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  • Reviews: 9

3 out of 5 starsUser Rating

Hotel Sunline Kyoto Gion Shijo: Happy in Kyoto

Sunline Kyoto Gion Hotel is a very good choice to stay in Kyoto, but here's my review:

ROOM: We have booked a room for four. The room is was quite spacious for Japanese standards. The bathroom is huge, toilet area and bath ares (bathtub for Jacuzzi and shower).

CLEANLINESS: Super clean (room and bathroom spotless). Nothing to say about the cleanliness of the room, the furniture, the linen and the towels. Everything were in perfect shape and very, very clean.

STAFF: Very friendly, respectful and always with a contagious smile, despite some difficulty about speaking English.

RESTAURANT/EATING: The hotel has a restaurant but our reservation did not included meals (or breakfast).

LOCATION: We had a little trouble finding the address, so the best option is to get a taxi (to get you there for the first time). This hotel is located very close to Yasaka Shrine (4 min. walk), close to transports (bus, stop Gion) and close to commercial and eating area, but the hotel is located in a quiet area, so no noise or very little noise was felt.

OVERALL: Good choice in Kyoto!

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Written January 15, 2015

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  • paedrus profile photo paedrus
  • Reviews: 9

5 out of 5 starsUser Rating

RIHGA Royal Hotel Hiroshima: Overwhelmed

I'm overwhelmed with my stay at the Rihga Royal Hotel at Hiroshima. Here's my review about...

ROOM: We have booked a quadruple room. The room is luminous and very spacious, with modern lines and filled with four large beds, a central table, a desk and chair, etc. The bathroom is also quite spacious and luminous, with everything you need. The had huge windows which allows you to look outside and admire (in our case) the Hiroshima Palace and the Park. No problems with noise and the Wi-Fi worked perfectly and it was close to a ice dispenser machine.

CLEANLINESS: Well... WOW, super clean (room and bathroom spotless). Nothing to say about the cleanliness of the room, the furniture, the linen and the towels, as everything were in perfect shape and clean.

STAFF: Wow! Most amazing and friendly staff! They attended all our needs and always with respect and a contagious smile (Japanese style :) ).

RESTAURANT/EATING: The hotel has a several restaurants and bars. Our time was limited and our reservation didn't include breakfast, so I can't express our opinion about this item.

LOCATION: Central is the keyword. 5 minute walk to the A-Bomb site or the Hiroshima Palace grounds and also close to public transportation, and adjoined to the Pacela Shopping Center (with several exits from the hotel).

OVERALL: Excellent!

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Written January 15, 2015

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  • barbie_sunrise profile photo barbie_sunrise
  • Reviews: 199

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Koe House: Best place to stay in Kawaguchiko

We stayed here prior to our climb in Mount Fuji. The place is a few minutes walk from Kawaguchiko Station. And you can go to Lake Kawaguchiko for relaxation. We had a problem with our booking.. I cancelled 2 rooms because we thought that our friends will not go with us. So when we arrived the rooms are not available. The owner is very accomodating. They gave us an option to stay in other place they own and they gave us a free ride because it is far. When we arrived at the place, it amazes us. We stayed at a Japanese home. A ryokan experience. The place is so lovely and we are all by ourselves. The not so good about it is that there is a limited source of water and so we were not allowed to wash up. But we did. The next day we went to Lake Yamanakako which is very near the place. They offered us a ride going to the start of mt fuji climb.

  • Opinion of Price: less expensive than average
  • Related to: Budget Travel
  • Written January 6, 2015
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  • barbie_sunrise profile photo barbie_sunrise
  • Reviews: 199

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Hotel Diamond: Not as bright as Diamond

The price for a Japanese Style Economy Room is so cheap. 1 person in one room. The bed is solely just right or say perfect in the room space. You have a nice window and enough space for your baggage. The place is so old and not clean. They asked you to leave your shoes at the first floor but the floors are so dirty. Though they have slippers provided if you don't want your feet to get dirty. The Bathroom is clean as well as the common area.

  • Opinion of Price: least expensive
  • Related to: Budget Travel
  • Written January 6, 2015
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Backpackers Hostel Khaosan Kyoto: Great for Backpackers

The place has accomodating staffs. The place is clean all over. I love the common room where you can meet new travellers from other places. The bed is comfy that I sleep well. I stayed at the dorm area so the not so good about it is that when you turn on your bed light it is very bright that I think I bothered the one next to me.

  • Opinion of Price: less expensive than average
  • Related to: Singles, Budget Travel
  • Written January 6, 2015
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Khaosan World Asakusa Hostel: capsule room for girls

My first time to stay at a capsule room and it is not bad at all. The place is clean and safe. There is a locker provided for each room. The Toilet and Bathroom is clean. In the bathroom there is a jacuzzi and a sauna so you can refresh yourself after a tiring day of going around Tokyo.

