I will be travelling to Japan for two weeks in September and was wondering if there are any good cheap accommodation places to stay in the four cities above. Also, any recommendations of where to go that a tourist may not know of. NB: I have been to Japan twice before but both times I stayed with a host family and could not go out and explore things by myself! Also if there are any Japanese speakers in the Geelong area that would like to assist (tutor) me in refreshing my Japanese that would be great!
we stayed in a really cute traditional japanese guesthouse in Tokyo called Toukaisou Ryokan which was a lot cheaper than most places we looked at and If ever i went back I would 100%stay there again! Kyoto we stayed in "K's House" which was amazing, best hostel Ive ever stayed in, really clean, all brand new, you have choice between dorms, private room everything to suit all budgets!Loved staying at this place, met some really cool people and the location is great!as for osaka we stayed in a nice little place there which was quite cheap but i cant remember the name of it whatsoever, i shall look it up for you though!!!
Thanks for that. I will definitely be staying at K's house for a few nights at least. It looks awesome! http://kshouse.jp/kyoto-e/index.html
Also, Toukaisou Ryokan looks good too! Tokyo prices seem so expensive! (http://www.toukaisou.com/index-e.htm).
I think I may be staying with my host family in Osaka, so now all I need is a place to stay in Hiroshima!
If in doubt, the official YHA in Hiroshima - whilst not desperately central, but easy enough - is the cheapest official hostel in Japan and one of the cheapest of any description in the country (1800 yen i paid in septmeber) so worth a look.
In Tokyo, i recomend Khaosan Guesthouse (2000yen) in Asakusa.
Kyoto there was a couple of hostels which cost only 900 if you have a sleeping bag
Try www.sawanoya.com in the Ueno Park area of Tokyo (NE). It's maybe not the cheapest, but welcoming, authentic and walkable to the sights.
Costa Del Sol guesthouse in Kyoto.
For a real Japanese experience try a capsule hotel, they are very accessible for foreigners in Osaka. Try Capsule Asahi in Shinsaibashi, good for a night. If you stay longer than a night be sure not to leave anything in your capsule(I had an incident). I found a capsule in Hiroshima as well but haven`t stayed there yet. Real cheap and quite a trip!
Though I've never been, my boyfriend has been reading up on going over there and Ryokans seem great! Completely traditional. Also there are some temples you can stay in. The best website we found was www.about.com and just look around there for what your looking for. It has some really useful information about how you should behave in the Ryokans as well.
yeah, the Ryokans are amazing!I went to Japan with dreams of really getting into the culture and experiencing as much of the real Japan as possible!Staying in the Ryokan was my favoutire part of my trip!!!The tatami mats, the yukata robes and the toilet slippers, I love it!!!We had a little tea set in our room and the people running the guesthouse were so hospitable.It was one of the best experiences that I had whilst there!