I stayed at Toyoko Inn Kawasaki Ekimaehoncho. Only 2 minutes walk to Keikyu Kawasaki station and 5 minutes walk from the east exit of JR Kawasaki station. provides continental breakfast everyday. room has free internet access and kettle.
room rates from ¥6,300 to ¥8,820. among the cheapest in tokyo i must say. ladies get cosmetic set for free!
Budget in Japan
Breakfast: 200~1000 Yen. This will generally be convenience food for 200, or Starbucks for 700 (including food). [Note that some hotels offer a free breakfast]
Lunch: 500~2000 Yen. If you head to the fast food Japanese shops such as "Yoshinoya" (Rice with thin slices of beef and onions on top) or "Tenya" (Tempura on rice), it will be roughly 500 yen. If you go to a restaurant, you can expect up to 2000 Yen.
Dinner: 2000~7000 Yen and up. I generally enjoy a nicer dinner when I travel. A cheap NICE meal would be roughly 2000 Yen, including a soft drink. Add around 500~700 Yen for a beer and you are looking at around 3000 Yen. If you go to a nice restaurant, the sky is the limit. All you can eat and drink menus tend to be around 3600~5000 Yen for 90 minutes. I rarely go over 5000 Yen for just a meal. If I'm going drinking after dinner, then I can spend up to 7000 Yen. [If you plan to eat cheap, Japanese fast food will be the same as lunch, and many department stores are usually just under 2000. I was erring on the safe side]
Mid day snacks/drinks: Due to the amount of walking you'll be doing, expect around 200~500 Yen for drinks and snacks. I tend to eat a lot all the time, and when I shop, I need snack breaks every few hours. :)
Note: Due to the heat in summer, expect to spend more for drinks.
Food Total: 7000 Yen average per day. To be safe, 10,000 Yen and you'll be happy to save money in the end.
Transportation (Tokyo): 400~700 Yen per day. I doubt you'd spend over 700 Yen a day. You would have to go to many places at the same time. I recommend using the Tokyo Subway guide to help plan routes to save money on transfers. Also, many stations are within walking distance of each other.
Return trip from the airport will also cost about 7000 Yen, depending on where you are staying and how you travel.
[Assuming you have a JR Pass, you will save a lot on trips between cities. Don't bother using it in the city. Transport in other cities can be a little more expensive than Tokyo.]
Admission: If you visit the temples and such, the average price in most major centres is no more than 500 yen. When you're in Tokyo, it is almost all free. Some of the parks are 200-500 yen, but I can't remember. It really depends on where you will go as some charge admission, and others don't.
Accomodation: Ryokan can be nice, but business hotels are the cheapest. If you want a nice business hotel, Toyoko Inn and Super Hotel are nice. They have free internet machines and complimentary breakfast. Generally, rooms cost about 7000 yen a night. The only problem is that the hotels tend to be near the highways rather than the main station as they are more for drivers. However, they do have many locations within major cities. Also consider the Sun Route chain, but they charge roughly 9000 a night, at the high end of their chain. As for hostels, they can be extremely cheap. My favourite site for hotels is "jalan.net" but you must know Japanese as it's almost all in Japanese.
Buildings at Ginza area, Tokyo
Ticket counter at Narita
Does anyone have any knowledge of the Toyoko Inn (Kabuki-cho)? The room rates seem great. Want to be sure we are not in an unsafe area however. Any information on the hotel and the area would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
RE: Toyoko Inn
What do you consider unsafe? It is Tokyo, Japan! Except for maybe some parts of Ropponggi or Chiba, you won't come into contact with anything even bordering on "unsafe" as a foreigner. Just be aware like you would in any big city.
RE: Toyoko Inn
Kabuki-cho is the red light district of Tokyo. Rooms in the Kabuki-cho area cost as little as Y6000 per night which is very cheap for central Tokyo standards. But I do not recommend that you stay in Kabuki-cho because there are hookers and pimps everywhere. Most of the hookers are from China - I recognise their accent. There are other nicer hotels in the Nihonbashi area which is a better area.
RE: Toyoko Inn
As aukahkay said, Kabuki-cho is the red light zone. I don't want to walk in this area in the night.
But this inn is quite near to Korea Town. Please use Shin-Okubo station (JR Yamanote line) or Higashi Shinjuku station (O-Edo subway line) without crossing the dangerous zone.
The latter is written in Japanese but you can see many Korean restaurants (red circles).
Have anyone used this following hotel reservation service before?
Is it reliable?
I don't understand why you wouldn't contact the hotel directly. How can a third party that needs to charge a fee to make money be cheaper than going right to the source?
Check the hotels website for price info before you take one of these "deals".
Mostly of the time third parties websites have a cheaper rate than the hotel itself.
Once I was in Phuket tryng to book a room at the hotel reception and the price was 40% more expensive than in a third party website. After a long negotiation I went to a nearby Lan House and booked through the website. Problem solved.
Try to look hotels of the Toyoko Inn chain...they have hotels everywhere in Japan. And they're very good business hotels.
I', starting to plan my trip to Japan nexdt year, based around Tokyo. Air fares are remarkably cheap, and I would like to stay inexpensively. Has anyone tried the homestay option, or the hostels, or any other similar cheaper accommodation? Any recommendations will be much appreciated. Thanks.
Re: Japan 2010
Budget hotels in Japan are called 'bussinessmens hotels'.
I stayed in a great one in Tokyo called Asia Kaikan (Asia Center of Japan)
Ask for the older wing for really cheap rates.
Full details on my Japan pages.
Re: Japan 2010
Haha I also have start to do my planning and budgeting for my 2010 Japan trip. If you are looking for cheap accommodation there is a few choice. But we usally stay at Toyoko Inn hotel chain. They have alot of hotel around Japan and a few in Korea. And usually their hotel located very near to the train station.
You can also get cheeper rate in other hotel or inn, if your room does not have an attached bathroom. We treasure our bathroom so we don't mind paying extra.
You have to calculate the cost of accomodation and transport. No used getting a cheep rate at the hotel but far from the city because then you have to pay extra for transport.
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Many thanks. Mostg Helpful.