  • Opinion of Price: less expensive than average
  • Related to: Budget Travel
  • Written January 6, 2015
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  • Reviews: 147

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Apa Hotel: Nice hotel in Gion- Kyoto

This hotel located in a fantastic area in Gion, we can walk to Gion corner some temples nearby then culinary ia around then the most important snap shoot of the wonderful Geisha around Gion

Room is clean and nice city view typically Kyoto

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Written October 28, 2014
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  • tenluk profile photo tenluk
  • Reviews: 147

3 out of 5 starsUser Rating

Remm Akihabara: Good Location hotel in Akihabara

This hotel is easy to reach just next to JR akihabara exit central gate turn right you are on the way. Room is clean with an acupuncture chair and a nice room view of the metropolitan city and train station.

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Written October 28, 2014
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Staying in a ryokan: ...

Japanese hotels are for the most part not dissimilar to their Western counterparts, although the bedrooms tend to be on the small side (US visitors may find them especially so). But you really should plan to stay for some nights at least in a traditional guesthouse or ryokan. Although some of these are quite upmarket and pricy, our trip proved that you don’t need to splash out to experience traditional hospitality as we stayed in several lower-end ryokan that were more than acceptable – friendly, comfortable and with genuine if down-to-earth traditional décor and facilities. These included the cosy Fuji-Hakone Guesthouse in Senkyoro with a wonderful outdoor onsen (hot springs bath – see my separate tip) and the conveniently located Heianbo Ryokan in Kyoto. Chris and I also stayed at another ryokan on our extra side trip to Nikko, the Turtle Inn Hotari An.

If you decide to stay in a ryokan or other traditionally-run accommodation you need to be prepared to follow some simple rules. Firstly, expect to leave your shoes in the lobby. As everywhere in Japan where the traditional approach to footwear is followed, shoes must be removed in the small low-level area immediately inside the threshold, before stepping up to the raised floor. The ryokan will provide slippers which you can put on at this point, leaving your shoes on the shelves or in cubby-holes provided. I found the plastic slip-on slippers a bit slippery to wear, so do be careful as you walk around.

When you get to your room you will have another small area inside the door before the main flooring area of tatami mats. Here you should remove the slippers, as no footwear of any sort is allowed on the matting. If you have an en suite shower or bath it will probably open off this area (ours did in both Kyoto and Nikko) and you will have toilet slippers provided to use here. Whatever you do, don’t wear these toilet slippers anywhere else in the building!

In the room you will probably have a low table with cushions and bedding in the form of futons. These are usually laid out by the staff each night and put away in one of the closets during the day, but in Nikko we found ours left out all the time and I suspect that may not be unusual in cheaper establishments. On the table you should find everything you need to make tea (and in Kamikochi we had a variety of sweetmeats each day). There will probably be a TV (in most places we didn’t get round to putting this on) and some form of heating – we found the space heaters in Kamikochi and Nikko very efficient and very necessary! The décor will be simple, but there will always be a small alcove, the tokonoma with a scroll or picture and maybe a plant or flower arrangement. I had read before we went that you should never put anything else (e.g. items of luggage or clothing) in this alcove as it has a semi-sacred aspect, but in practice I found that the ryokan management themselves used it for various practical items such as a telephone, torch or guest information booklet.

The ryokan will usually provide towels and a yukuta or traditional robe. You can wear this anywhere around the ryokan – to meals, to the bath etc. If it is chilly there will also be a padded jacket to wear over the top. There are good instructions for wearing the yukuta on the Japan Guide website.

If meals are provided, they will probably be traditional Japanese cuisine, although we had more western style breakfasts in Hakone and Nikko. And I gather that the more expensive ryokan pride themselves on their dinners, which are often included in the price. We were lucky enough to have similar meals in our guesthouse in Kamikochi – a real experience!

If all the above sounds complicated, it really isn’t too much so, and after your first day or two in a ryokan you will soon get into the routine of following the rules and will relax and enjoy the experience I’m sure, as we did. And if you’re worried about sleeping “on the floor” on your futon, again, don’t be – I found that with the two mattresses usually provided and the slightly padded nature of the tatami mat, it was only slightly firmer than my own bed, and very cosy.

