Find Cheap Hotels In Japan


Howdy. It’s Mr. Wada on duty. Mrs. Wada and I like traveling, but we aren’t into spending too much on accommodation. We are like semi-backpackers. You know, just need a place to hit the hay. Unlikely in the western countries, there aren’t many youth hostels like YMCA or backpackers hotels, but no worries, there are still cheap hotels in japan.

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It is not only for backpackers, it might be also a good option in case you miss the last train.

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(Photo credit: Nobuya Sato)

Types of Accommodations

Cheap hotels in japan though, there are different types. Let’s see what they are like.

Capsule Hotels (3,000 JPY ~)

It’s sorta modern stuff. I’d pictured it quite futuristic for the first time. Thought of it like we’d get into the SF-ish capsule and our bodies would be kept frozen. Reality is… you should check it with your own eyes.

As it is called, we sleep in a “capsule.” The fee normally includes shower, sometimes sauna and breakfast .

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(Photo credit: Tobin)

– Located in central.
– Most importantly it’s so much exciting!

– Not much privacy (since we sleep in a capsule).
– The capsule isn’t as comfortable as bed is.

Note: You may not fit into the capsule (if you are tall).


Guest Houses/Backpackers Hotels (2,000 JPY ~)

It is mostly a dormitory-type house. If you are more into meeting new people, this might be the best place. Backpackers from all over the world gather and have fun!

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(Photo credit: Richard, enjoy my life!)

– There will be opportunities for meeting new people (it’s priceless!).

– It tends to be busy.
– Not much privacy (unless you get a private room).

Note: Some places have curfew. You should check about this before booking (you don’t want to be locked out).


Internet Cafe (1,700 JPY ~)

This has been the most popular place for emergency. Well, it is supposed to be where we use the internet and stuff as it is called but many people also stay overnight.

Not as bad as you may think it would be. The cost varies on duration of your stay. One I know of costs 1,700 yen for 6 hours (with drink bar like at Family Restaurants).

Since we sleep on the reclining chairs, I wouldn’t call it a hotel but it’s still one of the places where we can get some sleep.

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(Photo credit: Gavin Anderson)

– No reservation required (in other words we can’t reserve).
– Some places offer private rooms, so we could actually have a sleep with more privacy (regular seats are separated just by partitions).

– In general it doesn’t accept reservations, so it can be really for emergency or possibly you would have to look around).




Love Hotels (5,000 JPY ~)

This would be the last option for me (only if none of the above is available). Though you still wouldn’t want to go in alone (you may be rejected for some reason).

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So Where To Find Cheap Hotels?

Here are some references that you possibly can find capsule hotels or guest houses, etc. Hope it will help.

References: | Cheap, Clean, Good Access Capsule Hotels
Hostel listing in Japan Guesthouse map in JapanRakuten Travel – Get the best deals on Japanese Hotels and Ryokans


Aside from being in such a situation like missing the last train, it would be still fun to try stuff like capsule hotels at least once during your stay. Whether it turns good or bad, why not make it a part of your adventure! See you around!

A Guide To Self-Service Udon Restaurant

Self-Service Udon Place: Add soup

Hi, it’s Mrs. Wada. I just got back from lunch break. I forgot to bring my lunch today, so I had no choice but to have lunch out. I usually have two options, go to family restaurant or my favorite self-service udon restaurant. Both are just located nearby. Since it’s raining today and a bit cold, udon would be an ideal choice.

Udon is like a fast food in Japan. It’s quick, at reasonable price and of course, delicious. Have you tried going to a self-service udon restaurant? If not yet, let me guide you then.

Speaking of udon, I always hear the importance of the texture of the noodles that it has to be al dente. That’s why most of udon restaurants serve freshly cooked noodles. But aside from that, the soup also is very important. I really like my regular place mainly because their soup is just so delicious.

Self-Service Udon Place: Front

My regular udon restaurant (I think it’s not franchised.)

Now, let me show you how to order one. Let’s go enter.

Self-Service Udon Place: Entrance

How to order Udon

I’m getting “kake-udon”, the simplest menu. For “kake-udon”, I have to get my bowl of udon noodles. It’s located on the left side in the picture below.

Self-Service Udon Place: Counter

There are usually three options – “shou” (small), “chuu/nami” (medium) and “dai” (large). I’ll have the small size. If the size you want isn’t available in the rack, you can ask the staff to prepare one.

To order other menus, go straight to the cashier area and place your order. There are many variations, there’s even curry udon. From the middle to the right side are all side menus, mostly deep-fried and you can find also onigiri (rice balls), eggs and other toppings.

Self-Service Udon Place: Side Menus

After picking your noodles and side menu(s), go forward towards the cashier.

Self-Service Udon Place: Pay at cashier

Now, let’s warm our noodles.

Self Service Udon Place: Noodles heating up section

Take the strainer and transfer the noodles into it. Then, soak in the hot water.

Self-Service Udon Place: Warm up the noodles

Shake the strainer for few seconds in the hot water, to evenly warm up the noodles. Take the strainer out and shake it up and down to drain off the water. Then, transfer back the noodles to the bowl.

Next step is to add the soup, dashi in Japanese. At this place, they use kombu (kelp) and bonito fish flakes to prepare for the dashi.

Self-Service Udon Place: Add soup

We are not done yet. Don’t forget to add free toppings. Most udon places offer free toppings, at least chopped green onions, bonito flakes and pickled raddish. If it is a lucky day, they serve also sliced kombu, my favorite.

Self-Service Udon Place: Free toppings

They also have ginger and tenkasu (tempura bits).

And it’s complete!

Self-Service Udon Place: Finished product

(I know I shouldn’t get too much toppings, but it is just so good to resist. I sometimes add ground sesame seeds. That’s battered octopus legs there.)

Soup first! Then have some seaweed strips and noodles!

Self-Service Udon Place: Udon noodles

Don’t forget to return your empty bowl and plate to the counter. They have yellow bins placed below the return counter for the used chopsticks.

Self-Service Udon Place: Return counter

And lastly, say “Gochisousama(deshita)!” (thanks for the meal) to the staffs before leaving! By the way, the word “gouchisou” means a feast or a treat. Gochisousama!

See you around!

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