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1. Posted by Adsey (Budding Member 18 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Hi all,

We're heading to Japan for a week before going onto Oz. The plan so far is..

Tokyo 2 days
Nikko 1 day
Hakone 1 day
Takayama 1.5 days
Kyoto remainder days

I know this is ambitious but will make the most of those bullet trains!

So, my question is this, bearing in mind we will be visiting Japan in the first week of Dec, do you have to book accomodation well in advance or is there plenty to find once there? Is this different for the different locations we have in mind?

Thanks for any tips/advice!

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3. Posted by Adsey (Budding Member 18 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

I have heard some insults in my time but never been called "Spam"!! Apart from the idiots that have categorised me as Spam, I would appreciate some replies to a genuine request. I read somewhere that hotels in Japan have hiked up prices and it is best to book through the tourist board etc. But I don't want to book everything in advance if I am not sure how my time table is going to go. So again, can anyone advise on whether there is readily available accomodation in Japan (in the places I mentioned) and if so can we 'wing it'?

Thanks (and looking forward to an apology TP).


4. Posted by Hien (Travel Guru 3906 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Hi Adam,

There is nothing wrong with your posts. None of them has been flagged as spam.

However, one of the replies to this thread of yours was marked as spam, which I have just deleted.

The red colour "SPAM" remark that you saw on the thread list was meant to notify moderators that in that thread, a post has been flagged by a respected member or travel guru as spam. A moderator will then review the flagged post to determine whether to edit the content of the post or to delete it.

So don't worry about that, and sorry if that has caused you any confusion.


5. Posted by Adsey (Budding Member 18 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!


6. Posted by tsubaki (Budding Member 36 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!


I'm not sure whether hotel prices will face a dramatic raise in early December (did you hear why they might?) but you should generally be able to find somewhere to stay, even if it's not the most popular place. One thing you might consider is staying in love hotels! I only really discovered how much money this saved in my last year of living in Japan - some places are seedy but many are perfectly clean and respectable and have the advantages of quirky themed rooms etc. Way more fun than business hotels and guest houses, often a lot cheaper (especially mid week) and have later checkout times and no curfews. Check out the UV lit jacuzzis too!Perfect! You can't usually check into one alone though and some places might have rules against same sex guests sharing a room (most places you don't see the staff though so no probs). Have fun in Japan, it's a wonderful place!


7. Posted by Adsey (Budding Member 18 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Ali, thanks!! I've not heard of prices going up in Dec, just read somewhere that it is prudent to book in advance as this way you can avoid hotels hiking up the price on the day. I feel reassured that this is probably not the case - otherwise you would have mentioned it right?!

The 'love hotels' sound interesting, and a viable option given I am travelling with my girlfriend. Can you give an idea of cost per hour? The one with the UV lit jacuzzis sounds interesting!! I'm also looking at the ryokan options, they look uncomfortable but different.

Thanks again for the reply!


8. Posted by tsubaki (Budding Member 36 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Hi again.
I don't know for sure about hotels hiking up prices, but it's not something I ever experienced.
Love hotels have really varied prices - ones with swimming pools inside can cost over 100 pounds a night!
You can usally pay for a few hours at a time or 'overnight' which is about 10pm-10am, and I think between 3000-7000 yen for the whole night is normal. They have lots of different pricing policies, you just have to check it out when you arrive.
Ryokans are great too! The traditional ones are a bit pricey but if you can afford it theyre a real "japanese" experience - the kimono-clad women enter your room on their knees and serve you all manner of delicacies, and you can bathe in hotsprings till you resemble a prune! Mid week it can be about 8000yen each for a night, which includes a fantastic meal etc. You'll be sleeping on futon, I think theyre often more comfortable than beds! Be sure to book in advance though - there's lots of websites you can book through.
Gambatte! (good luck)

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