Next tip: Japanese cuisine

  • Opinion of Price: N/A
  • Written November 4, 2013
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  • Reviews: 2

4 out of 5 starsUser Rating

Kurumi Mansion: Japan, Tokyo Saga, Koto-ku

Kurumi Mansion have 65 furnished rooms, every room is equipped with, bath mat TV (without satelite) air-conditioner, fridge, microwave oven, small electric cooking heater, and cooking utensils. and a jack for internet, there"s washing and drying machines for use in one of floor for your clothing , (10 to 12 mins walk to three subway station ) Suitengumae, Monzennakacho, & Kayabacho, and walking distance to Tokyo City Air Terminal, Room rates from yens 3,900 to yens 7,100 per night. ( 6nights yens 22,000 to yens 40,000. Address: 1-1-9, Saga, Koto-ku, Tokyo, Japan 135-0031, Tel: 03-3820-3331 URL: www,kurumi-mansion.com email: mail@kurumi-mansion.com

From Haneda Airport to city air terminal cost yen 800 per head and just about 15 mins walk to Kurumi Mansion, you can choose to have a river-view room ( it cost a litter more) near the City Air Terminal there is a Shinto Shrines you can watch the local bring their new born baby for blessing ,

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Related to: Family Travel, Historical Travel, Seniors
  • Written July 1, 2012

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  • ecstaticsonic profile photo ecstaticsonic
  • Reviews: 10

3 out of 5 starsUser Rating

Toyoko Inn Hakata-eki Minami: Toyoko Inn Chain Hotel in Fukuoka

This is really budget type of hotel, suitable for businesman. Japanese style type of service, staff speak very little of English or any foreign language except, Japanese, Korean or some Chinesse. Room's are really small, really small compare to American standard. But this is the true way to experience the Japanese way, breakfast are in Japanese style. A convenient store is located within walking distance, other than that if you were to get some late night snack, there is no nearby restaurant except for one Japanese run type of western fast food located 10 minutes walking distance.

A shuttle bus from the hotel will send you to the Hakata Station , pls refer to their timetable and also to the Hakata domestic & international flight airport.

  • Opinion of Price: least expensive
  • Written May 5, 2011

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  • ecstaticsonic profile photo ecstaticsonic
  • Reviews: 10

4 out of 5 starsUser Rating

Hotel Sunroute Plaza Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan: Shinjuku's Best

Highly recommended, to non Japanese speaking tourist. Room are spacious and affordable.
Friendly staff, always willing to help. 10 minutes walk from Shinjuku JR Station. 10 minutes walk to the nearest shopping area, Times Square. McDonald's & 24 hours convenient stores are locates within walking dikstance.

All staff are able to communicate in English.

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Written May 5, 2011

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  • Reviews: 20

3 out of 5 starsUser Rating

Comfort Hotel Tokyo Higashi Nihonbashi: Discipline is a must

This hotel is targeted at businesspeople – these rooms are meant as a place to kick of your shoes, turn on the computer (free WIFI), go to sleep and shower in the morning before breakfast. So the rooms are small, minute really, but somehow they’ve cramped what one need into it. So it’s fine for travelers as well – all it takes is a whole lot of discipline because without it, you’ll rapidly be unable to find your things.
The bathroom is quite like what you’d find in the cabin on a boat, but the shower/tub is effective.
The breakfast buffet is quite nice aimed at both locals and westerns – it is cafeteria style - so you clear of your own table. There’s a free coffee/tea station where you can serve yourself during the stay
Next door to one side is a 7-Eleven which has an ATM (I’ve been told that this is a feature of most 7-elevens in Japan) – however this one was nifty when arriving with hardly any yen in your pocket. To the other side Japan Rails has a station. To either side you’ll find a metrostation within a five minute walk.
In conclusion this hotel is good accommodation, if you’re looking for both a decent price and a central location in Tokyo.

  • Opinion of Price: N/A
  • Written April 3, 2011
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  • Mytie profile photo Mytie
  • Reviews: 2

4 out of 5 starsUser Rating

Kyoto Hotel: Bicycle Tour

When I stay in Kyoto I found out something very useful about some hotels in Japan. Some offer the use of a bicycle for nothing extra. A bicycle is one of the best ways to tour a particular city. You can get to know the sites much better and you don't have to hurry to get back to the seat on the tour bus. Try this out. If your interested check out my site (www.thejte.com) Take Care

Free use of bicycle

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  • Related to: Cycling, Budget Travel, Family Travel
  • Written March 7, 2011
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  • Reviews: 4

5 out of 5 starsUser Rating

Hotel grand palace: In the heart of Tokyo

The hotel stuff was very kind.
The comfort was amazing especially with a special japanese tea in a classic japan style cup while i was watching the phenomenal scene of tokyo.
The hotel has a special system for the earthquakes.I experinced one fortunately ;) and it was like nothing happened.felt nothing.
I'm from Turkey so i'm not used to asian foods.The hotel's restaurant was very rich so i didn't felt like far away from home about my eating consuetude.

Easy access to any place is a very special comfort in a very very crowded city like tokyo.

  • Opinion of Price: N/A
  • Related to: Castles and Palaces, Food and Dining, Business Travel
  • Written November 27, 2010
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