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Places to stay in tokyo/kyoto?

mooshoeporkmooshoepork Registered User regular
edited September 2010 in Help / Advice Forum
I'm looking for accommodation recommendations for a two week stay in Japan. I'd like to stay in a ryokan in kyoto, but not break the bank.

I thought it'd be better getting suggestions from people I trust rather than crawling through trip advisor. With the Ryokan, I don't want to spend more than 100 US a night. The hotel in Tokyo (or hostel with a single room) I'm looking at a fair bit less than that.

I've looked at K's house (35 US) which actually looks the best so far. I've looked at Kimi Ryokan which has mixed reviews. And Toyoko inn also looks fine, if a little boring. That's about 70 US a night.

Does anyone know of similar places to K's house? Ethernet access would be great, and proximity to a train station.

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  • MagicToasterMagicToaster Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
    Last year, I stayed at the Sakura hostel in Asakusa. I don't exactly remember the price, but it was really cheap! You won't have a shower in your room, of course... so you might get kinda sick of that after two weeks.

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  • mooshoeporkmooshoepork Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
    Last year, I stayed at the Sakura hostel in Asakusa. I don't exactly remember the price, but it was really cheap! You won't have a shower in your room, of course... so you might get kinda sick of that after two weeks.

    I did check them out, but unfortunately they don't do single rooms (as far as I can see?). Thanks for the reply though!

  • BartholamueBartholamue Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
    I stayed in a Tokyo Hostel in the Minowa area. It was roughly $35 a night, and it's very close to the trains. It was alright.

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  • MegalomaniageekMegalomaniageek Registered User
    edited August 2010
    I don't know how well this fits into your plans, but you might end up with the best Kyoto deal if you wait until you get to Tokyo and get a shinkansen/hotel package from one of the travel agencies there. But you either have to read Japanese well or have a Japanese friend who can help you out in order to navigate the deals.

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  • WeretacoWeretaco Cubicle Gangster Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
    I'm looking for accommodation recommendations for a two week stay in Japan. I'd like to stay in a ryokan in kyoto, but not break the bank.

    I thought it'd be better getting suggestions from people I trust rather than crawling through trip advisor. With the Ryokan, I don't want to spend more than 100 US a night. The hotel in Tokyo (or hostel with a single room) I'm looking at a fair bit less than that.

    I've looked at K's house (35 US) which actually looks the best so far. I've looked at Kimi Ryokan which has mixed reviews. And Toyoko inn also looks fine, if a little boring. That's about 70 US a night.

    Does anyone know of similar places to K's house? Ethernet access would be great, and proximity to a train station.

    I stayed at the Ks house in Kyoto this year. It was fantastic. Super clean and very friendly staff. We also stayed at the one in Tokyo which was good, though older and their internet was down while we were there. We also stayed a few nights at a hotel in Tokyo and if you are interested I can get you the name. It was right near Shinjuku station

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  • mooshoeporkmooshoepork Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
    Weretaco wrote: »
    I'm looking for accommodation recommendations for a two week stay in Japan. I'd like to stay in a ryokan in kyoto, but not break the bank.

    I thought it'd be better getting suggestions from people I trust rather than crawling through trip advisor. With the Ryokan, I don't want to spend more than 100 US a night. The hotel in Tokyo (or hostel with a single room) I'm looking at a fair bit less than that.

    I've looked at K's house (35 US) which actually looks the best so far. I've looked at Kimi Ryokan which has mixed reviews. And Toyoko inn also looks fine, if a little boring. That's about 70 US a night.

    Does anyone know of similar places to K's house? Ethernet access would be great, and proximity to a train station.

    I stayed at the Ks house in Kyoto this year. It was fantastic. Super clean and very friendly staff. We also stayed at the one in Tokyo which was good, though older and their internet was down while we were there. We also stayed a few nights at a hotel in Tokyo and if you are interested I can get you the name. It was right near Shinjuku station

    That'd be great actually!

    I'll check out K's house and see if they have space in their kyoto hostel.

    edit: yeah looks like they have no space. It's almost 4 months away! :P argh.

  • baudattitudebaudattitude Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
    My dad stayed at the Sakura in Tokyo (Jimbocho) and had a single room, it was about Y6000 a night. They have super cheap dorm style rooms for backpackers as well.

