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Less than 50% of the hotel price!? Find out about “Guesthouse” that recently opening up one after another!

Searching for the accommodation online, recently the word “guesthouse” started to draw my attention on the search results.

The price is so attractive that you can stay for only 2,000~yen even in Tokyo. However, if you have no experience of staying at a guesthouse, you sure have many questions like “What is the difference between a guesthouse and a normal hotel?” “Is it mainly for foreign guests?” and so on. 

To answer those questions, let me introduce what it’s like to be staying at the “guesthouse” including the real experience of mine!

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Perfect Place for Sightseeing in Osaka! Having Women-Only Zone! Let’s stay at “Capsule Hotel Asahi Plaza Shinsaibashi”!

“Capsule Hotel Asahi Plaza Shinsaibashi” is located just between 2 of the Osaka’s main stations called Namba station and Shinsaibashi station. Only 5 min walk from both stations! 

Not only the great access from the stations but also main sightseeing spots are within walking distance like Dotombori, Americamura, Namba Grand Kagetsu, and so on. 

Capsule hotel itself is also attractive that it has well satisfied services like large common bath, sauna, and massage. The facility also provides women-only area which cares about privacy and safety for women. 

If you are looking for a reasonable place to stay in Osaka, please check it out♪

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Stay at the retro design hostel “Hostel 64 Osaka” and communicate with local people at the café & bar♪

This time, I visited “Hostel 64 Osaka” which had been built by renovating retro building.

Since the building was built in 1964, the name of this hostel is called “Hostel 64 Osaka.” I could feel the stylish atmosphere from its name! 

The location is very convenient since it’s only 3 min walk from “Nishi Nagahori Station,” around Shinsaibashi area in Osaka. 

This hostel is highly recommended for those who are resistant to dormitory room, because there are private rooms, and even the dormitory rooms are spacious and independent by partitions. 

Let me introduce many attractive points of “Hostel 64 Osaka” where somehow you can naturally feel relaxed. 

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【TOKYO】 Enjoy the stay and international communication with reasonable price! “Oak Hostel Cabin” is loved by guests from all over the world!

“Oak Hostel Cabin” is located at Nihonbashi area, near Tokyo station. 

Since the opening in March 2015, not just Japanese guests but also people from all over the world are staying at this “Oak Hostel Cabin.” 

Gathering the great part from both capsule hotel and hostel, “Oak Hostel Cabin” has become a unique and comfortable place to stay in Tokyo. 

Recently becoming popular among foreign people as a unique bed like a spaceship, capsule beds are used at this facility. On the other hand, as a hostel, facilities like common lounge and kitchen are well satisfied where guests are freely communicate with each other. 

Let me share more in details using photos I actually took♪

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What is a Capsule Hotel? 3 Things You Want To Know Before the Stay

You can stay at the capsule hotel for only 2,000 yen~/per night! Not only it’s cheap but also having great facility like sauna and large common bath, capsule hotel is now being the very popular accommodation choice for businessmen and young adults who want to save the money for accommodation. 

Recently, capsule hotel is also becoming very popular among people from outside of Japan as a unique hotel developed in Japan.

Now, in order to stay comfortable with reasonable price, let me share 3 things you want to know before staying at the capsule hotel. 

“How does the inside of capsule hotel look like?” “Isn’t it too cheap?” “Is there any privacy? Does it have any security system?” For those having these concerns, please take a look for your information.

 

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【Recommended for Solo Travelers!】 Relax at the Comfortable “Guesthouse Suna no Shiro” in Osaka!

“Guesthouse Suna no Shiro” is located at 7 min walk from “Minami Morimachi Station,” which is very close to the main area of Osaka.

The atmosphere of this guesthouse is very calm and relaxing surrounded by some small trees and plants.

Instead of making a loud noise with many people, the place is recommended for the travelers who want to make themselves comfortable on their own. 

Let me share more about “Guesthouse Suna no Shiro” by showing pictures with comments!

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【Shimbashi】 Only 3 min by Train from Tokyo Station! Capsule Hotels near Shimbashi Station!

