.
Written by Kajiyama
Lodgings MATCHA Editors Would Love to Stay At Once More
At MATCHA, we love traveling to places all over Japan. It's part of our work but is also our hobby and passion. We're always on the lookout for new sites and things, and great lodgings to relax at after we've made those discoveries.
In this series, we introduce accommodations we have actually stayed at and would do so again. Read to learn three highly recommended places to stay in Kyoto, Tokyo, and Nagano.
Miho's Top 3 Accommodations in Kyoto, Nagano, and Tokyo
In this article, MATCHA's Japanese editor, Miho Moriya, has picked three lodgings that she personally stayed at when traveling. We introduce what makes each accommodation so special, and also include commentary from Miho.
Our editor is a self-professed lover of travel, camels, and zazen (a meditative Zen discipline). MATCHA articles that Miho has written can be read via this link.
Kyoto: THE MILLENNIALS KYOTO
Picture from Relax At The Millennials Kyoto – World’s First Spacious Capsule Hotel
THE MILLENNIALS is a new sensational capsule hotel that promotes itself as a lifestyle hotel for millennials. THE MILLENNIALS KYOTO opened in 2017 and was followed by the opening of the hotel's Shibuya and Fukuoka locations.
Each pod-like room has a 2.3-meter tall ceiling and a 120-centimeter-wide bed. You can comfortably unwind here thanks to a reclining function that allows the bed to double as a sofa. It's also conveniently located from both Sanjo Station (Keihan Main Line) and Kyoto-Kawaramachi Station (Hankyu Kyoto Line) via a five-minute walk.
In the words of Miho: "When the morning alarm is set, the bed will begin to rise when you need to wake up instead of ringing. For someone like me, who won't wake up to even the loudest alarm, I'm thankful for this, as I'm not bothering my neighbors!"
Every day from 17:30 to 18:30 is the free beer "happy hour." Self-serve beer on tap is available for you to drink to your heart's content. Beer enthusiasts won't be able to resist.
Check here for detailed information and available rooms at THE MILLENNIAL KYOTO!
Matsumoto, Nagano: tabi-shiro
Picture from Tabi-shiro Guest House in Nagano – A Place You’ll Want To Come Home To
Tabi-shiro is a guest house in Nagano, located 11 minutes on foot from Matsumoto Station and six minutes on foot from Matsumoto Castle. Formerly a 50-year-old inn, this renovation has transformed the lodging into a comfortable space that matches the traditional Japanese architecture with a cozy fireplace and plants.
Among the few guest houses in the region, this is an accommodation with a women-only dormitory and shower room. It's also ideal for solo female travelers.
Miho says, "I was happy to hear the owner greet me with the phrase 'welcome home.' The communal area is spacious and very cozy."
The shower rooms at the accommodation are also spotlessly clean. However, we recommend trying Shioi-no-Yu, a public bathhouse, located about a five-minute walk from tabi-shiro.
Check here for detailed information and available rooms at tabi-shiro!
Nihonbashi, Tokyo: CITAN
Picture from Is It A Hostel? A Bar? A Lounge? Presenting CITAN At Nihonbashi Area!
Opened in Tokyo's Nihonbashi area in 2017, CITAN is a spot enjoyable for all, with a cafe, dining room, and bar all situated in one building. The hostel was opened by Backpackers’ Japan Co., Ltd., a company that manages popular accommodations among international travelers such as Nui. HOSTEL & BAR LOUNGE in Tokyo's Kuramae area and Len Kyoto Kawaramachi in Kyoto.
Miho commented, “It’s [a] stylish [lodging]! The hostel uses OSAJI, a Japanese cosmetic brand in Nihonbashi, for amenities like shampoo. The fragrance is very soothing. Since my stay, I’ve even been using the same products at home."
The hostel is conveniently located two to six minutes on foot from three neighboring stations. These stations are Bakurocho Station (five minutes by train from Tokyo Station), Higashi-Nihonbashi Station via the Toei Asakusa Line (accessible from Haneda Airport without transfers), and Bakuro-yokoyama Station via the Toei Shinjuku Line (accessible from Shinjuku Station without transfers). If you are traveling with large bags, be sure to consider CITAN for Tokyo sightseeing.
Check here for detailed information and available rooms at CITAN!
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