    Personally I'm a fan of the Shiba Park hotel but that's not as cheap as Sakura. I just like the location a lot better.

    When I've visited Kyoto in the past, I've actually stayed in Osaka (about 40 minutes away by train) at the Asahi Plaza Capsule Hotel Shinsaibashi. It's Y2800 a night, and while your room consists of a capsule and a locker, it has a pretty nice lounge and an excellent bath.

  • WeretacoWeretaco Cubicle Gangster Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
  • ZythonZython Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
    When I was in Tokyo, I stayed at the Sunshine City Prince Hotel in Ikebukuro.

    Pretty nice place. clean rooms, friendly staff, and is only a few blocks away from Sunshine City, which is a pretty cool place. Only downside is that you have to pay 1000 yen for 1 day of internet access in the room.

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  • CokebotleCokebotle 穴掘りの Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
    I'll throw my suggestion in for capsule hotels. Just because it's an experience, but you gotta be comfortable getting naked around a bunch of other people while you change clothes and bathe.

    Can you read Japanese at all? If so, Rakuten has a travel section that allows you to search for hotels, complete with user reviews and links to the hotel's own site. I use it all the time for finding hotels when I travel here.

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  • mooshoeporkmooshoepork Registered User regular
    edited September 2010
    Great suggestions. Tokyo is sorted.

    Any more suggestions for Kyoto? Was thinking about staying in the 9hrs capsule hotel for a couple of days.

    Cokebotle, is this going to be extremely uncomfortable? I'm a short guy, so that's no problem. Seems like it'd be cool.

  • CokebotleCokebotle 穴掘りの Registered User regular
    edited September 2010
    Great suggestions. Tokyo is sorted.

    Any more suggestions for Kyoto? Was thinking about staying in the 9hrs capsule hotel for a couple of days.

    Cokebotle, is this going to be extremely uncomfortable? I'm a short guy, so that's no problem. Seems like it'd be cool.

    Uncomfortable?

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  • kitchkitch Registered User regular
    edited September 2010
    Great suggestions. Tokyo is sorted.

    Any more suggestions for Kyoto? Was thinking about staying in the 9hrs capsule hotel for a couple of days.

    Cokebotle, is this going to be extremely uncomfortable? I'm a short guy, so that's no problem. Seems like it'd be cool.

    Capsule hotels are uncomfortable. They're pretty much the solution to "Oh shit, I stayed out drinking with my coworkers way too long, and I've missed the last train home".

  • CokebotleCokebotle 穴掘りの Registered User regular
    edited September 2010
    kitch wrote: »
    Great suggestions. Tokyo is sorted.

    Any more suggestions for Kyoto? Was thinking about staying in the 9hrs capsule hotel for a couple of days.

    Cokebotle, is this going to be extremely uncomfortable? I'm a short guy, so that's no problem. Seems like it'd be cool.

    Capsule hotels are uncomfortable. They're pretty much the solution to "Oh shit, I stayed out drinking with my coworkers way too long, and I've missed the last train home".

    The ones I've stayed in have been more of a "I need a cheap place to crash while I'm away on business" kind of feeling. *shrug*

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  • WeretacoWeretaco Cubicle Gangster Registered User regular
    edited September 2010
    Great suggestions. Tokyo is sorted.

    Any more suggestions for Kyoto? Was thinking about staying in the 9hrs capsule hotel for a couple of days.

    Cokebotle, is this going to be extremely uncomfortable? I'm a short guy, so that's no problem. Seems like it'd be cool.

    Have you checked the K's house in Kyoto? We really liked that one.

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  • mooshoeporkmooshoepork Registered User regular
    edited September 2010
    yeah K's house will be booked out on my dates. Seems really popular.

  • Red RaevynRed Raevyn Ooga booga booga Registered User regular
    edited September 2010
    Karatachi Ryokan in Inari was great. Plan to pay in cash (which is a good policy for all ryokan). It's intrinsically great, a few rooms on the second floor of a small house with excellent food and the ryokan experience, but it's also awesome because the Inari shrine a stone's throw away is amaaaazing. We'd never heard anything about it but happened to notice the crowds, being there during the golden week before New Year. Don't miss out on it; even if you stay right in Kyoto, it's a very very short train ride down to Inari and the shrine will blow your mind.

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