Let me introduce capsule hotels near Shimbashi Station!

Shimbashi is famous for the place where you would come across with many middle-aged men, known as a town of businessman. 

Also, you can find many tasty but reasonable restaurants and Izakaya (Japanese-style bar) around shimbashi station. 

If you are looking for an accommodation near Tokyo station, Shimbashi would be a very good choice for you since it only takes 3 min by train from Tokyo station. Let me introduce some capsule hotels within walking distance from Shimbashi station! Please have a look for your information♪

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“Hostel Mundo Kyoto” and “Hostel Mundo Chiquito” welcome travelers from all over the world with warm hearts♪

“Kyo-machiya” means Kyoto's traditional house.
Near Nijo-jo Castle in Kyoto, there are two Kyo-machiya which had been renovated into guesthouses.
One had built 100 years ago, and another had built 80 years ago.  

This time, I have visited these 2 guesthouses called “Hostel Mundo Kyoto” and “Hostel Mundo Chiquito.”
Let me introduce with the bar called “Bar Otro Mundo” owned by the same owner.

The word “Mundo” named in each guesthouses and the bar comes from the Spanish, meaning “World” in English.

The owner Mr. Yonehara was a backpacker who had been traveling more than 100 countries over 8 years. Other staffs are also travelers who have been to other countries and places. 

As they themselves were travelers on their journey, they would welcome travelers coming to Kyoto from all over the world. They would welcome them with warm hearts and would provide the place where everyone can interact without any hesitation. 

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【Recommended for Female Travelers!】 You Can Feel Cozy and Relax at “Guesthouse Morizou!”

“Guesthouse Morizou,” which has just opened last September, is located at quiet place near Osaka Castle. 

Being used as a warehouse before, private house had been renovated into the warm and stylish guesthouse. 

Warm orange light is leaking through the glass door, once you stepped in, cute decorations of goods and books surrounded by green plants would welcome you. 

 

“Rather than having fun by making a lot of noise, I want guests to feel relax as if they were visiting their friend’s house.”

Running by a sweet female owner Ms. Hattori, I visited this lovely place for a little while. 

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Visited the Unique Japanese-style Guesthouse “Drummer’s Dream” in Osaka!

7 min walk from “Shichido Station” in Osaka, there is an old Japanese-style house which had been renovated as a guesthouse.

Its name is “Osaka Guest House Drummer’s Dream,” “Taiko Tatakino Yume” in Japanese. 

I have visited this guesthouse where you can experience the full of encounters with people and the music.

Unique drum signboard is displayed at the entrance of the house. Once you enter the house, you will hear the comfortable sound of music and conversation of the guests.

The owner Mr. Kojima has experience of working at the famous guesthouse. Let me share the photos and information on this owner’s original guesthouse!

 

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Enjoy Natural Onsen (hot spring) at Capsule Hotel in Osaka, “Spadio!”

I heard that there is a capsule hotel near Namba in Osaka which has good Onsen (hot spring) facility where women can also stay! The name is "Spadio." Let me share the actual data which I collected during the visit.

Especially being proud of its natural onsen “Naniwa 7 Happiness,” there are also other services like oxygen capsule, stone sauna, massage, body scrubbing and so on which can all unwind your body. 

Is the Onsen fee free? Can women stay safely? Are there many foreign guests? Should I make a booking ahead?...etc.

By showing photos I actually took, I will be providing information which might not be found by just looking at the official website. 

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The 3 Capsule Hotels in IKEBUKURO: All below 3,000 yen!

Surrounded by many large shopping malls and variety of restaurants, “Ikebukuro” is one of the busy district in Tokyo. 

Ikebukuro station is the third busiest station in Japan and the world so that the access is perfect from anywhere. 

Around Ikebukuro, let me share information on 3 capsule hotels where you can stay comfortable with reasonable price, below 3,000 yen!

 

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Looking for a place to stay in Tokyo? Go to UENO! Lots of reasonable capsule hotels are in UENO!

“Ueno” is famous for “Ueno Zoo” and “Ueno Park.”
In Ueno Zoo, you can see panda, and in Ueno Park, you can see beautiful cherry blossom in spring. 

Around Ueno station, there is a museum of art and science museum where many cultural people are gathering. 

Also close to Tokyo station, Asakusa, and Akihabara; Ueno area is convenient for both business and sightseeing. 

Compare to other areas in Tokyo, there are many reasonable capsule hotels in Ueno!
If you are visiting Tokyo, setting your base in Ueno would be a great choice for you to move around Tokyo. 

 

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Famous for “Otaku” Culture: The 3 Capsule Hotels in AKIHABARA!

 

Originally and still famous for electronic appliances, “Akihabara” is now also known as the place where “Otaku” people gather for their interests in animation, comics, maid café, and idols. 

Somewhat different from other areas in Tokyo, Akihabara is very interesting and attracted place.

Nowadays, the word “Otaku” is also well known by foreigners that some foreign visitors come to Japan for going to Akihabara as the main purpose. 

Now, in that unique place “Akihabara,” I have searched some capsule hotels where you can stay without any sense of hesitation.

 

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Capsule Hotels with Japanese Comics 【All Areas except Tokyo】

Let me share information on capsule hotels in Japan where you can read comics!

Do you know any Japanese comic? 
In some capsule hotels, you can read as many comics as you want! 

Most of them are in Japanese, but if you are interested Japanese comics, please check out this article♪

 

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No need to worry about Flight Time! Cheap Capsule Hotels inside and around Haneda Airport!

 

If you are wondering, “I will arrive Haneda airport late at night and I might miss the last train to my hotel,” or “I need to go to Haneda airport early in the morning but the train might not be working,” staying around Haneda airport would be a good choice for you! 

You might have image that hotels around airport is expensive, and it does not worth a stay since the duration of the stay is short. 

For those of you to recommend, I have found the good place to stay; convenient capsule hotels inside and near Haneda airport!

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【TOKYO】Capsule Hotels with Japanese Comics

If you are interested in Japanese comics, this article is definitely worth a read!

Without going to the book store, you can stay at capsule hotel and read as much comics as you can.

Some hotels may have comics in English, but most are in Japanese. So especially, if you are learning

Japanese language, it would be great opportunity for you to study Japanese by reading Japanese comics!

Let’s enjoy Japanese comics while staying at capsule hotel in Japan!

 

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The 10 Best Guesthouses in ASAKUSA: Good for Sightseeing!


“Asakusa” is very popular as a sightseeing place in Tokyo. 

If you like traditional Japanese culture, I'm sure you will like Asakusa area. 

If you are looking for a place to stay around Asakusa, I would recommend staying at at guesthouse. 

In the guesthouse, you will have chance to communicate with local Japanese staffs, and other visitors from all over the world. 

Let me share 10 best Asakusa guesthouses which have good word of mouth.
Please check it out!

 

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5 Selected Capsule Hotels in Shinjuku! Very Convenient and Comfortable♪

 

Number of users, number of trains, number of exits; Shinjuku Station is sweeping all of those numbers as the world’s very best.
Due to the perfect access from other areas, many people set this Shinjuku station as their meeting place. 

Not just a great access, but also as a biggest district for shopping, sightseeing, and bar hopping, cheap and convenient capsule hotel is recently becoming indispensable accommodation even for foreign visitors. 

Now, let me share information of 5 selected capsule hotels in Shinjuku.

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【For Ladies!】Cheap and Safe! List of Capsule Hotels which have Women-Only Floor!

If you are a woman, you might feel a bit worried staying at a capsule hotel by yourself.
Many Capsule hotels in Japan are men-only, but recently, capsule hotels for women are increasing a lot.
For single travelers, I would recommend you to stay at capsule hotels which have women-only floor.

Many women-only floor have security locks on each capsule floor, and amenities are usually designed for women.
Some capsule hotels may have better services than normal business hotels.

I have listed our those capsule hotels which have women-only floor.
If you are traveling by yourself, or with your women friends, please include the capsule hotel as one of your option for the stay in Japan!

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